Welcome back! We hope everyone had a restful Thanksgiving with family and friends.
The children loved Feast For 10 by Cathryn Falwell! It is rhythmic story that depicts a family grocery shopping and preparing a meal to enjoy together. We worked on comparing, classifying, sequencing and noting similarities and differences in different food items, identifying and counting numbers 1-10, etc. We introduced the letter “W” and reviewed letters “y,” ”h,” “g” and “v.” We have spent the month of November learning the color brown and the shape rectangle.
Our next theme, holidays, is based on the three stories: Bear Stays Up for Christmas by Karma Wilson, If You Take a Mouse to the Movies by Laura Numeroff, and Pete the Cat Saves Christmas by Eric Litwin.
Bear Stays Up for Christmas is a delightful bear book which ties in perfectly to our theme demonstrating friendship and giving. Bear is so sleepy and wants to take a nap but does not want to sleep through Christmas…again. Bear’s friends help bear stay awake. Bear and his friends are in for a special surprise at the end.
If You Take a Mouse to the Movies brings us some familiar characters as the mischievous little mouse has his boy running in circles to get him what he wants. When he goes to the movies, he wants popcorn. When he gets popcorn he wants to string it. When he strings popcorn, he wants a Christmas tree. When he gets a Christmas tree, he wants to make ornaments, etc. Eventually, they wind up at the movies for more popcorn. Seasonal vocabulary and numerous action words are emphasized in this nicely sequential story that allows the children to predict and “read” what comes next.
Pete the Cat Saves Christmas is a cute parody of “The Night Before Christmas” with delightful illustrations. Pete the Cat reminds us that although the task may be difficult, the spirit of “giving your all” is what Christmas is about.
Dates To Remember
- Class Party – December 20th at 11:00! Parent volunteers are needed. If you wish to help with the holiday party, please let us know. Thank you!
- Winter Break – Dec. 22 – Jan 2, 2017
- Student Holiday – Jan. 3-4, 2017
- Students return – Jan. 5, 2017