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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 JULY

Tuesday:  Tumblin’ Tots – Each week for the summer will have a different theme:

  • Balls & Bubbles – lots of play with bubbles and balls
  • All About Balancing – balance beams, balancing on one foot, “Mr. Wobble”
  • Animal Action – frog jumps, crabwalks, bear crawls
  • Hopping, Jumping & Skipping
  • Fit Spot circuits – have fun with circuit exercises
  • Bean Bag Fun – bean bag toss, pass the bean bag
  • Hoops – circle games with big hoops and little hoops
  • Everything is UPSIDE DOWN  – headstands
  • Parachute Play
  • Flipping Fun – rolls
  • Moving & Stretchin’ – moving and stretching made fun to some great summertime music

Wednesday: Music 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.

Wednesday:  Tippi Toes Dance  –  Our value of the month is:  confidence.  The dance of the month:  “Make some Noise”.  We will learn the third recital dance:  “Hula Bula”.

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, and Love for others.

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

KOMPUTER KIDS reminder:  no classes in the month of August.  Free trial classes and registration begin the week of August 21st.  Classes start the second week in September.  Information coming soon!

 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.

 Book of the Month:  During July, our preschoolers will be reading, Sylvia’s Spinach by Katherine Pryor.  “Sylvia Spivens always says no to spinach.  But one day Sylvia’s teacher gives her a packet of spinach seeds to plant for the school garden.  Overcoming her initial reluctance and giving the seeds a little love and patience, Sylvia discovers the joy of growing food and the pleasures of tasting something new.”

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

  • Inch by Inch
  • Wiggling Worms at Work
  • Garden Wigglers
  • Yucky Worms
  • Inchworm and A Half
  • Grandpas Are for Finding Worms
  • Worms for Lunch
  • An Earthworm’s Life
  • Superworm
  • Diary of a Worm

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:  WORMS

  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

Family Partnership Opportunities

  • Look for worms in your yard.
  • Look for worms on the sidewalk after a rainfall.
  • Talk with your children about the shape of a worm.  Describe it.
  • Explain to your children how to catch a fish using a worm.
  • Talk to your children about animals that eat worms.
  • End of study celebrations.

JULY NEWSWORTHY EVENTS

  • Celebration Parade
  • Closed – Happy 4th
  • Ice Exploration with Toddlers & 2’s
  • Spanish with Ms. Mariela
  • Museum Visits – Animal Tales
  • Visitor – CompostNow
  • Yoga Day
  • Tearing magazines with Toddlers & 2’s
  • Center Picnic
  • Outdoor Sensory Play with Toddlers & 2’s
  • Hula Hoop Hopping with Toddlers & 2’s
  • Write Letters to Friends -International Friends Day

FITNESS FRIDAYS

  • Punting
  • Dribble Kick
  • Body Part Balance
  • Up & Away

 

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