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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Merry Christmas!

We had a wonderful morning as we sorted through our food drive items, created a HUGE graph, and counted 122 items to give to the food bank!  It was a fabulous activity and service project.  Many thanks for supporting the efforts of your children!

Our Christmas party was so much fun.  Thanks to Jenny and Heidi for all your work.  Thanks to the parents and grandparents who were able to come and be part of our celebration.  We pray you have a wonderful Christmas break full of time with family and good memories being made.  See you in 2012!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Little Town of Bethlehem

Sweden was our country today.  They have some very rich traditions for celebrating Christmas, including Saint Lucia.  Ask your preschooler about it!

Most of our time during centers was spent on the little town of Bethlehem.  We had a stable, the manger, gifts for baby Jesus, animals in the stable and even straw.  It was wonderful to see the children play out the Christmas story all on their own!

We had delicious satsuma oranges for snack and counted the segment of our oranges.  This was lots of fun!

We did a little river stone balancing, Lilly pad hopping and tunnel crawling to work out wiggles out before music.  Miss Marsha told us more about Christmas in Sweden and we even saw Saint Lucia!

Wednesday is the last day of the food drive!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Merry Christmas!

It seems a bit unreal that this is our last week of preschool for the year 2011!  It has certainly been a magnificent fall. 

This week will be full of all kinds of wonderful activities.  We will be learning about Christmas around the world from Addy, turning the food from our food drive into a HUGE 3-D graph, enjoying chapel with Pastor Dudley, and celebrating Christmas together in our classes! 

Our T/TH group of preschoolers were sent home a nativity presentation with your preschoolers part highlighted.  The party on Thursday will involve acting out the nativity story.  Your child does not need to memorize these lines, but this is to help them be familiar with their parts.  Thanks to Jenny and Heidi for planning our celebration!

Thanks to Jennifer and Patrick for planning the party on Friday!
Our Christmas parties will begin at 10:30 on Thursday and Friday.  Family is welcome to attend!  Let us know if you have any questions.


Friday, December 9, 2011

A Fun, Easy Recipe

We made these wonderful smelling ornaments today in art.  Here is the recipe.  Simple, easy and fun!

1 cup cinnamon
3/4 cup water
4 Tb. white glue

Mix.  Roll out, not too thin.  Cut out with cookie cutters, poke a hole it the top (a straw works well) and either bake on warm for 2 hours or air dry for several days!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Christmas Cookies

The highlight of the day was certainly making Christmas cookies... actually eating them probably was!  The preschoolers cut out their own cookies and frosted them.  Yum!

We had a WSU student in our classroom this morning.  She was there to observe and see what a faith based preschool program was like.  I am always excited to share the joy of faith based education!  If your preschooler talks about a visitor, this is who it was.  She was delightful to have in class.

We also worked on a top secret project during art.  You'll find out just what is was when you open you gift on Christmas! 

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Making Gifts

After learning about Christmas is Haiti, we were busy making secrets gifts!  You'll find out what they are during your home Christmas celebrations.  They will be wrapped and sent home on Friday! 

During centers time we hung ornaments on the tree in order from 1-12, worked on more Christmas cards, dug our hands into shaving cream and took care of Baby Jesus.

Worship time talked about the place where Jesus was born and trying to find  a room at the inn.  We put the Innkeeper on our Bethlehem scene today.

SHARE Day is Friday!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Shoes By the Christmas Tree

Today we learned about a few traditions form Germany.  One included putting shoes out to be filled with treats by the patron saint, St. Nicholas!  So, we put our shoes by the Christmas tree near the couches and after centers time, we looked to see if anything happened.  Well, we were very pleased to find several little gifts stashed in our shoes!  Needless to say, the kids LOVED it!

We also tried our hand at a science investigation with the help of a wonderful parent volunteer.  It didn't work like it did when I tested it out at home, but it was still neat to see the color spread up the coffee filter.  These will be turned into the dress of angel tree toppers!  We also had a big zoo full of dinosaurs and gorillas.  They enjoyed eating fish and later trying to get our hopping frogs to hop into the bucket.  We made a fun bowling game and balanced on a rainbow circle. 

Worship was about Joseph and his important job of taking care of Mary and baby Jesus.  We thanked God for our Daddy's who keep us safe too.

