This Month at Sonnets

THEME: A summer of fun

 

Summer 2017 is in full swing and our month of, A Summer of Fun, has taken us right into the heart of the season.  The students have enjoyed some wonderfully fun water days, as they have been splish splashing with their friends, as well as their teachers.  Our Sonnets Academy teachers are having just as much fun with our summer curriculum, if not more than the kids, as you can tell from the pictures below! 

You will see our students exploring the outdoor environment around them as some learn about camping, hiking and nature; these are great exercises in working independently and also with friends. We have been reading about picnics, campfires and picking up after our adventures.

Our teachers have creatively added our site words, number recognition and science units into these outdoor activities.  Our kids are on the go this summer and love brining the classroom outdoors.

Students have been reading stories about picnics and camping. After they read, "Olivia Goes Camping", they created their own campfire out of construction paper complete with popsicle stick spears and marshmallows.

Students have been reading stories about picnics and camping. After they read, "Olivia Goes Camping", they created their own campfire out of construction paper complete with popsicle stick spears and marshmallows.

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We don't know who is having more fun...the kids or the teachers! We do know this...Summer in Chicago is the best!


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. This PreK class is working on estimations, they view colorful pom pom balls in a jar - each student guesses the number, and one student will count out the exact number for the class. 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. This PreK class is working on estimations, they view colorful pom pom balls in a jar - each student guesses the number, and one student will count out the exact number for the class. Sonnets Academy graduates are ready with all the skills they need for their next chapter in education.


Theme: A Summer Of Fun 

CURRICULAR OBJECTIVES

 

A special Friday feature. Our Older Infants take in a farm puppet show and play with some fuzzy bugs below.

A special Friday feature. Our Older Infants take in a farm puppet show and play with some fuzzy bugs below.

Infants

Our little friends will be discovering picnics this month. We have a music playlist set with some fun tunes such as, “Teddy Bear Picnic” and “Fun Picnic”. 

We are prepping our picnic space with colorful blankets, play foods and baskets. We will enjoy a delightful meal with our friends. Through this lesson our teachers can hone in on those fine motor skills. As children pick up play food and stretch and focus on dropping this food into baskets, young and older infants strengthen muscles and force some of our emerging crawlers to take the next step.  

After we spend time crawling and stretching we will move to a seated position as we take in some puppet shows, art activities and music lessons. As much as we concentrate on tummy time, we also want to establish good core strength by sitting up nice and straight.  We will sit up tall and explore some new textures.

We have been exploring the texture of seeds and foods that have seeds, including watermelon, apples and cherries. What do all these fruits have in common…the color red!

 

 


Toddlers

As children graduate into Toddlerhood - they have a new found independence, and want to try things ‘on their own’. Teachers embrace that confidence and use this new interest to build on self-help skills.  

Through dramatic play we can take real world experiences and pretend with our friends. By playing with the kitchen toys we will wash dishes and food. This is great for gross motor development, sensory and science exploration. As we clean our food and kitchen items, teachers will guide the students through a discussion to see if the items float or sink in the water. 

These are great activities to incorporate at home; your child may want to help mommy and daddy in their own kitchen at home. Next time you have dinner with your child or they make a mess, be sure to encourage them to clean up! Be aware of your everyday tasks and encourage your Toddler to join in the clean up or pick up, it can be fun!

 

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

Twos

We have to swoon for a moment - our Twos are growing up so fast!  We are taking in the moments this summer and watching these active students explore the outdoor world on their own terms. They are off and running, exploring the nearby parks and walking there on their own. Hand in hand with their friends and a grasp on their teacher’s lead, they are headed outdoors on their own two feet. 

Inside the classroom we are watching them grow in leaps and bounds as they build on their love of reading. Teachers have been leading some great units in language and literacy. The students are enthralled with stories about their favorite animals and nature. Teachers are capturing the children’s attention through reading and directing this eagerness into letter recognition. Each Twos classroom studies a new letter each week; we identify the letter, practice tracing the letter and then using exploratory art to add color.

We just loved the lesson plan in the photo pictured to the left of a Twos student reading a word, then fishing for the matching letter - a wonderful gross motor activity and literacy in one!


Preschool

Bring on the water! We are focused on everything water this month - this includes outdoor water fun and bringing the water back to the classroom to discuss who else needs water!  The students have had so much fun playing outdoors this summer in water and using water in play. Children have worked in pairs to practice their underhand tossing skills while using water balloons. They also practiced catching, which was difficult because the balloons were slippery!

We had so much fun; we brought this experience back to the classroom and discussed how else we use water. The children used their thinking skills and communication skills to share different ways we use water! Their answers were written on a chart paper so they could see their words written out, then the answers were read back to them so they can see spoken words in written form. We were so proud of our students as each child waited patiently to share their answers during their turn.

We’ve used water in our science lessons by creating our own batch of homemade bubble solution. We measured and mixed together dish soap, water and Karo syrup. Our teachers then demonstrated how we would create "snake bubbles" outside when blowing into a plastic bottle with a cloth attached. The children enjoyed watching the long strand of bubbles come out of the bottle!


Prekindergarten

Our Prekindergarten classrooms are focused on imagination. By working together with our friends and using critical thinking, we have explored a variety of specific learning objectives. 

Teachers are using literacy and music to prompt our discussion on camping. We have read stories such as, ‘Arthur Goes Camping’, and ‘Olivia Goes Camping’, as well as singing, ‘A Camping We will Go’ and ‘Campfire Pokey’. We will build on this discussion by journaling to help the students engage their minds even more. The children will respond to a journal prompt, “What would you bring if you went camping?” The children will use our recent sight words to write down their responses and will create a class book- Camper, Camper, What Do You See? 

Through exploratory art we will build on our journaling and make our camp items come to life by creating: camp fires using mixed media, tents out of popsicle sticks, stamps to make the night sky and we will design binoculars.

Through exploratory art we will build on our journaling and make our camp items come to life by creating: camp fires using mixed media, tents out of popsicle sticks, stamps to make the night sky and we will design binoculars.


juLY Music & Spanish Enrichment Classes

Ring Around the Rosie

Ring around the rosie,
a pocket full of posies.
Ashes, ashes, we all fall down.

The cows are in the meadows
eating buttercups.
A tish-oo, a tish-oo,
we all jump up.

A bird upon the steeple,
sits high above the people.
Ashes, ashes we all kneel down.


Bounce Like a Ball

Bounce, bounce, bounce,
like a basketball.
Bounce, bounce, bounce,
like a basket ball,
SHOOT!

Bounce, bounce, bounce,
like a tennis ball.
Bounce, bounce, bounce,
like a tennis ball,
SHOOT!

Bounce, bounce, bounce,
like a ping pong ball. 

Bounce, bounce, bounce,
like a ping pong ball.


Marinero que se fué a la mar
(Spanish)

Un marinero que se fue
a la mari mari mar
para ver lo que podia veri veri ver
y lo unico que pudo veri veri ver
fue el fondo de la mari mari mar

 

A Sailor Went To Sea
(English)

A sailor went to sea, sea, sea
to see what he could see, see see.

And all that he could see, see, see
was the bottom of the sea, sea, sea.

 


The students use exploratory art as they practice their Spanish vocabulary.

The students use exploratory art as they practice their Spanish vocabulary.