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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

COVID-19

We know that there is a lot of media coverage concerning the corona virus, and these are confusing and concerning times.  We want you all to know that we are continuing to stay open and provide the same wonderful, caring services for your children.

  • To insure a safe and healthy environment, we receive all children outside of the building.  All staff, including substitutes are required to wear masks and temperatures using an infrared touchless thermometer are taken throughout the day.  Children’s group sizes are limited and social distancing is enforced.  Playground equipment is sanitized twice daily using COVID sanitizing solution and we enforce diligent classroom sanitation practices.  The fans on each classroom air conditioning unit run continuously to ensure ventilation.
  • We always practice precautions for the prevention of spreading germs, but we are being hyper-vigilant cleaning every surface all day long, removing and sanitizing mouthed toys, teaching/encouraging children to sneeze and cough into their elbows and providing hand sanitizer for your use upon arrival. Our children and staff thoroughly wash their hands upon entering the classroom and throughout the day and we encourage you to do the same.
  • We are kindly asking our families to let us know in advance if you or your child has an active cough or respiratory illness. We are being diligent in providing a healthy environment for everyone.
  • Your child must be fever free to attend, no matter what the cause.
  • We will follow all guidelines and recommendations from the Division of Child Development and Early Education (our licensing agency), our local Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Let’s work together to keep our children healthy!

OUR SPECIAL CLASSES IN AUGUST

Tuesday: Computer Class –   No classes in August.

Wednesday: Music and Movement Class – As soon as young children are able to hold objects, they start to bang and shake them.  This month, we will teach our preschoolers how to play rhythm sticks.  Rhythm sticks are wonderful musical instruments for young children.  What can we do with rhythm sticks?  We can tap the sticks together, tap the floor – sticks together, tap the floor – alternating right and left sticks, and scrape the sticks together…all to instrumental music.

Wednesday: Zumba Kids – No classes in August.

Thursday: Spanish Class – Es mucho calienta!  As summer sizzles, the children will participate in familiar games like Bingo, and Simon Says, but the numbers, colors, alphabet and “commands” will be called out in Spanish.  We will also continue practicing our Spanish songs.

See you later, my friends! = Hasta pronto, mis amigos!

Thursday:  Soccer Shots – No classes in August.

Book of the Month:  This month our preschoolers will enjoy reading, Underground, by the celebrated Caldecott Honor medalist Denise Fleming.  Do you ever wonder what lives under the dirt beneath your feet?  What child doesn’t love playing in the dirt?  We’re going to go way down and explore.  Check it out!

 CREATIVE CURRICULUM PRESCHOOL INVESTIGATIVE STUDY IN AUGUST:  WORMS & WATER

As we investigate and study worms, we also are going to be learning many important concepts and skills in literacy, math, science, social studies, and the arts.  We will also use thinking skills to ask questions, solve problems, make predictions, and test our ideas.  We have chosen the following books for our investigative study.  Each book has a series of discussion cards:

  • Inch by Inch
  • Wiggling Worms at Work
  • Garden Wigglers
  • Yucky Worms
  • Inchworm and A Half
  • Grandpas Are for Finding Worms
  • Worms for Lunch
  • An Earthworm’s Life
  • Superworm
  • Diary of a Worm

At the end of August, we will investigate water.  We have chosen the following books for our water study:

  •  National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of the Ocean
  • All the Water in the World
  • D. W. All Wet
  • Come on, Rain!
  • Clean Water for Elirose
  • A Drop Around the World
  • Water Dance
  • A Drop of Water
  • The Water Hole
  • Did a Dinosaur Drink this Water?
  • The Snowy Day
  • Peppa Pig and the Muddy Puddles
  • Puddles

    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

 AUGUST NEWSWORTHY EVENTS

  • Hallway Dance Party – Preschoolers (individual classes)
  • Toddler/2’s Parachute Games
  • Freezing Friday – Ice Pops for everyone!
  • Wear Your Favorite Color
  • Hat Day – Preschoolers
  • ‘Hopping w/ Hula Hoops’ – Toddlers/2’s
  • Bean Bag Toss Fun – Preschoolers
  • Play Shadow Tag – Preschoolers
  • Centerwide Hot Dog Picnic Lunch
  • Giant Hopscotch – Toddlers/2’s

FITNESS FRIDAYS

  • Body Part Balance
  • Up & Away
  • Throw Hard, Throw Far
  • Punting

Family Partnership Opportunities

  • Allow your children to assist in washing dishes after a meal
  • Make bubbles with an eggbeater in a container of soapy water
  • Look at books about water with your children
  • Experiment with objects that float and sink during bath time
  • Talk with your children about way you can save water at home:  turn off the water while you brush your teeth, take a shower instead of a bath, and fix that leak!
  • End of study celebrations!  Take a virtual tour of our classroom.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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