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November, 2014 – Virtue Of The Month – Respect

It’s Harvest Time!

2’s

During the month of November, The O’Quinn School  2’s will be learning about life in a Big Red Barn.  Let’s explore!  What lives on a farm?  What grows on a farm?  Moo, Neigh, Baa…which barnyard animal am I?  How am I important to the food we eat everyday?  As we talk about where our food comes from, we will also focus on the importance of giving thanks, sharing with others and working on our table manners such as sitting like a big boy or girl at the table.  Books we will be reading this month include: Today is Monday by Eric Carle, The Farmyard Cat by Christine Anello, and Driving my Tractor by Jan Dobbins and David Sim.  Would you like to try some of our homemade vegetable soup?

3’s

November is an exciting time in the 3′s as we begin talking about families and being thankful.  Each class will display a thankful quilt in the hallway and begin preparations for a classroom feast where children will wear costumes they have made for this special celebration. There will be important lessons about the Pilgrims and Native Americans and the meaning of the first Thanksgiving. We will craft cornucopias, turkeys and Mayflowers, paint with feathers and husk corn.  Our letters this month are H, I and J and our numeral is 4.

We especially want to say how thankful we are to have such special children in our 3’s classes!  Happy Thanksgiving!

4’s

The month of November includes learning the letters Ll and Nn, as well as the numeral 5.  We will be reading Leaf Man and Nuts To You, both by Lois Elhert.  Of course, November would not be complete without learning about the first Thanksgiving and having our own Thanksgiving Feasts!  Stayed tuned for dates and times from your teachers!
We will be having parent teacher conferences on Friday, November 14th.  You will receive a schedule from your teacher soon.  The school is open that day for Extended Hours students only.
It is difficult to believe the holidays are upon us already!  Hold onto your hats!  It’s always a wild ride!

5K

In reading this month, Kindergarteners will finish with the theme “Finding Friends”. Our letters will be Cc, long Aa sound, Pp and Ss. Our math study will explore ordinal numbers, fewest and most as related to quantities and the introduction of addition facts. Our unit of study will be Native Americans which will culminate in a great Thanksgiving Feast on Tuesday, Nov. 25th at 10 am. We have another exciting field trip planned to Porter-Gaud for the 1st grade performance of the play, “The First Thanksgiving”, on Thursday, Nov. 20th.  We also have The Charleston Museum coming for an in school program on Animals A to Z to conclude our afternoon habitat study on Tuesday, Nov.11th .  Don’t forget parent conferences on Friday, Nov.14th !

 

October, 2014 – Virtue Of The Month – Trustworthiness

Teachers, children and families alike are all enjoying the many exciting happenings going on around The O’Quinn School.  It’s a very busy month, so be sure you take a look at all of the fun!

2’s

The month of October is a fun time to be at O’Quinn as we welcome Fall Fun!  With the weather hopefully beginning to cool off, we can explore the beauty that fall brings with the many changing colors of the leaves.  Have you seen Sam the Scarecrow?  Be on the lookout!   October is a great time to talk about Fire Safety and enjoy a visit from our local firemen, truck and all!  Pumpkin, Pumpkin!  We might plant one or two, then carve our own Jack-O-Happy or Jack-O-Scary pumpkin face creation.  The month ends with a grand Halloween celebration which includes a spooky carnival and treats!  See you there!

Skill we are working on this month

  • Washing our hands independently

Books we will be reading this month:

Pumpkin Pumpkin             By: Jeanne Titherington

Flashing Fire Engines               By: Tony Mitton

Ten Orange Pumpkins          By: Stephen Savage

We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt   By: Steve Metzger

Goodnight Moon         By: Margaret Wise Brown

3’s

Fall is in the air and the 3′s classes are excited to learn all about the fall harvest and the changes that occur during this colorful season.  We will kick off the month talking about the farm, from the many foods that are grown there to the various animals inhabiting the land. Our dramatic play centers will be transformed into Farmer’s Markets and the children will love exploring the mini pumpkins, squash and gourds that are sent in. As Halloween approaches, we’ll create some seasonal crafts and complete a Pumpkin Report where the children will learn how to weigh, measure and describe the mini pumpkins that they bring in.  The month will culminate with our school Halloween Carnival and class parties.  In addition to all of the festivities, we will introduce the letters E, F and G and the numeral 3.

4’s

October is a busy month in the world of 4’s!  Class pictures will be taken the first week.  Please check the school calendar for your child’s specific day.  We’ll begin a new unit on The Seasons and hopefully, we will get some cooler weather and experience Fall!
The letters to be studied are Gg, Pp & Ss and we will cover the numbers 3 & 4.  We will be playing ghost counting games, learning about the life cycle of pumpkins and having Halloween fun with spiders, witches and more!
Dads, you will be receiving an invitation to Pumpkins with Pops on October 17th!  This is a chance for the children to share a little fun at school with you.  Please bring in a pumpkin for you and your little pumpkin to carve.  There will be a bit of breakfast to nosh on and fun to be had.  This is a drop-in event that is designed to let you pop in on your way to work.
We also will be visiting the Halloween Carnival on Friday, October 31st.  It is extremely helpful for each child to have an adult with them to go through the carnival plus it’s great fun!
Hope you all have a great month!

5’s

Kindergarten News!

