Program Themes for December 2012

Program Themes for December 2012

Below is a sampling of some activities your child may participate in during the month of December 2012.



Sample activities include:

  • Library & Language: Listening to songs and fingerplays; Listening to picture books such as I'm a Little Teapot and It's Raining, It's Pouring by Iza Trapani read aloud
  • Motor: Bouncing balls; chasing cars; coloring with chunky crayons
  • Cognitive: Sorting objects; investigating shapes
  • Sensory: Exploring objects by rolling, pushing, and pulling them



For Toddlers, the theme is “Things That Go.”  Sample activities include:

  • Library & Language: Exploring books, photographs, and magnets about transportation; Listening to the featured books Down by the Station by Child’s Play® and The Wheels on the Bus by Child’s Play® read aloud
  • Creative Arts: Creating art with chalk
  • Sensory: Exploring sand with vehicles and sand toys
  • Dramatic Play: Dressing up and using a variety of props to pretend to ride on a bus


Discovery Preschool

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

  • Library & Language Arts: Exploring food-related books, photo cards, and photos; using flannel pieces and finger puppets to tell different versions of the story The Three Bears; Listening to the featured books Growing Colors by Bruce McMillan and Feast for 10 by Cathryn Falwell read aloud
  • Creative Arts: Making prints with ink pads, rubber stamps, paint, sponges, and kitchen utensils
  • Science & Sensory: Exploring materials of different textures and smells
  • Dramatic Play: Pretending and role-playing in a grocery store
  • Math & Manipulatives: Sorting by colors; counting up to five

Preschool & Prekindergarten

For Preschool and Prekindergarten, the monthly themes are "Healthy Bodies" and "My Imagination":

Sample activities for "Healthy Bodies" include:

  • Library and Language Arts: Creating menus, making grocery lists, and writing recipe cards; looking at books and photo cards about healthy bodies, health, and nutrition; reading the featured book I'm Growing! by Aliki
  • Creative Arts: Painting with sponges of different shapes
  • Science & Sensory: Using thermometers to take temperatures; exploring water with eyedroppers and turkey basters
  • Dramatic Play: Taking on a variety of roles in a doctor's office
  • Math & Manipulatives: Building hospitals and clinics with blocks

Sample activities for "My Imagination" include:

  • Library & Literacy: Experimenting with stencils and writing tools; exploring books and photo cards about imagination, music, dance, and the arts; reading the featured book Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak; making letter puzzles and letter L collages
  • Creative Arts: Making puppets; painting at the easel; creating chalk and water drawings
  • Science & Sensory: Growing crystals; exploring sand with a variety of sand toys
  • Dramatic Play: Using imagination, role-playing, and creating with a variety of dress-up clothes, props, accessories, and art materials
  • Math & Manipulatives: Completing and creating patterns with pattern strips and buttons; playing estimation and subtraction games























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