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, exciting and continue to promote their sense of wonder and exploration! Our Penguins will be exposed to various letter recognition activities through stringing letters together, using their fingers and other non-traditional tools to make lines and letters in sand, and more! Children will also be exposed to various math concepts such as shape recognition through a favorite game of “I Have, Who Has”. These activities are designed to challenge children to think critically and creatively, introduce early mathematical concepts, and language and literacy skills. 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 Penguins 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 Penguins 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 Penguins 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 Penguins 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 Penguins 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. With various small group experiences and explorative play, our children and teachers will work to promote kindness in our classrooms and home communities. While we are engaging in 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 that needs to be cleaned up. All of these and more will be accompanied by meaningful conversations with our teachers through these experiences.