December

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December

Book Drive – November 11 th – December 11 th 2015

Pictures with Santa – December 1 st 2015

Book Fair- November 30 th - December 4 th 2015

Christmas Program - December 11 th 2015– 7:00pm-8:30pm

Parents Night Out- December 18 th 2015 – 6:45pm-11:00 pm

Center Closed - December 24 th @ 12:00pm - December 25 th 2015

December 31 st @ 12:00pm – January 1 st 2015


Helotes

Join us for our annual

Christmas Program at Bob

Beard Elementary on

December 1 1 th 2015 from

7:00pm-8:30 pm


We had a blast playing with our bears and bear cave In November. We made lots of crafts

with our hands and feet such as bears, red wagons, Indians, and turkeys. We sang the song

“My Little Red Wagon” and read story book classics like “The Hungry Caterpillar” and

“Brown Bear Brown Bear.” We can’t wait for next month!

This month we will be experiencing the world through sounds! We will read books like

“Moo, Baa, Lalala” and play with rattles. We will also be using our hands and feet to paint

with the colors red and green. We are excited to learn what a star is and all the fun stuff

this holiday season will bring!



In November we had fun making turkey footprints and learning about Thanksgiving. We

also had fun playing with our teddy bears and taking them for stroller rides. We made

accordion books, cereal box books and painted brown bear books. Our favorite thing

was having a teddy bear picnic!

In December we will be learning about sounds and who makes them. We will be singing songs like “ If

You’re Happy and You Know It”, and “Old MacDonald had a Farm”. We are going to enjoy reading “Moo

Baa LaLaLa” and learning about the animals. We will be painting stars and making Christmas trees,

reindeer, and Santas’ with our hands and feet. We are looking forward to doing bubble wrap art and

what ever else December has in store for us!


In November we talked more about Fall and read storybook classics. We read books like “Brown Bear

Brown Bear”, and “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” and sang songs like “Little Miss Muffet”. Our class also

learned about the Thanksgiving holiday!

In December we will be talking about different sounds. We will be listening to jingle bells and imitating

the animal sounds from the song “Old MacDonald had a Farm.” Our friends will also be practicing for the

Christmas Program, singing “Christmas Don’t Be Late” by Alvin and the Chipmunks!



We would like to welcome Kash, Tristian, Gianna, & Kinslee to our class!

In November we focused on being characters from storybooks like “Stone Soup”, “The Hungry

Caterpillar” and “The Three Bears”. We talked about the things and the people we are thankful for!

We learned many things like the color brown, what a rectangle is, the rhyme “This Little Piggy”, the

song “Old MacDonald and the baby sign for sad and cry. We also continued to learn our colors,

shapes, numbers, and alphabet.

In December we will be learning about community workers such as firefighters, doctors, teachers

and many more. We will experiment with a variety of textures. We will continue to develop our fine

motor skills with crayons, puzzles, and paint brushes. We will talk about upcoming holidays such as

Christmas, Hanukah, and New Years. We will also learn how and why the weather is changing!


December 2015: Twos

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

30

My Five Senses Book

“I See with My Eyes”

1

“I Hear with My Ears”

2

“I Touch with My Skin”

3

“I Taste with My Tongue”

4

“Smell & Tell”

Bring Something that Has a SMELL

7

Learning about “Textures” Week

8

Textured Creative Boards

9

Sandpaper Gingerbread Man

10

Book Study: The Gingerbread Baby

11

“Touch & Tell”

Bring Something that Has a TEXTURE

14

Evergreen Exploration

15

Sing “Make a Shape in the Air”

16

Paint and Press Trees

17

“Cupcake” Tree Creations

18

“Listen & Tell”

Bring Something that Makes a SOUND

21/28

21-Santa Sees…

28-Peppermint Paint

MONTHLY THEME

Our Five Senses

22/29

22-Santa Smells…

29-Peppermint Measurement

ALPHABET

Dd, Hh, Ee

23/30

23-Santa Tastes… Where Is the Candy

Cane?

SCIENCE/NATURE

Reindeer,

Gingerbread

24/31

24-Santa Feels…

31-Colorful Canes

Center closed @12:00 pm

CHARACTER VALUE

Patience

Dear Parents,

The Christmas season brings one of our favorite subjects—the five senses! All month long, we will be using Christmas-themed activities to explore the world of sight,

sound, touch, taste, and smell. We have an all-class Show and Tell all three Fridays this month—each one focusing on a different sense. For the “Touch and Tell” on

December 11, we will be focusing on words used to describe textures—such as soft, bumpy, rough, smooth, or sticky—so plan accordingly (and make sure that your

child knows his/her describing word).



In November room 5 got to learn about Thanksgiving and Native Americans. We also got to learn about

forest animals, leaves, and corn. We learned what it means to be thankful and the we discussed a few

things we are thankful for. We really enjoyed learning about different forest animals and what sounds

they make. We also got to learn about the colors orange, brown, yellow, and red and all the colors of

fall. We noticed that pumpkins are orange, corn is yellow, and leaves can be all different colors.

