Even though December was a short month, we packed it full of fun, activities, and learning! Winter was the topic of discussion and crafts throughout the Juniors’ Program! Boards were changed to reflect the winter theme! Feel free to walk in and enjoy them for yourselves! We ended the month with a performance by the Toddlers and Preschoolers where the Infants and Mommies were our audience! We sang an Arabic nasheed (Allah hu Rabbuna), A French song (Un éléphant qui se balançait), The 7 Continents Song, and “I’m A Little Snowman”.
The lyrics to the Snowman song are as follows (to the tune of “I’m A Little Teapot”):
I’m a little snowman,
Short and fat,
Here are my buttons,
Here is my hat.
When the sun is shining, I cannot play,
Because I just melt away.
In the Preschool room, we talked about hibernation this month! The kids learned that hibernation is when certain animals stay inside for winter and sleep. Examples of these animals are bats, bears, snakes, bees, and groundhogs. We also learned where each animal hibernates. Bears and bats hibernate in caves, bees in their hives, and snakes and groundhogs do so in the ground.
We also talked about the coming of winter as we are blessed to experience all four seasons, Alhamdullilah! We discussed some in-door activities in the winter such as reading, praying, keeping cozy by drinking hot chocolate (yum!), and helping around the house. Outdoor activities (when the weather allows) can be ice-skating, playing in the snow, and going for a walk.
In Arabic circle, we started reciting Surah Al-Fatiha. We continued with our nasheeds as well!
We ended the month by having a pizza party with hot chocolate, welcoming winter and appreciating the blessings we have! We painted snowflakes and added glitter for decorations. We put on a show for the infants and our Mommies. (Pictures in the gallery)
Winter was also the talk of the town in the Toddler classroom! We made our own snowmen to match our Winter board! We also painted acorns white to make them look like they had snow on them! Last but not least, we joined the Preschoolers in putting on a wonderful Winter show as well as celebrating with them!
The Infants have been busy bees! We made wonderful butterfly crafts which are displayed outside on our classroom door. We have been reading, crawling, napping, and learning!
-Another reminder to please bring in wipes and tissues!
-As the weather gets cold, we will not be going outside as much. However, when some days are less chilly than others, we might just take a quick stroll to get some fresh air, thus please make sure to have warm clothing for the children!
-Please make sure your child’s lunch is here by our lunch time if you are getting food from the cafeteria. Check your child’s classroom schedule to know the time they have lunch and please drop it off accordingly as it is difficult for the teacher to leave the room in order to find the parent.