Thursday, December 1st - Today Miss Gensler was at Professional Development all day but during Math time we got to make pattern mints to help decorate our classroom as a Gingerbread House! They are now hanging from the ceiling!
Friday, December 2nd - Two rounds of centers kept us pretty busy before our Early Dismissal!
Monday, December 5th - Parent-Teacher Conferences all day
Tuesday, December 6th - Today was St. Nicholas Day...we learned about how they celebrate this tradition in The Netherlands and we even made our own "wooden" shoes to leave by our fireplace for a special treat!
Wednesday, December 7th - Today we read The Cajun Gingerbread Man and created Gingerbread Glyphs to represent our family make-up, our favorite dessert, and how old we are!
Thursday, December 8th - Today we learned about the French Tradition of the Yule Log. We learned how children help their fathers pick out a log that they think will continue to burn until New Years. We added to this page of our Holidays Around the World book we are currently working on.
Friday, December 9th - During Math today we began learning about ordinal numbers 1-5. We talked about how an ordinal number describes an item's position in line. We also learned that depending which way a line is going something's ordinal number may change.
Monday, December 12th - Today was Poinsettia Day! We learned about the Mexican legend of the Poinsettia and used construction paper to create our own festive plant! We also discussed ordinal numbers during Math...We will be assessed on knowing 1st-5th positions in January!
Tuesday, December 13th - Today was St. Lucia Day. Last week during centers we had the chance to create some festive headwear like the children in Sweden wear on this holiday. The girls made candle crowns and the boys made tall, sparkly hats. After Morning Program we had the chance to deliver a sweet treat to the adults along with a short explanation of this tradition.
Wednesday, December 14th - Today we played a really fun listening game! The children had to close their eyes while I made a sound using a classroom item...the children then had to try and illustrate what item they "heard". Here are the 10 sounds we had to identify: a bell, toilet flushing, ripping paper, scissors, snapping on a marker top, closing a door, turning on the faucet, musical snow globe, a pencil sharpener, and shaking a button box.
Thursday, December 15th - Today we continued learning about 3 Dimensional (solid) shapes during Math. We are now able to recognize a sphere, cylinder, cube, and cone...even if we can't properly pronounce them!
Friday, December 16th - Our excitement for today consisted of preparing our Gingerbread Dough for Monday! We used what we know about Math and Science to follow a recipe to make dough.
Monday, December 19th - Today was GINGERBREAD DAY!!!!!!!!!! In the morning we cut out and decorated our Gingerbread boys and girls. Before going to playground we put them in the oven but when we came back to check on them after they were GONE!!! After following clues around the school we ran back to our classrooms and saw that the Gingerbread Man had tricked us by taking our cookies! He left them at our seats with a special treat to enjoy on a cold day.
Tuesday, December 20th - Today we finished our "Top Secret" holiday gifts for our families!
Wednesday, December 21st - During Writer's Workshop today we wrote about what we like to do in the snow (even though it's raining out!) We have been focusing on using spacing between words, a period at the end of a sentence, and using lowercase letters. These are all great skills to reinforce at home!
Thursday, December 22nd - Today we finished up the last page in our Holidays Around the World Book and drew a picture of ourselves celebrating Christmas with our families.