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Spring 2017 Has Sprung!

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 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 during the month of April:

Can you jump on two feet?

How about just one?

And then can you switch to the other?

Themes we are exploring during April and May:

What a Wonderful World!

Pond Life

The Rain Cycle

Earth Day & Recycling

The World Around Us is Springing to Life

Books we will be reading in 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


April will be a busy month in the 3’s!   Spring is here and our hibernating bears will awaken soon.  It will also be exciting to learn a big word…metamorphosis, as we watch our caterpillars turn into butterflies!  After planting flowers and vegetables in our playground garden, what fun we’ll have watching them grow.   The letters W, X and Y and the numeral 9 will all be introduced and finally, we are looking forward to egg hunts and yummy treats later in the month. We are so happy spring has arrived!


Spring is in the air and the 4’s classes have been very busy little bees.  This month we will celebrate our Moms at our annual Mother’s Day Teas.  The children have been working very hard to plan for this special event.  It all starts with a musical program and is followed by a sit down luncheon with Mom.   Easter will be celebrated with  off campus egg hunts where the children will enjoy hunting for  eggs and playing some creative outside games.  We are continuing to learn all about insects in our study of Eric Carle and bugs.  Finally, we will learn the letters W, X, and Y and review numerals 1-20.


Kindergarten April News!

Welcome Spring, Bugs and our Insect Unit which include lots of fun activities around our observation of live insects; ants, caterpillars and mealworms. Afternoon enrichment will finish with lighthouses of South Carolina and move on to an extensive rock study. Letters this month are Yy, week of April 3; Uu (short sound), week of April 10; Oo,(short sound), week of April 18; and Uu,(long sound), week of April 24. The children will be expanding their journal writing and focusing on fractions and time during math study. Finally, we’ll all head out to Sullivan’s Island beach for a Surf Seining field trip on Friday, April 7.   Easter Egg hunts are scheduled for Thursday, April 13. We will be very busy kindergarteners!


March Winds Are Blowing! 


Virtue Of The Month – Patience


What goes up?  This month we look to the sky to explore the wind and all things that fly!  Birds, airplanes, kites and balloons –  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!

Themes we are exploring:

Windy Weather

What Goes Up?

Things that fly…birds & planes

St. Patrick’s Day


Books we are reading:

“Up, Up, Up” by: Susan Reed

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

“Tweedle Dee Dee” by: Charlotte Voake

“Go, Dog, Go” by: Dr. Seuss

“Freight Train” by: Donald Crews


The 3’s are blasting off into March!   We are so excited to explore the Wonders of Outer Space. Learning all about the sun, stars and the planets in our solar system allows us to even “walk” on the moon!   We will also be celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday by reading lots of silly stories and participating in many creative activities!   Letters T, U and V and numeral 8 will be introduced this month as well.


It’s starting to warm up and the 4′ classes are excited about all the fun activities scheduled for March. After wrapping up our unit on Sea Life, we’ll begin a new unit on Bugs, making our own Bug Book inspired by Eric Carle’s stories.   We are working hard in our Music and French classes to prepare a special program for our Mother’s Day Teas.   Letters this month are M, N and V and  numerals are 19 and 20.  Let’s keep our eyes out on the 17th for the leprechaun and celebrate St. Patrick’s with a special snack.


Kindergarten News!

Our letters this month in reading are Gg, week of the 27th , Xx, week of the 6th,  Zz, week of the 13th and Qq, week of the 27th .  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. Look for an exciting Surf Seining field trip on April 7th  to culminate this fun unit . Afternoon enrichment will explore Charleston and South Carolina lighthouses. This will include each child’s individual large map of the peninsula and a replica of a SC. lighthouse!


February 2017 –  Is All About Love!

Virtue Of The Month – Responsibility


This month we will learn 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 Scarves!  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 Quinn School twos will be celebrating their love during a very special Valentine’s Event!

Themes we are exploring:



Dental Health

Valentine’s Day

Books we are reading:

“The Snowy Day” by: Ezra Jack Keats

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

“Mouse’s First Valentine” by: Laruen Thompson

“Peppa Pig: Dentist Trip”

by: Mark Baker & Neil Astley

Skills we are working on:

Can your little one take his or her jacket on and off independently?  We will be working on this very important skill this month.  Ask me about the flip!


