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Cardinals

Weeks 33-36

In The Garden, In The Kitchen, Soccer, and Flight of the Bumblebee

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! Children will engage in many aspects of the natural world through “Can You Find Your Shadow?” and “Planting a Flower” activities. Observations of the changing seed-to-flower growing cycle will be brought to the attention of these young learners through conversations with teachers. Teachers will set out various scooping and pouring activities that help to solidify early math concepts as they practice filling and pouring through repetition. Did you know that the motion of pouring is also important in development as it promotes balance, fine motor strength, and control?! Our older toddlers will have many opportunities for language and literacy skills through games and music, helping them to decipher sounds and words. Activities like “Thunderstorm” link the relationship between soft and loud sounds, while activities that ask children to describe what they see, such as “Window Watchers,” allow children to gain words from one another and their teacher. To accompany our monthly enhancement theme, teachers will read stories, engage in songs, and enhance the various learning environments around the Cardinals classroom to accompany meaningful experiences related to “In The Garden.” 

GLOBAL GULL: 

For this unit in Global Gull, our Cardinals will continue to learn the ASL Core Words such as ‘play,’ ‘sleep,’ ‘diaper,’ and ‘all done.’ In addition, we will introduce our new monthly words ‘soil,’ ‘butterfly,’ ‘seed,’ ‘flower,’ and ‘worm.’ Teachers will use these signs in day-to-day interactions, conversations, songs, and storytelling with our young children to further expose and bring awareness to this new form of communication.

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In our Paints and Pianos program, our Cardinals will dive into the world of classical music as they explore The Flight of the Bumblebee by Rimsky-Korsakov! They will engage in teacher-led conversations about the different sounds, instruments, and tempos used throughout the music. Education Coordinators will introduce new instruments such as egg shakers, tambourines, and even a small guitar. The children receive opportunities to touch, observe, and explore these instruments as they listen to the music. We will use our imaginations to pretend we are little buzzing bees moving to the beat of the music as the children search for and collect hidden flowers in our environments. Our Cardinals will read stories inspired by Flight of the Bumblebee, such as “Can You Hear It?” by William Lach and “Little Yellow Bee” by Ginger Swift, to draw connections to this piece of music further and what inspired it!

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In Fit Buddies, our Cardinals will engage in our Fan Favorite unit – or a chance to revisit a favorite Fit Buddies activity so far from this year! Our Education Coordinators will choose a unit, or two, of a well-loved activity that our Cardinals enjoyed participating in and give them another opportunity to experience these favorite activities. Throughout the unit, children will review and explore in the different techniques, strategies and games needed to facilitate the activity. Of course, to end each class we will continue to spend some time spent practicing yoga and meditation poses to continue 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, we will discuss “In The Kitchen,” where our Cardinals will engage in several activities that will help promote important skills, such as making our food taste good, chopping up our food, making a shopping list, and even following a recipe. Through small group experiences and explorative play, we will follow many different recipes to make playdough and slime sensory experiences, as well as sing the song “Apple and Bananas” while we sort various foods into baskets. Our engagement in these activities and teacher-led discussions will help promote an understanding of useful self-help skills that will foster independence in their everyday lives in both the classroom and at home.