Room 5 is excited about December! Our themes are our five senses, Mexico, reindeer and gingerbread.

We are going to practice our senses by doing certain activities focusing on our senses. We are going to

learn about different textures, gingerbread, sounds, sights, smells, and tastes of Christmas. Room 5 is

ready for December!


Parents Night Out

Come join us on

December 18 TH from 6:45pm – 11:00pm

For

and fun!

• One Child-

$35.00

• Two Children-

$50.00 (family)

• $10.00 each

additional child

Open to the Community! Call and save your spot, or

sign up at the front desk!

Helotes


Learning with C.A.R.E.S

this December!

Theme: Sounds

Color: Red & Green

Shape: Stars

Nursey Rhyme: Open Shut Them

Song: Old MacDonald had a farm

Sign: Star


30

Sing a Song of Senses

December 2015: Threes

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

1

2

3

Gingerbread Senses

The Gingerbread Baby

Gingerbread Cupcakes

4

“Smell & Tell”

Bring Something that Has a SMELL

7

Evergreen Life Cycle

8

Pine Cone Science Experiment

9

Christmas Colors

10

“Needle” Leaves

11

“Touch & Tell”

Bring Something that Has a TEXTURE

14

Experiments with Sound

15

Jingle Bell Counting Game

16

Don’t Push the Button!

17

Christmas Shapes Book

18

“Listen & Tell”

Bring Something that Makes a SOUND

21/28

21-Peppermint Math

28-Winter Words Book

22/29

22-Measuring Mints

29-The Mitten

23/30

23-Shelia Rae’s Peppermint Stick

30-My Name

24/31

24-Oobleck!

31-A Living Graph

Center closed @ 12:00pm

MONTHLY THEME

Our Five Senses

ALPHABET

Dd, Hh, Ee

SCIENCE/NATURE

Reindeer,

Gingerbread

CHARACTER VALUE

Patience

Dear Parents,

The Christmas season brings one of our favorite subjects—the five senses! All month long, we will be using Christmas-themed activities to explore the world of

sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell. We have an all-class Show and Tell every Friday this month—each one focusing on a different sense. For the “Touch and Tell”

on December 11, we will be focusing on words used to describe textures—such as soft, bumpy, rough, smooth, or sticky—so plan accordingly (and make sure that

your child knows his/her describing word).



We would like to welcome Jacob to our class!

In November we enjoyed learning about fall and all the fall colors. We got to make pretzel trees, cut

open pumpkins, and make foxes and bears. We also learned about forest animals, Native Americans,

pilgrims, and all there is to know about Thanksgiving. We talked about what we are thankful for and

practiced our manners.

In December we are excited to learn about our five senses, the animals of Mexico, reindeer and

gingerbread. YUM! We will also be doing some fun activities such as building gingerbread houses,

making mistletoes, and jingle bell trees. We will learn about the life cycle of evergreen trees and use

all five of our senses.



During the month of November we got to learn everything about corn, we even had the chance to paint

with it! We pretended to be scientist, and made hypothesis by measuring height, weight, and the

circumference of objects. We got to make our own tortilla leaves with butter and cinnamon. We learned

about Native Americans and their heritage. We practiced our character value “GRATITUDE” by thanking

everyone for all they do for us. We got to thank our families and our favorite Veteran Ms. Bonnie for her

service on Veterans Day and we all had a blast making her a poster. We enjoyed all of our Friday show and

tells talking about forest animals, trees, and leaves. We learned about real and make believe by comparing

pictures of make believe and real items.

This month we will be learning about our five senses and will be focusing on our new character

value “PATIENCE” Our science and nature focus will be Mexico, reindeer and gingerbread. We will

learn the letter Dd, Hh, and Ee. We can’t wait to perform at our Christmas Program. We are so

ready and very excited about it! We are looking forward to decorating our classroom Christmas

tree and making gingerbread cookies!


December 2015: PK

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

30

My Christmas Countdown Chain

7

Things I Can Feel

1

My 5 Senses Flip Book

8

Using Descriptive Words

Sing and Sign

Sandpaper

2

“I Use My Senses”

9

Finger-painting

3

Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You

Hear?

10

Santa’s Five Senses

4

“Listen & Tell”

Bring Something that Makes a SOUND

11

“Smell & Tell”

Bring Something that Has a SMELL

14

Following Directions Christmas Tree

(uppercase letters)

15

Longer or Shorter?

16

Snow Globe Shapes

17

ABC Order & Candy Cane Letters

18

“Touch & Tell”

Bring Something that Has a TEXTURE

21/28

21-Mapping Skills

28-Gingerbread Touch & Smell

22/29

29-Gingerbread Puzzle

23/30

23-What’s Missing?

