Fall Harvest

This month’s theme is Fall Harvest (leaves, science, weather, and everything fall) . The children will be learning the letters O, R, H, and G in language. For math, they will be learning the numbers 8, 9, 10, 11, and learning about octagon and square shapes. The colors for the month are orange and black. October has been an exciting month. The children have enjoyed the beautiful fall weather by going on nature walks and soaking up the sunshine. Our 5th Annual Fall Harvest Festival was a big success. Thank you to everyone who donated candy and treats!

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The children in the one year old classroom were overjoyed to have  the opportunity to visit the “big”  playground! They were busy exploring as they went on a nature walk around the playground. They collected fall leaves and twigs and turned them into beautiful nature collages.

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After collecting different leaves on a nature walk, the children were delighted to discover that by rubbing a crayon over the paper, a leaf print would appear! They extended their learning by talking about the different colors of the leaves. They also have been learning how to say orange, red, and brown in Spanish.

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Dev. 3A

Every letter makes a sound, G says… The children in Dev. 3A learned what sound the letter G makes. They also learned new words that begin with G. To reinforce what they have learned, then they made G guitars!

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Dev. 3B

Dev. 3B learned how water travels through leaves over a period of three days. The children observed how the colored water was moving through the xylem tubes of the leaf. The xylem tubes of plants transport water and minerals up from the roots through the entire plant. (Their thick walls also provide support for the plant.)

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The children in our four year old classroom had fun playing letter Bingo with a fall twist. They had a lot of fun playing and winning prizes, all while reinforcing their letter recognition. The children were full of excitement as they yelled out BINGO, everyone came out a winner!

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Health and Nutrition

This month’s theme is Health and Nutrition. The children will be learning the letters T, B, I, and F in language. For math, they will be learning the numbers 4, 5, 6, 7, and learning about cylinder and rectangle shapes. The colors for the month are red and green. This month also starts our new academic school year. The children are adjusting to their new classrooms and are excited about all the new sites and sounds a new classroom brings! As fall starts settling in, the weather has slowly been cooling off. The children have enjoyed playing outside in the milder temperatures.

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The children in Dev. 1 have been busy learning about eating healthy. They enjoyed making a  toddler version of “ants on a log” all by themselves!

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Dev. 2 has been busy learning about eating fruits and vegetables. They learned how apples are healthy for our bodies. The teachers explained to the class that apples have a hidden surprise inside them. The children took turns guessing what could be inside the apple. Then the class talked about stars, what they look like, and how they can be seen in the sky at night. Next the teachers showed the children what was inside a sliced apple. The children were very excited to discover the hidden star inside of the apple! They made apple prints using the sliced apples to further their learning.

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Dev. 3A

The children Dev. 3A learned that by stretching their muscles and doing exercises, it will keep their bodies healthy!

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 Dev. 3B

This is the way we brush our teeth, to get them all clean! Dev. 3B was full of smiles as they learned how to properly brush their teeth. They also practiced proper hand washing and why it is so important that they follow every step to keep germs away.

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Dev. 4

Dev. 4 had a great time learning all about apples and how healthy they are for our bodies. The month of the apple runs from September through November. Here are some of the new concepts they learned:

  • Apples are fat free, sodium free, and cholesterol free, making them super healthy to eat!
  • Apples come in different shades of reds, yellows, and greens.
  • Some apple trees will grow over 40 feet tall and live over 100 years old.
  • The top apple producing states are Washington, New York, Pennsylvania, California, and Virginia.
  • Apples are the second most valuable fruit for the United States, oranges are the first.
  • Some apples have a wax applied. Wax is natural and used for protection.
  • It takes 36 apples to make 1 gallon of cider.
  • It takes 2 pounds of apples to make one pie.

After learning all about apples, the class got to taste different types. Then they made a graph of which apples they thought tasted the best.

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Cooking in the Kitchen – September

This month the theme is health and nutrition. The children learned about the importance of good dental hygiene. With proper tooth brushing, teeth stay healthy and strong; giving you a happy smile. To reinforce what the children have learned, they made healthy smiles out of apple slices and mini marshmallows. The children were grinning from ear to ear with this project!