February will be an exciting month in the 3’s!   We’ll celebrate Grandparent’s Day by singing and sharing classroom activities with our grandparents or other special family member or friend.    The children will also be fascinated learning about the World of Dinosaurs as they become young paleontologists, exploring fossils and all the various kinds of these amazing creatures.  As always, we will continue to learn about the letters of the alphabet through hands on activities and play.  Our letters of the month are Q, R and S and our numeral is 7.  A highlight, of course, is Valentine’s Day!  What a fun experience it is to share and exchange valentines with our sweet friends. Get ready for an amazing month!!!


This February, the 4’s are learning all about The Ocean.  We will be working on a sea life book that goes along with our story, In the Deep Blue Sea, by Lorraine Long.  At the end of the month, Grice Laboratory from the College of Charleston will visit our school, allowing the children to hold and touch many sea creatures in their touch tank.   This is a great hands-on experience where the children have the opportunity to learn lots of new facts from a marine biologist.  We will also study the letters B, R, K, A, numerals 15-18, discuss President’s Day and celebrate Valentine’s Day.  Our dramatic play area will be transformed into a Post Office and the children will enjoy trading valentines during our Valentine’s Day Party.  To round out the fun, who can correctly predict if the groundhog will see his shadow?  Happy February!


Kindergarten News!

Letters this month are Ll, week of Jan. 30, Bb, week of Feb. 6, Vv, week of Feb. 13 and Rr, week of Feb. 22. We have our 100th day of school celebration on Friday, Feb 3!  All children may wear their 100th day shirt and each parent will be asked to bring in an item towards eating our 100 pieces of snack that day.  Valentine’s parties are scheduled for Tuesday Feb. 14 and there will be celebrations honoring both Lincoln’s and Washington’s birthdays.  In addition, our exciting unit of the month is Space!  February is sure to be educational, productive and best of all, fun!


Happy New Year!

January 2017

Virtue of the Month – Cooperation


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  enjoying crafts, circle time and a special doughnut snack.

Can your little ones take their shoes and socks on and off by themselves?  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 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 much about how our bodies work…from our brain to the tips of our toes.  Be on the lookout for a life-size body complete with all the important parts!  Another focus area this month is winter weather. We will be reading The Mitten by Jan Brett and doing all sorts of fun activities with this book. The letters N, O and P and the number 6 will be introduced while also reviewing the letters and numbers we have learned so far.  You will receive a schedule for parent/teacher conferences later in the month.


The 4’s are excited to get back in the swing of things after the New Year.  We will begin a new thematic unit for our curriculum, All About The Farm.   The children will work throughout the month on a farm rhyming book, reading many farm stories and discussing farm life in circle time.  Our dramatic play areas and sensory tables will be transformed and centered around the farm.  Our letters this month include G, S, J, D, and P and our numbers are 10-14.  Students will begin writing dates in their name journals and continue working in their Handwriting Without Tears books.  January assessments will be completed and sent home at the end of the month.


Kindergarten News!

Kindergarten testing is Jan .9-13. Please make sure your child is in school by 8:30 am. Parent conferences will be on Friday, Jan.20. Our letters in reading this month are Nn, week of Jan. 3; Hh, week of Jan. 9; Ww, week of Jan. 17; Ii (short  sound), week of Jan. 23.  Share day for Friday, Jan.13 is hat day. Please have your child bring a hat for this festive day!  Our math unit will focus on measurement and graphs, as well as reviewing number concepts. We are so excited to be going on a field trip to see Peter Rabbit Tales on Thursday, January 26 at 10:30 am, preceded by an in-school workshop on Jan. 4 relating to this fun topic.  Kindergarten Orientation for parents of 4 year olds is on Wednesday. Jan.25 from 8:45am – 9:45am. Thank you!


‘Tis The Season!

December 2016

Virtue of the Month – Compassion


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!

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!!  Looking 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 number is 5. Classrooms will be busy sorting, exploring and crafting!  Happy Holidays!!


