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December 9-13


We are getting ready for Christmas in the Kindergarten room. We started the week by learning about needs and wants. Then we created a class book called, All I Want For Christmas. We each wrote about something we really need and something we really want for Christmas. Next, we listened to the story, The Legend of the Candy Cane. A candy cane looks like a shepherd’s staff and the shepherds were the first to hear about Jesus's birth. When you flip it over, it looks like a J for Jesus. After we finished our story, we made candy cane ornaments. On Wednesday, we read about the important job of the angel bringing the good news to the shepherd. Then we made an angel ornament out of beads. Thursday was National Poinsettia Day. We spent some time learning about the poinsettia with the story Legend of the Poinsettia and then creating a paper poinsettia flower ornament. That night, we performed our Christmas concert for our neighbors at Ecumen. We enjoyed giving this wonderful gift to them and seeing their smiling faces. On Friday, we had an all-day Advent Retreat at church.

Monday:

Happy Second Week of Advent! We started our day with we Brother Francis. He told us the story of the Angel Gabriel visiting Mary and asked us to thank God for all that we have. Freya unwrapped our story today, The Crippled Lamb. Before recess, we gathered as a school for an Advent prayer service around the Advent wreath. This week our candle reminds us to love.

In reading, we listened to the story, The Crippled Lamb. As we listened to the story, we talked about what was happening to the lamb and how he was feeling. At the end of the story, we identified the different parts of the story and details from the story. We were also introduced to a new letter sound and letter, Ff. After singing our letter song, we created a list of words that began with the /f/. We only came up with a few words that ended with the /f/ and those words were tricky because the letters gh made the /f/. Then we did a letter F sorting sheet. In small group, we played a rhyming memory game.

After snack, we learned about the difference between wants and needs. A need is something you must have to live and a want is something to make life easier or better. We determined our needs are air, food & water, clothes, and shelter. Wants are things like cupcakes, bikes, video games, and fancy clothes. Together on the Smartboard we did a sorting activity in which we had to classify things as wants or needs. We also did a worksheet on our own.

After lunch, we headed upstairs to visit with our buddies. We brought them a gingerbread ornament. Together, we decorated a door hanging.

In the afternoon, we reviewed needs and wants. Then we completed a writing activity. We each wrote a letter to Santa. In it we had to list at list one thing that we needed and one thing that we wanted. We also listed one thing that we would read and one thing that we would wear. After we colored the elves on the paper, we combined all of our letters into a new class book.

In math, we played a new game, Monster Squeeze. You play monster squeeze on the number line. Today we used the number line from 0 to 10. We started with one monster in the beginning and one monster at the end. One person picks a number from the number line. They are the leader. The rest of the group tries to guess the number. After each guess, the leader had to tell them if the number is higher or lower. Then they move the corresponding monsters to the right spot. If the guesser picks 4 and the leader says no, it is higher. The leader moves the beginning monster to 4 and so on. We played together as a whole class several times. Then we broke up into groups to play.

Tuesday:

For Advent today, we heard Brother Francis tell us about Christmas Carols. He said a Christmas carol about baby Jesus is just like a prayer. Brother Francis asked us to talk about our favorite Christmas carols. Freya unwrapped our story today, The Legend of the Candy Cane.

In reading, we listened to the story, The Legend of the Candy Cane. Throughout the story, we made predictions about what we think might happen and we explained why things happened. We also used word clues and the pictures to figure out “big” words in the story. Finally, we used the clues in the story (pictures and words) to figure out the setting (when and where) of the story. At the end of the story, we talked about the meaning of the candy cane and the message we should spread to others just like Lucy and Mr. Sonneman. We were also introduced to two new sight words, we & have. After reading through all of our sight words, we were given a new emergent book, Merry Christmas. We worked together to read our story. Then we read it with a partner.

In math, we worked on patterning. After reviewing patterning and identifying different patterns, we created 3 different candy cane patterns on our worksheet. Our first pattern was AB. Then we created an AAB or an ABB pattern. And finally, we created an ABC pattern.

