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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, 2021

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!

OUR SPECIAL CLASSES IN OCTOBER

Tuesday: Computer Class –   No classes in October.

Wednesday: Music 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.

Wednesday: Zumba Kids – No classes in October.

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!

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

Thursday:  Soccer Shots – No classes in October.

Book of the Month: This month our preschoolers will enjoy reading Pumpkin Circle:  The Story of a Garden by George Levenson.  Through very colorful photographs, this book shows the life of a pumpkin from seed, into a plant, to a pumpkin, jack-o-lantern, and back to seed again.  The pictures are detailed and the story simple enough to keep little ones interested while giving a great explanation about the circle of pumpkin life.  Check it out!

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

  • Leaf Man
  • Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
  • Red Leaf Yellow Leaf
  • Leaves
  • The Little Yellow Leaf
  • The Apple Pie Tree
  • One More Acorn
  • This Tree Counts
  • The Busy Little Squirrel

 CREATIVE CURRICULUM PRESCHOOL INVESTIGATIVE STUDY IN  OCTOBER:  TREES

 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

Family Partnership Opportunities

  • Bring in tree parts.
  • Help your child learn the names of trees.
  • Help your child look for animals that live in trees. How many can you find?
  • Take your children for a walk to look at the trees in your neighborhood.

 OCTOBER NEWSWORTHY EVENTS

  • Pinecone Painting – Toddlers/Y2’s
  • Fall Collages – Preschoolers
  • Wear Fall Colors – Preschoolers
  • Pumpkin Investigations – Preschoolers
  • Apple & Gourd Investigations – Toddlers/Y’s
  • Hallway Dance Party – Preschoolers
  • Pumpkin Hop – Toddlers/Y2’s
  • Warm Cider & Donuts (for parents in the am)
  • Fall Celebrations – all classrooms – see easel!

FITNESS FRIDAYS

  • Dribble Kick
  • Body Part Balance
  • Obstacle Course
  • Punting

 

 

 

 

 

 

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