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Virtue Of The Month – Perseverance
During the Month of May, the O’Quinn School 2’s continue to celebrate Spring as we explore Insects and Flowers, so be on the lookout for some beautiful butterflies! Everything around us is blooming and growing just like we are. We are ready to move up to the 3’s and await the surprises to be found as we move down the hall!
May is here and we are getting ready for an exciting two weeks! Each child will illustrate a book as we explore the beach through Our 5 Senses. We will also be finishing the alphabet by learning all about the letter Z. Our numeral this month is 10 and we’ll make 10 beautiful May flowers to celebrate! This month certainly brings perfect weather and lots of fun, but it is also bittersweet as we prepare to send your sweet children to the 4’s!! Have a wonderful summer!!!
What??? It just can’t be May???? During our last two weeks, we will introduce the letter Z,z. We will then begin a review of the entire alphabet, numerals 1 – 15 and everything else that has made us a whole year smarter. After learning so much this year, we are very ready for Kindergarten! It has been an honor and a privilege to share an entire school year with your children. Summer Camp is just around the corner, so let’s make it a great one before we go to “Big School.” Thank You to each and every parent and family that helped this past year be the best ever!
Our Graduation Program will be held here at O’Quinn School on Thursday, May 12 at 6:30 p.m. We are so excited for the children to perform all they learned this year through their individual participation, songs and dances! Their special part went home on Tuesday, April 19, so please continue practicing at home. We will finish the year with a study of birds, categorized by birds of prey, backyard birds, and water birds. Expressing thoughts and ideas through reading journals and finishing our math study with the exploration of time will also keep us busy. Thank you so much for sharing your child with us in a wonderful learning year of kindergarten! Our end of the year parties are scheduled for Wednesday, May 11. We hope to see everyone there!
April Showers Bring…
Virtue Of The Month – Excellence
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 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 during the month of April:
Can you jump on two feet? How about just one? And then can you switch to the other?
Books we will be reading during April and May:
“Little Cloud by: Eric Carle
“It’s Earth Day Little Critter” by: Mercer Mayer
“The Tiny Seed” by: Eric Carle
“Jump Frog Jump” by: Robert Kalan
“Rain Drop Plop” by: Wendy Cheyette Lewison
“What a Wonderful World” by: George David Weiss
“The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by: Eric Carle
The 3’s are blasting off into April!!! We are so excited to explore all the wonders of Outer Space. We will learn about the sun, stars and planets in our solar system and even get to “walk on the moon!” The children will participate in many creative and hands on activities, as well as some amazing children’s literature, music and movement!!!
We will also continue to celebrate spring time by planting seeds and watching them grow. The letters of the month are W, X and Y and our numeral is 9.
10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1…Blast-off!!!!
April is upon us and brings the last four popcorn words – here, big, small and have. The letters B, I, Q and X will be introduced, along with numerals 12, 13, 14 and 15. We also will create an Eric Carle inspired Bug Book! Our Mother’s Day Teas are finally here. They will be performed on April 18th through April 25th, depending on your child’s teacher. Please check your date and don’t miss it – it is so sweet! We are invited to visit Porter-Gaud to see the Lower School’s production of “The Lion King” on April 13th. What a treat that promises to be. We are so close to being Kindergarteners!
Kindergarten April News!
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 4; Uu, short sound, week of April 11; Oo, short sound, week of April 18; and Uu, long sound, week of April 25. The children will also be expanding their journal writing. Our math study will be fractions and time. Our Surf Seining field trip is scheduled for Tuesday, April 5. Our Math Magic field trip is scheduled for Tuesday, April 12. We will be very busy kindergarteners!
Spring Is In The Windy March Air!
Virtue Of The Month – Patience
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 the wind and all things that fly! Birds, airplanes and kites – let’s see how many bubbles we might pop too! But wait, what’s going on down below?? There are cars, trains, and buses helping to move to and fro. Transportation is so much fun, so hop on in and come ride along!
Skills we are working on this month:
We are working on our assessment skills!
March is an exciting month in the 3’s! Spring is here and our hibernating bears will awaken soon. What fun to learn a new big word…metamorphosis…while watching our caterpillars turn into butterflies! This is the month to celebrate Dr. Seuss, which will include exploring lots of silly books and participating in many creative activities. We will also explore the letters of the month…T, U and V, as well as numeral 8. Our month will end with a wonderful celebration at our Easter Egg Hunt!! We are so happy Spring has arrived!!!
