June

THEME: summer fun

 

Hip Hip Hooray! Summer is here and we are ready for sunshine, water play days and outdoor exploring.  

Our theme for this month is, Summer Fun!  Our teachers have some wonderfully creative and fun-filled lesson plans that take our student’s classrooms outdoors - they will use the parks just outside our doors to guide lessons in art, science and math. You will see our students creating large scale paint canvases outside, tracing tree bark from tall shady trees, and they will engage in plenty of counting and sorting of the treasures they find on our nature walks.

The students will also have plenty of room to run and play with their Sonnets friends and teachers in the green spaces near our schools. With amazing parks within walking distance, we are able to experience the perfect mix of sun, shade and all that nature has to offer. Bring on the Summer Fun!

Students & Teachers are both excited about Summer Fun! Our River North Prekindergarten artists painted a beautiful large scale canvas!

Students & Teachers are both excited about Summer Fun! Our River North Prekindergarten artists painted a beautiful large scale canvas!


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
Our Prekindergarten students are working hard as they prep for Kindergarten this Fall. Sonnets Academy graduates are ready with all the skills they need for their next chapter in education.

Our Prekindergarten students are working hard as they prep for Kindergarten this Fall. Sonnets Academy graduates are ready with all the skills they need for their next chapter in education.


June Theme: Summer Fun 

CURRICULAR OBJECTIVES

 

Our infants loved splashing in the water and finding new treasures.

Our infants loved splashing in the water and finding new treasures.

Infants

This month we are headed to the beach with our little friends, our perfectly safe indoor beach that is. Infant teachers are preparing a summer sensory experience for our students. Teachers are filling water tables with sea themed items - including brightly colored clown fish, octopuses and sea shells! This is a wonderful fine motor activity for the younger ones.

By encouraging them to reach, grab and pass items from the water table, we strengthen their muscles and develop hand coordination skills. We will also be introducing new textures to the students, such as sand. By filling bags with sand, teachers can encourage the children to reach their hands into the bag and let the sand run through their fingers. Playing in sand is a wonderful introduction to new textures as it creates open-ended play, imagination and is also soothing.  


Toddlers

Splash, Splash, It’s Beach Time Fun! Our toddlers have an exciting month with our beach theme. We will have lots of fun complementing our theme with exploratory art. Toddlers love to get messy and art is the perfect time for this. At this age, it’s all about exposing them to different art mediums such as paint, play dough, and drawing tools.

One of our paint projects will lead the children to create their own bug. While discussing the letter “B”, our creative teachers are helping the Toddlers create bugs by painting their feet, imprinting their foot print on paper, and then watching the students transform that print into a bug.

Once we set the tone, we watch where these amazing toddlers take their imagination. We are sure to see all different type of arms, legs, eyes and tentacles. All of the sensory factors in these lesson plans aid in the development of their fine motor skills and creative thinking.

Art is all about the process and sensory experience, over the end product.

Art is all about the process and sensory experience, over the end product.


An excited student mimics a bird in a nest!

An excited student mimics a bird in a nest!

Twos

It’s fun in the sun! Our active Twos just love exploring their new outdoor world. Think about how much this outdoor world has changed for them from one year ago.

They are moving and exploring in such a different manner than their previous summer. They are now throwing a ball, versus tossing it in the air. They can also catch a ball with straight arms. They will stand on a balance beam and attempt to step forward, sometimes succeeding. They move from a whole hand grasp to a pincer grasp while drawing, coloring, and playing.

Our Twos teachers have planned some really fun outdoor classroom activities, one involves introducing the children to the life of birds. We'll learn where birds live, how they make their homes, and that birds eat worms! We will observe the birds around us and discuss with our friends and teachers their environment - we might mimic what it’s like to be in a bird nest and use our arms and legs to show our friends how birds move.

Threading is a wonderful fine motor exercise.

Threading is a wonderful fine motor exercise.

Teachers will lead a great unit on what birds eat by giving the children pipe cleaners and cheerios to create worms.

