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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Santa....Has left the building.

Where did the holiday season go? Wasn't it just Thanksgiving and we were preparing for turkey day? My oh my how time flies. I feel like each day is a blink of an eye in our classroom since we stay so busy! The week leading up to Christmas was a long, but exciting fun filled week. We had so many activities go on in Pre-K. Check out what all we did to prepare for Santa!
 "ALL ABOARD" The Polar Express...Ah I love Polar Express Day. It's so relaxing and FUN! It can't get much better for the kids when you get to wear your PJ's to school! Polar Express Day was a hit this year. We started the day off with talking about trains and who had seen the movie and who knew the tale about the silver bell. Then we got to watch the author read us the book! Barnes and Noble did a recording of the author reading Polar Express! They were mesmerized. After the story we did a listening activity with the kids. They had to paste which items the little boy saw on the train and which ones he saw at the North Pole. They did super on this! Then the colored them! 
 As you can see, the little boy saw mountains, trees, the conductor and wolves on the train.
 At the North Pole he saw Santa, reindeer, elves and his sleigh!
 After our activity, we passed out the kids tickets to get on the train. Oh boy were they excited!! we had them line up outside the room with tickets in hand & Mrs. Lori and I punched their tickets as they entered "the train." They got to bring blankets and stuffed animals and lay out across the room as we watched the Polar Express movie. It was so cute to see them so excited about getting their ticket punched.
 As a remembrance of the day, we gave them a silver bell (just like the one from Santa's sleigh that the little boy gets when he goes to the North Pole) and a poem about the silver bell written by our Kindergarten teacher, Susan Kilpatrick. They put their ticket in the bag too.
 The last treat of the day was a snack while we were riding "the train." On the train the little boy got hot cocoa and candy (but Mrs. Olson made sugar cookies as you can see). Oh my did we have a mess on that train after it was all said and done....but the looks and excitement of those children made it worth while.
 Another activity we did leading up to Christmas was reading and recreating the book "Moosletoe". Moosletoe is a story about a moose family who LOVES decorating for christmas, but the dad forgets a tree. He goes out on Christmas Eve trying to find a tree but every tree is gone. So, he become their Christmas tree. His kids decorate his long mustache and antlers and turn ole pops into the tree. After reading the story we created our own Moosletoe. They glued Mr. Moose together then I bought ornament stickers for them to decorate him with. They were so cute!
 Here we are creating our Moosletoe!
 I just love seeing how different each child's activities were!
 One day i'll remember to turn my pictures before loading them....But here is Mrs. Olson's Moosletoe example. Ain't he funny?
 If you look at my example board you can tell we were VERY CRAFTY in the month of December. That's crafts from 9 days of school....WOW
 AGain, one day i'll learn to turn pictures before loading. But here is our little Christmas Tree we had in our room this year. It was a sad looking little tree. I know next year to not buy the cheap one. Spend the extra $5 and get a good one! lol But none the less, the kids enjoyed the tree in the room. It was decorated like our classroom. LOVED the colors!
 We wrote about Gingerbread Men the week we studied about them. We colored him and wrote down sentence describing the Gingerbread Man! 
 We also wrote about Mr. Grinch. One day we read the story of Mr. Grinch, did a listening activity from the story and then watched the cartoon movie. After the story, we made a chart of GRINCHY ADJECTIVES. (Special thanks to Pinterest for this idea!) They loved talking about how mean that ole grinch was.
 These were the presents for the parents this year. Unfortunately with 36 kids I can't do elaborate gifts or go buy tons of items to make an elaborate gift for the parents. Therefore I was economical this year and impressed with an idea from Kelley's Kids Preschool! Special thanks to Kelley for the peppermint template! We had the students color their peppermint candies and then we glittered around the poem.  We then did their handprints in red paint and cut them out to look like their handprints were the wrapper. Oh i loved it!
 I loved that it was dated. The parents will always remember it was Pre-K Christmas 2011.
 More little handprint peppermint candies!

 Here was our seasonal bulletin board i have in the classroom. It was surrounded by our Tree writing.
 Our handwriting on the walls for the month was our writing about "Our Christmas Trees". I had the kids write 3 words that described their Christmas Tree they drew. (After reading the book "Christmas Tree")
They did WONDERFUL with this! This was the first big writing experience of the semester! 
 Here is our outside bulletin board display for December. We displayed all the Christmas cards we received from our Projects by Jen Christmas Card project we participated in. LOVED Projects by Jen....I will be doing this project every year!

 We were the first class to participate in the lobby writing display! Each class has a 2-3 week period to display writing from the classroom in the lobby for visitors and parents to see. We chose to do Christmas and Santa. The display above is the 4 year old class (us). 
 This is the 3 year old class display. They did letters to Santa!
 This is an explanation of our Holiday Card Exchange that was on our display.
 We love Christmas books! We had an extra 15 minutes one day and the read and read and read my Christmas books to each other. Most of them knew the stories because I read EVERY Christmas book I owned! :)
 Sweet, sweet children!
 At our Christmas party we decorated Christmas Tree Scratch off ornaments. THey were cute but I was disappointed that about every star on the kids' ornaments came off. I will not purchase those again from Oriental Trading.
 Circular Design on the tree.
 Nice pattern of Garland and lights on this tree! 

Oh my, what a crazy, busy and crafty week it was for Mrs. Olson's owls & owlets in room 208! WE had so much fun getting ready for Santa and partying for the holidays! I can't believe that its now January 3rd and we're back to school and in our last semester of Pre-K. Where did the time go?

Think it will snow?


  1. They write REALLY good! Do you use a certain handwriting curriculum?

    1. We use the Handwriting Without Tears curriculum and I build
      More Activites off of that! Google handwriting without tears it's great!!

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