4 year old class:
We'll begin our school year with a pretend trip to the farm, where we will be farmers caring for the crops and aminals. We'll also get to be the animals at times too! We will focus on many of the animals on the farm and their different purposes. Plus we get to look at the equiptment and big machines used.
To prepare for our trip to the Fire Department we will talk about fire safety including crawling under smoke, calling 911, and stop, drop and roll.
We will look at the change of season that comes along with autumn and prepare for the fall holidays. For Halloween we'll explore creepy crawly spiders and count their eyes and legs. At Thanksgiving time we will talk about the purpose of the holiday and recognize the people and things we can be grateful for.
We get to have some musical fun! The children will make some noise, sing and dance. We will look at listen to, and create our own percussion, wind, and string instruments.
Solar System and Space
We'll be astromouts preparing for our trip to outer space and exploring the stars, sun, moon and planets.
We'll explore the winter season and the cold snow that comes with it. The science of snow crystals will amaze the children! During the holiday season we will look at different traditions including Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa.
The children have a great time talking about, writing about, drawing and tasting foods. We'll see the importance of making healthy food choices and dicovering which foods are good for our bodies and which foods are betters as "sometimes foods". This unit will allow us to look at the bones and muscles in our body and also explore the sense of taste.
Our grocery store theme will begin with a trip to the supermarket! We will discover first hand what we need to create our own market. In the classroom the children will sort, shelve, price and play in their own grocery store. We will also find out where our food comes from and how it gets to the store.
Nursery Rhymes are a great way to learn and practice rhyming words. Rhyming a great stepping stone towards learning to spell and read. The children will be very proud to show off their own rhymes and act out the nursery rhymes for you, our live audience.
Spring has many fun changes for us to observe together...robins returning, wind and rain, flowers and color blooming, and new life growing.
Taking care of the Earth
Preschoolers have great ideas when coming up with ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle. We'll brainstorm together ways we can help to take care of our earth, and why it is so important.
Within each of these units we focus on a letter and its sound each week as well as concepts in math, science, life skills, and language. Other basics that are focused on in prepartion for kindergarten include phone numbers and address, monster math (counting, adding, subtrating), colors, shapes, parts of a story, and story writing.