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  • The Rodeo

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    The creak of leather from a saddle….. The snort and whinny of a horse….. Clip-clop and giddy-up…… These are sounds that are very familiar to those that have been around horses. Current day rodeos evolved out of the activities and chores from old-time cowboys that worked on cattle ranches in the West. Rodeo cowboys and cowgirls are some of the toughest and most graceful athletes there are in the competition world. It takes hours of practice, the mental and physical toughness to experience pain and defeat, and a competitive spirit. Young children love to learn about the many different things in their world. Through hands-on activities, they: • Develop a larger, working vocabulary through books, discussions, finger plays and songs • Practice counting skills through a ‘horseshoe’ game • Make a vest, chaps, bandana and hat – just like the rodeo cowboys! • Taste a yummy cowboy stew, made to their liking Rodeos are fun for everyone, and are held throughout the country.
  • ‘If You Give A Mouse A Cookie’ Book by Laura Joffe Numeroff Milk and cookies ….. Scissors and tape ….. Crayons and paper…… We all have memories of these items, which are critical parts of the book ‘If You Give A Mouse A Cookie’. The story line of this book is so typical of many of us – we do one thing and it triggers another activity or memory! (How many of you go to put laundry in and end up doing something entirely different when you get to the laundry room!) One key literacy skill that is developed through this book is the ability to remember and sequence the order of activities. This is an important school readiness task. There are a lot of fun, learning activities that can be developed based on this book. Through hands-on activities, children: • Participate in a reenactment of the story, based on the sequence of events • Practice counting skills with the ‘Cookie Count’ game • Experiment with different ways to paint, using different painting tools • Improve scissor skills when cutting grass ‘hair’ This book is the first in the ‘If You Give…’ series by Laura Joffe Numeroff and Felicia Bond. Children will delight in the antics of Mouse as things they might also do!
  • Winter

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    Frosty noses….. Snowflakes falling softly….. Hot chocolate and marshmallows ….. Winter is a season that can be filled with joy as it heralds many fun outdoor activities – as long as we are dressed for the weather! Hats, mittens, boots and warm coats are a must! Through active outdoor play, children are able to use their large muscles when exploring all of the changes they see in the environment. They are also able to use a lot of energy and exercise those large muscles! Then come inside and warm up inside with a mug of hot chocolate or apple cider. Through these hands-on activities, children are able to explore winter when they: • Use real mittens to create a special mitten painting • Create words out of snowflake letters • Play a game to understand how animals hibernate, migrate or adapt Every year, we go through many seasons. Helping children to understand what happens in each season helps them to find the ‘joy of the season’!
  • Making Tracks

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    Fresh fallen snow ….. Footprints made by who?….. Tracks leading where? ….. Tracks in the snow (or mud) are fascinating to follow, seeing who made them and where they lead. Seeing and following animal tracks can provide a wealth of information and engaging learning activities for children (and adults!). Through following animal tracks, we can see where they live, where they hunt for or find food, and how they care for their young. Animal tracks can provide the opportunity for children to develop scientific observation and higher level thinking skills. Animal tracking is fun and engaging. Through hands-on activities, children: • Learn how to visually differentiate between different shapes of tracks • Use their own footprint as a tool for measuring • Create a clay tile of animal tracks Finding animal tracks can be done in any season with mud and snow. At the river bed, on a sandy road or the snow around the base of a tree, animals are leaving a footprint to their presence.
  • ‘Elmer’ (the Patchwork Elephant) Book by David McKee Playing with your best friend ….. Wearing the ‘cool’ shoes ….. Being on a team…… Fitting in and being part of a group is really important as we grow from children through adolescence. ‘Elmer (the Patchwork Elephant)’ just wants to be part of his group too. This story helps children understand that we are all unique and special, and this is wonderful! Children discover that we do not all have to be alike in order to be a group. And, that it is the talents and uniqueness each of us bring to the group that helps make the group strong. Seeing differences and similarities as strengths, children learn to value each and every member of the group. Elmer learns that his colorful appearance helps make him unique and special. Activities in this Unit help children: • See that their name can be unique by making a Name Card • Make ‘trumpeting’ sounds with their very own trunk trumpet • Learn about camouflage and how it can help us be more invisible David McKee has written many books with Elmer as the main character. We all can learn a lot through Elmer’s trials, tribulations, and escapades.
  • Blast Off!

