Early Childhood Curriculum Update

September 2017

Mott Class - Preschool

This month, the Mott class has been working hard studying Streams and Ponds. We started our study by reading books about pond animals and thinking about what we might see if we visited one. We pulled out our toy bugs and even filled our sensory table with frogs, flowers, and small pebbles! We got to visit a real stream to tie in what we are learning about in the classroom to the real world. It was fun to actually step in the stream and get our hands dirty! The water was so high it went into our boots! We used nets and jars to collect things like bugs and sea grass. The students noticed that it was muddy and brown, and there were plants everywhere!

The children have also spent a lot of time and energy learning how our classroom and school work. We have explored the block area by building some huge castles. We have checked out the art area and have used paint, feathers, glue, scissors, and markers. In the dramatic play area, we have cooked up some delicious soups and tried on all of our dress-up hats. We have been working on our fine motor skills by playing with playdough, salt trays, and beads.

The Mott Class had a wonderful month getting to know each other by learning names through songs and games. One of our favorites is called The Jump Song where each child gets a minute to jump in the middle of our circle while the rest sing. It’s been a fantastic start to the school year!

Hicks Class - Preschool

The Hicks Class has been studying streams and ponds. These are wonderful habitats to explore and you never know what’s around the corner. The children are excited about finding bugs that skate on top of the water and love the little fish and frogs that live below. We took the learning from the classroom to the stream in Quakertown, and as we walked through the shallow water over slippery rocks, we were amazed to find salamanders and even a crayfish!

The Hicks Class has also been watching monarch caterpillars in the classroom eat lots of milkweed and hang upside down before hiding away in chrysalises. Each morning, we check on the progress of our new friends and have been overjoyed to see them emerge as beautiful butterflies. The children race to the garden to say goodbye and to watch them fly away on a new journey.

We have been building community by playing games and talking about our families. The class listens to stories about different experiences others have had when being away from their home for the first time.

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Rustin Class - Kindergarten

The Rustin class has been hard at work this month. We are starting to work in our handwriting books and have been using puzzles and magnetic letters to determine how letters are formed. The class has noticed that many letters have straight lines. We are using “whisper phones” to hear ourselves read and are using wordless picture books and books with songs that we know to practice reading. One of our favorite alphabet activities was reading Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. about all the letters traveling up a coconut tree. We created coconut trees with letters from blocks and colored popsicle sticks. We play acted the story, and we made coconut trees during our first visit to the Maker Space.

Students have been exploring math materials using cuisenaire rods for measurement, creating maps with a bird’s eye view and creating different ways to “show” a number such as tally marks, ten frames and pictures of items.

We began our study of community helpers and are reading a lot of non-fiction books about people in the community who help us. The class traveled to Sine’s 5 and 10 to ask the owners questions about running a store; we took a lot of notes about the information we learned.