Mount Pleasant News
August - September 2021
The Two's Team is excited to start the school year off with all of our 2-year-olds and their families! Prepare to embark on a year of fun, play, and lots of learning!
During the month of August, the children will be getting accustomed to their new surroundings, teachers, and friends. We will learn and and practice new routines as we explore our classroom and playground. Focusing on the school-wide virtue of the month - friendliness - we will spend time learning our friends' names and completing activities where we have to work together. The children will begin to make connections between themselves and their new friends through the use of books and games focused on feelings and body parts.
The shape of the month for August & September is the circle and the color is yellow. Our featured independence skill for August & September is drinking from a cup. We will be practicing with water and cups in our sensory tables and during all of our daily meal times.
Welcome to a new school year! We are so excited to get the new school year started! Our teachers are eager to meet their classroom children and introduce them to their new world of exploration. The children will be starting their journey with letters S, A, T, I, and P and our number focus are numerals 1 and 2 . The children will start the school year learning about the things they can do with "I Can..." and "Welcome to School" and "Nursery Rhyme" time.
In September. The Children will experience PE, music, and French weekly. Welcome the the "Terrific Threes"!
Welcome to school! The 4's Team is eager to welcome friends onto our campus again this month. We will begin our 1st two 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 from 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 4 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 prep 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 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. Our focus books for the month are The King of Kindergarten, The Girl in the Smallest Grade and This is My Book. For ELA we will focus on different letters by reading books, singing songs and learning to correctly form them in our writing journals. We can’t wait to jump into this school year and get to know our students!
It’s time to move to the Music again. We will be singing Hello to Everybody and marching to the music. We will work with rhythms in the Sheep Song and do our favorite Spider Song. We will clap, and dance to Rocky Top and sing Little Wheel in My Heart. We will sing our old Goodbye songs and Mrs. Myers has a new song to add to all of our around the world Goodbyes. So long, farewell until next music day.
June 7-August 6, 2021
Join us this summer as we dive into stories by our favorite authors. We will bring the pages to life through experiments, art projects, dramatic play, and STEAM building activities.
June 7-June 11 Eric Carle Supplement : Kids in the Kitchen & Soccer
June 14-June18 Eric Carle Supplement : Super Sports
June 21-June 25 Mo Willems Supplement : Little Sprouts Gardening
June 28-July 2 READ, White and Blue Supplement : Wee Little Arts & Little Maestros - Exploring Music
July 6-July 9 Mo Willems Supplement: Dance & Karate .... *4 day week
July 12-July 16 Dr. Suess Supplement : SEA Kids
July 19-July23 Dr. Suess Supplement : Drama Rama
July 26-July 30 Laura Numeroff Supplement : Little Yoga Sprouts
August 2-August 6 Laura Numeroff Supplement : Tumble Time & Polymer Clay
April showers bring May flowers. Our friends in the two’s have certainly blossomed this year! We will spend our last month of school reviewing our colors and shapes through fun games and engaging books. Our last week of school will be filled with exciting activities from Show and Tell Day to Water Day!
We’ve learned a lot this year and built close friendships! We had a fantastic first year at O’Quinn!
Phew, it has been a busy year in the 3’s! The children will enjoy our new unit, Storybook Endings, as we celebrate some of our favorite books and authors.
Our focus letters are X and Y and the number 10. We will continue reviewing the alphabet and numbers, as well as writing the first letter of our name.
As we finish up our last month of school, let’s peek at all of the incredible things we’ve learned about: our Virtues, Mat Man, the alphabet, math and numbers, space, nursery rhymes, the farm, springtime, metamorphosis, hibernation, thankfulness, giving, sharing, cooperation and friendship.
We will miss our friends as they move up to the 4’s. It’s been an incredible journey watching our friends grow!
May is always a bittersweet month in preschool. While it is exciting to have watched so many children grow this past year physically and intellectually, it is always sad do say goodbye. Our 4 year-old children will spend the month of May working to refine their 4K skills and begin 5K readiness skills to include pre-reading and extended math concepts. Mother's Day letters will be handwritten by the children and display creativity and love. Our month will end with various festivities to include summer birthday celebrations, game day, dress-up day, movie day, class parties, water day and more!
Discovery students will be wrapping up their study of Australia's Great Barrier Reef and Land Animal Study. To celebrate our year of learning together, students will create a Hawaiian Luau complete with mango salsa, Spam and pineapple.
And done for the year!
Since this is our last year at O’Quinn we will wrap up our time with a Graduation Performance! We will be practicing all month to make this a wonderful event to say good-bye. We will also be wrapping up our sea life unit, learning all about South Carolina lighthouses and creating an end of the year book.
