Ringing In A New Year

Happy New Year!  We hope your holiday break was filled with love, good food and happiness!  As we welcome Winter and embark on another trip around the sun, we are surrounded by the good energy and merriment from December! Art projects fill the classroom, snowmen and snow sculptures fill the canyon. When there wasn't any snow, we made our own, and boy have we had fun exploring the farthest and snowiest parts of our Earth. December was a time of channeling our giving hearts, as we made ornaments for our families, and home made gifts for our friends through our classroom "Giving Box." Our Sprouts demonstrated just how good and warm their hearts are and we are so proud of them. 

Thank you to all who came and celebrated with us at our annual Holiday Party! It was fun to see so many Sprouts and their siblings bopping around! We ate some delicious treats, made fun crafts, and received some exciting new items for our classroom, thanks to all of you! We look forward to keeping this tradition alive for many years to come. 

Winter Solstice was a very special celebration as well! We read the story of "The Star Child" and made orange feeders for our woodland friends, hanging them on branches outside. We invited Winter to come as we used teamwork to build a giant Winter Spiral in the snow, lit by luminaries. It was beautiful, as is this time of year. 

So here we go, ringing in the new year, with a whole bundle of new ideas! As the snow thickens, we will do our best to keep up with our snow science. We will poke, roll, freeze, melt, build, and even look for tracks of those brave animals who stick around in the Winter. Hopefully we will spot the infamous fox or even a wolf or two! We will play with light and dark, poems and rhyming, and even the important and beautiful topics of "peace" and "diversity," as we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day!      Here's to January!     ~Your Teachers