Planets, Carnival of the Animals, Dance It Out, and The Dirty Stuff
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 continue to engage in experiences that promote their social and emotional development by participating in activities that allow children to think about their feelings and practice naming them. As children develop their knowledge and understanding of emotions, they can transfer that skill to a situation or person, which will become more consistent throughout their years of development. Another transferable skill is discussing “First, Next, Last” and linking or stacking objects. Numbers, matching, and sequencing are helpful in both math and literacy! Throughout this unit, our Penguins will engage in activities that support language and literacy development by describing and predicting sensory and science experiences. Various activities will ask our Penguins to pose questions and give them opportunities to wonder. While exploring magnets, teachers will guide children to question which objects will attract magnets and which will not and give new vocabulary, specifically scientific terms, during discussions. During “Mystery Box,” children use their sense of touch and problem-solving skills to describe and guess what items they touch inside a box without looking. To accompany our monthly enhancement theme, teachers will read stories, engage in songs, and enhance the various learning environments around the Penguins classroom to accompany meaningful experiences related to “Planets.”
In this unit, our Penguins will be exposed and introduced to our Spanish Core Words such as ‘play,’ ‘sleep,’ ‘bathroom,’ and ‘all done,’ and our monthly words that accompany our theme of ‘Community Helpers’ in Spanish. Children will learn the Spanish words for ‘planet,’ planeta, ‘solar system,’ Sistema solar, ‘moon,’ lunar, ‘rocket,’ cohete, and ‘star’ Estrella. Teachers will use these Spanish words in day-to-day interactions, conversations, songs, and storytelling with our young children to further gain exposure and awareness to offering a form of communication and learning a new language. Teachers will provide exposure and repetition through various opportunities for our young children to practice and further explore their newly discovered language!
In our Paints and Pianos program, our Penguins will explore the classical music of The Carnival of Animals by composer Saint-Saens! They will be able to observe and engage in teacher-led conversations about the different sounds, instruments, and tempos used throughout the music. The children will explore and connect pictures of animals as they listen to the other elements the composition offers. Education Coordinators will pass around egg shakers and scarves for the children to touch, observe, explore, and move alongside the music. Children will also have an opportunity to create their version of Carnival of Animals by pretending to be animals themselves. Our Penguins will read stories inspired by Carnival of Animals, such as “The Carnival of Animals” by Fiona Watt, to draw connections further.
In Fit Buddies, our Penguins will Dance It Out! Children will explore moving their bodies through various well-loved music and movement songs as they explore the different tempos. Our Education Coordinators will lead the children throughout the movement songs to listen to the other directions being told, such as hopping, skipping, twirling, or even being told to FREEZE! To end each class, we will practice yoga and meditation poses 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 Dirty Stuff,” where they will engage in various activities that will help promote important skills such as throwing our trash away, exploring brooms and vacuums to clean up our floors, and how to make our beds. Through small group experiences and explorative play, we will work with our teachers to practice throwing our trash away when we finish mealtimes. We will model how to clean up our toys as well as our outdoor learning environments when we are finished using them, wiping up an accident or a spill on the table or floor as well as listen to the story, “How Do Dinosaurs Clean Their Rooms” by Jane Yolen to help us engage in meaningful conversations with our teachers to understand better why it is important to pick up after ourselves.