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Program Themes for April 2013

Program Themes for April 2013

Below is a sampling of activities that your child may experience this month.

 

Infants

Sample activities include:

  • Library & Language: Reading the featured Books: Animal Babies Around the House and Animal Babies in Towns and Cities by Kingfisher Publications; Singing songs; Listening to weather- and color-related vocabulary
  • Motor: Scribbling with chalk; Clapping hands
  • Sensory: Exploring potting soil with hands and gardening tools
  • Cognitive: Exploring toys of different sizes; Using fingerpaint

 

Toddlers

For Toddlers, the theme is “The Earth.”  Sample activities include:

  • Library & Language: Discussing photos and books featuring insects and spiders, seasons, and Earth-related images; Featured Book: When Will it be Spring? By Catherine Walters
  • Creative Arts: Creating art with items found in nature
  • Sensory: Exploring potting soil with hands, shovels, rakes; Using gardening tools
  • Dramatic Play: Pretending to be construction workers, using construction-related props and blocks

Discovery Preschool

For Discovery Preschool, the theme is “The Earth.” Sample activities include:

  • Library & Language Arts : Exploring puppetry; Featured Books: I Love Our Earth by Bill Martin Jr., and Michael Sampson and Spring by Gerda Muller
  • Creative Arts: Painting rocks with tempera paint; Moving paint-covered rocks inside boxes lined with paper to create art
  • Science & Sensory: Exploring wet and dry soil
  • Dramatic Play: Role playing buying, selling, and working in a flower shop
  • Math & Manipulatives: Matching containers with lids; Estimating with counters

Preschool & Prekindergarten

For Preschool and Prekindergarten, the monthly theme is “In the Spring.”  Sample activities include:

  • Library and Language Arts: Writing and drawing with chalk; Exploring photo cards and books about spring; Featured Book: Mud by Mary Lyn Ray
  • Creative Arts: Painting at an easel with brown, green, and white paint
  • Science & Sensory: Exploring potting soil
  • Dramatic Play: Pretending and role-playing in a home  
  • Math & Manipulatives: Using balance scales to weigh manipulatives

 

For Prekindergarten, sample activities include:

  • Library & Literacy: Exploring letter puzzles; Featured Book: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  • Creative Arts: Creating insect and spider masks and headbands
  • Science & Sensory: Exploring materials to discover which absorb water and which dissolve in water; Exploring sand and plastic insects
  • Dramatic Play: Pretending and role-playing at a party
  • Math & Manipulatives: Practicing one-to-one correspondence and representing quantities; Building bug habitats with blocks and other props

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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