October 2017 Theme & Calendar

Back to SchoolOur 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!

September MTG Calendar

September 2017 Theme & Calendar

Back to SchoolOur 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!

September MTG Calendar

June 2017 Theme

Blooming FlowersOur June Theme:
Celebrating Childhood

     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.

May 2017 Theme

Blooming FlowersOur 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 Dinosaur 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.

April 2017 Theme

Wild WestOur 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, artwoDinosaurrk 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!

March 2017 Theme

RocketOur March Theme:
Mad Science & Wild Imagination

     Our experiments, investigations, discoveries & creations will be fun, interactive and oh, just a little bit on the wild side this month!  If you think this is just about math & science… think again!

     In gym & music, we can make music with glasses of water.  We can change notes by changing the length of a violin string… why is that?  Have you seen a vibration graph of orchestral music?  As we dance in 4/4 time, we’ll discover that exercise makes our hearts beat faster.  In art, we can make our own paint, paper and clay.  We can paint with pendulums, make transparent pictures, experiment with oil, dye & water and explore the science of color.   MicroscopeThe library is full of mad science books… and there are also plenty of stories about everyday ‘scientists’ and their discoveries & inventions.  And learning to write our names is more fun with invisible ink!

     After all, imagination & mad science took us from dreaming about flying… to rockets to outer space.  Across our curriculum areas, this theme is bound to captivate curious minds!

February 2017 Theme

ToucanOur February Theme:
The Rainforest

     The fascinating green & wet world of tropical rainforests is home to more than half of the world’s animals. They are colorful, wild & unusual and they dwell in all four layers of the forest. All types of creatures are represented, from tiny insects to large mammals. Here, we also find more than two thirds of the world’s plant species. In the warm humidity, beautiful but tiny orchids grow, as tall trees reach for the sun. Many of our foods and products originate in the rainforest! Most of the world’s rainforests are found in Latin America, in the Amazonian Basin. So we simply must have a look at the cultures of this region: the music, art-forms, foods, ….and especially the celebration of Carnival! The colors and exuberance of this event mimic the teaming life of the rainforest itself.

Rainforest