We have loved our time together, in person, this year. We are sad for it to come to an end, but we look forward to hearing about all the wonderful things this group of students will achieve!
As the end of the year approaches the 5’s will be working on their graduation program songs and dances and we will be adding rehearsal time into the music schedule.
The 2’, 3’, and 4’s will still have music in May but in a smaller time slot. We will be singing songs from our April lessons about fast and slow, and soft and loud. We have added Deep Blue Sea and Listen to the Water, about ocean and beach creatures. We will sing Baby Shark and Go, Go, Go, as well as our favorite Blast Off.
We have had a great time singing Mrs. Myers Works with One Hammer that leads into the There’s a Boo Boo on My Arm and we will sing that at least once more.
We will continue with our dances from around the world. Moving to the music is lots of fun!
As we get closer to the end of the school year our French classes may be at different times and maybe even on different days. Please check your schedules so you will know when your class will be held. Changes in class schedules will begin on May 10th.
The 2's will count to 10 with number farm and learn our animal names as well as review colors with Gustave. We will also be reading a book.
The 3's will finish learning our colors and count to 19 with number farm. We are going to learn some new animal names and discover the Eiffel Tower. I will be reading the book " Everyone Say Bonjour".
In the 4's we will be learning how we celebrate the 1st of May in France! We will be discovering more about the Eiffel Tower and practicing our Robot song and dance. I will be reading a book about Escargot as we learn a song about an Escargot.
The 5's will finish learning the days of the week and learn how to call the members of our family. We will be reading the book "The Boy from Paris".
The 3's will continue with patterns, number, colors, songs and books in Spanish!
Four's will continue to play "charades" and other games to use new Spanish vocabulary - vegetables, fruit, animals and opposites.
The 5's will spend the majority of May going over our lines/song for the Kindergarten Graduation. In addition, we will play games in Spanish to review what we have learned over the year!
The Two’s will be exploring the wonderful world around us during the month of April! We will learn about pond life, weather and the rain cycle. Don’t forget your rain boots, umbrella and raincoat for puddle jumping! We will also learn more about spring as we explore insects and flowers! Everything around us is blooming and growing just like we are.
What is recycling and what can be recycled? Celebrating Earth Day will help us to answer these questions and many more, as the world springs to life with warmer weather. It's a busy month in the Two's!
We are blasting off in April as Dr. Seuss says “there’s no place like space!” During April, the children will take flight as they learn about astronauts, the planets, our Earth our Moon and the Sun. Each child will create a set of planets to take home and our dramatic play centers will be transformed into space stations. The excitement grows as we have our annual SPACE DAY with “astronaut like snacks”, glide through an outdoor space walk, visit a glow room and dodge asteroids, create space sensory bottles and make gravity art. Letters Z, W and V will be with us through the month as we Zoom to Venus and around the World!
Our four-year-old children will be in full bloom during the month of April. In March we began to sprout plants from seeds, it is our hope that April will bring warm days and we can begin to transplant our baby plants to our playground gardens.
We will continue to recognize sight words and write out diagonal letters at the end of the alphabet. Learning our addresses, writing our last names, and measuring in units will further prepare our four-year-old children for their big move to Kindergarten.
During the month of April we will dive into the ocean. We will be studying all about the sea and doing lots of research on the creatures that live in it. We will begin learning about invertebrates, moving on to echinoderms, mollusks and finally vertebrates. After researching animals our students will create crafts, label animal parts and write creatively. We will celebrate the end of this unit with a fun snack that we can enjoy outside on beach towels.
In math, we are learning multiple strategies to solve subtraction problems. In reading, we are continuing to use our small group time to focus on reading and phonics skills.
We have been having a lot of fun doing the Irish Jig and singing the Unicorn song in music class so these will still be on the request list for April.
We are also working on soft and loud, and slow and fast in the songs that we sing. These will include Ram Sam Sam, Ging Gang Goolie, Sarasponda, and Go Go Go.
It's a Small World is the song of the month. We will be learning this song in many languages and include it in our soft, loud, slow and fast study.
We will continue our dances from around the world, Blast Off, be robots to the Computer Man song and have fun singing and moving in music class.
Hi and Happy Easter,
The students will be learning the following in April:
3's: We will continue looking at patterns and colors in Spanish, and work on simple math problems. We will also continue with creative play, stories and songs!
4's: We will work on solving math problems, and start studying the names of planets in Spanish.
5's: We will study the planets in Spanish, and continue with conversational activities.
Wishing everyone a "Joyeuses Pâques"! Here is our curriculum for the month of April.
