SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER

Our program offers a balance between:
Active and quiet times
Large group activities, small group activities and time to play alone or with others
Indoor and outdoor play times
Time for children to select their own activities and time for teacher-directed activities.

During free-play, the children are encouraged to participate in different areas: art, computer, block, house-keeping, book corner, floor, manipulatives, teacher directed activities and imaginative play by themselves or with other children.

Apples, seeds, leaves, acorns, pumpkins, squirrels
Related projects, songs, finger-plays, baking and stories

 LANGUAGE:  Aa, Bb, Cc, Dd, Ee
Each letter is introduced by first reading the Alpha tales by Scholastic, the surprise alphabet bag, dotting the letter, felt board games, manipulatives, letter related arts and crafts, baking and stories.

Number 1 and 2
Circle (September)
Square (October)

 POSITIONAL WORDS: up/down, above/below, behind/beside/in front of, inside/outside.  Concepts are taught by hands on experiences:  manipulatives, felt board participation, games.

Painting, play-dough, water/rice table, chalk/crayons/markers, water colors, collage box, paper, paper plates, paper bags, etc. are available for children to create their own masterpieces.

Different manipulatives and games are available each day for children to play and learn.  Pegs, beads, puzzles, bingo games, letter and number games are just a few of the manipulatives that are put on the tables each day.  Each has a meaningful learning experience planned for the children.

Seasonal songs, action songs, finger-plays, musical instruments, dancing and copying rhythmic patterns

Gross motor skills and socialization skills are developed outdoors.  Exercise helps to keep the children healthy, physically and emotionally.  In today’s hectic world outdoor play helps children to release stress and anxiety. Physical activity also helps children to manage feelings and gain a sense of self-control. 

Language & pre-reading skills, listening, thinking and using one’s imagination

Columbus Day

                                                4-YEAR-OLD CURRICULUM
                                              SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER

Falls in the Air:
-Children collect leaves, acorns, apples, seeds, twigs, etc and bring them to class.  
-Changes that take place during autumn are taught
-Magnifying glasses are available for the children to look at the leaves, seeds, etc.
-Graphs are created using the signs of autumn 
-Pattern the autumn items during circle time and free-play (leaf, seed, twig, leaf and seed)
-Chart the similarities and differences of these items (written word)

 Language Skills
-Aa, Bb, Cc, Dd, Ee
-Show & Tell (sound of letter is introduced, and words are charted)
-Teachers and children participate in shared interactive writing
-ABC Journals and letter sheets
-We have added an additional Zaner Bloser Handwriting program to our curriculum called
ABC-123 Just for Me, Handwriting Readiness. It includes letters, numbers and mazes
-Letter games on felt board, letter chart game, letter table games
-Art activities that begin with the letter (time permitting)

 Writing Table
Paper, cards, envelopes, pencils, markers, stamps and many more other materials are available for children to use during free play for writing and stimulating imagination

 Math Skills – Counting and Cardinality

-Know number names and the count sequence
-Represent a number of objects with a written numeral
-Count to tell the number of objects
-Understanding the relationship between numbers and quantities
-Count to answer how many
-Compare numbers
-Identify whether the number of objects is more, less or equal to
-Identify “first” and “last” related to order or position
-Numbers: 0,1 & 2
-Cut and paste sheets used with manipulative
-10 Frames

One to one correspondence, more/fewer/equal, graphing, patterning
Concept work is a very important part of our math program and is very hands on

While we bake, we learn to follow directions and learn about measurements. This depends on the allergies in the classroom

Art Area
Painting, collage box, play-dough, water table, chalk, crayons, markers and water colors are available for use. Creative art is encouraged.

Music and Movement
During circle time, songs, finger plays, and instruments are included.  Songs are seasonal, holiday songs and funny, silly songs.  Music and movement tapes and CD’s that require listening and following directions are also part of our music program. 

Outdoor Play
Our Favorite!

 Stories are read to the children everyday and many activities resolve around the stories. While reading a story to the children, they will:
-Answer questions about the details of the story
-Re-tell the story
-Ask and answer questions about the characters and events in the story
-Learn new vocabulary
-Describe the role of the author and illustrator
-Compare and contrast stories
-Engage in a group reading activities with purpose and understanding