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2018 Holiday Schedule:

  • New Year’s Day – January 1, 2018
  • Good Friday – March 30, 2018
  • Memorial Day – May 28, 2018
  • Independence Day – July 4, 2018
  • Labor Day – September 3, 2018
  • Thanksgiving – November 22 & 23, 2018
  • Christmas – December 24 & 25, 2018

SCHOOL CLOSINGS

During an inclement weather event, please check our Facebook page for immediate information.  As a back-up, tune into WRAL (CBS) or WTVD (ABC).  You can also check online at www.wral.com or www.wtvd.com.  We do not close with the public school systems.

OUR SPECIAL CLASSES IN JANUARY

Animal Program:  Busy Birds – Our children will learn about the characteristics of birds with a close-up look at live birds.  We’ll discover how clever and resourceful birds are as we examine a variety of nests and natural specimens.

Wednesday: Music and Movement Class –  In January, our children will learn how to use sand blocks.  Sand blocks are rectangles of fine-grained sandpaper attached to blocks of wood.  One of the best things about sand blocks is that, when scraped, they sound remarkably like a train.

WednesdayComputer Class – Welcome to a new year, full of new beginnings, new goals, and aspirations.  We will join Bear in The Big Blue house and explore the 5 senses.  We are on a quest to make a tripleberry pie.  As we gather the berries we will learn about the 5 senses that help us explore the world around us.

Skills reinforced:

  • Five senses
  • Sequential steps
  • Following directions
  • Memory skills

We are on an eye popping adventure as we are challenged with creating engineering masterpieces with our Bugs in a Box.  Our creations will only work if we can solve the number puzzles.  Are we up for this challenge?

Skills reinforced:

  • Number patterns
  • Number lines
  • Logic and reasoning
  • Rational concepts

Computer literacy words:

  • Shift
  • Sign In
  • Scroll

 Book of the Month:  This month our preschoolers will enjoy reading, The Jacket I Wear in the Snow by Shirley Neitzel.  “Rhyme follows rhyme as layer after layer of winter clothing (bunchy and hot, wrinkled a lot, stiff in the knee, and too big for me!) is first put on and then taken off to the relief of the child bundled inside.  Clever rebuses and jaunty illustrations make The Jacket I Wear in the Snow especially fun for prereaders and new readers.”  Be sure to check it out!

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

  • Put It On The List
  • Farmers’ Market Day
  • Food from Farms
  • Grocers
  • Don’t Forget the Bacon
  • Market Day
  • A Trip To The Grocery Store
  • What Happens at a Supermarket?
  • The Supermarket
  • Shopping with Dad
  • Maisy Goes Shopping
  • To Market, To Market

Thursday: Spanish Class – Brrr…hace frio!  (Brrr…it’s cold outside!)  During this wintery month, we will be learning cold weather words such as:  mitones-mittens, hielo-ice, invierno-winter, nieve-snow.  We’ll also be playing winter games in Spanish.

See you later, my friends! = Hasta pronto, mis amigos!

 CREATIVE CURRICULUM PRESCHOOL INVESTIGATIVE STUDY:  THE GROCERY STORE

  Math Lesson Activities During Our Investigative Study:

  • Dinnertime – using number concepts and positional words such as beside, above and on top of while setting the table
  • Number Cards – children will use number cards with a numeral printed on one side and corresponding dots on the other
  • Ice Cubes – observing and measuring melting ice
  • Number Cards – children will learn about numbers and one to one correspondence
  • Graphing – the children will group items together using objects, names, pictures, tally marks, or colored bars to form simple graphs
  • Bigger Than, Smaller Than, Equal To – children will compare and measure objects using standard and nonstandard measuring tools
  • Measure and Compare – using nonstandard measuring tools like plastic links, blocks, or yarn to measure objects
  • Nursery Rhyme Count – children will count the number of lambs in the nursery rhyme Mary had a Little Lamb
  • Patterns- children will demonstrate knowledge of simple patterns such as stripes in a shirt, wall tiles, and checkerboards and will create patterns using colored teddy bear counters
  • Tallying – counting the number of balls they see in their room and in the school
  • Counting and Comparing – children will count and sort the different types of balls in the classroom
  • Sorting and Classifying – How are these balls alike?  How are these balls different?  Which balls are the smallest? Which group has more?
  • Seek and Find – Children use classification skills as they play a ball game:  “I am looking for a ball that is not used for a sport”.  “I am looking for a ball that helps people in their everyday lives”.
  • 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 balls
  • Alphabet Cards – learning the characteristics of each letter and the various sounds the letter makes in words
  • Jumping Beans – demonstrating the knowledge of the alphabet using a game
  • Memory Games – turning over face down cards to make matches
  • Rhyming Chart – using a poem to find rhyming words
  • Letters, Letters, Letters – learning to recognize letters using rubber stamps and magnetic letters
  • Knowing Our Friends – children will learn alphabet letters and how to recognize their friends’ names
  • 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

JANUARY NEWSWORTHY EVENTS

  • Snowball Pickup with Toddlers & 2’s
  • Ice Skating
  • Museum visits – Busy Birds
  • Penguin Walk with Toddlers & 2’s
  • Feed the Birds – All classes
  • Spanish with Ms. Mariela
  • Grocery Store Manager Visits
  • Mitten Match with Toddlers & 2’s
  • Crazy Sock Day
  • Winter Clothes Relay Races
  • Watercolor Painting to Music – Mozart’s Birthday

FITNESS FRIDAYS

  • Body Part Balance
  • Dribbling a Ball
  • Bounce & Catch
  • Body Shapes & Sizes

 

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