This month’s theme is “December Family Traditions,” including the celebration of Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanza. This week, the children celebrated Hanukkah by learning about the holiday; they helped light a Menorah, played dreidel, sang hanukkah songs, and tried Latkes (potato pancakes) with applesauce and sour cream as part of their snack time. The teachers demonstrated how to light candles for Hanukkah and how to play the dreidel game with real (and fake!) coins. Children honed their fine motor skills by decorating paper plate snowmen with buttons, hats, scarves, mittens, eyes, cotton balls, and “carrot” noses. We added glittery white and blue play doh and winter-themed cookie cutters to our sensory play. Children enjoyed playing in our winter sensory table, which is now filled with magic “snow,” and they learned how the “snow” is made. We read the book The Mitten together and the children participated in the story by remembering the sequence of the animals; it’s a great book to read with children because it helps them with memory and sequencing.
Marilee Hartling RN, MFT | Infant & Child Development Specialist | Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.