2's: Reviewing our colors, working on counting to 10, and singing "Avec un gros nez" song, and learning the name of the animals
3's: Continuing learning colors and numbers, singing "Avec un gros nez" song, and learning the name of animals. We will also be learning more about the Eiffel Tower.
4's: Let's learn some moves with "le robot" and the song " Dans mon château". We will be counting to 20 with some fun songs and Reading the book "Toutes les couleurs" (All the colors). The fours will also start to name the days of the week and learn more about the Eiffel Tower.
5's: The fives will learn the days of the week and learn a new song "If I want to say". We will continue to count to 20 and read the book "Toutes les couleurs" (All the colors).
What goes up? This month the twos look to the sky to explore the wind and all things that fly! Birds, airplanes, kites, and balloons, let’s see how many bubbles we might pop too! But wait, what’s going on down below?? There are cars, trains, and buses moving to and fro. Transportation is so much fun; hop on in and ride along! All aboard for a busy, fun month!
Spring has sprung! The Three's will kick-off March celebrating Dr. Seuss’s birthday as we spend the month reading all his incredible books. Additionally, we will be getting down on the ground as we learn about bugs, polliwogs, butterflies, springtime and hunt for Easter eggs. The children will enjoy a hands-on learning experience with the Charleston Museum’s Bug Bonanza Box. We will be gardening and planting flower seeds. The letters Q U and J and number 8 will take us through spring counting jelly beans, making springtime quilts and learning about lifecycles of frogs and butterflies.
During the Month of March our four-year-olds will be learning to properly form the letters M, N, V and W. In addition to learning how to write each letter, children will learn the sound each letter makes and comprise a word bank to accompany each letter. We will be looking out for the sight words 'an', 'we', 'he', and 'she' to be popping up all around us. Can you count out 19, 20, 21 or 22 objects? Our students will tackle this skill together during group learning in addition to identifying these numerals.
The first week of March we enjoy the many works of Dr. Suess. The children will then absorb themselves into life under the sea as we explore Marine Life. Traditionally we have a touch tank come visit our campus. This year the children will be creative and construct their own.
Hunting for Easter Eggs is always a preschool favorite. Before we head off for Spring Break, each class will hunt and enjoy a special snack with their school family.
Discovery Students will head to South America to study the Amazon Rainforest. Here they will learn about the 4 layers of the rainforest and highlight the animals that live in each. The children are always amazed by the many gifts the Rainforest has given us such as rubber, chocolate, medicine and more.
All month long the 5's will be learning all about the butterfly life cycle. Each child will get their own caterpillar to observe and record about during the transformation from caterpillar, to chrysalis, to butterfly. We will read books and use our own observation to steer our learning.
We will also become inventors this month. We will plan out an invention with a drawing, list supplies, build our invention and then write all about it.
We will continue our learning about addition and will begin learning about subtraction. In reading, we will continue to read leveled books both in small groups and independently. We will read poems and write sentences using words that begin with the letters J, F, E, Z, W and K as well as create animal pages for our Alphabet Book.
In March we will be singing songs about St. Patrick’s Day and all things green or Irish. We will dance the Irish Jig (easy version), sing about green alligators (The Unicorn Song), and continue with the Color song. We will review our dances from around the world and sing some of our favorites from earlier months like Computer Man and Blast Off.
At the end of every class we sing the Irish Blessing and goodbye’s from around the world. For the rest of the year I am going to have one or two students help me with this song and lead the class. We have done this a couple of times and it is wonderful watching them sing and do the actions to the song. They get to lead the goodbye’s with a little help now and then.
As the month comes to an end we will do the Twist and add Ram Sam Sam, The Penguin song, and One Small Voice to our repertoire.
I can't believe that we are almost in March! Here is what we will be talking about in French class.
The 2's will continue with our colors and numbers. Billy Ball will still be coming to challenge our memory with the balls. We will be singing the "Un éléphant" song, and celebrating Easter with Gustave (Pâques).
The 3's will continue with our colors and numbers. We will also be singing the "Un éléphant" song. And, we will celebrate Easter with Gustave (Pâques).
The 4's will Finish learning our colors and finish counting to 15. We will sing "Avec un gros nez", some animals and their big noses because we didn't have a chance to do it last month! Easter will be celebrated with Gustave (Pâques).
The 5's will be exploring the Book "Crèpes by Suzette" and its vocabulary. We will also start eh song that helps us count to 20. Easter will be celebrated with Pâques. April Fools day in France with its Poisson d'Avril, Fish of April
JOYEUSE PÂQUES everyone!!
We will be learning songs about the body to go with the projects they are doing in class. We will talk about parts of the body in Spanish. We will review colors and numbers, and animals.
We will read "La liebre y La tortuga" The tortoise and the hare in English and Spanish, and talk about vocabulary and of course the moral of the story!
