We had another exciting Christmas mystery reader. He read How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss. The book, which needs no explanation because it is a true classic, had the students' attention from start to finish. They hung on every word as if they hadn't heard the story before. Our guest also brought us all a bag of grinch pills with an adorable poem that explained if the the students were feeling in any way grinchy, they should eat a Grinch pill, and it will take the grinch out of them! (Shhh! Don't tell, but the Grinch pills were really just green and red M&Ms!) Of course, no one could feel grinchy after so much fun!
We had a Christmas mystery reader share a wonderful book about the joys of Christmas. Ten Christmas Wishes by Claire Freedman is a story about some adorable animals discovering the magic of Christmas in the Christmas star. The animals made wishes upon the Christmas star for wonderful gifts, such as snow and a giant Christmas tree. The book had beautiful pictures capturing the beauty of Christmas and at the end, it encouraged the students to make their own Christmas wish. Our surprise guest also shared Christmas cookies and small gifts for the students. It is the most wonderful time of the year!
We will be having our class Christmas party on Wednesday afternoon. I have someone bringing pizza and someone bringing drinks already. If you would like to bring the baked good or a fruit (grapes or strawberries), please email me. I do not want too many snacks because I do not want anything to get wasted. If your child would like to bring a Christmas card or small piece of Christmas candy for each student, they should bring them on that day. They do not need to, but if they choose to, there are 13 students, 7 girls and 6 boys. As always, thank you for your continued support! It is always felt and appreciated!
We had an elephant-size good time with our mystery reader! She read Elmer and the Hippos, a book about hippos, elephants, learning to get along and helping one another. Digging a little deeper, it's a book about water, the environment, and global citizenship. And it's all told using Elmer, a patchwork elephant with a big heart. He's a character we love in first grade! After our story, the students each colored their own Elmer and had an elephant lollipop.
We have started our Holidays Around the World lessons in social studies this past week. These lessons about how people in other countries celebrate this time of year teach the students that diversity is good, that it is ok that people do things differently, and that even those of us in the classroom have different traditions. It teaches the students about other countries and cultures, it teaches them about why we are celebrating and where many of our traditions started, and it teaches them about the global world. They get excited to learn about other countries and to see how far away those other countries are on the map. They get excited to celebrate Christmas in new ways. Last week, we started with Israel, and we learned a little about the Jewish faith. We learned that Jesus was Jewish and how many things the Jewish religion has in common with the Catholic religion. We also played the dreidel game and sang a Jewish song. Today, we are learning about how Italy celebrates Christmas. One of our Italian fathers made us a special Italian treat to share and we will watch a short video about Busy Befana. We will also write letters to our parents telling them how much we love them. That is an Italian tradition; instead of writing letters to Santa to ask for things, Italian children write letters to parents saying how much they love them. We will be "visiting" several other countries in the next two weeks. I encourage you to ask your first graders about this fun learning unit.
Hello! I am Stacey Biggins, the first grade teacher at St. Joseph School. I am so excited to be teaching first grade! If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me by e-mail or by sending a note with your child. I can also be reached at the school office by calling 717-632-0118. By working together, we will all have a blessed school year!
Mrs. Stacey Biggins
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