News & Events

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.

  • 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 MAY

Tuesday: Computer Class –   No classes in May

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: Zumba Kids – No classes in May

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

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

Thursday:  Soccer Shots – No classes in May

Book of the Month:  Our book of the month selection for May is, Ten Little Caterpillars by bill Martin.  “Ten little caterpillars are out and about in our big, wide world – come join them!  You never know what you might find…A butterfly, perhaps?  Check it out!

Animal Program:   No program in May.

 CREATIVE CURRICULUM PRESCHOOL INVESTIGATIVE STUDY IN MAY:  PLANTS

 Our children have been very interested in our outdoor nature center, so we decided to begin an investigative study of plants while we wait for our friends to return after the stay at home restrictions are lifted.  During this study, we will be observing plants closely, learning the names of plants and their parts, discovering the basic needs of plants, finding out how living things depend on each other, and gaining respect and appreciation for our natural world.

Some of our experiments will include the from seed to plant project, a planting beans investigation, celery experiment, our glove gardens, does a plant need sunlight and water experiment, planting bulbs, growing a sweet potato vine, and planting seeds in starter pots.  We are excited to see these experiments in progress.

We’ll learn that plants are important to people and animals so we have to take good care of our planet and ecology.  We’ll learn about the different plant parts:  the roots, stem, leaves and flowers.  We’ll talk about how plants give us food to eat and keep us healthy.  This helps us form good health habits for life.

We have chosen the following books for investigation:  Cactus Hotel, The Carrot Seed, From Seed to Plant, How a Seed Grows, Stems & Roots, Vegetable Garden, Zinnia’s Flower Garden, Why Should I Protect Nature, Tops & Bottoms, How Groundhog’s Garden Grew, I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato, and Plants On A Farm.

    Math Lesson Activities During Our Investigative Study:

  • Patterns – demonstrates knowledge of patterns in everyday life.  Create patterns
  • Play Dough – making play dough following a recipe chart.  Compare/measure
  • Geoboards – creating & describing spatial relationships & shapes
  • Ice Cubes – observing & measuring melting ice
  • Story Problems – children solve story problems using manipulatives
  • Putting Puzzles Together – explore & describe spatial relationships and shapes
  • Huff and Puff – compare & measure how far a small Ping-Pong ball will roll when someone blows on it.  Introduce words such as force, energy and effect
  • Buried Shapes – explore & describe attribute blocks buried in sand table
  • Lining It Up – compare & measure a collection of boxes arranged by size
  • Which Container Holds More? – compare & measure containers of sand.  Which container will hold the most?  How can we find out which container will hold more?
  • Action Patterns – game that repeats body movements to create patterns; clap, stomp, clap, stomp …
  • Secret Numbers – number matching game
  • Teaching Clock – moving the hands of the clock to the correct time and identifying the numbers.

Literacy Lesson Activities During Our Investigative Study:

  • Rhyming Chart – phonological awareness using “The Itsy Bitsy Spider”
  • Same Sound Sort – phonological awareness using an alliteration sorting game
  • Did You Ever See…? – making rhyming words using familiar pictures
  • Textured Letters- explore various textured letters using words like bumpy, scratchy, soft
  • Tongue Twisters – phonological awareness of phrases that are challenging to say because the words all sound similar
  • Bookmaking – knowledge of print and it’s uses; making individual books
  • Photo Writing – children will draw pictures and write words about the photos that they observe
  • 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

 MAY NEWSWORTHY EVENTS

  • Cinco De mayo Parade – Center Wide
  • Plant Flowers – Toddlers & Y2’s
  • Chocolate Milk Day – Center Wide
  • Sunglasses Day – Preschoolers
  • Parachute Play – Toddlers 7 Y2’s
  • Paint with Water on Playground – Preschoolers
  • CLOSED for Memorial Day
  • Duck, Duck, Goose – Preschoolers

FITNESS FRIDAYS

  • Obstacle Course
  • Jump the River
  • Throw Hard, Throw Far
  • Punting
  • Jumping Rope

 

 

 

 

 

 

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