It is incredible how much learning we are going to be squeezing into these next (14) school days. Let me tell you about them now! Take out your calendars….
December 3: At night in the cafeterias, the Delcastle High School Culinary Program comes Wilbur. It is so fun and delicious. The kids will make gingerbread houses, gingerbread men, drink (the MOST scrumptious) hot chocolate, listen to a story, and make marshmallow snowmen! All they ask is that you bring canned goods in exchange for their time. (Sadly, I won’t be able to make it this year. I am totally bummed.)
December 19: The kindergarten winter concert will take place at 11:45 in the Multipurpose Room. It is hands-down the most adorable thing you will see this December. Each class will sing a winter/holiday related song. It is truly impressive to see the kids perform in front of a huge audience.
December 20: Pajama Day! The kids are allowed to wear pajamas, bring slippers and, if they’d like, a stuffed animal. Then the kids will get onboard the Polar Express! I will rearrange the classroom to look like a train. (You REALLY have to use your imagination here. ) We will read the book. Eat cookies and drink hot chocolate just like the characters.
December 21- January 2 will be vacation. I will send home some activities to keep their brains hot!
Ok in addition to all of that, we will have a lot going on in the classroom. In the dramatic play area, the vet’s office has been packed up. A bakery will be ready for kids to place orders for cookies and such, while bakers prepare them out of play dough. (Pictures will be posted, I promise.) The kids have already started reading the holiday books that I have–nothing makes me happier. In the sandbox, I will have water and soap for the kids to explore. It is kind of like it is the dishroom for the bakery, right?!
In reading, we have been introducing more sight words, blending short i words and learning to draw conclusions from stories. This unit in the Language Arts series is based around a farm theme. Like I said before, there is a lot going on in B1!
Math class has been full of constructing patterns. On the computer, in dancing, in music, on paper, with blocks, wherever we can make patterns, we are doing it! I hope students are pointing out patterns to you at home too! We are labeling them and soon will start to break them apart by their unit. Super cool. I am trying to make patterns relevant by pointing them out in stories, songs and numbers as well, as recognizing and extending patterns is a lifelong skill.
Currently in Social Studies, we have been learning some beginning map skills. The kids love seeing maps on Google, treasure maps, on gps, etc. We are working on realizing that we all live on the earth, in America, in Delaware, in (insert your town name here), in our house. At this age, an abstract idea like that can be very difficult. I hope that students can recite and write their address and phone number down as we go forward. This will be a perfect segue into our “Holidays Around the World” unit. This year, each kindergarten teacher has chosen a different holiday from a different country. The students will learn and experience different cultures have different holidays. But I hope to tie in the fact that everyone celebrates with food, family and friends, special traditions, gifts and that these holidays are celebrated in America too.
As always, if you have any questions, comments, concerns, please do not hesitate to call, email, whatever. I am lucky that I had the opportunity to meet with every student’s family during conferences and can say that we make a great team! It is going be an awesome year filled with success.
If I don’t see you, have a wonderful winter break and very Happy Holidays!!