Can you believe that the most special and magical time of year is here? I can not wait to share in this special season with your little ones. As religion is the foundation of my family, I love sharing the 'true' meaning of Christmas. -But that does not mean, that we can not share in all the fun and joy that goes with it! I will be bringing the same philosophy into my classroom. My kiddos will most certainly understand the meaning of the birth of Jesus, but they will sure have fun while doing so!!!
Up next for this week..
- All about J for our 'upside down' candy canes!!!
- J circle pattern Craft
- Candy Cane Toss Game
- Candy Cane Science Experiment (Fun) !!!
- Some Great Christmas Reads
- Candy Cane Painting!
Much, much more!!!!
Thanksgiving is right around the corner and I always love bringing the thanksgiving of God into our classroom, as well as in my home. I love this Thanksgiving Turkey Place Matt Setting for so many reasons. First, we reference and talk about the Bible with this most simple, but powerful verse of Ephesians 5:20 "Always give thanks for everything." I will read this verse on the turkey's belly and ask the kiddos what they think this mean. Their answers are always truly humbling and is sure to foster great dialogue among even the youngest of learners.
Second, the Simple Feather shapes are perfect for the 3 year-olds to practice their cutting skills, which is important for so many reasons. Take a look at how cutting skills are beneficial for development below.
We are going to start off by having the Grandparents watch our daily 'Circle Time.' I think they will enjoy seeing the kiddos sing our festive 'Hello' Song. Each student will have a chance to give a special 'hello' 'and present his/her Grandparent with their gift. We will then have the Grandparents and Kiddos work together on a Thankful Paper Chain. Once everybody is complete, we will combine all chains together to create one HUGE Class Chain. I can't decide if we will put it up in our classroom or the hallway. Hmmmm... We will then move down to the sanctuary to have a lovely Grandparents Day Chapel with the kids.
I can't wait!!!!
In the spirit of Thankfulness, we have many more T projects, turkey crafts, thankful games, joyful music and love of God to enjoy in our room this week. We can not wait to welcome our grandparents and special friends on Wednesday, Nov 16th @ 11:15am. We have a fun treat and surprise planned for them!!!! I can not wait to meet them all!!!!!
On Tap for this Week...
How to Disquise a Turkey!!! This is such a cute project that is so exciting for the kiddos. I love to see the creative ideas that come back and the children LOVE to share their creations!!! Please, use anything you have from home (not crayons or markers) to disquise this little fellow so he does not get eaten on Turkey Day. Please return by Monday, Nov 14th!!! I can't wait!!!
We will be reading 'A Plump and Perky Turkey' by Teresa Baleman, which is always a great read to get ready for Thanksgiving!!!
Today we read 'We're Going on a Leaf Hunt' by Steve Metzger. I love all books from the 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt' series. The kids had a blast acting out all of the tasks on our Leaf Hunt and we had to swim around our room, hop on stones to get across the river, walk through the deep, dark forest and much more!
We spent some time today preparing little tokens for our Grandparents/Special Friends that will be coming on Wednesday, Nov 16th @ 11:15am. I do not want to spoil the surprise, but I will say that socks and shoes came off and paint came out :) We are going to have such a good time. I can not wait!
Looking ahead, we are going to talk about all of the things that we are thankful for! Following are a few of our activities on tap for this week.
We had a happy, happy Halloween with lots of pumpkin fun. We each painted a pumpkin that will be coming home tomorrow, finished our P for Pumpkin Poster, made a monster pudding snack, read some Halloween fun and colored in some Halloween Sheets.
Before we move onto T for Thanksgiving, we are going to touch upon the fun book 'Caps for Sale' by Esphyr Slobodkina. Both of my kids always loved this book and couldn't wait to see what those tricky monkeys were up to. The students will help me act out this story and we have some cute crafts on deck to help us join in the fun!
We have gym, chapel and playground, as well!
Looking forward to a great Wednesday!
As a mom, I love to know what my children are discovering during their days and I am sure you do too! Stop by here anytime to see what fun & learning we are up to!