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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

OUR SPECIAL CLASSES IN OCTOBER

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 lifestyles and characteristics.

Wednesday: Music and Movement Class – How does a maraca sound happy or a tambourine sound sad?  Our children will explore new ways to use rhythm instruments as they make sounds to express feelings.  We’ll also learn some new autumn songs, finger plays and the accompanying sign language.

WednesdayComputer Class –  Welcome to the cooler month of October!  Speaking of cool, we have the COOLEST software with big adventures.  The island of Sodor and Thomas is busier than ever.  There are shipments to ship, buildings to build and cargo to transport.  Sir Topham Hatt needs our help building the new branch lines to help all the engines in, right on time.

Skills reinforced:

  • Sorting
  • Puzzles
  • Problem solving
  • Critical thinking

We are on a great adventure with Diego, Alicia, and Baby Jaguar as we visit the Dinosaur Museum.  This is an interactive museum with lots of fun games.  We will track dinosaurs, play matching games, go on a treasure hunt and try to navigate the treacherous mud flats.  Along the way, we will learn many interesting facts.

Skills reinforced:

  • Dinosaur facts
  • Memory skills
  • Matching
  • Navigational skills

Computer literacy words:

  • Home page
  • Install
  • Uninstall

 Book of the Month: This month our preschoolers will enjoy reading Pumpkin Circle: The Story of a Garden by George Levenson.  Through very colorful photographs, this book shows the life of a pumpkin from seed, into plant, to a pumpkin, jack-o-lantern, and back to seed again.  The pictures are detailed and the story simple enough to keep little ones interested while giving a great explanation about the circle of pumpkin life.

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

  • Leaf Man
  • Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
  • Red Leaf Yellow Leaf
  • Leaves
  • The Little Yellow Leaf
  • The Apple Pie Tree
  • One More Acorn
  • This Tree Counts
  • The Busy Little Squirrel

Thursday: Spanish Class – We will be learning about feelings and the days of the week.

  • Estoy feliz = I’m happy
  • Estoy triste = I’m sad
  • Estoy molesto = I’m mad
  • Estoy asustado = I’m scared
  • Estoy enfermo = I’m sick

Days of the week:  Lunes, Martes, Miercoles, Jueves, Viernes, Sabado, Domingo

Vocabulary:

  • Hoy = today
  • Ayer = yesterday
  • Manana = tomorrow
  • Semana que viene = next week
  • Semana pasada = last week
  • Te veo la semana que viene = I’ll see you next week!

 CREATIVE CURRICULUM PRESCHOOL INVESTIGATIVE STUDY: TREES

  Math Lesson Activities During Our Investigative Study:

  • Patterns – arranging objects to form a repeating pattern.  Patterns are the basic concept for algebra.
  • Geoboards – exploring shapes and spatial relationships using rubber bands stretched over pegs
  • Story Problems – using a collection of objects to solve word problems
  • Graphing – using number concepts to show how objects are grouped.
  • Huff and Puff – measuring how far a small ball will roll when someone blows on it
  • Lining It Up – lining up objects according to size
  • Action Patterns – repeating body movements like clapping and stomping to create patterns
  • Ice Cubes – observing and measuring ice as it melts on a brown paper towel
  • Putting Puzzles Together – describing shapes and spatial relationships to determine how each puzzle piece fits into a specific space
  • Buried Shapes – uncovering buried attribute blocks and sorting them into the correct pile
  • Which Container Holds More – filling different sized containers with sand and predicting which container will hold more
  • Teaching Clock – moving hands on the clock to correct time and identifying numbers

Literacy Lesson Activities During Our Investigative Study:

  • Rhyming Chart – understanding of phonological awareness
  • Same Sound Sort – understanding alliteration and sorting objects that begin with the same sound
  • Bookmaking – making a class book and demonstrating knowledge of print and its uses
  • Did You Ever See….? – making up new verses to a familiar song to create rhyming words
  • Textured Letters – exploring letters of the alphabet and describing the different textures
  • Tongue Twisters – saying phrases that are challenging to say because the words all sound similar
  • 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

OCTOBER NEWSWORTHY EVENTS

  • Fall Exploration Walk – preschoolers
  • Museum Visits – Terrific Turtles
  • Orange Milk – preschoolers
  • Spanish with Ms. Mariela
  • Pumpkin Investigations – preschoolers
  • Gourd Investigations – toddlers & Y2’s
  • Dress Up Parade & Fall Classroom Parties
  • TBA – Sparky Visits for Fire Safety
  • TBA – Smoky the Bear Visits

FITNESS FRIDAYS

  • Follow The Leader
  • Galloping
  • Dribble Kick
  • Body Part Balance

 

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