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The Classrooms are getting ready for the New Year but we want to show you what we did in December!
RAINBOW ROOM - Danielle, Susan, Vibha
Happy New Year!! Considering how much snow we received just a few days prior, we hope that everyone had a lovely and relaxing Christmas. What fun the snow is to play in!! We want to express our gratitude for the lovely cards, gifts, and Christmas greetings we received.
The month of December was extremely busy for the Discovery Two. We started by making your special surprise gift for you. We sincerely hope you enjoyed it and that it made it to your Christmas Tree. It will be something you can keep for years to come.
On our science table we explored ‘Christmas’ with our senses. We had sparkly ornaments, bumpy beads, soft bows, crinkly foil paper, fluffy pompoms, a pine Christmas tree as well as soft puppets for the children to explore. On the light table we set up the Nativity Scene so the children could play with the Characters including Baby Jesus, Mary, 3 Wisemen. We remodeled the housekeeping corner into a Christmas Bakery, with cookies, aprons, measuring cups, muffin trays and Christmas Baskets. They had lots of fun baking, serving themselves and others and using their imagination.
For Art we started with making our special Christmas Presents, where we carefully choose what to put inside the ball and used our hand eye coordination to push things through the small opening. We then decorated the bag we used to wrap our present with stickers & felts. We also used Christmas sequins to decorate popsicle trees and made a paper plate wreath with green paint, foam Christmas shapes and tissue paper squares. We enjoyed the different textures of the slippery sequins and the soft foam/tissue paper pieces mixed in with the wet paint/glue. We had lots of fun icing & decorating our Gingerbread Men which we got to eat at snack time. We also had fun decorating our own Reindeer Hats with crayons, stickers, and stamps. We enjoyed wearing them on our Party Day with a little red nose paint. Thank you to those parents who brought party food.
For circle we listened to many stories. We read the books ‘Silent Night’, ‘5 Christmas Penguins', ‘Christmas’ & ‘Here Comes Christmas’. We listened to the felt story Christmas Tree, Christmas Tree, What do you See? And played the game What Christmas Shape is Missing? We also listened to the felt rhymes: 5 Santa’s, 5 Gingerbread Men, 5 Stockings & 5 Christmas Trees. We sang Shake it Santa with a Santa shaped shaker, I’m a Little Pine Tree & We wish you a Merry Christmas.
In the upcoming weeks we will be talking about Winter and what we might see or do outside or what we wear when it’s cold.
Just a reminder, that if it’s not raining or snowing, we usually go outside to play, so please pack a warm jacket, mittens & hat.
We would also like to mention that if anyone is starting toilet training, please let us know as consistency is the key.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to come and talk to us.
TREEHOUSE ROOM - Carol, Gabi, Karen, Kamalpreet, Rose
We started off the month of December talking about nativity. This is a time where we sit together in a circle on the floor and tell an interactive story to the children. For art we made Angels, Baby Jesus in a manger, donkeys and bright stars.
During this time, we were also practising for our Christmas service. This was particularly exciting as we haven’t had one in the last few years. We hope you enjoyed it I know we did.
And a few days before the end of school we received our Santa letter back from the North Pole and the children were very excited to have it read to them.
The children worked very well on their Christmas gift this year. We had good fun making it. We hope it will be a treasure for years to come.
Every day before the children left, they were each given a treat from the interactive gingerbread house on the board in the hallway. Sorry, this was only from December as we’ve had a few children ask why they’re still not getting them.
Last, but not least, thank you to the parents who brought in goodies to share for our Christmas parties. The children love sitting together in a large group and talking about the food that they brought to share with friends.
All the Best to you and your family in this coming year!
SUNFLOWER ROOM - Carol, Danielle, Rose
Hello Sunflower Families,
We started the month learning about the Nativity, the story of the first Christmas. We used books, toy figures and felt stories to help the children to learn about Mary, Joseph, the baby Jesus and the shepherds and Wise men. We made nativity scenes with popsicle sticks and painted scenes using block paints.
At the same time, work started on our multidimensional tree scene (with lights!!). This involved gluing tissue to upcycled jars, painting and decorating trees, attaching the trees to a wood round, adding hemlock cones, glitter, and a piece of fabric “personally signed by your child”, AND stringing lights to add that special touch. The children were truly delighted and rightly proud by the sight of their creations.
The attached card was two little reindeer made from their thumb prints adding faces and quite amazing legs and antlers.
Of course we also did lots of other art projects: We made angels out of coffee filters and feathers, a tree snow scene, cedar rounds decorated to make an ornament, stockings, candy canes, Christmas ball collages, Christmas lights and much more.
On the science table we had a display of red and green objects which were of interest for their tactile properties. We then changed that to explore our sense of smell, with whole and ground spices, bringing back memories of the gingerbread men we made last month.
We listened to some stories on CD: Santa’s New Jet, Santa Knows, Christmas for the Snowmen and A Magical Christmas. We read stories to the children every day at preschool, and these included: The Lady Who Swallowed a Bell, The Little Christmas Tree, Christmas Angels, Christmas Song, Merry Christmas Big Hungry Bear, and Peppa’s Christmas.
Each day we also sing songs, action rhymes, tell Felt stories and play games. A lot of our songs this month were learned and practiced in preparation for the Christmas Service. The children thoroughly enjoyed becoming proficient in some new songs and some old favourites. It was lovely to see them so happy when performing for their families.
Early in December we wrote a letter to Santa, including pictures drawn by the children; and good old Santa sent a letter back, which we read together.
We went caroling in Edgemont village, making stops at the Amica retirement home, (they gave us candy canes) Cobbs Bakery and Thrifty Foods. It was a lot of fun, and we made many people smile, hopefully spreading the Christmas spirit.
As always, we ended the term with a party! Good food (thank you to the parents who helped this time, you’ll all get a turn), music and party games (Freeze Dancing, Head Shoulders Knees and Toes, Find the Stocking). We made reindeer hats and Santa faces as well. It has been a busy month, but we all had a great time.
Carol, Danielle and
Rose would especially like to extend our thanks to you, the parents, for your
thoughtfulness and generosity at Christmas time. It was very much appreciated.
Going into the new year, we will be continuing to work on each child’s independence, in personal life skills, such as putting on and taking off jackets, hanging up their jackets and backpacks, etc. They have all made great gains already and we will continue with this. Our four year olds will start to focus more on Pre Kindergarten skills and will start weekly work in a journal.
We hope you all had a happy and relaxing break over the Christmas holidays and that you’re as keen as we are to start the new year and new term at St. Catherine’s Preschool.
Please always feel free to get in touch if you have any questions or concerns,