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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 (NBC) 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.

Book of the Month:  This month our preschoolers will read, My Tooth is About to Fall Out by Grace Maccarone.  A little girl is waiting for her tooth to fall out.  It wobbles, it wiggles, it joggles and jiggles.  This book tells all about baby teeth until their root shrinks making room for big teeth.  Check it out!

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

  • Building a House
  • How a House is Built
  • Five Minutes Peace
  • The Tub People
  • Curious George
  • Plumber’s Helper
  • What Do People Do All Day
  • Elizibiti’s Doll
  • A Cool Drink of Water
  • When I Was Young in the Mountains
  • Big Frank’s Fire Truck

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:  Pipes

    Math Lesson Activities During Our Investigative Study:

  • Lining It Up – comparing and measuring our pipe collection arranged by size.
  • Which Container Holds More? – comparing and measuring various sizes of containers filled with sand.
  • Balancing Act – weighing two bags of the same size with different amounts of the same material.
  • Sorting and Classifying – sorting our pipe collection by attributes; How are these things alike?  How are they different?
  • Action Patterns – repeating body movements that create patterns.
  • Seek and Find – using our pipe collection to classify objects; I will describe a group that I’m thinking about.  I want you to pick something out of the basket that belongs in that group.
  • I’m Thinking of a Shape – describe various shapes and geometric solids; rectangular prism, cube, cylinder, sphere, cone and pyramid using cans, oatmeal cartons, spools, paper towel tubes, balls, cones, cups and party hats.
  • Missing Lids – finding the correct lid for each container by matching its size and shape.
  • Guessing Jar – estimating how many objects are in a jar.
  • Straw Shapes – making shapes out of straws.
  • Teaching Clock – moving the hands of the clock to the correct time and identifying the numbers.

Literacy Lesson Activities During Our Investigative Study:

  • I Went Shopping – demonstrating knowledge of print using items from the grocery store and our junk collection.
  • Silly Names – making descriptive words that begin with the same sound using the children’s names; Laughing Leo.
  • Alphabet Cards – demonstrating the knowledge of the alphabet.
  • Clothesline Storytelling – drawing the major events and characters of a story and hanging them on a clothesline in the correct order.
  • Tap It, Clap It, Stomp It, Jump It – clapping, then tapping, stomping, and finally jumping the syllables in each child’s name.
  • 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 water pipes.
  • Look for water pipes inside and outside your house.
  • Look for pipes in your house.  What is inside of them?
  • Help your child imagine what life would be like without water pipes.
  • Next time you have a plumbing problem, let your child help fix it or watch the plumber.

 FEBRUARY NEWSWORTHY EVENTS

  • Candy Guess Game Begins – in lobby
  • Winter Hat & Pajama Day – Preschoolers
  • Make Valentines for the Elderly
  • Museum Visits – Tropical Treasures
  • Dentist Visitor – Two year old & older
  • Toddler & Twos’s Heart Hop-A-Long
  • Candy Guess Game Winner Announced
  • Valentine’s Day Parties in Classrooms
  • Spanish Class with Ms. Mariela
  • Make Sensory Boards – Toddlers & Y2’s
  • Dance Party in the Hallway – Preschoolers

FITNESS FRIDAYS

  • Dribble Kick
  • Kick High
  • Up & Away
  • Catching with a Scoop

 

 

 

 

 

 

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