We are looking forward to a great month.
The month of December was filled with exciting themes, games, and projects! We started our month with a week dedicated to Penguins. We filled out a KWL chart on what we already knew about penguins (K), what we wanted to learn (W), and as the week went on, we filled in our learned (L) section. We made penguin oreos, competed in penguin relay races, and did a science experiment to learn how penguins stay dry!
Our second week was focused on snow and winter. We created our own snow slime and used the slime as a sensory object for the week. In art, we made polar bear masks and snowmen out of puffy paint. In the gym, we practiced and played the pacer game. Outside the kids have had free time or the option of playing in a kickball, baseball, or soccer game. It has been a lot of fun working on motor skills and sportsmanship. Our class also got the opportunity to do partner reading with the 2/3 HEDP yellow group and we hope this is something we will continue moving forward.
The final week before break we read about the different holidays celebrated in December. We celebrated birthdays and the first day of winter by making s’mores and sitting by the classroom “campfire”. The kids enjoyed the s’mores while telling campside jokes. It was a great success. The following day we got to decorate cookies. The cookies were packaged up to go home as a gift for loved ones. On Friday, before break, we went caroling to all the other extended day classrooms. We sang ‘Let it Snow’ and it was a hit! The other groups were a great audience and the first graders really stole the show!
As we move into 2017 we are going to focus on reaching the goals that each child has set for themself. We will also learn about Martin Luther King Jr and Chinese New Year. We will continue to learn new games and work on treating one another with kindness.
Wishing you all a healthy and happy new year!
Krista, Tess, & Kelly