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 JANUARY

WednesdayMusic and Movement Class – In January, our children will learn how to use sand blocks.  Sand blocks are rectangles of fine-grained sandpaper attached to blocks of wood.  One of the best things about sand blocks is that, when scraped, they sound remarkably like a train.

WednesdayComputer Class –   No classes in January.

 Book of the Month: This month our preschoolers will read the Caldecott Honor book, Snow,  by Uri Shulevitz.  “No one thinks one or two snowflakes will amount to anything.  Not the man with the hat or the lady with the umbrella.  Not even the television or the radio forecasters.  But one boy and his dog have faith that the snow will amount to something spectacular, and when flakes start to swirl down on the city they are also the only ones who know how to truly enjoy it.  This playful depiction of a snowy day and the transformation of a city are perfectly captured in simple, poetic text and lively watercolor and pen-and-ink illustrations.”

Thursday:  Spanish Class – Brrr…hace frio!  (Brrr…it’s cold outside!)  During this wintery month, we will be learning cold weather words such as:  mitones-mittens, hielo-ice, invierno-winter, nieve-snow.  We’ll also be playing winter games in Spanish.

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

Thursday:  Soccer Shots – No classes in December.

 CREATIVE CURRICULUM PRESCHOOL INVESTIGATIVE STUDY FOR DECEMBER:    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:

  • Dinnertime – using number concepts and positional words such as beside, above and on top of while setting the table
  • Number Cards – children will use number cards with a numeral printed on one side and corresponding dots on the other
  • Ice Cubes – observing and measuring melting ice
  • Number Cards – children will learn about numbers and one to one correspondence
  • Graphing – the children will group items together using objects, names, pictures, tally marks, or colored bars to form simple graphs
  • Bigger Than, Smaller Than, Equal To – children will compare and measure objects using standard and nonstandard measuring tools
  • Measure and Compare – using nonstandard measuring tools like plastic links, blocks, or yarn to measure objects
  • Nursery Rhyme Count – children will count the number of lambs in the nursery rhyme Mary had a Little Lamb
  • 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
  • Tallying – counting the number of balls they see in their room and in the school
  • Counting and Comparing – children will count and sort the different types of balls in the classroom
  • Sorting and Classifying – How are these balls alike?  How are these balls different?  Which balls are the smallest? Which group has more?
  • Seek and Find – Children use classification skills as they play a ball game:  “I am looking for a ball that is not used for a sport”.  “I am looking for a ball that helps people in their everyday lives”.
  • 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
  • Jumping Beans – demonstrating the knowledge of the alphabet using a game
  • Memory Games – turning over face down cards to make matches
  • Rhyming Chart – using a poem to find rhyming words
  • Letters, Letters, Letters – learning to recognize letters using rubber stamps and magnetic letters
  • Knowing Our Friends – children will learn alphabet letters and how to recognize their friends’ names
  • 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

 JANUARY NEWSWORTHY EVENTS

  • CLOSED – Happy New Year’s
  • Melted Snowman Painting:  Centerwide
  • Ice Exploration:  Toddler/Y2’s
  • Snowman Scavenger Hunt:  Preschoolers
  • Pajama Day:  Centerwide
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Parade
  • Penguin Walk Race:  Preschoolers
  • Winter Sensory Bags:  Toddlers/Y2’s
  • Winter Dress Relay:  Preschoolers
  • Snowball Sock Toss:  Toddler/Y2’s

FITNESS FRIDAYS

  • Body Part Balance
  • Dribbling A Ball
  • Bounce & Catch
  • Body Shapes & Sizes

 

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