Monday, December 19, 2011

Goats, and Rabbits, and Horses Oh My!

The month of December has been very busy in Room 5/6.  We have welcomed a new friend, Addison, who is three, to our classroom.  We are all working like elves to get out Christmas decorations and presents finished to take home before the holidays.  Every day on line we have been practicing old Christmas songs and learning some new ones for our Holiday Sing-a-long on Friday, December 23.  We are hoping that you will all be able to come and join us.  We have been reading books about other winter holidays, such as Kwanza and Hanukkah, and next week we will begin our class time with the lighting of the menorah.  The children have been fascinated to discover how other cultures and families celebrate their holidays.

We had a lower elementary assembly in the gym on Thursday where we heard all about their trips to Bel Aire farm and how the students learned to care for the animals.  Imagine our surprise when we walked into the gym and saw two horses, two goats and two rabbits waiting for us.  We watched their  "ABC of Farming" presentation while anxiously hoping we would be able to get closer to the animals.  Our patience paid off when all the students were dismissed back to their classes, except early childhood, and we got to pet the animals for as long as we wanted.  The rabbits were so soft, the horses were so big, and the goats were so funny, they like to eat anything!  When we got back to our classroom the older children were excited to think that maybe they could go to the farm when they are in lower elementary.

As this year draws to a close, I would like to once again thank all the parents for entrusting us with the care and education of your children.  We recognize what an honor you have bestowed upon us.  Each child is such a unique gift to our classroom and brings us great joy every day.  May your holidays be filled with love and surprises and we look forward to seeing you in the New Year.

Submitted by: Cindy Shelley, Donna Rockafellow, Karen Klingel

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