Winter is here and the O’Quinn School Two’s will continue to learn about bears and why they and other animals hibernate during this cold season. We will also celebrate love for our friends and family, and learn how to care for our teeth in honor of dental awareness month. It’s a busy month in the two’s!
February is a time for love! The first half of the month the children will be learning about love, friendships, and feelings as they create a variety of projects on Valentine's Day. The children will share Valentine cards with each of their classmates and will make a special card for their parents.
After winter break, the children will be learning about the amazing human body. Each child will make a life size version of their body and will add organs and bones as they learn about each. The letters B and F and the number 8 will take us through the month learning about hugs and kisses, friends, bones, and fingers and boney x-rays.
We are excited to continue building Mat Man as we learn how to write the first letter of our name.
During the month of February, the O'Quinn School Fours will be continuing to count from 16-18 as well as working to identify and properly write each of those numerals. We LOVE the month of February as we get a chance to share Valentine's with our friends. The Children always enjoy sitting in a circle together and passing out cards they have signed with their own name!
As well as counting into the teens, our math skill concepts will include expanding on copying and extending ABC patterns to drawing them independently. Spending time with the children while they make predictions and compare and contrast helps to expand vocabulary, as well as offering a fun creative activity.
It is sure to be a fun filled February including celebrating our virtue of Responsibility. The children will focus on being responsible for self, which is an important skill for our soon to be rising Kindergarten students.
Discovery Students will be celebrating Chinese New Year while exploring China. From there they will head to India to discover Diwali and taste some traditional foods surrounding this celebration.
We begin the month of February celebrating our 100th Day of school! We will have a t-shirt fashion show and enjoy many activities centered around the number 100.
This month we will be learning about rocks, presidents and letter writing for Valentine’s Day. We will learn about the layers of the Earth and the three different types of rocks: sedimentary, metamorphic and igneous. When learning about igneous rocks we will get to make a volcano explode and when learning about sedimentary rocks we will make edible conglomerate rocks. We will also get to make a birthstone gemstone out of rock salt, which is a fun way to end this unit.
To begin our president unit, we will talk about a famous rock sculpture, Mt. Rushmore and we will learn about the presidents sculpted.
For Valentine’s Day we were learning about letter writing and addressing an envelope. Each student will get to write and send 3 valentine cards in the mail. In math we are learning different strategies to use for addition and in ELA we are working on word families and reading leveled books both in small groups and independently.
It's time for Valentine songs and dances in music class. We will be dancing to Achy Breaky Heart, and Rocky Top. We will make valentine faces in the picture frame and sing Skidamarinky Doo. Red, Red, Ball and Little Red Box are also on the play list.
We will continue with our around the world dances as we add the Irish jig.
We will be singing our favorite Spider song and Blast off when there is extra time in the younger classes.
The five's are learning the Charleston without partners and the Tarantella.
February is going to go by fast as we have two very special celebrations to talk about, Valentine's day and Mardi Gras. It is going to be a Fun February for sure!
The two's will be practicing our new Hello and Goodbye song as well as our color song, La Saint Valentin, Counting, Billy Ball and the color balls.
The three's will also be practicing our Color song, La Saint Valentin, Chanson " Avec un gros nez", animals and their big nose. We will continue to learn our colors and numbers
The fours will be learning our brun animal game, Color song, La Saint Valentin, Mardi Gras, Chanson " Avec un gros nez", animals and their big nose.
Fives will enjoy learning "New Hello song", French dialogue, La Saint Valentin, and Mardi Gras
The two’s will begin the New Year learning all about the season of winter. While reading “The Snowy Day” by Ezra Jack Keats, we meet a boy named Peter. His outdoor winter adventures include making footprints in the snow, joining children in a snowball fight, and making snow angels. What will happen to the snowball he left in the pocket of his snowsuit? The two’s will enjoy exploring all the wonders of winter and also find out a bit about animals that hibernate during this time.
It’s a winter WONDERland out there, but we are bundled up inside talking about winter animals who survive in this weather by hibernating and migrating. The children will be experience hibernation while putting our classroom bears to sleep, creating dens around the room, and discovering how different animals prepare for the winter. The children will be busy listening to the delightful wintertime books by Jan Brett as they enjoy hands-on activities and create crafts to accompany each book. Our focus letters O and L and number 6.
In January our 4 year olds will be celebrating 100 days of school. We have been counting sets of 10 days and will have 10 of them later in the month. Children will play 100th Day games and count out their own 100 item trail mix snack.
In addition to out Winter Unit studies, students will be writing and identifying numerals up to 15, begin spelling and writing their last names, and begin to recognize the words: a, is, I, & see. We will learn to properly form and identify the sounds of hte letters J, D, P and B.
