Our theme for this month is Creation and the World Around Me. We will be talking about seasons, weather, ecology, recycling, and colors in the world around us which God created in His infinite wisdom with such orderliness and perfection.

Bible

Our character traits include Orderliness and Attentiveness. Your praise and encouragement is so important. This month learning about God’s creation of our world will be an added enrichment to Bible Times.

Language & Phonics

All of the children will be encouraged in picture/object recognition and descriptive word skills. Alphabet songs will continue. The 4’s and 5’s will begin alphabet recognition and basic phonics for letters A, B, C, D and E.

Art & Colors

Colors give boundless opportunities for the staff to share with the children. We will use as much variety as time permits. The Toddlers will add the color blue. The 2’s and 3’s will add the colors yellow and blue. All 4’s and 5’s will experience the secondary colors: orange, purple, and green. Murals, mobiles, and paint will give the creation events new dimension for understanding.

Music

New songs will be introduced as well as new finger plays. All classes will introduce clap-patterning with rhythm, and each class will continue music with actions.

Physical Development

When all evaluations are finished in large motor readiness, we will begin our weekly motor program. Spatial concepts are a focus this month, reviewing balance/walking skills.

Fine Motor Development

As we continue in these activities: stringing beads, stacking cubes, etc., we shall focus on play dough experiences, tearing of paper, tracing ob-jects or lines, and continue opportunities with scissors for older children

Math

As the Toddlers, 2’s and 3’s review circles and add squares to shape study, they will also be rote counting 1-6. (Toddlers will rote count 1-3) The 4’s will review circles, squares, triangles, and introduce rectangles. Also, the 4’s will continue rote counting 1-10. The 4’s, 5’s class will review all shapes with the addition of diamonds. Rote counting will extend 1-15, with values 1-10 and sets up to 5 to be reviewed. Treasure boxes (free exploration and designs) will begin in 3 1/2, 4’s, and 5’s rooms. Graphing experiences also begin in 4’s & 5’s.

Visual Perceptual Skills

All classes will continue exposure in matching games and will also begin categorizing objects. Body awareness skills will also continue focusing on the introduction of left/right differentiation for 4’s and 5’s. Spatial concepts of in/out, over/under, around/through, and first/last will also begin.

This month we will be studying Community Helpers and Transportation! Children enjoy learning about people they see and meet during their daily experiences. As we learn about people who help us stay well (doctors, nurses, dentists, etc.), we will also cover people who keep us safe (policemen, firemen, rescue squads), people who fix things and many other occupations. These occupations and awareness of our com-munity also stimulate activities about transportation. Our classes will be exploring the many modes of traveling: air (planes, rockets, etc.), land (cars, trucks, bicycles, buses, trains, etc.) and water (boats, ships, etc.). Dramatic play will be an important part of our curriculum as we discover the many possibilities in travel around us.

Bible

Our character trait studies this month include Love and Acceptance. The children are really growing in their understanding of these character studies. Thank you parents for your important role in supporting your child in the memory verses each week. Love will be studied the first part of the month.

Language & Phonics

All children will continue to be encouraged in sharing experiences and longer verbal sentences. The 4’s and 5’s will be focusing on the recognition and phonetic sounds of letters K, L, M, and N. Alphabet rhymes and song sequencing continues for all ages.

Colors

Toddlers, 2’s and 3’s will explore the color pink. The 4’s and 5’s review and enjoy the primary and secondary colors, adding gray and pink.

Math

Toddlers will introduce W and rote count 1-5, 2’s and 3’s will review W, continue to rote count 1-10 and will introduce the value of 5, reviewing 1, 2, 3 and 4. Our 4’s classes will review shapes, rote counting 1-10, and will introduce 6 to recognition/sequencing 1-6. 5’s will stretch rote counting to 25, and continue values/recognition/sequencing 1-15.

Physical Development

Our large motor program will focus on the review of foot/eye coordination, balance, spatial awareness and body imagery skills.

Fine Motor Development

The many activities to enhance each child’s eye/hand control will include: stringing cheerios or macaroni, modeling clay, sewing cards, counting pennies, scissors, pegboards and “lite bites.”

Music & Art

Music with movement will be a focus in all classes this month to gain awareness of rhythm and body coordination. All classes will continue auditory patterning and will use rhythm instruments.

Visual Perceptual Skills

All classes will continue matching and categorizing items as they increase the talks in sequencing skills. There will be review of body parts spatial concepts (adding in front of and behind).

How quickly our school year is going by! Summer is just around the corner! We now begin our new Life Study Unit—Animals! Animals are such a wonder and delight to children. We will try to share as much as time permits; animal homes, food, babies, creation and the order of His perfect design in nature. There will be sharing, sculptures, painting, dramatic play, zoo masks, and more as we share and learn about animals this month.

Bible

Our character trait studies this month will include: Honesty- Always willing to tell the truth, no matter what; Patience – Being able to wait calmly, with a happy heart; Diligence-Using all my energy to finish a job and doing it well. Thanks for your help in memory verses at home. You can find them on the website pre-school page under character trait.

Language & Phonics

All classes will continue to participate in finger plays, alphabet recitation in rhyme or song, and descriptive word responses for both objects and pictures. The 3 ½’s will explore a few new letters, 4’s and 5’s will introduce the letters W, X, Y & Z recognition, and beginning sounds. We will also begin reviewing A-F.

Colors

All children will be grouping and sorting objects by color. Various art activities in all classes will enhance self-expression, color aware-ness, eye-hand skills centered on animal theme: masks, habitats, costumes, etc.

Math

Toddlers will count, sort, sequence and classify. The 3’s will continue rote counting 1-10, values 1-5 and reviewing shapes. The 4’s will review rote counting 1-10, recognition, sequence and values 1-10. The 4’s and 5’s will also review rote counting 1-10, sets 1-10, recognition, sequence and values 1-10. The 4’ and 5’s will also re-view penny, nickel, and dime coins.

Music & Art

Music with movement will be a focus in all classes to gain awareness of rhythm and body coordination. All classes will continue auditory patterning and will use rhythm instruments.

Physical Development

As we continue in our large motor program, this month’s activities will include: cross-pattern movements, balance, eye-hand/eye-foot coordination skills. All ages will experience the tumbling mats for enhancement of body imagery skills.

Fine Motor Development

Toddlers will continue to string beads and glue on a line. The 3’s will be doing snaps, buttons, laces and zippers, stringing Cheerios and tracing left to right. The 4’s and 5’s will be sorting coins and buttons, begin lacing and tying, weaving, using eye-droppers, lots of tracing in sand, and sewing cards.

Visual Skills

Toddlers will continue to match and explore how objects fit together and can be taken apart. All classes will introduce ordering-small to large. 3’s will begin with two objects; 4’s will use 3-4 objects; 5’s 4-5 objects. All classes will continue to review body parts, and matching/sequencing.