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Ducklings

WEEKS 33-36

In The Garden, In The Kitchen, Fan Favorite, and Flight of the Bumblebee 

Over the next four weeks, our Nest Play curriculum will encourage children to engage in exciting new experiences! Our Ducklings will have hands-on experience with planting and observing a seed grow! They will ignite their sense of touch while exploring different textures of natural items as we collect various materials found in their outdoor learning environments that they will then use to make prints and marks on their paper through a “Nature Stamping” activity. The fresh fruit scent during “Citrus Painting” will also awaken their senses and creativity. We will continue the exploration of senses through touch by feeling feathers, soft fabric, and other comforting materials. Activities like “Soft & Gentle” and “Soft Feathers” help our toddlers understand what “gently” and “nice and soft” mean. At the same time, our young Ducklings will continue to gain strength and control of their fine and gross motor movements. Through stories and music, our Ducklings will match sounds with the words and feelings of rhyme and rhythm, strengthening their early language and literacy skills. To accompany our monthly enhancement theme, “In The Garden,” teachers will read stories, engage in songs, and enhance the various learning environments around the Ducklings classroom to accompany meaningful experiences. 

GLOBAL GULL: 

For this unit in Global Gull, our Ducklings 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. Teachers will offer hand-over-hand guidance and various opportunities for our young children to practice and further explore their newly learned language!

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In our Paints and Pianos program, our Ducklings will dive into the world of classical music as they explore The Flight of the Bumblebee by Rimsky-Korsakov! They will be able to observe and 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 and tambourines. The children will get opportunities to touch, observe, and explore as they listen to the music. Our plush bees and flowers will draw connections to the ‘buzzing’ sound they hear through the music and welcome children to a world of imagination as they pretend to be buzzing bees among the flowers. Our Ducklings will read stories inspired by Flight of the Bumblebee, such as “Little Yellow Bee” by Ginger Swift, to further draw connections to this piece of music and what inspired it.  

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In Fit Buddies, our Ducklings 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 Ducklings 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 Ducklings 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 check in with our Ducklings during mealtimes and ask, “Is that yummy?” and explore the many different tools and utensils that can be used in the kitchen! 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.