In Pre-K this week the children are learning that lights are part of many holiday celebrations. They learned about how families light menorahs for Hanukkah, lamps for Diwali, kinaras for Kwanzaa, trees for Christmas, lanterns for Ramadan, as well as candles for birthdays. The literature that will be shared over the next three weeks will enhance the children’s understanding of the traditions that are at the heart of the season’s holiday celebrations from different cultures. As part of our study of light, the children talked about why light is important and generated a list of light’s attributes and ways that light helps us. The children discovered that light comes from many sources, including the sun, the stars, electricity, fire, lasers and even volcanoes. Over the next several weeks, the math explorations will focus on patterning activities. Patterns are everywhere. They can be found in songs, movement, clothing, gift-wrap, architecture and many other things around us. Recognition of patterns is one of the most important skills in the development of algebraic reasoning and the ability to make predictions when a trend is observed. The children will identify, extend and create visual patterns, as well as practice with sound and movement activities, to help them understand the concepts of repeating patterns through multi-sensory experiences.