Mount Pleasant News
SUMMER CAMP 2019
It’s A ‘Shore’ Thing…
Lowcountry, Lights, Camera, Action! May 28-31
We’re raising the curtain on Summer Camp by celebrating our hometown! Exploring all we have to offer here in the Lowcountry can be a treat even for the locals. From our rich history to the islands’ sandy beaches , Charleston is a blast!
Rollin’, rollin’, rollin’ on in to weeks 3 and 4! What fun to learn about and experiment with big wheels, little wheels and everything in between. We’ll host our annual O’Quinn Bike Day and look forward to a visit from our friendly firemen, firetruck and all!
All’s Fair In Fun And Games! June 24-28
Welcome to the County Fair – games, crafts, a farmer’s market, and all sorts of fun awaits. Can you shuck that corn? Crow like a rooster? Lasso that rope? Only one way to find out – come on down and enjoy the fun!
Raiders Of The Lost Artifacts! July 8-12
What could be hiding beneath the surface? Digging for fossils, hunting for treasures, and exploring the world of dinosaurs will all take place during these two weeks. Look carefully because…finders, keepers!
Kings, Queens, and Daydreams July 22-26
July 29-Aug. 2
Think of castles of long ago with their inhabitants – kings, queens, princes and princesses! Dream of balls, costumes, dancing and merriment! Wish yourselves back to this age-of-old and let the fun begin!
Virtue – Perseverance
I think I can! I think I can!
During the month of May, the O’Quinn School 2’s continue to celebrate spring as we explore insects and flowers. Everything around us is blooming and growing just like we are. Be on the lookout for some beautiful butterflies! Preparing to move up to the 3’s is so exciting as the children eagerly await the surprises to be found after moving down the hall!
It has been a busy year in the 3s! We have had so much fun on our journey through the alphabet, counting 1-10, and learning about dinosaurs, the human body, reciting nursery rhymes, blasting off into space and so much more. We will take the month of May to wrap up our year with a review of the alphabet, using the brilliant works of Eric Carle to recap the letters and different words they start. We will miss our friends as they move to the 4s, but also can’t wait to meet our new friends moving up in the fall!
It’s so hard to believe that the end of the year is already upon us. We'll be ending our year together by reviewing all of our letters and numbers. Get ready for a special final week together, May 13-May 17, with events such as Favorite Color Day, Dress-Up Day, Movie Day, a summer birthday party, and of course, our end of the year celebrations. Thank you for a wonderful year!!
Graduation is on Thursday, May 16th at 6:30 p.m. We are so excited for the children to perform all they learned this year through their individual parts, songs, and dances! Their assignment went home on Tuesday, April 23rd so that you may assist them in learning their part. We will finish the year with a study of South Carolina Lighthouses, which expands nicely from our Sea Life Unit to our own coastal region. Expressing personal thoughts and ideas through reading journals and finishing our math study with the exploration of time will also keep us busy. End of the Year parties will take place on Wednesday, May 15th.Thank you so much for sharing your child with us in a wonderful learning year of kindergarten!
Virtue – Excellence
“Excellence is not perfection – it is your best effort.”
The 2’s will be exploring The Wonderful World Around Us during the month of April. This will include learning about pond life, weather, and the rain cycle, wearing our rain boots and rain coats for a fun day of puddle jumping! 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.
Spring has sprung! Imagine getting down on the ground to be on a bug’s level while we learn about insects and springtime. This month we will follow the life cycle of a butterfly, create our own book telling the story and observe small caterpillars transforming to Painted Ladies! Planting seeds and growing flowers will follow when our dads join in the classroom fun with “Digging with Dads.” The letters V, R and Z continue the springtime theme with placing flowers in Vases, making paper Rainbows, and watching Zinnias bloom!
It’s so hard to believe the school year is winding down. Our letters for the month of April are W, X, Y, and Z. We’ll be talking about all things Spring, including plants and flowers and how they grow. We will also be holding our annual egg hunts and, of course, our Mother’s Day Tea Luncheons. The children have been practicing and are very anxious to host their Moms on this special occasion!
Kindergarten April News!
Welcome Spring and Sea Life! Our Sea Life Unit will include fun activities exploring invertebrates and vertebrates. We will incorporate literacy, math and art activities around this unit, along with a field trip to the beach! Reading this month will finish with the big book, Teamwork, and continue with By The Sea, coinciding with our unit of study. In addition to expanding journal writing, our math study will focus on fractions and time. Finally, Friday art studies are Paul Klee, Piet Mondrian, and Andy Warhol. Our Surf Seining field trip is scheduled for Friday, April 12. We will be very busy kindergarteners
Virtue – Patience
I will never leave you behind!
What goes up? This month the 2’s 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! The children will be learning about each planet as we soar through The Solar System. As we turn into astronauts exploring space, stopping at each planet that orbits the sun and discovering what makes it unique, each child will create a set of planets to take home and share with their families. Dramatic play centers will be transformed into space stations and rocket control centers as the children see what it is like to be an astronaut. The letters S, M, and U will be with us through the month with Spaceships, Moonwalking, and UFOs.
We sure are looking forward to Spring in the 4's! We'll be exploring letters Mm, Nn, and Vv, along with numerals 19-21. In anticipation of warmer weather and sunnier skies, a Marine Life Unit is our focus throughout the month. We are very excited to have Marine Biologists from the College of Charleston come visit with us on March 14th with their touch tank. Last year, we saw horseshoe crabs, hermit crabs, sea stars and more! This year's visit is sure to be just as exciting!
Reading this month will finish the big book Red, White, and Blue and begin Teamwork. Our math study will focus on the value and counting of money, March madness ball math, and the introduction of fractions. The children will bring in their own ball on March 4th to use in a variety of geometric methods, create their own ball shooter, and finish with a ball face! Our unit topics are a Study of Insects and Inventions. During our insect study, the children will have their own caterpillar to watch the metamorphosis into butterflies. Then we look forward to viewing inventor’s inventions at the end of the month. Finally, St. Patrick’s Day celebration will unfold on March 16th with an afternoon sundae treat. Welcome Spring!
Virtue – Responsibility
You can always count on me!
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!
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.
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.
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!
Everyone has helping hands – reach out and share them!
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!
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.
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!
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.
Your feelings matter because I care!
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!
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!
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).
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!
Virtue – Respect
When you speak, I will listen!
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!
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!
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.
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.
Virtue - Trustworthiness
Trusting someone is the finest compliment you can offer!
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!
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!
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!
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!
Virtue – Friendliness
A friend is someone who makes everything alright!
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!
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!”
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!
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.