We invited all of the parents for an Open House visit. About 12 came (half!). We started off with the kids presenting what we’ve learned about America and then we made a Wintery snowman craft with the parents. We used some easy shapes that the children cut out for the snowman and some pre-cut shapes for the nose and scarf. Then the kids glued the shapes together to make a cute snowman. It’s fun to see how each child’s work has its own personality. Later we added sparkley buttons and cotton ball fluff for snow.
I also taught the kids lots about Santa. We spent over an hour on Santa Q&A because they just NEEDED to know SO much. They had adorable questions, like, “The Santa eat what?” They are VERY concerned about Santa watching them all the time. I now regularly get this question, “Santa look now?” to which I always say yes. Then they sort of jump around and make sharp head movements to try to catch Santa. We also wrote letters to Santa. I told them I’d mail them to Santa and he’d mail them back so I could put the letters in their portfolios.
Part of the package was Christmas socks. Each child chose one and we hung them with clothespins on a string of lights in the classroom. I can’t wait for Santa to come fill their stockings (and neither can they)! 😉
I have been hiding this Christmas pickle ornament around the classroom or on our small class tree. My Grandma always had a pickle on her tree that we got to find. In class, the first child to find the pickle gets a sticker. When they leave the classroom, I hide it again. The kids love the game! They call, “pickle, where are you?” as they search.