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    A dark sky alight with stars ….. Planets viewed through amazing telescopes ….. Is there really life on Mars? …… The idea of what outer space holds is intriguing to many of us. Children are too young to grasp the entire concept of space – solar systems, galaxies and our Universe…. For that matter, many of us are confused!! Here is a great explanation of the difference from NASA. The following is excerpts from https://nightsky.jpl.nasa.gov/news-display.cfm?News_ID=573 Our Solar System consists of our star, the Sun, and its orbiting planets (including Earth), along with numerous moons, asteroids, comet material, rocks, and dust. Our Sun is just one star among the hundreds of billions of stars in our Milky Way Galaxy. The universe is all of the galaxies – billions of them! NASA’s telescopes allow us to study galaxies beyond our own in exquisite detail, and to explore the most distant reaches of the observable universe. In this Unit, children learn about space through these hands-on activities: • Create a picture of planets and orbits using various painting techniques • Use rockets for a trio of mathematical activities • Pretend to ‘walk on the moon’ like an astronaut There are so many things to do in the great outdoors. Invite the children to come up with other ideas to incorporate into your planning all year long. Think about this (again from https://nightsky.jpl.nasa.gov/news-display.cfm?News_ID=573) You are one of the billions of people on our Earth. Our Earth orbits the Sun in our Solar System. Our Sun is one star among the billions in the Milky Way Galaxy. Our Milky Way Galaxy is one among the billions of galaxies in our Universe. You are unique in the Universe!
  • Sharing stories and secrets….. Discovering hidden treasures on a neighborhood ‘expedition’….. Making up games in the back yard…… Many of us have memories of doing these things with childhood friends. Learning what makes a good friend, and learning how to be a good friend is something that we should be teaching our youngest children. The character traits that make up a good friend are the same ones that will help alleviate bullying in the classroom. We need to help children feel special and that they are a valuable, contributing member to the group. This nurtures a sense of ‘community’ which promotes kindness, understanding of others, celebrating accomplishments, and the goal of working together. Learning about being a friend is a fun and joyful experience. Through hands-on activities, children: • Concretely see how each person is an important member of the group when they take ‘attendance’ • Practice measuring skills as they see how tall they and their friends are • Create a group ‘friendship quilt’ where every square is unique • Work their large muscles in an action game The more children are involved with each other in positive activities, the more they will see how valuable each child is to the group… and that everyone can be friends!
  • Pizza Pizzazz

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    Ooey, gooey melt-y cheese …... Pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, onions …… Crispy crust and spicy sauces …... What do you like best about pizza? Almost everyone loves some kind of pizza – whether it is a traditional pepperoni with tomato sauce or a ‘blonde’ pizza with chicken and Alfredo sauce. Pizza is a great topic that can provide learning in all areas – cognitive, language, creative and motor. Taking a field trip to a pizzeria is a really fun activity, especially if the children get to make their own pizza! Encourage children to explore all types of learning through these hands-on pizza activities: • Reading a recipe to make a personal pizza • Practicing sequencing in the ‘Top the Pizza’ game • Throwing a soft Frisbee ‘pizza’ As one of the pizza songs in the Unit says…. ‘Eatalota Eatalota Eatalota pizza’!
  • Shoes

