Thursday, December 10, 2020

Holidays Around the World Week 2

December 7: Diwali

Diwali is known as the Festival of Lights and is a Hindu holiday; many people in India celebrate it even if they are of a different faith. We learned they use diyas, clay lamps, to ward off bad spirits and bring good luck into their houses. Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday that lasts for eight days and nights. 

Project made: colored a Rangoli Design. These are usually made with colorful sand in front of families houses.

December 8: Hanukkah

We learned Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday that is celebrated for eight days because long, long ago after the Maccabees won the Jewish temple back from invaders, they were cleaning it and when they went to light the oil lamp there was only enough for one night’s worth of light. After praying to their god, the oil lasted for eight nights. On each night one of the nine candles is lit, signifying another day and different tradition to be celebrated during Hanukkah. There are nine candles in a menorah, because the middle candle is lit first to light the other candles. Then, the other eight candles are lit for the eight days of Hanukkah. Hanukkah is sometimes referred to as the Festival of Lights too. 

Project made: Star of David

December 9: Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa is a seven day African American holiday to celebrate their African heritage. On each day they celebrate one of the seven principles of Kwanzaa, which are: unity, determination, responsibility, cooperation, building community, creativity, and faith. Each night a candle is lit on the kinara; there is one black candle in the middle, three red candles on the left and three green candles on the right. The candles are lit in a specific order from left to right with the black candle being first, then alternating one red, one green candle until they are all lit.

Project made: Kinara with the Seven Principles of Kwanzaa.

December 10: Eid-al-Fitr

Eid is a Muslim holiday that is celebrated for three days after Ramadan, which is a month of fasting during the day. Eid is determined by the visible sighting of the crescent moon of Shawwal, which is the 10th month of the lunar calendar. People will dress in their finest clothes, decorate their houses with lights, and attend street fairs, fireworks, play games, and dance. This children will receive Eidiyyah, a small amount of money, to spend on sweets at the street fairs. After attending the community festivities, many families will continue to celebrate in their homes by having a large meal.

Miss Peters also discussed one of her friends' family traditions with us. Her friend is a first generation American Indian, which means her parents moved here from India and she was born in America. Her friend has never been able to experience her two family holidays in India, so what they do in America is slightly different from what other Muslims do in India. What she and her family do is fast during Ramadan, only able to eat a date and some water after sunset and then breakfast between 2 and 3am. Both Eids (Eid-al-Fitr & Eid-al-Adha) are celebrated the same in their community by getting together with all of the Muslims or Islamic Society in their area to say the holiday prayer together and then have a large brunch together. Everyone congratulates each other and says "Eid Mubarak" (Happy Eid). During their holidays they get up really early, put on their finest clothes and do their morning prayers, before doing the holiday prayer with the other members of the Islamic Society in their area, and then saying their evening prayer called maghrib.

Project made: Glitter crescent moon and star.


Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Holidays Around the World Week 1

December 1:Christmas in England

In England during Christmas there are many Christmas markets for people to go to to buy handmade gifts and food, such as mincemeat pies. Christmas lights are a very big deal in England. Oxford Street is famous for its amazing light display! The tradition of sending Christmas cards started in the United Kingdom; the very first Christmas card was designed in 1843. On Christmas Eve, many families have a large dinner together and everyone gets a Christmas Cracker to open. Inside the Christmas Cracker there is a small toy, a paper crown, and a joke to read. Father Christmas leaves presents on Christmas Eve for all the good boys and girls and on Christmas Day families get to open their gifts and watch the Queen giver her Christmas Day speech at 3pm.

Project made: Colored a Christmas Cracker ornament.

December 2: Christmas in the Netherlands

The Christmas season begins mid November when Sinterklaas arrives by boat from his home in Madrid, Spain. Sinterklass travels with many helpers called Zwarte Piet. Zwarte Piet carries Sinterklaas's bag of small goodies for the boys and girls. Sinterklaas visits the children on the eve of December 5th. The Dutch do not put up their Christmas trees until after Sinterklaas has delivered gifts to them on December 5th. In the Netherlands Christmas trees are called Kerstbomen. Like many American families the Dutch decorate their trees with lights and ornaments. They also decorate their trees with Kerstkransjes, almond wreath cookies. The Dutch spend quality time with family during their Christmas season.

Project made: wooden clog for Sinterklass to leave small gifts in.

