The Nurturing Nest
Family Child Care and Preschool
September 2017

September's Theme - My Amazing Body

Week 1 - Body Parts
As young children learn to identify body parts and the many ways to use them, they will experience cognitive, physical, and language-enriching processes. Young children learn through sensory discovery, which happens by moving through and experiencing the world. As a child moves, he becomes more and more aware of the things he can do, see, and explore. Our bodies are our toollkits for discovery. As young children build an appreciation for their bodies, they gain confidence, which motivates them to take learning risks. Nurturing children's understanding of the self encourages them to grow up with a desire to keep their bodies strong, healthy, and safe.

Week 2 - Five Senses
When children experience their five senses, they make connections with the world around them. Children process and retain information when they actively engage in multiple senses: sight, hearing, taste, touch, and smell. Giving children opportunities to discover through sight can help build skills, such as literacy, patterning and observation of the world around them. Discovering through hearing allows children to begin to distinguish different sounds and also helps strengthen their listening skills. When children explore their sense of taste and smell, they are able to understand their own preferences and explore new ones. Discovering through the sense of touch allows children to investigate new textures and practice using their hands gently with others. Not only do our five senses help children make connections, they are also fun!

Week 3 - Clothing
The simple investigation of clothing invites children to build confidence with self-help skills, from independently choosing what to wear to practicing putting on and taking off coats, shoes and shirts. Additionally, by playing with clothing, the child works on fine motor skills while manipulating buttons and shoelaces. Children have an opportunity to explore simple technologies, such as zippers, snaps, and velcro. We will discover that clothing has many different purposes, like keeping us warm or protecting our fragile body parts. Learning about clothing also opens the door to exploring cultural preferences and traditions. Throughout this week-long investigation of clothing, children will build their vocabulary, strengthen motor skills, and explore how they use clothing in their everyday routines.

Week 4 - Staying Healthy
When children learn how to keep their bodies healthy, they gain confidence and self-help skills. They will learn healthy routines at school and at home, such as washing hands, brushing teeth, and exercising. When children explore different forms of exercise, they can discover what activities they enjoy.

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