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!
Our June Theme:
Celebrating Children: Look How We’ve Grown
It’s hard to believe the school year has come to an end! With pride and admiration, we will consider what we have done and learned, and how we have grown. From developing respectful relationships to sorting the fruits of harvest, and from understanding how people live across the globe to giving gifts to local children, we have accomplished so much. Let’s celebrate the year with our favorite songs, games, and stories; and let’s revisit favorite art projects and science experiments. As we bid the school year farewell, we will see some friends graduate, say good-bye to others, and say, “See you at Summer Camp!”
Our June calendar is below. Click on the image for a printable PDF
Our May Theme:
Spring Has Sprung – The Great Outdoors
Spring is the third season of our school-year, and by now we can see it in full bloom. This month, we’ll look at plants… from seeds to flowers and trees. We always love learning about baby animals; some are born alive, and some hatch from eggs. There are interesting life-cycles to explore (such as bugs, butterflies, and bullfrogs). As life is bursting forth all around us, we can also enjoy the music, poetry, stories and fables, art, and dance that it has always inspired!
Our May calendar is below. Click on the image for a printable PD
Our April Theme:
On the Sea, Under the Sea, By the Sea
Did you know the ocean covers 71% of the Earth’s surface and makes up 97% of the Earth’s water? With the ocean making up such a big part of our planet, it’s amazing that we’ve only explored around 5% of it!
This month, we will be taking sea voyages in our submarines and scuba-gear to discover and explore the ocean for ourselves. We can explore different underwater ecosystems such as: the deep-sea with its fantastic creatures, the ocean floor where there are volcanoes, trenches and mountains, coral reefs which are populated by so many colorful corals, sponges & amazing sea animals (including Nemo), and kelp forests with their cute otters and strange sea urchins.
When we come ashore in the coastal zones, with their sandy and rocky shores, we can explore shells, types of sand, and the creatures that crawl in and out of water at the sea’s edge. We can look at different types of boats and ships and how they float or sink. We can also discuss ways in which we can care for and protect our beaches and marine life. There is music inspired by the sea, artworks galore, and sports we have fun with by sea and on the sea… not to mention the stories of mermaids, whales and pirates! Oh there is much to be discovered in all of our curriculum areas this month!
(We will stay on land, briefly, for our annual Spring egg hunts on April 15th and 16th!)
Our April calendar is below. Click on the image for a printable PDF!
Our March Theme:
Happily Ever After, Tall Tales, & Myth Busters
Fairy tales, Fractured Fairy tales, discovering the real truth…
This month we’ll discover exciting stories of adventure that capture the imaginations of listeners and readers, each told with a purpose. While searching for the purpose, we’ll find that fairy tales have moral lessons that teach the consequences of choosing between right and wrong. Fractured fairy tales add a sense of fun and humor, providing unexpected twists to make us laugh, or to question… Tall tales feel almost believable, using exaggerations to show us they may not be all true… Myths focus on superhuman beings, told to explain a specific belief or part of nature (and we may need to apply the scientific method to sort out fact from fiction as we practice “myth-busting”)…
As we hear stories from around the world and across time, including stories that have been told by many cultures, we’ll discover their EQ lessons, and try to emulate the values celebrated in the prevailing characters. We’ll find out that we need to ask questions, do some research, even conduct experiments to find the truth. We may also compare things past and present, old and new. We’ll discover how wild our imaginations can be, and hope that they lead us to “happily ever after!”
(With St. Patrick’s Day approaching, we will take 2 days off to pay attention to Lucky the Leprechaun and his wild antics on Thursday & Friday, March 14th & 15th!)
Our March calendar is below. Click on the image for a printable PDF
Our February Theme:
HEALTHY HEARTS: In Our Relationships & In Our Bodies
RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS this month! Help us catch Random Acts of Kindness with this month’s Show & Tell (February 7th & 8th); check your child’s mail file for a special heart to display! All month long, we’ll celebrate acts of kindness, big & small, that warm our hearts.
Lily Hardy Hammond wrote, “You don’t pay love back; you pay it forward.” The first half of this month is dedicated to “paying it forward” to everyone around us. We can do this with hearts & flowers, loving-kindness & thoughtfulness, and simply with hugs. This is a wonderful way to learn about ourselves and our relationships, an important EQ lesson. And of course, we will give a nod to Valentines’ Celebrations (February 13th & 14th) with days dedicated to loving and kindness in our relationships.
For the second half of the month, we will give the gift that keeps on giving to ourselves! We will learn how to take care of our HEALTHY HEARTS. We will explore health and fitness, body awareness and parts of the body. Exercise, plenty of rest and a good night’s sleep, a good diet, dental care, and fresh air are some of the ingredients we need for a healthy heart. A healthy heart keeps us going and growing!
Our February calendar is below. Click on the image for a printable PDF!
Our January Theme:
Lands of Ice & Fire: Iceland, Northern Canada, Alaska, and Antarctica
Amazing geography and climate, with active volcanoes, geysers, lagoons, glaciers, waterfalls, ice caves…
Northern lights, midnight sun and winter white, as well as the Harpa Concert Hall and Reykjavik’s street art will inspire our visual arts…
Cultural folklore and wild animal tales of puffins, fox, polar bear, reindeer, and whale will enter story-telling… while the Runic alphabet and Icelandic language will intrigue our imaginations…
Games Nordic people play will help us exercise while it is cold outside, and music will transport us to their hearts…
This month will be fascinating in each of our curriculum areas!
Our January calendar is below. Click on the image for a printable PDF!
Our December Theme:
The Polar Express
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: Germany, where we find many traditions such as advent wreaths, advent calendars, letters to Weihnachtsmann (Santa), hiding the Christmas Tree, Springerle molds, etc. And then there’s St. Nicholas Day with shoes left at doors and filled with straw for horses! St. Nicholas checks to see if children have behaved well, then fills the shoes with treats…
Onwards we go to: England, where we find the first Christmas cards, the tradition of caroling, hanging stockings by the chimney, the use of holly and mistletoe, Christmas crackers and pudding…
…Back on the train for home: U.S.A.! We will learn about Hanukkah, have fun with the elf on the shelf, 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!
Our November Theme:
Season of Thanks and Giving
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, and there are examples of giving and gratitude from past to present. We will practice ways of saying thanks and being kind this month, and extend throughout the year.
This month, we also learn what “farm-to-table” is all about. Fall harvest yields vegetables, fruits and grains from the garden, and as it gets colder, farmers prepare for their animals to survive the winter. How do we grind the wheat to make flour for bread? How is butter and applesauce made?
Near the end of the month, we will hold our annual POW-WOWs to celebrate friendship by giving gifts we have made, and showing gratitude.
Our November calendar is below. Click on the image for a printable PDF!
Our October Theme:
Fabulous Fall Fest
Autumn brings changes, and new energy to explore our world and to express what it means to us. Trees turn colorful and drop leaves, nuts and cones fall to the ground and are used by wintering animals. Our artwork takes on the seasonal hues and inspiration. As the days get shorter and darker, storytelling 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.
Those evenings are exciting, as we head into our Halloween Traditions. Scarecrows, pumpkins, candy, and costumes are treats we all 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.