Tuesday, December 17, 2013

It's lots of fun at Christmas time

The spirit of Christmas is in the air!!  The kids are feisty, moody yet, are humming jingle bells throughout the morning.  That little humming should be wonderful, but when we are trying to hear, causes some confusion.
This morning after opening exercises, we settled down to looking at Christmas cards sorting to see if the kids could come up with some ideas.  I gave them paper and had them tell their own stories.  I chose a little "angel" in the forest surrounded by little animals and told the story of the "stranger in the woods" where the children made a snowman and put all kinds of goodkes on it for the animals to eat.  They each had their story to tell from snowballs to Santa Clause.  Miss Jo Dee read the "Night before Christmas" poem and that helped the thought process.
Then we found this little maze taking Micky Mouse to the door to find the Christmas ornaments.  all the kids well on that!!
 Sam finished his quickly.  He likes to do mazes.
Lily did quite well with her maze, too
Sam showed us his basketball

Joey showed us his light up squishy worm for show and tell
 Then we tried to pull these ornaments out of the bag and guessing what they were by the feel of them.  After a couple of tries, the kids caught on what they were to do .  It was a challenge, but they met the challenge well.

 The morning passed quickly and I told them if they hurried, I would show them the lighted tree, Santas village, a snowy wonderland, and of course the train that whistles as it moved along the track around the tree. It doesn't take much to entertain kids when there is a train!! And I rather enjoy it too!)

They wanted me to wind up the pond where the skaters went round and round.
 After snacks and play time, we came back to the room where the children were given these Christmas trees with a swag of Christmas lights on which appeared the letters of their names.  I encouraged the parents to get the children to match the letters, in the order they come to spell out their names.  Have them then spell out the names .  They are able to match letters, but do not always know that J-a-n-e-t spells Janet, not just a bunch of letters.
 Sam worked on his on the floor beside me  Then put the lights back into his plastic bag and each child was to take them home for their parents to work with them.

 Jo Dee read several books to them--This one was great because we had talked about making snowmen and this showed them what to do!

 This book took each of the letters in the alphabet and gave a word such as snow, evergreen, winter
 N for Nativity
 This book gave various verses of Jingle bells  and the kids were able to use the bells to make sounds when they sang the chorus.
 This is a picture of the children from all over the world that were included in the verses, such as, the Philipines, Sweden, Kenya and Italy.

Another good day in PreK and one week closer to the greatest event in History--The Birth of Our Savior--celebrated as Christmas!!

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