Thank you all for coming to the conferences. It was truly delightful to see everyone and share the learning experiences of your children in the class.
This month, we began our lessons on the types of leaves and their parts. The children went on a nature walk, collected leaves, and learned the names of different types. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, the children also learned about different parts of a turkey, and some of them also created books about it.
We introduced several new practical life activities, and one of the favorites among the kids is grating nutmeg. They put the grated nutmeg in red envelopes and took it home for their special holiday treats.
For our Thanksgiving celebration, we delved into the Mayflower story and read books about the Pilgrims coming to America. We also learned various songs expressing thankfulness and composed a Thanksgiving poem. The children received a special snack in honor of Thanksgiving. We read the poem together and enjoyed the treat.
Thank you for your continued support, and if you have any questions please reach out to us.
The month of November started with all of us learning a bit more about the Day of the Dead (el Día de los Muertos), a Mexican holiday where families welcome back the souls of their deceased relatives for a brief reunion that includes food, drink and celebration. Lucy’s dad, Mr. Erik Maez, came to our classroom during circle time and shared some of this holiday’s customs and traditions with us, as well as some delicious Pan de Muerto (sweet bread).
We talked about the meaning of Veteran’s Day, and also learned a lot about maps. We demonstrated how a model Earth made of playdough can be turned into a continent map. Some of our older children made their own map.
It was great seeing many of you during conferences and we hope you got all your questions answered. Please don’t hesitate to contact us any time with any questions or concerns you might have!
Mrs. Govindaraj from the Hemlock classroom came to talk to us about the Hindu festival of Diwali, and then we moved on to talking about thankfulness. We discussed what Thanksgiving is, and what we are thankful for. The children enjoyed writing what they are thankful for on paper leaves and attaching them to our small thankfulness tree. We read the story “Stone Soup” by Marcia Brown, after which we discussed which veggies and other items to bring to make our own Stone Soup. Thank you all for bringing in all that was needed to make a tasty soup! The Monday before Thanksgiving was partly spent by chopping a lot of veggies and making the soup. Everyone was looking forward to our feast the next day.
Throughout the month the children enjoyed several creative activities, such as marble painting, stamping, and making a house with pictures of “Who’s in your family?” We also celebrated two birthdays this month: Haley turned 4 and Dominik turned 3!
We wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving break! We can’t believe that when we come back, it’ll be only three more weeks until winter break!