The Awesome Owls threw Baby Jesus a wonderful birthday party today. We enjoyed a delicious lunch, art project and of course birthday cake!
Before we enjoyed some birthday cake, the children all made a special birthday wish for Jesus. Then they were each given a balloon and we went outside to sing Happy Birthday to Jesus. We released our balloons which carried our wishes for the Christ Child to Heaven.
We then returned to the classroom to enjoy some birthday cake.
I hope you all have a blessed Christmas season! Thank you to the parents that helped make our party so much fun! The children had such a nice time. Thank you for all of the wonderful gifts and kind words. I am truly blessed to have your children enrich my life. I learn as much from them as they learn from me. Merry Christmas! I look forward to our many adventures together in the coming new year.
Our little friends had a great time today. There was a plaster nativity set on display when the children arrived. The pieces were all white and needed some decorating. Let's just say it is now the most colorful nativity I have ever seen and the children LOVED painting it. I loved listening to them use the pieces after they had dried to retell the Christmas story. So sweet!
We also had a wonderful time decorating our own "birthday cake" for Jesus. Colorful cakes fit for a King!
In addition to our crafty fun the owls enjoyed several counting, patterning and fine motor activities.
We were a small group of six today but the fun continued. The children enjoyed several art activities as well as more Christmas fine motor fun.
We made the most beautiful Blotto Christmas Trees while exploring symmetry.
The children also had fun creating their own jingle bell bracelets.
The children had a wonderful time exploring several exciting invitations to learning that were presented today. We decorated our class Christmas tree, scooped jingle bells, decorated a Lite Brite Christmas tree that really lit up and wrapped "gifts" for our friends.
We were the most excited about being Santa's helpers and wrapping presents. What fun it is to use tape! This bunch was very serious about tape. We went through two rolls in no time flat! It amazed me how wrapping up a block and giving it to a friend to unwrap, knowing what is inside, brought awe and surprise to their faces every time!
Overheard while wrapping...
"I need more tape!"
"I wonder what is in it?"
"I can't wait to put a bow on it."
"I feel like an elf."
"Can I give this to my friend?"
"Come on, open it!"
"How do I make the bow stick?"
"I always help my mommy with taping up presents."
Ask your child about our visit from Spikey Mikey, the magician, today. He was a lot of fun and the kids loved his performance.
We wrapped up our week of gingerbread people with even more fun. The children used a scale to see if they could balance each side with equal numbers of gingerbread men, We continued to really enjoy "The Claw" and painting gingerbread cut outs. The highlight of our day was decorating real gingerbread cookies and taste testing them!
Our gingerbread decorating was a lot of fun. The cookies smelled sooo good! When the children realized that they were going to be decorating their own cookies they were thrilled. We used plastic knives to spread on some icing and each child received some sprinkles to adorn their gingerbread boy or girl with. They were so proud of their hard work and enjoyed sampling their creations.
Today we had a wonderful time exploring the world of gingerbread people. We counted gingerbread men, patterned with them, painted them and even traced our bodies to create life sized gingerbread people.
These fine motor tools are pickle grabbers. I got them at a kitchen store and the moment I saw them I knew the children would love them. They are a bit tricky for little hands to maneuver but the children were fascinated and worked hard to figure out the best way to make them work. They nicknamed the tool, "The Claw". So much fun!
The children were very excited to trace a life sized shape of their own body to be decorated as a gingerbread person. We got very creative with markers, glue and buttons.
After lunch a few of the girls decided to head over to the block area and built very special cribs for their babies while the rest of the class enjoyed pretending to be bakers with play dough. We rolled and pressed cookies together.
Looking forward to more creativity and fun on Friday!
Here you will find little snippets of our days together. When my children were in preschool and would come home I would always ask, "So, what did you do today?". All they ever said was, "Played." That didn't tell me much. I hope this blog will be a place to share what we have done and help you ask more directed questions of your child. You will see first hand just what we do after you kiss your little one goodbye in the morning. It will also be a great place to visit and see just how much your child has grown and learned throughout the year.