News & Events

2020 Holiday Schedule:

  • New Year’s Day – January 1, 2020
  • Good Friday – April 10, 2020
  • Memorial Day – May 25, 2020
  • Independence Day – July 3, 2020
  • Labor Day – September 7, 2020
  • Thanksgiving – November 26 & 27, 2020
  • Christmas – December 24 & 25, 2020

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.

  • 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!

Please check our Facebook 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 MARCH

Tuesday: Computer Class –   Welcome to the month of March, and the hope that spring is coming soon.  We are ready for all the challenges, excitement, and surprises that our software promises.  We are on an adventure with Bob the Builder, Wendy, and the rest of the crew as we visit a medieval castle.  Our first mission takes us to a spooky dungeon to find a friend; then we must help Bob repair the castle wall.  Lofty needs help building a hedge, but we have to work fast before Priscilla, the cow, eats the grassy hedge.  We will be busy with lots of fun and discovery.

Skills reinforced:

  • Pattern completion
  • Castle construction
  • Logic and reasoning
  • Memory skills

Are Francine and Arthur having a birthday party on the same day?  All the plans have been made for the parties, but the friends have to decide which party to attend.  Can we get all the things needed for our parties as well as find a solution for two parties on the same day?  Only time will tell.

Skills reinforced:

  • Critical thinking and matching
  • Following directions
  • Creativity

Computer literacy words:

  • Install
  • Uninstall
  • Control panel

Wednesday: Music and Movement Class – During March, our children will learn about different notes using our green bottle band.  We will also learn new wind songs that are sung to favorite tunes.

Thursday: Spanish Class –  Hola, amigos!  This month we will learn the Spanish words for different feelings and emotions as well as learn a fun St. Patrick’s Day song.

Book of the Month:  This month our preschoolers will read, The Skin You Live In by Michael Tyler.  This lively story delivers an important message of social acceptance to young children such as friendship, acceptance, self-esteem, and diversity.  Illustrations of children’s activities for all cultures, such as swimming in the ocean, hugging, catching butterflies, and eating birthday cake are also provided.  Check it out!

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

  • Building a House
  • How a House is Built
  • Five Minutes Peace
  • The Tub People
  • Curious George
  • Plumber’s Helper
  • What Do People Do All Day
  • Elizibiti’s Doll
  • A Cool Drink of Water
  • When I Was Young in the Mountains
  • Big Frank’s Fire Truck

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 one story about a rabbit and another about a salamander.  We will discuss what is fact and fiction about the main characters and meet the accompanying live animals.

 CREATIVE CURRICULUM PRESCHOOL INVESTIGATIVE STUDY:  Pipes

    Math Lesson Activities During Our Investigative Study:

  • Lining It Up – comparing and measuring our pipe collection arranged by size.
  • Which Container Holds More? – comparing and measuring various sizes of containers filled with sand.
  • Balancing Act – weighing two bags of the same size with different amounts of the same material.
  • Sorting and Classifying – sorting our pipe collection by attributes; How are these things alike?  How are they different?
  • Action Patterns – repeating body movements that create patterns.
  • Seek and Find – using our pipe collection to classify objects; I will describe a group that I’m thinking about.  I want you to pick something out of the basket that belongs in that group.
  • I’m Thinking of a Shape – describe various shapes and geometric solids; rectangular prism, cube, cylinder, sphere, cone and pyramid using cans, oatmeal cartons, spools, paper towel tubes, balls, cones, cups and party hats.
  • Missing Lids – finding the correct lid for each container by matching its size and shape.
  • Guessing Jar – estimating how many objects are in a jar.
  • Straw Shapes – making shapes out of straws.
  • Teaching Clock – moving the hands of the clock to the correct time and identifying the numbers.

Literacy Lesson Activities During Our Investigative Study:

  • I Went Shopping – demonstrating knowledge of print using items from the grocery store and our junk collection.
  • Silly Names – making descriptive words that begin with the same sound using the children’s names; Laughing Leo.
  • Alphabet Cards – demonstrating the knowledge of the alphabet.
  • Clothesline Storytelling – drawing the major events and characters of a story and hanging them on a clothesline in the correct order.
  • Tap It, Clap It, Stomp It, Jump It – clapping, then tapping, stomping, and finally jumping the syllables in each child’s name.
  • 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

  • Talk with your children about water pipes.
  • Look for water pipes inside and outside your house.
  • Look for pipes in your house.  What is inside of them?
  • Help your child imagine what life would be like without water pipes.
  • Next time you have a plumbing problem, let your child help fix it or watch the plumber.

 MARCH NEWSWORTHY EVENTS

  • Museum Visits, Animal Tales
  • Dr. Seuss Day – all classes
  • Bug Hunt – Preschoolers
  • Violinist Visitor
  • St. Patrick’s Day – wear green!
  • Shamrock Hunt – Toddlers & Y2’s
  • Plant Happy Hairies – all classes
  • Springtime Stories – Toddlers & Y2’s
  • Spanish Class with Ms. Mariela
  • Springtime Stories – Preschoolers

FITNESS FRIDAYS

  • Catching with a Scoop
  • Body Part Balance
  • Jumping Rope
  • Jump the River

 

 

 

 

 

 

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