Discovery students are heading south to Antarctica to explore icebergs, penguins, animal blubber, and the scientists that study there during summer months.
In the 5's this month we will be learning about poetry and pirates! We will learn poetry terms such as alliteration, onomatopoeia, rhyme, rhythm and repetition. We will read poems, act out poems, illustrate poems and even write our own poems! During our pirate unit, we will hear stories about South Carolina pirates, such as Blackbeard and Steed Bonnet. We will also create our own pirate flag, get pirate names, compare amounts of treasure and conclude our unit with Talk Like a Pirate day complete with spy glasses and parrots
In math, we will focus on number pairs, addition and subtraction to 10.
In reading we experience perseverance vicariously by listening to read aloud about characters that “stick to it.” We will write sentences using words that begin with the letters I and L as well as create animal pages for our Alphabet Book.
As we move into the new year, we will be learning new moves in Music class. We will be learning dances from around the world, Mexican Hat Dance, German Dance, and the Tarentella. We will do the Locomotion and dance like a robot to Computer Man.
We will also bring out the shakin’ eggs for our rhythms and vocal exercises, and march to John Phillip Sousa.
As the month rolls to an end we will begin working on Valentine songs and add the Irish Jig to our dance list.
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.
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 and numbers.
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
WIshing everyone a safe and happy holidays!
It’s “Laura Numeroff Month” in the two’s! We will read books by this beloved children’s author throughout the month of December. A few of her books are “If You give a Mouse a Cookie,” “If You Give a Pig a Pancake,” and “If You Give a Moose a Muffin.” These books will expose us to sequencing, cause and effect, cooking, and more!
Our color of the month is red, and our shape is a star. We will also practice the fun skills of scooping, pouring, and filling containers!
As we welcome in the holiday season, we begin a new unit, The Spirit of Giving. This month our three year old classes will collect items to support our local chapter of the Ronald McDonald House. We will deck the halls as we begin a new tradition of ornament week. Classroom elves will visit our classroom daily to leave exciting packages for the children to create reindeer, wreaths, Santa’s beard, Christmas trees, and candy canes! We will end the month with our holiday party and our “PJ and Polar Express” morning. Our focus letters are M, D and G and the number 5 with gifts, the grinch, decorating, marshmallow and mugs and five golden rings!
During the month of December, our 4K students will be learning to properly from the letters G and S, as well as identifying the sounds each makes. Be on the lookout for a Green Grinch for the letter G! We will also be studying Holiday Traditions and Celebrations with craft making and class parties.
While each year we are usually busy getting ready for holiday programs during this time, we will spend it exploring science with fun experiments. The children will observe what will happen to candy canes when soaked in water, rubbing alcohol, vinegar and oil. They will use the scientific method to make predictions, observations, and conclusions.
Our Discovery Students have traveled to Europe with their first stop in Italy to make pizza and ride on a gondola. They will also visit Sweden for St. Lucia, Paris to see the Eiffel Tower, gingerbread houses in Germany, and more as we Discover Holiday Traditions throughout Europe!
December is a busy and exciting month for the 5's! We get to travel all around the world to learn about different holiday traditions. We will learn about Diwali in India, La Befana in Italy, St. Nicholas Day in the Netherlands, Las Posados in Mexico, St. Lucia in Scandinavia, Hanukkah and Kwanza. We will have a visitor from Porter-Gaud coming in for a fun reading of the Grinch, where we will all wear green! We will also spend one morning visiting each Kindergarten class to make an ornament along with a special holiday snack! We will continue to work our way through the alphabet, taking a deeper look at the letters P, A, H, T, O and N. In math we will be comparing numbers using the words more than, less than or equal to.
Christmas songs are in the air as we practice singing some of our favorites. We are still playing instruments to keep the beat. We are shaking eggs to Felice Navidad and our Hannakah songs. We will also play our rythm sticks as we sing Santa Claus is Coming to Town.
The two's and three's are opening up the box to find their pj's are rocking the baby in the Mrs. Myers original Rock Baby. We are lighting the Menora in our Hannakah song and playing instruments in Jingle Bells.
We travel throughout the room with our instruments to feel the Holiday move and groove!
This month we will be continuing our "flamenco" theme and will be making fans to represent the Hispanic world.
We will also learn ingredients and preparation for the Mexican dish "guacamole".
We will also learn the song "Feliz Navidad" and talk about Christmas in Spain and England :)
"Oh, oh, oh, Joyeux Noêl" will say the Père Noël went he will be arriving in France.
During this magical month, that is December, all the children are going to learn about Papa Noël and everything that make Christmas time a very special time of year. Even Gustave will be part of the festivities.
