31Mar
2016
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Branching Out Theme of the Week: Community Helpers

There are so many people around us helping others.  This week we will investigate who those people are and what they do.  From doctors and nurses, to firefighter and policemen, construction workers, mail carriers, bus drivers and bakers; people in our community go to work every day to make our lives better.  We pretend to […]

22Mar
2016
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Branching Out Theme of the Week: The Tools We Use

We are fascinated by the things we can do with hammers, screwdrivers, wrenches and saws.  Children like to make things and can do so much using tools!  This week, we will explore lots of different tools and use unique tools to make new things.  We will use every day tools like measuring tools too to […]

10Mar
2016
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Branching Out Theme of the Week: Birds Fly!

When we look up in the sky what do we see?  We see planes and other air crafts and lot of neat birds!  There are so many different kinds.  We’ll look at books and talk about what makes a bird a bird.  They have wings and beaks – what makes them special?  We’ll explore those […]

01Mar
2016
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Branching Out Theme of the Week: Transportation

Transportation – by land, sea – We are often mesmerized by boats, cars and trucks…well that fascination likely started in childhood!  Our classrooms will look at different types of boats and vehicles this week and build many of their own with legos, blocks, popsicle sticks and other tools.  How do they move?  How do they […]

24Feb
2016
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Branching Out Theme of the Week: Eating Healthy

Good habits start young.  This week we will explore health foods and do lots of fun activities with them.  We will spend lots of time exercising and using our bodies in healthy ways. We will learn where some of our foods come from and play matching games too.  We’ll even make our own food and […]

17Feb
2016
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Branching Out Theme of the Week: Dental Health

Our pearly whites make our smiles so bright!  If we take care of them, they will last our whole lives!  This week we will practice brushing and flossing and play with the tools to be sure we know how to use them.  Some of us will have a visit from a Dentist office too!  Eating […]

12Feb
2016
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Branching Out Theme of the Week: Feelings

February is a month of love – Children need to explore and learn how to handle emotions in a natural way…but often can’t apply the skills unless they have observed and practiced them.  This week we will practice strategies to manage our emotions and keep calm.  We will practice Yoga and other means of distressing, […]

02Feb
2016
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Branching Out Theme of the Week: Silly Stories

This week we are exploring several different story books that give us lots of opportunity to be SILLY- From making crazy hair grow (grass seed) to trying to walk upside down like Silly Sally. We had a blast and learned tons!  We played games with the alphabet while reading Chicka Chicka Boom Boom…and loved singing […]

26Jan
2016
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Branching Out Theme of the Week: I Take Care of Myself

We get stuck indoors more often in the winter and sometimes are less active because of it.  This is a great time of year to remember the importance of being healthy and incorporating healthy habits into all aspects of our lives.  From good hand-washing habits, remembering to cough into the elbow, being active and eating […]