Room B’s December Happenings
It seems but a few days ago when I was writing about the glorious fall colors. November seems to have flown by. The bare trees on the playground give witness to the time that has passed as the trees are preparing for their long months of rest.
In room B the children have been very busy. Brazil, a beautiful South American country, was our first unit of study. The children enjoyed many stories about Brazil, listened to some Brazilian music, and felt brightly woven material that was made in the country. They learned about several animals that live in the rain forest. The highlight for them was when they were able to watch a video that showed the howler monkeys swinging from vine to vine as well as hear their loud way of communicating with one another. The children all agreed that howler is an appropriate name for them.
The rest of the month was devoted to learning about the first thanksgiving. The unit began by the students examining and handling many authentic Native American items which included a sweet grass basket, arrowheads, a rain stick, baby moccasin, a beaded bracelet and a trinket box made from a deer antler. They painted tipis made of tortillas and practiced patterning while making head bands.
The children discovered that they might not have enjoyed being a Pilgrim child long ago. They made pumpkin bread and butter and found it to be a task that requires much energy and time.
Everyone did enjoy the fruit of their effort.
We ended the month on a high note. A former GFS student, Jonathan Kornegay, gave a presentation about rescuing cats. I would like to thank Jonathan for such an informative presentation. Our month drew to a close with our Thanksgiving feast that was enjoyed with all the other preschool children. The highlight of the feast seemed to be the short skit about the first Thanksgiving put on by the teachers.
December is now upon us. Although this will be a shortened month it will be a very busy one. We will continue to celebrate diversity as we usher in a month of celebrations of light with Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa. The elves in room B will also be busy creating a gift for their families. Our month will conclude with our holiday concert. I would like to wish you all peace and love in the New Year!