December Update

It’s the holiday season…

There is excitement in the air and in the classroom as the children eagerly anticipate the upcoming holidays. There are many holiday learning experiences planned for this festive time of year. Circle time activities and discussions will focus on our families’ customs and holiday traditions and we will explore holiday traditions from other countries as well. Center time activities will include creating holiday paintings and decorations, reading holiday books, making a musical instrument, playing the dreidel game and reading a holiday issue of My Big World magazine.
At music time we will sing Jingle Bells, We Wish You a Merry Christmas, Rudolph, the Dreidel song and other popular songs of the season.

Also, all the children will be busy working on a special gift for their families.
The letter of the week activities are G is for gift and H is for Holly.

December 13th – 17th is a sharing week…the children are asked to bring in a holiday treasure on their scheduled sharing day.

A favorite Santa song: (Tune of Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes)
Hat, whiskers, belt and boots, belt and boots.
Hat, whiskers, belt and boots, belt and boots.
Twinkling eyes and a little cherry nose,
Hat, whiskers, belt and boots, belt and boots.

REMINDERS, REQUESTS AND OTHER INFO:
*We are collecting empty water bottles for a musical craft on Thursday and Friday, December 9th and 10th.

*Families are invited to attend an outdoor holiday get-together on Wednesday, December 22nd at 9:30. In conjunction with the Groveland Police Dept. we will be collecting unwrapped toys for a Toys for Tots donation. More information will come home as the date nears.

*The January snack calendar is available to sign.
*Progress reports will be issued mid-January. There will be a sign up sheet to schedule a phone conference with your child’s teacher.

* Registration forms for the 2022/2023 school year will come in December for returning students.

*Returning families will receive their first-choice schedule when forms are returned by January 15th. Following that date, new families are welcome to enroll. There is an Open House scheduled for new families on Saturday,
January 22nd from 9:30-10:30.

SNACKS:
Monday (29) pretzels – Harrison
Tuesday (30) Goldfish – Eliza/Elias
Wednesday (1) yogurt – Emelina
Thursday (2) hummus & pita bread – Caroline C.
Friday (3) graham crackers – Lucci

Monday (6) birthday celebration – Lillian
Tuesday (7) bananas – John
Wednesday (8) veggies & dip – Harrison
Thursday (9) pretzels – Mila
Friday (10) bananas – Caleb

Monday (13) pretzels – Olive
Tuesday (14) Clementines – Margot
Wednesday (15) mini bagels & cream cheese-
Thursday (16) birthday celebration – Eliza
Friday (17) Clementines – Caroline B.

Monday (20) Goldfish – Samantha
Tuesday (21) Goldfish – Brandt

Happy Holidays!!

A Christmas finger play:
Here is the chimney (make fist with thumb tucked inside)
Here is the top (place other hand over)
Open the lid (remove hand)
Out Santa will pop! (wiggle thumb)
Ho! Ho! Ho! Merry Christmas!

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