The children are challenged to use their fine motor skills to pass the pipe cleaner through the cheerios! We call this activity threading, and it has so many great benefits for early childhood, including bilateral coordination of the child's hands, improved fine motor, visual perceptual, visual motor and cognitive skills.

You can try this at home, and watch how mesmerized your children become by trying to master this skill - the concentration on their face is simply amazing.


Preschool

Our preschoolers amaze us everyday. They are learning how to become more and more independent. They are masters at washing their hands, learning how to blow their noses, and remembering to cover their mouths when they cough.  Some are even trying to help when tying their own shoes, although they still need help, they are trying and we applaud their eagerness. Now that we are outdoors we are discussing our beautiful city with our students. They know all about the great play spaces near by, as our visits to the park are now daily. As we discus this month’s theme with the preschoolers, many ask, “where is our beach?” This is a perfect bridge to educating them about maps, transportation, and tools that help people get places. The children are learning about different modes of transportation, how people travel to different places and how you know which way to go.  We are utilizing literacy, math and motor skill units as we introduce the children to maps, compasses, and trains. It’s amazing how much we can teach just outside our doors.


Prekindergarten

Our Prekindergarten classrooms are using this month's theme as an opportunity to engage a variety of specific learning objectives with the aid of Mother Nature!  We are discussing all types of outdoor environments - the beach, the park, the farmers market, and the elements of nature we can find in all these places.

The children will spend time outside throughout this unit participating in art, sensory, math and science activities. We begin each day meeting as a group during circle time. Teachers introduce a new topic, such as nature exploration. We begin with our literacy objectives and read aloud the book, "Bees, Snails and Peacock Tails- Patterns and Shapes Naturally" by Betsy Franko. This inspires our friends for the learning objective that’s on our schedule for the day.

We designed these lessons to be completed in pairs or groups - it’s more fun working with friends! The children work in partner pairs to go on a nature walks outside. Each pair will be provided with a pencil and a clipboard containing a nature walk checklist. The children work together to walk around and find the items on the checklist and take turns checking off each item they find. This is a great way to practice collaborative learning, sorting and matching.

Classes also participate in Bark Rubbing art projects. Each child is handed a piece of paper and a crayon and instructed to place the paper on a tree and rub the crayon over the paper. The crayon on the paper creates the texture of the bark on the paper! Pre-K'er's are great observers of the environment around them and love to gather information, look for patterns, and discuss what they see. Our prekindergarten classes are loving their new outdoor classrooms and working together with their friends.


june Music & Spanish Enrichment Classes

High Five!

High Five!


London Bridge Is Falling Down

London bridge is falling down,
Falling down, falling down,
London bridge is falling down,
My fair lady.
Build it up with wood and clay…
My fair lady.
Build it up with sticks and stones...
My fair lady.
Build it up with iron and steel...
My fair lady.
 

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Music In The Classroom

Music is a wonderful way to practice listening to instruction and mimicking behavior. The children pretended to slowly fall asleep as Señor Hamlet played some of their favorite songs. As they listened to the music and lyrics, they slowly lowered to the floor and pretended to sleep. As the music sped up, they quickly rose and danced their sillys out! We also grabbed our music making instruments and shook our maracas when the lyrics called for it. 


La mar estaba serena
(Spanish)

La mar estaba serena
The Sea Was Calm and Quiet
Canción infantil
Children’s Song
 

The sea was calm & quiet
(English)

The blue sea was calm and quiet,
Calm and quiet was the sea,
The blue sea was calm and quiet,
Calm and quiet was the sea.
 

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Spanish In The Classroom

Our Lincoln Park, Prekindegarten class created an art project during Spanish class inspired by the story, "This Is Not My Hat", by John Klassen. Señor Hamlet read aloud the story in Spanish and each child glued a "el pez pequeńo" (small fish) with a "el sombrero" (hat) onto construction paper and then drew a habitat for their fish.

 


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