THE RED ROOM REPORTER
DECEMBER 2 – 6 AND 9 – 13 AND 16 – 20
I cannot believe this is my final newsletter of the fall semester. These past few months seem to have flown by and it does not look like things are going to slow down between now and Winter Break. Over the next few weeks the Red Roomers will be busy exploring different holiday traditions from around the world.
In order to make the transitions between indoor and outdoor time easier we ask that your child not keep their hat and mittens/gloves in their backpack. We have the children tuck their hats and mittens inside their coat sleeve. If you could have them do the same, it would be most helpful.
Please note that the January 2020 tuition and transportation fees are due on December 25. Fees remaining unpaid after January 1, 2020 will be subject to a ten-dollar late fee. Classes are not in session again until January 6 so please plan to make your payment before Winter Break or mail it before January 1. In advance, thank you for your cooperation.
Hold on! Here we go!
MONDAY – The beginning of a new month means the Red Roomers must create another bulletin board. Be sure to ask your child what we made.
TUESDAY – Gingerbread is often served in Germany during the Christmas season. Many children have never tasted gingerbread. In addition to trying gingerbread the boys and girls will also make an Advent wreath. German families display the wreath made of four candles on a bed of pinecones, berries, dried flowers, and Christmas ornaments beginning anywhere from the first week in December through the last Sunday before Christmas. An advent calendar will also be introduced as part of our group time activities.
WEDNESDAY – Candy canes are prevalent this time of year. With that in mind, the children will cut out and paint a paper candy cane. Be sure to ask your child what I added to the paint to make it smell like a real candy cane. The children will also bring home a tasty treat of Candy Cane Bark to share with their family.
THURSDAY – The children will explore the Dutch tradition of St. Nicholas Day. St. Nicholas is said to wear a long bishop’s robe, a tall, pointed hat, and has a long white beard. He travels from home to home on horseback. Children fill their shoes with hay and carrots for his horse and place them in front of the fireplace or front door. If the children have been good, he leaves them candy. If they have been naughty, he leaves them coal. I hope no one has been naughty…
FRIDAY – The children will be practicing their shape recognition skills today as they make a reindeer. A game of holiday hide and seek a few rounds of The Reindeer Pokey will end our time together.
DECEMBER 9 – 13
MONDAY – Christmas fairs in Italy feature fireworks and bonfires along with holiday music. After finding Italy on map the children will make their own fireworks on paper. Holiday songs will round out our time together.
TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY – Little elves will be hard at work these two days making presents for moms and dads!  No peeking! 
THURSDAY – We will begin our time together reading Mr Willowby’s Christmas Tree. A Christmas tree sequencing activity will follow.
FRIDAY – Swedish children celebrate St. Lucia Day on December 13. The oldest girl in the family wears a crown of pine boughs and seven lighted candles. She wakes up the members of the family and serves them cake and coffee. We will explore this tradition by making muffins and hot cocoa and having the oldest girl in our class “wake us up” and serve us the treats. Be sure to ask your child who the oldest girl in our class is.
DECEMBER 16 – 20
MONDAY – Los Posadas is a traditional Mexican celebration that re-enacts Joseph’s search for a room at the inn. The Red Roomers will examine this tradition in addition to making a paper lantern and breaking a piñata
TUESDAY – Pressing eight of your child’s fingers that are covered in paint on a piece of paper and adding a paper flame to the tip of each one will make a?? Ask your child (Hint they are used in Hanukkah celebrations and each candle (finger) represents one of the eight nights of Hanukkah. The Dreidel Game will round out our time together.
WEDNESDAY – Foods fried in oil are often served during Hanukkah. The oil represents the oil that burned for eight nights. Potato pancakes or latkes are a popular Hanukkah dish. The children will try latkes this today. Be sure to ask your child if they liked them. Also look for a potato pancake flipping game to come home.
THURSDAY – Dishes made with peanuts are plentiful during Kwanzaa season. Today we will try our hand at making homemade peanut butter.
FRIDAY – The story Squirrel’s New Year’s Resolution will be the focus of our discussion today. After the story the children will brainstorm about their New Year’s resolutions.
HAVE A WONDERFUL HOLIDAY AND BEST WISHES FOR 2020!
Mrs. Norman