Hello UPK Families,
Happy New Year! May many blessings be upon you and your families in this New Year! I am so excited for this new beginning.
As you know, the UPK classes went virtual for most of the month of December. Thank you so much for doing your part to encourage your children to be present for all of our Zoom calls. I know it wasn’t easy but the children did a fantastic job! I am so proud of them and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing them on the calls each day. They are truly a blessing in my life.
During the month of December, we began our Creative Curriculum unit study on balls. The children showed great interest as we examined many different kinds of balls. We discussed how they are the same and how they are different. We discovered that balls are made of different materials and are made for different purposes. We learned that some balls are solid and some balls are hollow. The children enjoyed sharing their balls virtually and playing ball with their families and pets at home. We will continue our ball study this month when we get back to the classroom mid month.
This December we also studied the holidays. We read books, such as, “What is Hanukkah” and “The Twelve Days of Christmas”. The children learned about some of the yummy foods eaten during Hanukkah such as, potato latkes and jelly donuts. They learned about the miracle of Hanukkah, the menorah, and the dreidel game. The children also watched a video of one of our First Steps dads as he shared how his family celebrates Hanukkah. Thank you, Abba, for an exciting and educational presentation. We also made Gingerbread people and created our very own pom pom filled Christmas balls.
Last month, we also learned about the country of Holland. The children watched videos about this beautiful country and made their very own flags of Holland. Miss Kathy created a wonderful presentation of Holland and posted the video on our Google Classroom. Thank you Miss Kathy for sharing your knowledge of this amazing country with us.
In December, we also continued our Handwriting Without Tears program. The children focused on writing the letters G and S and the sound these letters make. We also practiced writing the number four and learned its value. As always, the children did a fantastic job!
As we go virtual for the first two weeks in January, I want to thank you in advance for your continued support and encouragement. I am always here to answer any questions you may have. Please reach out to me if there is anything I can do to support you at home.
Once again, I’d like to wish you all a happy new year as we continue to navigate together through these unprecedented times.