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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!
Our children enjoyed learning about spiders, pumpkins, and the leaves in fall. Special thanks to all the parents who bought For Small Hands items for our class! Our children appreciate all of the new work in the classroom so much. Also, thank you to Elisa M. (Roberto’s mom) for helping with our art project for the Art Auction! We are really fortunate to have so many talented parents.
In November, we will learn about Native Americans and Thanksgiving. We will continue learning to sign all our friends names in sign language. We can sign all short names now. We will continue progressing in all other areas at our own pace. It is so wonderful to see our class transforming to a normalized class! One of my favorite moments of the day is when we dismiss children after yoga in the morning. It is amazing how calmly the children choose their work and focus on it. That moment is so peaceful and is wonderful to see! We really enjoy what we are doing, and thank you so much for sharing your wonderful children with us!
Children learn higher level of cognitive and social skills not only through mental development, but also by observing others as models!
Multi-age groupings help children develop a sense of community and supports social development. I am amazed everyday in my classroom how children of different ages are interacting and learning from one another. The older children are encouraged to give lessons to younger children, and it’s amazing to watch the older child solidify what they know by teaching it to the younger child. It is just as amazing to see a younger child’s eyes focus intently on the older child as they give a lesson. This is more powerful than an adult giving a lesson. They connect more deeply with other children.
Ms. Alicia and I really appreciate the new door to the bathroom. Thank you Steve and Andy for your hard work!! Thanks to Melissa S. for taking charge of the Scholastic book orders. Special thanks to all the grandparents and friends who came to Grandparents Day. We are learning about pumpkins, leaves, and spiders in October. Again, thanks to all the parents for all the things that you do for our class.