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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 DECEMBER

Tuesday: Computer Class –  Welcome to the magical month of December and all the fun it promises!  We have been invited to Franklin the Turtle’s Clubhouse.  We start our adventure by playing detective with Rabbit:  continue by digging for dinosaurs, then on with the rest of our adventure.  We will only succeed if we remember the secret handshake.  Can we do it?

Skills reinforced:

  • Compare and contrast
  • Spatial reasoning
  • Visual and auditory memory
  • Classifying

Winnie the Pooh needs our help.  We can’t throw a party without honey.  Our job is to search the Hundred Acre Wood for Pooh’s “most favorite” snack.  There will be plenty of challenges along the way; icy terrain, falling boulders, menacing bees, pesky bats and more.  Will the party start on time?

Skills reinforced:

  • Problem solving
  • Following directions
  • Sorting
  • Memory skills

Computer literacy words:

  • Run
  • Disc space
  • Forward directional arrow

Wednesday: Music and Movement Class – Our music class is a time to experiment with sounds, rhythm, music, and movement.  This month, we will be doing musical activities centered around our December holidays:  Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa.  We’ll also enjoy a musical freeze parade.

Thursday: Spanish Class – Welcome to your Spanish class:  Bienvenido a tu clase de espanol.  Feliz Navidad!  This month will revolve around las estaciones (the seasons), colors and the holidays.  We will also review our weather words.

  • Las Estaciones – the seasons
  • Invierno – winter
  • Primavera – spring
  • Verano – summer
  • Ontono – fall
  • El Tiempo – the weather
  • Hace frio – it’s cold
  • Hace fresco – it’s cool
  • Hace calor – it’s hot
  • Hace viento – it’s windy
  • Es Diciembre – Is December
  • Feliz Navidad – Merry Christmas
  • I want to wish you a Merry Christmas – Quiero desearte Feliz Navidad

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

Book of the Month:  This month our preschool children will read, Dream Snow by Eric Carle.

A farmer lives a simple life with a few animals that he names, One through Five.  As he sleeps, he dreams of snow falling covering each animal.  When he awakens, he finds that snow has fallen!

 The following books were chosen for our Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle  Investigative Study.  Each book has a series of discussion cards.

  • I Stink!
  • Peter’s Chair
  • Compost Stew
  • Hush!  A Thai Lullaby
  • Radio Man
  • The Three R’s:  Reuse, Reduce, Recycle
  • Why Should I Recycle
  • Something From Nothing
  • Dinosaur Woods

Animal Program:   Animal Armor – Every animal has a special way of protecting themselves from predators.  We will learn about some of the unique ways a variety of animals do this.

 CREATIVE CURRICULUM PRESCHOOL INVESTIGATIVE STUDY:  

    Math Lesson Activities During Our Investigative Study:  REDUCE, REUSE, and  RECYCLE

  • Lining It Up – comparing and measuring our junk collection that is 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 junk 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 junk 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

  • Please bring in junk from home that the children can use during their study on Recycling.
  • Discuss with your children what things your family typically throws away.
  • Bring in a piece of trash that has the recycling symbol on it.
  • You are invited to come to our classroom to help the children make instruments.
  • End of study celebrations

 DECEMBER NEWSWORTHY EVENTS

  • Display Holiday Quilt
  • Museum Visit – Animal Armor
  • Vision Screening Visitor – Twos’s & Older
  • St. Nicholas Day – Preschoolers
  • Letters to Santa in Lobby – Centerwide
  • Make Holiday Cards for the Elderly
  • Spanish Class with Ms. Mariela
  • Hallway Christmas Carols – Centerwide
  • Classroom Holiday Parties – all classes
  • Hanukkah Stories – Toddlers & Older
  • Christmas Break – Closed

FITNESS FRIDAYS

  • Galloping
  • Body Part Balance
  • Throw Hard, Throw Far
  • Stop & Go

 

 

 

 

 

 

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