Our January Theme:
Heading South for the Winter: African Escapes
It may be cold outside, but in Africa it is tropical. It is summer there right now!
We’ll see elephants, giraffes, zebras, and more birds than we can count! We’ll encounter thick forests and high mountains, huge river basins and island volcanoes… great valleys and enormous deserts. There are lakes that come and go, and the strange and storied baobab tree that seems to live forever.
The people of Africa have diverse cultural traditions, including amazing artworks, creative games, interesting recipes and products, fascinating stories and songs, music, dances and costumes, and a wide variety of architecture. They have invented different methods for counting, writing, and speaking, too. From Egypt to Kalahari, this country astride the equator will be fascinating in each of our curriculum areas!
Our January calendar is below. Click on the image for a printable PDF!
Our November Theme:
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.
We can develop our EQ skills & abilities by practicing authentic manners, generosity, and thoughtfulness- especially around the dinner table, lunch or snack table. At the same time, we can learn about respecting and nurturing our own growing bodies with healthy but yummy recipes of treats we can make and share.
We can also learn to nurture ourselves and one another by enjoying the fresh outdoors as well as exercising in our gyms, and by feeding our minds and spirits with music, good books, inspiring artwork and new ideas. We are so grateful for these things!
Our November calendar is below. Click on the image for a printable PDF!
Our October Theme:
Autumn in Abundance!
Autumn brings changes, and new energy to explore our world and to express what it means to us. Fall harvest yields vegetables, fruits and grains from the garden, and farmers prepare for their animals to survive the winter. How do we grind the wheat to make flour for bread? How do we feed the cows when the ground is going to be frozen or covered with snow?
Trees turn colorful and drop leaves, nuts and cones which are all used by wintering animals. Our artwork takes on the seasonal hues and inspiration. As the days get shorter and darker, story-telling entertains and enlightens us.
Our October calendar is below. Click on the image for a printable PDF!
Our September Theme:
Welcome to the School Year: Friendship, Cooperation & Caring
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.
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!
Our June Theme:
The World Conference for the Well-Being of Children in Switzerland proclaimed June 1st to be International Children’s Day in 1925. It is still celebrated on various days in many places around the world, to promote mutual exchange and understanding among children, and to initiate action to benefit and promote the welfare of the world’s children. It is a day to show respect for and celebrate childhood.
Here at Kinder Works, we are going to celebrate it all month long! We will look at children all around the world, remember our EQ projects that helped those in need, and think of ways to continue helping. Of course, we will also honor our own children, and all that we’ve accomplished during this school year.
Our May Theme:
Season of Renewal
Spring has arrived & is in full force, and it’s time for us to talk about bugs, bullfrogs & butterflies… and to discover the science, beauty, poetry and songs of nature’s renewal!
The sun has returned, and we can study the new life that it brings: plants grow from seeds, bulbs, beans, pits and grains, 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 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.
Our April Theme:
The American West
Let’s go to the mountains, the forests and the deserts of the American West! The Rocky Mountains were formed millions of years ago, and are home to fascinating animals & fragile plants. Great evergreen forests grow in this region; some have the largest and oldest trees on Earth!
Out West, we also find the high desert steppes, arid deserts and plateaus. Our deserts are imbued with Native American history, artwork and music. They are home to strange desert creatures & plants too. Perhaps most fascinating of all are the animals that used to roam the West: Dinosaurs!