December 2019 Show & Tell

Preschool/Kindergarten December EQ Show & Tell
Thursday & Friday, December 19th & 20th

“My favorite holiday tradition…”

       This month, our EQ Show & Tell will focus on favorite family holiday traditions.  This will bring our investigations of “Holidays at Home” full circle as we reflect on our own personal experiences.  This sharing also enhances each child’s self-esteem and affirms individual self-concept.

     You and your child can select a special tradition to share with classmates that represents the spirit of the holiday your family celebrates.  Please feel free to send in photos, drawings, or anything else that depicts what makes this time special for your family.

 

2019 Thanksgiving Pow-Wows

Pow-Wows: a “Circle of Friends”
Monday & Tuesday, November 25th & 26th

       We celebrate the Great Spirit of Friendship at our annual “Circle of Friends” Pow-Wows, to celebrate multi-cultural awareness, acceptance of diversity, as well as giving and gratitude.  The children don their own creative costumes and chant and sing together before sharing a friendship snack.

     All Preschool and Kindergarten classes gather together in the Gym on Monday, 11/25 at 2:30PM & Tuesday 11/26 at 10:30AM.  All Kinder Works children and their parents are welcome to attend.

2019 Fall Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent-Teacher Conferences
Wednesday, November 27th

       Please mark your calendar and sign up for a Parent-Teacher “getting acquainted” Conference (invitations to our “Sign-Up Genius” will be sent out today).  Our fall conference gives you an opportunity to chat with your child’s teachers, share information, and get to know one another.  You will also be introduced to our Profile and Portfolio process.  Our Kinder Works Standards and Curriculum Guides will be available, as always, for you to review.

     You will receive a copy of your child’s Profile prior to conference time.  This is a record of observations of his or her development here at school.  We look forward to seeing you at your conference!

*Please note that Wednesday, November 27th is not a regular school day; there will be no classes held on this day.*

 

2019 Thanksgiving Baskets

CornucopiaThanksgiving Baskets
November 4th – 18th

     November’s EQ project is about sharing with those who are less fortunate than ourselves. At this time each year, we provide complete Thanksgiving Dinners for local needy families with children!

     Our Kinder Works children and families are invited to participate in this Thanksgiving food drive. Look for donation baskets at arrival and dismissal times. Contributions will be accepted through November 18th. Listed below are some suggestions for your contributions:

~ Gift Card for a turkey
~ Bags/boxes of potatoes
~ Stuffing (boxes)
~ Non-perishable desserts
~ Non-perishable vegetables
~ Gravy (cans)
~ Non-perishable fruits (cans/dried)
~ Cranberry sauce (canned)

     In addition, each class will make a festive centerpiece to add to the baskets.  Thank you in advance for your kindness and generosity!

 

October 2019 Show & Tell

Preschool/Kindergarten  EQ Show & Tell
Thursday & Friday, October 24th & 25th

“Practicing Self-Calming Skills”

       It’s that time of year again… the perfect time to practice our self calming skills… With each night falling earlier, and Halloween decorations like jack-o-lanterns, spiders, and skeletons, it can be a scary time of year for little ones.  It’s important to teach self-calming skills so children can reassure themselves amidst all the excitement and change.

     A child may find comfort in a stuffed toy, a ‘lovey’ blanket, a song or memory or thought, taking a deep breath, a hug from Mom or Dad, a favorite activity, going outside…

     Please send your child to school ready to share, or demonstrate how they find comfort and calm.  Maybe another child finds reassurance in the same way, so feelings are validated and relationships are strengthened in this EQ (Social Emotional Learning, or “SEL”) opportunity.

October 2019 Theme & Calendar

Our October Theme:
Fabulous Fall Harvest!

    Autumn brings changes.  Trees turn various colors and drop leaves, nuts and cones.  These are used by wintering animals.  Our artwork & music are inspired by seasonal hues and sounds.  As the days get shorter and darker, story-telling entertains and enlightens us.  Shorter days make us take note of the clock, and along with the earlier nightfall, we prepare for changes in the weather.  We make use of the outdoors for fresh air and exercise as much as we can.

    Those evenings are exciting, as we head into our Halloween traditions.  Scarecrows, pumpkins, games and costumes are treats we will enjoy at our annual Fall Festival!

    We also review Fire Safety this month.  We hope to be able to climb aboard a real fire truck!

Our October calendar is below. Click on the image for a printable PDF!

September MTG Calendar

September 2019 Show & Tell

Preschool/Kindergarten  EQ Show & Tell
Thursday & Friday, September 26th & 27th
“Getting to Know You… and Me!” 

       We want to give each child a chance to share a little about themselves at our first Show & Tell of the school year.  This “EQ” opportunity is a time to build self-esteem, confidence and relationships by sharing something personal.  This activity validates a child’s feelings of individual significance and develops a sense of belonging with social skills that are fundamental to every relationship: the skills of speaking and listening.  Show & Tell may be a favorite toy or book, a photo, drawing, or a family project.  Send your child ready to share something about themselves during Language Arts on these two days.

 

September 2019 Theme & Calendar

Our September Theme:
All About Me and You!

    It’s all about relationships: with ourselves, with other people, and with everything in our environment.  EQ (emotional intelligence) refers to our ability to relate in healthy, successful and therefore happy ways; and this is foundational for the Kinder Works Curriculum.

    We always start our new school year by learning about our school, our new friends, and ourselves.  Rules, respect and routines help us keep our environments safe, healthy and pleasing.  Manners, mutual respect and cooperation help us make and keep friends.  Self-respect and communication skills enable us to meet our own individual needs and know ourselves better.

    In our town and community, it takes cooperation, collaboration and acceptance of differences to create a neighborhood.  People serve and work in many roles.

    As we communicate about ourselves, our families and our community, we will also begin our yearly practice of Sign Language and Spanish.

Our September calendar is below. Click on the image for a printable PDF!

September MTG Calendar