“Good morning, sunshine!”
You are awakened from your cozy bed by your mom or dad’s warm, smiling face. Today is not a “stay home” day, but a school day – hooray! Hurry up and get dressed, brush your teeth and jump in the car. Oops! Run back inside and get your backpack. Buckle up and eat your breakfast as you race to school to get there before the bell.
As you pull up to the gate, you are greeted by a sweet, friendly teacher who helps unload you and all of your belongings from the car. You run to the playground and enjoy playing with your friends until the bell rings at 8:05. “8:05, 8:05!”- kids chant excitedly as they are ready to head inside for the start of school. You scurry down the hallway to your classroom where you are greeted by your teacher giving you morning hugs and reminding you to unpack your lunch and snack.
The classroom is set up with a variety of learning centers for you to choose where you would like to start your day. You may choose home-living where you can play in Santa’s workshop, the playdough table where you can roll out and pretend to bake Christmas cookies or recreating the Christmas story with the Nativity play set. Magnet blocks, legos, puzzles and the art center are also great choices. It is so hard to make a decision when there are so many fun activities to explore!
After playing in centers for a little while, we all clean-up and sit on the rug for circle time. Maybe it will be your day to be the leader or the helper. We do calendar, reciting the months, days of the week and counting to find out what day we are on. We then count by 5’s as we count how many days we have been in school. Wow, we made it to 71! Not too much longer until we get to 100 days of school and have our celebration!
We stand together and recite the pledge of allegiance and the honor code. We then check the weather, sing some songs and read a story about Christmas and the birth of Jesus. Now it is time to say the blessing, wash hands and eat snack. Snack time is fun as we get to visit with our friends and then it is off to music.
We love to go to music where we get to sing and dance. After music we head to chapel. We love going to chapel and learning about God and how to live in God’s way. We sing songs, say prayers and listen to bible stories. Chapel is over and it is time to go to the playground. We are so excited to run, climb, and ride bikes! We can build with waffle blocks, play in the sandbox, swing, play ball or just enjoy being outside and playing with our friends. Wow, we played hard and now it is center time again. We go inside and listen to a story about Christmas and giving gifts to others. We talk about the importance of giving to others and learn the difference between wants and needs. An important lesson for us to understand.
Now it is time to go to centers. We make a Santa craft at one table, gluing, painting and using a yarn to make Santa’s beard. We work on an activity with the teacher cutting and gluing wants and needs into each column where it belongs, helping us learn more about the difference between the two. We play in home-living, play with kinetic sand in the sand table, create a melting snowman out of shaving cream and build the North Pole with blocks. It is been so much fun in our classroom today and we have had a very busy morning!
We end the morning with a friend sharing her share toy, read our friend’s adventures over the weekend with the backpack buddies and pass out the class books. Time for the goodbye song for our friends who go home for lunch and then the blessing so that we can eat our yummy lunch! What an exciting day filled with learning, exploring and playing with our friends! We can’t wait to do it again tomorrow!