Saturday, 15 December 2007

Twas the Night Before Christmas

One of the fun things about the holidays is that we get to do all kinds of things that are just plain FUN! Enjoy the photos below of some of the FUN!

The other reason this is so much fun is because all week parents have been in and out to help with centers and treats and gifts. Below is one student’s "MiMi" (grandmother) who dropped by on the last day before the holiday to read "Twas the Night Before Christmas" to our students. The children were so excited as they sat thoroughly engaged in this traditional holiday favorite. We love the chance to meet the moms and dads, sisters and brothers, and extended family that the children talk about. We love to share with them all of the joy and excitement that we see every single day.

As we come to the end of 2007 we want to say a special thank you to each family. Thank you, of course, for the thoughtfulness of your holiday gifts, but so much more than that, thank you for sharing your most prized possession, your child, with us. Your children have touched our hearts. They make us so proud. They make our hearts sing! 2007 has been such a memorable year! We can't wait until 2008! See you then...

Monday, 3 December 2007

Standard Snapshot

You should have received a Standard Snapshot on purple paper at the end of the week. Below is the student work and an explanation of the work in case you missed it! Attached to this piece of standard work should have been a piece of your child's work.

The children have been working on instructions for something that they feel they are experts. Sometimes this is called functional, "how to," or procedural writing. We are delighted that the work that was featured in this Kindergarten Standard Snapshot that went home to the entire grade level was selected from OUR class! This is Madison's work and we are so very proud of her! Madison tells how to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich! She s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-s each word and writes the sounds that she hears and uses spaces between words. She includes a list of materials that she needs and sequences the steps. This is exactly what we expect our kindergartners to do this time of year. Congratulations Madison on representing our class so well!