Mount Pleasant News

February, 2019

Virtue – Responsibility

You can always count on me!

2’s

Winter is here and the O’Quinn School 2’s 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 2’s!

3’s

February is a time for love! The children will be getting ready to host their annual Grandparents Day in the classroom and spread their love with valentine cards and crafts. Our unit for the month is The Amazing Human Body where the children will have an opportunity to make a life size version of their body, adding internal organs and bones as they learn about each. To celebrate Dental Health, there will be a visit from a local dentist to demonstrate how to care for our teeth and mouth. Finally, the letters B, K, and X will be introduced as we learn about Brushing teeth, hugs and Kisses, and bony X-rays.

4’s

February in the 4’s includes reading and talking about love, friendship and kindness as Valentine’s Day approaches. Additionally, because it is Dental Health Month, visits from local dentists help children learn how to care for their teeth. Keep a lookout for a new project called the “Buddy Bench.” This involves decorating benches to place around the playground to encourage socialization and friendship. Finally, letters Rr, Kk, and Aa, and a review of numbers 1-15 along with continuation of sight words such as “and, it, no & this” will round out the month of February.

5’s

Kindergarten News!

Reading letters in journals this month will be Bb, Cc, Rr, Uu, and Gg and the reading book for the month is Red, White, and Blue. This will coincide nicely with our units of study, Presidents of Mount Rushmore and Rocks. The presidents, Lincoln, Jefferson, Roosevelt, and Washington are on our currency, which is our math exploration. Because we have our 100th day of school celebration on Friday, Feb.1st, please have your child wear his or her 100th day shirt and each parent will be asked to bring in an item towards eating 100 pieces of snack that day. Valentine’s Day parties are on Thursday, Feb. 14th for the children only. We will culminate the month of February with Teddy Bear Share Day in honor of Teddy Roosevelt on Friday, February 22nd. Please have your child bring a teddy bear to participate in fun literacy and math activities!

January, 2019

Virtue-Cooperation

Everyone has helping hands – reach out and share them!

2’s

The 2’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? January ends with a very special morning for Dad by sharing a little bit of our day, a little bit of art, and a big donut with our Dads!

3’s

It’s a winter wonderland out there, but we are bundled up inside talking about the animals who survive in this weather by hibernating, migrating or adapting. The children will experience hibernation while putting their classroom bears to sleep, creating dens around the room, and discovering how different animals prepare for the cold weather. We will use the letters J, D, and Q to Jump into the New Year, learn about Dozing in a den and ask Questions to gain knowledge.

4’s

The 4’s are so excited for the New Year and our Winter Animals Unit. We’ll pick back up with our letters of the week, focusing on letters Jj, Dd, Pp, and Bb, as well as our numbers 13-16. The 100th day of school is upon us, so look for celebratory games and activities to commemorate this milestone! Happy New Year, everyone!

5’s

Our units this month are Poetry and Pirates. We will enjoy learning and composing various types of poetry including humorous, flora and fauna, and concrete. Pirates will be explored through many mediums, culminating the unit with talking and dressing like a pirate day on Thursday, Jan. 24th. Reading journal entries are Ii and Ll as we explore the theme, Stick To It, in reference to Perseverance in our Open Court reading program. Math will focus on measurement and graphs, as well as reviewing number concepts, ending the month with a 100th day of school celebration on Friday, Feb. 1st. Kindergarten Orientation for parents of 4 year olds is on Friday. Jan.11th from 8:45-9:45 am and parent conferences will be on Friday, Jan.25th.

December, 2018

Virtue– Compassion

Your feelings matter because I care!

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! We will also get excited about the Holiday Season! 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

This month is all about the Spirit of Giving. We will use this time to talk about the joy in giving to others in need. Each classroom in the three’s will be running a toy and book drive for MUSC Children’s Hospital as a way to relate to the students and support a local hospital. The letters G and C will be fun to talk about with giftwrap and candy canes. Tis the season of wrapping gifts, decking the halls, and jingling bells, and “lighting” candles as we get ready for our Holiday Program, which is a must not miss show!

4’s

December is such a merry time in the fours! We’ll be taking a break from our “letters of the week” to review everything we’ve covered so far this year through holiday themed games, crafts, and activities. We’re also very excited to perform holiday songs for our loved ones at our annual Holiday Program (December 4th and 5th).

5’s

A fun and busy month! Reading journals will coincide with our sounds presented. The sounds presented will be Pp ,Aa, Hh, Tt, Oo and Nn. Our math program focuses on using ten frames with counting, horizontal and vertical addition, and graphing. We will have a fun and exciting time learning about Traditions around the world. Each child received their part to learn for the program on Monday, Nov. 19th. Our Holiday program is Mon., Dec. 3rd at 9:00 a.m. We will go on our field trip to sing our program songs at Sweetgrass Village Assisted Living on Friday, Dec. 14th. Mrs. Myers will accompany us with her harp! Holiday parties are Friday, Dec. 14th. The children will be decorating gingerbread houses at their parties!


November, 2018

Virtue – Respect

When you speak, I will listen!

