Mount Pleasant News

January 2022

~Virtue of the Month~

Empathy

2's

The 2's will start the year off with a study of winter weather with the books The Snowy Day and Snow on Snow on Snow.  We will explore melting ice, build snowmen with a variety of materials, catch and create snowflakes and have snowball fights!

We'll move on to comparing day vs night which will lead into our discussion of hibernation and the beginning of our study of bears - to be continued in February.

Our color of the month is snowy White.  Our shape of the month is Rectangle.

The independent skill we will be learning and practicing is how to take off and put on ur own jackets - perfect for our study of cold weather!

3's

It's a winter wonderland out there, but we are bundled up inside talking about the winter animals who hibernate and migrate. The children will experience hibernation while putting our classroom bears to sleep, creating dens around the room, and discovering how different animals prepare for the winter.

Our letters for the month are O and L, and out number will be 6.

We also kick off our unique Child of the Week which will be happening until May... how special to have a week just to themselves.

4's

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.  The children will play 100th Day games and count out their own 100 item trail mix snack.

In addition to our Winer 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 the 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 the summer months.

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. 

Our focus books are The Way Home for WolfA Loud Winter’s NapThe Rabbit Listened and A Stone Sat Still.  While reading these books we will identify and discuss story elements and use dialogue to describe characters.

World Language

Spanish

Hola,

This January the students will learn about New Year's traditions in Latin America. They will also learn the Spanish words for body parts and continue to practice their colors and numbers.

French

3’s.

“Bonne Année, Happy New Year” with Gustave and the Eiffel Tower. How do we celebrate the new year in France.  A delicious cake called “La Galette des Rois” to help us celebrate the 3 kings. Color rose, pink.  Continue to practice our counting.  Song: “The Color Song”.

4’s 

“Bonne Année, Happy New Year” with Gustave and La Tour Eiffel.  How do we celebrate the new year in France.  A delicious cake called “La Galette des Rois” to help us celebrate the 3 kings.  Color rose, pink.  Songs: “The Color Song”, “Counting to 20”.  Book: “Ours Brun, Ours Brun” “Brown Bear, Brown Bear”.

5’s

“Bonne Année, Happy New Year” with Gustave and La Tour Eiffel.  How do we celebrate the new year in France.  A delicious cake called “La Galette des Rois” to help us celebrate the 3 kings.  La famille française with papa, maman, soeur, frère and bébé.  Je suis une fille/un garçon (I am a girl/a boy)  Simple dialogue in French  New hello song

Music

In January we will be reviewing some of our favorite songs like Silly Sailor Song, Spiders, and Popcorn.  We will sing Peanut Butter, and Listen to the Water, and Imagination.  We will be learning new dances and reviewing dances we learned in the fall.  The Shag and the Tarantella will be part of our routine. Later in January we will also be singing songs for Valentines Day like Red, Red Ball and There's a Little Wheel Turning in My Heart.

December

~Virtue of the Month~

Patience

2's

The 2s classes will be cooking up some fun during the month of December as we read a variety of books by Laura Numeroff including our favorites, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and If You Give a Moose a Muffin. Not only will these books guide us in our hands-on cooking experiences, but will provide us with opportunities for many fun activities and practicing self-help skills.

The color of the month is Green and the shape of the month is the Star. We will celebrate the holiday season with fun, age-appropriate Hanukkah and Christmas projects, books, and songs as well! It’s going to be a busy month!

3's

As we welcome December, we will begin a Spirit of Giving unit.  Each classroom will participate in the spirit of giving by collecting items to give to the Ronald McDonald House.

Our letters for the month are M, D and G. We will celebrate these letters with mistletoe, mice, decorating donuts, diamonds, gingerbread people, The Grinch, and gumdrops. 

Our classrooms will be filled with The Season by wrapping gifts, decking the halls, singing jingle bells, and "lighting" candles.  As we conclude our month of learning, the children will climb aboard The Polar Express for hot chocolate and a ride to the North Pole.

4's

During the month of December, our 4K students will be learning to properly form 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 are traveling to Europe.  Their first stop is in Italy to make pizza and ride on a gondola.  They will also visit Sinter Klaas in Holland, the Louvre in Paris to see works from Monet, gingerbread houses in Germany, and more as we Discover Holiday Traditions throughout Europe!

5's

In December 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, Las Posadas in Mexico, Hanukkah and Christmas.

