May

THEME: Food For Thought

 

This month’s theme at Sonnets Academy is Food For Thought.  In this unit the children will be looking at various food items in many different ways. Studying food can lead to learning opportunities that they can translate to life outside of the classroom.  

The students will explore food through sensory bins, dramatic play, exploratory art and of course…eating. Through several hands-on activities, stories, songs, sign language and discussion topics about health and the food groups, the children will discover so much more than just what lies on their plate. Many of our lesson plans and exercises with our friends will be spent on ‘making choices’, which relates to a lot of their experiences at home, at school and in public. 

One of our objectives that we know our parents will enjoy is, manners. Through dramatic play we will role play our meals with the children. How do you sit at a meal?  Where do you sit? How do you ask for, ‘more’? Our littlest learners know how to communicate through sign language before they can even speak, they can clearly communicate and ask adults for ‘more’ simply by placing their hands in front of them and connecting their fingers. Hmmm, there’s some Food For Thought - we can all learn from our littlest friends!  Don’t worry, it won’t be all about Ms. Manners in the month of May, our teachers have some wonderful silly stories about food and some upbeat songs, ‘The Broccoli Boogie’, and the ‘Carrot Twist’, to shake things up!  There is sure to be plenty of food sorting, counting and some very unique art created as well!


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 students had so much fun watching what colors absorbed into our celery the quickest.  We also discussed which colors appeared the brightest in the celery!

Our students had so much fun watching what colors absorbed into our celery the quickest.  We also discussed which colors appeared the brightest in the celery!


May Theme: Food For Thought 

CURRICULAR OBJECTIVES

Infants

Follow that banana, orange, and apple - we are on a fruit trail hunt. Our teachers have come up with the most creative ways to get our youngest infants to crawl, and some of our older infants to walk. The children get so excited to not only try the hunt on their own, but laugh and learn from their friends. We will also be demystifying some of our foods - by exposing children to different textured foods, we can help them become more comfortable with these fruits and veggies! Teachers will setup sensory bins of broccoli and orange peels and let the children touch, pick up and squeeze these colorful foods. We will also be recreating one of our favorites - grapes! We will find circled stamps and paint markers and use purple paint to create lots of little circles that look like grapes. These lessons are fun for the students and wonderful ways to perfect those fine motor skills.  

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Toddlers

Our toddlers will pass any Ms. Manners class this month.  Through our literacy lessons, the children will be perfecting their sign language. We will be focused on signing the words, ‘please’, ‘eat’ and ‘thank you’. They have already perfected some ASL when they were tiny infants, and they learned them so quickly, so we will be encouraging them to build off that knowledge and grow their vocabulary.

Through finger play, song, nursery rhymes and the books we explore at circle time, we continue to expand our growing vocabulary. We have lots of great circle time planned with favorite books such as, ‘Max’s Breakfast’ and ‘Eating the Alphabet’. We cannot forget the music, there will be plenty of dance parties, we will pretend to be Jello and jiggle to some of our favorite tunes! 

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Twos

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Growing up you were probably told, ‘don’t play with your food!’ However, we know that play leads to great learning lessons - and that includes food!  We are on our way to some healthy eating habits this month with our terrific twos.

Now that our twos have sharper motor skills, they love the arts and creating their own masterpieces. We will learn about the food groups through exploratory art. It's amazing how a hand can look like the stalk of a pineapple! Teachers will provide cut out fruits, vegetables, grains and proteins - the children will learn how to divide these food groups into the food pyramid. We will also create ‘healthy food plates’, we will decorate plates with all those fruits and veggies - things can get very colorful and FUN!

These are exciting lessons, however we know where these twos hearts really lie - DANCING! We will turn up the tunes and grab our ribbons to dance to upbeat songs such as, Laurie Berkner’s, ‘Apples & Bananas’.

Continue the dance party at home and check out one of our favorites about sharks…. tune into “Baby Shark”, it will happily be stuck in your head all day! Turn up your volume and click below!

 
 

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Preschool

Our preschoolers have perfected using a fork and spoon. They are working on pouring and may still have spills - that’s okay, its how we learn, and is a great practice in ‘clean up’. They are beginning to understand safe and unsafe and healthy and unhealthy. We will spend a lot of time discussing fruits such as cherries, lemons, oranges and apples. We will work on our math skills by removing the seeds, sorting them by size and counting how many seeds we have collected. A wonderful, ‘ah ha’ moment from our preschoolers can be when they learn where food comes from. We’ll have so much fun using those cherries to inspire the creation of a cherry tree from paint and sponges. We will use dramatic play to discuss apple picking and, ‘Jack & The Beanstalk’, is always a favorite read. The real exciting part is the wonderful discussion we have after we read the book - how high did that beanstalk grow? Could you climb that high?

