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Here’s what you’ll find in our January 2024 nature-based program:
January – A Winter Wonderland Exploration
As the frost-kissed breeze of January sweeps in, “The Wild Schooler” transforms into a Winter Wonderland, unveiling a diverse array of nature-inspired activities designed to captivate the hearts and minds of our young learners. Let’s dive into the magic of this month’s themes!
Theme 1: Hibernation
January’s first theme, “Hibernation,” invites children to examine the secrets of winter survival. From collecting firewood and mastering the art of building a campfire to the joyous experience of making their own marshmallows, these activities not only warm the body but also ignite a love for the great outdoors. Children will learn all about hibernating animals, how to identify animal tracks and may even get a chance to see them up close near their dens. After studying how animals build dens, your child will get to test out their wild engineering skills and build a den of their own. their own using foraged sticks and branches. Other activities that follow the hibernation theme include building a bug motel (you’ll need these for the garden in later months) and making ornamental bird feeders. These activities provide children with plenty of outdoor playtime and connect them to the intricate tapestry of nature. This fosters a sense of responsibility for the environment and provides opportunities for direct interaction with animals in local habitats.
Theme 2: Cozy Crafts
Just as animals lay dormant in the winter, we naturally slow down our pace too. Our January Kindergarten curriculum is full of creative arts, crafts and warm cozy recipes. Children will embark on a journey of hand knitting, a tactile and engaging craft that requires no tools, leading to the creation of a cozy blanket made entirely of yarn knots fashioned by their little hands. The spirit of kindness and social skills blooms as they craft sweet bread to share with neighbors, a gesture that goes beyond the confines of the curriculum, instilling values of community and generosity. Handmade candles, scented with foraged pine and cedar needles, add a sensory element to the crafting experience, while the exploration of water temperatures during a hot chocolate-making session sparks scientific curiosity.
Theme 3: Experimenting with Snow and Ice
Children will revel in daily activities such as the joy of making ice cream outdoors amidst the snow, turning the cold landscape into a sweet laboratory. The creation of an ice bowling alley using cardboard and ice balls blends physics and play, while the mesmerizing beauty of color-mixing icicles introduces the wonders of chromatography. Building an igloo, whether with marshmallows or real snow, becomes a hands-on lesson in engineering and teamwork, and the crafting of snow globes transforms winter scenes into whimsical wonders to be cherished.
In this January curriculum, “The Wild Schooler” not only explores the wonders of the season but also intertwines mother nature, hands-on activities, and child-led learning into a tapestry of educational magic. The adventure has just begun, and the beauty of winter awaits the eager exploration of young minds. Welcome to a month of discovery, creativity, and boundless curiosity!
Kindergarten Curriculum that aligns with the Seasons of the Year
Our outdoor curriculum pulsates in harmony with the ever-changing seasons.
Embracing the Seasons
Our nature-based curriculum invites children to witness the cyclical dance of nature. From the awakening of spring’s blossoms to the sun-soaked adventures of summer, the vibrant tapestry of fall foliage, and the tranquil beauty of winter’s icy landscapes, every month becomes a gateway to understanding the ebb and flow of the natural world. By aligning our outdoor activities with the seasons, we provide children with a front-row seat to the grand spectacle of Earth’s annual transformations.
This connection not only instills a sense of wonder but also cultivates a deep respect for the delicate balance of the ecosystem. Our aim is to nurture not just informed minds but compassionate hearts that beat in tune with the natural world.
Tailored Activities for Each Season
Every season brings its own set of wonders, and our curriculum tailors activities to accentuate the distinctive characteristics of each. In spring, children might engage in planting and nurturing seeds, exploring the rebirth of nature. Summer invites water play, bug hunts, and stargazing under warm nights. Fall’s crisp air sets the stage for leaf art, harvesting produce, and understanding the changing colors of leaves. Winter, a season of frosty enchantment, brings snow-centric activities, animal tracking, and cozy crafts inspired by the chilly landscape.