March brings Spring weather (we hope!), new letters W, H and E, numerals 10 and 11 and Dr. Seuss’ birthday on March 2nd. We will paint whales, create houses out of cardboard, bring in our mystery eggs and, most importantly, start working on our Mother’s Day gifts for our Mother’s Day Tea in April. As always, we are expecting the Leprechauns who, I am sure, will wreak havoc in our classroom. New popcorn words this month are an, we, he and she. Finally, we will all be attending our class Easter Egg Hunts before beginning Spring Break. What a fun-filled month!
The month of March is educational, busy and fun as our 5K students explore lessons close to home!
Our letters this month in reading are Gg, week of the 29th , Xx, week of the 7th, Zz, week of the 14th, and Qq, week of the 21st . Our math study will focus on the value and counting of money and the introduction of fractions. The unit topic is Sea Life through invertebrates and vertebrates. We will have an exciting Surf Seining field trip to one of the beautiful local beaches on April 5th to culminate this fun unit. Afternoon enrichment will explore Charleston and include the children’s very own large map of the peninsula ! Easter egg hunts will take place the week of the 21st.
Love Is In The Chilly February Air!
Virtue Of The Month – Responsibility
This month we will learn all about Love and what it means to love someone and feel love from another. It is also national Dental Health month, so as we explore our little chompers, we will learn 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 as we delve into Winter Weather. Our mommies are the queens of our hearts, so The O’Quinn School 2’s will be celebrating their love during a very special Valentine’s event!
February will be an exciting month in the 3’s! A highlight, of course, is Valentine’s Day! What a fun experience it is to share and exchange Valentines with our sweet friends. The children will also be fascinated as they learn about the World of Dinosaurs. Becoming young paleontologists, exploring fossils and studying these amazing creatures are all educational and fun! As always, we will continue to learn about the letters of the alphabet through hands on activities and play involving letters Q, R and S and numeral 7. Get ready for an amazing month!!!
During February, we will explore the letters O, V, U, R and W, along with numerals 8, 9 and 10. We have a special treat this month. To complement our Ocean Unit, Grice Lab from the College of Charleston will bring the ocean to us on February 23rd when the Touch Tank arrives. For our Valentine’s Day party, don’t forget you are off the hook for the candy. The school will provide the treats to go along with your valentines. Happy month of love!!!!!
Letters this month are Ll, week of Feb.1, Bb, week of Feb. 8, Vv, week of Feb. 17 and Rr, week of Feb. 22. On our 100th day of school celebration, Friday, Feb .5, all children may wear their 100th day shirt! Each parent will be asked to bring in an item towards eating 100 pieces of snack that day. Valentine’s parties are on Friday, Feb. 12. We will also celebrate Lincoln’s and Washington’s birthdays. Our exciting unit is Space, so we are sure to have lots of fun this month!
Happy New Year 2016
Virtue Of The Month – Cooperation
The O’Quinn School 2’s will be learning all about Bears and why they and other animals hibernate during this cold season. People do not hibernate, but we do sleep! This month we will look to the moon and stars while we share bedtime routines and stories of the night. January ends with a very special morning for Dad. We will share a little bit of our day, a little bit of art and a big doughnut with all of our Daddies! Hope to see you thereJ
Themes we are exploring:
Day and Night
Books we are reading:
“We’re going on a Bear Hunt” by: Steve Metzger
“Bear Snores On” by: Karma Wilson
“Brown Bear, Brown Bear” by: Eric Carle
“Goodnight Moon” by: Margaret Wise Brown
Skills we are working on:
Learning to take our shoes off and on independently!
Happy New Year from the 3’s! We hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season…now on to January! Our theme this month is The Amazing Human Body! The children will learn so many things about how their bodies work…from the brain to the tips of their toes. We will even make a life-size body complete with all the important parts! Along with talking about winter weather, we’ll read “The Mitten” by Jan Brett and follow up with all sorts of fun activities to go along with this engaging book. Introduction of letters N, O and P and the numeral 6 will be accompanied by a review of all the letters and numerals we have learned this year as we prepare for parent/teacher conferences later in the month.
Welcome 2016 and Happy New Year! We will explore the Letters D, A, T and C. We will graph our favorite donut, cut topsy turvy T’s and try not to step on the alligators! Numerals 6 and 7 are also introduced. Winter assessments are on tap and….finally… our 100th day of school arrives! Let’s celebrate and graph by 10’s 100 of our favorite snacks! We can hardly wait to get back to school!
