The March Tom-Tom

SEPTEMBER 2023-2024 NURSERY SCHOOL:

Registration forms for school of 2023-2024 were emailed to you. If you have not received one please let us know and we will resend. Should you have any questions please call the office at 781-3900, and we will get you all set up. A $200.00 registration fee is required to hold your child’s spot. Act now!

THINK SUMMER!

Enroll your child now for a summer of fun at BIG CHIEF DAY CAMP!  Call the office at 781-3900 now for a registration form!

SUMMER CAMP EMPLOYMENT!

Applications are now being accepted for camp.  Are you going to be home this summer?  Would you like to send your child to camp?  Join the Big Chief Summer Staff, and have a great time!  Call Luanne.

REMINDER; FULL-DAY PARENTS:

Please remember to return your child’s sheet and blanket each week for resting at nap time every FRIDAY AT PICK-UP TIME!!!!

**REMINDER NO GRAPES OR BLUEBERRIES (CHOKING HAZARDS)

PROGRAM:

MISS JEANNINE’S CLASS:

Theme: Continuing our nursery rhymes and our winter book. Three little kittens and Jack be Nimble.  Introducing Spring and St. Patrick’s Day.

Language Arts:  Reading Spring books, singing nursery rhymes. Acting out our story.

Art:   Making kittens, finger-painting Shamrocks, and making flowers.

Physical: Running in the field with balls and playing in the sandbox.

Science:  Going on nature walks; looking for blooming flowers, birds, and other signs of spring.

Social Skills: Talking about the things we find on our nature walks.

Music:  Bear Hunt, exercise and movement and parachute fun.

 

 

 

MISS ALEXANDRIA’S CLASS:

Theme:  Continuing nursery rhymes, winter and St. Patrick’s Day 

Language Arts: Continuing “Hickory Dickory Dock,” “Jack Be Nimble” and “Hey Diddle-Diddle.

Social Skills:  Talking about the cold weather, continue to practice putting on and taking off our coats. Lining up behind on another and taking turns. Continue working on wiping our noses and washing our hands.

Art:  Painting a clock, Jack Be Nimble and Hey Diddle-Diddle. Painting with the color green to make a shamrock.

Math:  Continue comparing small and large with clover leaves. Matching colors around the room.

Music:  Marching, parachute fun and freeze dancing, using instruments and scarves.  

Physical:  Going in and out of our tunnel. Going outside when we can to observe the weather and visit our animals. Playing jumping games and pretending to be Jack jumping over the candlestick. Continuing to work on our lacing. Continue playing with playdough to work on fine motor skills.

MISS LIZ’S CLASS:

Theme:  Feelings, windy days and St. Patrick’s Day.

Language Arts: Working on our Brown Bear book and feelings books. Stories will include “Today I Feel Silly”, “The Windy Day, “I hate everything” plus other books related to our theme.

Science: Running in the field with streamers on a windy day; blowing bubbles, taking care of our guinea pigs; visiting the animals outside; feeding the birds outside and hunting for any signs of bulbs we planted in the fall.  

Physical: Bean bag games, parachute activities, play outside as often as possible and balance beam in the block area.  

Art:  Water colors, collages, finger painting and other art mediums to complete our Brown Bear book. Easel painting; mixing yellow and blue to make green for St. Patrick’s Day. Continue using scissors.

Blocks: Balance beam, creating shapes, ramps and tunnels.

Music:   “You Can See How I Feel”.  “If You Are Happy” and instruments.

Cooking: Making fruit salad, scrambled eggs, smoothies and oatmeal.

MISS ANDREA’S CLASS:

Theme: Continue working on our story “Goldie locks and the three bears” preparing our classroom to learn about community helpers: We are learning about firefighters, mail carriers, doctors, Vets, dentist and police officers. We will also work on windy March days and St. Patrick’s Day.

Art:  We will be making our own individual firetrucks, doctors’ medical bag, police badge and mail carrier’s bag. We will also make a cardboard vehicle, firetruck, mail truck and a police car that we can get into. Making a Shamrock with the color green.

Outdoor Sand box: The children will play with trucks.

Language Arts: “Little Fireman,” “Mail carriers at work”,  “Our police.”, “Pete the cat” and “The great Leprechaun chase”.

Block Area:  Building our own houses in our own community. Making roads and highways along with parking lots. Building fire and police stations.  

Math:  Sorting blocks and vehicles,  size seriating-small- medium-large.

Science: Taking our pinwheels and streamers outside in the wind to see how they work.

