You can hear the jingle, jangle, jingle of Santa’s Elves working hard at the North Pole, but could they be any more productive than the Kindergarten at Christmas? We’re pretty sure our own little elves are just as busy in their own way.
We’ve started our December celebrations by adding an advent calendar to the morning Calendar routine. Every Special Helper is selecting a mini candy cane to take home.
Our big excitement this week was welcoming lots of parent helpers to the classroom to start work on our pasta wreaths. We enjoyed working with a lot of different pasta shapes (Christmas trees, candles and snowflakes), glued on to a paper plate ring, sometimes in a pattern and sometimes not. We’ll be spray painting our creations with gold paint in the coming week and finishing it with a beautiful bow to take home as a Christmas gift to our families.
We’ve been doing lots of reading this week, brainstorming Christmas words; words that begin with the “k” sound; and a fun little poem about a Christmas tree. That led to a lot of writing: printing Christmas words; printing upper and lowercase “K” and labelling pictures that began with “k.”
We’ve been generally very pleased with the children’s printing as of late, although we are still reminding many about the correct formation of their letters. Printed letters are formed “left to right, top to bottom.” Some children are very insistent on printing from bottom to top and starting round letters from the bottom, backwards. Although it might not seem like a problem right now because the letters look acceptable, this poor habit means the children will have difficulty achieving the speed they need to print quickly and neatly as they move through the Primary grades.
We rehearsed twice this week with the Grade One students in the gym for the Christmas Concert. Everybody has their assigned places which we’ll let you know more about next week so you know where to sit to see your child.
Upcoming Events and Reminders
Please return our child’s report card envelope to your child’s teacher. The insert is for you to keep.
Our big event for next week is the Christmas Concert. If you are having any difficulty getting your child’s “Christmas Best” clothing together, please let us know.
Also, we hope you have purchased your tickets already. The tickets must be purchased through SchoolCash online by December 11 in order to process the tickets for distribution before the Concert on December 13. The link can be found in our Ridgeview bulletin.
Our last reminder for the Concert is that we need all of our children to perform in both concerts. Even if you are attending the matinee performance, we still need your child for the evening show. Please drop off your child at your child’s classroom for 6 pm. For the evening show only, all Kindergarten children will be picked up from Mrs. Daudlin’s classroom.