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2018 Holiday Schedule:

  • New Year’s Day – January 1, 2018
  • Good Friday – March 30, 2018
  • Memorial Day – May 28, 2018
  • Independence Day – July 4, 2018
  • Labor Day – September 3, 2018
  • Thanksgiving – November 22 & 23, 2018
  • Christmas – December 24 & 25, 2018

SCHOOL CLOSINGS

During an inclement weather event, please check our Facebook page for immediate information.  As a back-up, tune into WRAL (CBS) 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 FEBRUARY

Tuesday: Computer Class – Welcome to Fabulous February!  We have lots of fun, educational software with BIG adventures.  We are on an adventure to remember with our friend Ollo.  Our friend, Rose the gardener grew a giant tomato that is rolling out of control and threatening the Sunny Valley Fair.  Can we help Ollo and save the fair?

Skills reinforced:

  • Directional exploration
  • Problem solving
  • Cause and effect
  • Following directions

We have been invited to Little Bear’s house for a “just because” party.  We must find and invite all our friends as well as make soup and pie for the party.  Can we gather the vegetables and find the fruit as well as prepare the food before our guests arrive?

Skills reinforced:

  • Pre-math
  • Creativity
  • Memory skills
  • Following directions

Computer literacy words:

  • Space bar
  • Enter
  • Home screen

Wednesday: Music and Movement Class – Young children love shakers – they’re easy to play and make a loud and festive sound.  There are many kinds of shakers (maracas) and different ways to play them.  This month, we’ll learn how!

Thursday: Spanish Class –  Como estas?  Bien, gracious!  Te quiero (I love you).  Talking about our feelings in February is fun!  We will be learning new songs and reviewing winter words we learned last month.  Our children “amor” Spanish.

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

Book of the Month:  This month our preschoolers will read the Caldecott Honor book, Snow by Uri Shulevitz.  “No one thinks one or two snowflakes will amount to anything.  Not the man with the hat or the lady with the umbrella.  Not even the television or the radio forecasters.  But one boy and his dog have faith that the snow will amount to something spectacular, and when flakes start to swirl down on the city, they are also the only ones who know how to truly enjoy it.  This playful depiction of a snowy day and the transformation of a city are perfectly captured in simple, poetic text and lively watercolor and pen-and-ink illustrations.”

We have chosen the following books for our investigative study.  Each book has a series of discussion cards for our children to think about and answer.

  • Put It On The List
  • Farmers’ Market Day
  • Food from Farms
  • Grocers
  • Don’t Forget the Bacon
  • Market Day
  • A Trip To The Grocery Store
  • What Happens at a Supermarket?
  • The Supermarket
  • Shopping with Dad
  • Maisy Goes Shopping
  • To Market, To Market

Animal Program:  Tropical Treasures – Where are the tropics?  We will discover where the tropics are and meet some of the exotic animals that live there.

 CREATIVE CURRICULUM PRESCHOOL INVESTIGATIVE STUDY:  THE GROCERY STORE

   Math Lesson Activities During Our Investigative Study:

  • Tallying – a way to count and keep track of information.
  • Ping Pong Pick-Up – picking up ping pong balls from the water table and identifying the number printed on it.
  • Sorting and Classifying – sorting and classifying a basket full of objects.  “How can we sort them?  How are they the same?  How are they different?  Which group has the most?  In this group, which object is the smallest?”
  • Number Cards – children will learn about numbers and one to one correspondence.
  • The Long and Short of It – measuring and comparing the different lengths of yarn.
  • Bigger Than, Smaller Than, Equal To – children will compare and measure objects using standard and nonstandard measuring tools.
  • 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.
  • Counting and Comparing – children will count and sort the different types of groceries in the classroom.
  • Grocery Seek and Find – Children use classification skills as they play a grocery game:  “Let’s look in the basket and see what we can find.”

Literacy Lesson Activities During Our Investigative Study:

  • Shared Writing – answering open ended questions about the grocery store.
  • Alphabet Cards – learning the characteristics of each letter and the various sounds the letter makes in words.
  • Bookmaking – children make a class book.
  • Memory Games – turning over face down cards to make matches.
  • Same Sound Sort – learning about alliteration, words that begin with the same sound, by picking out objects from a box.
  • Letters, Letters, Letters – learning to recognize letters using rubber stamps and magnetic letters.
  • Clothesline Storytelling – clipping story illustrations to a clothesline to learn about the beginning, middle, end and major events of a story.
  • 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

 FEBRUARY NEWSWORTHY EVENTS

  • Candy Guess Begins in Lobby
  • Groundhog Day – make shadows!
  • Make Valentine Cards for the Elderly
  • Funky Slipper Day – all classes
  • Hearts Hop-a-Long with Toddlers & 2’s
  • Candy Guess Winner Announced
  • Valentine’s Day Parties – all classes
  • “Storytime Switchup” with preschoolers
  • Hallway Dance Party – all classes

FITNESS FRIDAYS

  • Bounce & Catch
  • Body Shapes & Sizes
  • Hopping
  • Follow the Leader

 

 

 

 

 

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