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.
December will be filled with exciting activities. During the first few weeks of the month we will learn some nursery rhymes. Some that we will learn are Jack and Jill, The Farmer and the Dell, Hickory Dickery Dock, and Hey Diddle Diddle. We will learn about characters, plot and setting as well as the beginning, middle and end of a story.
We will also talk about gingerbread stories within this month. We will make paper gingerbread men, decorate real cookies, make giant gingerbread houses, and follow some runaway gingerbread men all over the country.
For the rest of the month 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! We love to have visitors.
We will make different types of decorations, we will learn some songs and rhymes, and have some activities to engage the children in these celebrations. We will also be having a holiday party on Thursday, December 10 at 4:30.
We will also continue our alphabet work, and discuss one letter each week. This month we will learn to recognize more letters of the alphabet. 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.
“Miss Jessica” LaFera
December Preschool Newsletter
Can you see and feel the changes around us? We notice the days are shorter; the ‘dark’ comes earlier in the afternoon. The air is crisp and cold. Mist comes out of our mouths when we breathe. Is there snow? We learn through the active participation of our whole bodies. Using our five senses, our active, inquiring mind, and adults who challenge us with questions, rather than answers, inspire discovery and learning. This is what we do each day at First Steps!
We will enjoy hearing lots of great stories this month, including Nursery Rhymes and a variety of gingerbread man stories. 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, action and making predictions. We continue to refine our understanding of fiction and non-fiction. We continue our study of alphabet letters this month, introducing: F/f, H/h and M/m.
Special holidays fill the month of December! You are invited to share your own family traditions with the class. Perhaps you have a favorite story to share, or 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 will hear stories about Hanukkah, St. Nicholas Day and Christmas family traditions. We will enjoy songs and art projects all month long!
We are intentionally keeping the focus on more than just the December holidays this month. Children can be overwhelmed by the consumerism and selfishness promoted on the TV and other popular media outlets. The children need not feel our own stress and the pressures we might face at this holiday time. Our intention is to maintain a relaxed, low key, predictable routine at school. We hope that First Steps continues to provide a warm and safe environment in which the children find peace and love.
Please join us for our Family Holiday party, Thursday, Dec. 10 at 4:30!
The entire preschool staff sends warmest holiday wishes your way!
Ms. Ginny Workstus, Ms. Dana, Ms. Karen, Ms. Tania, and Ms. Sherry