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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 OCTOBER

Animal Program: Terrific Turtles – Turtles not only live a long time, they have some awesome armor to protect themselves.  We will compare a variety of live turtles and talk about their different characteristics, similarities and adaptation.

WednesdayMusic and Movement Class – How does a maraca sound happy or a tambourine sound sad?  Our children will explore new ways to use rhythm instruments as they make sounds to express feelings.  We’ll also learn some new autumn songs, finger plays and the accompanying sign language.

WednesdayComputer Class –  Welcome to the cooler month of October!  Speaking of cool, we have the COOLEST software with big adventures.  The island of Sodor and Thomas is busier than ever.  There are shipments to ship, buildings to build and cargo to transport.  Sir Topham Hatt needs our help building the new branch lines to help all the engines in, right on time.

Skills reinforced:

  • Sorting
  • Puzzles
  • Problem solving
  • Critical thinking

We are on a great adventure with Diego, Alicia, and Baby Jaguar as we visit the Dinosaur Museum.  This is an interactive museum with lots of fun games.  We will track dinosaurs, play matching games, go on a treasure hunt and try to navigate the treacherous mud flats.  Along the way, we will learn many interesting facts.

Skills reinforced:

  • Dinosaur facts
  • Memory skills
  • Matching
  • Navigational skills

Computer literacy words:

  • Home page
  • Install
  • Uninstall

 Book of the Month:  Apples and Pumpkins by Anne Rockwell.  “When red and yellow leaves are on the trees,” a little girl goes with her parents to a farm where they pick apples and choose “the best pumpkin of the all.”  Back home, she helps to carve a grinning jack-o’-lantern face on the big orange pumpkin, which guards their doorstep on Halloween night while her mother hands out shiny red apples and she and her father go trick-or-treating with the neighborhood ghosts and goblins.  Check it out!

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

  • A Box Story
  • Not A Box
  • A Box Can Be Many Things
  • Sitting In My Box
  • The Crayon Box That Talked
  • This Is Our House
  • The Button Box
  • Christina Katerina & The Box
  • The Book of Shadow Boxes

Thursday:  Spanish Class –  We will be learning about feelings and the days of the week.

  • Estoy feliz = I’m happy
  • Estoy triste = I’m sad
  • Estoy molesto = I’m mad
  • Estoy asustado = I’m scared
  • Estoy enfermo = I’m sick

Days of the week:  Lunes, Martes, Miercoles, Jueves, Viernes, Sabado, Domingo

Vocabulary:

  • Hoy = today
  • Ayer = yesterday
  • Manana = tomorrow
  • Semana que viene = next week
  • Semana pasada = last week
  • Te veo la semana que viene = I’ll see you next week!

 CREATIVE CURRICULUM PRESCHOOL INVESTIGATIVE STUDY:  BOXES

   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

Family Partnership Opportunities

  • Letter to families about our study of boxes
  • Talk about the materials boxes are made from, the pictures and the words on them.
  • Play with boxes of all shapes, sizes and types.
  • Play the community box game.  Count how many boxes you see.
  • How many boxes are in your house?
  • End of study celebrations

OCTOBER NEWSWORTHY EVENTS

  • Orange Milk Snack with Preschoolers
  • Cookie Cutter Painting with Toddlers & Y2’s
  • Spanish with Ms. Mariela
  • Sparky the Fire Dog Visits
  • Museum Visits – Terrific Turtles
  • Fall Exploration Walk with Preschoolers
  • Spring Pictures
  • Smokey the Bear Visits
  • Pumpkin Investigations with Preschoolers
  • Leaf Pick Up with Toddlers & Y2’s
  • Gourd Investigations with Toddlers & Y2’s
  • Dress-Up Parade – All Classes
  • Centerwide Parties

FITNESS FRIDAYS

  • Body Part Balance
  • Follow the Leader
  • Galloping
  • Stepping Stones

 

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