Highlights from the September Morning Theme of Family and Friends:
The children with Sherri and Sandra have been busy creating a feeling of community in the classroom by making a handprint community wreath to hang on the door, making friendship dough (playdough) and drawing cards to deliver to different classrooms.
Children with Kaylah and Hunter have learned all about family and friends. They created a friendship Garden using a beautiful painted canvas and delivered cookies to the school community.
The children with Danielle spent the month learning about extended families. They learned how many people are in each child’s family and what it means to be a family. The children read a very sweet book titled, Mouse Paint by Ellen Walsh. After reading the story, the children enjoyed painting with their feet on large pieces of canvas.
The children with Haley started the month with a wonderful discussion and project about what it means to be part of a community. They followed the discussion up with taking a hike through the “community,” collecting leaves as the colors became more vibrant and making leaf rubbings with the leaves that were collected!
Children with Hilary spent the month learning about Community Helpers. They learned about fire fighters, doctors,construction workers, dentists, and police officers and what their role is in our Community. At the end of the month the children created a thankful wreath for the Shelburne Police Department.
The children with Amber started September with learning about communities and made a Friendship Bread yeast starter. Over the next ten days they tracked the progress of the yeast, wrote out a card and directions for each class and delivered the yeast starter to each classroom! Wow did the school smell delicious.
Children with Angela have been busy learning about Friendly Neighborhoods and what it means to be part of a community. To learn about Neighborhoods they talked about the different components that make up a neighborhood, walked around our school neighborhood and finally created a large map of our local community on canvas.
The Heartworks Preschools have an enrichment program in the afternoon that incorporates Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM). Each day the focus of the afternoon curriculum is on one of these areas, combined with our traditional classrooms values of sharing, respect, courtesy, and listening. Through a broad range of fun and creative activities, the children are encouraged to make predictions, develop hypotheses, ask questions, explore, imagine, build and experiment.
September STEAM Highlights:
What a wonderful successful start of the afternoon STEAM programs! The children have been busy with STEAM experiments, projects, building, inventing and observations.
Some highlights from the children in Danielle’s class are science projects that involved walking water, and cloud observations. In Haley’s Wednesday STEAM class some exciting Engineering highlights are creating “blueprints” to draw the ideal playground and using blocks to create a mock playground. The children in Amber’s class have enjoyed working with numbers in all aspects of STEAM. They have been measuring with rulers, sorting and graphing crayon colors and counting with cubes. In the STEAM class with Angela children have dissected apples and then labeled their parts followed by a delicious apple snack. Using baking soda paint the children used eye droppers to drop vinegar onto paintings and observed the chemical reactions.
October’s Morning Overall Theme is Cultures
The Culture Study exposes children to different cultures and ways of life. They will learn to find the location on a world map, be introduced to some basic words in that language, clothing, art, music, dance, architect, important landmarks, food, animals, landscape and so much more. The classes will be studying the following Cultures:
- Children with Sherri and Sandra - Australia
- Children with Kaylah, Hunter and Danielle - China
- Children with Haley and Hilary - Mexico
- Children with Amber and Angela - Kenya
Music with Joanna
Joanna May is our music teacher who visits our school throughout each month. Some of the classes have a scheduled time to have music with Joanna in the Big Room. Joanna incorporates singing, dancing, and movement into her music class.