Around the World. Preschool Summer Theme
|June 3rd-7th||St. Louis, Missouri||Baseball (The Cardinals), Football (The Rams), Hockey (The Blues), the Arch, the zoo|
|June 10th-14th||Mexico||Food, music, Spanish language, piñatas, Mayan peoples|
|June 17th-21st||Mysteries of the Rainforest||Native plants and animals|
|June 24th-28th||Explore Inside the Earth||Caves, mining, underground animals|
|July 1st – 5th||Washington D.C., USA||Independence Day, fireworks, America, the flag|
|July 8th-12th||Discover the Caribbean||Islands, Pirates, Treasure, Ships|
|July 15th-19th||Africa||Grasslands, deserts, safaris, native animals|
|July 22nd-26th||Russia||Astronauts, music, food, animals, culture|
|July 29th– August 2nd||Digging for Dinosaurs||Archaeology, field trip to a dig site, dinosaurs, prehistoric animals|
|August 5th-9th||Australia/Ocean||Great Barrier Reef, coral reefs, ocean animals|
Our study of Russia will lead us to appreciation of cultural literature, architecture, agriculture, and technology (particularly astronomy). We will map various land formations like mountain ranges, islands, rivers, and volcanoes, and talk about how these formations affect great changes in weather across the country. Children will learn about animals like bears that thrive in these extreme environments. Traditions like handcrafts, folk music, dance, and meals will be surveyed during our study of Russian stories and peoples.
As we study archaeology, we will discuss how bones of animals that died millions of years ago can be found after much digging. We will talk about the delicate process of digging and dusting with tools, and how bones can be put together like a puzzle to understand how prehistoric animals looked, lived, and ate. Our field trip to a dig site will allow children to gain appreciation for the meticulous duties of archaeologists as they ponder the question, “What can bones and ‘ordinary’ dirt can tell us?”
Our summer curriculum will end with a lesson about Australia and the ocean, discussing land variations like deserts, rainforests, and mountain ranges. Students will be informed about ocean currents and their effects on Australian climate (e.g. monsoons and drought). Animals that withstand these extremes include koalas, emus, wombats, kangaroos, and snakes. We will also learn about the people of Australia like the Aborigines, and the languages or dialects they speak (e.g. strine). As we branch off the coasts of Australia, students will discover ocean animals that live at varying depths and in symbiotic relationships. Children will also understand the effect of human interaction with the ocean (e.g. oil spills, littering, overfishing).
As a celebration of our summer curriculum work, student projects will be displayed at an outdoor carnival. Families will be able to go “around the world” and sample food, play games, learn dance steps, listen to music, and view styles of dress from international stations. We look forward to this time of festive presentation for students to show off what they have learned.