Hibernation day on Friday was full of learning and fun. We made dens for ourselves and our animals, pretended to sleep and then wake in the spring looking for food. We read some stories about hibernation and watched some videos too. Good thing we know all about hibernation now because it looks like we will be hibernating this week with all the cold weather headed our way. BRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!
It's that time of year again! Canada Post would like to send your child a letter from Santa but they have to write to him first. According to Santa’s CPE (Chief Postal Elf), Holly T. Elf, there are three golden rules in sending a letter to Santa:
Make sure you include your return address! While Santa knows where you live, his postal elves need your address to deliver Santa’s letter to your home. After all, not everyone has access to Rudolph!
Send your letter soon! Already letters are arriving from across the world and Santa is busy reading them every night with Mrs. Claus. He encourages you to send your letter soon to ensure he’ll have enough time to answer each and every one of them. Letters must be mailed by December 14 to allow enough time for travel to the North Pole and back!
Remember Santa’s address: When your letter is ready, drop it in a mailbox anywhere in Canada and the postal elves will make sure it gets to the big man quickly. Santa has a special arrangement with the post office and a stamp is not required. But please remember any other letter or card being sent to Grandma or anyone else needs a stamp. Santa’s address is:
NORTH POLE H0H 0H0
What an awesome opportunity to write for real life, which enables the children to launch out and explore new opportunities for their emerging writing skills. So break out the special paper, the pens, pencils and markers and encourage your child to practice their literacy skills and write a letter to Santa soon! And how exciting to get a personalized letter back!
We have been talking about getting ready for winter....what people do to get ready....what nature does to get ready....and now what animals do to get ready. We talked about hibernation, migration and adaption. Bears, bats, and snakes hibernate. Geese, whales and some butterflies migrate. Foxes, rabbits and weasels adapt or change their fur colour to survive. The children loved pretended to be animals down by the river on Friday. They found and made some pretty awesome dens too.
Cathy Farber is a Kindergarten teacher at Bert Edwards Science & Technology School in Kamloops, B.C.