A Dynamic, Hands-on Learning Center for 3, 4 and 5 year-olds.
Mrs. Hall’s December News
Jan Brett’s retelling of the Ukrainian folk tale “The Mitten” will be used to begin classroom conversations about how animals live during the long cold winter. As the mitten in the story swells to accommodate the growing number of animals looking for warmth, children in the classroom will be called upon to predict how many animals could possibly fit into the mitten before grandmother’s knitting no longer holds.
How do rabbits, mice, bears and hedgehogs really stay warm in the cold? Is a bear a true hibernator? Our students will discover many facts about animals, and what happens to them in the winter by participating in several hands-on projects to enhance their discovery.
“Bear sniffed once, she sniffed twice. I smell winter in the air.” In Denise Fleming’s story Time to Sleep bear, turtle, skunk and snail are greeted one morning by several signs of winter. Frost is on the ground and all the leaves have fallen from the trees. In the story the animals spread the word to woodland friends: time for winter hibernation. Hibernation Station, by Michelle Meadows, gathers forest friends to board the train bound for a long winter’s nap. Both stories will share information about animals preparing for the winter season.
Our first project will be to decorate an evergreen tree with snow covered woodland animals. This tree will be entered into the Deep River Historical Society’s First Annual Festival of Trees. All entries will be on display December 6 and 7 at the Carriage House in Deep River. Voting will be people’s choice beginning Friday evening at 5:00 and ending at 3:00 PM on Saturday. I hope that all families have the opportunity to visit the display and vote for your favorite tree.
The science table will be ready for a polar exploration. Students will learn about the habitats of each polar region. Which animals live at the North Pole and who can be found at the South Pole? There will be penguins and polar bears to lead the way in this investigation.
Shapes will be included in many math lessons and holiday projects. Triangle dreidels will spin through the classroom. Our students will learn about Hanukkah, the festival of lights, while counting out eight candles on the menorah.
Triangle collages will be an exercise in small motor ability when the task at hand will be to cut several triangles and then, using their artistic sensibilities, glue them to fashion a winter scene complete with snowflakes.
Christmas gifts will be crafted by all of Santa’s busy classroom elves. Those same elves will find themselves sawing and hammering in our own school workshop.
Phone conferences with all families will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday evening, Dec. 3 and 4. Students with last names A- G will be on Tuesday, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM and H-Z on Wednesday, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM. If you have a conflict with any of these dates and times please let me know.
Please remember to provide proof of your child’s flu vaccination by December 31. If a student does not have the immunization or does not have an exemption on file, he or she will not be permitted to attend school.
If you are considering extending your child’s school week to five days there are still openings in the Tuesday/Thursday class that meets from 9:00 -11:30.
I wish all our families a very safe and happy holiday season,
*NEW! CDE is excited to announce that we are offering an early drop-off program for the 2013-2014 school year! This option is available to the 3 and 4-year-old AM classes. For an additional fee of $30 a month for the 3 year-olds and $40 for the 4-year olds, students can come to the classroom at 8:30, instead of the traditional 9:00am drop-off time. This offers our students an additional half hour of free playtime to interact with each other and the teachers, as well as use all of the developmental skill building centers in the classroom. If you are interested in registering or have additional questions, please contact Linda Hall at email@example.com or call 860.526.3403.