December 2013 Newsletter.
During the month of December we will be focusing on the theme: “Holiday Fun”, learning about the traditions focused around the December festivities.
We appreciate Barbara, Sophie’s mother for coming to talk to our Terrific Tigers group about Hanukkah and bringing nice treats for them!
Hanukkah is another festivity in the month of December. It is also known as the Festival of Lights andFeast of Dedication, is an eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple (the Second Temple) in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire. Hanukkah is observed for eight nights and days, starting on the 25th day of Kislev according to the Hebrew calendar, which may occur at any time from late November to late December in the calendar. The festival is observed by the kindling of the lights of a unique candelabrum, the nine-branched Menorah or Hanukkah, one additional light on each night of the holiday, progressing to eight on the final night.
Ah! Christmas, the biggest holiday of the year. Christmas has both a strong religious and traditional meaning. It has a certain feel, all to itself, that you usually do not feel at any other time of the year. It creates within us, a sense of kindness and concern for fellow man. At no other time are we more generous and giving. It creates a sense of family and belonging.
Everyone comes home for the Christmas holiday. It is a time of family and giving. It is truly a time that comes but once a year. Christmas is celebrated in most countries around the world!
And so, we invite you to ride along. Join us in celebration of the magic, the wonder and the spirit of this holiday season.
Topics:Christmas, traditions, ornaments, gifts, giving, reindeer, stockings.
- The children will understand the meaning of the holidays in December.
- The children will identify several traditions related to the holidays.
- The children will participate in a Winter Festival program.
- The children will know the meaning of giving and helping during the holidays.
Snow, snowman, jolly, soul, happy, corn cob pipe, button, scarf, mittens, coat, fairy tale, magic, silk, hat, tree, wish, stars, bright and Santa.
Give, serve, get, sing, dance, jump, make, sing, dance, turn, hip, give, get, laugh.
I wish….we wish….It´s cold/hot/warm. This is…./ These are……
Green, red, introduce white.
The Polar Express, I can´t Wait Until Christmas, Santa´s Helpers, My Christmas Treasury, Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer, Santa´s Toy Shop, Wee Mouse Christmas, Santa´s Sleigh.
Hot / Cold; Light / Dark; Asleep / Awake; Apart / Together; Giving / Receiving.
Review circle and square. Introduce number 2.
Explore with light and shadow. Work with different sounds. Compare temperatures. Chemical reactions with heat and temperature.Recognizing sounds: bells, train, whistle, snoring, etc.
Practice the use of their handprints in new fabrics. Learn how to press and trace straight lines with the use of different paint brushes.
Fine Motor Skills.
Practice stirring, mixing, pouring. Twisting and tying chenille stems.
PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT OBJECTIVES.
Following rhythm patterns, Dancing coordination while following motions and rehearsing for Winter Festival. Other exercises: 3 step obstacle courses, jumping and kicking.
Focus on rhythm sequences using different songs and rhymes. Program songs: The Colors of Winter,Jingle Bells, and the Snowflake rhyme.
Value of the Month:
Calendar dates and reminders:
- Tuesday, Dec. 3: Santa is coming to Toddler Tree! Individual photo session with Baby Madero in our gym.
- Friday, Dec. 6: Balloons to Santa during our recess time from the playground.
- Thursday, Dec. 12: Winter Wonderland Festival at “Candy Gum “ party place. (Plaza San Pedro)
- Friday, Dec. 20: last day of school.
Classes resume on Tuesday, January 7, 2014.