Our August Theme (Infant & Toddler Programs Only):
In the heat of the summer, it’s a great time to rest in the shade, or indoors in the AC, while enjoying a good story or two. Fairy tales, myths, and legends offer rich sources of life’s experiences along with adventures and EQ lessons. “Once upon a time…” leads us down the strange and winding path of our own imaginations, where creativity is stored and we can become anything!
Paintings and music can tell a story, as can dramatic play and even science experiments. (Why did the snowman melt? And how was the gingerbread boy made?) . “The 3 Bears” gets us into counting and size order, too. We can pretend to be flying dragons, or enchanted frogs to exercise our bodies as well as flex our points of view. Fantasy can set us free!
Our July Theme (Infant & Toddler Programs Only):
Summer in Our Neighborhood
Summer officially arrived last month, and by now we are involved with all that the season brings to us: 4th of July fireworks, long hot sunny days, thunder storms, summer fruits at family picnics, vacations at the beach, the mature greens of local flora, and people trying to keep cool.
In our neighborhood, community helpers are still busy doing their jobs: the mail gets delivered, the grocery store sells us food, the doctors & nurses help us when we are sick, and somebody is always making pizza and french fries at our favorite restaurants. Adults are making, baking, building, cleaning, fixing, serving, selling, and teaching all the time, to make our neighborhood work. Even in the summer!
Our June Theme:
The World Conference for the Well-Being of Children in Switzerland proclaimed June 1st to be International Children’s Day in 1925. It is still celebrated on various days in many places around the world, to promote mutual exchange and understanding among children, and to initiate action to benefit and promote the welfare of the world’s children. It is a day to show respect for and celebrate childhood.
Here at Kinder Works, we are going to celebrate it all month long! We will look at children all around the world, remember our EQ projects that helped those in need, and think of ways to continue helping. Of course, we will also honor our own children, and all that we’ve accomplished during this school year.
Our May Theme:
Season of Renewal
Spring has arrived & is in full force, and it’s time for us to talk about bugs, bullfrogs & butterflies… and to discover the science, beauty, poetry and songs of nature’s renewal!
The sun has returned, and we can study the new life that it brings: plants grow from seeds, bulbs, beans, pits and grains, 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 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.
Our April Theme:
The American West
Let’s go to the mountains, the forests and the deserts of the American West! The Rocky Mountains were formed millions of years ago, and are home to fascinating animals & fragile plants. Great evergreen forests grow in this region; some have the largest and oldest trees on Earth!
Out West, we also find the high desert steppes, arid deserts and plateaus. Our deserts are imbued with Native American history, artwork and music. They are home to strange desert creatures & plants too. Perhaps most fascinating of all are the animals that used to roam the West: Dinosaurs!
Our March Theme:
Mad Science & Wild Imagination
Our experiments, investigations, discoveries & creations will be fun, interactive and oh, just a little bit on the wild side this month! If you think this is just about math & science… think again!
In gym & music, we can make music with glasses of water. We can change notes by changing the length of a violin string… why is that? Have you seen a vibration graph of orchestral music? As we dance in 4/4 time, we’ll discover that exercise makes our hearts beat faster. In art, we can make our own paint, paper and clay. We can paint with pendulums, make transparent pictures, experiment with oil, dye & water and explore the science of color. The library is full of mad science books… and there are also plenty of stories about everyday ‘scientists’ and their discoveries & inventions. And learning to write our names is more fun with invisible ink!
After all, imagination & mad science took us from dreaming about flying… to rockets to outer space. Across our curriculum areas, this theme is bound to captivate curious minds!
Our February Theme:
The fascinating green & wet world of tropical rainforests is home to more than half of the world’s animals. They are colorful, wild & unusual and they dwell in all four layers of the forest. All types of creatures are represented, from tiny insects to large mammals. Here, we also find more than two thirds of the world’s plant species. In the warm humidity, beautiful but tiny orchids grow, as tall trees reach for the sun. Many of our foods and products originate in the rainforest! Most of the world’s rainforests are found in Latin America, in the Amazonian Basin. So we simply must have a look at the cultures of this region: the music, art-forms, foods, ….and especially the celebration of Carnival! The colors and exuberance of this event mimic the teaming life of the rainforest itself.
Our January Theme:
(Artist, Composer, Architect, Explorer & Inventor!)
This theme is back by popular demand. Our Specialists and Class Teachers will choose their favorites from among famous builders, writers, poets, sculptors, painters and musicians. Their discoveries and creations are the best of mankind. And now, they can inspire our lesson plans, and our children! Perhaps we will explore genres of expression or ideas that led to discoveries. Perhaps we can try our hands at creating our own masterpieces or finding out how something works… our imagination has no limits!
Our December Theme:
HOLIDAYS AROUND THE WORLD
& The Giving Tree
We’re going around the world, to see how the Winter Holidays are celebrated in other countries! We can learn about many fabulous festivals & celebrations: Hanukkah & Kwanzaa as well as more exotic ones such as Diwali, the Festival of Lights, Winter Solstice, Santa Lucia & Chinese New Year. Of course, we will include
Christmas traditions such as singing carols, The Elf on the Shelf, and a visit from Santa!
Our own beautiful SEL (or “EQ”) tradition, The Giving Tree, begins December 1st and continues until the 16th.