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2019 Holiday Schedule:

  • New Year’s Day – January 1, 2019
  • Good Friday – April 19, 2019
  • Memorial Day – May 27, 2019
  • Independence Day – July 4, 2019
  • Labor Day – September 2, 2019
  • Thanksgiving – November 28 & 29, 2019
  • Christmas – December 24 & 25, 2019

OUR SPECIAL CLASSES IN MAY

Animal Program:  Fantastic Frogs – What’s the difference between frogs and toads?  Our children will learn some of these differences and hear sounds frogs and toads make.  We will also meet some tree frogs and a toad.

WednesdayMusic and Movement Class – Music and movement go together naturally for young children.  This month our children will participate in a marching band parade.  They will learn to identify rhythm instruments and to move to the rhythm of music.  We will also learn May Day finger play sign language as well as new spring songs.

WednesdayComputer Class –  Welcome to magnificent May and all the wonderful surprises it can bring.  We are on an adventure to Animal Junction with the Wild Kratt brothers.  Our job is to help care for all the wild baby animals until their parents return.  The first test comes when the baby lynx kittens escape the kitten enclosure!

Skills reinforced:

  • Wild animal facts
  • Problem solving
  • Cause and effect
  • Classifying

We are going to Dragonland with our Dragon Tale friends.  Cassie needs our help teaching her younger brothers and sister to fly.  Along the way, we must solve puzzles and riddles.  Can we get to the flying field before time is up?

Skills reinforced:

  • Logic and reasoning
  • Sequential order
  • Auditory discrimination
  • Memory skills

Computer literacy words:

  • Install
  • Number lock
  • Caps lock

 Book of the Month:  Our book of the month selection for May is, The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli.  Our story is about a very funny crocodile that has one big fear:  swallowing a watermelon seed.  Will vines grow out of his ears?  Will his skin turn pink?  This crocodile has a big imagination that our children will love!

The following books were chosen for our Plants Investigative Study.  Each book has a series of discussion cards.

  • Cactus Hotel
  • The Carrot Seed
  • From Seed to Plant
  • How a Seed Grows
  • Stems & Roots
  • Vegetable Garden
  • Zinnia’s Flower Garden
  • Why Should I Protect Nature
  • Tops & Bottoms
  • How Groundhogs’s Garden Grew
  • I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato
  • Plants on a Farm

Thursday: Spanish Class – This month we will talk about animals in Espanol.  We will also practice our numbers, colors and the alphabet.

  • On the farm – En la granja
  • Pig – Cerdo
  • Cow – Vaca
  • Chicken – Pollitos
  • Horse – Caballo

 CREATIVE CURRICULUM PRESCHOOL INVESTIGATIVE STUDY:  PLANTS

   Math Lesson Activities During Our Investigative Study:

  • Straw Shapes – explore and describe spatial relationships and shapes using drinking straws and pipe cleaners.
  • Number Cards – identifying number concepts using cards with printed number words, numbers, and corresponding dots.  Children will learn about numbers and one to one correspondence
  • Bounce & Count – predicting how many times a ball will bounce when it is dropped.
  • Where’s the Beanbag? – Describing spatial relationships by tossing a beanbag into a basket and describing where it landed:  inside the basket, next to the basket, or behind the basket.
  • Measure and Compare – using standard and nonstandard tools to determine an objects length and height.
  • Huff and Puff – Using standard and nonstandard measuring tools to determine how far a ping pong ball will roll when someone blows on it.
  • My Shadow and I – creating shadows outside or with a flashlight and using directional words such as right/left, top/bottom, up/down, as children move their bodies.
  • Action Patterns – demonstrate knowledge of patterns as children repeat body movements such as:  clap, stomp, clap, and stomp.
  • Putting Puzzles Together – describing spatial relationships and shapes as children put together puzzles and explain how each piece fits in a specific space.
  • Patterns Under Cover – demonstrating knowledge of patterns by creating patterns using colored teddy bear counters and remembering the pattern when it is covered up.
  • Dinnertime – using positional words, such as beside, above, and on top of as children set a table.
  • Teaching Clock – moving the hands of the clock to the correct time and identifying the numbers.

Literacy Lesson Activities During Our Investigative Study:

  • Shared Writing – answering open ended questions about exercise.
  • My Daily Journal – demonstrating emergent writing skills as children write or draw in their journals.
  • Bookmaking – children make a class book about exercise using observational drawings, pictures, art work, and dictated stories.
  • Jumping Beans – demonstrating knowledge of the alphabet using 26 bean shaped alphabet cards.
  • Tap It, Clap It, Stomp It, Jump It- demonstrate phonological awareness as children clap the number of syllables in a word.
  • Dance & Remember – using songs in a musical game to listen, understand, and remember increasingly complex language and movements.
  • Walk a Letter – demonstrating knowledge of the alphabet by making letters for the children to walk on.
  • Yogurt Fruit Dip – following a recipe card.
  • Same Sound Sort – playing an alliteration game by sorting objects that begin with the same sound
  • Asking Questions – learning how to ask questions to find out information
  • Daily Sign-In – children write their names when they arrive to school each morning
  • Observational Drawings and Journal Writing – demonstrates emergent writing skills
  • Book of the Month activities

Family Partnership Opportunities

  • Bring in any items that may help our children learn about plants.
  • Talk with your children about the plants you have both inside and outside of your home.
  • Do you have artificial plants?  Talk with your children about how they are different from a living plant.  How are they the same?
  • Let your children help you water your house plants.
  • Talk with your children about the colors, scents, and textures of plants at your house.
  • End of study celebrations!

APRIL NEWSWORTHY EVENTS

  • May Day Celebrations with Preschoolers
  • Teacher Appreciation Week
  • Animal Puppet Show with Toddlers & 2’s
  • Muffin Making with Preschoolers
  • Muffins with Mom
  • Spanish with Ms. Mariela
  • Museum Visits – Fantastic Frogs
  • Parachute Play with Preschoolers
  • Bubble Bonanza with Toddlers & 2’s
  • Closed for Memorial Day
  • Hamburger Picnic
  • Bean Bag Toss with Toddlers & 2’s
  • Nurse Harris Visits for National Nurses Day

FITNESS FRIDAYS

  • Body Shapes & Sizes
  • Kick High
  • Ways to Travel
  • Swing & Jump Rope
  • Bounce & Catch

 

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