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Penguins

WEEKS 41-44

Kindness, Caring for Others, Tales of Hoffman: Barcarole

Global Gull: Amar, Amigo, Abrazar, Te Amo

Over the next four weeks, our Nest Play curriculum will welcome children to engage in new and exciting experiences and continue to promote their sense of wonder and exploration! Our Penguins will be problem-solving in a variety of ways. They will communicate with their bodies through a ” Charades ” game and answer questions about what they might do if a friend is sad and in other situations. There will also be activities in which children will need to work together, like “Building Blocks with Friends” and “Shadow Friends.” These activities promote taking turns, patience, communication, and other social and emotional skills needed in our lives every day. Children will also be sorting and practicing shape recognition. Penguins will use these skills to construct bridges using a variety of materials! Children are immersed in their thoughts, experimentation, and persistence and become critical thinkers in activities like these. On June 28th, we will celebrate International Mud Day when Penguins participate in various “muddy” activities such as whipping up a delicious muddy meal in our mud kitchens outside, using “Watering Cups” to pour more water to mix into the dirt, and so much more! We will also enjoy stories with our teachers and peers supporting our “Kindness” theme, such as “The Big Umbrella” by Amy June Bates and Juniper Bates. 

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In our Paints and Pianos program, our Penguins will explore the classical music of The Tales of Hoffman: Barcarole by composer Jacques Offenbach! They will get a chance to observe and engage in teacher-led conversations about the different sounds and instruments used throughout the music. The children will engage in parachute play to represent a boat and the way a boat can rock, sway, and move in the water. Education Coordinators will pass around a triangle for the children to touch, observe, and tap alongside the music and create a story that will incorporate the children playing various roles of a Gondola moving through the water. The Penguins will read different stories inspired by The Tales of Hoffman: Barcarole, such as “Venetian Lullaby” by Judith Roth, to further draw connections. 

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In Fit Buddies, our Penguins will engage in various physical activities as we begin our “Game On” unit! In this unit, we will invite our Penguins to participate in a variety of classical active games. Throughout the unit, our Penguins will engage in various games that require following rules in a sequence, developing a sense of self and body awareness, practicing problem-solving with peers, and moving in new and creative ways. These games include “Teacher Says,” “Musical Tag,” and “Duck, Duck, Goose.” To end each class, we will spend time practicing yoga and meditation poses to encourage children to feel connected with themselves and focus on their overall mind and body wellness! 

art of living new new

In The Art of Living, our Penguins will explore the topic of “Caring for Other Beings,” 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 exploring the needs of the various plants and vegetables 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 who might be sick.