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Cardinals

Weeks 41-44

Kindness, Caring for Others, Tales of Hoffman: Barcarole

Global Gull: Love, Friend, Hug, I Love You

Over the next four weeks, our Nest Play curriculum will welcome our Cardinals to engage in new and exciting experiences and promote a deeper sense of exploration and learning! Our Cardinals will be introduced to rhyming activities in which teachers will gather items that rhyme together, pointing out the sounds that are the same. Toddlers will also visually find matching pictures by playing a matching game. Remembering the names and sounds of words and objects allows our young learners to make sense of the world around them. They will even begin to separate shapes, grouping them by sweeping them into matching big triangles or rectangles. On June 28th, we will celebrate International Mud Day when they join in various “muddy” activities such as “Mud Writing,” making “Nature Soup,” using the mud kitchens outside, and so much more! We will also enjoy stories with our teachers and peers supporting our “Kindness” theme, such as “How Kind” by Mary Murphy. 

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In our Paints and Pianos program, our Cardinals will explore the classical music of The Tales of Hoffman: Barcarole by composer Jacques Offenbach! They will get a chance to observe and engage in teacher-led conversations about the different sounds and instruments used throughout the music. The children will explore scarves and gentle rocking and rowing motions as if they are rowing a gondola in the water to the tempo of the music. Education Coordinators will pass around a triangle for the children to touch, observe, and tap alongside the music and toy boats for children to explore in a hands-on water table experience through the music. The Cardinals will read various stories inspired by The Tales of Hoffman: Barcarole, such as “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” by Jane Cabrera, to further draw connections. 

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In Fit Buddies, our Cardinals will engage in various physical activities as we begin our “Game On” unit! Throughout the unit, we will invite our Cardinals to participate in a variety of games that require following rules in a sequence, developing a sense of self and body awareness, and moving in new and creative ways. These games include “Teacher Says,” “Head, Shoulders, Knees, & Toes,” and “The Floor is Lava.” Education Coordinators will introduce exciting new materials to the children for active play, such as wooden eggs and spoons, as children begin to practice holding on to them while walking across taped lines and patterns without letting their eggs drop. To end each class, we will spend time practicing yoga and meditation poses to encourage children to feel connected with themselves and focus on their overall mind and body wellness! 

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In The Art of Living, our Cardinals will explore the topic of “Caring for Other Beings,” where they will engage in various activities that will help promote important skills such as how to be a guest, how to be a host, how to be with other children and how to care for pets. Through small group experiences and explorative play, we will engage in many ways to greet our peers through our community meetings and drop-off and pick-up times. We will also explore sharing as we pass items back and forth with one another and having conversations as we respond and react to each other’s verbal cues.