News & Events

2021 Holiday Schedule:

  • New Year’s Day – January 1, 2022*  We will be closed December 31, 2021
  • Good Friday – April 15, 2022
  • Memorial Day – May 30, 2022
  • Independence Day – July 4, 2022
  • Labor Day – September 5, 2022
  • Thanksgiving – November 24 & 25, 2021
  • Christmas – December 23 & 26, 2022

COVID-19

WE ARE HAPPY TO CONDUCT A VIRTUL TOUR.  PLEASE CONTACT OUR OFFICE AT 919-845-0733 TO SET UP A TIME.

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 JANUARY

Tuesday: Computer Class –   No classes in January.

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.

Wednesday: Zumba Kids – No classes in January.

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!

Thursday:  Soccer Shots – No classes in January.

Book of the Month: This month our preschool children will read, Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner.  “Over the snow, the world is hushed and white.  But under the snow is a secret world of squirrels and snowshoe hares, bears and bullfrogs, and many other animals who live through the winter, safe and warm.”  Check it out!

The following books were chosen for our Exercise investigative study.  Each book has a series of discussion cards.

  • Wallie Exercises
  • Joey the Kangaroo
  • An Adventure in Exercise
  • E is for Exercise
  • Barn Dance
  • Jonathan and his Mommy
  • The Busy Body Book:  A Kid’s Guide to Fitness
  • My Amazing Body
  • A First Look at Health and Fitness
  • Color Dance
  • From Head to Toe

 CREATIVE CURRICULUM PRESCHOOL INVESTIGATIVE STUDY IN  JANUARY:  EXERCISE

 Math Lesson Activities During Our Investigative Study:

  • Straw Shapes – explore and describe spatial relationships and shapes using drinking straws and pipe cleaners.
  • Number Cards – identifying number concepts using cards with printed number words, numbers, and corresponding dots.  Children will learn about numbers and one to one correspondence
  • Bounce & Count – predicting how many times a ball will bounce when it is dropped.
  • Where’s the Beanbag? – Describing spatial relationships by tossing a beanbag into a basket and describing where it landed:  inside the basket, next to the basket, or behind the basket.
  • Measure and Compare – using standard and nonstandard tools to determine an objects length and height.
  • Huff and Puff – Using standard and nonstandard measuring tools to determine how far a ping pong ball will roll when someone blows on it.
  • My Shadow and I – creating shadows outside or with a flashlight and using directional words such as right/left, top/bottom, up/down, as children move their bodies.
  • Action Patterns – demonstrate knowledge of patterns as children repeat body movements such as:  clap, stomp, clap, and stomp.
  • Putting Puzzles Together – describing spatial relationships and shapes as children put together puzzles and explain how each piece fits in a specific space.
  • Patterns Under Cover – demonstrating knowledge of patterns by creating patterns using colored teddy bear counters and remembering the pattern when it is covered up.
  • Dinnertime – using positional words, such as beside, above, and on top of as children set a table.
  • 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 exercise.
  • My Daily Journal – demonstrating emergent writing skills as children write or draw in their journals.
  • Bookmaking – children make a class book about exercise using observational drawings, pictures, art work, and dictated stories.
  • Jumping Beans – demonstrating knowledge of the alphabet using 26 bean shaped alphabet cards.
  • Tap It, Clap It, Stomp It, Jump It- demonstrate phonological awareness as children clap the number of syllables in a word.
  • Dance & Remember – using songs in a musical game to listen, understand, and remember increasingly complex language and movements.
  • Walk a Letter – demonstrating knowledge of the alphabet by making letters for the children to walk on.
  • Yogurt Fruit Dip – following a recipe card.
  • Same Sound Sort – playing an alliteration game by sorting objects that begin with the same sound.
  • 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

 JANUARY NEWSWORTHY EVENTS

  • Make Snowflakes – Preschoolers
  •  Snowflake Hunt in Classroom – Toddler/Y2’s
  • Free Soccer Shots Trial Day
  • Ice Melting – Toddler/Y2’s
  • Mitten Day – All Classrooms
  • Winter Stories in the Library – Preschoolers
  • Warm Cocoa Day – All Classrooms

FITNESS FRIDAYS

  • Kick High
  • Catching with a Scoop
  • Follow the Leader
  • Jumping the River

 

 

 

 

 

 

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