Monday, January 5, 2009

I smell Christmas!!!

Today we were thinking about all the wonderful smells at Christmas. Our LBQ- what is your favorite smell of Christmas? We had a few kids answer candy canes, and hot chocolate. A few also said that they loved the smell of cookies. Boy are we excited about Christmas. After our pledge, weather, and calendar we were able to do our Fingerplay again,

Here is the chimney, (make fist with thumb inside)
Here is the top, (other hand over fist)
Open the lid, (remove hand)
Out Santa will pop! (pop up thumb)

Next we read The Sweet Smell Of Christmas by Patricia M. Scarry. This is one of my favorite Christmas stories and I have such fond memories of reading it as a child. I was excited to share it with the class. We first looked at the pages to see what we could understand from the pictures. Then we told the story from just looking at the pictures. After that we read the book and discussed our favorite parts.

We then finished our Fun Christmas books. We had the wreath to put on the door and also the stocking to color. We read the whole book while pointing to the words on the pages.

After our books were complete we ate our yummy snack.

Then we played I spy and colored our Red or Green picture.

After coloring our sheets we reviewed a star, the number five and the letters C and J.
We introduced the letter Rr.

The Letter Rr to the tune of Frere Jacques
The letter R. The letter R. (make ASL sign for letter, showing one hand then the other)
Has a sound. Has a sound. (bring 1 hand to ear and then the other hand to the other ear)
What sound do you make? What sound do you make? (palms facing up, shrug shoulders)
/r/ /r/ /r/! /r/ /r/ /r/! (Make ASL sign for letter, move hand forward and backward for each sound)
After learning the sound and tracing the letter with our fingers we then colored our Rr sheets that will go into our alphabet books.

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