The sun was shining and we were running outside.  The fresh air felt great and the kids enjoyed every minute of it!

We sorted our food drive items into groups and counted how many items were in each group.  We are getting a good amount of food!  We can't wait to make our big floor graph next week! 

SHARE Day is Thursday.  See you then!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Romanian Stars

Addy told us about Christmas celebrations in Romania.  They include covering wooden stars with foil to shine the way for the wisemen!  So of course we made foil covered stars today.  We also did some very open ended nativity art, crazy wood crafting, wood working with Ken and writing Christmas cards and gift tags.  It is great to get the preschoolers picking up writing utensils and creating cards and tags for their friends and family.  You can easily do this at home too... many of them enjoy this project and spend a lot of time hard at work!

Worship included the story of Mary being visited by the angel Gabriel.  We sang, lit two advent candles and put Mary on our Bethlehem scene.

Music with Miss Marsha introduced the sounds of the music families through the story of Peter and the Wolf.  Puppets helped portray the story with the help of the preschoolers!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Coming Up This Week

Our Advent adventures continue this week as we learn from Addy about Christmas celebrations in Romania, Germany and Haiti.  Addy is a beloved friend of your children.  You can see her napping on top of the teacher’s easel.  We will be making things and doing activities that correspond with the celebrations we hear about!  We will be doing some interesting science investigating while making angels, cutting out and decorating sugar cookies and making special secret gifts for family!  Our closing letters this week are M and N.  We are singing a new number song that will help us count to 30 too! 

Our worship time follow your home advent devotional.  We will be hearing about Mary, Joseph, the Innkeeper, and the Shepherds.  The Thursday class has chapel with Pastor Dudley!  Wonderful songs are also a big part of our worship during advent.

We are continuing our work with handwriting as we remember to start our letters at the top, and begin to focus on big curves and little curves. 

SHARE Day is on Thursday and Friday this week!  Next Thursday and Friday will be our classroom Christmas Parties from 10:30-11:30am.  Family is welcome to come and join the fun!

Our Food Drive is still going on.  We are sorting and counting everyday!  Please donate as you are able.
Important Information
Starting this week, we will be collecting non-perishable food items and children’s hygiene items for the local food bank.  We will be sorting and grouping these items and will make a HUGE 3-D graph with them at the end of the drive.  Please consider bringing some items for our service project!
Upcoming Events
Nov. 28-Dec. 14     Food Drive
Dec. 8 & 9                 SHARE DAY
Dec. 15 & 16            Christmas Parties
Dec. 19-Jan. 2         No Preschool – Christmas Break

Friday, December 2, 2011

Loving Advent!

Have I said that Advent is my favorite time of year to teach?  I LOVE IT!  Addy told us about Christmas in Japan and how it is much like our Valentine's Day.  So we cut out hearts and decorated them with Christmas stickers.  We also worked with crazy wood shapes, made Christmas greeting cards, took care of Baby Jesus and sang wonderful songs.

At Worship we added a tree stickers to our Advent scene.  It will be fun for you to do at home too

During art with Miss Holly we made beaded stars.  They help us remember the star that led to wise men to Jesus and they help us remember that our light can shine for Jesus too!

We've been busy counting and sorting in the classroom too!  Our food drive is still going on, so please add to the drive as you are able!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Back in the Classroom

It was good to be back in the classroom today.  My little guy is feeling much better.  Thanks for your prayers!

We learned about Christmas traditions in Greece today.  Addy told us how they tie fresh basil to wooden crosses, dip them in water, and sprinkle the water all about the house.  We made crosses with basil today.  It smelled very good! 

We cut our jello jigglers today, we had mixed up the jello on Tuesday.  We cut them in tree and star shapes.  We worked on big puzzles, hung tree ornaments on the Christmas tree in numerical order (very fun), took care of babies, and arranged nativity scenes all around the room.

During Worship we put our Bethlehem scene together as we get ready to read something new each day of advent.  You have you scene at home too!  It is a great connection between home and school.  I hope you are able to make use of it at home!     

We finished the day with Art with Miss Holly.  We made beaded stars as we talked about the star that led the wisemen to Jesus.

Please remember that our Food Drive in going on!  We love sorting and counting all the items that come in!