Every age group is going to learn French Christmas:
- and read books as well.
The 4's will still sing the song "Il pleut" (it's raining) and read Ours Brun, Ours Brun (brown bear, brown bear).
May your holidays be full of warmth and cheer!
The two’s are getting down on the farm in November! We will have fun with all the barnyard animals, learn what it means to be a farmer, and find out about all the vegetables that can be harvested! Our nursery rhymes this month are Ba, Ba, Black Sheep and This Little Piggy. We will also become familiar with the color brown and the shape triangle.
We are ThankFALL this month! The children have been decorating the room in fall colors, making decorations, and we'll add "Tom Turkey" too! Our focus letters for the month are E, H and R and the number 4. We will learn about helping hands, heartfelt turkeys, thankful trees, raking leaves, and 4 feathers. We will introduce the children to what it means to be thankful and how to show gratitude. The children will be creating Thanksgiving cards to be given to the residents at our local retirement communities. We will create costumes to be worn at our Thanksgiving feast which is prepared by the children.
During the month of November, 4K students will practice gratitude and thankfulness with our school families. Each class will share a Thanksgiving themed feast before we vacation with family and friends at the end of the month.
Our curriculum incorporates traditional preschool age appropriate Native American studies to include how natives lived and worked. Children will in addition to stringing pasta and bead necklaces, respectfully learn what native homes and villages looked like in comparison to how we live today.
Children will learn how to properly form, identify, and provide a sound for the letters O, Q, G, and S. They will identify and count the numbers 9-11, continue to copy and extend patterns, demonstrate positional words, and draw shapes independently.
Discovery Students will continue their travels in North America when they head to Canada. Here they will learn about native Inuits, dog sledding, ice fishing, and Inukshuks. Canada is full of land and water animals to study such as narwhals, moose, and the snowy owl. Ice hockey and maple syrup are always a favorite to learn about and experience.
This month we will learn about Native Americans, their habitats and the animals around them. We will construct small representations of the homes they lived in as well as their environment. We will also learn to write several Native American symbols and use them to tell stories. We will conclude this unit with a fun Thanksgiving feast! In math, we will be comparing length, weight, capacity and numbers. Our knowledge of adjectives will grow this month, and we will take a deeper dive into the letters S, M, D, P and A.
It's the time of year when we begin practice for our Holiday Programs. I will be introducing songs of the season in each class. We will not be gathering in groups as we have in years past.
We will be tapping our rhythm sticks to our special fall and holiday music.
Mr. Turkey and Land of the Silver Birch are favorites from years past. We will also bring back The Earth is Our Mother, one of our favorite September songs.
World Language News
The curriculum has changed for this month, as we won't be practicing Christmas songs in November.
We are learning about clothing. La Ropa - Some of the children are soooo good at rolling their "rrrrrrr"s!
We will also learn about the history of the Spanish dance Flamenco!
Bienvenue to the month of Novembre, a quiet month in France but a busy one in the USA.
Here are the fun things we are going to do this month in French.
2's and 3's
Continuing our colors and numbers. Talk about Autumn and Thanksgiving with Gustave and read a book.
Continuing our colors and numbers. Talk about Thanksgiving with Gustave. Talk about the leaves (les feuilles) changing color. Song: " Avec un Gros Nez" "With a Big Nose" (voc.: un chien, un chat, une vache et un cochon).
Continuing our colors and numbers. Talk about Autumn and Thanksgiving with Gustave. Read the book "La Mouche - the Fly". Song: " Avec un Gros Nez" "With a Big Nose" (voc.: un chien, un chat, une vache et un cochon)
Review our vocabulary on "le visage" "the face". Je suis une fille/un garçon - I'm a girl/aboy. Talk and learn about Thanksgiving. Learn our Christmas song.
Thank you all!
The O’Quinn School is a fun place to be during the month of October!
As the weather begins to cool, we will discover the amazing color transformation of the leaves. The Two’s will also explore pumpkins and how they grow.
October is fire safety month! We will put out pretend fires, learn what firemen do on the job, and stop, drop, and roll!
We will end this exciting month with our Halloween Carnival during PE…don’t forget your costume!
The fun continues in the threes as we welcome fall and hopefully the 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 the hens, milk a cow, shuck corn, ride on a wagon hayride 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 afraid of a firefighter in their gear, it's just an outfit like the costumes we wear for Halloween!
We are unable to welcome Dads in our classrooms for the traditional Pumpkins with Pop event where the children carve a pumpkin at school with their Pop. Instead, each child will have an opportunity to decorate a poster board pumpkin at home to display in our Pumpkin Patch at school.
