December Classroom Plans
December is here and excitement is in the air! Throughout this month the preschool children will explore winter and all it has to offer. We will learn about the changes in nature and discuss family traditions. We will also begin our holiday preparations while transforming our classroom into a winter wonderland!
English Language Arts
Stories will be read that will describe various cultural holiday celebrations. The children will continue working with letter recognition as well as focusing on their complete name, first and last.
We will continue to practice our counting while constructing paper snowmen and snowflakes. We will explore small, medium, and large and discuss more and less. The children will attempt to count to 25 while we are preparing for the big day!
Science & Technology/Engineering
Our science exploration will hopefully include snow, ice and salt. We will manipulate holiday play dough while pretending to make holiday goodies. Mid-month we will bake Christmas cookies. We will begin discussions on “where do some animals go when winter comes?” and “how do others eat when snow covers the ground?”
We will discuss winter clothing reminders (hats and mittens everyday) and practice putting them on. We will continue to revisit healthy food choices.
History & Social Sciences
We will discuss different ways various cultures celebrate holidays by making dreidels, baking Christmas cookies, and creating Kwanzaa cards etc.
The children will sing holiday songs with repetitive phrases and rhythmic patterns. We will listen to various kinds of holiday instrumental music as well as play instruments using bells and drums. We will be creating ornaments for the classroom Christmas tree and designing holiday gift wrap and cards in pretend center.