The boys are quickly getting settled back into school! We have started our Winter Wonderland unit, which is always a favorite! This week we discussed winter weather and clothing. It was amazing that we started the week in the high 60’s and ended it in the low 30’s! This was an excellent opportunity to discuss with the boys what winter weather is like around America. The boys also made some delicious homemade hot cocoa Friday. This was an excellent activity for math concepts and real-life science concepts. The YK1 classroom accidentally used salt instead of sugar, so the boys were able to have that hands-on experience of cause and effect. They quickly learned the importance of following a recipe and how salt affects something sweet!
Just a reminder that we will be starting conferences at the end of this month. Please make sure you schedule your conference time.
Wow! We cannot believe that we have almost reached Christmas break! Every year it is incredible how much the boys develop and grow just from the first day of school up until they leave for Christmas break. We have gotten to know each of these sweet boys in these first few months and can’t wait to continue to see them grow into these amazing young men. Just today as we read the book “Gingerbread Baby” we discussed afterward how the boys would catch the gingerbread baby themselves. It was amazing to see how much their critical thinking skills have developed as well as their creativity! This week we have continued to get in the holiday spirit by working on some fun Christmas themed crafts as well as sitting down with the boys and discussing the real reason we celebrate Christmas. The boys have been working very hard on a few special Christmas crafts for you all, and they have been practicing for their performance we will have during our classroom Christmas party! Please remember that next Tuesday, December 17th at 9 a.m. we will be hosting our classroom Christmas party. All are welcome! We have sent out emails and reminders in the folders about what the boys need to bring for the party and also relevant information on after-school care next week. Wednesday will be our last day, so we wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year! We will see everyone back January 7th!
It’s beginning to look like Christmas in YK! We have started our Christmas unit, and the boys are quickly getting into the Christmas spirit! The boys worked together to decorate the tree, and the classroom elf was sent from Santa. The boys had so much fun choosing a unique name for their elf and learning some important facts about him. By incorporating the traditions into our classroom that many of the boys might experience at home, they develop a sense of belonging which makes them feel safe. These fun traditions help strengthen our classroom community, and it's so fun to see their excitement each day as they find our elf and create fun Christmas crafts. We want Christmas to a magical and joyful time. We also want them to understand that the real meaning and joy of Christmas is about Jesus coming into the world and giving, both to those we love and to those we don’t even know. We have discussed that Jesus came to demonstrate what it means to be a servant. We have also talked about our elf, Alphie, that pays close attention to the boys who take the time to be kind and share with their friends. We had firefighters come to our school to give the boys a tour of their fire truck. We thought this would be a great time to show them how thankful we were for them. The boys worked hard creating a big “thank you” poster for them to take back to their fire station. The boys were so happy and excited to give it to them. We also went around the school to deliver a special YK Christmas card to some special people! The boys have been working extra hard on a special Christmas present for their moms and dads and can’t wait to give it to them at our school Christmas party! Just a reminder that the Christmas party will be December 19th at 9 a.m.! Here is a little spotlight from the boy’s Spanish teacher, Mrs. Watson, on all the awesome things they are doing with her!
It is Christmas time "La Navidad". In our Spanish class I am reading a bilingual book about "La Navidad" and singing the well-known song "Feliz Navidad". The boys love to play the maracas while I sing the song.
The class learned three colors in Spanish: red ( rojo), blue ( azul), green ( verde). They participated in different kinds of activities to practice them, such as playing "go fish" and "find the color", chanting, singing, etc.
Also we are practicing counting in Spanish from 1 to 5. ( uno, dos, tres, cuatro, cinco). I am using a Christmas counting book to practice counting and teaching Christmas vocabulary in Spanish.
I hope everybody has a wonderful Christmas and a happy New Year.Feliz Navidad a todosSeñora Watson.
Wow! What a fun week in YK! We finished our first week of our camping unit. The focus this week was on camping gear and the big discussion was about what we would bring with us on a camp out! Throughout the week the boys went on a bear hunt, explored our indoor and outdoor tent, made animal tracks, and explored a “dark forest” with lanterns. For these activities the boys really had to use their imagination. Pretend play is so important in child development. So when we went on our bear hunt throughout the school and when we took our lanterns around our dark classroom forest the boys were building skills in many essential developmental areas. When the boys are engaging in these pretend (or dramatic) play activities they are actively experimenting with the social and emotional roles of life. It is helping to teach them the important moral development skill of empathy by pretending to be different characters, which gives them that experience of walking in someone else’s shoes. It also helps them understand the power of language. It’s amazing to hear them as they engage in their pretend play because you might hear some words and phrases you never thought they knew! We are also always working towards fostering a culture of thinking in our classroom. Pretend play provides your child with a variety of problems to solve. Many times we see boys wanting to play the same role or searching for the right block to make the roof on their house made for a mouse, during these moments we are seeing the boys using important cognitive skills that they will use in every aspect of their lives, now and forever