Today our theme was the Candy Cane. In the story, The Legend of the Candy Cane, we found out that a candy cane looks like a shepherd’s staff and the shepherds were the first to hear about Jesus's birth. When you flip it over, it looks like a J for Jesus. The two colors also have a special meaning. The red is for the blood Jesus shed and the white is to remind us that Jesus took away all of our sins.

In the afternoon, we made candy cane ornaments. We had to put red and white beads in an AB pattern on a pipe cleaner. Then we bent the top to create the hook. Finally, we added a message about the meaning of the candy cane.

At the end of the day, we watched a movie called The Legend of the Candy Cane. When it was over, we talked about how it was the same as the book and how it was different. We decided it was really different from the book except for the information about the candy cane.

Wednesday:

For Advent today, we heard Brother Francis tell us the story of the how John the Baptist got his name and he asked us to talk about the things we are grateful for. Zacharias unwrapped our story today, An Angel Came to Nazareth.

We spent most of our morning practicing for our concert tomorrow night. We walked over to Ecumen right after prayer and pledge. We practiced getting on and off the stage quietly along with singing our songs. We are excited to give this gift to the people who live there.

We listened to several different stories today including Angel Came to Nazareth. In the story, Santa’s Underwear, we heard about how Santa couldn’t find his special Christmas Underwear. In Peef the Christmas Bear, we heard about how Santa made and then gave away his special bear. In each of the stories, we were able to identified the role of the author and illustrator. We also were able to identify the problem and solution along with the characters and setting.

Our theme for the day was an angel. Angels played an important role. They told Mary she was going to have a baby and they told the shepherd about the new born king. We read the story, An Angel Came to Nazareth. In it, the angel helps guide the travelers. Our project today was to make an angel ornament. We started by counting out 30 colored beads and 36 clear beads. Then we had to put the colored beads on a sparkly pipe cleaner and the clear beads on a white pipe cleaner. Then Ms. Torborg helped us twist them together to create an angel. The clear beads became the wings and the colored beads became the body. We added a special wooden bead for the head.



Thursday:

For Advent today, we heard Brother Francis tell us about The Light and he asked us to sing This Little Light of Mine with him and then talk about how we can share our light. Cash unwrapped our story today, The Legend of the Poinsettia. Our story had many words in Spanish. We worked together to figure out the meaning of each word from the context clues around it. We also established that our story was set in a Spanish speaking city near Guadalupe since the Virgin of Guadalupe played such an important role.

After completed readings stations/title and snack, we went over to Ecumen to practice one more time for our concert tonight. We sang through all of our songs and listening quietly while the older kids sang through theirs. Once we got back, we had birthday prayer with Father Brian. We celebrated everyone who had a birthday in December and the 1/2 birthday of those who have birthdays in June. We also listened to our Jesse Tree story before we headed outside for recess.

Our theme for the day was the Poinsettia. National Poinsettia day is December 12th. We started our afternoon by reading the story The Legend of the Poinsettia. The poinsettia, also called the Christmas flower, is usually red. Our project for the day was to make a paper poinsettia. We had to trace and cut out two different red flowers and one green flower. Then we layered them and glued them together. We added a yellow button as the center and a ribbon to hang it on the tree.

With the story of Juan Diego and Our Lady of Guadalupe. After coloring a picture of Juan Diego in our Saint books, we watched the movie: Juan Diego: Messenger of Guadalupe.

Friday:

Today was our Advent retreat day at the church. We spent the whole day at church. Our focus today was on Seeking Our Savior. We started our day off with Mass. After snack, we practiced for our Christmas Concert next week. Finally, before lunch, we listened as Brother Francis talked to us about Joesph and his visit from an angel. He reminded us that we each have a guardian angel. After lunch and recess, we completed 10 different stations. Each station gave a clue towards the real meaning of Christmas. At each station, there was a question to answer and a bible verse for us to read. Then we created an object to remind us of the true meaning of Christmas.