The end of the month we will celebrate Halloween with special Spooky Themed Halloween games during P.E. 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.
We will continue to work our way through the alphabet, focusing on the formation and sounds of letters O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X. When we learn about the letter Q, we will all be invited to the wedding of Q and U. We will be getting these two letters hitched, forever, so they can make the /qu/ sound!
In math, we are starting a new unit about 2-D and 3-D shapes.
World Language News
I have had soooo much fun getting to know and teaching the students over the last two months. It's amazing how focused they are, and how much they retain at this young age.
This month we will be learning about fruits and vegetables, and also animals in Spanish. They are using the sentence "Me gusta..." (I like...) to incorporate the topics. We are also covering grammatical rules associated with masculine and feminine words. Reading books and singing songs are also part of the curriculum this month and will be all year :)
As we are entering the month of October, I know that the children are all eager to talk about their costumes and all the fun things they will do to celebrate Halloween! So let's sing like a ghost or like the witch in French and have fun learning brand new French Halloween words.
Here is what each age group is going to have fun learning in French this month:
Review or colors, bleu, blanc, rouge, violet, orange; new: vert and jaune : Counting to 5 : Halloween vocabulary: La citrouille, l'araignée, le fantôme
Colors: jaune, vert : Halloween vocabulary: le fantôme, la citrouille, la sorcière, l'araignée, le squelette, la chauve-souris, le pirate, le chat, : Song: Vieille sorcière : Book: Halloween costumes
Colors: vert, : Halloween vocabulary: le fantôme, la citrouille, la sorcière, l'araignée, le squelette, la chauve-souris, le clown, le pirate, le chat, la cowgirl, le lapin, la princesse : Song: Vieille sorcière
Book: Go away big green monster
Review all our French colors including gold, "or" : Halloween vocabulary: le fantôme, la citrouille, la sorcière, l'araignée, le squelette, la chauve-souris, le vampire, le zombie, la momie, le chat : une citrouille amusante, heureuse,effrayante,qui fait peur, funny, happy, scary, spooky pumkin : Song: Vieille sorcière : Book: Go away big green monster
MAY 26TH-AUGUST 7
IF YOU GIVE A CHILD A SUMMER…
We are thrilled to be able to open our doors for what is sure to be a fun-filled and educational summer program. With carefully planned safety precautions in place, weekly themes exploding with summertime creativity, PE, Music, STEM programs and multiple supplements from which to choose, our little campers are certainly in for a treat!
May 26th-29th – Let The Adventure Begin Supplement – Power Play Sports
June 1st – 5th - Mini Masters Supplement – Tumble Time
June 8th-12th – Mini Masters Supplement – Kids In The Kitchen
June 15th-19th – Fairy Tales Supplement - SEA Kids
June 22nd-June 26th – Fairy Tales Supplement – Kids In The Kitchen
June 29-July 2nd - Music Is All Around Us Supplement – Karate
July 6th-10th – Music Is All Around Us Supplement – Little Sprouts
July 13th-July 17th – Ocean Exploration Supplement – Wee Little Arts
July 20th-24th – Ocean Exploration Supplement – Drama Rama
July 27th-31st – Summer Safari Supplement – Once Upon A Musical
August 3rd-7th – Summer Safari Supplement – Kids Dance Party
Virtue Of The Month – Perseverance
I think I can! I think I can!
It is certainly bittersweet to come to the end of the 2019-2020 school year with Distance Learning still in place. Bitter because O’Quinn teachers and staff miss having the children here on campus. The laughter, daily interactions, visible love of learning and obvious progress have been put on hold. But also sweet because online learning has been embraced by teachers, parents, and children, resulting in the best possible substitute. Perseverance has served us all very well!
We are now looking forward to the 2020-2021 school year! New families will be joining our program and so many returning families will once again grace our hallways.
To all O’Quinn Families, stay well, stay safe, and thank you for all you have done to support our teachers’ Distance Learning Plan and your children’s love of education.
Virtue Of The Month – Excellence
Excellence is not perfection – it is your best effort!
What a great opportunity we have during this challenging time to talk about this month’s virtue – Excellence! The effort being put forth by our entire staff and O’Quinn families at home is Excellence at its best and our children are reaping the benefits!
O’Quinn teachers have worked diligently to communicate with their classes using distance learning via:
· Daily emails
· Lesson plans – Monthly Units
· Special area lessons
· Packets prepared for pick-up
· Sign-Up Genius for face-to-face individual meetings
· Photo sharing
The results have been very positive and as we continue to navigate our way through this very different educational experience, we are confident that our young students will continue to learn and grow.
Yes, we miss being together. However, until the time when this is once again possible, we thank our teachers, students, and parents for a successful Distance Learning Plan.
