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.
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
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.
We had an exceptional Thanksgiving Feast last week! Thank you to all the parents who brought fruit for the salad. The children enjoyed creating hats and necklaces, preparing the food, and sharing it with the other classes.
We had our first nature walk with our kindergarten students. They were so interested and excited to explore the world outside.
In November, we learned about leaves and why they change colors, Thanksgiving traditions, and the continent of Australia.
We celebrated and learned about Diwali, the festival of lights. For our study of Diwali the children made some artwork called a Diya. The children tried on traditional Indian clothes, and all the children loved it. They also had fun making ‘puri’ (fried bread) and eating it. Thank you to Avi’s mom, Aruna, and Grandma Durga, for sharing their Diwali experiences, tradition, and food with us.
In December, we will learn about festivals and cultures around the world. Some parents are interested in giving presentations about how they celebrate their family holidays. We will share the presentation schedule as soon as we finalize it. More parents are welcome to join in, if they are interested in sharing their family traditions with our class. We will have our holiday music program on Friday, December 20 in our classroom, cook some traditional holiday foods, and study Antarctica this month.
We are in Autumn! Thanksgiving is right around the corner. November is all about the harvest, watching colorful leaves fall from the trees, and getting ready for the cold season. This month we are expanding our food vocabulary by tasting different snack foods. We are also learning more about leaves by observing, raking, and creating artwork with them. Thank you to Tracy (Karston’s mom) for giving us a rake that is just our student’s size. Leaf raking work is very popular in our classroom. Our Thanksgiving feast is on November 26th. Thank you so much for signing-up to bring food. We really appreciate all you do for us to make every event joyful. Have a happy Thanksgiving!
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.