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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, 2016
  • Christmas – December 25 & 26, 2017

OUR SPECIAL CLASSES IN MAY

Monday:  Tumblin’ Tots – Moving Mania!  An obstacle course will be set up for your child to explore the different types of equipment for creative play.  Can you …. Hula hoop, crawl through the tunnel, frog jump, crab walk, walk on a balance beam, bear crawl, headkick, tire run, tuck jump, butterfly sit, log roll, and jump over hurdles?

Tuesday: Computer Class – Welcome to magnificent May and all the wonderful surprises it can bring.  We are on an adventure to Animal Junction with the Wild Kratt brothers.  Our job is to help care for all the wild baby animals until their parents return.  The first test comes when the baby lynx kittens escape the kitten enclosure!

Skills reinforced:

  • Wild animal facts
  • Problem solving
  • Cause and effect
  • Classifying

We are going to Dragonland with our Dragon Tale friends.  Cassie needs our help teaching her younger brothers and sister to fly.  Along the way, we must solve puzzles and riddles.  Can we get to the flying field before time is up?

Skills reinforced:

  • Logic and reasoning
  • Sequential order
  • Auditory discrimination
  • Memory skills

Computer literacy words:

  • Install
  • Number lock
  • Caps lock

Wednesday: Music and Movement Class – Music and movement go together naturally for young children.  This month our children will participate in a marching band parade.  They will learn to identify rhythm instruments and to move to the rhythm of music.  We will also learn May Day finger play sign language as well as new spring songs.

Wednesday:  Tippi Toes Dance – Our spring recital tentative date is May 20th.  The last day of spring session is May 19th.  Classes resume for the summer session 1 on June 5th.  Our value of the month is:  confidence.  The dance of the month:  “Make some Noise”.  We will learn the third recital dance:  “Hula Bula”.

Weekly Skills Reinforced:  Arabesque, Passé Pile, Shuffle Step (kick the ball & step on the bug), Ballet Positions 1-5 (arm movement: beach ball, airplane, sunshine, half airplane, half sunshine), Sashay, Bunny Hops, Hand Eye Coordination with ribbon streamers, Foot, Ankle and Core Strengthening, Balance and Tempo Reinforcement, Proper Stretching Techniques, Body Awareness, Healthy living habits, and Love for others.

Thursday: Spanish Class –  This month we will talk about animals in Espanol.  We will also practice our numbers, colors and the alphabet.

  • On the farm – En la granja
  • Pig – Cerdo
  • Cow – Vaca
  • Chicken – Pollitos
  • Horse – Caballo

Animal Program:  Fantastic Frogs What’s the difference between frogs and toads?  Our children will learn some of these differences and hear sounds frogs and toads make.  We will also meet some tree frogs and a toad.

Book of the Month:  Tap the Magic Tree, by Christie Matheson is an acclaimed interactive picture book about the changing seasons.  “Every book needs you to turn the pages.  But not every book needs you to tap it, shake it, jiggle it, or even blow it a kiss.”  Check it out!

 The following books were chosen for our Shadow  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

CREATIVE CURRICULUM PRESCHOOL INVESTIGATIVE STUDY:  SHADOWS

   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

  • Point out shadows in pictures, photographs, and book illustrations.
  • End of study celebrations.  Visit our classroom and look at all of our shadow activities.
  • Talk with your children about water pipes.
  • Look for water pipes inside and outside your house.

 MAY NEWSWORTHY EVENTS

  • Hallway Dance Party with Preschoolers
  • Cinco de Mayo Parade
  • Museum Visits – Fantastic Frogs
  • Butterfly Hunt with Toddlers & Twos
  • Muffins for Moms in Lobby
  • Spanish Class with Ms. Mariela
  • Tippi toes Dance Recital
  • Outdoor Tent Reading with Toddlers & Twos
  • Fun Day in May – see Lobby
  • Closed for Memorial Day
  • Smokey the Bear Visits
  • Duck, Duck, Goose with Preschoolers

FITNESS FRIDAYS

  • Throw Hard, Throw Far
  • Dribble Kick
  • Kick High
  • Up and Away

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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