We had a great month learning about Fall and Thanksgiving. It was such fun to watch our students ‘play’ Thanksgiving. We often had groups of them gathered around our little table and pretending to feast on our play food. We hope your actual feasts were as much fun.
December will be full of baby Jesus, Christmas pageant practice and learning about the joys of the season. We have several fun projects planned. Snowmen, snowflakes, Christmas trees and more. If you’d like to help with any of them let us know. We can plan to have you join us during centers (12:15-1:20pm) to craft along with us.
- We go outside even when it is chilly so please send a coat every day and consider having a hat and gloves in their backpack.
- Class dismissal is at 1:30pm. We will begin leaving our doors closed during our final circle time to avoid distraction as parents arrive. We do know life intrudes and we can work around that if you need to pick-up your child early. Please let us know at drop-off if you are coming early so a teacher can release your child. We have noticed that it is disruptive to the whole class when we have children leaving during our final circle time. This is our time for thematic songs, Christmas program practice & finger-plays as well as an important review of what the students have worked on that day.
- Christmas break is the week of 12/24-1/8. Have a safe and wonderful time with family and friends. See you on the 9th or 10th !
December Learning Areas:
Letters: L, M, N; review of A-K
- Tissue snowman craft (crumpling of paper and use of tweezers for placement develop fine motor skills needed for writing)
- Christmas present cutting in sensory bin (children will use scissors to snip an assortment of wrapping materials such as ribbon, paper, etc)
- Practice of our sign language skills for the Christmas program
- Christmas finger-plays (Christmas Time & Christmas Candy)
- Writing under the table (children lay on floor and draw on butcher paper that is taped under our rainbow shaped table. This helps develop large motor skills that are part of the writing process plus it’s super fun and silly so the kids don’t realize they are learning
- Lead on Rudolph (follow the leader type activity)
- Pattern work with tweezers (for fine motor work) using Christmas themed counters
- Winter same/different sorts (find different snowflake)
- Matching activities (pair same mittens)
- Snowman Bingo
- Logic and reasoning will be tested when we sort items by their characteristics (soft/hard, big/small, wood/plastic)
- Properties of items (sort classroom supplies/toys by wood, metal, paper, plastic, fabric, etc) so class learns to identify different properties of objects
- Transformation of properties will be examined using candy canes (how do they change when you smash them?)
- Family traditions and how they vary around the world and around our classroom. Children will have a chance to share their family traditions and compare/contrast with their classmates traditions.
- We will learn how holiday traditions have changed over the years; Class Christmas tree project (each child decorates their own tree to show their uniqueness and all trees are assembled into a large class tree to show how we all form one beautiful unit together.
Approaches to Learning:
- We will work on social/emotional learning through the Z curriculum to further our ability to build strong social skills
- Puzzle partners will promote working and problem solving in teams
- Circle sharing will be encouraged so our class can develop expressive language and encourage engagement of students in the learning process
- We will continue our work on health knowledge through continued practice and discussion on proper hand washing technique (front and back and in between; this is how we make them clean and making bubble gloves while singing the ABC’s)
- ‘The Christmas Story’
- ‘Olaf’s Frozen Adventure’
- ‘Polar Bear, Polar Bear; What do you Hear?’
- ‘The Red Sled’
- Oh What a Special Night
- Happy Birthday Jesus
- Christmas Time (finger-play)
School Wide News
The Waterstone Preschool children are thrilled to present our annual Christmas Program. Please join us for the best birthday party of the year to honor Baby Jesus! Join us at 12pm on Monday, December 17th. A reception will follow the performance. Invitations will be coming home soon. If you’d like to invite friends and family, there will be extra invitations available at the Preschool counter. Watch for an email next week with more information.
**Please note: the week of December 17th is a full week of school. Our first day of winter break is 12/24/18. We will return to school on 1/9/19.
Waterstone Church Christmas Eve Services
Do you know where you will celebrate Christmas Eve this year? Waterstone Community Church invites you to one of our four candlelight services at 1, 3, 5 and 7pm. Childcare will be provided for children 5 years old and under. We hope to see you!
School Portraits are still available for viewing/purchasing. Click here to view your photos: http://laurasmithphotography.pixieset.com. Once you find your child, you can access their gallery by using your child’s first name as the password with the first letter of their name capitalized. If you have more than one child in the program, their photos will be together in the same gallery, and the password will be your youngest child’s first name. If you have any questions, please email Laura at: email@example.com.
Are you having a hard time figuring out what to get your child’s teacher for a gift this time of the year? We have complied a “Teacher’s Favorites” notebook. Stop by the Preschool Counter and take a look.
As is common during the cough and cold season, we are experiencing children coming down with some illnesses. The preschool’s duties and responsibilities to help reduce illness are: sending children home should they become ill while at school, frequent hand washing, disinfecting and sanitizing the classrooms regularly, and notifying parents when there is an outbreak of certain illnesses. Working together we can decrease the amount of sickness that affects the children, staff, and families of the school. Please do not bring your child to school if he/she has any of the following symptoms:
- Signs of infection
- Runny nose that is not clear
- Contagious cough
- Unexplained rash
- Fever, vomiting or diarrhea in the last 24 hours
- Illness requiring an antibiotic that has not been administered long enough to render the illness no longer contagious.
Please notify the Preschool Director at 303.972.2200 x119 if your child is going to be absent. Per Health Department rules and regulations, we are required to track, and in some cases, report illnesses. Please be sure to indicate if your child is sick and what their symptoms are. There are no makeup days or refunds for absences.
Happy Holiday season Waterstone parents and families! In addition to sharing December’s monthly parent enrichment topic of “Safe Toys and Gifts" (see links below), we’ve included an update on the classrooms Giving Goodness outreach in November. If you would like any additional information or resources regarding the monthly parent enrichment topics, please contact Courtney (Outreach/Event Coordinator).
From all of us here at Waterstone Preschool, have a safe and joyous holiday season!
Giving Goodness outreach was created as an extension of November's fruit of the spirit, Goodness. During this time, our Pre-K/Jr. K classes “neighbored” the younger 1’s, 2’s, and 3’s classrooms. Each classroom participated in a shared goodness activity such as, a giving thanks tree, turkey puppets, and turkey scavenger hunts!
December Fruit of the Spirit: Joy
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
-Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV)
Mark your Calendars!
Christmas Program at 12pm
December 21-January 8
No School – Winter Break
Christmas Eve Services at 1, 3, 5 and 7pm
January 31 – 6-7:30pm
5th Annual Night of the Arts