September 2019 Theme & Calendar

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!

September MTG Calendar

June 2019 Theme & Calendar

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!September MTG Calendar

May 2019 Theme & Calendar

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 PDFSeptember MTG Calendar

April 2019 Theme & Calendar

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!
September MTG Calendar

March 2019 Theme & Calendar

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 PDSeptember MTG Calendar

February 2019 Theme & Calendar

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!

January 2019 Theme & Calendar

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!