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Smart Start Weeks 11, 12, and 13

The holidays are here and that means our days are just as full as our hearts! We have been up to a lot the last three weeks inside and outside of the classroom. This week's blog post is a recap of our headfirst dive into the holiday season!


Week 11 was a short week due to Thanksgiving Break. We took those two days to do a lot of review. We learned so much in the first 10 weeks of Smart Start and it was exciting to see so much retention and mastery!


WEEK 12

November 29-December 2

Letter of the Week: C. Review L, E, F, T, H, I, P, U, O, G.

Books: Clifford's Christmas, Corduroy's Christmas, The Gingerbread Man

Numbers: Counting 1-30 and number recognition


Learning Centers & Play Invitations

  • Counting

  • Connectagons

  • Christmas Shop

  • Decorating the Classroom Christmas Tree

  • Sprinkle Writing

  • Christmas coloring

  • Baking and Decorating Gingerbread cookies

  • Chasing the Gingerbread Man. This exciting adventure is a way for us to introduce our students to our neighbors in our neighborhood as we make our way around the square looking for the Gingerbread Man. We visit the bank, shops, a restaurant and pass the courthouse, judicial center, and more. This gives us a fun way to introduce these important places and the community helpers that work there.


Fine Arts Invitations

  • Claude Monet inspired painting

  • Fingerprint Christmas Cards

  • Decorating a giant gingerbread man

  • Christmas Choreography


Science Invitations

  • Christmas Cactus

  • Christmas Tree Stacking STEM

  • Gingerbread man graphing


WEEK 13

December 6-9

Letter of the Week: S. Review L, E, F, T, H, I, P, U, O, G, C

Books: A Letter to Santa, The Bump on Santa's Noggin, What Does Mrs. Claus Do, The Gingerbread Man

Numbers: Counting 1-30 and number recognition


Learning and Play Invitations:

  • Sprinkle writing

  • Cut snowflakes

  • Santa's Workshop

  • Shoe lacing

  • Santa Says Game

  • Letters to Santa

  • Chasing the Gingerbread Man

  • Gumdrop shapes

  • Tinker Toys

  • Stacking



Fine Arts Invitations

  • Tape resist snowflake paintings. These will be displayed at the Russell County Hospital.

  • Stocking design

  • Santa Handprint Ornament

  • Stretching



Science Invitations

  • Gingerbread science

  • Sink or float

  • Scientists Observe: Five Senses Challenge





The last three weeks have been pure magic! These young learners amaze and inspire every day!

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