March

THEME: Book worms 

This month’s theme at Sonnets Academy is a school-wide favorite, we are excited to introduce Book Worms!  Our teachers have been planning and preparing to share some of wonderful time honored books as well as some new favorite books with our little friends.

For most of us, a childhood book is one of our earliest memories, maybe it was, ‘Peter Pan’ - and you remember soaring through the sky with Wendy and Peter, and meeting shiny little Tinker Bell for the first time.  Perhaps it was the brilliant, Dr. Seuss. Who could forget ‘Green Eggs & Ham’, when you thought to yourself,  "do people really eat that?”  Maybe it, was ‘One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish’? Always remembering the cover of that book with the blue, red and green fish. Each time you think of one of these early favorites, you remember the emotion you had as you heard the tale. 

 

 

Literacy is so important in early childhood education; educators and pediatricians urge parents to read to children consistently on a daily basis, beginning at birth. It is the foundation of pronunciation and word recognition. As a child turns their full attention to a storyteller, they begin to foster the skill of attention and learn to mimic sounds that they hear, ultimately building their speech and vocabulary. Reading also provides fine motor development as a child learns how to turn a page. A consistent routine of reading together enhances logical thinking skills and discipline - the benefits are endless.  


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


March Theme: Book Worms 

CURRICULAR OBJECTIVES

Infants

Since an infant's vision is still developing, our teachers will be reading board books with high-contrast pictures. The more interactive elements the better think puppets, mirrors, or peepholes. This will not only grab their attention, but provide practice with reaching and grabbing - a great way to inspire some rolling and stretching to ultimately build core strength. A great classic is, ‘Pat The Bunny’. There will be repetition of one word, hearing a teacher name something the child recognizes will reinforce vocabulary and slowly help them realize that illustrations stand for real things. Our teachers will focus on using kind words and a soothing tone of voice. Through this role modeling of loving and gentle tones young children learn how to communicate and express themselves in an appropriate manner. 

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Toddlers

“Again, again!”  A common phrase from our active Toddlers!  They find the familiar routine of reading reassuring and comforting. You will notice at this age that they will begin to have favorite books. Toddlers will ask for the same book over and over again.

These budding readers are memorizing sounds and images, and will recognize when you change one aspect of your reading routine. Perhaps changing the sound of the windshield wipers from, ‘The Wheels on the Bus’, a toddler will be quick to correct you. As the children retain the vivid pictures and sounds of their morning stories, teachers will encourage the children to experiment with exploratory art as they create their own buses; what will it look like and how many wheels will it have? Each is unique and that is the fun of these lessons, watching each young mind be creative in their unique way.

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Twos

Twos love reading and listening to stories, they will remember more details each time you read their favorite story to them. Magical things begin to happen here, twos will turn pages to find a favorite picture in a familiar book. They will name people or things pictured in books and ask "What's that?" and "What's he/she doing?" Here is where our routine of reading creates logical thinking as our friends begin to understand the stories and ask the “who’s, why’s and what’s.”

We will begin each day with circle time and read wonderful stories such as, ‘The Giving Tree, by Shel Silverstein’. A story of a boy who grows in age with a favorite tree, over time he learns valuable lessons of gifting, acceptance and returning love. Our two year olds are growing fast too - and as they become more independent, they also learn that others have feelings as well, they will have to learn how to begin to play together. Reading about the compassion of characters in books can help children model this behavior in their play with their friends.

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Preschool

There’s a party going on…for a pig! Humor is something that our preschoolers now understand, and it is such a joy to watch them laugh and giggle at some wacky stories.  This month they will be reading silly books such as, ‘Lama Lama Red Pajamas’, ‘If You Give a Pig a Party’, and ‘If You Give a Mouse a Cookie’.  Once they meet these memorable lamas, pigs and mice, they will have lots of questions about how a lama needs pajamas, as they laugh with friends.  You will love to hear them retell these stories - three and four year olds will get very animated and focused with their storytelling - it’s pure joy to watch their excitement. Our teachers will have fun helping our friends create pajamas for our lamas, decorate hats for our pigs and create paper cookies with sprinkles and glitter (what could be better) for our mice. This is a wonderful way to continue the conversations at home and help them be creative to make up their own funny stories.

 
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Prekindergarten

Our Prekindergarten classrooms are using this month's theme as an opportunity to engage a variety of specific learning objectives with some of their favorite storybook characters. One of our classrooms will be reading a collection of favorites from, ‘Pete the Cat’. They will be reading, ‘Pete the Cat - I Love My White Shoes’. Teachers will utilize this story to refine word recognition by playing a sight word match game. The children will work together to create a class book about their favorite kind of shoes and will hone math skills by feeding Pete the Cat numbers. Through guided play our prekindergarten classrooms are learning many skills that will help them become kindergarten ready.


March Music & Spanish Enrichment Classes


This Old Man 

This old man, he played one,
He played knick-knack on my drum;
With a Knick-knack paddywhack,
Give a dog a bone,
This old man came rolling home.
This old man, he played two,
He played knick-knack on my shoe;
Knick-knack paddywhack,
Give a dog a bone,
This old man came rolling home.

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The Ants Go Marching

The ants go marching one by one,
hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching one by one,
hurrah, hurrah.

The ants go marching one by one,
The little one stops to suck his thumb
And they all go marching
down to the ground
To get out of the rain,
BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!

Infants

Studies have shown that infantswho participate in interactive music classes smile more, communicate better and show earlier and more sophisticated brain responses to music. This month our infants will rest on their backs, bellies or work on sitting. We will pass maracas to each while we sing a variety of lullabies and traditional songs - and watch them smile and sway!
 

Toddlers & Twos

During music circle time, Tods and Twos will engage in a game ofmarching marching, clapping clapping, to establish beat with our bodies. We will incorporate color scarves to reinforcecolor recognition.  This lesson will also encourage motor coordination to the music that we are singing - refining awareness of beat and tone.
 

Preschool & Pre-K

Preschool and Prekindergarten students will be sharing instruments to continue our work on our sharing and communication skills. As students sit in a circle, we will pass maracas to our friends until the music stops. At that point the student with the maraca will stand and go towards the center, and tap the tamborine placed on the floor.


LETRA ‘THREE LITTLE BIRDS

“No te preocupes,
Acércate, 
Cada situación
puede mejorar.

En la mañana ví nacer el sol,
Tres pajaritos, al pie de mi puerta cantaban juntos, una melodía que, decía, 
mi mensaje es para vos (tí)”.

No te preocupes,
Acércate, 
Cada situación
puede mejorar.


 

Infants

Our youngest age groups will be exposed to new colors andsensory objects for our theme, “The Four Seasons.” Through songs and textiles, including colored felt flowers and leaves, we’ll learn about different textures, colors, shapes, and sizes.  

 

Toddlers & Twos

This month will be working on a series of “Let’s Make Our Seasons” project. We will use exploratory art to learn our seasons. Each week we will focus on a season and build trees with different colored leaves, as we practice our Spanish through season and color vocabulary.

 

Preschool & Pre-K

We are excited to be building a, Post Card Book, with our older students. We will begin with a watercolor chart of the four seasons, and each week build a new card themed to one of the four seasons. This type of emergent learning helps students to grasp new words in a setting where they are naturally building on what they find interesting or fun!
 

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