Mount Pleasant News
Virtue of the Month
Hello October, we are so excited you are here! These little pumpkins will be Fall-ing into BOO. We will begin learning all about the wonders of Fall, including leaves, trees, and animals…What a breath of fresh air!
October is also Fire Safety month, and will include a visit from our local department, fire engine included!
Our Halloween theme will be filled with crafts, songs, books, experiments, and a festive carnival for children and their parents to enjoy! The “Itsy Bitsy Spider” and “Little Miss Muffet” will also be woven into the fun.
Lastly, their focused skill will be “washing hands” and learning about “perseverance” (we think they can, we think they can). Our Two’s crew is eager to make many memories with your children through endless crafts and sensory activities!
The fun continues in the Three's as we welcome Fall and hopefully cooler weather. Our letters N, C and K lend themselves nicely to talk about nests, colts, corn and carrots, as well as kites and pumpkins.
The children will learn first hand what it's like on a farm with our annual "O'Quinn Farm Day". They will shear sheep, wash muddy pigs and vegetables, ride a horse, gather eggs from hens, milk a cow, shuck corn, hayride on a wagon, and go pumpkin picking in our patch!
October is also Fire Prevention Month! We'll spend time re-enacting "stop, drop and roll" and listening to special stories.
During the Month of October, our 4-year-old students will learn how to properly form and identify the sounds of the letters Hh, Tt, Ii, Uu, and Cc. Along with measuring and comparing pumpkins for our Halloween and Fall unit, we will also practice how to stop, drop and roll while learning Fire Safety practices. You don't need to be a firefighter in their gear, it's just an outfit like the costumes we wear for Halloween!
We are also excited to welcome back the Dads to our classrooms for our traditional Pumpkins with Pop event. The children will enjoy a morning of pumpkin carving and a light snack at school with their Pops!
The end of the month we will celebrate Halloween with a special Spooky Themed Carnival. Each Class will have the opportunity to share a special snack in their classroom with their school family.
Discovery Students will travel to Mexico to explore the Mayan and Aztec cultures, Day of the Dead, Frida Kahlo, Mariachi music, Monarch Butterfly Migration, and so much more. We will end our unit with a fiesta to include traditional Mexican foods prepared by the children.
October is such an exciting month in Kindergarten! We will explore stars and focus our learning on specific constellations. Then we will learn all about bats and will conclude our unit with a bat cave day, where we get to dress in all dark “bat” colors and work with the lights off!
With Halloween at the end of this month we will work on some fun Halloween crafts and activities and we get to attend the Halloween carnival, dressed in our costumes.
In math, we are starting a new unit about 2-D and 3-D shapes.
Our focus books for the month are The Circus Ship, Hippos are Huge, Quit Calling Me a Monster and Pick a Pumpkin. We will work on making predictions, creating mental images and we will discuss the author's purpose in nonfiction books. We will also discuss what is needed to make a sentence and create our own sentences.
For ELA we will continue to focus on different letters by reading books, singing songs and learning to correctly form them in our writing journals.
August & September
Virtue of the Month
We are all so excited about our new Two’s Crew!
August and September are all about LOVING their new O’Quinn home. We will read many stories about school, learn to navigate the classroom, and begin building the most special friendships!
The children will develop a sense of their body and its parts, while exploring their 5 senses. Our “All About Me” theme will expand their thoughts on themselves and each other.
Our main focus is to ensure that each child feels loved, has fun, and enjoys their new classroom family, one day at a time
Parents, thank you for entrusting us in their journey. We look forward to a fantastic year!
Welcome to a new school year! We are so excited to get started! Our teachers are eager to meet their new students and begin guiding them through a world of discovery and exploration. The children will start their alphabet journey with letters S, A, T, I and P, and our number focus will be on numerals 1 and 2.
For August, our units are "Welcome to School" and "I Can...", as the children start acclimating to their new classrooms and learning about things they can do, such as painting, coloring, cutting, gluing and drawing portraits of themselves.
In September, we will be busy learning all about our "Community" and its many "Community Helpers".
Our friends will also be attending PE, Music and French weekly! Welcome to the Terrific Threes!
Welcome to School! The Mt. Pleasant O'Quinn 4K Team is eager to welcome friends back to our campus this month. We will begin our first few weeks of school getting to know one another and learning our classroom routines. The children will be introduced to Mat Man from our Handwriting Without Tears program and review 4K readiness skills.
Later in the month and into September, we will begin our study of the alphabet learning to properly form the letters L, F, E and H, as well as the sounds these letters make. Our math concepts will include the numerals 0-4, counting, and 1:1 correspondence. In addition to our shape review, the children will be playing the game "Left, Right, Center" as a fun way to introduce the positional words left and right.
Discovery classes will learn the 7 major continents and 5 major oceans on our planet as well as introducing map reading skills and directional words. Each class will map their own classroom and learn a song about the 7 continents. Exploring different types of ecosystems and major land formations will prepare students for our upcoming travels around the world.
Welcome Back! We are so excited to get our Kindergarten year started! We will be learning all about each other, including where we live with our Me on the Map Unit. We will begin by talking about our world, to the USA, to South Carolina, to Charleston, to Mt. Pleasant and finally our street and house. We will also make an All About Me book and poster, along with drawing self-portraits.
In math, we will be discussing attributes of two objects, working with different configurations of numbers to 5 and classifying objects to make categories and counting those objects.
For ELA we will focus on different letters by reading books, singing songs, using sensory activities and learning to correctly form them in our writing journals. We will begin each morning with an interactive read aloud and our first set of books will be exploring wordless books. We can’t wait to jump into this school year and get to know our students!