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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

SCHOOL CLOSINGS! 

During an inclement weather event, please check our Facebook for immediate information.  As a back-up, turn 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 JANUARY

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.

 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

  • 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.

 JANUARY NEWSWORTHY EVENTS

  • 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

FITNESS FRIDAYS

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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