Kindergarten testing is Jan.11-15. Please be sure your child has a good night’s sleep and is at school by 8:30 am. Parent conferences will be on Friday, Jan.22. Our letters in reading this month are Nn, week of Jan. 4; Hh, week of Jan. 11; Ww, week of Jan. 19; Ii (short sound), week of Jan. 25. Share day for Friday, Jan.15 is hat day. Have your child bring a hat for this fun day!! Our math unit will focus on measurement and graphs, as well as a review of numeral concepts. Kindergarten Orientation for parents of 4 year olds is on Thursday. Jan.28 from 8:45-9:45.
Virtue Of The Month – Compassion
Throughout the month of December, the 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!
Skills we are working on this month:
Scooping, pouring and filling!
Books we will be reading this month:
“Laura Numeroff Month”
“If You Give a Mouse a Cookie”
“If You Take a Mouse to School”
“If You Give a Pig a Pancake”
“If You Give a Moose a Muffin”
December is a busy time in the 3’s!! It is especially exciting to look forward to our Holiday Program. The children have been practicing some special holiday songs for all to enjoy. We will also celebrate one of our favorite holiday stories… “The Polar Express.” Wearing our pajamas to school, riding on our classroom train and drinking hot chocolate will surely get us into the holiday spirit. Of course, we will still be learning lots of new things…our letters of the month are K, L and M and our numeral is 5. Classrooms will be busy sorting, exploring, and crafting! Happy Holidays!!
The 4’s December is surely to be merry and bright! We’ll begin by reviewing the letters and numerals introduced so far this year. We will also be making Christmas ornaments to decorate our classroom tree and creating the Christmas surprise for our Moms and Dads. Our Holiday Program is coming up on December 16th at 9:00 am and finally we will be participating in a book exchange and pajama day the last day we are together before break! Whew… We are busy! Have a great holiday!!!
December is a fun and busy month! We will begin our reading journals to coincide with sounds presented. The letters of the week are Dd, week of Nov.30 and Tt, week of Dec. 7. There will be no letter of the week Dec.14. Learning about Christmas Around the World, which is also the theme for our Holiday Program, always proves to be fun and exciting this time of year. On Monday, Nov. 30, each child received his/her part to learn for the program . Our annual field trip to sing our program songs at Sweetgrass Village nursing home is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 17. Mrs. Myers will accompany us with her harp! Our Holiday Program is Monday, Dec. 14 at 9:00 a.m. Holiday parties are Wednesday, Dec. 16, during which the children will be decorating gingerbread houses!
November Is Harvest Time!
Virtue Of The Month – Respect
The O’Quinn School two’s will be learning about life in a Big Red Barn! We will be exploring: Who lives on a farm? What grows on a farm? Moo, Neigh, Baa…which barnyard animal am I and how am I important to the food we eat every day? As we talk about where our food comes from, we will also focus on the importance of giving thanks and sharing with others.
We are so thankful to begin the busy month of November! We will be focusing on the letters H, I and J, as well as the numeral 4. Of course our classrooms will also be filled with Thanksgiving activities. We will talk about all the things we are so thankful to have in our lives. It will be especially exciting to prepare a Thanksgiving feast to share with our friends…we may even see some Native Americans and Pilgrims!!
What a busy month the fours are getting ready to have! We will introduce the numeral 5 and the letter L, create a Leafman, do leaf rubbings and practice the Limbo! The letter “N” follows, where we will make newspaper N’s and a newspaper puzzle out of our name. Our Thanksgiving feast will teach us about the Native Americans and the Pilgrims. We’ll learn about gratefulness and why we truly are grateful for our friends, teachers and school.
Kindergarten November News!
In reading this month we will finish 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. 24th at 10:00 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. 19th . 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.10th . Don’t forget parent conferences on Friday, Nov.6th !
Take a look at the very busy month of October at The O’Quinn School!
Virtue Of The Month – Trustworthiness
The month of October is a fun place 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 we’ll 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!
Skills 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
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. We will also be 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! What a busy month!
Throughout October, the 4’s will be introduced to the letters Y, G, P, S and L, along with the numerals 3 and 4. The firetruck is coming too! October is the month we celebrate “Pumpkins with Pops” which is when our daddies will visit our classrooms to help us carve a scary pumpkin. We will also make our very own “Leaf Man” for the letter L. The Halloween carnival and our Halloween party will close out this busy month – It’s great to be in the 4’s!
