MWF Yellow Family December 2-14

Welcome back to school! I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family. Thank you to all who helped set up, clean up, and serve the children at our Harvest Festival, what a wonderful time the children had! Also, thank you for attending All School Chapel with your child last month and making a food donation, we filled up two big barrels for the Food Bank!

Please accompany your child this month to All School Chapel on Wednesday December 5 at 9am for a short service and bring a toy or pajamas to donate to a boy or girl age 0-18 for our local Salvation Army.

We will continue in the giving spirt this month by helping our local community’s homeless population. There is a “Giving tree” up in the hallway where you can donate hats, gloves, socks, and blankets for adults or children at our local warming shelters.

 Happy Birthday to Ava G who turned four years old on November 20th.

Happy Birthday to Lily who turns four December 28th.

Please mark your calendar for the Christmas Program in the Church Wednesday December 19 at 530pm. There is no afternoon enrichment this day. Please have your child rest a bit and eat dinner before coming back to school for the program at 5:10. The children may choose to dress up in a nativity outfit if they like, but they do not have to. The kids will sing some wonderful Christmas songs for you, then meet in the Parish Hall for cookies and milk before going home.

 Friday December 21, is an optional pajama day at school. I will be doing a special book reading of The Polar Express while the children eat cookies and drink hot cocoa on chairs arranged like a train. This is our last day of school before Christmas break, there is no afternoon enrichment this day.

Christmas break is from December 24-January 4.

Curriculum for the month:

We begin days outside this month, please dress warm.

Science: We will now begin our science unit on the desert as this is where Jesus is born in Bethlehem. We will learn about the animals, plants, and people that inhabit the desert.

Art: Paint and construct Christmas tree and desert scene for bulletin boards, sand art, ornaments, cards, presents, snakes.

Dramatic Play: Nativity clothes, animals.

Sensory: Aqueduct with ping pong balls and water, sand and desert animals, Shred Christmas present boxes and colored bears, Sand and nativity, Snakes and kinetic sand, Water and wheels, Coco shells cotton balls cups stir sticks, snake gutter race with sand.

Blocks: Cars then large lizards. 

Math: Christmas tree serration, Vertical beading, Unifix cubes, Geo boards, puzzles, Bristle blocks, Lacing cards, Nuts and bolts, Collection boxes, gingerbread matching, gingerbread counting.

Literature: The Water Hole by Graeme Base, Gingerbread Baby by Jann Brett, The Gingerbread Cowboy by Janet Squires, Desert Animals by Jen Green, The Gingerbread Boy by Richard Egielski, The Christmas Star by Marcus Pfister, The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg, Dream Snow by Eric Carle, Baby Rattlesnake by Te Ata, The Nativity by Voyager Books, Charlie and The Christmas Kitty by Ree Drummond, There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bell by Lucille Colandro.

At family time the children have begun to have weekly jobs in the classroom to choose from. Some of the jobs are line leader, turtle feeder, prayer leader, weather reporter, and park ranger, ask your child what their job was this week! We also learned to use tape and that will be added to the art center for practice.

Merry Christmas blessings to you all on this joyous holiday!

Peace, Miss Mika & Miss Ann



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