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October – 2017
Virtue Of The Month – Trustworthiness
Now that we are all in a routine, it’s time to pat our children on the back. Transitioning from home to school involves being trustworthy – a big step for little ones. Trusting teachers to care for, teach, love and nurture until safe and sound back home is a quality to commend. Be sure to mention how proud you are!
October is full of Fall Fun for the 2’s! You’ll be sure to hear about the adventures on a leaf hunt and the life cycle of a pumpkin. October is Fire Prevention Month and the local fire department will pay a visit that includes a chance for children to sit in the firetruck and spend time with firefighters. What a fun way to learn fire safety! Finally, who’s getting ready for Halloween? The 2’s are as costumes and the carnival are on the horizon.
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
Autumn is in the air and the 3’s couldn’t be more excited about all the special activities October brings. We will be learning about beautiful fall colors, falling leaves, farm animals and fire safety in addition to exploring our classroom “farmer’s market.” Of course we are always excited to talk about pumpkins and lots of Halloween fun! The children will also be learning about the letters E, F,G and the numeral 3.
Fall is in the air and we are so excited for all the fun about to happen in the 4’s classes. This month we will begin a new unit called Fall Harvest, which involves talking all about the changes that come with this season. Our dramatic play centers will transform into Farmer’s Markets and our sensory tables will be filled with colorful leaves, gourds and creepy crawlies for Halloween. On October 18th, our Dads are invited to carve pumpkins at our annual Pumpkins with Pops event. This festive month with culminate with the school Halloween Carnival and class parties, so be sure to check backpacks daily for fun and creative Halloween art projects .We can’t wait to see the children dressed in their costumes! Our letters this month are I, U, and C and our numerals are 5-7.
Our units this month are an exploration of trees, constellations and bats. We will have lots of fun investigating different types of trees and leaf rubbings, examining the night sky through various medians and learning all we can about the nocturnal bat as Halloween approaches. Reading will focus on finishing the theme, Shadows, and beginning the theme Finding Friends. Our writing letters are Oo, Pp, Qq, Rr, Ss, Tt, Uu and Vv. Our math study will include learning geometric terms and shapes and numeral formation 7-9. Don’t forget our first field trip to Porter-Gaud on Friday, Oct. 6th for an action packed and exciting field day!
Virtue Of The Month – Friendliness
What a great opportunity we all have this time of the year to teach children how to make new friends. A smile, an introduction or sharing a toy are all fun tools that start those friendships rolling – let’s be sure to encourage friendliness!
The 2’s team is looking forward to a wonderful school year and welcoming our new friends to school. We will spend the month exploring our classroom and getting acquainted with new friends. We will also learn a bit about ourselves, as we talk about how our body moves with play and about our feelings. Our shape of the month is the circle and our featured color is yellow! We are off to a busy start!
Welcome to the “Terrific 3’s!” We are thrilled to begin this new school year! The children will have so much fun as they explore their classrooms, meet their teachers and make lots of new friends. Our busy classrooms will be full of fun and discovery as we learn about the letters A, B, C and D, as well as the numerals 1 and 2. We will also be reading and reciting some wonderful and traditional nursery rhymes. The children will be able to experience these rhymes through various art, music and sensory activities! What a great start to a new year!!
The 4’s classes are so excited to welcome new friends to their classes. This month we will be settling in to our routines and getting to know one another better. We will introduce our Handwriting Without Tears program and begin learning about the letters L, F, E, H and T. “Magnificent Me & My Friends” is our initial unit and every child will have an opportunity to bring home the “Me Box.” This is a great language building activity for the children to share special things about themselves with their classmates. We can’t wait to see everyone’s special treasures. We are so excited to have your children at O’Quinn and are looking forward to a fantastic and memorable year.
Welcome to Kindergarten! Our unit for the first week is the Solar Eclipse. This will be followed by the units, ” All About Me” and “ Me on the Map”, investigating our world to our very own city, Charleston. Activities include making “All About Me posters”, painting our state and our country and exploring the 7 continents. Reading will focus on the theme, School, and our writing letters are Aa, Bb, Cc, Dd, Ee, Ff, Gg, Hh, Ii, Jj, Kk, and Ll. Each child will receive his/her very own sight word bag and Learning Fun bag on Tuesday, Sept.5th . 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 correlating to our unit of study.
Welcome to Summer Camp
Bubbles & Bugs, Mud Pies and Sandcastles, Painting and Puddles!
Our newest little campers will have a wonderful time exploring ideas such as camping, cooking, kites, trikes, dress-up, drums and all things related to summertime FUN! Our experienced staff will introduce the 2’s to a loving and secure environment where they will be free to discover and explore their new school and meet new friends!
3’s, 4’s, and 5’s – Imagination Station – We Help Little Minds Grow!
Stop # 1 – May 22 – 26
Movin’ & Groovin’ Music Makers Station
Special Guests – David Kelly and Mark Bradley – Guitars
Special Event – Instrument Parade!
Stop # 2 – May 30 – June 2
Cooking Concoctions Station
Special Guest – Johannah Morgan
Special Event – Ice Cream Social!
Stop # 3 – June 5 – 9
Tropical Paradise Station
Special Guest – Kona Ice Truck & Aquarium
Special Event – Water Day and Bubbles
Stop # 4 – June 12 – 16
Inventor’s Workshop Station
Special Guest – Our Local Librarian
Special Events -Tour of Inventions From Recyclables and Annual Father’s Day Breakfast!
Stop # 5 – June 19 – 23
Treasure Hunt Fitness Quest Station
Special Event – Fitness-Partner Circuit Treasure Hunt in the Gym!
Stop # 6 – June 26 – 30
Party In The USA Station
Special Guest – Charlie the River Dog, Kona Ice Truck
Special Event – 4th Of July Parade (on Friday 6/30)
Stop # 7 – July 3 – 7
Ooey Gooey Mad Science Station
Special Guest – John Murray
Special Event – 4 Stations of Science Experiments in the Gym!
Stop # 8 – July 10 – 14
Wacky & Wonderful Outside Of The Box Station
Special Guest – Robert Hopkins, The Shell Man, Kona Ice Truck
Special Event – Create Your Own Box Town!
Stop # 9 – July 17 – 21
Kings, Queens & Castles Station
Special Guest – Magician & Librarian
Special Event – Medieval Feast
Stop # 10 – July 24 – 28
O’Quinn Artists’ Loft Station
Special Event – Art Gallery Crawl
Stop # 11 – July 31 – Aug. 4
Space Is The Place Station
Special Event – Blow-Up Planetarium In The Gym!