Getting Ready for Christmas Celebrations

Dear Parents,

December is the month that we all look forward to. In this busy month, we enjoy talking about all the holidays that we celebrate. We talk about families, friends, love, giving and sharing. We are lucky to have families from different cultures who celebrate different holidays. It is so wonderful to be able to learn and celebrate different holiday traditions. All of us at Rockabye Daycare wish you and your family a very Happy and Healthy Holiday Season!

November Highlights

November was the month for children to learn about different kinds of animals and their habitat.

  • During Farm Animal week, children role played each animal, imitating
    their sound and walk. For Ocean week, children made a fish tank with
    different kind of fishes. They even played memory card game to
    enhance their cognitive skills. For wild animal’s week, children made a
    forest collage.
  • Children celebrated Diwali and Remembrance Day with great enthusiasm.
    They made lanterns, candles and poppy flowers.
  • Photographs were taken for every child. To keep these memories and
    sharing with their friends and relatives will promote social skills among children.

December Activities

    • Amazing world of snow: Children will make paper snowflakes and snow man crafts. They will enjoy snowball fight as an outdoor activity
    • Counting is fun: Children will improve their math concept from playful theme supports. They will count beads, trace numbers and count pegs in the board. These activities will build a strong foundation for early addition and subtraction.
    • Winter Clothes: Children will make a mitten craft, and color pictures of winter clothing for craft time. During circle time they will enjoy the show and tell activities, stories and will gain knowledge about how to get dressed in winter.
    • Christmas Celebration: The Holiday season is on its way and we are all in celebration mode, so the children will create some ornaments to decorate the walls of the room and Christmas tree. During art and craft time, they will make greeting cards for their parents and stars with coloured paper. They will sing holiday songs and enjoy Christmas stories.
    • Romanian Celebration: St Nicholas Day (Dec 6) Children leave their shoes out overnight so that St. Nicholas can fill them with special fruits, candies and treats. On this occasion, children will make some paper/foam boot crafts.
    • Hanukkah (Dec 2): It is a Jewish 8-day festival of lights. Children will make foam candles and popsicle stars.
    • Kwanzaa (Dec 26): It is a holiday tradition that is based on the “first harvest” celebrations in Africa and is celebrated in Canada and United States.

 

Just for Fun

Delicious Shortbread

Ingredients:

  • 250g unsalted softened Butter
  • 2/3 Cup pure Icing Sugar
  • 2 Cups Plain Flour
  • 1 Cup Rice Flour
  • 1 Teaspoon Caster Sugar for sprinkling

Method:

  1. Process all ingredients, except caster sugar, together in a food processor until mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
  2. Press mixture together until it forms a dough. Divide dough into two.
  3. Roll out dough between 2 sheets of baking paper until 5mm thick.
  4. Using a Star-shaped cutter, cut shapes from dough. Transfer to prepared trays. Sprinkle with caster sugar if desired. Bake at 160 degrees for 30 minutes or until dry and firm but still pale. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Dust with Icing Sugar and serve.

 

Important Dates

  • Multicultural Christmas Celebration: December 14. Parents are welcome to bring a dish of their choice.
  • The daycare will be closed from Dec 24 – January 1 and will reopen on January 2, 2019.