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April 2015 – Virtue of the Month – Excellence

And I Think To Myself, What a Wonderful World!

This Month…


The 2’s will be exploring the Wonderful World Around Us during the month of April!  This will include learning about Pond Life, Weather and The Rain Cycle.   What is recycling and what can be recycled?  Celebrating Earth Day will help us to answer these questions and many more about the world around us as it springs to life with warmer weather.  Don’t forget your rain boots, umbrella and rain coat for puddle jumping!

Skills we are working on this month:

Can you jump on two feet?  How about just one?  Can you switch to the other?

Books we will be reading this month:

“It’s Earth Day Little Critter”  by: Mercer Mayer

“Jump Frog Jump” by: Robert Kalan

“Rain Drop Plop” by: Wendy Cheyette Lewison

“What a Wonderful World” by: George David Weiss


The 3’s will be busy blasting off to Outer Space this month as they learn all about the planets, moon and stars. All of the children will construct their own replicas of each planet and learn lots of interesting facts about each one. They will also design rockets, aliens and constellations, pretend to be astronauts and travel to space wearing space helmets- what an exciting voyage!  Our letters this month are W, X and Y and our numeral is 9.


The 4’s spend April learning about Bugs and making an Eric Carle inspired Bug Book!  We will be studying the letters Bb, Ii, Qq, & Xx as well as the numerals 12, 13,14 &15.  Look for our baby pictures in the hall and try to guess who is who!  Make sure your calendar is marked for the Mother’s Day Program & Tea!  All the children have been working so hard and will be so excited for you to be here.  Bring tissues!


Welcome Spring and the Bugs! Our Insect Unit will include lots of fun activities centered around our observation of live insects; ants, caterpillars and mealworms!  Our afternoon enrichment will finish with Charleston and move on to lighthouses of South Carolina. Our letters this month are Yy, week of April 7th ; Uu, short sound, week of April 13th; Oo, short sound, week of April 20th; and Uu, long sound, week of April 27th. The children will also be expanding their journal writing and our math study will include both fractions and time. Our Surf Seining field trip is scheduled for Friday, April 10th.  We will be very busy kindergarteners!

March 2015 – Virtue of the Month – Patience

Welcome Spring!


Lucky me and lucky you!  It’s almost St. Patrick’s Day and Spring Time too!

What goes up?  This month we look to the sky to explore wind and all things that fly –  birds, airplanes and kites too!  Let’s see how many bubbles we might pop!  Hopefully we will be seeing more green as we welcome spring and watch tiny seeds grow.

Books we will be reading this month:

“Up, Up, Up”                          by: Susan Reed

“How the Wind Plays”            by: Michael Lipson, Daniel Kirk

“Little Cloud”                         by: Eric Carle

“Tweedle Dee Dee”                by: Charlotte Voake

“The Tiny Seed”                    by: Eric Carle


Warmer weather is approaching and the 3’s will be learning all about springtime. The children will be so excited when our classroom bears wake up from a long winter of hibernating and we can’t wait to tell them what fun things we have been doing  while they were napping.  The life cycle of a butterfly is another fun and educational lesson.  After the children paint a caterpillar and place it in a cocoon, imagine their wide-eyed wonder when weeks later, the caterpillars emerge as beautiful butterflies!  Additionally, we plan to include the study of other insects and flowers that are commonly seen in the spring.

Dr. Seuss’ birthday is celebrated in March by reading many of his beloved stories both at school and at home.  On St. Patrick’s Day, the 3’s classes will go on a leprechaun hunt to find the hidden treasure that is hiding somewhere in our school.  Our month will culminate with our Easter celebrations.  Please be on the lookout for details concerning your child’s off campus Egg Hunt.  Finally, our letters this month are T, U and V and our numeral is 8.


What’s that old saying…March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb?  We are ready for the lamb part here in the 4’s!  March will find us finishing our Ocean Life unit while we study the letters Ww and Rr as well as continuing work on our numbers.  We take a week to work on all our Mother’s Day Teas and program preparations.  Please make sure your calendars are marked for these important dates!  The children work so hard on this and get so excited.  We wouldn’t want anyone to miss it!

Mrs. Masters’ class -April 20th
Mrs. Riddle’s class – April 21st
Mrs. Martin’s class-April 22nd
Mrs. Ricker’s class – April 23rd
Mrs. Salley’s class- April 24th
Mrs. Roberts’ class-April 27

We will also study the letter Ee for Easter and eggs the last week of March.  Watch out for information from your teachers regarding Easter Egg Hunts!

Kindergarten News!

