The Nurturing Nest Academy
~ Christian Child Care & Preschool ~
January 2023

January's Theme - Baby Animals

Week 1 - Waiting for Babies
Learning about baby animals is a topic that children are not only drawn to but can also relate to. Children were once babies as well and have families to help protect them and watch them grow. When discussing baby animals, children are able to learn about how animal parents take care of their young. This is important because it allows children to reflect on their own family roles and dynamics. Teachers can engage children by asking them to think about who is in their families and how they take care of each other. Through these reflections, children are able to acknowledge what they were like as babies and how they have grown. Children may also discover what makes their families unique and special.

Letter: Ss. Phonic Words: sock, sun, snake. Basic Concepts: orange, oval, fair.

Mammal Moms
Oviparous Animals
Helper Dads

Week 2 - Carrying Babies
Animals have special skills when transporting their babies. Like humans, they find ways to carry them safely from place to place. For example, koalas have special pouches to hold their babies while some fish transport their young inside their mouths. When learning about these unique ways to carry babies, children can try to mimic what it would be like to carry baby animals around in different ways. Teachers can help by setting up different gross motor games and spaces for imaginary play. Children can build onto their critical thinking skills as they problem-solve ways to carry a variety of items. Children may also reflect on their own special skills and demonstrate them to their peers.

Letter: Cc. Phonic Words: cat, car, carrot.

In the Mouth
On the Back
In the Pouch
On the Chest
In the Arms

Week 3 - Keeping Babies Safe
Humans and animals both protect their young by keeping them close, caring for them if they are sick and creating a safe environment in which to live. For example, the bottlenose dolphin helps keep her calf safe by creating a passageway or wake while swimming in the water. If the mother loses her calf, she calls out a signature whistle. When learning about protective animal parents, children can reflect on safety rules taught by their own families and communities. This may include holding someone's hand while crossing the road or establishing a meeting area if there is a fire. Teachers can also use this as a segue into discussing classroom safety rules. Teachers can quickly find out children's prior knowledge about safety and then review the classroom's rules.

Letter: Rr. Phonic Words: rabbit, raccoon, rainbow.

Veterinarian Visit
Staying Close
Danger Calls
Safe Home
Protective Parents

Week 4 - How Babies Change
Children can relate to the concept of change because they have experienced it in their own lives. Teachers can help children reflect on how they have changed by getting taller, growing smarter and becoming more agile. These reflections help children become more self-aware and build their confidence by acknowledging what they can do now as compared to when there were babies. Children can also self-reflect about how they feel within their own communities. Begin the conversation by asking such questions as "What places do you like to visit in your community?" and "Who do you see in your neighborhood?" By inquiring about their communities, children can have opportunities to share their experiences and knowledge with others.

Letter Review: Ss, Cc, Rr. Phonic Words Review: sock, sun, snake, cat, car, carrot, rabbit, racoon, rainbow. Basic Concepts Review: orange, oval, fair.

Growing Bigger
Growing Stronger
Growing Smarter
Growing Braver
Belonging to a Community

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