I was so proud of all of the first graders the past few weeks. They really worked hard to prepare their hearts for Jesus while learning about Advent. They did a service project for each of the four weeks of Advent, one for each of the communities that we are a part of that we learned about in Social Studies class. We made nearly 100 Christmas cards for our military, we donated a large amount of Legos to the Church to be given to those families who need help this Christmas, we illustrated and told the story of the first Christmas to the preschool, and we made a family fun night bag for our families to show them how much we appreciate and love them!
We had a lot of fun preparing for Christmas as well! At the beginning of the month, Santa delivered an elf on the shelf for our classroom, which the students named Snowflake Cuddles. She got herself into some trouble in the classroom, but the students loved her! On December 5th, we went out to the middle school to see the Nutcracker, which featured quite a few St. Joseph students, including two first graders. The next week first grade did an amazing job singing at the Christmas show! Santa came to visit us on Tuesday of this past week, Wednesday we were visited by an environmental education specialist from Pinchot State Park, and on Thursday first grade performed Los Posadas, which is the Spanish reenactment of Mary and Joseph looking for a place to stay. We met with our prayer partners this week to paint snowmen with marshmallows and on Friday we had a Christmas party in the classroom. It was a busy few weeks, full of tons of fun and lots of alternative learning experiences!