As the school year progresses, so do our students! During the past month, our children have been exploring the Animal Kingdom and its six categories, including mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds, fish, and insects. They have been learning the definitions of each category and why whales are not fish; why spiders are not insects, and why frogs belong to the amphibian family. They have learned that a frog lays eggs in the water. The eggs hatch into tadpoles, which are born with gills that allow them to breathe oxygen. Then tadpoles grow into frogs that use lungs to breathe oxygen and live on the land. Our children were fascinated by all this information and enjoy participating and sharing their understanding. Some of our older children are invited to choose their favorite animal to research then share their findings in class. It is amazing to see how their work reflects their understanding of their chosen topic.
February is the birthday month of our most famous Presidents including George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. We will learn about their lives and focus on their contributions as U.S. Presidents. The children will learn to identify money including the coins: penny, nickel, dime, and quarter in the math area. In practical life, they will work on the penny cleaning and polishing skills as a cross curriculum activity.
Additionally February brings changes to the environment, as well. We will introduce how the animals cope with winter through hibernation, adaptation, and migration. We will also introduce the following vocabulary and definitions including vertebrate and invertebrate, as well we discuss the similarities and differences between carnivore, herbivores, and omnivores.
Most recently, our kindergartners are finding tremendous success utilizing our SRA reading system. It provides individualized skills instruction, permits independent work, promotes the students’ sense of responsibility, and allows each student move at his/her own pace, according to individual ability. The program meets the different needs of students by providing multi-level learning materials. The goal of SRA program is to develop comprehension, vocabulary, word analysis, study skills and to develop the habit of independent work.
We look forward to continued successes as we move through the month and begin preparing for upcoming events including the Kindergarten STEAM Fair February 28 and school portrait days which will be held the first few days in March.
Enrollment for the 2017-2018 school year will begin soon. Keep watching the website for more information on summer camp and registration for next school year! You don’t want to miss out!