News & Events

2019 Holiday Schedule:

  • New Year’s Day – January 1, 2019
  • Good Friday – April 19, 2019
  • Memorial Day – May 27, 2019
  • Independence Day – July 4, 2019
  • Labor Day – September 2, 2019
  • Thanksgiving – November 28 & 29, 2019
  • Christmas – December 24 & 25, 2019

PRESCHOOL CLOSINGS

  • During an inclement weather event, please check our facebook page for immediate information.  As a back-up, tune 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 schools.

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 Buts 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 enjoy reading, Here Comes Jack Frost by Kazuno Kohara.  One cold winter day, a little boy has nobody to play with.  He looks out the window and sees strange patterns appearing.  He finds out how wonderful winter can be!

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

  • A Ball for Daisy
  • Ball
  • My Soccer Ball
  • Balls
  • A Birthday Basket for Tia
  • The Doorbell Rang
  • Just Like Josh Gibson
  • The Three Little Pigs
  • The Three Billy Goats Gruff
  • The Little Red Hen

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:  BALLS

   Math Lesson Activities During Our Investigative Study:

  • Dinnertime – using number concepts and positional words such as beside, above and on top of while setting the table
  • Number Cards – children will use number cards with a numeral printed on one side and corresponding dots on the other
  • Ice Cubes – observing and measuring melting ice
  • Number Cards – children will learn about numbers and one to one correspondence
  • Graphing – the children will group items together using objects, names, pictures, tally marks, or colored bars to form simple graphs
  • Bigger Than, Smaller Than, Equal To – children will compare and measure objects using standard and nonstandard measuring tools
  • Measure and Compare – using nonstandard measuring tools like plastic links, blocks, or yarn to measure objects
  • Nursery Rhyme Count – children will count the number of lambs in the nursery rhyme Mary had a Little Lamb
  • Patterns- children will demonstrate knowledge of simple patterns such as stripes in a shirt, wall tiles, and checkerboards and will create patterns using colored teddy bear counters
  • Tallying – counting the number of balls they see in their room and in the school
  • Counting and Comparing – children will count and sort the different types of balls in the classroom
  • Sorting and Classifying – How are these balls alike?  How are these balls different?  Which balls are the smallest? Which group has more?
  • Seek and Find – Children use classification skills as they play a ball game:  “I am looking for a ball that is not used for a sport”.  “I am looking for a ball that helps people in their everyday lives”.
  • Teaching Clock – moving the hands of the clock to the correct time and identifying the numbers.

Literacy Lesson Activities During Our Investigative Study:

  • Shared Writing – answering open ended questions about balls
  • Alphabet Cards – learning the characteristics of each letter and the various sounds the letter makes in words
  • Jumping Beans – demonstrating the knowledge of the alphabet using a game
  • Memory Games – turning over face down cards to make matches
  • Rhyming Chart – using a poem to find rhyming words
  • Letters, Letters, Letters – learning to recognize letters using rubber stamps and magnetic letters
  • Knowing Our Friends – children will learn alphabet letters and how to recognize their friends’ names
  • 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

  • How many types of balls can you find in your house?
  • I wonder what is inside of a tennis ball?  How can we find out?
  • Think of all the words that have the word ball in them.
  • Help your child use all of his or her senses when playing with balls.  “What does it look like?  Feel like? Sound like?
  • Spend time with your child playing with balls of all shapes, types and sizes.
  • End of study celebrations

 JANUARY NEWSWORTHY EVENTS

  • Closed – Happy New Year!
  • Nature Program – 2 older classes
  • Mitten Day – all classes
  • Toddler Snowflake Search
  • Ice Play in sensory table – preschool classes
  • Museum Visit – Busy Birds
  • Toddler Ice Cube Experiences – part one
  • Toddler Ice Cube Experiences – part two
  • Spanish Class with Ms. Mariela
  • Ice Skating – preschool classes
  • Make Snowflakes – preschool classes

FITNESS FRIDAYS

  • Stop & Go
  • Body Part Balance
  • Dribbling a Ball
  • Body Shapes & Sizes

 

 

 

 

 

 

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