December 2018 Theme & Calendar

Our December Theme:
The Polar Express

    All aboard!  The Polar Express is stopping at the Kinder Works Station this year!  It’s going to take us around the world, to see how the Winter Holidays are celebrated in other countries!

     First stop: Germany, where we find many traditions such as advent wreaths, advent calendars, letters to Weihnachtsmann (Santa), hiding the Christmas Tree, Springerle molds, etc.  And then there’s St. Nicholas Day with shoes left at doors and filled with straw for horses!  St. Nicholas checks to see if children have behaved well, then fills the shoes with treats…

     Onwards we go to: England, where we find the first Christmas cards, the tradition of caroling, hanging stockings by the chimney, the use of holly and mistletoe, Christmas crackers and pudding…

     …Back on the train for home: U.S.A.!  We will learn about Hanukkah, have fun with the elf on the shelf, candy canes, Christmas trees, and more.  Our own Kinder Works classmates can introduce us to multi-cultural traditions as they tell how they celebrate the Holidays at home.

     Kinder Works celebrates with two annual traditions at this time of year: The Giving Tree, and Santa visits!

     Our December calendar is below. Click on the image for a printable PDF!

September MTG Calendar

 

Santa Sighting 2018

kw-santa-bearSanta Sighting
Wednesday, December 12th

       Skip the lines at the Mall; the REAL Santa Claus is coming to Kinder Works!  Santa will arrive at 4:00PM on Wednesday, December 12th to visit all of our good little girls and boys.

       Your family is invited to stop in for a visit during your regular pick-up time, between 4:00-6:00PM.  For AM and Tues-Thurs families, please stop in to visit Santa between 5:00 and 6:00.

       All children are welcome to visit with Santa while his “little elves” photograph this precious childhood memory.  Pictures will be framed and given to you the following week, so no need to wait for printing!  Families can also enjoy a light snack buffet, decorate a cookie, and take home a special gift!

 

The Giving Tree 2018

The “Giving Tree”
November 26th – December 14th

       The “Giving Tree” is a beautiful holiday tradition that we celebrate at Kinder Works.  Each year we decorate a tree with paper ornaments; each ornament bears the name and age of a local child in need.  Your child can choose one of these ornaments and become a “Secret Santa” for that child.

       Visit our “Giving Tree” in the Gym to choose an ornament with your child.  Please return your gift in a gift bag, with the ornament as its tag, by placing it under the tree on or before December 14th.

       Watching your child thoughtfully pick out a gift for a child in need will warm your heart!

 

November 2018 Photos

Please enjoy pictures of our Honey Bears in Gym & Music!


Please enjoy pictures of our Pandas in 
Creative Expression!


Please enjoy pictures of our Koalas in 
Language Arts!


Please enjoy pictures of our Sun Bears in 
Math & Science!

2018 Thanksgiving Pow-Wows

Pow-Wows: a “Circle of Friends”
Monday & Tuesday, November 19th & 20th

       We celebrate the Great Spirit of Friendship at our annual “Circle of Friends” Pow-Wows, to celebrate multi-cultural awareness, acceptance of diversity, as well as giving and gratitude.  The children don their own creative costumes and chant and sing together before sharing a friendship snack.

     All Preschool and Kindergarten classes gather together in the Gym on Monday, 11/19 at 2:30PM & Tuesday 11/20 at 10:30AM.  All Kinder Works children and their parents are welcome to attend.  We kindly ask parents to attend only one Pow-Wow due to our limited space.

 

November 2018 Show & Tell

Our November  EQ Show & Tell
Thursday & Friday, November 15th & 16th

“Something You are Grateful For”

       November is the beginning of the season of caring, giving, and gratitude, and in that spirit our Show & Tell will focus on being grateful.

     Help your child look at the different ways that he or she shows appreciation… maybe with words, hugs and smiles, pictures or notes, or even by trying to “return the favor” and pay kindness forward!

     Please send in a picture (e.g., photo or drawing, collage, mosaic, etc.) of the people, experiences, and /or things for which he/she is most thankful.

 

2018 Thanksgiving Baskets

CornucopiaThanksgiving Baskets
November 1st – 16th

     November’s EQ project is about sharing with those who are less fortunate than ourselves. At this time each year, we provide complete Thanksgiving Dinners for local needy families with children!

     Our Kinder Works children and families are invited to participate in this Thanksgiving food drive. Look for donation baskets at arrival and dismissal times. Contributions will be accepted through November 16th. Listed below are some suggestions for your contributions:

~ Gift Card for a turkey
~ Bags/boxes of potatoes
~ Stuffing (boxes)
~ Non-perishable desserts
~ Non-perishable vegetables
~ Gravy (cans)
~ Non-perishable fruits (cans/dried)
~ Cranberry sauce (canned)

     In addition, each class will make a festive centerpiece to add to the baskets.  Thank you in advance for your kindness and generosity!