Abbie Smith

Abbie Smith

Young Knight Teacher

| Friday, 13 December 2019 |

December 9th-13th

Another wonderful week in YK! In keeping with our Christmas unit, we focused a lot of our carpet time on learning about the birth of Jesus- the reason for the season! We used the Beginners Bible on Monday to help give us a big overview and then went in to smaller details from there. The boys had so many good questions about the animals that were there, the star and even the manger where baby Jesus was laid. We loved watching their interest grow throughout our lessons.

On Wednesday, we got a BIG surprise when the coaches decorated their hallway with trees, lights and even a silly Santa. The fun did not stop there, as we had another surprise on Thursday from the PDS Band. The boys were able to enjoy classic Christmas songs from live instruments!

Centers this week got a new addition with the Nativity Scene. It was helpful for the boys to be able to see what we were talking about in toy form as it sparked further discussions and questions. We added a drawing center where the boys worked hard to draw what they believed Santa’s face looks like. This center not only strengthened strengthen their fine motor skills, but also helped them focus and concentrate.

They are all working very hard on their surprise performance for the Christmas party and can’t wait to have parents here to celebrate with them next Thursday. It is sure to be SO much fun!

| Friday, 13 December 2019 |

December 9th -13th

Another wonderful week in YK! In keeping with our Christmas unit, we focused a lot of our carpet time on learning about the birth of Jesus- the reason for the season! We used the Beginners Bible on Monday to help give us a big overview and then went in to smaller details from there. The boys had so many good questions about the animals that were there, the star and even the manger where baby Jesus was laid. We loved watching their interest grow throughout our lessons.

On Wednesday, we got a BIG surprise when the coaches decorated their hallway with trees, lights and even a silly Santa. The fun did not stop there, as we had another surprise on Thursday from the PDS Band. The boys were able to enjoy classic Christmas songs from live instruments!

Centers this week got a new addition with the Nativity Scene. It was helpful for the boys to be able to see what we were talking about in toy form as it sparked further discussions and questions. We added a drawing center where the boys worked hard to draw what they believed Santa’s face looks like. This center not only strengthened strengthen their fine motor skills, but also helped them focus and concentrate.

They are all working very hard on their surprise performance for the Christmas party and can’t wait to have parents here to celebrate with them next Thursday. It is sure to be SO much fun!

| Friday, 06 December 2019 |

December 2nd-6th

We have hit the ground running with all things Christmas this week! We started our week with decorating our class tree with ornaments, tinsel and even Candy Canes. Each boy really took ownership of what they wanted to see the tree look like and it turned out GREAT! Our classroom elf arrived as well and it was so much fun listening to the creative names that were thought up and seeing the silly things he has been doing when we get to the room each morning! We spent carpet time this week covering Christmas traditions such as why we use stockings and why there is a star on top of our Christmas tree.

Our centers focused a lot on exploration of the Christmas holiday. We sorted bows by color, used magnets to search for jingle bells and even used felt to decorate Gingerbread men. Our Christmas dress-up center was a large hit! The boys all had so much fun trying on different glasses, hats and headbands to make up a fun, festive look. The most challenging center this week was decorating our paper tree with Velcro ornaments. The challenge came not from the task of putting up the ornaments but from collaborating with a buddy to make the tree look how they envisioned. By the end of the week they were able to work together like pros!

We wrapped our week with a wonderful all-school Christmas Chapel. The boys all sat and listened attentively- they are growing so fast. Can’t wait for next week!

| Friday, 06 December 2019 |

December 2nd-6th

We have hit the ground running with all things Christmas this week! We started our week with decorating our class tree with ornaments, tinsel and even Candy Canes. Each boy really took ownership of what they wanted to see the tree look like and it turned out GREAT! Our classroom elf arrived as well and it was so much fun listening to the creative names that were thought up and seeing the silly things he has been doing when we get to the room each morning! We spent carpet time this week covering Christmas traditions such as why we use stockings and why there is a star on top of our Christmas tree.

Our centers focused a lot on exploration of the Christmas holiday. We sorted bows by color, used magnets to search for jingle bells and even used felt to decorate Gingerbread men. Our Christmas dress-up center was a large hit! The boys all had so much fun trying on different glasses, hats and headbands to make up a fun, festive look. The most challenging center this week was decorating our paper tree with Velcro ornaments. The challenge came not from the task of putting up the ornaments but from collaborating with a buddy to make the tree look how they envisioned. By the end of the week they were able to work together like pros!

We wrapped our week with a wonderful all-school Christmas Chapel. The boys all sat and listened attentively- they are growing so fast. Can’t wait for next week!

The Labor Day holiday was a much-enjoyed time for rest and relaxation, but we were
glad to be back on Tuesday! This week we were all about “I can use glue!” and “I can
tear paper!” There was EXTRA excitement as well because it was our first chapel of
the year and our first library special. Both of these fall on a Wednesday, so it was a
day jam-packed with new experiences!
To practice our newfound skill of using glue, we had a little rhyme we taught the
boys: Just a dot, not a lot (we had them repeat this lots and lots). Each boy had
opportunities to practice with a bottle of glue using sheets of paper with circles just
big enough to be filled by a drop. They might not be perfect yet, but they certainly
CAN use glue!
Tearing paper was a challenge the boys were ready to take on as well! It takes a lot
of fine motor strength to be able to make the tearing motion, so we had lots of
opportunities to practice in whole group time as well as during center time! Initially
they would try to pull the paper apart like the Incredible Hulk, but once they figured
it out they did amazingly well. These boys CAN tear paper!
Our big project of the week was a piece of process art that each boy got to make
independently. They began with lots of glue and took off from there- adding pom-
poms, noodles, buttons, tissue paper, foam and even glitter! They were able to put
their new skills to the test with this art piece. Another great week in YK!

The Labor Day holiday was a much-enjoyed time for rest and relaxation, but we were
glad to be back on Tuesday! This week we were all about “I can use glue!” and “I can
tear paper!” There was EXTRA excitement as well because it was our first chapel of
the year and our first library special. Both of these fall on a Wednesday, so it was a
day jam-packed with new experiences!
To practice our newfound skill of using glue, we had a little rhyme we taught the
boys: Just a dot, not a lot (we had them repeat this lots and lots). Each boy had
opportunities to practice with a bottle of glue using sheets of paper with circles just
big enough to be filled by a drop. They might not be perfect yet, but they certainly
CAN use glue!
Tearing paper was a challenge the boys were ready to take on as well! It takes a lot
of fine motor strength to be able to make the tearing motion, so we had lots of
opportunities to practice in whole group time as well as during center time! Initially
they would try to pull the paper apart like the Incredible Hulk, but once they figured
it out they did amazingly well. These boys CAN tear paper!
Our big project of the week was a piece of process art that each boy got to make
independently. They began with lots of glue and took off from there- adding pom-
poms, noodles, buttons, tissue paper, foam and even glitter! They were able to put
their new skills to the test with this art piece. Another great week in YK!

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