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    Stomping in cowboy boots …... Flip-flops for beach walking…... Squeaky new tennis shoes…… We all wear special shoes made for specific occasions. Shoes can spark a child’s imagination as they think about where the shoes have been and where they are going! They help children understand about the world around them when they talk about what type of shoes people wear for different events or tasks. Shoes also provide a great tool for learning about scientific observation and mathematical counting and sorting. Shoes are perfect for all types of learning! Shoes are everywhere, and easy to gather in a box or bin for exploration. Shoe activities in this Unit provide hands-on learning through: • Counting, sorting and charting the many different characteristics of shoes • Following the lines to untangle the ‘laces’ • Sculpting a shoe with self-hardening clay Red and blue, in pairs of two…. Shoes for me, shoes for you …. Shoes are everywhere!
  • Iridescent shimmering scales….. Light and graceful feathers ….. Creatures of the sky and water …. Birds and fish have remarkable, protective coverings of their skin. There are so many things to do with fish and birds that can spark a child’s curiosity and desire to learn more. The more children understand about the world in which they live, the more likely it is that they will care for and respect all of the Earth’s living creatures and magnificence. Children explore the world of birds and fish through hands-on activities: • Practice counting ‘goldfish’, while having a snack too! • Categorize animals by differentiating between ‘feathered’ and ‘scaled’ animals • Explore how blowing can move a feather or keep it up in the air Feathers and scales add vibrant color to our world; birds and fish add graceful movement. Hopefully, children are inspired by these interesting creatures to design, create and invent.
  • Roses really, really red….. The sky so big and blue ….. Yellow sun means lots of fun Bright colors for me and you …… Making up color poems are fun and easy, with so many colorful things in our world. Just look around! Color brings a lot of joy and excitement to our world. But color can also be used to learn math and counting skills, and for scientific exploration! Color is also a great tool for developing vocabulary and descriptive language skills. The more senses children use in their exploration, the more likely they are to retain valuable information. This Unit helps children explore color through: • Discovering what happens when your mix paint • Counting and matching colors • Using colored noodles to make great creations Add a little color to your day every day and see what happens!
  • Digging in soft garden soil ... Carefully planting the seeds ... Watering, weeding and watching ... Ah, finally after many weeks of caring for the garden, fresh vegetables! There is nothing more rewarding (or better tasting!) than fresh vegetables from the garden you have planted and taken care of! Children learn so many things from having their own garden. They gain a sense of accomplishment and pride; they learn about how plants grow through careful tending; and they learn how wonderful fresh vegetables taste (hopefully they will taste what they grow!). Children actively explore vegetables in this Unit through:
    • Learning about different vegetables through language activities
    • Tasting a variety of vegetables in the New One A Day challenge
    • Create their own vegetable garden in the Cement Block Veggie Garden activities
    Growing your own vegetables is an activity that provides hours of fun (and work!) for everyone - all ages, all abilities!
  • Summer

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    Sunny days and bright blue skies ... Gentle winds and warm summer rains ... Shady trees and a picnic lunch ... A summer filled with these things provides hours of great outdoor fun. Summer is a great time to get outside to explore and run off some energy. Spending large amounts of time outside in the fresh air will help children be able to better concentrate and listen when they come indoors (hopefully!) Children can experience the joys of summer through these hands-on activities:
    • Reading about and listing all the fun things that can be done during the summer
    • Exploring how the sun be used to tell time
    • Examining a lemon and use it for a citrus-y scented picture
    • Practicing throwing while cooling off in the sprinkler
    Summer usually goes by way too quickly. Enjoy the sunny days while you can, and maybe remember some of these ideas to bring inside when the weather turns cooler!
  • Farm Animals

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    The low of cows ... The baa of sheep ... Neighing horses, and clucking hens ... These are the sounds of farm animals most children love to make! The farm is a fascinating place to children. It has so many animals to look at and imitate. Identifying animals and making the appropriate sounds are some of the first language responses young children develop. Children love to imitate the animals they see. Through hands-on activities, children:
    • Practice counting and matching colors in the 'Counting Sheep' activity
    • Exercise their muscles with the Chicken Dance
    • Enjoy making a yummy 'horsey' snack
    Farms and farm animals are a mainstay of our economy and world. Help children to explore the many animals that live on the farm!
  • Caterpillars

