July 2018 Theme & Calendar

Our July Theme:
Island Getaway

    This month, let’s sail away! We will let the winds take us where they may…perhaps a stop in Hawaii, where we are greeted with leis and taught the hula, watch whales and learn to surf the waves!…or perhaps the exotic island of Bali, an Indonesian island known for its forested volcanic mountains, iconic rice paddies, beaches and coral reefs! We can experience the differences and similarities as we go island-hopping…

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

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May 2018 Theme & Calendar

Our May Theme:
Season of Renewal

    Spring has arrived & is in full force!  It’s time for us to talk about bugs, bullfrogs & butterflies… and to discover the science, beauty, poetry and songs of nature’s renewal!  This is our traditional theme to celebrate the merry month of May!

     The sun has returned, and we can study the new life that it brings: plants that grow from seeds, bulbs, beans, pits and grains… and plants that awaken from dormancy… animals born alive and well, animals that arrive in eggs, animals that transform in curious life-cycles, and animals that awaken from a long Winter’s nap.  We’ll also examine the creepy crawly world of insects that come around our yards and ‘bug’ us… and we’ll admire the flowers that bloom in the Spring.

     We can finally dance and run around outside, and enjoy some Spring sports.  And when we need a rest, we can relax and reflect on the Four Seasons with Vivaldi.  We always admire the flowers that bloom in the Spring.  Colors come in both pastels and vivid hues as we study paintings of cherry blossoms and daffodils, and perhaps landscapes of greening fields.

    Who can resist the stories and poetry celebrating this “Season of Renewal”?  The fairies and gnomes have this one covered.  But baby bunnies and runaway bunnies get into the act, too

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

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April 2018 Theme & Calendar

Our April Theme:
India!

    Let’s discover the wonders of India this month!  From the famous Taj Mahal, with its beautiful architecture, to the haunting music of the sitar, with its 18, 19, 20 or 21 strings, we have a lot to experience.  This country and culture is varied, with something for each of our curriculum areas:

     Although English is widely spoken, Hindi is the official language.  But there are 22 major languages in India, written in 13 different scripts!  From these, India passes to future generations its ancient folktales, epic legends, and didactic stories designed to instruct children.

     The fabulous landscape supports the Bengal tiger, Asian elephant, Asiatic lion, and the great Indian Rhino; and this is where the Indian banyan tree, the Lotus, and sweet-smelling Jasmine flowers grow.  The people there eat delicious Roti for dinner, with sweet Jalebi for dessert… and their recipes use spice combinations perfected over thousands of years!

    Indian art consists of a wide variety of forms, all with a strong sense of design.  Over the millennia, it has been influenced by many cultures and shared by many religions all within India.  We are sure to be inspired to experiment with some of these forms.

     Children and adults there play football, hockey, cricket, and kabaddi; and their classical dances are entrancing to watch.  Their musical system is quite different from ours: it divides the octave into 22 segments called shrutis, not all equal but each roughly equal to a quarter of a whole tone of Western music!

     Amazing India!

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

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March 2018 Theme & Calendar

Our March Theme:
Prehistoric Times

    We are going to visit ‘the land before time’, and think about what it was like to walk in the footsteps of dinosaurs!  Tyrannosaurus and brontosaurus, pterodactyl and stegosaurus all roamed the earth in a lifetime before us.  What did they eat and how large were they?  It fires up our imaginations!  We can read stories about them, both fiction and fact… and paint or sculpt their likenesses… but we are still not sure about their true nature; we are still studying their remains…

     As we become explorers in various prehistoric times, we find clues from fossils to cave paintings.  What plants grew here or there, and how were fossils made?  What animals came after dinosaurs, and what came next?  When primitive man entered prehistory, what stories did he tell?  What did he need to survive?  Where did he live and how did he get his food?

     Over millions of years, there is much to discover and learn.  This theme promises to be more than a night at the museum!

     We will take 2 days off to pay attention to Lucky the Leprechaun and his wild antics!  And 2 more days for Spring Egg Hunts…

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

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February 2018 Theme & Calendar

Our February Theme:
To Infinity and Beyond

    There’s no place like space, the final frontier!  As we turn our eyes skyward, we will consider the sun and the moon and how we count the hours, days, months, and years.  Looking deeper, we wonder about the planets and stars, and their mysterious names will reveal myths & heroes.  We can think about rocket ships, pretend we are astronauts, and fantasize about aliens!

