Monthly Archives: December 2013

Home for the Holidays…

A Purdin Family Tradition - the Pineapple Turkey!

A Family Tradition – the Pineapple Turkey!

Happy Holiday season! I hope your family had a lovely Thanksgiving break! For myself, I had a wonderful weekend enjoying family, friends, shopping, my childhood bedroom and of course, my mother’s baking! YUM!

Children measure chart paper with alphabet bean bags.

Children measure chart paper with alphabet bean bags.

I always have a blog post rumbling around in my head, yet it just doesn’t always get on to the page. I’ve had so many ideas I could have written about during the last few weeks from using all different kinds of things to measure lengths of objects, to learning about the First Thanksgiving to all the phonemic awareness games we have been playing (not to mention all the progress I have been seeing!)

My collection of holiday books (gets bigger every year!)

My collection of holiday books (gets bigger every year!)

December will go by quickly and we will be busy all the way to vacation.  We will begin one of my favorite classroom holiday traditions tomorrow – reading a holiday story each day. A child a day gets to pick a book to “unwrap” and that is the book we read. A BIG thank you to Mrs. Billias for wrapping all those books so fast!

We will do many fun activities as we get towards the holidays, and young children should enjoy the magic of this season. However, as a teacher, I believe it is important for me to teach my children the importance of giving as well. We will be making gifts for people who help us in school to say thank you for all they do for us. We also have our Kindergarten-First Grade Holiday Sing on Wednesday, December 18th. I hope you can join us!

I look forward to meeting with each of you this week to talk about your child’s progress during our parent-teacher conference. Click here to listen to a fantastic two minute video from Lily Eskelsen, Vice President of the National Education Association, on tips for making the most of your parent conference.

Ms. Purdin and some K moms at Sip & Paint!

Ms. Purdin and some wonderful K mom-artists at Sip & Paint in November!

And remember… there was #BlackFriday, and tomorrow is #CyberMonday, but then it’s on to the most important day – #GivingTuesday. Thanks to everyone who came out to the NEF’s Sip and Paint in November. It was such a fun night (and I have the painting to prove it!) Without organizations like NEF, the PTO and 01908 we are able to bring new learning initiatives to our students every year.

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