December is always a fun and busy month here in Hummingbirds. We spent the month talking all about the different holidays we celebrate in December. While discussing Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanza we realized each holiday is all about family and togetherness. We loved making dreidels and playing with them. How much fun we had watching them spin. We made Kwanzaa flags using black, red and green paper and talked about the Ngico Saba. We even had a visit from Santa and took turns sitting on his lap. What an exciting month it has been!
This month we also talked all about sharing and togetherness, we practiced using our manners and talking turns with our friends. We reviewed letters A and B and introduced letters C, D and E. We talked about the sounds each letter makes and tried to name things that start with that letter. Our color of the month was Green or Verde (Spanish) and our shape was a triangle.
The Hummingbirds love to get their hands dirty so this month we played with pretend snowballs and took turns counting and sorting them. We made fake snow and practiced scooping it up and pouring it. We took little trees made out of baking soda and water and took turns pouring vinegar over them and watched them bubble and fizz away. We even played with gingerbread play dough!
Now that the year is coming to an end we are excited to see what 2020 will bring!
Tell Them What They CAN Do – For the entire year that your child is two, or three for that matter, perhaps even when they are four, forget the word: DON’T – When you tell a toddler don’t run they hear run!
Try telling them what they should do, not what they shouldn’t. Instead of don’t run try walking feet. Instead of don’t yell try use your inside voice. You can even make it fun. Instead of don’t jump on the couch say you have a lot of jumping energy, let’s jump on these pillows on the floor. Just remember to redirect them by telling them what they CAN do. This reinforcement from home will go a long way in making our school days more productive and focused 🙂