Now that the warmer weather is upon us, the wonderful Chicago Farmer’s Markets will be popping up. We have begun to venture outdoors and have visited a few ourselves. 

Continue the conversation about fruits and veggies by bringing your little one to a Market near you.  Try and find as many different foods as you can, encourage the children to explore new foods they have never seen before and ask questions!


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Prekindergarten

Our Prekindergarten classrooms are using this month's theme to learn about the origins of food and how they make it to our table - we will study food from start-to-finish.

We will begin learning about food from some wonderful stories such as, ‘Curious George Farm to Table’. During circle time, teachers will use this book to introduce Farmer’s Market fruits, vegetables and plants. The children will participate in literacy, communication and cognitive activities throughout this week.  Our Farmer’s Market food will be our inspiration. We will begin our food prep by identifying the food you would find at the Farmer’s Market, we will fill a sensory table with water, bubbles and all our play food - we will discuss how to clean fruit and veggies before we eat them. We will continue to practice our letter sounds, will focus on you guessed it, “Ff”.  We will identify pictures beginning with the "Ff" sound and practice pronouncing the letter sound together.

To reinforce number identification 1-20, the children will identify two number flashcards and then outline each number with corn kernels by pasting them onto the number flashcard. The children will work independently to identify fruits and vegetables by name and then by their beginning letter sounds. Continue our unit at home and tryout out fruit and vegetable BINGO!


May Music & Spanish Enrichment Classes

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Can You Sing High & Low 

(Personal Adaptation To London Bridge Is Falling Down) 

Can you sing soft and loud,
soft to loud.
Let’s do it together!

Can you sing hi and low,
hi and low, high and low.
Lets do it together!

Can you whisper very soft...
Can you sing very strong…

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We Are The Dinosaurs
By: Laurie Berkner

We are the dinosaurs,
marching, marching...

We are the dinosaurs,
whaddaya think of that?

We are the dinosaurs,
marching, marching...

What are the dinosaurs,
we make the earth flat.

We stop and eat our food,
when we’re in the mood.
We stop and eat our food.

Infants

It’s parachute time! Our little learners are mesmerized as they watch these bright colors move. Infants will sit comfortably on the middle of the parachute.  We will make soft, slow waves for the students and sing along to our weekly song. This is a wonderful activity for body awareness, strength and sensory.
 

Toddlers & Twos

It’s time to march like a dinosaur or quack like a duck! We will sit in a circle and, Señor Hamlet will guide the students to mimic an animal sound. Students will choose their animal and use their bodies to imitate it. This is a wonderful lesson that hones focus and creative thinking. 
 

Preschool & Pre-K

Grab the rhythm sticks and hand shakers!  Señor Hamlet will be introducing the concept of what a ‘crescendo’ is.
The students will be guided with voice exercises to help them understand how to take a song from soft to loud and loud to soft. We will learn how to incorporate this technique to create emotion in music.


SI TU TIENES MUCHAS GANAS DE…

Si tu tienes muchas ganas de llorar
Si tu tienes la razón y no hay oposición
No te quedes con las ganas de llorar

Si tu quieres manejar un carro
Si tu tienes la razón y no hay oposición
No te quedes con las ganas de un carro

Si tu quieres bailar por la mañana
Si tu tienes la razón y no hay oposición
No te quedes con las ganas de bailar

Si tu quieres comerte un chocolate
Si tu tienes la razón y no hay oposición
No te quedes sin comer chocolate

 
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Infants

We will be introducing flash cards with images of our vocabulary words to our infants this month. We will practice the sounds of the words. By introducing new sounds with images, our little learners will connect the image and word.  Don’t forget the music! Our May song is, ‘Si Tu Tienes Muchas Ganas De’. Sing along with the lyrics on the right, your little one will love it! 
 

Toddlers & Twos

Students will use exploratory art to create scenes that depict their new vocabulary words. They will use cotton balls to create clouds and blue paper to create rain, ‘la lluvia’. What does rain always bring? The beautiful morning, ‘la mañana’, sun! We will use orange and yellow papers strips to create, ‘el sol’, the sun.
 

Preschool & Pre-K

This month our older students will focus on vocabulary with blends such as the words, ‘el carro’, car and ‘el perro’, dog.  We will create different colored ‘el carros’. After we finish our cars, we will place them on the floor and discuss the colors and shapes, en español, of course!  

 

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