At this joyous and special time of the year we begin to think about our relationships: with Jesus, our Church, family and friends. Thoughts such as love, giving, sharing and compassion stand out as guiding rays of light and seem to take on a special sense of importance. We talk to our children about these values and their importance to each of us and to those close to us. This time of the year brings out the best in us and we seem to be more apt to share with others who don’t have as much as we do.
Advent season is a time of waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas. Waiting is difficult for young children, the Advent season is a good time for them to learn about patience and preparing as a way to handle the waiting time.
We will expose children to the Christmas holiday vocabulary through books and songs. Reading stories to children about the spirit of the Christmas season. Singing songs about Jesus are simple ways for children to learn and experience the value and enjoyment of Advent (waiting) for the celebration of Christmas.
Children will be learning about Advent and Christmas in our religious studies, as well as, integrating language, math, social studies, arts, music and science into their busy schedule. The children will be busy creating projects on various subjects and themes.
Toys are stressed in many of the activities in December. Allow your children to enjoy play time with their toys with or without friends. Play time provides clues about a child’s interests, attention span, stage of play development, social skills (example, the ability to share and to take turns), the ability to manipulate toys, and their imaginative and creative use of toys.
Let us be patient as the children continue to work on putting on outerwear (sweater, jacket, coat, hat and gloves). Help them practice using fasteners, including zippers and buttons.
Listening to Christmas stories and singing Christmas Carols help us to get into the spirit of Christmas. On December 7th we will watch the Ballet presentation of “Nutcracker” at Koger Center and then on December 18th the children will be participating in the Christmas Music Program.
Language and Literacy:
Letter of the week – Ss —– Dd —– Oo
Review – Letters upper case or lower case / Letter sound
Number – 11 eleven —–12 twelve
Identify AB Pattern —– ABC Pattern
Sizes – Small, Medium, and Big
Greater (More) or Less (Fewer)
Color – white —– pink
Important Dates to Remember:
December 7 – Friday “Scrooge” Koger Center, 8:00 – 12:00
December 18 – Tuesday “Christmas Music Program” in the Basilica, 7:00pm;
teachers with students in Neglia Hall at 6:30pm. No After School Program
December 19 – Wednesday – Christmas Gift Exchange at 10:00 am
December 20 – Thursday – 11:30 school dismissal, no After School Program
December 21 to January 2 – Christmas Break
January 3 – School Resumes
Have a Wonderful and Merry Christmas to all!
Your K4 Team: Mrs. Pasco and Mrs. Robinson