This month, we had lots of fun celebrating the winter holidays together.
Every morning, 2 children were invited to dress up as "les lutins" and welcome everyone into the classroom with a special greeting. We also had a round of montre et raconte, sharing a special family tradition with the class. I enjoyed learning about your family traditions!
We celebrated Grinch Day. Students drew examples of how to make the Grinch's heart grow, such as asking "Are you OK?", sharing, cleaning up, helping a friend... After reading the story book, we also made Grinch masks with our Big Buddies and together we watched the cartoon in French. All month long, students earned stickers to help make the Grinch's heart grow.
Thank you to everyone who was able to help us decorate the classroom for the holidays. Students rotated through several craft stations: pattern chains, coffee filter snowflakes, decorating stockings, and making ornaments for the tree. It's always lovely to have the families in the classroom.
We also transformed the classroom into Santa's workshop for the day. We made elf hats, and the elves busied themselves making presents for their families. I hope you enjoyed your special reindeer ornament.
On Frozen day, many students dressed up. We rotated through various centers, such as puppets, small world play, building Elsa's castle, qtip painting, and Roll an Olaf. We also enjoyed the movie in French.
Some of the other activities from this month include playing in our gingerbread house at centers, choosing a tree for JQ from the lot at Byng, dressing up in PJ's for our Winter Sing-a-long, and making snowmen and Santa Claus crafts.
We also wrote letters to Santa Claus and he wrote us back!
On our last afternoon together, we enjoyed some learning centers. Students went on a scavenger hunt around the classroom to find winter vocabulary words, we built snowmen and snowflakes out of pattern blocks, decorated winter playdough mats, explored on our light table and played a math roll and cover dice game. Thank you to all the parents who helped out and who sent in a special snack to share.
Thank you parents for the thoughtful gifts. I enjoyed my shopping spree at Anthropologie. I hope you enjoyed your holidays and I look forward to a successful Term 2 together! :)