Our letters this month in reading are Gg, week of March 2nd, Xx, week of March 9th,  Zz, week of March 16th, and Qq, week of March 23rd . We will be going to the Robert Ivey performance of the Velveteen Rabbit on Wednesday, March 18th at Porter-Gaud auditorium.  Our math study will focus on the value and counting of money and begin with the introduction of fractions. The unit topic is Sea Life through invertebrates and vertebrates. We will have an exciting Surf Seining field trip on April 10th to culminate this fun unit. Afternoon enrichment will explore Charleston and include each child’s very own large map of the peninsula!  Easter Egg hunts will take place the week of March 23rd.

February 2015 – Virtue of the Month – Responsibility

Love Is In The Air!


During the month of February, the 2’s will learn all about love and why it is important.   It is also National Dental Health Month, so we will explore our chompers and how to keep them healthy and clean.  Did you brush today?  Jackets, Hats, Mittens and Scarfs!  I have mine and hope you do too…let’s use them to keep our bodies warm!  We will be exploring winter weather and the animals that live in cold places.  Who is the queen of my heart?  Mom!!   So let’s celebrate our mommies during this special Valentine’s Day Event!

Skills we are working on this month

Can your little ones take their jackets on and off by themselves?  We will be working on this very important skill this month.  Ask me about the flip!

Books we are reading this month:

“Mouse’s First Valentine”                   by: Lauren Thompson

“The Snowy Day”                                by: Ezra Jack Keats

“The Jacket I Wear in the Snow”      by: Shirley Neitzel

“Just Going to the Dentist” (Little Critter) by: Mercer Mayer


February has arrived and the 3’s will be busy learning all about our prehistoric friends, the dinosaurs.  Each child will be gathering lots of fun facts about many different dinosaurs as they complete a Dino Book.  They will also dig for dinosaurs, make fossils, create a dinosaur skeleton and more as they explore this exciting unit!  We will also celebrate Valentine’s Day and bring in valentines to share with all of our friends.  February 19th and 20th will be Grandparent’s Day.  This is an exciting event held by all the 3’s classes and the children will be sure to love spending the day with their grandparents. They are already busy preparing some special crafts, books and songs for these extra special guests!.  Our letters this month are Q, R and S and our numeral is 7.


February brings the 4’s to the Deep Blue Sea!  We will be studying the letters Oo, Vv (for Valentine’s, of course!), Uu, & Rr as well as the numerals 8 & 9.  The children will be illustrating their own Deep Blue Sea Book while learning about the ocean.  We will have a visit from a children’s author, Jonathan Miller, and the College of Charleston’s Grice Laboratory Touch Tank!

We have some new popcorn/sight words and some new easy readers. The children are loving these!  Our Valentine’s Day parties are children only this year as we have so many fun activities for parents to attend in the spring!

Our Pretend Centers turn themselves into Post Offices this month where we will learn about writing cards/letters and have plenty of fun making valentines!  We are looking forward to another busy month!


Kindergarten News!

We have our 100th day of school celebration on Friday, Feb.6th !  All children should  wear their 100th day shirt!  Each parent will be asked to bring in an item towards providing 100 pieces of snack that day.

Letters this month are Ll, week of Feb.2nd , Bb, week of Feb. 9th , Vv, week of Feb.  18th and Rr, week of Feb. 23rd .

Valentine’s Day parties are on Friday Feb. 13th . We will also celebrate Lincoln’s and Washington’s birthdays and our exciting unit of the month is Space!  We are sure to have lots of fun this month!

January, 2015 – Virtue Of The Month – Cooperation 

Happy New Year! 


Cars and Trucks and Things that GO, GO, GO!  We will start the month off moving while we learn All About Transportation!  Colder winter weather is on the way…what do bears do in winter?  They hibernate!  The O’Quinn School 2’s will also be learning about bears and their habitats and why they hibernate all winter long!  The month of January ends with a special day just for Dads as we share our morning with them enjoying crafts, circle time and a special doughnut snack.

Can your little one take his or her shoes and socks on and off independently?  We will be working on this very important skill during the month of January.

Books we will be reading this month:

“Freight Train”                          by: Donald Crews

“We’re Going on a Bear Hunt”     by: Steve Metzger

“Bear Snores On”                      by: Karma Wilson

“About a Bear”                          by: Holly Surplice

“Go Dog Go”                              by: Dr. Seuss

“Brown Bear, Brown Bear”          by: Eric Carle


Happy New Year!  We hope you all had a wonderful and relaxing winter break with family and friends.  We are excited to begin our new unit this month on the amazing Human Body.  The children will learn about all the parts and functions of the body and create their own life-size replica to bring home at the end of the month.  We will also spend some time talking about healthy habits and ways to keep your body in shape.

