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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

PRESCHOOL CLOSINGS

  • During an inclement weather event, please check our facebook page 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 schools.

OUR SPECIAL CLASSES IN MARCH

Tuesday: Computer Class – Welcome to the wonderful month of March.  We have many fun, educational activities with lots of surprises!  We are on a camping adventure with Arthur, Buster, D. W., Francine, and the rest of the gang.  We have all the supplies and equipment needed for our outing, UNTIL disaster strikes!  Our rescue radio is broken; we need to set up tents, and Mr. Rathburn has sprained his ankle.  Will this camping adventure be a bust or a fun learning experience?  Only time will tell.

Skills reinforced:

  • Inference
  • Navigational skills
  • Memory skills
  • Critical thinking

We are on a prehistoric adventure with Little Foot and his dinosaur friends in “The Land Before Time”!  A huge “sky fire” has damaged the Great Valley and our job is to gather special seeds to replant the valley.  Little Foot needs help bringing life back to our dino habitat.

Skills reinforced:

  • Directional exploration
  • Puzzles
  • Following directions

Computer literacy words:

  • Control panel
  • Tabs
  • Home page

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!  It’s time to practice.  During March, we will study about St. Patrick’s Day, review the days in the week, numbers, colors, opposites, and animals.  We will also learn our “figuras geometricas”:  cuadrado, rectangulo, triangulo, and circulo.  We will read the book of geometric shapes.  Our permanent vocabulary is:

  • hola/adios
  • es hora de…
  • vamos
  • gracias
  • porfavor
  • me llamo
  • numerous del 1 – 20
  • figuras geometricas
  • colores

Book of the Month:   This month our preschoolers will enjoy reading, The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt.  When Duncan opens his crayon box, all he finds is a stack of letters with his name on them.  The crayons have quit!  Red is being worked too much, black hates being used just to outline things and blue needs a break from coloring so much water.  Pink just wants to be used. What is Duncan going to do?  Check it out!

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

  • Everybody Needs a Rock
  • If You Find a Rock
  • Let’s Go Rock Collecting
  • Looking at Rocks
  • Rocks:  Hard, Soft, Smooth, and Rough
  • Rocks in His Head
  • Elizabeti’s Doll
  • The Magic School Bus:  Inside the Earth
  • On My Beach There Are Many Pebbles
  • Rocks in My Pocket
  • Stone Soup
  • Sylvester and the Magic Pebble

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:  ROCKS

   Math Lesson Activities During Our Investigative Study:

  • Lining It Up – comparing and measuring a collection of objects arranged by size.
  • Which Has More – prepare 5 bags, each with a different type and number of objects to count and compare.
  • Guessing Jar – examine a jar and estimate how many objects are in the jar without counting.
  • Sorting and Classifying – place hula hoops in front of children and ask questions that will prompt the children to describe objects, and then sort.   “How are they the same?  How are they different?  Which group has the most?  In this group, which object is the smallest?”
  • The Long and Short of It – measuring and comparing the different lengths of yarn.
  • Tallying – a way to count and keep track of information – “Do you like chocolate or vanilla ice cream the best?  How many tables are in the classroom?”
  • Counting and Comparing – children will count and sort the different collections of objects like blocks, clothes, and shoes.  “What are the different kinds of …?  In what ways are some of these items the same?”
  • Number Cards – children will explore number cards with the numeral on one side of the card and corresponding dots on the other.
  • 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
  • Show Me 5 – counting collections of objects in groups of 5.
  • Ping Pong Pick-Up – picking up ping pong balls from water table and identifying the number printed on it.
  • Teaching Clock – moving the hands of the clock to the correct time and identifying the numbers.

Literacy Lesson Activities During Our Investigative Study:

  • Writing Poems – using words, some rhyming and non-rhyming, in a special way to express thoughts.
  • Alphabet Books – children will demonstrate their knowledge of the alphabet by reading books like, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and Build it A to Z.
  • Shared Writing – answering open ended questions about rocks and recording answers on chart paper.
  • Rhyming Chart – understanding phonological awareness of rhyming words.
  • Alphabet Cards – learning the characteristics of each letter and the various sounds the letter makes in words.
  • Walk a Letter – making letters for children to walk on.
  • Bookmaking – children make a class book
  • 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

 MARCH NEWSWORTHY EVENTS

  • Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebrations
  • Speech Screening
  • Sunglasses Day with Preschoolers
  • Show & Tell with Preschoolers
  • Museum Visits – Animal Tales
  • Parachute Games with Toddlers & Y2’s
  • Spanish with Ms. Mariela
  • Sandbox Treasure Hunt with Toddlers & Y2’s
  • Spring Stories in the Library with Preschoolers
  • Picture Day
  • Plant Happy Hairies – all classes

FITNESS FRIDAYS

  • Galloping
  • Up & Away
  • Body Part Balance
  • Hopping
  • Follow the Leader

 

 

 

 

 

 

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