Knox Nursery School kids ready for 2014

Where's Rudolph? Two-year-olds at the Knox Nursery School model the reindeer headgear they created, with antlers that look a lot like their hands.

Our calendars will have turned to 2014 by the time you read this.  This means the 2013 holiday activities at the Knox Nursery School are but a memory.

November brought the excitement and anticipation of the upcoming holidays. With Thanksgiving falling late in the month, there was lots of time for stories, activities, and crafts that helped remind us of what we have and are thankful for.

Pilgrims, turkey headbands, a bountiful cornucopia, and a plump turkey with colorful “thankful feathers” reinforced the meaning of Thanksgiving for the 3 and 4-year-olds.

Of course, the Thanksgiving projects were but a small part of the activities for the two older classes.  Letter Day Thursday continues as a weekly mainstay. Music, relevant book readings, and outdoor play are all integral components of our well-rounded program.

Our 2-year-olds love crafts!  Thanksgiving-themed projects for these tots included colorful Indian corn made using dot paint sticks, crafting “Happy Harvest” wreaths using seasonal stickers, and tracing little handprints that became “thankful leaves” on the all-seasons tree. And of course, no Thanksgiving holiday would be complete without a homemade paper turkey to hang on the refrigerator.

December was a whirlwind! The short Christmas season had the teachers and kids in a flurry of activity. Each session produced a different holiday craft.  There were wreaths and snowmen, angels and reindeer, paper chains and photo ornaments.

We read books about the season and books about the reason for the season.  Songs were practiced and parties planned.

In the end, after all the hustle and bustle, 2013 was another memorable holiday season for the kids and teachers of the Knox Nursery School.  After two weeks of vacation, with renewed energy, we look forward to the New Year and all its possibilities.

Openings are still available in the classes for 2-year-olds and for 4-year-olds. For more information, contact the school at 872-2015.