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    Green and chubby ... Poky spikes ... Brown and fuzzy ... Caterpillars come in all different colors, shapes and forms, and children love to collect them! Caterpillars provide a very close-up examination of the small creatures that live in our world. Children can study small eco-systems by catching a caterpillar and setting up an environment for it, complete with the correct food, water and a branch. If you are lucky, the caterpillar may spin a cocoon or turn into a chrysalis - wait a few weeks and you may hatch a moth or butterfly! Through hands-on activities in this Unit, children:
    • Discover the difference between cocoons and chrysalises
    • Use a special 'inchworm' ruler to measure various items
    • Practice fine motor skills by making a button caterpillar
    Explore caterpillars with your children and re-discover the joys of childhood.
  • Wind & Water

    $12.00
    Bubbles, balloons and kites ... Running through sprinklers ... Gentle breezes and summer rain ... Most of us have memories of hours of spring and summer fun using wind and water. Water play is lots of fun for children and can be done any time, inside or out. And, most children don't need much direction in getting started! Children may have more limited experience with 'wind play', but almost all children love bubbles and balloons! This Unit helps children begin to understand that wind and water are 'forces of nature' that can be harnessed to provide energy and power for many things. Wind and water are easy to access, 'free' materials readily available for children to explore. Through hands-on activities, children:
    • Learn how air can move things
    • Explore the different materials that can be moved by air
    • Differentiate between 'more' and 'less' through counting 'raindrops'
    • Use various equipment (cups, funnels, turkey basters, strainers etc.) to explore the properties of water
    Exploring and experimenting with common forces of nature helps children learn about the world around them.
  • Trees

    $12.00
    The bright green of new Spring leaves ... Birds singing high in the branches ... Enjoying the shade on a hot summer day... Trees provide an abundance of beauty and protection to all of us every day. Trees are a very important part of our environment. They provide shelter for animals and people, they provide food, they protect the earth by preventing erosion, and they produce oxygen and reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the air. Celebrate trees by planting one on Arbor Day. National Arbor Day is always celebrated on the last Friday in April, but many states observe Arbor Day on different dates throughout the year based on best tree planting times in their area Trees are available all over the world for children to explore. Through hands-on activities, children:
    • Express the magic of trees through creating flannel board stories
    • Explore trees through all the development domains in the 'Seasons of a Tree' activity
    • Create a beautiful tree using different art mediums
    • Develop large motor skills by climbing a 'tree'
    Trees are beautiful and beneficial for our world. Teaching children about trees helps ensure that the beauty and benefits continue for future generations.
  • Hats

    $12.00
    Fancy Easter hats…..    The hat grandpa wore ….. A hat to keep out the rain…… Most adults and children have some special experiences or memories with hats. Hats are a universal item – they can be found in all cultures, and in all countries. Hats are used in all seasons, and for many special occasions. How hats are used can encourage a very interesting conversation that helps children build vocabulary words. Lots of childrens’ books have been written about hats. Hats can be used to teach math, develop fine and gross motor skills, and used in creative activities. And, hats can just be fun! Children explore hats through these hands-on activities: ·       Help celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss (March 2) ·       Use hats to start learning about mathematical sets and equations ·       Examine the different types of hats worn for particular jobs ·       Develop fine motor skills through making a patchwork hat Hats provide a fun and engaging material for learning activities. The more children are engaged in the learning experience, the more knowledge is retained and skills are developed. Hip hip hooray for hats!
  • Spring

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    Tree buds swelling ….. Birds singing bright and early …..    Green plants peeking through the dirt ….. Spring starts slowly then bursts upon us! After weeks of being cooped up inside because of cold, winter weather, we are all anxious to get outside and look for those first signs of spring. Teaching children to really ‘look at’ and use all of their senses to discover the changes in their environment that heralds spring is something that they can use to examine and explore all of their surroundings. Being aware of their surroundings is one way we can help children gain confidence by feeling safe, in control and able to make good decisions about their actions.   Exploring the subtle changes that brings on spring encourages children to be scientific observers.  Through hands-on activities, children: ·       Explore the signs of spring, and how living things react to longer days and warmer temperatures ·       Learn about maple syrup time, and the yumminess of maple syrup ·       Discover how birds use many materials to make their nest Spring is a time of new beginnings and rejuvenation. Discover with your children all the wonders of spring!
  • Feelings

