June 13th - July 11th
Caring for Others, Obstacle Course, Radetzky March, Kindness
Our Penguin program supports our younger preschoolers and their increased independence, exploration of emotions and feelings, fast-developing use of language, and their continued desire to explore everything about their world. Over the next few weeks, our Penguins will be continuing to promote their letter recognition by going on an indoor/outdoor letter hunt, as well as using their finger as an eraser and erasing letters on white boards as we talk about the lines and formation of each one. Children will also be exposed to many ways to explore and classify items such color clues, exploring various games that classify finding various colors, color hunts and even exploring what happens when two colors mix! These activities are designed to challenge children to think critically and creatively, introduce early mathematical concepts, and language and literacy skills. Our Penguins will explore one of our Core Values at The Nest, “Kindness”, by engaging in discussions as a class and opportunities to practice and promote kindness within our classroom community as well as listening to stories such as “What Does It Mean To Be Kind” by Rana Diorio.
In our Paints and Pianos program, our Penguins 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 Penguins will also receive an opportunity to create their own instruments to use in Buddy’s own orchestra! Children will read various stories inspired by Radetzky March such as “My First Orchestra” by Genevieve Helsby to further draw connections.
In Fit Buddies, our Robins 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. Our Enrichment Coordinators will challenge our Penguins to form into groups and race one another through the obstacle course! This is a wonderful opportunity to promote working together and completing a task with a team effort and approach. 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 Robins 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 wrap a present, how to care for plants, how to cheer up people that are feeling sick, and how to help others fall asleep. Through small group experiences and explorative play, we will continue to explore the needs of the various plants and vegetables that we grew together as a class. We will care for our growing plants by giving them what they need – sunlight, water, and fresh air! We will also read various stories such as “When Your Elephant Has the Sniffles” by Susanna Leonard Hill to help foster our learning of how to care for others that might be sick.