January 2019 Theme & Calendar

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!

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December 2018 Theme & Calendar

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!

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November 2018 Theme & Calendar

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!

 

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October 2018 Theme & Calendar

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!

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September 2018 Theme & Calendar

Our September Theme:
Creating Community
(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!

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May 2018 Theme & Calendar

Our May Theme:
Season of Renewal

    Spring has arrived & is in full force!  It’s time for us to talk about bugs, bullfrogs & butterflies… and to discover the science, beauty, poetry and songs of nature’s renewal!  This is our traditional theme to celebrate the merry month of May!

     The sun has returned, and we can study the new life that it brings: plants that grow from seeds, bulbs, beans, pits and grains… and plants that awaken from dormancy… animals born alive and well, animals that arrive in eggs, animals that transform in curious life-cycles, and animals that awaken from a long Winter’s nap.  We’ll also examine the creepy crawly world of insects that come around our yards and ‘bug’ us… and we’ll admire the flowers that bloom in the Spring.

     We can finally dance and run around outside, and enjoy some Spring sports.  And when we need a rest, we can relax and reflect on the Four Seasons with Vivaldi.  We always admire the flowers that bloom in the Spring.  Colors come in both pastels and vivid hues as we study paintings of cherry blossoms and daffodils, and perhaps landscapes of greening fields.

    Who can resist the stories and poetry celebrating this “Season of Renewal”?  The fairies and gnomes have this one covered.  But baby bunnies and runaway bunnies get into the act, too

     Our May calendar is below. Click on the image for a printable PDF!

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April 2018 Theme & Calendar

Our April Theme:
India!

    Let’s discover the wonders of India this month!  From the famous Taj Mahal, with its beautiful architecture, to the haunting music of the sitar, with its 18, 19, 20 or 21 strings, we have a lot to experience.  This country and culture is varied, with something for each of our curriculum areas:

     Although English is widely spoken, Hindi is the official language.  But there are 22 major languages in India, written in 13 different scripts!  From these, India passes to future generations its ancient folktales, epic legends, and didactic stories designed to instruct children.

     The fabulous landscape supports the Bengal tiger, Asian elephant, Asiatic lion, and the great Indian Rhino; and this is where the Indian banyan tree, the Lotus, and sweet-smelling Jasmine flowers grow.  The people there eat delicious Roti for dinner, with sweet Jalebi for dessert… and their recipes use spice combinations perfected over thousands of years!

    Indian art consists of a wide variety of forms, all with a strong sense of design.  Over the millennia, it has been influenced by many cultures and shared by many religions all within India.  We are sure to be inspired to experiment with some of these forms.

     Children and adults there play football, hockey, cricket, and kabaddi; and their classical dances are entrancing to watch.  Their musical system is quite different from ours: it divides the octave into 22 segments called shrutis, not all equal but each roughly equal to a quarter of a whole tone of Western music!

     Amazing India!

Our April calendar is below. Click on the image for a printable PDF!

September MTG Calendar