Physical:  Creative movement with the parachute and scarves. Bean bag activities. Toss the bean bag into small, medium and large containers.

Fine Motor Skills: Lacing cards and cutting activities.

Music: “Hurry, Hurry drive the Firetruck.”

Cooking: Porridge, Irish soda bread, Fire truck snack.

Parents,

          We are starting our unit on Community helpers. On March 14th, we will be learning about Veterinarians, on that day your child may bring in their favorite stuffed animal. Please be sure to label the stuffed animal.

Thank you,

Ms. Andrea  

MISS PATTI’S CLASS:

Theme: Continuing transportation, land, sea & air. St Patrick’s Day and Three Billy Goats Gruff. (Ms. Patti)

Language Arts:  Here are some samples of books that we will read and discuss

  • Cars, Cars, Cars by Grace Maccarone
  • Twinkle – Twinkle little car by Kate Dopirak
  • And the cars go by William Bee
  • Boats Float by George Lyon
  • Boats Go by Steve Light
  • Boats by Patricia Hubbard
  • Boat book by Gail Gibbons
  • Planes Go by Steve Light
  • Planes by Ann Rockwell
  • Fly by Nathan Clement
  • Trains Run by George Ella Lyon
  • Train by Elisha Cooper
  • Snakes on a Train by Kathryn Dennis

            We will also be acting out “The Three Billy Goats Gruff”

Art:  Finishing and designing our class mural.  Making a train, boats and airplanes to hang on our mural.  Cutting and decorating Shamrocks.  Practice cutting/using glue and easel painting.

Block Area: Making a train, boat and planes with different blocks.  Creating canals, rivers and seas.  Making an airport and train station.

Housekeeping:  Making a train, boat and an airplane.  Going on trips, packing to go to the airport.  Talking about safe travels and visiting a Big Chief bus.

Science:  Sink and float, observing March winds and the beginning of spring and making playdough.

Music/Movement:  Train, boat and airplane songs using scarves, parachutes and bean bags. Learning different dances such as the Chicken Dance, music and movement related to our theme. Irish music for St. Patrick’s Day.

Cooking:  Making Irish soda bread.

Parents,

This month we are continuing with transportation, we are discussing and learning about trains.  If you could take your child on a train ride that would be great!  Discuss and show them how you have to :

  1.  Drive to the train station in your car.
  2. Buy a train ticket at the ticket machine/booth.
  3. Go up the escalator/stairs to get on the train.
  4. How to stay safe on the platform.
  5. Decide if you want to sit facing forward or backwards.
  6. Take a short ride.
  7. It would be a wonderful beginning for them to learn about trains.
  8. Share a picture of this experience.  The children love to tell stories of their experiences.

Then off to water transportation.

Over the vacation or on a weekend take a drive down to Freeport.  Look at all the different types of boats (Fishing, Party, Sports etc.…) There are also a couple of boat stores to go inside and look at boats.  Take pictures, get catalogues do a little write-up.

Then off to air transportation.

Go to the Aviation Museum in Garden City on Museum Row.  On Rte. 110 is Republic Airport that has a lot of small planes to look at and watch take off and land.

We welcome any ideas and comments.  Remember to ask your child a lot of questions, make them think about the difference between the different types of transportation and different types of vehicles under one heading.  How are they different and how they are the same?

We would greatly appreciate this.

Thank you,

Miss Umme & Miss Patti

PRE-KINDERGARTEN PROGRAM:

 MISS KATYA & MR. ANDREY

Theme: Starting Multi culture, we will be covering a unit on various cultures this month.  In our learning centers we will be exploring the music, dance, clothing, traditions, architecture, foods and languages of different countries.   (Italy, Asia, Germany, France, India, Ireland and Africa, Greece and USA).

Art: Batiking (India), African painting (Africa) Drip Painting and Monet paintings (France), Oriental Fans (Asia), Masquerade mask (Italy), Cuckoo Clocks (Germany), Greek Vase (Greece) and a Flag (USA) and making passports to show what countries we have visited.

House Area:  Pretend to open restaurants for different countries, French Bistro, Italian Pizzeria, and Chinese Restaurant.

Cooking:  Tastings from other countries, LoMein (China), Zeppoli (Italy), African Sweet Toast (Africa), Black Forest Pudding (Germany), and Crepes (France). Tzatziki sauce (Greece) and Apple pie (USA).

Language Arts:  Reading books about different countries. We will be working on character books such as Clifford and Curious George.  

Science: Experiments relating to the wind.  Air, Air Everywhere, No So Thin Air Trick, Making wind chimes for wind direction.  Fly a kite.

