The children had a wonderful day celebrating Jesus' birth. We began with a visit to chapel time with Mrs. Kunkle. She told the children the Nativity story. They were so excited to help fill in the important details of the story.
We played with our babies in the classroom and enjoyed our time together.
The birthday party for Jesus was by far the highlight of our day. What a delicious lunch! The children were so happy to have family with them to celebrate, make crafts, and open presents.
We sang "Happy Birthday" to Jesus and sent our birthday wishes to Heaven.
Thank you to everyone who helped make today such a success. The children were so happy! I also appreciate all of the lovely gifts and sweet cards. It is such a blessing to be able to do what I do! Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful children with me each week. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. See you in 2017!!!
We had a fantastic morning. We played with a variety of baby dolls. We gave them baths, wrapped them in blankets, fed them, diapered them, and pushed them around in the carrage. We also had several birthday cakes and cupcakes in the kitchen area to bake for Baby Jesus' birthday. The children had a wonderful time singing to their babies and taking care of them. We even held our babies in our laps at story time and taught them how to be good listeners.
We baked cakes for Baby Jesus, counted birthday candles and painted special birthday cakes.
The most important part of our day was our visit to Manna House, the food pantry here at the church. The children gathered with the Frog Class and we read a story about Jesus' birth. We discussed how giving to those less fortunate than we are is what Jesus asks us to do every day. We then loaded all of our donations onto a rolling cart and walked to the food pantry. Once we were there the children were able to sort and stock the shelves. This was very exciting for them. Searching for a matching food item and then gently putting it in place. I was very proud of how well the boys and girls did and how well behaved they were. What a beautiful opportunity for children to experience at such a young age.
Thank you so much for your generosity and support with today's efforts. The children enjoyed their visit and the food pantry was so pleased to see the children take an active role is helping their neighbors. What a blessing indeed!
Our class party is Friday, beginning at 11:45 in the classroom. We will have a birthday celebration for Baby Jesus. Lunch is provided and please remember a wrapped Christmas book for our book exchange. See you then!
We were busy being Santa's little helpers again this morning. The wrapping station was again the hit of the day. We also enjoyed a special treat of hot cocoa and gingerbread cookies shared by our friends in the Frog Class.
"I wonder what it could be?"
"It's a block!"
"Ho, ho, ho!"
"I wrapped it myself and even put the bow on!"
"Here, I got you a present!"
"Look! I did the tape myself!"
Our visit with Critterville was canceled at the last moment. The good news is that it will be rescheduled for the new year. We were pretty disappointed but now have something to look forward to in the coming months. We kept ourselves busy making beautiful tree paintings. This simple stamping project was a lot of fun to work on.
Next week, we will be visiting The Manna House food pantry here at the church. Please remember to bring a food item or two to donate. The children will be walking their donations over and will help stock the shelves. This is a special lesson which teaches our children how important it is to give back. Thank you in advance for your support and generosity!
We had a very busy day! The children enjoyed decorating the little class tree, wrapping, unwrapping and rewrapping presents and painting some special "Christmas trees".
By far the biggest hit of the day was our workshop wrapping station. The table was full of wrapping paper squares, blocks, tape, and bows. It was so exciting to be able to wrap a "gift" independently! Paper squares were just the right size so all the children had to do was fold it over and tape it together. Tape was both an exciting new element and a frustration at the same time. Some children had no idea what to do with it or how it worked. They loved pulling large pieces and magically holding a gift together. While a few got frustrated with the tape, one or two really took the time to figure it out. How it worked. How you need to pull a little tape out then pull down on it cutting it away from the roll. By the end of the day we had a few children who had mastered the tape roll! As seen in the photos, they practiced and practiced with the tape!
You might think that was enough but the part the children enjoyed the most was giving their presents to their friends, opening them and pretending to be in awe that a big block was inside and it was the gift they want most in life. It was so funny to watch their expressions and listen to their reactions every time a friend presented a gift wrapped block!
"What could it be? What could it be?"
"Here, a present for you!"
"I wrapped it myself."
"Guess what it is!"
"I need help with this tape!"
"Oh, wow! A block!"
We also painted the most beautiful pinecone Christmas trees. The children worked really hard on them and painted every nook and cranny of the pinecones. I hope they will be a piece to treasure for Christmas' to come.
And a few more I just couldn't resist!
The little bakers were hard at work again today. Baking up all kinds of treats for each other to enjoy. We worked on our scissor skills, made playdough cookies, and enjoyed more imaginary play.
Our scissor skills are continuing to improve.
We finished our day rolling out cookies in our playdough bakery. We are getting the hang of the roller and how much pressure to apply to flatten our our dough. The children also loved stamping out cookies one after the other.
Looking forward to transforming the classrooom into Santa's Workshop next week! Enjoy the weekend and try to stay dry!
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.