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December Mrs. Jen and Ms. Sara

December – Mrs. Jen and Ms. Sarah Hello Parents! Happy New Year and welcome to our January 2022 classroom blog! Our class was able to welcome each other back the week after the winter break, yay! We then were confronted with a week long quarantine. We are looking forward to returning again to in person […]

December – Mrs. Jen and Ms. Sarah

Hello Parents!

Happy New Year and welcome to our January 2022 classroom blog!

Our class was able to welcome each other back the week after the winter break, yay! We then were confronted with a week long quarantine. We are looking forward to returning again to in person learning on January 18th.

In December, we enjoyed a few holiday crafts. We beaded candy canes, constructed paper chains, collaged construction paper Christmas trees, threaded pom-pom garland, sang Hannukah songs and Christmas carols.

We celebrated our first snow in January. Thank you parents for sending your child to school in warm clothing so that all of our friends could enjoy our snow filled play deck. It does get very cold and windy on the play deck so please do send your child to school with mittens and a hat. We go outside everyday.

With rise of Covid-19 and Omicron, we are diligently reminding each other to keep our masks over both our nose and mouth. Your child will struggle with this request in the classroom if they are not also practicing it at home. Please practice mask wearing with your child at home. Ask them to practice putting on and taking off their mask independently. Thank you so much for partnering with us on this. We want to do all we can to keep in person learning going.

Many new works have gone on the shelves this week. We have added additional steps and sequencing to our water pouring activities, we have adding cardamom and pepita transferring as well as black pepper crushing. New items have been added to the I Spy basket and a new bird painting work was added to the art shelf.

We will be continuing to practice our “Grace and Courtesy” daily. We will practice saying “thank you”, “please” and “excuse me”. We will practice giving peaceful messages when conflict arises, i.e. “___________, I didn’t like it when you __________”. When a child gives this message to a friend, their friend has the job of listening and looking the message giver in the eye. We do not request apologies of the children, we only request that they listen and acknowledge that they have heard their friend’s message. We encourage the children to communicate with each other in this way. It empowers them to be able to resolve their conflicts peacefully and independently.

We love your children very much and look forward to each day with them. Thank you for trusting their care to us!

Please do not hesitate to send a message with any questions and concerns.

Truly,

Jen and Sara

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