    $12.00
    Happy times and happy days …..    Being mad and being sad ….. Feeling lonely and afraid …… We all experience a multitude of feelings and emotions. Young children are just learning how to identify and handle the many emotions they experience throughout their day. Children that can recognize different emotions are much more likely to be able to regulate their behaviors, which is something needed for success in their daily lives. Reading stories, role modeling, and using puppets to act out different emotions are all great activities to help children learn about their feelings. Other hands-on activities in this Unit include: ·       Patterning with ‘feelings faces’ ·       Dancing with colors ·       Sculpting a ‘happy me’ out of clay Children that understand and are in control of their emotions are more likely to be resilient in times of stress. This helps children successfully navigate school and everyday life.
  • Cranes lifting items high ….. Bulldozing large piles of dirt …..    Scraping the surface smooth ….. Trucks hauling away rocks and dirt …… These are all activities frequently seen at a road construction sites. Many children are fascinated by big, heavy construction equipment. They love the size, the noise, and the actions of these big machines. When children use trucks in the sandbox or sensory table, they are using their imagination to mimic what they see in their real, everyday life… this is how they learn about the world around them.   Exploring road and bridge construction provides hours of imaginative play. Through hands-on activities, children: ·       Re-create sounds and actions seen and heard at construction sites ·       Transform boxes into ramps, bridges and tunnels ·       Use their gross muscle coordination to move a ball along an obstacle course ·       Play a game by following a ‘road’ to park their car in a ‘garage’ Our world relies on safe roads and bridges. Encouraging children to learn about roads and bridges could spark an interest that eventually results in them becoming architects and engineers. 
  • Making resolutions… Counting down the ‘ball’ drop… Seeing fireworks… These are common things many of us do to ring in the New Year.   Young children are just starting to understand how our world measures ‘time’. Part of that understanding includes knowledge of days, weeks and years. This Unit explores the start of a ‘new year’. Through hands-on activities, children will:
    • Begin to understand how a calendar helps track a year
    • Experience some traditional activities around the world for ‘ringing in’ the New Year
    • Practice counting skills with a bubble wrap blast countdown
  • Children are born with such promise and potential! As early childhood educators and providers, it is our responsibility to support and nurture each child’s development, and to encourage and celebrate individuality. In order to do this, it is important to know the children in care, understand ‘normal’ development, have knowledge of early learning standards, and be able to assess where each child is in their development.  Activities that help children recognize their strengths and areas of growth include: ·       Learn ·       Explore ·       Practice ·       Discover Children that recognize and celebrate their skills are developing positive self-esteem, which is critical for school and life success.
  • The winter days can get long, and the bustle of the holiday season can cause an overload of emotions for children. Sometimes we all need to find some stress relief. Intentionally planning comfort-focused activities can help children (and adults) weather the stress of the season.   Children experience the fun of ‘popcorn and pajamas’ through these hands-on activities: ·       Hear the story, sing the song and act out ‘Ten in the Bed’ ·       Examine popcorn using magnifying glasses ·       Improve their matching skills with the Pajama Matching game ·       Use their fingerprints to create a ‘popping’ picture   Take some time to relax, put on some comfy clothes and snuggle up with the children and some good books! You will enjoy it and so will the children J
  • Teaching children to be generous and caring can help ensure a peaceful and supportive environment where all children grow and develop to their maximum potential. This is not only a great environment for children, but also for the adults that work in it… win-win for all!   Guiding children in expressing compassion and empathy towards others through day to day activities will help them develop life-long practices of caring for others. Through hands-on activities, children: ·       Create a ‘coupon book’ of nice things to do for others ·       Make a ‘I Care’ puppet to use in role playing how to care for others ·       Bake cookies to share with others   Help the children in your care learn that when we care for each other, we all are cared for!
  • Trains

