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December Pre-K Newsletter

Wow, I cannot believe that fall is behind us, and the cold weather is coming.  Winter will be upon us soon. As a reminder, please send your child to school with warm coats, hats, gloves or mittens. We will go outside and it is important that our children stay warm.  

We will also talk about gingerbread stories this month. We will make paper gingerbread men, decorate real cookies, make giant gingerbread houses, and follow runaway gingerbread men all over the country. We will read a lot of gingerbread stories and discuss the beginning, middle, and end of each book.
We will be learning about different holidays and celebrations that are in December. We will talk about Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, and the New Year. We will read stories about traditions and celebrations, and we will even celebrate some of these traditions in our classroom. If you and your family have a holiday celebration you would like to share with the class, I welcome you to share it with us! We love to have visitors. 

We will make many different types of decorations, learn songs and rhymes, and engage the children in these celebrations. We will also have a holiday party on Thursday, December 11, at 4:30.

Additionally, we will begin our alphabet work, and discuss one letter each week.  This month we will learn to recognize the letters H, F, and J.  I will have puppets, activities, and games to aid in the recognition of these letters. 

I hope everyone has a happy and healthy holiday season. Stay warm and spend lots of time with your family.
Warmest Wishes,

“Miss Jessica” LaFera

December Preschool Newsletter

We began our study of the alphabet last month, introducing the letters T/t, L/l and I/i.  This month we will introduce the letters H/h, F/f and J/j.  We use the Handwriting without Tears system used in the Onteora School district.  We include upper and lower case letters together, so the children understand that both are forms of the same letter.  We encourage the children in their discovery of the alphabetic principle: that letters represent sounds which when put together represent words and the words represent our thoughts!  Wow!  It is one of the ways we communicate!  If you have any questions about this or want to know more, please speak with me! 

We will enjoy hearing lots of fun stories this month, beginning with several versions of the Gingerbread Man. We will explore literacy skills as we begin to understand how stories are mapped out:  with a beginning, middle and an end, as well as plot, setting, characters, action and making predictions. We will make comparisons as we think about what is the same and what is different in the stories we hear.  During the remainder of December we will include stories about Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa family traditions.  We will have fun making holiday decorations, jingling bells and singing.  We will welcome in the New Year on Wednesday 12/31 by painting a huge 2015 banner for the bulletin board!  I invite you to come in and share your own family traditions with the class!  Perhaps you have a favorite story to share, or a special cooking activity you enjoy doing at this time of year.  Let me know if you are interested in this opportunity and we will set up a time for you to visit with us! 

We know that children can be overwhelmed by the consumerism promoted on TV and other popular media outlets at this time of year.  Our goal this month is to maintain a relaxed, low key environment as long as possible.  We hope to sustain a warm and safe environment in which all the children continue to find peace and love.  Please join us for our Holiday Party on Thursday, 12/11 at 4:30pm.  First Steps is closed Wednesday through Friday, 12/ 24 - 12/26.   Wednesday 12/31 we are open from 7:30am – 1:00pm.  We will also be closed Thursday and Friday, Jan. 1 and 2, 2015. 
The entire preschool staff sends warmest holiday wishes your way!  
 ~Mrs. Ginny Workstus, Miss Karyn, Miss Sherry, Miss Barbara, Miss Dana and Miss Tania


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