The Blue Room Note — December 3-14

A few weeks of Thanksgiving, some patterning fun, and a lot of snow!! And then… it was December. Looking forward to watching your little elves stay busy the next couple of weeks and a little warmer weather so we can actually play in the snow instead of just freeze!

Reminders:

  • The blue roomers have been doing a great job independently getting outdoor gear on and off by themselves, with a little help zipping. We are working on this to make them as independent as possible, the more you allow your child to get reading on his/her own, the better (and quicker) it goes!
  • We start our day outside at Kinderfarm if the temperature is above 15 degrees.
  • While talking about dressing… please be sure that your child’s inside shoes are going to the classroom, hats and mittens are put in coat sleeve, snow pants and coat get hung in the coatroom (on a blue or green hook), and backpacks go to the orange room bin!
  • Please be sure to review the Inclement Weather Policy about the delayed starts and early dismissals, as our policy is a little different than other schools.
  • If there are any holiday traditions that are unique and special to you, please let me know. It is always fun to have guests in our classroom!

December 3-7

Monday:The little elves at Kinderfarm will busy today working on a special project to bring home! Books: “Llama, Llama Holiday Drama” and “Christmas Mice.”

Wednesday:Today we will work on crafts to enhance our learning about Hanukkah, which started this week. An edible craft (marshmallow dreidel) will get us started this morning, followed by a game with a real dreidel. This afternoon will be perfect for our group of 9 to make a menorah. Ask to see your child’s candle!

Books: “How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Hanukkah” and “My First Menorah.”

Friday:St. Nicholas is known for his generosity to those in need, his love for children, and his concern for sailors and ships. A tradition built upon Saint Nicholas is putting shoes or stockings out in hopes to be filled with gold or treats. He is celebrated on December 6th, which is the day he died. Getting treats in my shoe is a tradition I have grown up with. Your child may tell you about something found in his/her shoe today. Book: “A Visit from St. Nicholas and Santa Mouse, Too.”

December 10-14

Monday:Your little elf will be finishing his/her project started last Monday! Looking forward to seeing the final touches. Casey from the Iowa City Library will be joining us this afternoon! Book: “Christmas Cats”

Wednesday:We will start a tree project today… green paint here we come! We will read the book “Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree” and “The Biggest Christmas Tree Ever,” which will tie in perfectly.

Friday:Ornaments for the trees we started Monday will be on the agenda today! Little circles will get glued on the trees, so gluing and counting skills will be put to the test. Books: “Maple and Willows Christmas Tree” and “Clifford’s First Christmas.”

 

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree

Mrs. Rogers