The 4’s classes are excited about the holiday season.  Our unit is Winter Holiday, where we’ll learn all about the different traditions that are celebrated during December and talk about the spirit of giving.  The children will be busy decorating hand-made ornaments for their class trees as well as many other holiday crafts, including hand drawn elves, reindeer, festive trees and menorahs.  We have been practicing our holiday songs for our Holiday Programs which are the week of December 5th. The fun will continue with celebrations through class parties and a book exchange.  Finally, we’ll review the numbers and letters we have learned so far this year and continue our handwriting. The holidays are a special time and we are excited to share the joy with all our 4’s families!


Kindergarten December News!

December is such 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.28, Tt, week of Dec. 5 with no letter of the week for Dec.12.  Our focus will be learning about Christmas around the world, which is also the fun and exciting theme for our Holiday Program. Each child received a part to learn on Monday, Nov. 21 and the Holiday Program will be presented in our auditorium on Mon., Dec. 5 at 9:00 a.m. On Wednesday, Dec. 14, we’ll visit Sweetgrass Village Nursing Home to sing our program songs accompanied by Mrs. Myers and her harp!  Classroom holiday parties are Thursday, Dec. 15, during which the children will be decorating gingerbread houses!


It’s Harvest Time!

November 2016

Virtue Of The Month – Respect


During the month of November, The O’Quinn School 2’s will be learning about life in a Big Red Barn!  We will be exploring:  What 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 food comes from, the children will focus on the importance of giving thanks and sharing with others.

Themes we are exploring:

It’s Harvest Time!

Farm Life

Growing Foods

Giving Thanks


Books we are reading:

“Today is Monday”  –   By: Eric Carle

“Cock-a-doodle-doo, Creak, Pop-pop, Moo”  –   By: Jim Aylesworth

“The Farmyard Cat”  –   By: Christine Anello

“Growing Vegetable Soup”  –   By: Lois Ehlert

“Driving my Tractor” –   By: Jan Dobbins and David Sim 

Skills we are working on:

Learning to sit in a chair like a big boy or girl.

The 3’s 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 creative classrooms will be filled with lots of art and Thanksgiving activities. There will be conversation about things we are  thankful for alongside the excitement of preparing a Thanksgiving feast to share with friends…we may even see some Native Americans and Pilgrims!


The 4’s classes will be busy this November learning all about the first Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims and Native Americans.  We’ll read many stories about Thanksgiving,  talk about what we are thankful for and have fun preparing for our big feast.  Native American costumes, necklaces, and headbands using many different Native American symbols  will all be made in class to be worn at this festive event.   The children will have an opportunity to share their thankful books and sing Thanksgiving songs.  Be on the lookout for thankful turkeys and Native American Books that are being sent home with the children.  Our letters this month are O and Q and our numerals are 8 and 9.


Kindergarten News

In reading this month, the 5’s  will finish the theme Finding Friends.  Our letters will be Cc, Aa long  sound, Pp, and Ss.  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. 22nd  at 10:00 am. Another exciting field trip is planned to Porter- Gaud for the 1st grade performance of the play, “The First Thanksgiving”, on Thursday, Nov. 17th  . Finally,  The Charleston Museum is coming for  an in school program on Animals A to Z to conclude our afternoon habitat study on Tuesday, Nov.8th .  Don’t forget parent conferences on Friday, Nov.4th !



Fall Has Arrived

October – 2016

Virtue Of The Month – Trustworthiness

Teachers, children and families alike are all enjoying the many exciting happenings going on around The O’Quinn School during the month of October.  


This Month…

The month of October is a fun place to be at O’Quinn as the 2’s 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!   This is also 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 to include 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, all in addition to exploring our classroom “farmer’s market!”  A special visit to Bi-Lo will be both fun and educational as we learn about how vegetables get from the farm to the grocery store to our homes!  Of course we are always excited to talk about pumpkins and lots of Halloween fun, culminating with a visit to the O’Quinn Halloween Carnival.  Finally, the children will  learn the letters  E, F,G and the numeral 3.


Take a look at the festive events occurring in the 4’s during October.  This month our theme will be Fall Harvest and  the many changes that take place during this season will be front and center.  On Thursday, October 20, our Dads will drop in for Pumpkins with Pops, during which the children will carve individual pumpkins and share refreshments with their Dads.  On Friday, October 28, the 4s classes will attend the school carnival wearing their costumes, followed by Halloween class parties.  October is also Fire Prevention Month and local firemen will stop by for a visit with their firetruck and some great safety tips.  Our letters this month are I, U and C and numeral study will focus on 5-7.  Lots of stories about fall and Halloween along with seasonal crafts round out this fun and educational month!


