Monthly Archives: December 2014

Rudolph

Rudolph

To go along with our “reindeer food,” we  made our own reindeer.  The children once again, practiced cutting on a bold line, writing their name and then added eyes, nose and ears.  Lydia, Hudson and Nathanael focused on the task at hand.

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Reindeer Food

Reindeer Food

We talked about Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and learned what deer like to eat.  We even got to watch Santa feed real reindeer.  The children worked on reading and following a recipe to make their own reindeer food that would guide Rudolph and Santa to their house on Christmas Eve.  They were able to count and measure corn, oats and glitter to create the perfect snack for Rudolph.  Ava, Kenyatta and Rhett follow the reindeer food recipe.

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Poinsettia’s

Poinsettia’s

The children learned about poinsettia’s being a Christmas flower that grows in Mexico.  They learned about the parts of the plant.  The flower (yellow in the middle), the bracts (the colored leaves), the leaves and the stem.   We also talked about what plants need to live and were able to watch a time lapse video of the plants growing.  The children used their fine motor skills to cut out the bracts then using their creative talents to put their flower together.  Here you can see Andrew and Kenyen cutting out their bracts while Andrew and Kendra show off their completed flowers.

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More Candy Canes

More Candy Canes

The children worked on painting a pattern on a candy cane shape they cut out.  They also used playdough to work their small muscles to create “snakes”, flattened dough or cut the dough using a knife to lay on top of the candy cane shape to create a pattern.  Here you can see Natalie playing with playdough.

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Candy Cane Patterning

Candy Cane Patterning

The children continued to decorate the classroom Christmas tree by stringing beads to create ornaments. The children showed off their patterning skills by completing a red-white-red-white pattern to make a candy cane. When they completed their candy cane, the children then strung beads to create a wreath. – Ryker Casen, Bauer and Andrew are using their fine motor skills to string beads in a pattern.

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