A Very Pre-K Christmas

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A Very Pre-K Christmas

Sydney DeVaney, Author

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The SMHS Pre-K students were eager to participate in the Christmas fun of the Cardinal Country Ugly Christmas Sweater Day on December 14th. But that’s only one of the only holiday festivities that the future cardinals have been up to in the 200’s wing.

Throughout all of December, Pre-K teachers Mrs. Bethany Walker and Mrs. Shara Faircloth spent time teaching SMHS junior cardinals the different traditions celebrated during this time of the year.  

December 3rd-7th was spent learning about Kwanzaa. The celebration honors African heritage in African-American culture and is celebrated from December 26 to January 1, ending in a feast and gift-giving.  

December 10th-14th they spent talking about the Jewish holiday Hanukkah. With one Jewish boy in their class, the Crowder family shared their traditions with the class by decorating the room and bringing in traditional foods of Hebrew culture.  

“I’ve loved all of our activities with the kids. One of my favorites was painting menorahs and eating homemade latkes,” said Walker.  

Exam week for students is Christmas week for the younger companions. National Honors Society visited the Pre-K room twice to read stories and decorate ornaments the kiddies could take home to their parents. However, on ugly Christmas Sweater day, Santa visited them, and throughout this week they’ve held the Elf on the Shelf tradition.  

Busy this whole week with Christmas spirit, on Thursday December 20 the pre-kindergartners will be wearing pajamas and having a Polar Express party, and today they are coloring images of baby Jesus in the barn.

“Seeing the kids so excited for the holidays reminds me of when I was younger. It warms my heart,” said senior Kaylee Bailey.