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    Children love trains!  There is something magical and engaging about hooking one train car to another, and moving along a track.  Children make trains out of boxes, chairs, their toys and each other.  Although most children do not have access to ‘climb aboard’ a train, most do live close enough to a train track to have watched a train go by!   Many early childhood and school readiness skills can be addressed through this fascination with trains.  Through hands-on activities, children: ·       Learn about the size of a train engine ·       Use laminated train cars to spell their name, other words or put the alphabet letters in order ·       Make a ‘train’ whistle ·       Go on a pretend train ride   Although most children do not have access to ‘climb aboard’ a train, most do live close enough to a train track to watch a train go by.  Taking a ‘trip’ on a cardboard box sparks imagination and creativity, encourages language and vocabulary development, and helps children acquire cognitive skills.
  • Animals do pretty much the same thing as people when the weather turns colder – they leave for warmer areas: migrate; they stay inside: hibernate; or they change their habits – grow thicker coats and eat different foods: adapt. Animal behaviors have evolved over many, many years in order for each species to survive. Learning how animals have changed and adapted to changes in their habitat provides information for scientists, ecologists and environmentalists that will help the human race be able to change and survive changes.   Children that are inquisitive about how things work in their world are using higher level thinking and critical analysis skills to solve problems. Through hands-on activities, children:
    • See how polar bears (and other arctic animals) adapt by hiding the in ‘snow’
    • Feel cozy when ‘hibernating’ in a cave
    • Practice math skills in ‘geese migrating’ activity
      Knowing how the animals in our world are doing helps us understand how WE are doing. If an animal species is failing because of environmental changes, we should be aware of what that will do to the human race.   Every living creature is important and connected to each other!
  • Spiders

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    Spiders can be very interesting to watch as they spin webs, stalk prey, and speed across an open space.  Learning about spiders encourages children to develop research and organizational skills as they collect interesting facts about spiders.  See the list of spider facts in the Template section.   Encourage children to explore spiders through these hands-on activities: ·       Hear folk tales about Anansi the spider ·       Watch live spiders in an aquarium or clear plastic container (really fun!!) ·       Match numbers for the 8 legs of a spider ·       Make spider hats   Teaching children to be respectful of all creatures in our world can foster an attitude of caring for everything in our world – not just spiders, but the different people they will meet and the lands they will visit.
  • Fire Safety

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    Children are usually very excited to visit the fire station or to have a fire truck come to their program.  Although children romanticize about the role of the fire fighter, it is extremely serious and difficult work.  Children should be taught that fire is very dangerous and what to do in case of a fire. Children that understand personal safety will be able to make good decisions as they grow from children to adolescents to adults.  Through hands-on activities, children: • Learn about the power of the sun through solar cooking • Explore the night sky and make their own stars • Practice jumping skills when they ‘jump the river’ • Discover things in nature through a scavenger hunt
  • You & Me

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    Guiding children in developing positive friendship skills will help them as they progress through their school years. This includes encouraging children to define what makes a good friend - both in what to look for in a friend and how to be a good friend. It also involves teaching children good communication skills, including active listening strategies. Children that can communicate their needs and wants are more likely to get their needs met in a positive way, and may not need to explore more risky and harmful behaviors. A positive environment will encourage children to engage with others as friends. Through hands-0n activities children:
    • Use patterning to make a 'friendship necklace' with a friend
    • Make a special 'friends' paper chain - each link in the chain is a friend
    • Complete specific 'friendship tasks' to make a GORP-like snack
    • Create a special MY FAMILY banner
    Children that have a friend are less likely to engage in behaviors that put them at-risk. Learning empathy for others is one way to create an environment without bullies - something we want for all of our children.
  • Most children enjoy a trip to the zoo to see the many different animals.  This is a good way to teach children about taking care of the animals in our world, especially those that are on the endangered species list.  Most zoos provide an educational program for groups of children.  There are also some great websites that provide animal webcams and a virtual zoo experience.     Children learn best through active exploration.  Through hands-on activities, children:
    • Stretch and move with Animal Yoga
    • Participate in drama, acting out Goodnight Gorilla by Peggy Rathann
    • Create their own ‘kangaroo pouch’
    • Practice cutting skills by creating a lion
    There are so many animals to learn about in our world.  The Jungle Safari Unit of Study provides activities on other animals children might see in a zoo.
  • Under the Sea

