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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, 2016
  • Christmas – December 25 & 26, 2017

OUR SPECIAL CLASSES IN SEPTEMBER

Wednesday: Music and Movement Class –  We will be focusing on “All About Me” with songs and finger plays that celebrate the uniqueness of every child.  Listen for new songs like “A Very Special Friend” and “See My Family”.

Wednesday:  Tippi Toes Dance  –  September:  Week 1 – Introduce/Reintroduce Tippi Toes class rules and build on prior working knowledge of the plie passé and all positions.

Weekly Skills Reinforced:

Arabesque, Passé Pile, Shuffle Step (Kick the ball & step on the bug), Ballet Positions 1-5 (arm movement: beach ball, airplane, sunshine, half airplane, half sunshine), sashay, bunny hops, Hand eye coordination with ribbon streamers, Foot, ankle and core strengthening, Balance and tempo reinforcement, Proper stretching techniques, Body Awareness, Healthy Living Habits, Love for others

WednesdayComputer Class – Computer Class – Welcome to our new season of learning while having fun!  We are excited about our GREAT adventures.  Our job is to help Bob the Builder with a plumbing puzzle.  The water pipes at Mrs. Potts’ house are leaking and Bob needs our help to fix them.  Along the way many other friends need help.  Can we fix everything?  YES WE CAN!

Skills reinforced:

  • Deductive thinking
  • Structural exploration
  • Inference
  • Following directions

We are on a mission to help our Dragon Tale friend, Cassie, teach her younger brothers and ZuZu, Jamie, Val and Lyn to fly.  They are faced with many obstacles along the way, but with our help we will get to the flying field in time.

Skills reinforced:

  • Memory skills
  • Creativity
  • Matching skills
  • Number line

Computer literacy words:

  • Space bar
  • Insert disk
  • Enter
  • 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

 Animal Program: Animal Tales –  The Bugliest Bug – So…..what is a bug?  It really depends on whom you ask.  This month we will meet a group of animals called arthropods.  Most people would consider these bugs!  The children will meet a variety of “bugs” and learn some interesting facts about each one.

 Book of the Month:  Making Friends – “Who better to teach children about making friends than the friendliest neighbor of them all, Mr. Rogers!  In his gently written picture book, children will see firsthand how much fun making new friends can be.  Loaded with real pictures of friends having fun together, this will help any early reader get excited about meeting new people.”

 The following books were chosen for our Beginning of the Year:  All About Me in Preschool Investigative Study.  Each book has a series of discussion cards.

  • I am NOT Going to School!
  • Mouse’s First Day of School
  • On Mother’s Lap
  • All Families are Special
  • Be My Neighbor
  • Butterfly Boy
  • Cleversticks
  • Families
  • The Family Book
  • Friends at School

Thursday: Spanish Class – Hola!  Como estas?  This month we will be learning simple phrases such as:  Como te llamas? – What’s your name?, Muy Bien! – Very good!, Adios Amigo! – Goodbye, friend!

 CREATIVE CURRICULUM PRESCHOOL INVESTIGATIVE STUDY:  Beginning of the Year:  All About Me in Preschool

  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

SEPTEMBER NEWSWORTHY EVENTS

  • Closed for Labor Day
  • Celebrate Me Parade – wear Hope Valley Preschool t-shirts
  • Grandparents Day – make cards
  • Spanish with Ms. Mariela
  • Museum Visits – The Bugliest Bug
  • Senior Center Visits
  • Crazy Hat Day – wear your favorite hat
  • Outside Drawing with Toddlers & Twos
  • Parachute Play with Toddlers & Twos
  • Community Helper Visits
  • Centerwide Fall Picnic

 

FITNESS FRIDAYS

  • Kick Hard
  • Body Shapes and Sizes
  • Throw Far Throw Hard
  • Stop and Go
  • Body Part Balance

 

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