Saturday, December 19, 2015

Happy Birthday!


We celebrated another wonderful birthday in kindergarten with an Elephant and Piggie book!


Happy birthday to the birthday boy!  We hope you enjoyed your day!

Merry Christmas and Happy Los Posadas!




We had a wonderful time at our Christmas and Los Posadas party!

We made brownie trees...

And made bead ornaments...

And played pin the nose on Santa!


We would show the process of breaking the pinata, but we're going to save that for the kindergarten movie this spring!  Our pinata was so strong, it took many, many hits to get it to break open!

Our holiday program was a great success!  A big congratulations to all our singers and to Ms. Anderson, our music teacher!  Look at these amazing children!

Monday, December 14, 2015

Happy St. Lucia Day!


We celebrated St. Lucia Day today!  We listened to some wonderful music that may still be playing in our students' heads.

We learned who St. Lucia was and how she is celebrated every December 13th, the longest night of the year, in Sweden.  In the tradition, the eldest daughter plays St. Lucia and wears a crown of candles, along with a white gown with a red sash.  She serves breakfast to the parents along with the other siblings, with the girls wearing crowns and the boys dressed as "star boys."

A lot of our star boys are trying to keep their hats on!
We also made lussekatter, or traditional St. Lucia buns.  They were definitely a hit!


Mrs. Bollig from Mrs. Wegner's class visited us as St. Lucia
and gave the children pepperkakor, little gingerbread cookies.  According to the tradition, if you press a finger in the middle of the cookie and it breaks into three pieces, you can make a wish.  If not, then you still get a yummy cookie to eat!



We are looking forward to stuffing our pinata tomorrow in preparation for Las Posadas!  
Friday, December 11, 2015

Happy Hanukkah!


We had a wonderful Hanukkah party today thanks to our parent helpers!  We started out with the story The Chanukah Guest.


Then it was time to play dreidel...



And make menorahs...





And of course eat latkes!




Thank you to our parent helpers!  And here's a sneak peek at the process for our Los Posaadas pinata.  We blew up a balloon, then paper-mached over it.

At first, the students declared "it looks like a peanut."


So we added some green tissue paper...

Then our students said "that's a pickle!"

So we added some more touches...

And now hopefully it resembles an evergreen tree!  We look forward to filling it with candy and whacking it on Wednesday!
Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Biobuddies


We had another wonderful visit from our middle school biobuddies today!  We started off by connecting our subject for the day, the five senses, with the animal groups we study throughout the year.  We watched some of the video below--check it out if you would like.  It has some fascinating facts about animal super senses.  We learned that bees, butterflies and the octopus are all touch tasters--they taste with their feet!




After learning about animal senses, it was time to explore our own five senses.

Using our sense of hearing with listening jars
Tasting sweet, bitter, sour and salty things!


Guess what the picture is!

Feel and guess!

What does the picture look like?
Listening jars--some were tricky!


Then it was time for weighing and measuring...

             
        
Thank you to our buddies!  We will see you again in January!
Monday, December 7, 2015

Skating Day


We had a positive start to our skating experience in kindergarten.  Thank you to one of our parents for sharing a few pictures!



We greatly appreciate all our parent helpers!  Please feel free to come out on the ice for our next skate on January 8th at 9:15--we have grippers for shoes in case you do not want to wear skates.  The more hands we have on the ice, the more assurance and confidence some of our new skaters will have!

Candygram!


As part of our Christmas party next week, we will celebrate Los Posadas.  Los Posadas is a holiday tradition in Mexico celebrated for nine nights leading up to Christmas.  We read several stories to help us understand its traditions a bit better, one of which is breaking open a pinata!  We make our own pinata, a fun and sticky process.  The students voted today that it should be in the shape of an evergreen tree, so we're all going to get to work on it tomorrow.  A note will go home this week asking for donations to help fill up our pinata.

We have A LOT of celebrations in the next few weeks.  We will learn about St. Lucia, Christmas, Hanukkah, as well as have our Lower School Holiday Program and Polar Express PJ Day.  Please be on the lookout for some notes going home as well as blog updates.
And of course, stay posted for updates with Biobuddies and our Hanukkah party from this week as well!
Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Snow

We had lots of fun in the snow this week.  Thank you to all our families for having winter gear ready to go!



St. Nicholas




Of course, we are all waiting to see if St. Nicholas comes to Breck and leaves candies in our homemade shoes!  During the month of December, we study many holiday traditions across the world, starting with St. Nicholas.  St. Nicholas is believed to be the patron saint of children and sailors.  According to the story, over a thousand years ago, Nicholas gave up his worldly possessions and gave to those in need.  When he saw that a family with three daughters was destitute, he threw gold coins in their window, where they landed in the family's shoes and socks.  Nowadays, many people leave out clogs, shoes or stockings in hopes that St. Nicholas will bring good food, candies or coins.



The St. Nicholas Center has some interesting resources for children about St. Nicholas and the varying traditions used around the world on this holiday.  The site also features links to images of St. Nicholas statues around the world, something we looked at as a class to think about how he is portrayed and celebrated in different nations.

St. Nicholas Day is celebrated in many countries on December 6th.  The students made and decorated paper clogs in hopes that he will stop by Breck sometime soon!

How To Writing

We ventured into "How To" writing this week.  We started with the wonderful book Snowballs by Lois Ehlert.

After our read-aloud, we talked about the steps in making a snowman and each created a "How to Build a Snowman" booklet.  Today, each child brainstormed what they feel like they are "an expert" in and then began planning their writing.


We had MANY children excited to share their expertise--we used the magnifier so everyone could see.  Our sharers today were focused on teaching people to draw lots of different kinds of things.

How to Draw a Flower

How to Draw a Cat
How to Draw Someone Swimming