Highlights & Happenings: Celebrating the Holidays at Little Folks
The month of December was certainly busy here at Little Folks School! From making Christmas tree decorations to eating Hanukkah latkes, children experienced the magic of the holiday season.
Each classroom received a tree from their room parents. Trees were adorned with lights, paper chains, and ornaments. Classes even made ornaments by making salt dough, using cookie cutters to make festive shapes, and painting the ornaments. After ornaments were dry, children hung them on the trees.
On St. Nicholas Day, children took their shoes off and sat together to sing songs. The Orange and the Yellow rooms sang together downstairs while the Red, Blue, and Purple Rooms sang together upstairs. While they were singing, the sound of jingling bells could be heard in the hallway. Children were delighted to find a surprise gift in their shoes when they returned!
Next we celebreated Mexican Christmas with a Pinata Party! Children in Sarah’s ASEP Spanish Class helped make the pinata. During the school day, classes read the book Uno, Dos, Tres, Posada by Virginia L Kroll and learned about how Christmas is celebreated in Mexico. Afterwards, we all sampled delicious empanadas made by Yellow Room teacher Nory. Finally, the whole school gathered in the Green Room to take turns hitting the pinata and celebrating with the treats that fell out!
A long tradition at Little Folks is celebrating Santa Lucia Day. All the children and teachers wore white and paraded around the school singing about Santa Lucia. Nory told the children the legend of Santa Lucia, a very kind girl who gave strangers food to eat and helped those in need. Little Folks children were delighted to see Santa Lucia visit them and share some bread.
Little Folks children all had a blast decorating gingerbread houses this year! Children used graham crackers, icing, and candy to decorate houses. Careful planning and decision making could be seen in action as children carefully placed candy windows, doors, and shingles. Discussions of houses and buildings could be heard as children busily worked on their yummy creations!
We also spent several days celebrating Hanukkah! Many classes even had families join to share their own Hanukkah traditions, teach children how to play dreidel, learn Hanukkah songs, and, of course, eat latkes! Yellow Room teacher Nory made latkes with the help of her class the whole school ate them for snack - delicious!
In the spirit of giving, Little Folks families helped make gift bags for Martha’s Table. Families brought in hats, mittens, and socks and the Room Parents provided assorted stuffed animals, stickers, chapsticks and other goodies for the bags. With the help of our wonderful Room Parents, the children at Little Folks helped assemble the gift bags.
The holidays are also a time for music!! At Little Folks, we were busy singing songs and were delighted to share them with our families at the holiday sing-a-long. Thanks for joining us!