June 13th - July 11th
Caring for Others, Obstacle Course, Radetzky March, Kindness
Our Cardinal program supports our older toddlers and their increased independence, exploration of emotions and feelings, and fast-developing use of language. We also understand and support their continued desire to explore everything about their world. Activities such as collecting round objects and comparing quantities will stimulate your child’s inquisitive mind as we explore math and science concepts. Our Cardinals will also explore activities that continue to promote their social and emotional development by beginning to understand the concept of group games such as bouncing a ball to a peer within the circle. Our Cardinals will explore one of our Core Values at The Nest, “Kindness”, by engaging in teacher led discussion and opportunities to practice and promote kindness within our classroom community as well as listening to stories such as “How Kind” by Mary Murphy.
In our Paints and Pianos program, our Cardinals will explore the classical music of Radetzky March by composer Johann Strauss Sr.! They will get a chance to observe as well as engage in conversations about the different sounds, instruments and tempos used throughout the music. The children will explore scarves and hand bells and even a few new instruments found in the different instrument families: percussion, wind, and string! Enrichment Coordinators will pass around these new instruments for children to touch and observe to further draw the connection with what they are hearing in the music. We might even hear our teachers play a tune of their own with these instruments! Our Cardinals will also receive an opportunity to create their own instruments to use while moving along to the music. Children will read various stories inspired by Radetzky March such as “Squeak, Rumble, Whomp!” by Wynton Marsalis to further draw connections.
In Fit Buddies, our Cardinals will be introduced to Obstacle Courses! Children will engage in activities that require them to move through different challenges such as hula hoops, tunnels, climbers, balance beams and more! The children will explore and gather their sense of balance as they navigate their bodies through the course with the help of our Enrichment Coordinators and teachers. Our unit will round out with the children gaining a sense of independence as they take on the obstacle course themselves. All these activities will be accompanied by 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!
In The Art of Living, our Cardinals will explore the topic of “Caring for Others” 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 in which we can greet our peers through our community meetings as well as 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.