Program Themes for January 2012

Program Themes for January 2012

Below is a sampling of activities children participated in during the month of January 2012.



 For infants, the theme is “Winter Tunnels”.  Sample activities include:

  • Library & Language: Listening to picture books read aloud, such as How Much Is That Doggie in the Window? by Iza Trapani and The Itsy Bitsy Spider by Iza Trapani; listening to vocabulary words that describe emotions, colors, foods, day and night
  • Sensory: Crawling through “winter tunnels” (cardboard boxes)
  • Motor: Bouncing balls; making music
  • Cognitive: Sorting objects; investigating shapes



For Toddlers, the theme is “In My Imagination”.  Sample activities include:

  • Library & Language: Exploring picture magnets featuring nursery rhymes, winter-themed books, and nursery-rhyme or fairy-tale books; Listening to the featured books read aloud: Five Little Ducks by Child’s Play and This Old Man by Child’s Play
  • Creative Arts: Creating fingerpaint prints
  • Sensory: Exploring water using tools to scoop and pour
  • Dramatic Play: Using dress-up clothes and props to pretend to be “on stage”


Discovery Preschool

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

  • Library & Language Arts : Describing pictures on transportation-themed photo cards; reading the featured book: Freight Train, by Donald Crews
  • Creative Arts: Creating collages and painting with puffy paint
  • Science & Sensory: Experimenting with building ramps and rolling cars and balls down the ramp
  • Dramatic Play: Dressing up and pretending to ride on a train
  • Math & Manipulatives: Shape identification with puzzle cards and wooden puzzles



For Preschool, the theme is “My Imagination”.  Sample activities include:

  • Library & Language Arts: Exploring photos of musicians, dancers, and children using their imaginations; writing imaginative stories in booklets; Reading the featured book: Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
  • Creative Arts: Creating imaginary character sculptures using  clay and a variety of collage materials
  • Science & Sensory: Exploring creatures hidden in a sensory table
  • Dramatic Play: Acting out the story Where the Wild Things Are in a forest
  • Math & Manipulatives: Building imaginary creatures and their homes



For Prekindergarten, the theme is “Dinosaurs”.  Sample activities include:

  • Library & Literacy: Matching uppercase and lowercase letters; exploring books about dinosaurs; Reading the featured book: Dinosaurs Roar! by Paul and Henrietta Strickland
  • Creative Arts: Puppet-Theatre Creation, Sponge Painting
  • Science and Sensory: Creating dinosaur skeletons to explore cause and effect relationships as well as observe how materials change in a variety of circumstances; exploring sand   
  • Dramatic Play: Pretending to be scientists making discoveries in a lab
  • Math & Manipulatives: Associating numbers and dots on a die with quantities they represent; exploring volume; counting by ones to tally objects; building creatures with unit blocks





















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