This week at Rivendell we focused on Chinese New Year, Spirit Week, and Valentine’s Day. We celebrated Chinese New Year on Tuesday by partaking in some special traditions. We learned about the legend that began this holiday, the significance of the color red, the zodiac (it is the year of the pig), practiced eating with chopsticks, and finished the day with a dragon parade. We hope that by celebrating all of these traditions, we will have a year filled with good luck, happiness, and good health.
Our spirit week themes were Sports Day, PJ Day, Book Character Day, Valentine’s Day, and Rivendell Spirit Day. We enjoyed seeing the creative outfits that the students wore each day. Our students especially enjoyed book character day. Each student brought the book that went along with their character. We got to share our favorite books with our friends. The teachers enjoyed seeing our students’ love for literacy in action.
And finally, who could forget Valentine’s Day. Each preschooler made a special valentine card for a grownup in their life. This may seem like an easy task but we incorporated many fine motor skills into this activity. First, we had to really take our time and think about the special things our grownups do each day that show us they love us. Second, we had to put that into a sentence and trace, copy, or write down our ideas. Third, we practiced a new cutting skill by cutting out hearts-how to keep the paper folded and cut around the curve. Finally, we had to plan the layout of our card and use our fine motor skills to glue and peel off stickers. We hope you enjoy them!
And for fun, and some more work with our fine motor skills, we brought out our play-doh. The Valentine’s Day menu as planned by the preschoolers included steak, strawberry pie, and cookies.
Happy Valentine’s Day!