On Tuesday, we read Spot's Thanksgiving by Eric Hill, which introduces holiday traditions through a dog named Spot. We worked so hard on our turkey centerpieces that day, which we used as decorations at the Thanksgiving Feast. We painted, colored, glued, stamped, stuck, glittered, and feathered during the process! We also made turkey hand print place mats for the Ladybugs and their families.
Our sensory table was filled with birdseed this week, and the Ladybugs' motor skills got a workout as they moved the seed from spoons to containers and back again.
We taught a lesson in colors and shapes on Wednesday as we formed turkeys out of geometric shapes. The children accessorized the birds' tails with popcorn, which they painted by squishing it around baggies filled with red paint! We read This First Thanksgiving by L.K. Melmed, when the Ladybugs learned about how the pilgrims and Native Americans worked together to prepare the first feast.
The Ladybugs also learned what a cornucopia is, as we made our own out of paper and filled them with paper fruits and vegetables. Speaking of food, we began sprucing up our kitchen play center, which we are filling with empty food containers from home. The Ladybugs just love pretending to cook using the same products that Mom and Dad use! After the holiday, we will ask you to please help us by bringing in any containers you may have tossed in your recycling bins.
We had a lot of fun teaching the kiddos the finger play, "Funny Bird", as well as the song, "If You're Thankful and You Know It Clap Your Hands." Your children are such a blast to teach, because they are so enthusiastic about everything!
We culminated our week, all together, in the Great Hall for our Thanksgiving Feast. What a fantastic time, for the entire school and their families to come together in fellowship. Thank you, parents, for all of your donations and for helping to make this event so special.
And thank you so much, Jude, for sharing your favorite snacks with us this week. We love cheese and pretzels, just like you!
We wish you a fun-filled and blessed Thanksgiving together. We are so thankful for each of the Ladybugs and their wonderful families! We will look forward to heading back to school on the 29th, when we will begin our studies of winter holidays...December is sure to fly!
Ms. Shannon and Ms. Tammy