Christmas Around the World

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For the past couple weeks we have been exploring how Christmas is celebrated around the world. Every day we have grabbed our passports and traveled to a new country. It has been so fun to watch the kids learn and have fun!
Our first trip was to Germany! We learned that the christmas tree came from Germany along with the custom of decorating gingerbread houses and men and hanging tinsel on the tree. The kids got to create their own tree out of an ice cream cone and some green icing. This was probably their favorite thing all week!

We read The Gingerbread Bear and decorated a gingerbread house as a class. The kids got to create their own gingerbread man and write a story about where their gingerbread man ran to. The answers varied from running to a pool to running into the oven!

We also had the pleasure of having Mrs. Lindee visit our class and read an old German tale about The Cobweb Christmas Tree. after the story each kiddo got to add some tinsel to the tree. As messy as it is, our tree is beautifully shining!

We ended our first international trip with coloring a German flag and drawing pictures in our passports of what we had learned about Germany. What a fun trip!

Next we traveled to the fabulous country of Italy. We made nativities, sang “Silent Night”, colored Italian flags, and made fun pizzas for lunch!

Mexico was our next stop on our trip around the world. The kids enjoyed singing Feliz Navidad,  learning about Las Posadas, learning about “The Legend of the Poinsettia”, creating Poinsettias, and breaking a piñata.

On Thursday we visited Holland. We left our shoes in the hall during rest time with a carrot in hopes that “Sinterklaus” would leave us a treat, colored wooden shoes, and spent some time comparing the customs of Holland with our own.

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This week we also spent some time really digging into the true meaning of Christmas. This class is full of kids who have hearts that love Jesus and it is SO amazing!  These writings that the  kiddos did over what Christmas is about speak for themselves.

I am so proud of how they are writing! even the Prek kids are beginning to form sentences on their own and are excited to get to write!

Here are some fun photos of learning about Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer.

Some more Christmas fun:

Next week is our last week before Christmas break. We will spend this week wrapping up our travels, finishing up our parent gifts, reviewing things learned over the semester, and continuing to delve into the true meaning of Christmas. On Thursday we will be having a POLAR EXPRESS DAY. We will wear Pjs, watch the movie, have popcorn and hot chocolate, and experience the Polar Express together.  Our class party will be at noon and will also be Polar Express themed. I can’t wait! At our party, we will be having a game exchange. Dont forget to send your child with a wrapped game by Tuesday. Please let me know if you have any issues or questions.

Kindergarten parents: After Christmas, the expectations for writing will really be ramped up. We will keep it fun and engaging. Your children will start doing daily journal entries. I can’t wait to see how far they go! Report cards will also be going home again for a second round in January:)

Pre-K  parents: After Christmas we will begin to work on blending sounds, and we will really focus on phonics and writing alphabet letters. These kiddos are ready!

SAVE THE DATE: Want to know more about the Kindergarten program at GraceKids? On January 15 we are having a KINDERGARTEN NIGHT. All upcoming kindergarteners and their parents are invited to come, have snacks, ask questions, and hear a short presentation about our unique program. Hope to see you there!