Monday, December 5, 2011

December has arrived! We only have two weeks of school left. These last two weeks of school we will be working on our top secret Christmas gift for families, making ornaments, and practicing for our holiday performance on Tuesday December 13!

Some of the highlights of the past couple of weeks:

Preparing for our Stone Soup Party!

Thank you to everyone who brought in vegetables to create our two delicious soups. The kids were so excited to go into our brand new kitchen and help chop the vegetables. Liane (Jack's mom) assisted the children in cutting the vegetables.

Our Stone Soup party was a success! On the menu that day was a butternut squash based vegetable soup and a spicy meatball soup! Thank you Teacher/Utopia Chef Jenny for putting them both together!

Christmas Present Wrapping
Last week Mia, Benny, Aditi and I decided to go over to Little Utopia to get some Christmas books. Mia noticed we had Christmas wrapping paper and asked if we could use it. I told her we could come back later that day and use it.
When we returned later that day we instructed the children to draw a special picture for someone.

When they were done with their drawing they went to another table, chose their wrapping paper,and use scissors and tape.

It was interesting to see how the kids would use these tools. They had to measure how much wrapping paper they would need, measure and cut the tape. After wrapping it they were asked to make label on it so we knew who it was for.

Utopia Wish List
Last week Utopia teachers put together a wish list of school supplies we need for the classroom. Thank you to all who have donated items! So far we have received sidewalk chalk, watercolor paint,sharpies, black ink, tissue, colored pencils,metal rings, and sheet protectors!

The kids have enjoyed using all these new supplies!

A topic we have been discussing in class is feelings. We have been talking with the kids about how they should treat their peers and what they should do if someone is mean to them,hurts them, or what they should say if they do not want to play with someone. We have been discussing how it makes their peers feel when they are not kind and asking them how they feel when someone is not kind to them. So that the kids know how to respond to these situations we have been role playing and the kids really love acting out different scenarios! We will continue discussing this topic in class!

During group time I've been asking the kids how they are feeling that day. Every day there are different responses! When your child gets home you should ask them how they feel and ask them why they are feeling that way.

On this day I asked the kids how they were feeling and then to show me that facial expression.

This past Tuesday we met with our 5th grade buddies! They talk to us about advent. They told us that advent is the preparation for Christmas. Only four more Sundays until Christmas when advent begins. Then they showed us how to make an advent wreath! We cut out the wreath, candles, and then glued them together. After gluing and decorating we wrote numbers on each candle.

Gingerbread Houses
This past Friday Alleen (Austin's mom) and Abby (Ava's mom) came in to make gingerbread houses with us. Some of the other classrooms had saved their milk cartons for us so we could decorate them. Alleen and Abby brought in graham crackers,frosting and special goodies to place on our houses!

Tuesday 12/05 Julie will come in to make pine cone ornaments
Wednesday 12/06 Ivon will come in to make applesauce cinnamon ornaments
Friday 12/08 Rose will come in to make marshmallow snowmen

Tuesday 12/13 Holiday Program in the Gym. Please have your child in our classroom by 5:45. Children should be dressed in festive clothing. The actual show begins at 6:30.
Friday 12/16 Minimal day and Potluck party! We invite everyone to join us around 10:30. School dismisses at 12.

Winter Break December 19- January 3. School Resumes Wednesday January 4.