WEEKS 49-52 August 7 – September 1
End of Year Celebration, The World Around Me, Fan Favorite, Art Show
Over the next four weeks, our Nest Play curriculum will welcome children to engage in experiences that are both new and exciting! Our Ducklings will continue to engage in activities that promote their social and emotional development as strengthen our sharing and collaboration during various building opportunities! Children will strengthen their early language and literacy skills by pointing and saying commonly recognized objects such as ‘ball’, ‘block’, ‘book’ just to name a few. We will continue to provide children with opportunities to explore their mathematical thinking as we will encourage children to sort items of differing sizes such as big and small. We will also spend time enjoying stories with our teachers and peers that support our “End of Year Celebration” theme by revisiting a favorite book we have read this year.
In our Paints and Pianos program, our Ducklings will be highlighting all that has been explored, learned, and created throughout the year during our enrichment program. We will put our art that has been created during our Paints & Pianos program out on display for our second annual Nest Art Show! Our Education Coordinators will create an experience that celebrates all the different mediums and materials we have explored and learned through our time engaging in this program in a gallery walk style. Our Ducklings will have an opportunity to walk through with their Education Coordinators and teachers to take a closer look at their art, as well as the artwork of their peers. Our Art Show gallery will also be on display to all our parents and caregivers who visit our school to see these marvelous works of art!
In Fit Buddies, our Ducklings will engage in our Fan Favorite unit – or a chance to revisit a favorite Fit Buddies activity 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!
In The Art of Living, our Ducklings will explore the topic of “The World Around Me” where they will engage in various activities that will help promote important skills and tie in one of our Core Values here at The Nest: kindness! Through loving our community, being a helper in their home and being a change maker, we can instill in young children the particularly significant role they play in their world. Various small group experiences and explorative play, the children will collaborate with their teachers to practice spreading kindness in our classrooms and home communities with activities such as practicing gentle touches and caring about our peers. While we are exploring our outdoor learning environments, we will be mindful and model how to clean up after ourselves through toys and having our teachers draw attention to any trash they might see. All of this and more will be accompanied by meaningful conversations with our teachers through these experiences.