February

THEME:Destination: Imagination! 

Adventure Awaits!

This month at Sonnets Academy, our students will embark on many wonderful excursions. We are excited to announce that our February theme is Destination: Imagination!

The excitement is building as our teachers will introduce many new experiences for our students - we will spin the globe and choose fascinating far away places such as Antarctica, Argentina, or even Madagascar. The students may leap into a land of Fairytales, and meet up with Royals, frogs and dragons.  Our littlest friends might opt to stay more local, and sink their fingers and toes into the sand as we pretend to play and lounge at the beach. We can’t wait to see where our student’s imaginations take us!

Our teachers will be will guiding the children’s “travel” and imaginations with wonderful non-fiction and fiction tales of these far away lands, songs to weave in their cultures, or in sensory play introducing a new texture, perhaps a grain or bean they have not yet experienced.

 
                                ...Blast Off!

                                ...Blast Off!


OUR TEACHERS, OUR CURRICULUM

Each Sonnets Academy Preschool follows the same monthly theme from which our teachers create their own lesson plans - giving our teachers the ability to build their classroom activities while following age-specific learning and development objectives in the following categories: 

-Fine & Gross Motor Skills
-Langauge
-Cognitive Development
-Creative Expression
-Music & Movement
-Social & Emotional Development
-Self-Help


Destination: Imagination! 

CURRICULAR OBJECTIVES

Infants

We are dreaming of the sun, sand and waves in our infant classrooms. Infant teachers will begin a journey to a beach holiday by singing a new song entitled, “Vacation Song”.  We will practice sitting up tall as we read books about airplanes flying through the sky. Teachers and children will stretch and move as they mimic an airplane taking flight through white fluffy clouds. Together, we anticipate our destination of soft sandy shores.

The children will love all the sensory exploration this month.  Sensory activities with sand, water and seashells allow our friends to discover new textures and get those tiny fingers moving. One of the coolest sensory activities planned will be the splishing and splashing as the children explore water filled containers with some of their favorite sea animal toys.

Even the youngest of infants benefit from being exposed to these various materials. By giving infants new sensory experiences you help them develop their motor skills, hand/eye coordination, as well as language.

 

 

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Toddlers

You will never be bored when you are in the presence of a toddler! They are busy, eager and ready to communicate. These little learners are transitioning from infancy to toddlerhood and their imagination is becoming more independent. Toddlers love singing, nursery rhymes, finger plays, and reading books. Teachers will set the stage for imagination as we read books about some of our favorite characters, including Elmo and Llama, Llama. We will explore as we set out on letter scavenger hunts, focusing on the letter, “C”. Perhaps we will dance on colorful tiles, much like the ones in the game, Candyland, or imagine royal princesses and princes at their enchanted Castle, our adventure might even take us on a detour as we find some Candy (it is Valentine's Day after all)! They love to imagine these explorations and retell their tales through coloring and drawing with crayons and markers. It's magical to watch toddlers progress as they graduate from making random strokes to drawing a picture with deliberation where they can tell you what they drew.

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Twos

Look at that little girl running through the woods with her bright red hood! Did you find the glass slipper that the princess left behind? Oh my, oh my, how high does that beanstalk climb? Can you guess where our twos classroom will be headed for Destination: Imagination?

You guessed it, we will be spending February in the Lands of Fairytales!  

These stories have such vivid descriptions of colorful and ornate lands; they are perfect for guiding exploratory art as we create wolf puppets from, “Little Red Riding Hood”, decorate our very own glass slippers from Cinderella, and create beanstalks using a variety of beans as we tell the tale of Jack and the Beanstalk.

The Three Little Pigs is a wonderful story to discuss science and math! Children will sort objects based on more than one property, such as color and shape. Building homes for the Three Little Pigs from straws and sticks is an excellent way to count and sort, and our Twos just love being able to show off their final product.

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Preschool

“Hakuna Matata! What a wonderful phrase, Hakuna Matata! Ain't no passing craze. It means no worries for the rest of your days. It's our problem-free philosophy. Hakuna Matata!”

That’s right, our Preschoolers are set out to discover the Safari! The preschool Destination: Imagination is headed to Africa! Our preschool teachers have planned an exciting month of imagination. Teachers will read the story of the, “Lion King” as the children create their very own male and female lions out of paper and label them Simba, Nala, and Mufasa. We cannot wait to watch our students discover new animals. As we learn about and introduce animals, such as the meerkat, we will discuss the African terrain and watch how quickly these cute faced animals interact in their habitat. We will mimic their animal sounds and movements. The children will work together as we look at a map of the world and locate Africa, and color and label the continent of Africa.

Preschools are at an age where they begin to recognize their own limits and are getting better at asking for help when it’s needed. They now understand that others have feelings just like they do and will be concerned if a friend is upset. Games are a great way for children in preschool to hone in on these social and emotional skills. Teachers and students will work together as they try and blow pom - poms across the Safari to travel as fast as we can - by working together, we can get there quicker!

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Prekindergarten

If you were King or Queen for the day, what would you wish for?  We will find out, this month, what our Prekindergarten children would wish for, and we cannot wait to hear what they grant themselves! This month our Prekindergarten classes will be imagining what it would be like to be Royalty.  These tales are not reserved just for castle life, we will explore princes, frogs and dragons. We will read funny stories like, “If I Were Queen of the World”, a book about a girl and her enjoyment when she grants herself one hundred lollipops per day and her never ending roller coaster rides, on which her little brother is occasionally granted admittance.  We will discuss empathy as we meet two boys in, “The Prince and his Dragon.” A book about the power of friendship, standing together, and helping others no matter your differences. These stories are exciting and animated as our students imagine being independent with their wishes and choices, a wonderful way to explore critical thinking and how choices affect themselves and others.

The fun continues when our students use these new stories to create their own magic, especially when we practice math in our catapult measuring activity and work on sorting and counting as we place jewels on our very own crowns. Don’t forget the music, we will be queuing up royal tunes as we play a move and freeze action game.  It is sure to be an exciting month in Prekindergarten!


February Music & Spanish Enrichment Classes

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Skip To My Lou 

Skip, skip, skip to my lou
Skip, skip, skip to my lou
Skip, skip, skip to my lou
Skip to my lou my darlin’,

There’s a little red wagon,
Paint it blue
There’s a little red wagon,
Paint it blue
There’s a little red wagon,
Paint it blue
Skip to my Lou, my darlin’.
 

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The Itsy Bitsy Spider 

The itsy bitsy spider
climbed up the water spout
Down came the rain and
washed the spider out
Out came the sun and dried
up all the rain
And the itsy bitsy spider
climbed up the spout again.



Habia una vez un barco chiquito

Habia una vez un
chiquito barco
Habia una vez un
chiquito barco
Tan chiquito, tan chiquito
que no podia navegar
Pasaron una dos tres
cuatro cinco seis siete
semanas
Pasaron una dos tres
cuatro cinco seis siete
semanas
Pasaron una dos tres
cuatro cinco seis siete
semanas
Y los lideres y los lideres

During Spanish class, the children learned how to describe different forms of transportation- "car- el carro," "airplane- el aviòn," "boat- el barco velero" and "train- el tren."

During Spanish class, the children learned how to describe different forms of transportation- "car- el carro," "airplane- el aviòn," "boat- el barco velero" and "train- el tren."