The Nurturing Nest
Family Child Care and Preschool
March's Theme - Space & Sky|
Week 1 - Space from Earth
The sun is the largest object in our solar system. Our planet Earth would be frozen without the sun. We need the sun to survive. Children may already have some prior knowledge of familiar objects seen in the sky, and engaging in hands-on activities can help them further understand these complex scientific concepts. Children will learn to think more scientifically about the world.
Letter: Ss - Phonic Words: star, sun - Basic Concepts: star, yellow, responsible
Week 2 - Rock Planets
There are four different rock planets in our solar system. These "terrestrial" planets have solid surfaces, so spaceships are able to land on them. Pluto was once considered the smallest and farthest rock planet from the sun but now is recognized only as a dwarf planet. Children will learn more about each of the four rock planets and what makes them special. When children are actively engaged in meaningful and playful activities, they can better retain and recall information.
Letter: Rr - Phonic Words: rocket, rabbit
Week 3 - Giant Planets
There are four different giant planets in our solar system. These planets, sometimes known as jovian planets, are composed of thick, gaseous atmospheres with heavier liquid interiors and may contain ice in their makeup. Even though we are not able to land on these large, distant planets, children will have a variety of opportunities to imagine what it might be like to visit them. Children will apply math vocabulary as they compare and investigate the planets with words such as '"big," "small," "close" and "far."
Letter: Zz - Phonic Words: zipper, zebra
Week 4 - Exploring Space
An astronaut is a person trained by a spaceflight program to lead, pilot or be a crew member of an expedition to space on a spacecraft. "Astronaut" comes from the Greek words for "star" and "sailor." It is important to give children various opportunities to engage in pretend play to experience what it might be like to have a specific job or role in the "space food" or pretending to float in zero gravity.
Letter Review: Ss, Rr, Zz - Phonic Words Review: star, sun, rocket, rabbit, zipper, zebra - Basic Concepts Review: yellow, star, responsible
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