During the first two months of school the first graders have settled into the routine of independently arriving to HEDP and checking in. They then enjoy a snack with their friends. When snack is over the children spend 20 minutes reading and spending time working in their individual sketch pads or on their all about me books. The children are then asked to line up so that they can spend one hour outdoors, if the weather allows. Please dress your child in layers, as this will make your child more comfortable when we are outside. The children then come inside for a short meeting and spend the remainder of the afternoon participating in must do educational activities and making "free choices".
The HEDP First Grade Teachers have been busy preparing activities for the month of November/December that are geared to teach the children how their food choices that can help keep them healthy. While learning about proper nutrition the children will also learn to prepare some savory and nutritious snacks throughout the month. Many of the children have shared that they have an interest in science, therefore the teachers are eager to have the children participate in hands on experiments aimed at teaching them ways to prevent the spread germs and hopefully ways stay healthy during the winter months.
The first graders also gave back to the community by participating in the HEDP "Veteran's Day Drive." The children decorated gift bags, created cards, and made 3D poppies to give to members of our armed forces who are at the West Roxbury V.A. Hospital.
We will also played games that built responsibility, trust, and honesty in the community. The first grade classroom held a Family Style Potluck Dinner to celebrate the HEDP first grade community.
During the month of December the children will be studying the solar system and learning about the winter Solstice. The teachers have planned activities that will allow the children to learn about through singing and dancing, stories, and hands on craft projects.
Early release day permissions slips for the month of December will continue to be handed out, please be sure to complete and return these slips.
Dates to note:
Tuesday, November 11th - Veteran's Day - No School
Wednesday, November 12th - Early Release Day - " A Day at the Carnival"
Tuesday, November 18th- Early Release Day - "Family Style Potluck"
Wednesday, November 26th - Early Release Day - "Movie" HEDP closes at 4:45
Thursday, November 27th - Thanksgiving - No School
Friday, November 28th - No School
Wednesday, December 3rd - Early Release Day - “Outer Space” Tye Dye Socks and and special snack
Tuesday, December 9th - Early Release Day - “MFA Visits”
Wednesday, December 24th - January 2nd - Winter Holiday - No School
In order to make some of the upcoming projects possible the First Grade Class room is hoping for the following donations:
- Lysol wipes
- Tissue boxes
- Plastic table cloths - (white)
- Plastic Hammer (can be returned in January)
- Alien mask or antenna (can be returned in January)
- Cape (can be returned in January)
- Googly eyes/funny glasses (can be returned in January)
We share the classroom with KBK and must be considerate of the space. We are not able to leave any "lost and found" items or art work in KBK.
HEDP cleans the classroom out each day to make sure KBK is fully prepared for the morning. Please contact HEDP if your child is missing any items before looking in KBK. Thank you for your cooperation!
Diana and Ellie