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Under Construction

This month’s theme is Under Construction. The children will be learning the letters C, A, M, and P in language. For math, they will be learning the numbers 0, 1, 2, 3 and learning about circle and square shapes. The colors for the month are yellow, black, and gray.  Sprinkler Days were a favorite for all the children and we can’t wait until next year to do it again! Our annual book fair was a huge success. We surpassed our goal of $1,000 in sales, with a total of $1,514!  Words can’t express how thankful we are for all the parents who purchased books for their child and for our classrooms. We could not have done it with out your support!

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Our one years old were full of enthusiasm when they were pretending to be a construction crew. The only thing better to a one year old than building a block tower, is knocking it down!

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The children in Dev. 2 had a blast driving the bulldozer in the mud!

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Dev. 3A

Dev. 3A was under construction as the children created bulldozer collages. They had a lot of fun learning all about bulldozers.

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Dev. 3B

The children in Dev. 3B pretended to be architects. They constructed buildings out of popsicle sticks, blocks, and gears! Some built tall skyscrapers while others made houses and a town.

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Dev. 4

The children in Dev. 4 are gearing up for their transition to Kindergarten. They have worked so hard throughout the year. To recognize all their accomplishments, they had enjoyed a End of Year Picnic! Collage 5

Sun, Sand, Sea!

This month’s theme is Sun, Sand, Sea! The children will be reviewing all the letters in language. For math, they will be learning the numbers 17, 18, 19, 20, and learning about square and triangle shapes. The colors for the month are red, white, and blue. On Friday July 10th the children had a Teddy Bear Picnic. The children had a great time bring their favorite stuffed animals to school. They also enjoyed watermelon as a refreshing afternoon snack!

Infants

The older children in the infant classroom had a great time finger painting with red and white paint. A little apprehensive at first as what they were supposed to do but once they figured it out, they laughed and played; creating beautiful artwork!

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The children in the one year old classroom had fun making a summertime collage. They also enjoyed playing in the sand making sandcastles!

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The children in Dev.2 did a special summertime cooking project. They used gummy rings and gummy bears and jello to make swimming pools.

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Dev. 3A

The children in Dev. 3A did a science project about raisins. They learned that when grapes are left in the sun to dry out, they turn into raisins. The children observed how the green grapes turned a purple color after setting in the sun for a couple of days. A few days later, the grapes turned into raisins. They also learned that raisins get put into packages where they can be bought in the grocery store. They enjoyed the raisins from the grocery store for snack!

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Dev. 3B

In the older 3 year old classroom, the children learned about cause and effect by doing a gummy bear science experiment. What will happen if we put a gummy bear in water? The children learned that the water would start to smell like candy! Will the gummy bear grow bigger in the water or get smaller? They learned that the longer the gummy bear stayed in the water, the smaller the gummy bear became. They observed over the course of a few days that the gummy turned into a gooey blob.

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The children in Dev. 4 have been learning about different types of boats that travel in the ocean. From big ships to little sailboats. The children got a kick out of making footprint sailboats!

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Cooking in the Kitchen – June

This month was all about a bug’s life! From grasshoppers to dragonflies, and all the bug in between; not a leaf was left unturned as the children learned about their fascinating world. This month’s cooking project had the children giggling with excitement as they created spiders and ants for afternoon snack. Collage 11 Collage 12 Collage 22 Collage 23

A Bugs Life

This month’s theme is A Bug’s Life. The children will be learning the letters A, G, J, and N in language. For math, they will be learning the numbers 14, 15, 16 and learning about cylinder and pyramid shapes. The colors for the month are green, brown, and blue. Donuts for Dads was a big hit. We are truly blessed with a great group of dad’s. The children in Dev.3B and Dev. 4 had a blast on Avengers Athletics Day! They enjoyed pretending to be their favorite super hero while exercising their gross motor skills. All the children enjoyed kicking off the summer with sprinkler day.

Water Day Fun!

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