December is always such a fun month! Since Hanukkah fell during the first week of December, we kicked off the month by reading some Hanukkah stories, painting dreidels, and singing the dreidel song. We kept a menorah on our board and added candles every day. We did a lot of fun holiday crafts using a variety of different materials and some new methods. We used cookie cutters to make paint stampers, used tissue paper to make Christmas trees.
We have been doing a lot of letter recognition this month. Our circle time activities usually include letter games. We use the themes of the day to make them fun: we found letter Cs and put them into a cookie jar, we used sticky notes to match letters on the word gingerbread, and we had to find the snowman with the letter S. We have been working on our writing skills. This month we did a tracing page and used the circles that we made by ourselves to make our snowman craft. We like using games as a way to learn letters and everyone has been having fun during those activities.
This month has been a first for several new events and skills that we have introduced. We have done a few new math activities throughout the month. We did a graph at circle time of the colors of our ugly Christmas sweaters and used scales to weigh our pom-pom ‘gumdrops’. Votes this month include things like red or green, what hat would you give to Frosty, favorite Christmas cookie, and favorite shade of blue. Our sensory bins continue to be a favorite at center time so we have added play snow and colored rice to our rotation. Jingle bells has been a class favorite this year so we even had a few music days and played our bells and drum toys along to some classic holiday songs.