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    Children are very inquisitive about the world they live in, and love learning about different animals that live in the world with them.  Helping children see the beauty in the world that surrounds them nurtures a love of the environment, and everything that inhabits it. Hopefully this will instill in children a desire to take care of all the creatures that share the earth with them. There are so many different creatures to explore in an Under the Sea Unit of Study.  Through this Unit we explore only a few animals but children should be encouraged to discover others. Through hands-on activities, children:
    • Discover the beauty of a coral reef through sculpting coral
    • Investigate the differences in the many types of sea shells
    • Use colored sand to write their names
    • Explore the many creatures living in the sea through reading books
    Spend some time ‘Under the Sea’ to see what creatures live and play there! More sea and ocean ideas are available in the Wet & Wild Unit of Study
  • Children are growing, developing, and challenging what their bodies can do every day!  The Summer Olympics provide a great example of how dedicated athletes come together with athletes from all over the world to celebrate their hard work and achievements.  This can be a great time for children to think about their own physical fitness skills, and set goals to work towards fulfilling. Being physically fit is a goal we have for life-long success.  Through hands-on activities, children:
    • Learn about the Olympics and the dedication it takes to be an Olympic athlete
    • Use various tools to measure, weigh and time objects and activities
    • Participate in their own Olympic Games complete with an Olympic Parade
    Strengthening our body’s core, and developing stamina, balance and coordination will help children be physically fit for success in school and social interactions with friends.  As children get older, it becomes more and more important for them to feel confident in their physical appearance and body fitness.
  • Going Buggy

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    Children may love bugs OR be deathly afraid of them… their reaction can be a learned attitude based on how the adults in their lives feel about bugs.  Bugs are a great ‘science project’ because they are small, easy to find and inexpensive (they are EVERYWHERE!), and provide a hands-on scientific investigation activity when used with magnifying glasses. Learning about bugs helps children to understand their world, and appreciate the environment.  Through hands-on activities, children:
    • Practice counting and matching numerals
    • Use scientific observation techniques to inspect bugs
    • Develop large motor skills through ‘flying, jumping, and crawling’ like bugs
    • Create beautiful music with their ‘bug’ wood & sand blocks
    Bugs are everywhere.  Embrace them and turn them into your living science center! Just sit back and watch the fun, excitement and learning that is taking place with your children. NOTE: Combine this Unit with the Bugs Unit of Study (can be purchased in the Store) for a full month of buggy fun!
  • Fun in the Sun Unit of Study Highlights Lazy days of summer spent outdoors ….. Families and friends getting together ….. Beach games and water fights ….. Most of us have great memories of long summer days, playing with our friends, and only coming in when our mom’s called us for lunch. Children of today may not spend as many hours freely exploring outside as we did.  There are so many reasons for this – parents away at work all day, the lure of computer and video games, and society’s need for children to be closely supervised by a trusting adult.  Early childhood education and care programs can still provide hours of ‘fun in the sun’ activities to bring those lazy days of summer back into the lives of children. Summer fun creates lasting memories for children.  Through hands-on activities, children:
    • Discover the power of the sun through great experiments
    • Create a ‘sun beam’ wand to use in dance and movement activities
    • Play a game of bowling using a beach ball
    • Make paper sun visors and flip flops
    Summer fun and children naturally go hand in hand.  Become a child again yourself and find the ‘fun in the sun’!
  • Turtles

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    Slow and steady ….. Land and water ….. Tucked in tight …… All of the above can be used to describe tortoises and turtles. Through continuing to learn about the creatures in our world, children develop a sense of community and respect for all living creatures.  This is a good thing for our world!