We will have a visitor from Porter-Gaud coming in for a fun reading of the Grinch. That day we will all wear green, eat a Grinchy snack and participate in Grinch related activities!  We will also spend one morning visiting each Kindergarten class to make an ornament along with enjoying a special holiday snack! 

Our focus books this month are Little Red RuthieThe Wish Tree and Santa Bruce. While reading we identify characteristics of fairy tales, sequence events in a story and describe characters.

In math we will be comparing numbers using the words more than, less than or equal to. 

World Language

Spanish

Spanish in December will be full of Holiday Songs in Spanish!  We will also learn about some traditional Spanish foods and of course more colors and numbers. 
 

French

3’s

Joyeux Noël!

This month is going to be all about Christmas in France.  We will read books about a Christmas Surprise and Noël, learn very important Christmas vocabulary like un sapin, un bonhomme de neige, un Renne and of course find out what is Santa’s name in France and what does he looks like.  And to make that time even more joyful we will sing  and listen to some French Christmas carols.

4’s

This month is going to be all about Christmas in France.  We will read books about a Christmas Surprise and Noël. We will also learn very important Christmas vocabulary like un sapin, un bonhomme de neige, un Renne and of course find out what is Santa’s name in France and what does he looks like.  We will discover the French Christmas traditions and to make that time even more joyful, we will learn to sing songs like “Petit Papa Noël” and“Joyeux Noël”.

5’s

This month we are going to review all of our colors and then it is going to be all about Christmas in France. We will read 2 books, “ Bonjour Père Noël” and “Noël pour Jeanne Marie”. We will learn very important Christmas vocabulary like un sapin, un bonhomme de neige, un Renne and, of course, find out what Santa’s name is in France and what he looks like.

We will discover the French Christmas traditions, and to make that time even more joyful we will learn to sing songs like “Petit Papa Noël” and“Joyeux Noël”.

Music

Holiday music will fill the air in music class all through December. We will sing Christmas songs, Hanukkah songs, and Happy Holiday music.  The jingle bells will ring and the harp will accompany many of the songs that we sing.  We will learn the actions to poems and songs in our winter songfest all month long.

November

~Virtue of the Month~

Gratitude

2's

The Mt. Pleasant 2's will begin the month of November with lots of fun on the farm! We will pretend to be farmers as we learn about and act out different jobs and animals on the farm. We will then shift our focus to crops and the important job of growing food. We will explore real vegetables and even plant our own seeds to care for and watch as they grow.

We wrap up the month with a discussion on gratitude as we prepare for the Thanksgiving break and celebration with our families. 

3's

We are ThankFall this month! The children have been decorating the room in fall colors, 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.  The children will help prepare a special Thanksgiving feast to share with their class.

4's

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 for this month includes reviewing past curriculum we have already learned and focusing on all we have to be thankful for.  We will explore the fall harvest foods we eat and the family we cherish time with.  The children will be growing some of their own vegetables from seeds as well as regrowth from the actual vegetables themself.

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 American 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.

5's

This month we will learn about different habitats around our country.  We will discuss the basic needs in each of these habitats such as food, clothing and housing.  We will construct small representations of the different homes as well as the surrounding areas.

In math, we will be comparing length, weight, capacity and numbers. 

Our focus books this month are The Cool Beans, Fry Bread, Thank You, Omu and A Turkey for Thanksgiving.  While reading we will identify problems and solutions, discuss beginning, middle and end of a story and retelling with main events. Our knowledge of adjectives will also grow this month.  After studying the book Thank You, Omu we will work collaboratively to make a friendship stew that we will enjoy as part of our class Thanksgiving feast!

World Language

 

French

3's 

We will continue learning our colors and numbers and talk about fall, l'automne and read the book "Tombent Feuilles, Tombent". We will also learn a song about leafs, les feuilles. We will sing a song called "Aujourd'hui je dis merci", today I say thank you, then talk about what we are thankful for.  We will learn a song that's about one dinde, a turkey, and we will dance.

4's

In the 4's this month we will talk about the fall season, L'automne.  We will read a book called "Tombent Feuilles, Tombent" and talk and sing about  the leaves changing color and falling down.  We will talk about what we are thankful for since Thanksgiving is aroutn the corner, and stuff a French turkey, la dinde.  We will sing a song called "Aujourd'hui je dis merci" and dance like a turkey. We will also continue to learn our colors and numbers.

5's

After reading Go Away Big Green Monsters we will finish talking about the parts of our face.  We will continue to learn our greetings and review all of our french colors.  We will talk about fall, L'auromne and read the book "Tombent Feuilles, Tombent" and sing a song about it. We will talk about what we are thankful for since Thanksgiving is around the corner, and stuff a french turkey, la dinde.

