The last of the leaves have finally fallen from the beautiful oaks that surround our school, and it’s safe to say that winter has arrived in our little woods! The first snowflakes have fallen and all classes are enjoying the sled hill as well as making tracks in the snow!
Our three day classes (4 & 5 year olds) have been busy celebrating the season. Both classes planned their own Thanksgiving “feasts”. They looked at recipes, made grocery lists, and walked to our local grocery store for ingredients. Miss Pat showed the children, teachers, and parents all around the store and they visited workers in each department. They even got to see the super-big refrigerators in the back room! They checked out using the self checkout and brought their purchases back to school. The next two days were spent baking cornbread, roasting green beans, and cooking cranberries. Finally, each class made one long table by pushing all of the tables together. They decorated the table with flowers and had (battery-operated) candles and placemats….it was very fancy and special. It was surely one of the highlights of the school year.
Our 2am class (3 & 4 year olds) also celebrated Thanksgiving with a holiday feast. This group cooked together making a “friendship fruit salad”. They coulnted eight different fruits in their salad! December finds them exploring their interest in snow globes and having some fun stemming from the favorite Jan Brett book, “Gingerbread Baby”. Our 2pm class (3 & 4 year olds) went on an exciting pretend journey to Africa! They built a boat out of hollow blocks, drew maps, and looked through binoculars to watch “animals”. This play scenario was 100% created by the childrens’ imaginations, without prompting from the teachers. 2 pm also explored with leaves, ramps, and apples. Isn’t it interesting how two different groups of children can have such different interests? We are so lucky to have the flexibility to follow these interests at Hobson.
Not to be forgotten, our Saturday Parent-Child (2 & 3 year olds) class enjoyed playing the “Little Mouse” game this November. In this game, one person, usually the teacher, hides a felt mouse behind one of many colored felt houses. Children then take turns guessing and checking which color house the mouse is behind. Preschoolers benefit from this game in the way that they practice turn taking and predicting, as well as learning to identify their colors in a fun and meaningful way. Our PC class also enjoyed “driving” toy cars through “mud” puddles of paint and then on paper to make tracks. Always popular are singing and dancing, and working those fine motor skills with playdough!
We at Hobson School warmly wish you a happy holiday season, and a new year filled with wonder and play!