Kindergarten News!

Pumpkin Math is our main unit in October, as well as an exploration of Safety and Halloween. Each child will bring in a pumpkin on Tuesday, Oct. 11, weighing 3 lbs. or less. Please do not weigh the pumpkin before it is brought to class.  This will be part of our math study, along with learning geometric terms, shapes and numeral formation of 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.  Afternoon enrichment will include 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. 7 for a fun and action-packed field day!


Welcome To The O’Quinn School – 2016

Virtue Of The Month – Friendliness


The 2’s 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 getting accustomed to their new surroundings, teachers and friends.

Thank you for sharing them with us!

This Month…

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

Skills we are working on:

Sitting at the table for snack

Drinking from a cup

Help at home by using a regular cup at meal times!

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, musical and sensory activities!  What a great start to a new year!!


The 4’s classes are excited about the beginning of a new year!   As we begin making new friends and memories during the first few weeks, we will also be getting acquainted and learning all about our new routine. We will introduce our Handwriting Without Tears program, learn all about Mat Man and begin concentrating on name writing. Our unit of study is Magnificent Me and My Friends, so be on the lookout for many fun activities around this theme.  Each student will have the opportunity to bring home the Me Box. This is a show and share activity for each child to bring in on their assigned day. Our letters this month are L, F, E, H and T.  Finally, we’ll introduce our math program , Get Set for School .  Each week, new math concepts are added  that build on one another throughout the year. We are so excited to get things started !


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.6th . 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 – 2016


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 – Curious George Learns Local, Plays Local

May 23rd – 27th – Happy Campers Meet Curious George – Special Guest – Rob Fowler!

Everyone’s favorite little monkey will be our tour guide this summer as we visit and explore all things local.  Come see what adventures and surprises he has in store for O’Quinn’s young campers!

May 31st – June 3rd – The Beach Is Calling – Special Guest – South Carolina Aquarium!

Do monkeys love the water?  Curious George does and he’s ready to take us along.  Let’s find out what swims in the ocean and why we are so lucky to have this beautiful beach in our city’s backyard.

June  6th  – June 10th  – Monkeying Around At The Country Fair – Special Guest – Sam The Clown!

One day at the fair is never enough!  There are games, the Farmer’s Market, face painting and more.  Come join Curious George as he makes the rounds!

June  13th – June 17th – Curious George Creates A Masterpiece – Special Guest – Mount Pleasant Library!

This week will be splashed in color from a variety of sources to honor all Dads!  Follow along with George as he colors, paints, draws and creates Lowcountry art, treating Dad to breakfast and a trip to the O’Quinn Art Gallery!

June  20th – 24th – Hooked On Books – Special Guest – Children’s Book Author, Andrea Weathers!

     Curious George has discovered the magic of books and he can’t wait to share the learning and entertainment they provide!  He finds them at home, school, stores, libraries and just about everywhere he looks – come take a peek!

June 27th – July 1st – 3 Cheers For The Red, White and Blue – Special Guest – The Yorktown!

Curious George invites you to celebrate the USA – Happy Birthday to this great country of ours as we decorate, sing and march around!

July 5th – July 8th – Monkey See, Monkey Do – Special Guest – The Shell Man!

Let’s find out what sights there are to see in the Lowcountry and what is here to do in our hometown.  You won’t be disappointed – let Curious George lead the way!

July 11th – 15th – Curious George Lends A Helping Hand – Special Guest – Firemen!

From firemen and policemen to builders and recyclers, all community helpers are special.  Let’s get involved and lend a helping hand!

July 18th – 22nd – On The Go – Special Guest – Charleston Bicycle Company!

When Curious George is ready to go, how does he move?  Will he ride a bus, a car, a boat or pedal a bike?  Remember the journey is half the fun!

July 25th – 29th – I Wonder – Special Guest – A Magician and Mount Pleasant Library!

How, where, why and why not?  This is right up Curious George’s alley as he investigates science and magic to get some answers.  Come explore and learn the fun way!

August 1st – 5th – Get Your Game On – Special Guest – Gymnasts!