Spanish

In Spanish this November the kids will be learning about:
Day of the Dead, more of the Spanish alphabet and new colors and numbers.
 

Music

It's time for songs about Thanksgiving and being thankful.  We will sing songs about the falling leaves and turkeys. Mr. Turkey is a favorite from years gone by and Turkey dinner is a brand new song for us to sing

Later in the month we will begin singing a few songs for December about snow and snowmen, Hanukkah, and Jingle bells in English, French, and Spanish.  The November spiders will be lurking in the 2's and 3's repertoire.

 

 

 

October 2021

~VIrtue of the Month~

Perseverance

2's

The Mt. Pleasant 2s are getting ready for Fall come the month of October!

This month, we will be learning about Fall weather and the changing of leaves, before we move on to Fire Safety week, and then focus on the life cycle of pumpkins and Halloween. We will celebrate Halloween in our classrooms and enjoy the school’s carnival. To go along with this holiday, the colors for the month are Orange & Black and our nursery rhymes are Little Miss Muffet and The Itsy Bitsy Spider.

Our shape of month for October is the square. We have already been doing this a lot this year, but our Independent Skill we are focusing on this month is Washing Hands.

3's

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.

4's

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 to 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.

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 out unit with a fiesta to include traditional Mexican foods prepared by the children.

5's

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 ShipHippos are HugeQuit 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. 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.

World Language

French - 

This month we are going to have a lot of fun getting ready to learn about Halloween pronounced "alloween" in french as the "H" is silent.

We will learn how to say pumpkin, ghost, witch, skeleton, spider, bat and continue with our colors and numbers.

We will read the french version of the book "Go Away Big Green Monster"  and sing a song that talks about a old witch.

We are going to have a spooktacular time.

Spanish -

 Both the 4s and 5s will begin to learn colors and numbers this month as well as animals and a few letters from the alphabet. They will also learn about how Day of the Dead is celebrated in Mexico.

Music

Halloween music time is here.  We will continue to sing about the falling leaves but we will begin Stirring Our Brew, counting pumpkins, owls, and ghosts, walking our Halloween Spiders, and singing about the Old Oak Tree.  There will be a few witches, goblins, dry bones, and Mrs. Myers will do her evil person laugh. We have a lot of fun moving and grooving with the beat and going fast and slow with the music and songs.

 

 

August - September 2021

2's

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. 

3's

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"!

4's

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.

5's

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 KindergartenThe 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! 

Music News

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

 

 

May 2021

2's

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!

3's

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!

4's

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.

5's

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! 

Music News

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!

World Language

French

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.  

2's

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.

3's

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".

4's

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.

5's

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".

Spanish

3's

The 3's will continue with patterns, number, colors, songs and books in Spanish!

4's

Four's will continue to play "charades" and other games to use new Spanish vocabulary - vegetables, fruit, animals and opposites.

5's

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!

April 2021

2's

 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!

3'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!

4's

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.

5's

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.

Music News

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.

 

World Language

Spanish

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.

 

French

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).

     

March 2021

2's

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!

3's

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.

4's

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.

5's

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.

Music News

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.

 

World Language

French

I can't believe that we are almost in March! Here is what we will be talking about in French class.

2's

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).

3's 

 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).

4's

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).

5's

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!!

Spanish

3s 

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.

4s/5s 

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!

 

 

February 2021

 

2's

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!

3'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.

4's

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.

5's

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.

Music News

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.

World Language

French

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!

2's

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.

3's

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

 4's

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.

5's

Fives will enjoy learning "New Hello song",  French dialogue, La Saint Valentin, and  Mardi Gras

 

January 2021

2's

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. 

3's

JANUARY 

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. 

 

4's

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.

 

5's

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. 

Music News

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.

World Language

Spanish

Hola,

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.

 

French

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!

 

 

December 2020

2's

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!   

3's

 

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! 

4's

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!

5's

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. 

 

Music News

 

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!

Happy Holidays!

World Language

Hola,

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 :)

 

French

 

"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:

- vocabulary, 

- customs, 

- songs 

- 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!

Céline


 

November 2020

2's

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.

3's

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.

4's

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. 

 5's

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. 

Music News

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

Hola,

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!

Señora Thompson

 

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.

3's

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).

4's

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)

5's

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!

October 2020

 

2's 

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! 

3's

Outstanding October!

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.

4's

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.

 

5's

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.