December Newsletter and Theme Plan


December Theme Plan: Christmas

Teacher’s Note:

At this busy time of year, our children need adults to be very patient and calm.  They feel the pressures of “the season” in a different way and we encourage you to keep routines in place as much as possible (getting a good night’s sleep, eating nutritious food, playing outside, getting physical exercise that’s fun, getting lots of hugs, etc).  This will help them as the excitement mounts as we get closer to the holiday.

Dates for your Calendar:

Friday, Dec. 8:  Ms. Jennifer’s FOPS:  Making a Speech Kit for your child

FOPS Times:  8:30 – 9:40 a.m.

9:50 – 11:00 a.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 6:  Wear a Christmas shirt or sweater if your child wants

Wednesday, Dec. 13:  Wear GREEN day

Wednesday, Dec. 20:  Wear RED day

Thursday, Dec. 21:  Parents stay when you bring children to school to see your child sing and do a Christmas activity together.  Siblings welcome!  This will take about an hour, then we are finished until the new year!

Therapy Tips:

Physical Therapy:  Snow pants and snow boots make a great leg strengthener!  Go for a daily walk.  Once your child is used to the extra clothing, try deep snow.  If you go tobogganing, encourage your child to walk up the hill rather than you pull them every time.

Speech Therapy:  There are so many wonderful light displays around this time of year.  Whether you are walking around the neighbourhood or taking in the Festival of Lights, talk about what you are seeing.  Use some of our vocabulary words such as: decoration, ornament, sleigh, sparkle, glittery, shiny.  Talk about what you like the best and why.

Occupational Therapy:  Provide lots of opportunities for play on vertical or angled surfaces. The vertical surface play not only helps to strengthen the core and the shoulder complex, but also develops wrist extension (i.e. wrist in straightened or slightly backwards position) and promotes optimal positioning for thumb/finger opposition.  All of these are important for fine motor development.  Some vertical surface ideas include: a chalkboard/whiteboard, a painting easel, a felt board with moveable pieces to make a story/picture, paper taped to the wall or window (draw a picture, make pictures using small stickers), and/or Lite Brite.

Color of the Month: Green

Word Focus (Vocabulary): Santa, stocking, Christmas Tree, star, decorations, reindeer, candle, lights, presents, giving, sleigh, toys, gingerbread, holidays, family, wrapping, snowman, melting, frozen


At Christmas time we have a holiday and we don’t go to school.  Instead we stay at home with our families. 
We spend time with our friends and families during the Christmas holiday.

Some people celebrate Christmas by putting up a tree and decorating their homes. 
Some people give gifts to their friends and family at Christmas. When you receive a gift you say “thank you.”

Sometimes children write letters to Santa.
 Some people bake cookies or make crafts to give as gifts. Some crafts or cookies have patterns in their decorations (like Gingerbread houses).  A pattern repeats over and over again.

Language Concepts:

Location concepts – top, middle, bottom, above, below, inside, outside, in front, behind, in, out, push, carry, big, small

Descriptive vocabulary – sparkly, glittery, shiny, smooth, bumpy, soft, fluffy, circle

Crafts/Special Activities:

Lacing Stockings, decorating with glitter

Christmas crafts

Hand-print painting

Santa faces

Decorating Cookies

Decorating the Christmas Tree



Jingle Bells

Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way,

Oh! What fun it is to ride in a one-horse open sleigh, hey!  (repeat)

Thank You (tune: Miss Polly had a Dolly)

My hands say thank you with a clap, clap, clap.

My feet say thank you with a tap, tap, tap.

Clap, clap, clap…tap, tap, tap.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Father Christmas (tune: Frere Jacques)

Father Christmas, Father Christmas

He got stuck, he got stuck

Coming down the chimney, coming down the chimney

What bad luck, what bad luck.

We’ll All Do A Little Marching (tune: We Wish You a Merry Christmas)

We’ll all do a little marching

So march with me now.


Way Up High

Way up high on the Christmas tree, 2 little candy canes winked at me

So I shook that tree as hard as I could, And down came the candy canes

Mmm, mmm, good!

Here is the Chimney

Here is the chimney (show one hand in a fist with thumb tucked in)

Here is the top (place other hand over top of fist)

Open the lid (raise hand up)

Out Santa will pop (pop thumb up)

One little, two little, three little reindeer

Four little, five little, six little reindeer

Seven little, eight little, nine little reindeer

Pulling Santa's Sleigh

Christmas Tree (afternoon class)

We went out looking for a Christmas tree,

We went to see what we could see

The first tree we found was much too small

The second tree we found was much too tall

The third tree we found looked just right

So we chopped it down with all our might

We took our tree home and set it up straight

and everyone thought that it looked just great!

Santa Claus is Coming Soon (tune of Camptown Ladies)

Santa Claus is coming soon, Santa, Santa 
Santa Claus is coming soon, Santa, Santa Claus 
Santa, Santa Claus, Santa, Santa Claus 
Santa Claus is coming soon, Santa, Santa Claus.

-He lives at the North Pole, Santa, Santa
-He laughs this way, Ho, Ho, Ho, Santa, Santa
-He has reindeer pull his sleigh, Santa, Santa

What’s in Santa’s Sack? (with a sack filled with different items)

What’s in Santa’s Sack? (echo) (tap lap as we sing)

What did Santa pack? (echo) (child pulls out an item, then the class claps out the word: snowman, reindeer, cookie, present, …)

Once there was a Snowman

Once there was a snowman, a snowman, a snowman,

Once there was a snowman, tall, Tall, TALL,

In the sun he melted, melted, melted,

In the sun he melted, small, small, small.

Shake your bells (The Bear Went Over the Mountain—first part only)

Shake your bells in front of you, (3 x)

Shake them all around.

Shake your bells up high

Shake your bells down low

We Wish You a Merry Christmas

We wish you a Merry Christmas, We wish you a Merry Christmas,

We wish you a Merry Christmas, And a Happy New Year!





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