30-Gingerbread Sounds

24/31

24-Shapely Santas

31-Gingerbread Senses Snack

Center closed @ 12:00pm

MONTHLY THEME

Our Five Senses

ALPHABET

Dd, Hh, Ee

SCIENCE/NATURE

Reindeer,

Gingerbread

CHARACTER VALUE

Patience

Dear Parents,

The Christmas season brings one of our favorite subjects—the five senses! All month long, we will be using Christmas-themed activities to explore the world of

sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell. We have an all-class Show and Tell every Friday this month—each one focusing on a different sense. For the “Touch and

Tell” on December 18, we will be focusing on words used to describe textures—such as soft, bumpy, rough, smooth, or sticky—so plan accordingly (and make

sure that your child knows his/her describing word).



We are so happy to have Grayson in our classroom!

In November we learned about the First Thanksgiving and Native Americans. We also learned about forest

animals , leaves, and trees. We had fun doing arts and crafts, and learning songs about Thanksgiving, fall, and

colors. Our kiddos took turns telling us what they were thankful for. We are so proud of our students, they are

learning how to write their name all by themselves.

For the month of December, we are going to learn about our five senses and reindeer facts. We will also be

learning how to trace, write, and sound the letters Dd, Hh, and Ee. The character value for the December is

“Patience.” We are so excited about our Christmas Program. We are practicing everyday and hope you will enjoy

it!



The month of November was full of reasons to be thankful! We got to make our own delicious

pumpkin pie and we had so much fun making our brown bears! We learned about Native Americans

and Thanksgiving. We had a ton of fun learning about leaves, forest animals and trees. We took

turns telling our class what we are thankful for, sang songs, and did arts and crafts for fall

This month we will be testing all of our five senses with the different holiday smells and treats. We can’t

wait for our Christmas Program on December 11 th ! We have been practicing and if you haven’t brought

your donation, please do so when you can!


30

Word Family: -ell

Sight Word: was

December 2015: APK/K

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

1

3

Where Is Mexico? (Map Skills)

Making a “Scratch and Sniff” Book

2

Writing in My

Dictionary

4

“Smell & Tell”

Bring Something that Has a SMELL

7

Apple or Pear?

Smell & Taste Work Together!

14

I Feel with My Skin

21/28

“Reindeer Hokey Pokey”

G’Bread Baking

MONTHLY THEME

Our Five Senses

8

My Tongue Has 4 “Tastes”

15

The Five Senses of Popcorn

22/29

Holiday Shapes Book

G’Bread Glyph

ARTIST OF THE MONTH

Pablo Picasso

9

Experiments with Sound

16

Addition &

Subtraction

Sentences

23/30

Roll

a Sight Word Game

SCIENCE/NATURE

Reindeer,

Gingerbread

10

Listening Walk & Journaling

17

Christmas

Numbers Book

24/31

Listen

and Learn

Game

Center Closed at 12:00pm

CHARACTER VALUE

Patience

11

“Listen & Tell”

Bring Something that Makes a

SOUND

18

“Touch & Tell”

Bring Something with a TEXTURE

Dear Parents,

The Christmas season brings one of our favorite subjects—the five senses! All month long, we will be using Christmas-themed activities to

explore the world of sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell. We have an all-class Show and Tell every Friday this month—each one focusing on a

different sense. For the “Touch and Tell” on December 18, we will be focusing on words used to describe textures—such as soft, bumpy, rough,

smooth, or sticky—so plan accordingly (and make sure that your child knows his/her describing word).



For the month of November the class learned how to spell and sound out letters to read words! The

children also worked very hard on their long and short vowels. We are so happy to see everything coming

together for them to learn how to read. The time is coming to prep for our Christmas Program. The

children have been practicing their songs. In social studies, we discussed Thanksgiving, pilgrims, Indians,

turkeys, and autumn colors!

In the month of December the children will be reading more little books, begin to have spelling races,

review of adding and subtracting, learn more blend letters, and discuss about the history of Christmas, the

season of giving, and finally prepare to write their letter to Santa Claus. In class we will learn how to mail

our letter off to Santa Claus with stamped envelopes and what you write on the envelope!


Room 10 A/S – Mr. Brent & Ms. Kayla

We would like to welcome Isabella G. to our after school class. We are glad to have you!

For the month of November we talked about “Sports”. We learned many facts about baseball, basketball,

football, soccer, and even hockey. Our class also compared sports form the late 1800’s to now to see how they

changed. The after schoolers also talked about Thanksgiving and what it meant to them. We hope everyone

had a great Thanksgiving!

For the month of December we will of course talk about Christmas and since Christmas is about

giving, everyone will be using a lot of gift wrapping paper. So our topic of the month will be

discussing “Paper”. We will discuss where it comes from, and how much we use throughout the year.

December will be a very fun month!

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