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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


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Tuesday: Computer Class –  Welcome to a new year, full of new beginnings, new goals, and aspirations.  We will join Bear in The Big Blue house and explore the 5 senses.  We are on a quest to make a tripleberry pie.  As we gather the berries we will learn about the 5 senses that help us explore the world around us.

Skills reinforced:

  • Five senses
  • Sequential steps
  • Following directions
  • Memory skills

We are on an eye popping adventure as we are challenged with creating engineering masterpieces with our Bugs in a Box.  Our creations will only work if we can solve the number puzzles.  Are we up for this challenge?

Skills reinforced:

  • Number patterns
  • Number lines
  • Logic and reasoning
  • Rational concepts

Computer literacy words:

  • Shift
  • Sign In
  • Scroll

Wednesday: Music and Movement Class – In January, our children will learn how to use sand blocks.  Sand blocks are rectangles of fine-grained sandpaper attached to blocks of wood.  One of the best things about sand blocks is that, when scraped, they sound remarkably like a train.

Thursday: Spanish Class – Brrr…hace frio!  (Brrr…it’s cold outside!)  During this wintery month, we will be learning cold weather words such as:  mitones-mittens, hielo-ice, invierno-winter, nieve-snow.  We’ll also be playing winter games in Spanish.

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

Book of the Month:  This month our preschoolers will read Snatchabook by Helen & Thomas Docherty.  In every house, in every bed, a bedtime book was being read….   But then, one night, all the animals’ bedtime storybooks started disappearing.  Was there a book thief?  And who could it be?  One brave little bunny sets out to solve the mystery.

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

  • Guess Whose Shadow?
  • What Makes a Shadow?
  • Nothing Sticks Like a Shadow
  • Shadow Chasers
  • Shadows and Reflections
  • Light, Shadows, Mirrors, and Rainbows
  • Shadow
  • Shadowville
  • Who Will See Their Shadows This Year?
  • Moonbear’s Shadow

Animal Program:   Busy Birds – Our children will learn about the characteristics of birds with a close-up look at live birds.  We’ll discover how clever and resourceful birds are as we examine a variety of nests and natural specimens.


    Math Lesson Activities During Our Investigative Study:

  • My Shadow and I – describing spatial relationships and shapes using overhead projector and flashlights.
  • Balancing Act – weighing two bags of the same size with different amounts of the same material.
  • Stepping Stones – creating a path of stepping stones on the floor using positional words to describe their surroundings as they move.
  • Where’s the Beanbag? – tossing a beanbag into a basket and describing where the beanbag landed using positional words (inside the basket, next to the basket, behind the basket).
  • More or Fewer Towers – building towers using interlocking cubes and adding/removing cubes using the more/fewer spinner.
  • Morning, Noon, and Night – charting activities that occur in the morning, noon, or at night.
  • Missing Lids – finding the correct lid for each container by matching its size and shape.
  • How Big Around – using yarn to measure the circumference of an object.
  • Fishing Trip – fishing for fish shapes determined by a number card drawn from a bucket.
  • Math Collage – using art materials and math cards to make a collage.
  • Ping Pong Pick-Up – Pick up a ping pong ball from the water table and say the number written on the ball.
  • Teaching Clock – moving the hands of the clock to the correct time and identifying the numbers.

Literacy Lesson Activities During Our Investigative Study:

  • Stick Letters – using craft sticks and alphabet cards to make letters.
  • Making My Name – making names from letter tiles.
  • Knowing Our Friends – identifying names on laminated sentence strips.
  • I Went Shopping – demonstrating knowledge of print using items from grocery store.
  • Describing Art – using descriptive words to describe artwork.
  • Alphabet Books – demonstrating knowledge of the alphabet while reading Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.
  • Alphabet Cards – demonstrating the knowledge of the alphabet.
  • 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 shadows.
  • How do shadows look different at different times of the day?
  • Play shadow tag with your child by stepping on each other’s shadow.
  • Make hand shadows of different animals on the wall.
  • Point out shadows in pictures, photographs, and book illustrations.
  • End of study celebrations.  Visit our classroom and look at all of our shadow activities.


  • Closed – Happy New Year!
  • Yoga Instructor Visits – Preschoolers
  • Toddler Snowflake Search – Toddlers & Y2’s
  • “Ice Skating” – Preschoolers
  • Museum Visits – Busy Birds
  • Winder Stories – Toddlers & Y2’s
  • Spanish class with Ms. Mariela
  • Hot Cocoa Day – All Classes
  • Winter Stories – Preschoolers
  • Mitten Day – All Classes


  • Swing & Jump Rope
  • Punting
  • Obstacle Course
  • Jump the River
  • Catching with a Scoop







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