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December 12, 2014

Hello!  The classes are really enjoying the activities with “The Gingerbread Man”, especially comparing different versions of the story.  Have you read  “The Gingerbread Cowboy”?  This is the first time I read it, and we all enjoyed it!

We also enjoy the festive atmosphere in the class, especially with lights up in the room.  We have talked about different holiday traditions, and how lights are a part of many traditions.

Students have been participating in different pattern- making activities, whether clapping out a pattern, adding a “cluck” sound,  snapping fingers, etc.  Patterning is an excellent way for children to experience success, but then move on to a more challenging pattern, either one they create, or extending a given pattern.  Look for ways to reinforce this at home.

I’m often asked what parents can do at home to reinforce concepts learned at school.  Something we do is letter recognition activities.  Ask your child can they find certain letters on cereal boxes, “draw” a letter in the air and see if they can identify it correctly.  And always, READ READ READ to them.  We have many wonderful books in the classroom library children are welcome to check out.

Take advantage of the fun activities around the city in the next few weeks.  We will be out December 22-January 2, which will give you time to enjoy each other with a less structured schedule.

Upcoming – reminder- Parent-Child Activity Friday, December 12 9:30-10:30.  All classes will meet in the cafeteria; students must have an adult accompanying them to participate.

Also, in the classroom we need:

kleenex

liquid handsoap

ziploc bags (quart size or gallon size)

Enjoy your day!

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