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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 DECEMBER

Animal Program:  Dinosaur Discovery – Fossils tell us about the past.  We will find out some of the things paleontologists know from studying fossils.  We will learn about some of these prehistoric wonders while comparing dinosaurs to some animals that live today.

Wednesday: Music and Movement Class – Our music class is a time to experiment with sounds, rhythm, music, and movement.  This month, we will be doing musical activities centered around our December holidays:  Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa.  We’ll also enjoy a musical freeze parade.

WednesdayComputer Class –  Welcome to the magical month of December and all the fun it promises!  We have been invited to Franklin the Turtle’s Clubhouse.  We start our adventure by playing detective with Rabbit:  continue by digging for dinosaurs, then on with the rest of our adventure.  We will only succeed if we remember the secret handshake.  Can we do it?

Skills reinforced:

  • Compare and contrast
  • Spatial reasoning
  • Visual and auditory memory
  • Classifying

Winnie the Pooh needs our help.  We can’t throw a party without honey.  Our job is to search the Hundred Acre Wood for Pooh’s “most favorite” snack.  There will be plenty of challenges along the way; icy terrain, falling boulders, menacing bees, pesky bats and more.  Will the party start on time?

Skills reinforced:

  • Problem solving
  • Following directions
  • Sorting
  • Memory skills

Computer literacy words:

  • Run
  • Disc space
  • Forward directional arrow

 Book of the Month:  “Over the snow, the world is hushed and white.  But under the snow is a secret world of squirrels and snowshoe hares, bears and bullfrogs, and many other animals who live through the winter, safe and warm.”  This month our preschoolers will read, Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner.

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

  • Building A House
  • Block city
  • Iggy Peck Architect
  • Changes, Changes
  • How A House Is Built
  • The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs
  • The Three Little Javelinas
  • The Three Little Pigs
  • The Pot That Juan Built
  • A Chair For My Mother

Thursday: Spanish Class – Welcome to your Spanish class:  Bienvenido a tu clase de espanol.  Feliz Navidad!  This month will revolve around las estaciones (the seasons), colors and the holidays.  We will also review our weather words.

  • Las Estaciones – the seasons
  • Invierno – winter
  • Primavera – spring
  • Verano – summer
  • Ontono – fall
  • El Tiempo – the weather
  • Hace frio – it’s cold
  • Hace fresco – it’s cool
  • Hace calor – it’s hot
  • Hace viento – it’s windy
  • Es Diciembre – Is December
  • Feliz Navidad – Merry Christmas
  • I want to wish you a Merry Christmas – Quiero desearte Feliz Navidad

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

 CREATIVE CURRICULUM PRESCHOOL INVESTIGATIVE STUDY:  BUILDINGS

   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

Family Partnership Opportunities

  • Talk to your children about buildings they see on the way to school
  • Sign up to visit your child’s classroom if you work in the building industry
  • Donate a large, empty box for children to use to construct buildings
  • Take a walk in your neighborhood and look at the different types of houses and buildings

DECEMBER NEWSWORTHY EVENTS

  • Electrician Visits – Mr. Manning
  • Candy Cane Experiment –  Preschoolers
  • Snowball Drop:  Toddlers & Y2’s
  • Museum Visits – Dinosaur Discovery
  • Reindeer Bootcamp – Preschoolers
  • Painting to Holiday Music – Toddlers & Y2’s
  • Caroling – Preschoolers
  • Gingerbread Houses – Prescholers
  • Mitten Match Game – Toddlers & Y2’s
  • Classroom Holiday Parties
  • Closed – 24 & 25
  • Hot Chocolate Treat – Preschoolers

FITNESS FRIDAYS

  • Hopping
  • Follow the Leader
  • Stop and Go
  • Obstacle Course

 

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