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2017 Holiday Schedule:

  • New Year’s Day – January 2, 2017
  • Good Friday – April 14, 2017
  • Memorial Day – May 29, 2017
  • Independence Day – July 4, 2017
  • Labor Day – September 4, 2017
  • Thanksgiving – November 23 & 24, 2017
  • Christmas – December 25 & 26, 2017

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, What a Waste:  Where Does Garbage Go? by Clair Eamer.  “What a Waste! Answers the question:  when we throw something away, where is away?  Ever since cave people cracked open seafood shells for dinner, humans have produced garbage, and we’ve had to figure out what to do with it.  What a Waste! Explores the history of garbage from earliest times to today, covering subjects including dumps, human waste, water pollution, problem garbage, and modern throwaway culture.”

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

  • Where Does the Garbage Go?
  • Smash! Mash! Crash!
  • Earth Day – Hooray!
  • I Can Save The Earth
  • I Stink!
  • The Adventures of an Aluminum Can
  • Smash That Trash!

Animal Program:  Dinosaur Discovery Fossils tell us about the past.  We will find out some of the things paleontologists know from studying fossils.  We will learn about some of these prehistoric wonders while comparing dinosaurs to some animals that live today.

 CREATIVE CURRICULUM PRESCHOOL INVESTIGATIVE STUDY:  TRASH & GARBAGE

   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 water table and identifying the number printed on it.
  • Sorting and Classifying –  “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 –   Which group has the fewest?  Which group have the same number of items?
  • Teaching Clock – moving the hands of the clock to the correct time and identifying the numbers.

Literacy Lesson Activities During Our Investigative Study:

  • Shared Writing – answering open ended questions
  • 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 clothing 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

 DECEMBER NEWSWORTHY EVENTS

  • Letters to Santa begins in Lobby – bring in a letter for Santa!
  • St. Nicholas Day for all classes
  • Museum Visits – Dinosaurs
  • Hanukkah Stories & DreidelGame
  • Preschool Nature Program – 2 older classes
  • Make Holiday Cards for the Elderly
  • Spanish Class with Ms. Mariela
  • Hallway Caroling – all classes
  • Classroom Holiday Parties
  • Holiday Spirit Week:  December 18 – 22…. See Lobby Easel for Details

FITNESS FRIDAYS

  • Bounce & Catch
  • Jumping Rope
  • Punting
  • Dribble Kick
  • Galloping

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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