2’s

The 2’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! We will also become familiar with the color brown and the triangle shape. Happy Thanksgiving!

3’s

The children have been decorating in fall colors and are excited to add turkeys to the colorful room very soon. The letters H, P, and O will be introduced as we talk about the history of the early settlers and Native Americans and how they worked together to make something wonderful. What fun it will be to dress in costumes and reenact the first Thanksgiving Feast. We will also be talking about our holiday plans and the transportation we use to get there! We are all certainly ThankFALL this month!

4’s

November in the 4’s is a time for giving thanks and learning. We will cover the letters G and S, numbers 11 and 12, and review all of the letters and numbers introduced so far this year. After delving into America’s history by learning about Native American cultures, a special guest from the Charleston Museum will come and share really cool artifacts to go along with our studies.

5’s

In reading this month, we will finish with the theme Finding Friends and begin the theme, The Wind. Our math study will explore ordinal numbers, fewest and most as related to quantities, and the introduction of addition facts. Our unit of study will be Native Americans, habitats of the people and animals, and their friendships with the pilgrims. This unit will culminate in a great Thanksgiving Feast on Monday, Nov. 19th with the entire school! Another exciting field trip to Porter Gaud for the 1st grade performance of the play, “The First Thanksgiving” is planned for Thursday, Nov. 15th . Finally, the Charleston Museum is coming for an in school presentation on Animals A to Z to coincide with our habitat study on Monday, Nov.12th. Don’t forget parent conferences on Friday, Nov.2nd.


October, 2018

Virtue - Trustworthiness

Trusting someone is the finest compliment you can offer!

2’s

For a two year old, 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 2’s will also explore pumpkins and how they grow. The local firemen will visit in their big red truck and teach us all about fire safety. We end this exciting month with our Halloween Carnival…it's spooky fun!

3’s

The fun continues in the 3’s as we welcome fall and hopefully some of that cool weather! The letters A, F, and T lend themselves nicely to talk about autumn weather, tractors and of course, farm business. We will “visit” the farm to learn about the different animals and jobs that take place. The children will experience farm life first hand with a day at the “O’Quinn Farm” where they will wash vegetables, gather eggs from the hens, milk a cow, shuck corn and go pumpkin picking in our pumpkin patch!

4’s

The 4's are very excited for a fun-filled October! Our theme for the month is Fall and

Halloween, so there are lots of spooky crafts and activities planned! Our letters will be I, U, C, O, and Q, and our numbers are 6-10. We will also be hosting "Pumpkins With Pops" on Wednesday, October 24th from 8-10 am. The children are looking forward to carving and decorating pumpkins along with sharing a special morning snack with their Dads!

5’s

Kindergarten News!

Our units this month are an exploration of trees, constellations, and bats. We will enjoy exploring many types of trees and leaf rubbings, examining the night sky through various medians, and the nocturnal creature, bats, as Halloween approaches. Reading will focus on finishing the theme, Shadows, and beginning the theme Finding Friends. Our writing letters are Oo, Pp, Qq, Rr, Ss, Tt, Uu, and Vv. Our math study will include learning geometric terms and shapes and numeral formation 7-9. Don’t forget our first field trip to Porter-Gaud on Friday, Oct. 12th for an active and exciting field day!


September, 2018

Virtue – Friendliness

A friend is someone who makes everything alright!

2’s

The Two’s Team is looking forward to a wonderful school year and welcoming our new friends to school. We will spend the month exploring our classroom and getting acquainted with our new friends. We will also learn a bit about ourselves, as we talk about how our body moves with play and about our feelings. Our shape of the month is the circle and our featured color is yellow! We are off to a busy start!

3’s


We are so excited to get the new school year started! The children are walking into teachers who are eager to meet and introduce them to their new world of exploration. The children will be starting their journey through the alphabet with the letters L, E, I, W. These letters align great with our Dinosaur and Nursery Rhyme time, as we talk about “leaf-eaters” and “Itsy Bitsy Spider.” The children will experience these reptiles and rhymes through various art, music and sensory activities. Welcome to the “Terrific Threes!”

4’s

The Fours are back in school and ready to hit the ground running! We will be kicking off the year with an "All About Me" theme, where the students will have the opportunity to introduce themselves through fun activities about family, friends, and favorites. We will practice recognizing and writing letters L, F, E, H, and T, as well as work on letter sounds. In math we will cover numbers 1-5, draw our shapes, sort, and create patterns. We are looking forward to a wonderful year together!

5’s

Welcome to Kindergarten! Our units for this month are All About Me and Me on the Map, investigating the world of our very own city, Charleston. Activities include making “All About Me posters”, painting our state and country, and exploring the 7 continents. Reading will focus on the theme, School, and our writing letters of the week are Aa, Bb, Cc, Dd, Ee, Ff, Gg, Hh, Ii, Jj, Kk, and Ll. Each child will receive their very own sight word bag and Learning Fun bag on Tuesday, Sept.4th. Our math focus includes graphing, sorting, counting, comparing, grouping, and directional words. We will also concentrate on numeral formation 0-6. Don’t forget Show and Tell every Friday with items correlating to our unit of study.