Pumpkin Math is our main unit this month and each child will have an opportunity to bring in a pumpkin on Wed. Oct. 8, weighing 3 lbs. or less. Please discourage your child from weighing the pumpkin before it is brought to class, because this will be part of the excitement!  Our math study will also include learning geometric terms and shapes and numeral formation 7-9.

Reading will focus on finishing the theme, Shadows, and beginning the theme Finding Friends. Our letters of the week are Ii, long sound, Jj, Kk, and Oo, long sound.  We will, of course, devote some time to Halloween safety and fun!

Afternoon enrichment will explore wildlife habitats, particularly the black bear, urban habitats, animal tracks and a leaf study for the fall weather.

Don’t forget our first field trip to Porter-Gaud on Friday, Oct. 17 for a fun and exciting field day!  Please also note that parent conferences have been changed to Friday, November 14.

Welcome!  2014-15 School Year – Virtue Of The Month – Friendliness

2’s

During the months of August and September, the children will be getting accustomed to their new space, teachers, and friends.  The themes we will be exploring these 2 months include “Welcome to School”, “Let’s Get Acquainted”, “All About Me”, “Body Parts”, “The Five Senses”, and “Apples”!  What are these things?  Why are they important?  We will explore these questions and ideas with the children while we play games that spark friendship.  The skills we will be working on this month are sitting at the table for snack and drinking from a cup.  We will be reading the following books to support our themes for the month:

“From Head to Toe” by Eric Carle

“The Way I Feel” by  Janan Cain

“I Love School” by Philemon Sturges

“Ten Apples up on Top” by Dr. Seuss

“WOW! School!” by Robert Neubecker

 

3’s

Welcome to our new school year! We are so excited to have you in our 3′s program and we look forward to a great year with your children.  The first week of school will be a transition for many as they become familiar with their new classroom, teachers and friends and we’ll make every effort to ensure this transition is as smooth as possible.  The children will be learning their class routine and engaging in many creative learning experiences.  In August, we’ll introduce our Dazzling Dolphin Character Development Program in addition to beginning the alphabet with the letter “A” and numerals beginning with number “1”.  September is around the corner and we’ll explore all Mother Goose’s classic nursery rhymes. Please let your child’s teacher know if you have any questions as we begin this fun filled year.

 

4’s

Here we go!  We are so excited about a brand new school year!!  Getting to know one another and getting to know all the rules and routines in our rooms will be the focus of school for the first two weeks.  We want the children to all feel comfortable and excited about being in a new place!  Taking it slowly is an integral part of this process.  Another important part of getting to know one another is the Me Box!!  This is a favorite in the 4′s!  Every child will have an opportunity to take the box home and fill it with things important to him/her.  The child will share these things at Circle Time as we learn about how to speak in front of others and how to be a good audience.  You will receive a schedule from your teacher for your child’s day.

As we start September, we continue learning about ourselves and our new class community.  We also introduce the letters:  Mm, Ff, Jj, Kk, & Yy as well as the numbers 0, 1, & 2!  We will be reading lots of stories and doing art & math activities that reinforce these.  Other math concepts that will be covered during September include sorting, counting, one to one correspondence,and comparing size.  As we near the end of September, we will begin to learn about the seasons and what makes them change.

Are you ready to get busy?!?  All of your Fours teachers certainly are!!  Thank you for sharing your children with us.  We are looking forward to a great year!

 

5’s

Welcome to Kindergarten! Our unit is Me and the World Around Us! Activities include making “me bodies”, painting our state and our country and exploring the 7 continents. Reading will focus on the theme, School, and our letters of the week are Mm, Aa, Ee, and Ff. All children will receive their very own sight word bag and Learning Fun bag on Monday, Sept.8th . Our math focus includes graphing, sorting, counting, comparing, grouping, and directional words. We will also concentrate on numeral formation 0-6. Don’t forget Show and Tell every Friday with the item beginning or ending with the letter of the week.

WELCOME TO SUMMER CAMP!

Check out our Facebook page for the latest fun we’ve been having!

2′s
We wish to extend a warm welcome to our newest little campers. Our 2’s will be busy all summer making new friends and learning to love O’Quinn. Summertime activities will abound as everyone adjusts to this new and exciting adventure!

3’s, 4’s and 5’s
July 7th – 11th
Let’s head out to The Pacific Northwest and explore the magic of the rainforest! Wearing our “rain gear” will allow lots of puddle splashing and adventure so bring it along. What else will we find? How tall are the famous redwoods? Have you ever seen a real volcano? This week is sure to be both educational and fun!

July 14th – 18th
Our National Parks are everywhere and, Oh – What fun is in store! There’s sure to be fishing, camping, hiking and a cookout or two, so throw on your backpack and we’ll teach you how to use a map and a compass as we make our way through!

July 21st – 25th
Now it’s time for The County Fair. Get ready to jump on hay rides, participate in sing-a-longs, swing your partner at the hoe-down and relax under the starry sky while enjoying musical shows and even a possible blue-ribbon. Don’t forget to pack your bag with goodies from the fair to share at home!

July 28th – August 1st
Down to The Deep South where the bayou awaits. Come enjoy the beauty of the magnolias, the foot-stomping Cajun music, ice cold watermelon and so much more. There’s history to learn and southern tales to tell. Ya’ll come on down, now!

August 4th – 8th
Our grand finale takes hold of our imagination. Let’s create our very own special place to visit, “Oquinnopolis”! As we wander through the hallway, visiting each destination will be sure to delight our campers as they check out each class’ creativity. Happy traveling!