     Experiments with gravity and propulsion will fuel our imaginations, ideas about speed & moving through space can give us a new perspective about exercise in gym class, whereas music inspired by the planets will fill our heads with beautiful images.  From paintings such as “Starry, Starry Night” to stories like “In the Night Kitchen,” there is a whole universe of things to do and learn.  This theme is just out of this world!

     We’ll have our annual Pajama Days and watch out-of-this-world movies, stargaze, and enjoy other special activities this month, too.

     And, of course, we will give a nod to Valentines’ Celebrations with days dedicated to loving and kindness in our relationships.

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

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January 2018 Theme & Calendar

Our January Theme:
Heading South for the Winter: African Escapes

    It may be cold outside, but in Africa it is tropical.  It is summer there right now!

     We’ll see elephants, giraffes, zebras, and more birds than we can count!  We’ll encounter thick forests and high mountains, huge river basins and island volcanoes… great valleys and enormous deserts.  There are lakes that come and go, and the strange and storied baobab tree that seems to live forever.

     The people of Africa have diverse cultural traditions, including amazing artworks, creative games, interesting recipes and products, fascinating stories and songs, music, dances and costumes, and a wide variety of architecture.  They have invented different methods for counting, writing, and speaking, too.  From Egypt to Kalahari, this country astride the equator will be fascinating in each of our curriculum areas!

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

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December 2017 Theme & Calendar

Our December Theme:
The Polar Express

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     All aboard!  The Polar Express is stopping at the Kinder Works Station this year!  It’s going to take us around the world, to see how the Winter Holidays are celebrated in other countries!

     First stop: France!  What are the children doing there at this time of year?  Shoes wait in front of the fireplace to be filled with treats, candles are lighted in the windows of the city, and mmm… do you smell la Buche de Noel and la Galette des Rois baking?

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     …But we must get back aboard the train for our next destination: Russia!  There, the big Winter celebration is the New Year.  That’s when ‘Grandfather Frost’ brings presents to children.  He is always accompanied by his Grand-daughter.  On New Year’s Eve, children hold hands, make a circle around the Christmas tree and call for these visitors.  When they appear, the star and other lights on the tree light up!

     …Back on the train for America, we will learn about Hanukkah, a different festival of light celebrated by Jewish communities all over the world.  Here at home, we’ll bring out the traditions of the elf on the shelf, carols, candy canes, Christmas trees, and more.  Our own Kinder Works classmates can introduce us to multi-cultural traditions as they tell how they celebrate the holidays at home.  Kinder Works celebrates with two annual traditions at this time of year: The Giving Tree, and Santa visits!

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

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November 2017 Theme & Calendar

CornucopiaOur November Theme:
Harvesting Gratitude

     Thanksgiving is a national holiday founded on giving and gratitude. From the very first Thanksgiving, to the one we celebrate this month, one tradition still holds true: sharing the bounty of nature and our kitchens brings people together.

     We can develop our EQ skills & abilities by practicing authentic manners, generosity, and thoughtfulness- especially around the dinner table, lunch or snack table. At the same time, we can learn about respecting and nurturing our own growing bodies with healthy but yummy recipes of treats we can make and share.

     We can also learn to nurture ourselves and one another by enjoying the fresh outdoors as well as exercising in our gyms, and by feeding our minds and spirits with music, good books, inspiring artwork and new ideas. We are so grateful for these things!

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

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October 2017 Theme & Calendar

Back to SchoolOur October Theme:
Autumn in Abundance!

     Autumn brings changes, and new energy to explore our world and to express what it means to us. Fall harvest yields vegetables, fruits and grains from the garden, and farmers prepare for their animals to survive the winter. How do we grind the wheat to make flour for bread? How do we feed the cows when the ground is going to be frozen or covered with snow?

     Trees turn colorful and drop leaves, nuts and cones which are all used by wintering animals. Our artwork takes on the seasonal hues and inspiration. As the days get shorter and darker, story-telling entertains and enlightens us.

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

September 2017 Theme & Calendar

Back to SchoolOur September Theme:
Welcome to the School Year: Friendship, Cooperation & Caring

     It’s all about relationships: with ourselves, with other people, and with everything in our environment.  This is what EQ (emotional intelligence) is all about, and this is foundational for the Kinder Works Curriculum.

     So 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 individual needs and know ourselves better.

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

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

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