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2019 Holiday Schedule:

  • New Year’s Day – January 1, 2019
  • Good Friday – April 19, 2019
  • Memorial Day – May 27, 2019
  • Independence Day – July 4, 2019
  • Labor Day – September 2, 2019
  • Thanksgiving – November 28 & 29, 2019
  • Christmas – December 24 & 25, 2019

OUR SPECIAL CLASSES IN JULY

Animal Program:   Animal Tales – What better way to bring a character to life than combining children’s literature with the natural sciences.  This month features a story about a hermit crab and one about a hedgehog.  We will discuss what is fact and fiction about the main characters and meet the accompanying animals.

WednesdayMusic and Movement Class – This month our children will learn to listen to the rhythm of music.  At the pre-k level children are very interested in rhythms and rhythm instruments.   They are able to “play along” with songs even though they might not be able to keep a steady beat.  We’ll also learn new sign language water songs.

WednesdayComputer Class –  Welcome to the month of July.  While we all will be enjoying 4th of July fireworks, our classes will have our own FUN fireworks to celebrate.  We will journey to ancient China with Mulan, and her side-kick Mushu.  Mulan wants to show us her amazing country and tell her story through magic scrolls. Clumsy Mushu drops the story scrolls and we must travel throughout the country collecting them in order to learn of her great adventure.  Can we find all the magical scrolls and earn the title of Imperial storyteller?

Skills reinforced:

  • Following directions
  • Critical thinking
  • Cause and effect

We are erecting and creating masterpieces in space, on a fire rescue mission, underwater wonders, and other fun places.  Our job is to build each place and add fun activities to each theme.  These masterpieces will only move and interact with the other characters if they are built correctly.

Skills reinforced:

  • Structural exploration
  • Creativity
  • Visual awareness
  • Problem solving

Computer literacy words:

  • Pause
  • Backspace
  • Caps lock

 Book of the Month:  During July, our preschoolers will be reading, The Colors of Us by Karen Katz.  Lena discovers, with the help of her mom, that there are many shades of brown as they take a walk through their neighborhood.  Skin tones are compared to delicious foods like honey, peanut butter, pizza crust, ginger, peaches, and chocolate.  Check it out!

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

  • Ella Sarah Gets Dressed
  • A Pocket for Corduroy
  • Joseph Had a Little Overcoat
  • Something from Nothing
  • The Mitten
  • Doing the Washing
  • Abuela’s Weave
  • Extra Yarn
  • Little Red Riding Hood

Thursday: Spanish Class – Es caleinte fuera!  It’s hot outside!  El verano llego.  The summer is here.  In July, we will learn about “4 de Julio” and new summer words with songs, games and stories.

 CREATIVE CURRICULUM PRESCHOOL INVESTIGATIVE STUDY:  CLOTHING

   Math Lesson Activities During Our Investigative Study:

  • Show Me Five – grouping materials in groups of five.
  • Bounce & Count – bouncing a variety of balls; predicting how many times the ball will bounce and counting the actual number of times it bounces.
  • Guessing Jar – guessing how many objects are in a jar, recording guesses, and then counting the actual number of objects.
  • Which Has More? – comparing bags of objects with different amounts in these bags.
  • I’m Thinking of a Shape – exploring different geometric solids and talking about their attributes.  For example, a cube is like a box.  A cylinder is like a can.  A sphere is like a ball.
  • Story Problems – Solving story problems using manipulatives.
  • Dinnertime – setting a table using positional words.  For example, “I’m putting the fork on top of the napkin.”  “The knife goes beside the plate.”
  • Number Cards – exploring number cards with the numeral on one side and the corresponding dots on the other side.
  • Putting Puzzles Together – describing spatial relationships and shapes using puzzles.
  • Huff and Puff – measuring how far a small ball will roll when someone blows on it.  Use words such as force, energy and effect.
  • Buried Shapes – finding attribute blocks buried in sand table.
  • Teaching Clock – moving the hands of the clock to the correct time and identifying the numbers.

Literacy Lesson Activities During Our Investigative Study:

  • Textured Letters – exploring uppercase and lowercase letters cut out of a variety of materials.
  • Same Sound Sort – understanding phonological awareness using a variety of objects that begin with the same sound.
  • Tongue Twisters – saying phrases that are challenging because the words all sound similar.
  • Shared Writing – answering open ended questions and recording responses on chart paper.
  • Alphabet Cards – demonstrating the knowledge of the alphabet.
  • Walk a Letter – making large letters on the floor for children to walk on.
  • 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

JULY NEWSWORTHY EVENTS

  • Celebration Parade – Wear Red, White & Blue
  • Closed for July 4th
  • Museum Visits – Animal Tales
  • Ice Exploration – Toddlers & Y2’s
  • Spanish with Ms. Mariela
  • Yoga Day with Preschoolers
  • Sea Shell Dig with Toddlers & Y2’s
  • Outside Hopscotch with Preschoolers
  • Tie Dye T-shirt Day with Preschoolers – Bring a white shirt to dye
  • Splash Day – Centerwide
  • Kona Ice Visits

FITNESS FRIDAYS

  • Obstacle Course
  • Jumping Rope
  • Jumping the River
  • Walking the Line

 

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