Blocks:  Building African villages and the Taj Mahal from India, building the Eiffel Tower, tall building for USA, Parthenon for Greece and other buildings from France and The Great Wall of China.  Free block time.

Math:  Introducing new games: such as UNO, Zingo, rhyming match game, go fish and chutes and ladders. Reviewing all math skills, number at the concept level. Then we will be starting all over again to make sure all the children comprehend.

Pre-Reading and Listening Comprehension:

Doing various activities to develop better skills.  Work on Comprehension. Working on Instructional language, writing and alphabet games such as alphabet bingo and upper- and lower-case match game.

Music:  The children will be listening to music from the various countries we are learning about.

Dear Parents,

     In the month of March, we will be exploring various cultures from around the world through music, art, cooking architecture etc. 

     It would be great if you could send in a note with your child stating your family’s heritage.  Should you have any  music or clothing that is associated with said culture, it would be greatly appreciated.

MISS UMME’S CLASS:

Theme: Continuing transportation, land, sea & air. St Patrick’s Day and The Three little pigs.

Language Arts:  Here are some samples of books that we will read and discuss

  • Cars, Cars, Cars by Grace Maccarone
  • Twinkle – Twinkle little car by Kate Dopirak
  • And the cars go by William Bee
  • Boats Float by George Lyon
  • Boats Go by Steve Light
  • Boats by Patricia Hubbard
  • Boat book by Gail Gibbons
  • Planes Go by Steve Light
  • Planes by Ann Rockwell
  • Fly by Nathan Clement
  • Trains Run by George Ella Lyon
  • Train by Elisha Cooper
  • Snakes on a Train by Kathryn Dennis

            We will also be acting out “The Three Billy Goats Gruff”

Art:  Finishing and designing our class mural.  Making a train, boats and airplanes to hang on our mural.  Cutting and decorating Shamrocks.  Practice cutting/using glue and easel painting.

Block Area: Making a train, boat and planes with different blocks.  Creating canals, rivers and seas.  Making an airport and train station.

Housekeeping:  Making a train, boat and an airplane.  Going on trips, packing to go to the airport.  Talking about safe travels and visiting a Big Chief bus.

Science:  Sink and float, observing March winds and the beginning of spring and making playdough.

Music/Movement:  Train, boat and airplane songs using scarves, parachutes and bean bags. Learning different dances such as the Chicken Dance, music and movement related to our theme. Irish music for St. Patrick’s Day.

Cooking:  Making Irish soda bread.

Parents,

This month we are continuing with transportation, we are discussing and learning about trains.  If you could take your child on a train ride that would be great!  Discuss and show them how you have to:

  •  Drive to the train station in your car.
  • Buy a train ticket at the ticket machine/booth.
  • Go up the escalator/stairs to get on the train.
  • How to stay safe on the platform.
  • Decide if you want to sit facing forward or backwards.
  • Take a short ride.
  • It would be a wonderful beginning for them to learn about trains.
  • Share a picture of this experience.  The children love to tell stories of their experiences.

Then off to water transportation.

Over the vacation or on a weekend take a drive down to Freeport.  Look at all the different types of boats (Fishing, Party, Sports etc.…) There are also a couple of boat stores to go inside and look at boats.  Take pictures, get catalogues do a little write-up.

Then off to air transportation.

Go to the Aviation Museum in Garden City on Museum Row.  On Rte. 110 is Republic Airport that has a lot of small planes to look at and watch take off and land.

We welcome any ideas and comments.  Remember to ask your child a lot of questions, make them think about the difference between the different types of transportation and different types of vehicles under one heading.  How are they different and how they are the same?

We would greatly appreciate this.

Thank you,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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1. Board game playing increases brain function

This activity is a wonderful exercise for brain. Because playing stimulates brain areas that are responsible for complex thought and memory formation for both – kids and adults, it assists in practicing essential cognitive skills, such as problem solving and decision making.

Board game playing also reduces the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and for elderly people helps to keep mind sharp. There are many benefits for young ones, as well. Board games are known to be good for kids’ mental growth, also for making teens more intelligent.

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Laughter it’s like a “side effect” of board game playing, and it is one of the vital ingredients for creativity and enjoyable learning experience. Also, laughing and having a good time in general helps to decrease stress, so that explains why studies have found that game board playing has the ability to reduce stress (according to an online survey by RealNetworks, Inc., 53 percent people play for the stress relief).

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Winning takes strategy and patience. And in happy environment these things are learned in a stress-free, adventurous way that, undoubtedly, is beneficial for teens, and as well for the adults.

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