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!

September MTG Calendar

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!

September MTG Calendar

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!

September MTG Calendar

August 2017 Theme

Blooming FlowersOur August Theme (Infant & Toddler Programs Only):
Fairy Tales

     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 Blooming Flowersscience 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!

July 2017 Theme

Blooming FlowersOur 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!

June 2017 Theme

Blooming FlowersOur June Theme:
Celebrating Childhood

     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.

May 2017 Theme

Blooming FlowersOur 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 Dinosaur 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.

April 2017 Theme

Wild WestOur 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, artwoDinosaurrk 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!

March 2017 Theme

RocketOur 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.   MicroscopeThe 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!