It’s winter time! The 3’s classes will talk about seasonal changes and do several activities centered around this season.  Our class bears are all hibernating and the children will be careful not to wake them from their deep sleep.

Our letters this month are N, O and P and we will learn the numeral 6. We look forward to a great 2015!


We hope everyone had a great holiday and is ready to get busy in 2015!

The 4’s start the new year studying the letters Aa, Dd, Cc & Tt and the numerals 6 & 7.  “Popcorn Words” will be introduced to the children this month to begin teaching reading readiness.  These are words that “pop up” a good bit and are commonly referred to as sight words.  The teachers will be sending a list of these home each month and we will begin using easy readers that will correspond to the popcorn words for the month.   We will be instructing the children in left to right progression as well as teaching them to touch each word as we read and learn basics of the sentence.   We are not expecting the children to be reading, as this is something  they learn to do at varying times.   Few actually start in the four year old year and our goal is reading readiness and exposure.  We encourage you to sit with your child and practice together, putting your finger under each word as it is read.

We will also spend time focusing on rhyming words and the concept of opposites. The teachers will  prepare more in depth assessments of the children and you will receive these in late January.  Please let your child’s teacher know if you would like to sit down for a conference at this point.

We look forward to having everyone back!  Happy New Year!!


Kindergarten News!

Kindergarten testing is Jan.12-16, so please make sure to have your child at school by 8:30. Parent conferences will be on Friday, Jan.23. Our letters in reading this month are Nn, week of Jan. 5; Hh, week of Jan. 12; Ww, week of Jan. 19; Ii (short sound), week of Jan. 26. Share day for Friday, Jan.16  is Hat Day, so be sure your child brings a hat!! Our math unit will focus on measurement and graphs, as well as reviewing numeral concepts . Kindergarten Orientation for parents of 4 year olds is on Tues. Jan.27 from 8:45-9:45.

December, 2014 – Virtue Of The Month – Compassion

The Holidays Are Upon Us!


The O’Quinn School 2’s will celebrate the holiday season with one of our favorite children’s book authors, Laura Numeroff!  While of course we will be decorating Christmas Trees and playing with dreidels, we will also be making cookies for Mouse, muffins for Moose and pancakes for Pig!  Be careful!  When Mouse goes to school, his science experiment is an erupting volcano and Moose makes a sock puppet or two!  All this fun will help us to work on our monthly skills of scooping, pouring and filling!


December is such a festive time of year and the 3’s classes will be busy celebrating the many holidays of the season.  We will learn about Hanukkah, reindeer, Jolly St. Nick and snowmen to name a few. Our class trees will be decorated with lots of fun ornaments the children will make and our sensory tables will be filled with snow and other festive holiday treats.  The children have been working hard on their Holiday Program which will be on Dec. 11th and 12th .  Don’t miss this exciting show that is sure to steal your hearts! This fun month will culminate with our Polar Express Day. The children will climb aboard the Polar Express in a day centered around the beloved book by Chris Van Allsburg.  They will all come away believing in the spirit of this holiday season. Happy Holidays from the 3’s classes!


The 4’s are heading into a month filled with lots of singing, stories, & fun arts & crafts!  As little children are rather distracted with sugar plums filling their heads, we will not be introducing any new numerals or letters.  Instead we’ll review what has been covered to date.

Our Holiday Programs will be held as follows:

Masters, Ricker & Roberts: Dec. 9th;  Martin, Salley and Riddle, Dec. 10th

Becky’s Box of Puppets will be here on December 16th to perform The Nutcracker!

More information will be coming home soon!

Thank you for all the pajama donations!  It was amazing to see that huge box overflowing with brand new pajamas!  There will be some happy little children receiving these along with a brand new book!

Hope you all have a wonderful month of December!


December is a fun and busy month in 5K!  In Reading, we’ll begin our reading journals to coincide with our sounds presented. The letters of the week are Dd, week of Dec.1 and Tt, week of Dec. 8. There will be no letter of the week Dec .15.  We will have a fun and exciting time learning about Christmas around the world, which is also the theme for our Holiday Program.  Each child received a part to learn for the program on Monday, Nov. 24. We will go on our field trip to sing our program songs at Sweetgrass Village Nursing Home on Wed., Dec. 10. Mrs. Myers will accompany us with her harp! Our Holiday Program is Mon., Dec. 8 at 9:00 a.m. and holiday parties are Tuesday, Dec. 16, where  the children will be decorating gingerbread houses !

November, 2014 – Virtue Of The Month – Respect

It’s Harvest Time!


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?


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!


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!


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!


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


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.


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!


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


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



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.



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!



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.


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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!