December 3: Christmas in Germany

We learned Germans count the days until Christmas with advent wreaths and advent calendars that are filled with small sweets or toys starting December 1st. Many things, such as food and toys, are sold at their Christmas markets, called Christkindlmärkets. We also learned the tradition of Christmas trees came from Germany; they call their Christmas trees Tannenbaum. Good boys and girls will leave their cleaned boots out for St. Nicholas to leave small gifts in for the kids to open on December 6th, St. Nick's Day. Instead of waiting for Santa to bring presents on Christmas Even, Germans wait for Christkind to bring gifts. She dresses in gold and white robes with a large crown worn on top of her golden hair. Like many Americans, Germans eat a lot of food on Christmas Day.

Project made: Christmas tree.

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Turkey Headbands

 This week we created Turkey Headbands. The kids had so much fun making them. We did each part step-by-step. When Miss Peters would put her headband on the kids thought it was so funny and couldn't wait to get theirs completed. Today we did a little parade so Mrs. Cowart could see their finished headbands and Mrs. Look and the 4th & 5th grade class wanted to see them as well.

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Reminders & Upcoming October Dates


Students have to wear tennis shoes all day at school.

The weather is getting colder so please send your student to school in a warm coat. We go outside as often as we can and the wind and chilly weather has made a few of the students a little cold while playing outside in the morning.

If you have not sent in your family pumpkin please do so we can hang it up on our classroom bulletin board.

Upcoming Dress Up Days

Red Ribbon Week: October 22nd- October 28th

Thursday, October 22- Wear your pajamas to school today!

Friday, October 23- Wear crazy socks!

Monday, October 26- Dress as a tourist!

Tuesday, October 27- Wear crazy hats!

Dates to Remember

Thursday, October 22, 2020- October Book Orders Due

Thursday, October 29, 2020- No School

Tuesday, November 10 & Thursday, November 12, 2020- VIRTUAL Parent Teacher Conferences. An email with a sign up sheet will be sent out the last week of October or the first week of November.

Friday, October 16, 2020

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Trees

Dear 4K Families,

While we were learning at home many friends created their own Chicka Chicka Boom Boom trees and sent me a picture of them; I wanted to share them with you so you can see the trees your friends made.


September 2020

 Hello 4K Families,

We have been in school for one month already! It certainly has gone by fast!

The kids are getting the routine of our classroom down very quickly! They are all very eager to learn!


We have been doing our Alphabet Chant every day to help learn the letters of the alphabet and the sound or sounds the letters make. We say the letter names twice, then a name of a picture on the chart, then the sound(s) of the letter with a small body movement. Ex. Aa apple short a sound /ă/ (3x) with the body movement and then we repeat it with the long a sound /ā/ (3x).

We have read many books on emotions, school, and fall so far this year.

Many mornings for the morning work the kids are tracing the letters of their name, and then writing it multiple times during the day/week.


We have practiced tracing our numbers as well as using some games to practice identifying, counting to and dot counting numbers. Every day we do calendar; thus far our highest number was 25. We have also counted each number from the calendar in sign language. Ask your student if they remember any of the numbers and how they are counted in sign language; it is done differently than in the hearing community.


We use the SecondStep program at school to discuss different ways to control and calm our bodies as well as how to kindly play in our classroom with our friends. We met two classroom "friends" Scott and Sally; they help us with these lessons. So far we have learned they are in the room to help us and remind us to do our body checks- eyes watching, ears listening, voices quiet, and bodies calm.

We have also done a little bit a yoga and light stretching to start off our day or as a brain break during the morning. Miss Peters has also shown the kids how to do Balloon Breathing and Pretzel Breathing. A couple friends were also shown how to take deep breaths and slowly blowing them out using your five fingers. To do this you take a deep breath in as you move up one finger and slowly let it out as you go down that finger. Do that five times and if your body isn't calm, do it once more or as long as you need.

We had the students work on puzzles together in their table pods. This helps with their fine motor skills in their hands as well as their social skills to work together with their friends as a group to complete a project. The kids did a great job working together and putting the puzzles together.


The students made Remembrance Ribbons and headbands in observance of Patriot Day; the day we remember September 11, 2001.

They each colored a unique puzzle piece to add to our classroom puzzle to show that everyone in our classroom are friends.


FREE TIME (play time in the classroom)