We are all revved up about transportation this month. Children love the sound, the speed and the excitement of pretending to be a driver. Our Pretend Play area will become a “Car and Bike Fix-it Shop” where children can wash and repair bikes, trikes, and scooters. We will build roads with blocks to use with our cars, trucks and traffic signs, and count and compare the number of blocks that can be loaded into two trucks. We will learn to classify as we sort pictures into categories of land, air, and water transportation and read numbers from license plates.
January 2 – 5 – After reading “The Little Engine that Could” and a discussing what we would each like to accomplish, children will create a page using the repetitive phrase “I think I can. . . “ and adding a personal goal and illustration. Stop and enjoy this class made book with your child.
January 8 – 12 – Discovering what will sink and float is a deliciously tasty learning experience when you test raisins, nuts, marshmallows, and fruit by dropping them into blue gelatin — which you can eat for a snack.
January 15 – 19 – We are taking a field trip . . . to the parking lot! We will look at two different cars and fill out items on a chart about each one of them. Then we will list the ways they are alike and different.
January 22 – 26 – Martin Luther King though all people should be treated equally. We will explore the meaning of the word equal as we compare stacks of blocks and find ones that are equal and not equal.
January 29 – February 2 – Parents, remember drive-in movies? We will try to recreate this old-time experience. You make a cardboard box car with your child and send it to school on Friday. We rarely watch TV but on this special occasion we will sit in our “cars” and eat snack and watch a children’s movie.