Our December Theme:
Holidays at Home
At this festive time of year, we are going to create holiday scenery all around Kinder Works! We will explore multi-cultural celebrations, old and new. What does your family do at your house? Care to share a recipe or tradition? Winter Solstice, Chanukah, and Christmas present us with sweet treats such as candy canes, gift giving, evergreens and candlelight. Some of our seasonal favorites such as “The Elf on the Shelf” and stories about Frosty and Rudolf will entertain us.
The story of The Giving Tree will come alive, taking center stage in our atrium or gym, as we invite everyone to participate in giving to children less fortunate than ourselves.
Then… watch for Santa to make his appearance!
Our December calendar is below. Click on the image for a printable PDF!
Our November Theme:
Fabulous Fall Harvest!
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. There are many examples of giving and gratitude from past to present, and personally. We will see how many ways, with our Random Acts activities… as we share ways we have been kind (watch for this home project, and at school we will create a giant Horn of Plenty).
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 Harvest!
Autumn brings changes. Trees turn various colors and drop leaves, nuts and cones. These are used by wintering animals. Our artwork & music are inspired by seasonal hues and sounds. As the days get shorter and darker, story-telling 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. We make use of the outdoors for fresh air and exercise as much as we can.
Those evenings are exciting, as we head into our Halloween traditions. Scarecrows, pumpkins, games and costumes are treats we will 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!
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 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 PDF
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 PD