Virtue - Patience
I will never leave you behind!
What goes up? This month the twos look to the sky to explore the wind and all things that fly. Birds, airplanes, kites, and balloons, let’s see how many bubbles we might pop too! But wait, what’s going on down below?? There are cars, trains, and buses moving to and fro. Transportation is so much fun; hop on in and ride along. All aboard for a busy, fun month!
We are blasting off in March and as Dr.Seuss says, “There’s no place like space!” The children will take flight as they learn about astronauts, the planets, our Earth our Moon and the Sun. Each child will create a set of planets to take home and our dramatic play centers will be transformed into space stations. The excitement grows as we have our annual SPACE DAY with “astronaut like snacks”, glide through an outdoor space walk, visit a glow room, dodge asteroids, create space sensory bottles, make gravity art and practice space yoga. Whew! Additionally, we will celebrate beloved author, Dr. Seuss, with a grade level read-a-thon. Parents and children will be encouraged to read as many of his “Seusstastic” books as desired throughout the month. Letters Z, W and V will be with us in March as we Zoom to Venus and around the World!.
Our 4K children will begin the month of March by also celebrating the works of Dr. Seuss – always a fun week! Additionally throughout the month, there is a focus on learning to write last names and learn street names. The Grice Marine Lab from The College of Charleston is coming to O’Quinn with a touch tank. We look so forward to this annual visit as it is a hands-on experience to supplement our unit on Marine Life. Finally, the children are working hard to learn and perfect a special performance that will be put on in April just for Moms at The O’Quinn Mother’s Day Tea.
Discovery students will explore the continent of Africa, learn about Ancient Egypt, Kente cloth from Kenya, go on an African Safari, and so much more!
All month long, there is a focus on the butterfly life cycle. Children will receive their own caterpillar to observe and record information about during the transformation from caterpillar, to chrysalis, to butterfly. Books and classroom observations steer the learning process which turns out to be as much fun as educational! We will also become inventors in March. Beginning with drawing an invention,then listing supplies needed, building and finally writing about the invention all enhance creativity and imaginations. Math studies continue with learning about money by identifying coins, learning how much they are worth and “buying” items with coins. Finally, reading this month includes reading leveled books both in small groups and independently, reading poems and writing sentences. Using words that begin with the letters J, F, E, Z, W and K as well as creating animal pages for our Alphabet Book round out this busy month of March!
Virtue – Responsibility
You can always count on me!
Winter is here and the O’Quinn School twos will be learning all about bears and why they and other animals hibernate during this cold season. We will also celebrate love, have muffins with mom, and learn how to care for our teeth in honor of Dental Awareness Month. It’s a busy month in the two’s!
February is all about hearts! Special hearts for Valentine love and healthy hearts as we discover our Amazing Human Bodies. Each child will make a life size version of their body, adding organs and bones throughout the month as they learn about each one. Dental Health Month is here! You’ll be sure to hear about a puppet show and a dental presentation by one of our O’Quinn parents, teaching all about good dental care. February also hosts Grandparent's Day in the three's. Grandparents and special friends will be on hand to share songs, crafts and goodies! Finally, our alphabet focus will include letters Q, U and J with unicorns, under the table painting, quilts, questions and jackets.
During the month of February, the O’Quinn School fours will continue exploring numerals, focusing on 16 – 18, as well as work to identify and properly write each of those numerals. We LOVE the month of February as we get a chance to share valentines with our friends. The children always enjoy sitting in a circle together and passing out cards they have signed with their own name! As well as counting into the teens, our math skill concepts include copying and extending ABC patterns and drawing them independently. Spending time with the children to make predictions while comparing and contrasting helps to expand vocabulary as well as offer a fun, creative activity. It’s sure to be an exciting February ending with celebration of our monthly virtue,Responsibility, at a school wide pep rally hosted by our three’s classes.
This month in Kindergarten, the focus is on rocks, presidents and money. We will learn about the layers of the Earth and the three different types of rocks: sedimentary, metamorphic and igneous. When learning about igneous rocks, why not make a volcano explode! When learning about sedimentary rocks, why not enjoy edible conglomerate rocks! We will also get to make a birthstone gemstone out of rock salt, which is a fun way to end the unit. To begin our President Unit, Mt. Rushmore and the presidents sculpted will be discussed. These same presidents are pictured on various monetary pieces which will lead right into our math unit on money. Additionally, we will begin to practice subtraction using pictures, cubes and 10 frame. In reading, we will be working on reading leveled books both in small groups and independently. We will read poems and write sentences using words that begin with the letters B, C, R, U and G as well as create animal pages for our Alphabet Book.