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Begindergarten November News

Goodbye October, welcome November!
As a class we have been talking about the presidential election and the importance of voting (in a nonpolitical way).  We have been talking about the process and have decorated posters for in our hallway.  On election day we will be reading the book Duck for President and will be casting our own ballots and putting them in the ballot box. The children will be able to vote for either Duck or Farmer Brown for president.  They will even get a sticker that says I voted!
In the month of November, our studies will turn from fall and Halloween to Thanksgiving.  During our Thanksgiving unit, our focus is on how we are thankful to God for giving us this beautiful world and our wonderful friends and family. 
We will transform our dramatic play area into housekeeping. The children have been asking me to put in the kitchen, so I am going to go with their interest.  We will be enhancing our block area with Lincoln Logs and Native American figures. At the writing center, the children will practice their letter recognition through a turkey letter game, engage in a turkey themed beginning sounds sorting activity, participate in a Native American turkey hunt- matching upper and lowercase letters, and play turkey bingo. Letters that we are focusing on this month are M,H,K,L and U.  Our sensory table will contain straw, mini pumpkins, gourds, a scarecrow and other fall items.  At the math center, we will count and add turkeys, play a Pilgrim counting game, a turkey grid game, a pumpkin pie counting game, count corn, engage in a turkey shape hunt, and play a find the feathers game.
At circle time, we will be discussing harvest time and how important it was to the Pilgrims, how the Native Americans helped them to survive in this new land, and the importance of cooperation and fellowship.  In our discussions of the first Thanksgiving, we will talk about why the Pilgrims came to America and the conditions that they endured sailing across the ocean and settling here. 
As part of our Thanksgiving celebration, we will be preparing a Thanksgiving meal and will also make decorations to help make this day a special occasion.  Sadly, due to the pandemic we cannot invite guests this year to help us celebrate this special day.  Our Thanksgiving celebration will be on Friday, November 20th.
At the end of the month we will begin to transition from Thanksgiving and being thankful to God into advent and the coming of baby Jesus.   It looks to be a great month!
Important Dates:
Parent teacher conferences:  November 9th -November 11th
Thanksgiving Feast: November 20th
First St. John Day School
2471 Seaman St
Toledo, OH 43605
Christ Centered Learning for Christ Centered Living
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