The Nurturing Nest
Family Child Care and Preschool
April 2021

April's Theme - Under the Sea

Week 1 - Seascape
The Earth's five oceans are enormous! They cover about 70% of the Earth's surface and are home to thousands of plants and animals. We have only explored about 5% of the ocean. Children will explore ocean life and learn fun facts along the way as they discover extraordinary plants and animals that live in the various zones of these salty waters. By learning about the ocean, children can develop an appreciation for the life within it.

Letter: Oo - Phonic Words: octopus, owl - Basic Concepts: blue, triangle, generous

Ocean Water
Ocean Floor
Ocean Cave
Ocean Plants
Coral Reef

Week 2 - Large Sea Creatures
The oceans are filled with large and wonderous animals. These animals differ in shape and behavior. Children will love to learn the interesting facts about these animals, such as how an octopus can detach an arm to distract a predator or how sharks frequently lose and regrow their teeth. By learning about these animals, children investigate deeper into the world of sea creatures. Children can also explore the differences between fish and mammals. Whales and dolphins are mammals because they are warm-blooded and need to come up for air. Sharks, on the other hand, are fish because they are cold-blooded and breathe through their gills.

Letter: Ww - Phonic Words: whale, watermelon

Sea Turtle

Week 3 - Small Sea Creatures
Many small creatures live in the ocean. Despite being small, these sea creatures serve a purpose in the ocean. Microscopic plants and animals called plankton are very important for the ocean because they are food to many larger animals. It is important for children to explore not only the large animals, such as the great white shark, but also learn about the small ones. These small sea creatures have unique features, such as the x-ray fish's transparent skin, which helps it blend into surroundings and hide from predators.

Letter: Xx - Phonic Words: x-ray fish, xylophone

X-ray fish
Sea Star

Week 4 - Ocean Exploration
Ocean exploration is about discovering things that are new. Though we have only discovered 5% of the Earth's ocean, we are motivated to continue to explore the unknown. There are many ways to explore ocean life, such as diving down into the water or visiting an aquarium. It is important to study the ocean because it affects Earth's environment, food supply and weather patterns. When children learn about the ocean, they may become interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).

Letter Review: Oo, Ww, Xx - Phonic Words Review: octopus, owl, whale, watermelon, x-ray fish, xylophone - Basic Concepts Review: blue, triangle, generous

Fishing Boat

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