01 Feb Newsletter | January 25-28, 2016
Ainsley’s choice week of Elves was so much fun! While Ainsley’s favorite elf is Hermey (from the Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer movie) we learned that elves aren’t just part of Christmas.
On Monday, we read the folk tale The Elves and the Shoemaker. We practiced our fine motor skills with a shoe-lacing project and made a graph about our own shoes, sorting our shoes by those that had ties, Velcro, zippers, or were just slip-ons. We also used an elf game to practice color recognition, visual discrimination, and multi-step directions. We were all happy to be able to play outside and were treated to a sighting of a beautiful hawk that landed in the brush right near us. The word of the day became “camouflage”!
We started Tuesday with a science activity. We observed how wood pellets change when they get wet by using droppers to add water to the pellets and watch as the pellets “drank” the water. We read Chicka Chicka 123 and put numbers on N. Our list of N words was numerous with 27 words! Since there aren’t many stories about elves we began writing our own class story about the topic. The after-care friends enjoyed playing with shaving cream.
On Wednesday we talked about other mythical characters that are similar to elves, including gnomes, fairies, and leprechauns. We learned that, according to folklore, gnomes guard treasure. We looked at pictures of the Travelocity gnome and used the landmarks in them to determine where he might be (i.e. the desert, ocean, London, New York City, etc.). Miss Chris brought in a gnome statue and we enjoyed taking our own pictures of him outside! We finished writing more of our class elf story. Miss Rebecca came to read stories with us and she brought her dog, Stanley.
On Thursday, Miss Courtney was in to cover for Miss Kaleigh and Miss Chris while they met with parents. We were also happy to have Ainsley’s mom join us for the morning! The children made a special snack of “Fairy Wands” (fruit on skewers) and did a craft that turned everyone into “elves!” Thanks to warmer weather we were able to get outside every day of the week.
It was wonderful to be able to sit down with so many parents during conferences this week and last! Please know that you can always contact us at any time with questions or concerns.
Our stories for the week included:
Rudolph, the Red Nosed Reindeer by Alan Benjamin
Chicka Chicka 123 by Bill Martin, Jr.
Fairy Houses by Tracy Kane
The Elves and the Shoemaker Illustrated by Fran Thatcher
Good Night, Fairies by Kathleen Hague
Quotes of the Week:
Race – “C’mon! We can do it together!”
Elizabeth – “Miss Chris, my jacket forgot to be zipped.”
Race – “Did your mom drop you off here?” (to Miss Chris)
Kane – “I never played a game that I never did before.”
Elizabeth – “Noah, I really like you. Do you like Minnie Mouse, too?”
Eliza – “Rosalie is learning how to be nice to her big sister. I am learning how to be nice to my little sister.”
Rebecca – “I elfed me!”