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2017 Holiday Schedule:

  • New Year’s Day – January 2, 2017
  • Good Friday – April 14, 2017
  • Memorial Day – May 29, 2017
  • Independence Day – July 4, 2017
  • Labor Day – September 4, 2017
  • Thanksgiving – November 23 & 24, 2017
  • Christmas – December 25 & 26, 2017

OUR SPECIAL CLASSES IN NOVEMBER

Animal Program:  Terrific Turtles – Turtles not only live a long time, they have some awesome armor to protect themselves.  We will compare a variety of live turtles and talk about their different characteristics, similarities and adaptations.

Wednesday: Music and Movement Class –  “We’re musical movers!”  Our children will use gross motor skills, their sense of hearing, and wrist bells as they combine movement and music to express themselves creatively.

WednesdayComputer Class – Welcome to the thankful month of November, which promises to bring fun and excitement as well as lots of learning.  We will be very busy, because we are opening our very own PET SHOP!  Will we be able to feed, water, and care for all the animals as well as run a business?  Only time will tell…..

Skills reinforced:

  • Logic and reasoning
  • Critical thinking
  • Animal needs
  • Sequential steps

We are celebrating our favorite Big Red Dog’s birthday:  Clifford.  The party will begin when we have collected all the things needed for a HUGE celebration!  Can we find everything in time?

Skills reinforced:

  • Problem solving
  • Reasoning
  • Creativity
  • Memory skills

Computer literacy words:

  • Space bar
  • Enter
  • CD

 Book of the Month:  This month our preschool children will read, A Hundred Billion Trillion Stars by Seth Fishman.  “Did you know that the earth is covered in three trillion trees?  And that seven billion people weigh about the same as ten quadrillion ants?  Our world is full of constantly changing numbers, from a hundred billion trillion stars in space to thirty-seven billion rabbits on Earth.  Can you imagine that many of anything?  A hundred billion trillion stars and the smallest, most unique and special one is YOU!”

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

  • The Pigeon Wants a Puppy
  • The Heart of the House
  • This Book Just Ate My Dog
  • Bark George
  • Harry the Dirty Dog
  • A Home for Dixie
  • May I Pet Your Dog
  • Tuesday Tucks Me In
  • Don’t Lick the Dog, Ben
  • The Very Best Furry Friend
  • Gaston
  • Hickory Dickory Dog

Thursday: Spanish Class – Hola, hola a ti!  This month we will be learning the months of the year – meses del ano as well as Thanksgiving -Dia de Accion de gracias words.

  • Hello, Hello to you = Hola, Hola a ti
  • What’s your name? = Como te llamas?
  • Thanksgiving = Dia de Accion de gracias
  • January = Enero
  • February = Febrero
  • March = Marzo
  • April = Abril
  • May = Mayo
  • June = Junio
  • July = Julio
  • August = Agosto
  • September = Septiembre
  • October = Octubre
  • November = Noviembre
  • December = Diciembre

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

 CREATIVE CURRICULUM PRESCHOOL INVESTIGATIVE STUDY:  DOGS

  Math Lesson Activities During Our Investigative Study:

  • Lining It Up – comparing and measuring a collection of objects arranged by size.
  • Which Has More – prepare 5 bags, each with a different type and number of objects to count and compare.
  • Guessing Jar – examine a jar and estimate how many objects are in the jar without counting.
  • Sorting and Classifying – place hula hoops in front of children and ask questions that will prompt the children to describe objects, and then sort.   “How are they the same?  How are they different?  Which group has the most?  In this group, which object is the smallest?”
  • The Long and Short of It – measuring and comparing the different lengths of yarn.
  • Tallying – a way to count and keep track of information – “Do you like chocolate or vanilla ice cream the best?  How many tables are in the classroom?”
  • Counting and Comparing – children will count and sort the different collections of objects like blocks, clothes, and shoes.  “What are the different kinds of …?  In what ways are some of these items the same?”
  • Number Cards – children will explore number cards with the numeral on one side of the card and corresponding dots on the other.
  • 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.
  • Show Me 5 – counting collections of objects in groups of 5.
  • Ping Pong Pick-Up – picking up ping pong balls from water table and identifying the number printed on it.
  • Teaching Clock – moving the hands of the clock to the correct time and identifying the numbers.

Literacy Lesson Activities During Our Investigative Study:

  • Writing Poems – using words, some rhyming and non-rhyming, in a special way to express thoughts.
  • Alphabet Books – children will demonstrate their knowledge of the alphabet by reading books like, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and Build it A to Z.
  • Shared Writing – answering open ended questions about rocks and recording answers on chart paper.
  • Rhyming Chart – understanding phonological awareness of rhyming words.
  • Alphabet Cards – learning the characteristics of each letter and the various sounds the letter makes in words.
  • Walk a Letter – making letters for children to walk on.
  • Bookmaking – children make a class book
  • 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

NOVEMBER NEWSWORTHY EVENTS

Thanksgiving Feast – The children will enjoy a Thanksgiving lunch prepared by Kim, our cook.  They will have turkey, potatoes and gravy, stuffing, applesauce and bread.  A signup sheet will be in your child’s classroom for pie donations.

  • Fill the Bucket with Leaves – Toddlers & 2’s
  • Leaf Crunch Activity – Toddlers & 2’s
  • Parachute Leaf Play
  • Spanish with Ms. Mariela
  • Museum Visits – Terrific Turtles
  • Veterinarian Visit
  • Tunnel Crawl – Toddlers & 2’s
  • Fall Festival
  • Making Butter & Cornbread
  • Thanksgiving Feast & Pumpkin Pie Tasting
  • Ball-A-Palooza with Toddlers & 2’s

FITNESS FRIDAYS

  • Up and Away
  • Jumping Rope
  • Jumping the River

 

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