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December News 2016

Children’s House is where children love to learn.  Our students are busy all day, every day!  Our customized lesson plans allow for each child to challenge themselves each day.  Their successes are the fruits of their labor and each child takes pride in their accomplishments.  We offer large group instruction, small group instruction, individual one on one learning and independent opportunities for our children to make choices and master lessons they find interesting!   There is so much going on at Children’s House.  Here’s a glimpse of what you will see in each classroom on any given day.

Winter is coming!!  As we approach the winter solstice and the darkest day of the year we will begin a unit on weather and precipitation. We will discuss the differences between snow, sleet, hail and rain and experiment with freezing water.  The children enjoy the unit on “sink and float” and we will be adding salt to the water to see how this change affects the buoyancy of certain objects.  In addition, we will be building our own boats to see how many beads it might hold before sinking.  We love hands on experiments!

Many students are working with great concentration. Math and language work are also progressing nicely. On any given day we see children choosing work, practicing and learning new concepts with great joy and fulfillment.  In language, identifying the sand paper sounds while matching the corresponding beginning sound to the sand paper sound with the use of objects is a hit with our younger students, while many of our emerging readers have vastly improved their reading skills and word building is a favorite among our younger friends.  The introduction of sight words are an important part of their reading skills and many children will be bringing home sight word booklets or will incorporate these activities into their marble notebooks, so please review these words with your child each week.

The holiday season also serves as a reminder of just how fortunate we are and how much we can give to others and make a difference. The need is bigger than ever in our community and even children want to do their part to help. So in between reading, writing, and other academic activities our students are learning about the importance of giving back.  By incorporating the theme of giving into our literature circle and reading groups we have discovered the importance of kindness through books like The Giving Tree.    We follow our read aloud opportunities by introducing group discussions and a reading response. It teaches them the importance of giving, caring, and sharing.  We will also be participating in a coat drive in response to the needs of the Trenton Rescue Mission.  Coats, hats, scarves, pajamas and socks are greatly appreciated and can be dropped off in the office until December 9.

For Thanksgiving, we read stories about the history of Indians and Pilgrims. We talked about the meaning of Thanksgiving and its importance, which involves gratitude for our families and friends. The children learned about the Native Americans coming to America on the Mayflower and how the Indians helped them to settle in their new land. Our Thanksgiving feasts were great successes. Many classrooms invited their children to wear their special Native American boy/girl or Indian hats and enjoy a special Thanksgiving feast with their peers and teachers, which may include Friendship Soup and cornbread. We also learned about parts of corn (husk and kernels) and parts of turkey (bill, feathers, wattle).

This is just a snippet of what Children’s House has been up to.  Wishing you a beautiful holiday season!

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