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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

OUR SPECIAL CLASSES IN OCTOBER

Tuesday: Computer Class – Welcome to the cooler month of October!  Speaking of cool, we have the COOLEST software with big adventures.  The island of Sodor and Thomas is busier than ever.  There are shipments to ship, buildings to build and cargo to transport.  Sir Topham Hatt needs our help building the new branch lines to help all the engines in, right on time.

Skills reinforced:

  • Sorting
  • Puzzles
  • Problem solving
  • Critical thinking

We are on a great adventure with Diego, Alicia, and Baby Jaguar as we visit the Dinosaur Museum.  This is an interactive museum with lots of fun games.  We will track dinosaurs, play matching games, go on a treasure hunt and try to navigate the treacherous mud flats.  Along the way, we will learn many interesting facts.

Skills reinforced:

  • Dinosaur facts
  • Memory skills
  • Matching
  • Navigational skills

Computer literacy words:

  • Home page
  • Install
  • Uninstall

Wednesday: Music and Movement Class -How does a maraca sound happy or a tambourine sound sad?  Our children will explore new ways to use rhythm instruments as they make sounds to express feelings.  We’ll also learn some new autumn songs, finger plays and the accompanying sign language.

Thursday: Spanish Class – We will be learning about feelings and the days of the week.

  • Estoy feliz = I’m happy
  • Estoy triste = I’m sad
  • Estoy molesto = I’m mad
  • Estoy asustado = I’m scared
  • Estoy enfermo = I’m sick

Days of the week:  Lunes, Martes, Miercoles, Jueves, Viernes, Sabado, Domingo

Vocabulary:

  • Hoy = today
  • Ayer = yesterday
  • Manana = tomorrow
  • Semana que viene = next week
  • Semana pasada = last week
  • Te veo la semana que viene = I’ll see you next week!

Book of the Month:  This month our preschoolers will enjoy reading Pumpkin Circle: The Story of a Garden by George Levenson.  Through very colorful photographs, this book shows the life of a pumpkin from seed, into plant, to a pumpkin, jack-o-lantern, and back to seed again.  The pictures are detailed and the story simple enough to keep little ones interested while giving a great explanation about the circle of pumpkin life.

 The following books were chosen for our  All About Me in Preschool  Investigative Study.  Each book has a series of discussion cards.

  • I am NOT Going to School!
  • Mouse’s First Day of School
  • On Mother’s Lap
  • All Families are Special
  • Be My Neighbor
  • Butterfly Boy
  • Cleversticks
  • Families
  • The Family Book
  • Friends at School

Animal Program:   Terrific Turtles – Turtles not only live a long time, they have some awesome armor to protect themselves.  We will compare a variety of live turtles and talk about their different lifestyles and characteristics.

 CREATIVE CURRICULUM PRESCHOOL INVESTIGATIVE STUDY:  All About Me in Preschool

   Math Lesson Activities During Our Investigative Study:

  • Patterns – arranging objects to form a repeating pattern.  Patterns are the basic concept for algebra.
  • Geoboards – exploring shapes and spatial relationships using rubber bands stretched over pegs
  • Story Problems – using a collection of objects to solve word problems
  • Graphing – using number concepts to show how objects are grouped.
  • Huff and Puff – measuring how far a small ball will roll when someone blows on it
  • Lining It Up – lining up objects according to size
  • Action Patterns – repeating body movements like clapping and stomping to create patterns
  • Ice Cubes – observing and measuring ice as it melts on a brown paper towel
  • Putting Puzzles Together – describing shapes and spatial relationships to determine how each puzzle piece fits into a specific space
  • Buried Shapes – uncovering buried attribute blocks and sorting them into the correct pile
  • Which Container Holds More – filling different sized containers with sand and predicting which container will hold more
  • Teaching Clock – moving hands on the clock to correct time and identifying numbers

Literacy Lesson Activities During Our Investigative Study:

  • Rhyming Chart – understanding of phonological awareness
  • Same Sound Sort – understanding alliteration and sorting objects that begin with the same sound
  • Bookmaking – making a class book and demonstrating knowledge of print and its uses
  • Did You Ever See….? – making up new verses to a familiar song to create rhyming words
  • Textured Letters – exploring letters of the alphabet and describing the different textures
  • Tongue Twisters – saying phrases that are challenging to say because the words all sound similar
  • 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

 OCTOBER NEWSWORTHY EVENTS

  • Fall Collages (preschoolers)
  • Museum Visit with Ms. Arlene – Terrific Turtles
  • Crazy Hair Day (all classes)
  • Pumpkin Hop (toddlers & Y2’s)
  • Make Pumpkin Pudding (all classes)
  • Apple & Gourd Investigations (toddlers & Y2’s)
  • Spanish with Ms. Mariela
  • Police Officer Visit  (preschoolers)
  • Pumpkin Investigations (preschoolers)
  • Fall Celebrations (all classes)

FITNESS FRIDAYS

  • Hopping
  • Punting
  • Throw Hard, Throw Far
  • Obstacle Course

 Family Partnership Opportunities

  • We are reviewing the letters of each child’s name.  Please take the time to review them with your child at home.
  • What are the rules at your house?
  • Talk to your child about the routines that you have at your house.
  • Encourage your child to talk about their feelings.
  • Encourage your child to sing the friendship songs.  Talk about being a good friend.
  • Sign up to bring something in for the Friendship Salad.

 

 

 

 

 

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