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Run, run as fast as you can, You can't catch me, I'm the Gingerbread Man. Last week we talked all about Gingerbread Men and Gingerbread Houses. The children made super cute gingerbread men using paper (they're hanging up on the classroom door). We also got to read some fun books: Catch that Cookie!, Gingerbread Christmas, The Gingerbread Pirates and The Gingerbread Bear. This week and next week our theme focuses on the reason for the season: Jesus Birth.
Christ Light: During Christ Light we branched out a little bit and did a brand new story that the children have not heard before. This story was: God Rescues Three Men. Long ago lived a king by the name of Nebuchadnezzar. King Nebuchadnezzar had taken some of God's people from their homes and made them live in his land and work for him. Three of these men were Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. The three men believed and trusted in God but King Nebuchadnezzar did not. One time, the King made a very tall statue and made this rule, "Whenever I have some of my people play special music, everyone must bow down and worship the statue. Any person who does not bow down will be thrown into the furnace filled with fire." This rule scared most people, but it did not scare the three men. The three men made the king very angry when they did not bow down. He gave them one more chance; however, the three men still did not bow down. The king told his soldiers to turn up the fire and then throw the three men in. The fire was so hot it killed the soldiers. The king looked into the fire and said, "Didn't we throw three men into the fire? I see four men walking around. They are not tied up, and they do not look hurt." He went on to say, "Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, come out!" The three men walked out of the furnace with not a scratch on them, not burned and did not even smell like smoke. After seeing that God sent an angel to keep them safe the king made a new rule. "Anyone who talks in a bad way about the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego will be killed." Then he made the 3 men rulers in his land. This week we move onto the story of Jesus Birth by delving into the story God has a Special Message for Mary.
Letter Time: During Letter Time we focused on the letter H. The children really enjoyed making the uppercase H but struggled a little bit with the rounded hill part of the lowercase h. We continued to practice tracing that straight line back up and then curving around to make the hill. We finished the week with our letter journals and drawing pictures like hearts, hands, hats, helicopters, etc... We also go to do a gingerbread letter match during letter times. Some students matched uppercase to uppercase, others matched uppercase to lowercase and others worked with beginning sounds. This week and next week we will work with the letter U.
Math: We did not have Math due to our Field Trip. We will kick back up with a short review and the number 9 this week.
Social Studies and Happily Ever After: During Social Studies we began learning about Christmas Around the World. We started with the Netherlands as St. Nick first became popular in the Netherlands. On the night of December 5th, children would place their wooden shoes near the window or a fireplace and when they woke in the morning they would find small gifts inside. Some people today celebrate St. Nick by hanging stockings in their homes. Then on Friday, we learned about Christmas in China. Only about 1% of people in China are Christians and therefore not many people celebrate Christmas. However, it is becoming more and more popular. The word for Christmas Eve in Chinese sounds similar to the mandarin word for apple. Because of this, people in China have begun giving out apples to others on Christmas Eve. This week we will learn about Ukraine and next week, Germany. We continue to learn about La Tortuga for Happily Ever After. The children built a turtle out of paper and this week will work with the directions in and on.
Recess: Keep in mind we do try to go outside whenever possible. If the windchill is at 20 degrees or above. If there is a dusting of snow on the ground, enough to be pesky, the students will stay on the parking lot for recess. However, if there is enough snow for them to actually play in then they will need to have all of their snow gear. Should your child not have proper clothing they will be asked to stay in the parking lot.
The children really enjoyed the field trip to the Public Museum last week. Some of the favorites were the dinosaur bones, Old World Milwaukee and the Butterfly exhibit. For pictures visit Lamb of God's Facebook page.
Our Christmas Party is Thursday, December 19th (it is also Ugly Christmas Sweater Day!) You may bring your child's gift in any time on or before the 19th. There is also a snack sign up sheet in the classroom. If you are willing to bring in treats please sign up sooner rather than later.
Week 17: December 9th - December 13th
Christ Light: God has a Special Message for Mary
Sight Words: Can
Mystery Bag: Kennedy
Week 18: December 16th - December 19th
Christ Light: Jesus the Savior is Born
Sight Words: Review Go-Can
Mystery Bag: Zoe
Week 19: January 6th - January 10th
Theme: New Year's
Christ Light: God Leads the Wiseman to Jesus
Letter/Sight Words: Progress Reports
Mystery Bag: Jude
Mini Corn Dog Hot Lunch - Tuesday, December 17th
Christmas Party & Ugly Sweater Day - Thursday, December 19th
Meet at Jordan by 8AM on Friday, December 20th for Program Practice
Friday, December 20th - Christmas Program @ 6:30PM
Christmas Break begins Friday, December 20th at 11AM and Classes Resume Monday, January 6th