February 2018 Theme & Calendar

Our February Theme:
To Infinity and Beyond

    There’s no place like space, the final frontier!  As we turn our eyes skyward, we will consider the sun and the moon and how we count the hours, days, months, and years.  Looking deeper, we wonder about the planets and stars, and their mysterious names will reveal myths & heroes.  We can think about rocket ships, pretend we are astronauts, and fantasize about aliens!

     Experiments with gravity and propulsion will fuel our imaginations, ideas about speed & moving through space can give us a new perspective about exercise in gym class, whereas music inspired by the planets will fill our heads with beautiful images.  From paintings such as “Starry, Starry Night” to stories like “In the Night Kitchen,” there is a whole universe of things to do and learn.  This theme is just out of this world!

     We’ll have our annual Pajama Days and watch out-of-this-world movies, stargaze, and enjoy other special activities this month, too.

     And, of course, we will give a nod to Valentines’ Celebrations with days dedicated to loving and kindness in our relationships.

Our February calendar is below. Click on the image for a printable PDF!

September MTG Calendar

January 2018 Theme & Calendar

Our January Theme:
Heading South for the Winter: African Escapes

    It may be cold outside, but in Africa it is tropical.  It is summer there right now!

     We’ll see elephants, giraffes, zebras, and more birds than we can count!  We’ll encounter thick forests and high mountains, huge river basins and island volcanoes… great valleys and enormous deserts.  There are lakes that come and go, and the strange and storied baobab tree that seems to live forever.

     The people of Africa have diverse cultural traditions, including amazing artworks, creative games, interesting recipes and products, fascinating stories and songs, music, dances and costumes, and a wide variety of architecture.  They have invented different methods for counting, writing, and speaking, too.  From Egypt to Kalahari, this country astride the equator will be fascinating in each of our curriculum areas!

Our January calendar is below. Click on the image for a printable PDF!

September MTG Calendar

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!