Celebrating Christmas with the Early Years
Posted: 6th December 2013 | Category: EYFS, Kindergarten, Reception
One of the many joys of being an Early Years teacher is that every year you are able to enjoy two Christmases: one at school and one at home!
Our little ones at Skippers have been making cards, Christmas cakes, mincemeat, and various items lavishly decorated with glitter and sequins.
See photos of the Early Years making mincemeat, here.
Tissue paper robins and snowmen with jaunty hats hang from the ceiling, and tinsel decorates the room. Some of our lovely Mums came in to work with the children on their Christmas 'makes', which were eagerly bought at the Christmas Fair.
Sue and I have so enjoyed introducing the timeless story of Mary and Joseph, the shepherds and wisemen, and the angels. I decided to make the Nativity more personal to our children by recording the Christmas story in their own words, and using the script in our performance. The children's story is included, for your enjoyment! You can read it here.
Each child chose his or her own role in the play; this resulted in a cast which included two wise women and an 'angel-sheep'! Props and costumes were prepared and songs were practised enthusiastically.
The children made us extremely proud on the day of the performance. Watching them process down the aisle, each carefully holding an electric tealight in a glass dish, was very moving. Parents and Grandparents joined in with our songs and carols, and enjoyed coffee and mince pies afterwards.
Now we all feel that Christmas has truly begun!
Loraine Pincott and Sue Reis
You can watch a video from Christmas with the Early Years, below:
See photos from ‘The First Christmas’, performed by the Early Years, here.