Christmas & Winter Solstice
What a fun filled week we had here at GS! The Christmas crafts and songs were endless this week. And boy did you parents spoil us or what? Everyday we had someone bringing us delicious treats, snacks, coffee, and breakfast food. Can't put into words how much we all appreciated that! Definitely felt the love even more this week.
On Monday we created mini stockings. Each child got to choose which material they wanted to decorate theirs. Most chose the cool puffy animal stickers. June especially was fond of the kitties.
On Tuesday we made Christmas tree magnets out of multi colored popsicle sticks. Originally they were supposed to be all green but I guess I used those up in the previous week for Hanukkah crafts. So each child painted the popsicle sticks green and got to decorate their tree with "ornaments" using stickers.
On Wednesday we created "sugar cookies" using air dry clay. The kids got to roll the pretend dough and then use a cookie cutter to make their very own sugar cookie. Lots of fun!
On Thursday we made our special parent gift, the snow globe/mediation jar. Each child got to sprinkle some glitter, pom poms, an snowflakes into their jar. We also made hand print Christmas trees which everyone always enjoys because the paint feels so funny and slimy on their hands.
On Friday we celebrated not only our last day before winter break, but also our beloved Arielle leaving Green Sprout. We had our classic Friday dance party and we also made real sugar cookies that we got to decorate and eat after nap time. Rye really got down on these sugar cookies. I think the kids liked the icing the best as is evident in some of the pictures below.
I know I mentioned it in the beginning of the blog, but I cannot thank you parents enough for all that you do. You make us feel so very special. Thank you.
Have a safe, fun, and relaxing holiday and we will see you in the new year!
Best Week Ever!
Good Afternoon Everybody!
What a fun week we've had exploring Kwanzaa.
On Monday Charlie helped the kiddos create Kwanzaa greeting cards using the festive Kwanzaa colors of red and green. We used wine corks and stamp pads to decorate the cards.
On Tuesday we made Nina a Happy Birthday poster. We painted our hands and printed them on her card. A lot of fun! We also made a Kwanzaa countdown chain with red, black and green construction paper. We then glued the paper into circles and connected the circles to make a chain.
On Wednesday we colored our Kwanzaa goblets in the morning with different art materials. We then got ready to celebrate Nina's 2nd birthday! We had a VERY special yummy afternoon snack of vegan carrot cake and vanilla cupcakes. Nina's mom also brought in a traditional Brazilian dessert for us to try. Delicious! She had a musician come in and sing songs with us in our backyard along with Arielle doing face paint for the kiddos.
Today we have decorated more Kwanzaa pictures and played with the balloons from the party yesterday. We also got to go and play outside and look at the amazing fall colors of the fall foliage. This afternoon we will be having our Chinese class, which is a Green Sprout favorite.
Tomorrow we will have our weekly dance party! We will also be harvesting from our garden. A lot to look forward to tomorrow!
Have an excellent weekend!
Good Morning Families!
This week we learned all about Hanukkah (including Charlie and myself)!
Our book of the week was "How do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?" Forgive me but I cannot remember who brought it. However, this book was by far our favorite one we have read in a while save "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom". We read "How do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight" during our morning and afternoon snacks. So thank you to the friend that brought it in to share with us!
On Monday we got to get artsy and colored print out Menorahs.
On Tuesday we decorated dreidels with whichever art material of their choice. Most of the friends chose stickers and crayons. We had an awesome yoga class as per usual and our pose of the week was Queen. Which essentially is mountain pose. We also practiced our breathing and concentration with the singing bowl.
On Wednesday we made hand print Menorahs and then on Thursday we got to light the "candles" with gold glitter glue. They turned out really cute if you are aware that they're supposed to be menorahs and not blue hands with glitter nail polish ;) ;)
Friday was so much fun! We got to eat traditional Hanukkah bread called Challah bread. Which I mistakenly was calling it Hollow bread all day yesterday, woops! The kids loved it because number one, it's bread, and number two because it was coated with a sweet yummy glaze.
Next week will be all about Kwanzaa! Charlie and I are really excited to learn about it along side the kiddos.
Jackie and Dom, Green Sprout Pre-Tot Guides