James Island News

January 2021 News

Virtue of the Month: Empathy

The virtue for the month of January is Empathy!  Empathy is noticing how others are feeling and responding with care.  

Great article on Helping Children Develop Empathy


Hey Little Ant by Hannah and Phillip Hoose

You Me and Empathy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2etlHdt84s

Bear Needs Help https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dreDskEnjiU

Song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lsn4Hz1kMes&feature=youtu.be


We are so excited to welcome our little ones back from our holiday break.  We will be using the first week of January to review our curriculum and reestablish our routines.  In the coming weeks we will explore winter and hibernation.  We will study snow and ice, arctic animals and what activities we can do in the winter.  The last week of January we will dive into a study of the alphabet with songs, stories, and hands-on activities.  

The 2's Team! 


The threes start the year off looking at what kind of weather we experience in winter. What clothes should we wear? What activities can we do? We will also find out what animals do when it’s cold outside. Our letters for this month are Ww and Dd. Winter. Weather. Whale. Walrus. What about Dd? Dinosaurs of course! The end of January begins our unit on Museums. We will start with History and Natural History museums and we will continue this unit into February. 

The 3's Team!


Welcome back! What a fantastic school year we have had so far and as we return to school we have some wonderful things planned for our 4's. We are starting the year off with our second semester assessment. We will be testing your child to see what learned so far this school year. These assessments will go home January 13th. During this time we will begin learning about winter animals such as bears, penguins and sled dogs. These animals will correlate with our letters for January which are Jj, Pp, Bb, Dd. We will also have our begin an author study on Jan Brett. This amazing author/illustrator has created some memorable books such as The Mitten. We are excited to share many of her stories with our 4's. In Math, we will learn to identify and write numbers 13-15 as well as identify and extend a variety of patterns. . We look forward to a great start of the new school year!

The 4's Teachers


Happy New Year!  In January, Kindergarteners will be learning about resolutions and making some of our own. We’ll learn about Martin Luther King Jr. and explore some ways we can help make the world a better place.  We will also learn about author and illustrator, Jan Brett, who wrote The Mitten and The Hat.  A rock study will have us exploring all over O’Quinn and our own backyards for different types of rocks and minerals! We are also busy sounding out words, learning about punctuation, and using our imagination and creativity to write some amazing stories.  In math we will learn to use number bonds and practice solving addition and subtraction problems. It will be a fun and exciting start to 2021 in Kindergarten! 



I know that we are ready for 2020 to end and to welcome "une nouvelle année" , a new year. So let's all wish each other "une bonne année" and celebrate by experiencing the magic that the Eiffel Tower brings to us at this time of year. We will also talk about the fun way that families in France celebrate the arrival of the 3 kings.

2's. The New Year at the EIffel Tower,

       start a new hello song,

       continue the colors and numbers,

       Book, "maman"

3's The New Year at the EIffel Tower,

      the Epiphany and "la galette des rois"

      color song / start learning colors


4's The New Year at the EIffel Tower,

      the Epiphany and "la galette des rois"

      review Ours Brun, Ours Brun 

      color song and number song.

5's The New Year at the EIffel Tower,

      the Epiphany and "la galette des rois"

       new hello song

       french dialogue



The Spanish classes in January will center around the fable "The Lion and the Mouse". We will explore the vocabulary of the book in both English and Spanish, and talk about the moral of the story. We will also act out the story using simple Spanish dialogue.

In addition to this, we will continue to learn to count and make patterns extending the range from 0-10 to 0-20 in Spanish.

Señora Thompson