Hello December in the 3's
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We are so happy to see your little ones faces again (and to get those hugs❤️)! It was like a family reunion on Thursday morning!
This is a reminder that progress reports will be coming out next week, and that we’ll be having conferences on Thursday night, and Friday during the day. This means there is no school on Friday the 10th.
This month we’re going to be learning about different holidays that are celebrated this time of year, and some similarities and differences between them. This week we learned about Diwali!
Our book this week was Diwali Day by Preeti Singh. We learned that we can celebrate with lanterns called Diya, that circular designs are made on the floor called Rangoli, and that fireworks and sparklers light up the night sky!
What’s new I’m centers this week…
Art- We made our own lanterns to light up our classroom, and Rangoli ornaments for our pretend center.
Easel- The children used dot markers to decorate Rangolis! What pretty patterns we saw!
Math- The children built snowmen out of numbers! There was a number on the snowman’s hat and they could match it with a snowball of what it looks like on a hand and how many dots there are.
Playdough- We have gingerbread and star cookie cutters, gingerbread cookie erasers, and playdough mats of the symbols of the holiday we’re learning about.
Pretend- HOLIDAY MASHUP! The children loved decorating a tree with garland and the Rangoli ornaments they made at the art table. We had fun with a tray of cookies, some food that’s special to all of the holidays, and a menorah! Oh what fun!!
Discovery- Using gum drops and toothpicks the little architects made all sorts of things.
Blocks- A big dollhouse with furniture and dolls, calico critters, and magnetiles with jingle bells got our imaginations flowing!
Literacy- We had fun matching letter “ornaments” to the letters on a tree!
Sensory- Big and little tubes make great ramps for Pom poms, jingle bells, and glittery Styrofoam balls! Using tongs to put them in helps makes our hand and finger muscles strong!
As always, if you have any questions or concerns please reach out. We look forward to seeing you next week!
Christina Renoni and Brenda Daday