Our March Theme:
Happily Ever After, Tall Tales, & Myth Busters
Fairy tales, Fractured Fairy tales, discovering the real truth…
This month we’ll discover exciting stories of adventure that capture the imaginations of listeners and readers, each told with a purpose. While searching for the purpose, we’ll find that fairy tales have moral lessons that teach the consequences of choosing between right and wrong. Fractured fairy tales add a sense of fun and humor, providing unexpected twists to make us laugh, or to question… Tall tales feel almost believable, using exaggerations to show us they may not be all true… Myths focus on superhuman beings, told to explain a specific belief or part of nature (and we may need to apply the scientific method to sort out fact from fiction as we practice “myth-busting”)…
As we hear stories from around the world and across time, including stories that have been told by many cultures, we’ll discover their EQ lessons, and try to emulate the values celebrated in the prevailing characters. We’ll find out that we need to ask questions, do some research, even conduct experiments to find the truth. We may also compare things past and present, old and new. We’ll discover how wild our imaginations can be, and hope that they lead us to “happily ever after!”
(With St. Patrick’s Day approaching, we will take 2 days off to pay attention to Lucky the Leprechaun and his wild antics on Thursday & Friday, March 14th & 15th!)
Our March calendar is below. Click on the image for a printable PDF!
Our February Theme:
HEALTHY HEARTS: In Our Relationships & In Our Bodies
RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS this month! Help us catch Random Acts of Kindness with this month’s Show & Tell (February 7th & 8th); check your child’s mail file for a special heart to display! All month long, we’ll celebrate acts of kindness, big & small, that warm our hearts.
Lily Hardy Hammond wrote, “You don’t pay love back; you pay it forward.” The first half of this month is dedicated to “paying it forward” to everyone around us. We can do this with hearts & flowers, loving-kindness & thoughtfulness, and simply with hugs. This is a wonderful way to learn about ourselves and our relationships, an important EQ lesson. And of course, we will give a nod to Valentines’ Celebrations (February 13th & 14th) with days dedicated to loving and kindness in our relationships.
For the second half of the month, we will give the gift that keeps on giving to ourselves! We will learn how to take care of our HEALTHY HEARTS. We will explore health and fitness, body awareness and parts of the body. Exercise, plenty of rest and a good night’s sleep, a good diet, dental care, and fresh air are some of the ingredients we need for a healthy heart. A healthy heart keeps us going and growing!
Our February calendar is below. Click on the image for a printable PDF!
Our January Theme:
Lands of Ice & Fire: Iceland, Northern Canada, Alaska, and Antarctica
Amazing geography and climate, with active volcanoes, geysers, lagoons, glaciers, waterfalls, ice caves…
Northern lights, midnight sun and winter white, as well as the Harpa Concert Hall and Reykjavik’s street art will inspire our visual arts…
Cultural folklore and wild animal tales of puffins, fox, polar bear, reindeer, and whale will enter story-telling… while the Runic alphabet and Icelandic language will intrigue our imaginations…
Games Nordic people play will help us exercise while it is cold outside, and music will transport us to their hearts…
This month will be fascinating in each of our curriculum areas!
Our January calendar is below. Click on the image for a printable PDF!
Our December Theme:
The Polar Express
All aboard! The Polar Express is stopping at the Kinder Works Station this year! It’s going to take us around the world, to see how the Winter Holidays are celebrated in other countries!
First stop: Germany, where we find many traditions such as advent wreaths, advent calendars, letters to Weihnachtsmann (Santa), hiding the Christmas Tree, Springerle molds, etc. And then there’s St. Nicholas Day with shoes left at doors and filled with straw for horses! St. Nicholas checks to see if children have behaved well, then fills the shoes with treats…
Onwards we go to: England, where we find the first Christmas cards, the tradition of caroling, hanging stockings by the chimney, the use of holly and mistletoe, Christmas crackers and pudding…
…Back on the train for home: U.S.A.! We will learn about Hanukkah, have fun with the elf on the shelf, candy canes, Christmas trees, and more. Our own Kinder Works classmates can introduce us to multi-cultural traditions as they tell how they celebrate the Holidays at home.
Kinder Works celebrates with two annual traditions at this time of year: The Giving Tree, and Santa visits!
Our December calendar is below. Click on the image for a printable PDF!
Our November Theme:
Season of Thanks and Giving
Thanksgiving is a national holiday founded on giving and gratitude. From the very first Thanksgiving, to the one we celebrate this month, one tradition still holds true: sharing the bounty of nature and our kitchens brings people together, and there are examples of giving and gratitude from past to present. We will practice ways of saying thanks and being kind this month, and extend throughout the year.
This month, we also learn what “farm-to-table” is all about. Fall harvest yields vegetables, fruits and grains from the garden, and as it gets colder, farmers prepare for their animals to survive the winter. How do we grind the wheat to make flour for bread? How is butter and applesauce made?
Near the end of the month, we will hold our annual POW-WOWs to celebrate friendship by giving gifts we have made, and showing gratitude.
Our November calendar is below. Click on the image for a printable PDF!
Our October Theme:
Fabulous Fall Fest
Autumn brings changes, and new energy to explore our world and to express what it means to us. Trees turn colorful and drop leaves, nuts and cones fall to the ground and are used by wintering animals. Our artwork takes on the seasonal hues and inspiration. As the days get shorter and darker, storytelling entertains and enlightens us. Shorter days make us take note of the clock, and along with the earlier nightfall, we prepare for changes in the weather.
Those evenings are exciting, as we head into our Halloween Traditions. Scarecrows, pumpkins, candy, and costumes are treats we all enjoy at our annual Fall Festival!
We also review Fire Safety this month. We hope to be able to climb aboard a real fire truck!
Our October calendar is below. Click on the image for a printable PDF!
Our September Theme:
(How we relate to each other)
It’s all about relationships: with ourselves, with other people, and with everything in our environment. This is what EQ (emotional intelligence) is all about; and this is foundational for the Kinder Works Curriculum.
So we always start our new school year by learning about our school, our new friends, and ourselves. Rules, respect, and routines help us keep our environments safe, healthy, and pleasing. Manners, mutual respect, and cooperation help us make and keep friends. Self-respect and communication skills enable us to meet our individual needs and know ourselves better.
In our town and community, it takes cooperation, collaboration, and acceptance of differences to create a neighborhood. People serve and work in many roles.
As we communicate about ourselves, our families, and our community, we will also begin our yearly practice of Sign Language and begin learning Spanish!
Our September calendar is below. Click on the image for a printable PDF!