Room B Jumps into January
Before we bid adieu to 2016 let’s look back at December. It may have been a short month here at school but the elves in room B were hard at work crafting gifts and cards for their parents for the holidays.
December is a month full of celebrations of light. The children learned about Hanukkah and its traditions as they made stars of David and menorahs. They practiced spinning dreidels, ate dreidels made from marshmallows and pretzels, and we played the dreidel game. The children learned about Kwanzaa as they helped set a table complete with a Kinara, unity cup, fruit and vegetables in a basket and a colorful tablecloth. Kinaras and unity cups were made and the children ate a fruit salad that was in the colors of red, black and green.
A large Christmas tree was pieced together from triangles individually decorated by each child. The children were able to see how each triangle was unique just like they are and when the triangles came together they made something even more beautiful. It was a good lesson in the importance of diversity. The themes of love, kindness, and the importance of family shone through all the various celebrations.
Our year here in room B drew to a close with our holiday concert which was held for the first time in our beautiful, new all purpose room in the Grange. The room was decorated for the season with light and art work highlighting the many celebrations that take place at this time of year. The children entertained us with a medley of seasonal songs under the direction of Teacher Chris. It was a day filled with love and joy and fun was had by all!
January is now upon us and we look forward to a new year filled with promise. This is going to be a busy month for us in room B. Hopefully Mother Nature continues to bless us with colder weather as the children begin to talk about winter and how people and animals adapt to it. Through several hands on experiments the children will explore the various properties of snow and ice. Our friends from Great Valley Nature Center will be coming to the school to give us a presentation based on the book, The Mitten. by Jan Brett. The children will learn about animals in winter and be visited by a live animal. Next we will have discussions on peace, and learn about the life and legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Afterward the children will pretend to board a plane to visit the beautiful country of Switzerland and learn about the country and what it would be like to live there all year round. January is going to be a busy month for all.