Pumpkin Math is our main unit this month, as well as an exploration on Safety and Halloween. Each child will bring in a pumpkin on Wed. Oct. 7, weighing 3 lbs. or less for this unit. Please do not let your child weigh the pumpkin before it is brought to class, because this will be part of their study. Additionally, math focus will include learning geometric terms and shapes along with numeral formation of 7-9. Reading will include 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. Afternoon enrichment will introduce 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. 2 for a fun and exciting field day!
Welcome to the 2015-2016 School Year!
Virtue of the Month – Friendliness
We are all so excited to share a year of fun and learning with you and your children. During the months of August and September, the children will be growing accustomed to their new surroundings, teachers and friends. Thank you for sharing them with us!
Themes we are exploring:
“Welcome to School”
“Let’s Get Acquainted”
“All About Me”
“My Body Parts”
“The Five Senses”
Books we are reading:
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 the “Terrific Threes!” 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, musical and sensory activities! What a great start to a new year!!
Welcome to the Fabulous Fours!
Magnificent Me – That’s right! Our first unit is all about ourselves and what makes us wonderful and special. We will make a book about our favorite things and talk about what is different and the same about each of us. We also will discover our different classroom centers by learning how to take care of them while playing. Our letters this month are M, F, J, K and Y and numerals will include 0 – 2. We are on a new playground this year, so we get to stretch and grow in lots of new ways! What a great start to what promises to be an exciting 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 of the children will receive their very own Sight Word Bag and Learning Fun Bag on Tuesday, 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 items beginning or ending with the letter of the week.
Welcome To Summer Camp – 2015
Bubbles & Bugs, Mud Pies & Sandcastles, Painting & 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 – Adventures With Pete The Cat
May 26 – 29 – Pete Takes The Field
This week is filled with relaxed sporting activities that will have everyone moving and staying active both indoors and out. There will be lots to learn about team work in a noncompetitive environment . We’ll play, exercise and learn to be a team player!
June 1 – 5 – Pete Goes Camping
All that goes with the outdoor camping experience will fill our classrooms this week. Experiencing the fun of cookouts, learning about summer insects and pitching tents all come together to create fun in the great outdoors!
June 8 – 12 – Pete Visits The Zoo
Inhabitants of the zoo are unique and fun. There is always more to learn and this is the week to do it! Their habitats, diets, behaviors and lifestyles will all be explored. Everyone is sure to come away with something new!
June 15 – 19 – Pete’s Groovy Colors
The artist in everyone will come out this week. Various colors and media will be used and creative masterpieces will be the result. Clear a special wall in your home for some exciting new exhibits!
June 22 – 26 – Pete The Pirate
Pirates have captivated children for ages and we are delighted to bring their adventures to camp. We’ll follow maps to discover hidden treasures, learn about ships sailing the ocean blue and have so much fun immersing ourselves in a pirate’s way of life.
June 29 – July 3 – All American Pete
Happy July 4th is the theme this week. Once we have made our red, white and blue hats, streamers and flags, we’ll take to the sunny outdoors for our annual O’Quinn parade. The children will be all smiles as they wish America a very “Happy Birthday!”
July 6 – 10 – Pete Gets Wet
Here in the heat of summer, what could be better than a water theme! All week long we’ll be experimenting with water, getting a little wet at times and loving every minute of it! The children will hear the word “conservation,” understand why it is important and learn the significance of water to our planet. Why is it essential to keep our oceans, rivers and lakes healthy? We’ll find out!
July 13 – 17 – Pete Gets A Job
What should I be when I grow up? This is a fun area to explore with young children and sometimes their answers surprise us! We’ll highlight various occupations and have play areas set up in the classrooms that will allow children to role play and have fun with pretend.
July 20 – 24 – Pete The Builder
We plan to build with so much more than blocks! A child’s imagination can make excellent use of boxes, buttons, pipe cleaners, wheels, spools and so much more. We’ll bring the materials and your children will bring the fun. Hopefully, you’ll have a chance to stop in to see what unfolds!
July 27 – 31 – Pete Goes To Africa
This week finds Pete getting adventurous! We’ll travel alongside our favorite cat to the continent of Africa where diamonds and gold can be found. Safaris might show us elephants, zebras, lions, tigers and more. How educational and fun!
Aug. 3 – 7 – Pete The Scientist
During our final week of Summer Camp, Pete will invite us to join him in discovering the what, how and why of everyday occurrences. This is the beginning of science when inquisitive little minds are given the opportunity to ask questions and experiment with different answers. We are all sure to learn a thing or two!