Mark Your Calendar!
On Thursday October 20th the children will enjoy hunting for their pumpkin at the Annual Pumpkin Hunt held on school grounds during the day.
The ANNUAL HARVEST FESTIVAL is on Saturday October 22nd!! The families of HCMS gather together for a fun filled day of relay races, a tractor-pulled hayride, pumpkin decorating, crafts, raffles, a bake sale, and, of course, food! If you would like to contribute an item for the BAKE SALE on the day of the event OR if you would like to bring a side dish to share please contact your Class Parent.
We hope you are able to join us for these exciting events~
It’s All About Me
Each week our Primary Level classrooms will be sending home the All About Me Box with one child from each classroom. This box is an opportunity for your child to share those things that are important in his/her world at home. The children may include special family photos, a favorite toy or book or a particularly loved stuffed animal.
The children will discuss these objects during morning circle. This language lesson gives each child an opportunity to share their experiences with classmates.
Look for the schedule on your child’s classroom.
Hands On Learning
Lakeisha and George are painting at the easel. Each of them has a jar of blue paint and a jar of yellow paint. Suddenly George yells, “Look, ‘Keisha, I made green!” “How did you do it?” asks Lakeisha. “I put yellow paint on top of my blue paint – yellow and blue put together make green!” yells George. This is an example of discovery learning or hands-on learning AND IT HAPPENS EVERY DAY IN THE HCMS Primary Classrooms.
Hands on learning is good for both children and adults. The learner is actively involved instead of just sitting and listening. This is the way we want our children to learn and we know that research backs us up. In order to learn best, children must be actively involved in hands-on activities every day. Some good examples of hands-on activities are: working puzzles, making collages, painting, measuring ingredients for you as you cook, counting out napkins to set the table, playing simple board games together, sorting silverware into piles of forks, knives, and spoons, looking at books, and buttoning, zipping, and tying. You will be surprised at how much your child can do and how fast he/she is able to learn.
Did you know…
Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition. It is thought to have originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints and martyrs; the holiday, All Saints’ Day, incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows’ Eve and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween has evolved into a secular, community-based event characterized by child-friendly activities such as trick-or-treating, gatherings, costumes and sweet treats.