Monthly Archives: December 2013

Primary I December Blog

Hello everyone!  November was very busy month.  We learned about the first Thanksgiving and Native Americans, and the children made Native American headdresses and shakers.  In cooking class we made tepees with tortillas and fruit. The Thanksgiving Feast was also a blast! We had so much fun dancing and singing Native American songs around our new classroom tepee donated by Elisa and Guido (Roberto’s parents.) A special thanks to all of the MSH classrooms for sharing delicious food with us!

In December, we will continue with our holiday spirit by celebrating holidays around the world!  This week, we learned about Hanukkah.  We also learned how Thanksgiving is celebrated in Korea thanks to Miyoung (Shinae’s mom.) Later this month we will learn about Diwali, the Festival of Lights, in India.  We will end our holiday celebrations by learning more about the Christmas holiday.  The children will make gingerbread houses with graham crackers, fruit, and cream cheese.  It is so wonderful to see how children love different holiday celebrations. Thank you all so much for all that you do for our MSH. Ms. Alicia, Ms. Carol, and I  wish every one of you a safe and happy holiday!  See you in 2014!

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December 11, 2013 4:18 pm  |   Category:   |   Comments Off

Toddler II December Blog

Hello everyone!  It is hard to believe that we are almost at the end of our first semester.

Last month’s Thanksgiving feast and the related activities were so much fun. It has been such a nice opportunity for us to observe the little ones growing day by day physically, mentally and socially. They truly love one another and love to do activities together as a team. We are really proud of our children.

This month we are doing holiday related artwork and cooking with the regular Montessori curriculum. Our holiday program will be on December 20th at 9:00 am in our classroom. The children have worked very hard and cannot wait to perform for you!

On behalf of our Toddler II Classroom, we wish you happy and joyful holidays.

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December 9, 2013 4:17 pm  |   Category:   |   Comments Off

Primary II Blogpost

Hello Primary II Families!

We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving break.  Leading up to our own Thanksgiving celebration here in the classroom, the children were busy learning the story of the first Thanksgiving.  We focused the month of November on the continent of North America and Native Americans.  The books we read together sparked many great conversations.  The children loved learning about the legend of the dreamcatcher and had fun creating their very own dreamcatchers to hang above their beds.

In the first week of December, we have learned about Hannukah and have begun to discuss Christmas, Kwanza and New Years.  We have been listening to Tchaikovsky and the music of the Nutcracker.  We will be studying solids-liquids-and gases in science along with amphibians.  Our featured artist this month is Michelangelo and our author of the month is JanBrett.

We are asking parents to please send in a pair of slippers (no characters, please) for your child to wear daily in the classroom.  As always, thank you for your continued support and sharing your children with us each day.

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December 6, 2013 4:16 pm  |   Category:   |   Comments Off

Toddler Thanksgiving Applesauce Recipe

Toddler Thanksgiving Applesauce Recipe

  • 1 bag of granny smith apples peeled and sliced
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup of apple juice
  • 2 tsp cinnamon

Place all of your ingredients in a crockpot and mix thoroughly. Cook on high for 6 hours or until apples are tender. Turn off and allow the sauce to cool completely before mashing with a potatoe masher. Eat and enjoy!

Becky, Lacey, and our Toddler Class

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December 5, 2013 4:16 pm  |   Category:   |   Comments Off

Elementary II Classroom Pajama Drive

Good Afternoon Everyone,

The children are bringing home flyers today about the Scholastic Reading Club Pajama Drive.  This is an annual event that benefits the Pajama Program.  The Pajama Program is a nonprofit organization that supplies pajamas to children living in orphanages, shelters, foster care, and group homes.  Scholastic matches a book with each pair of pajamas that are donated through December 14th.

The guidelines for the pajamas are:

  • The pajamas must be brand new.
  • The pajamas may be in all sizes.
  • The pajamas must be in complete sets or nightgowns.
  • The pajamas must be manufactured as pajamas, so they will be flame-retardant and safe.

*You may donate fuzzy socks and/or slippers to go with the pajamas, too.  It would be wonderful for these children to have something to keep their feet warm!

The pajama drive is a service learning, language arts, and math project all rolled into one for the 2nd-4th graders.  The children will be making posters, speaking with the other classes, and graphing the number of pajamas brought in by each class.  This is a wonderful opportunity for our children to be active in helping others their age!

Thank you for your support.

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December 4, 2013 4:14 pm  |   Category:   |   Comments Off