The end of 2016 saw the students at Tender Years getting excited and ready for the holiday season. Christmas was of course, a topic of conversation and source of excitement; however, other holidays were also topics of interest too, including Hanukkah, Diwali, and Kwanzaa.
Our students had plenty to do and learn while waiting for Santa to arrive. Literacy skills were worked on with letters to Santa Claus and exploring books such as “The Gingerbread Baby,” “Santa Duck,” and “Olive the Other Reindeer.” Santa himself helped with literacy skills by reading stories to us during his visit. The children also worked on their fine motor skills with gingerbread and tree decorating, wrapping gifts, and making handprint ornaments for their moms and dads.
In the drama centre the children were busy dressing in holiday themes (Santa hats, elf ears, reindeer antlers) and working on their creative play and social skills. The first big snowfall saw the construction of a snowman and the creation of a mini Arctic playground.
Our students worked on numbers and measurement too! Measuring their hands with cubed blocks and counting down the days to Christmas. The children enjoyed it when there were ten days left to Christmas and made the connection that each child has ten fingers each. Fantastic! In outside play, the kids were counting to ten and beyond while playing hide and seek.
Of course, this time of year is also a time to think of others, and reach out to the wide community. Tender Years is no exception. Our children learned about others in need by participating in our December Food Drive, and Hat and Mitten Drive. Both activities got the kids to think beyond themselves and ask questions about other children in need of hats, mittens, scarves, and food. The hallways were lined with overflowing boxes of food, and mittens and hats were hanging from the many lines put up outside the classroom to showcase all the generous donations. Both drives exceeded our expectations, and were met with tremendous gratitude on the part of Salvation Army. Thank you to all the families that contributed to this worthwhile cause!
The New Year has brought with it many more students, and new teaching staff. We welcome all our new Tender Years families and students to our fabulous school, and extend a special welcome to Kelly Kwiecien, new School Supervisor, and Kiran Ashraf, who has joined us in the Toddler Room and After School Program. We are certain you will enjoy your time with us!
On behalf of the teachers, staff and board of directors, Happy New Year and thank you for being a part of the Tender Years Difference!