Happy New Year! Welcome back! I hope you had a blessed Christmas! Thank you all for your warm wishes and thoughtful gifts! I am truly touched by your kindness and generosity! I wish you all a wonderful, healthy new year!
This week we will celebrate the close of the Christmas season with a look at the Gospel stories of the Nativity, the Holy Family, and the Epiphany. We will begin to create the first pages of our own illustrated Bible, which we will work on throughout the following months. We will also begin to learn the Our Father prayer. In our literacy center we will review letters A-L, and introduce letter Mm and the sound. We will be reading The Mitten, and City Mouse, Country Mouse, and work on related activities. We will also read about manatees. In our literacy center we will also work with rhyming words, and we will begin to recognize and write our names. In our math center we will review the numbers 1-5. In our science center we will begin to explore the season of winter, and record our observations. We will also work on experiments with magnets. In social studies we will introduce a new class project about community helpers.
Our project work from January through May will be a project entitled Community Helpers. Our class will explore the people in our neighborhood that contribute to our community. Our project will include research about various careers through books, videos, and the arts, dramatic play experiences, and guest visits to our class. We would love if all our parents and extended family members would become involved in some aspect of this project, whether by talking about a career, demonstrating / introducing a skill; sharing a hobby or interest (academic topic, art, music, dance, cooking experiment, etc.), or reading a related book to the class. I will send home more information about this project as it unfolds. I look forward to working on this exciting project with your children!
Have a great week!