This week we continued our unit on Thanksgiving. We had a great discussion about the meaning of Thanksgiving. We learned that we celebrate Thanksgiving Day on the fourth Thursday in November by having a feast. We came up with a list of traditional foods that we eat on Thanksgiving such as: turkey, stuffing, rice, squash, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, corn, and pumpkin pie. The children were surprised when they discovered that Native Americans cooked their meals outside on a fire. They hunted and fished for their food and bathed in the river.
The entire class painted a tree and bright colored leaves for our fall bulletin board. Then, we attached pictures of the children in the shape of leaves. The tree looks spectacular!
The children created fabulous Native American villages.
They made colorful teepees and added straws on the top (representing branches). They made a river by painting with corn syrup and blue food coloring, and then added a fish. The children designed a campfire by gluing on pebbles and red, yellow, orange, and gold tissue paper onto it (representing fire). They finished their village by adding a Native American made out of clay.
Fun in the snow:
The children had a great time with Ms. Lisa. Some of the songs they sang were, "Five Little Turkeys," "There is a food we love to eat on every Thanksgiving Day," sung to the tune of Bingo. They sang and acted out "Over the River and Through the Wood, " and Twinkle, Twinkle.
Notes from Ms. Yuting:The children used a ball to get the correct hand shape for playing the piano. It is important that their fingers be rounded when playing the piano. Sometimes the children will hold the ball with their thumb and another finger. This shows how strong their finger
The children created turkey placemats which they will use for the Thanksgiving feast. First they painted the turkey's feathers with their thumbs, drew feet, and then added a sticker with their face on it.
Please send your child to school with proper winter attire such as: a warm winter coat, snow boots, snow pants, gloves, and a hat.
If you would like to contribute and bring in food or drink to the feast on Wednesday, the sign up sheet is in the hallway.
The Thanksgiving concert will be next Wednesday, November 21st. It will start at promptly at 11:30 AM in the auditorium and the potluck feast will follow. School will close at 1PM.
Ms. Bonne and Ms. Denise