Originally Published: December 26, 2016 5:58 a.m.
The holiday season is a very exciting time for the students at Territorial Early Childhood Center.
We kicked it off with our annual Thanksgiving Feast on Nov. 14. The students were so excited to be able to have a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with their parents and family members ... and we were so thankful that our parents took the opportunity to have a special lunch with their child! And a big shout out to the Chino Valley High School student athletes who came and helped serve; our young students love seeing and spending time with the high school student athletes. We so appreciate you all!
Once December began, the air was filled with excitement because our students are involved in lots of new and fun activities during this month. We recently had a canned food drive to benefit our local food bank. The students donated 377 cans of food, which was used to make a “food tree” at the Chino Valley Family Christmas Celebration before it was delivered to the Food Bank. We also won first place in the People’s Choice Schools Category! Thanks to our parents who supported this activity.
What a great experience as our students learned to help those who have needs in our community.
Other activities have included the traditional Winter Music Program performed by our first-grade students. Parents and family members enjoyed watching the kids perform and listening to the songs that the students worked very hard to learn. Of course, the audience was thrilled to hear “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas” and “Feliz Navidad”!
Kindergarteners anxiously anticipated reading the story about the “Gingerbread Boy” and reenacting the story, including the trip to the oven. Upon discovering that the Gingerbread Boy has escaped, they followed the path of glitter throughout the campus in hopes that it would lead them to the missing cookie! Students were so captivated by the search that squeals of delight echoed throughout the campus as they looked for the Gingerbread Boy on the loose. The “oohs” and “ahhs,” when he was spotted, were contagious for all!
Preschool students have been busy working on making their very first gingerbread house. Three- and four-year-old kiddos can be very creative and this is a wonderful activity that encourages them to custom design their very own creation. Preschool is the perfect place for our youngest students to have lots of opportunities to grow, develop and have new experiences.
Territorial Early Childhood Center not only puts the fun into being a child, but we put the magic into the holidays as well. We have even had reports that elves have been visiting the classrooms during the night while the students are gone, leaving behind mischievous evidence of their visits!
Through fun traditions, students at Territorial are learning how to be good citizens of their school and their community. From our school to you, we wish you peace and happiness in the new year.