News & Events

2021 Holiday Schedule:

  • New Year’s Day – January 1, 2021
  • Good Friday – April 2, 2021
  • Memorial Day – May 31, 2021
  • Independence Day – July 5, 2021
  • Labor Day – September 6, 2021
  • Thanksgiving – November 25 & 26, 2021
  • Christmas – December 23 & 24, 2021
  • New Year’s Day – December 31, 2022

COVID-19

We know that there is a lot of media coverage concerning the corona virus, and these are confusing and concerning times.  We want you all to know that we are continuing to stay open and provide the same wonderful, caring services for your children.

  • To insure a safe and healthy environment, we receive all children outside of the building.  All staff, including substitutes are required to wear masks and temperatures using an infrared touchless thermometer are taken throughout the day.  Children’s group sizes are limited and social distancing is enforced.  Playground equipment is sanitized twice daily using COVID sanitizing solution and we enforce diligent classroom sanitation practices.  The fans on each classroom air conditioning unit run continuously to ensure ventilation.
  • We always practice precautions for the prevention of spreading germs, but we are being hyper-vigilant cleaning every surface all day long, removing and sanitizing mouthed toys, teaching/encouraging children to sneeze and cough into their elbows and providing hand sanitizer for your use upon arrival. Our children and staff thoroughly wash their hands upon entering the classroom and throughout the day and we encourage you to do the same.
  • We are kindly asking our families to let us know in advance if you or your child has an active cough or respiratory illness. We are being diligent in providing a healthy environment for everyone.
  • Your child must be fever free to attend, no matter what the cause.
  • We will follow all guidelines and recommendations from the Division of Child Development and Early Education (our licensing agency), our local Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Let’s work together to keep our children healthy!

SCHOOL CLOSINGS

During an inclement weather event, please check our Facebook page for immediate information.  As a back-up, tune into WRAL (NBC) 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 FEBRUARY

WednesdayMusic and Movement Class – Young children love shakers – they’re easy to play and make a loud and festive sound.  There are many kinds of shakers (maracas) and different ways to play them.  This month, we’ll learn how!

WednesdayComputer Class –   No classes in February.

 Book of the Month: This month our preschoolers will read, Snowballs by Lois Ehlert.  Do you think birds know when it’s going to snow?  From a brown paper sack and plastic bags filled of “good stuff” snow people are made.  Each snowman has something that is delicious to the wild birds.  We’ll also find out what makes it snow and how to make popcorn balls

Thursday:  Spanish Class – Como estas?  Bien, gracious!  Te quiero (I love you).  Talking about our feelings in February is fun!  We will be learning new songs and reviewing winter words we learned last month.  Our children “amor” Spanish.

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

Thursday:  Soccer Shots – No classes in February.

 CREATIVE CURRICULUM PRESCHOOL INVESTIGATIVE STUDY FOR FEBRUARY:    GROCERY STORE

We have chosen the following books 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

   Math Lesson Activities During Our Investigative Study:

  • Tallying – a way to count and keep track of information – “How many clothes in the dramatic play center can you wear when it’s cold?  How many can you wear when it’s hot?  How many shirts are there?  How many pants?”
  • Ping Pong Pick-Up – picking up ping pong balls from water table and identifying the number printed on it.
  • Sorting and Classifying – sorting and classifying a basket full of clothes.  “How can we sort them?  How are they the same?  How are they different?  Which group has the most?  In this group, which object is the smallest?”
  • Number Cards – children will learn about numbers and one to one correspondence
  • The Long and Short of It – measuring and comparing the different lengths of yarn.
  • Bigger Than, Smaller Than, Equal To – children will compare and measure objects using standard and nonstandard measuring tools
  • 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 buttons
  • Counting and Comparing – children will count and sort the different types of clothes in the classroom.  “What are the different kinds of clothes?  In what ways are some of the clothes the same?  Which group has the fewest?  Which group have the same number of items?”
  • Clothing Seek and Find – Children use classification skills as they play a clothes game:  “I’m thinking of clothes you wear when it’s cold outside.  Let’s look in the basket and see what we can find.”
  • 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
  • Bookmaking – children make a class book
  • Clothing Memory Games – turning over face down cards to make clothing matches
  • Same Sound Sort – learning about alliteration, words that begin with the same sound, by picking out objects from a box
  • Letters, Letters, Letters – learning to recognize letters using rubber stamps and magnetic letters
  • Clothesline Storytelling – clipping story illustrations to a clothesline to learn about the beginning, middle, end and major events of a story
  • 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

 FEBRUARY NEWSWORTHY EVENTS

  • Shadow Investigations – Groundhog Day!  – Preschoolers
  • Shape Sort – Toddlers/Y2’s
  • Compliment Game – Preschoolers
  • Ball Bounce – Toddlers/Y2’s
  • Make Friendship Cards – Preschoolers
  • Friendship Parties/Valentine Swap – Center-wide
  • President’s Day – Make American Flags – Preschoolers
  • School Friendship Chain – Preschoolers
  • Heart Hunt
  • Obstacle Course – Toddlers/Y2’s

FITNESS FRIDAYS

  • Hopping
  • Follow The Leader
  • Ways To Travel
  • Dribbling The Ball

 

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