Fri, Dec 08, 2017 - 2 Views

This week we went into more detail about the birth of baby Jesus and talked about the shepherds and wise men. Each day we pulled out our nativity set during whole group as we learned about new visitors to see baby Jesus in the manger. The boys did such a great job answering questions about the first Christmas. We made some fun crafts to go along with our learning including wise men beards and crowns, collage Christmas trees during centers, and a few special ornaments and surprises for our parents! We made peppermint ice cream with crushed candy canes with our Tuesday/Thursday boys. The boys loved smashing them with hammers and stirring them into the ice cream. We made gingerbread houses on Friday to end the week which was certainly a treat! We also played in holiday themed centers and read lots of Christmas stories. 

We are excited to continue celebrating with your boys next week and can't wait for our Christmas party on Thursday at 9:15. All boys and parents are welcome, even if you are a Monday-Wednesday-Friday friend :) Thursday and Friday of next week we will dismiss at 10:15. Please remember to send in your items for the Christmas party. We really appreciate your help! 

Fri, Dec 01, 2017 - 11 Views

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in YK! The boys have been so engaged this week as we have focused on the first Christmas, specifically baby Jesus and the stable. The boys have loved asking questions and learning about Jesus and his birthday. We made festive wreaths at the beginning of the week. We also made stockings, Christmas trees, and began working on some special ornaments. We have read many stories about the first Christmas. Our favorite was Humphrey's First Christmas, the Christmas story told from the perspective of a camel. We had several fun whole group activities including decorating our classroom tree and making a manger for baby Jesus. The boys were so precious singing "Away in a Manger" to him and rocking him in their arms. Our centers this week included pretend play with a nativity scene, decorating felt gingerbread men, "baking cookies" with cookie cutters and play doh, using our fine motor skills to string jingle bells onto pipe cleaners, and cooking Christmas feasts in the housekeeping center. It is such a privilege to get to teach your boys about this magical season! 

We will continue to talk about the first Christmas next week, focusing on the wise men and the shepherds. Have a wonderful weekend! 

Fri, Dec 01, 2017 - 14 Views

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in YK! The boys have been so engaged this week as we have focused on the first Christmas, specifically baby Jesus and the stable. The boys have loved asking questions and learning about Jesus and his birthday. We made festive wreaths at the beginning of the week. It was pretty hard to convince the boys that they were not green donuts! We also made stockings, Christmas trees, and began working on some special ornaments. We have read many stories about the first Christmas. Our favorite was Humphrey's First Christmas, the Christmas story told from the perspective of a camel. We had several fun whole group activities including decorating our classroom tree and making a manger for baby Jesus. The boys were so precious singing "Away in a Manger" to him and rocking him in their arms. Our centers this week included pretend play with a nativity scene, decorating felt Christmas trees, "baking cookies" with cookie cutters and play doh, using our fine motor skills to string jingle bells onto pipe cleaners, and cooking Christmas feasts in the housekeeping center. It is such a privilege to get to teach your boys about this magical season! 

We will continue to talk about the first Christmas next week, focusing on the wise men and the shepherds. Have a wonderful weekend! 

Fri, Nov 17, 2017 - 15 Views

We had a great week with all things camping and even a few fun Thanksgiving projects! Our theme this week was campfires and camp food. We began the week learning how to build a campfire and discussed important safety. We built our own pretend campfire using blocks and colorful paper. We had so much fun sitting around the “fire” singing our camp songs. The boys built miniature campfires using marshmallows, pretzels, and candy corn and also learned the steps in making yummy s’mores! During centers this week we camped in our tent, built shapes with marshmallows and straws, sorted circles and triangles, placed feathers on our sticky turkey, and worked on our fine motor skills by sticking feathers into a colander. One of our favorite discovery times was painting a campfire with marshmallows. We read lots of great Thanksgiving stories and talked about what we were thankful for as we made a few special Thanksgiving crafts for our loved ones! We ended the week practicing good manners by playing a game to learn the polite way to say yes or no to certain foods we may see at the Thanksgiving table.

Next week we will finish our camping unit by discussing tents and teepees. We will also make the yellow section of our colorful caterpillar collage. We look forward to celebrating the end of this unit and the beginning of Thanksgiving break with a classroom campout on Tuesday. Don't forget to send your son in his pajamas! Have a wonderful weekend. 

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