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Fairy Tales

This week we learned all about fairy tales.  We started the week by discussing what is a fairy tale.  The children learned the story elements, such as it is a make-believe story, it has magic, the animals act like humans, it begins with the words ‘Once upon a time…” and ends with “They lived happily ever after!”  We read the stories Goldilocks and the Three Bears and Sleeping Beauty.  We also enjoyed the books There Was an Old Dragon Who Swallowed A Knight by Penny Klostermann and Cinderella and the Fairy Dogfather by Daphne Pendergrass.  The children spent the week acting out various stories with puppets and felt boards.  They also dressed up like kings, queens, princes, princesses, knights and fairies and played in our big classroom castle.  They were able to make up their own stories.

Our writing lessons this week focused on writing the letter E, the number 2 and drawing a rectangle.  In our reading lessons this week we talked about the setting of the story. We also discussed how to make two words out of one, such as basket and ball out of basketball or cup and cake out of cupcake.  In our math lesson we talked about the numbers 4 and 5. We counted and built sets of objects to represent these numbers. We also learned about the number zero.

Over the next two weeks we will be talking about the classic fairy tale of the Gingerbread Man.  We will be reading many versions and we will be doing a lot of pretend baking.

Thank you for all the wonderful donations!  Our classes collected over 50 items to donate to the Niles Food Pantry.  They children were very proud to walk them down to the donation boxes.

Important Dates and Upcoming Themes:

  • Theme for the weeks of 12/10 and 12/17 - Gingerbread Man
  • Friday, December 21st - Winter Party
    • AM party - 8:45-9:30
    • PM party - 12:45-1:30
  • December 24-January 4 - Winter Break - NO SCHOOL