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Nihao School May Activity Highlight


Baby Animals Patterns

Children glue a variety of animal print tissue paper patterns onto paper.


Key Learning Outcomes:

  • Creative Arts: explores a wide variety of art media through sensory experiences by using different materials to create artwork.

  • Math: can tell what comes next in simple patterns.

  • Physical Development and Health: uses hands or feet to make contact with mouth, objects, or people, eventually using hands to grasp small objects between thumb and fingertips.

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This Little Pup

Children sing and perform actions to a song about a puppy.


Key Learning Outcomes:

  • Creative Arts: moves the body with some intent and control in response to music or songs and imitates some movements and sounds in response to cues in songs or finger plays.

  • Language/Literacy: use and imitates sounds, gestures, or signs to express needs and wants, and enjoys songs and rhymes and plays with sounds (imitates nonsense syllables, makes animal sounds, etc.).

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Kangaroo Nursery Rhyme

Infants are introduced to a fun nursery rhyme about a kangaroo and baby.

Key Learning Outcomes:

  • Creative Arts: moves to act on the environment with intent and control; vocalizes to get attention and uses imitation or pretend play to express creativity and imagination.

  • Social-Emotional Development: responds to and shows awareness of other children.

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Big and Little

Children are introduced to the opposites big and little.


Key Learning Outcomes:

  • Math: explores objects with different shapes and sizes, begins to notice differences in measurable attributes (size and quantity - big/little, tall/long/short, more/less, etc.), and sorts/matches objects into sets (color, size) with adult support.

  • Approaches to Learning: exhibits interest, curiosity, and eagerness in exploring the world in sight of an adult; becomes increasingly aware of colors, shapes, patterns, or pictures.

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Animal Habitats

Children learn more about where baby animals and their families live.


Key Learning Outcomes:

  • Language/Literacy: participate in simple two-way verbal or nonverbal (signs) conversations to express and talk about needs, wants, experiences, and ideas and begin making specific sounds, gestures, and facial expressions to communicate, additionally uses new words each day for objects, actions, and to describe feelings, etc.

  • Science: shows interest and curiosity in the natural world; pays attention to living creatures, and plants and begins to differentiate between animals and plants; interacts respectfully with animals and plants; identifies some living things by name.

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Peekaboo Surprise

Children review baby animals that were introduced in this theme with a peekaboo game.


Key Learning Outcomes:

  • Language/Literacy: watches and responds to body language, gestures, and other forms of nonverbal communication and demonstrates interest and involvement in handling books without help.

  • Dual Language Learners: uses gestures, facial expressions, and single-word utterances to communicate needs and wants in the home language, moving to a second language; responds to rhymes and songs by repeating simple words or phrases and begins to combine words from home and second languages to communicate needs and wants, and to participate in two-way conversations; response to texts read aloud, songs, and rhymes, repeating simple words and phrases and answering simple questions as a sign of comprehension with adult support.

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(Purple) Playdough Animals

Children explore purple playdough and make animal shapes with cookie cutters.


Key Learning Outcomes:

  • Physical Development and Health: uses hands or feet to make contact with mouth, objects, or people, eventually using hands to grasp small objects between thumb and fingertips; transfers objects from one hand to another.

  • Science: uses senses to explore and manipulate objects to observe how things work.

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Big and Little Drumming


Children explore banging on big and little drumming objects with big and little arm movements.


Key Learning Outcomes:

  • Physical Development and Health: begins to coordinate body movements to interact with objects and surroundings.

  • Creative Arts: responds to and shows interest in musical sounds by turning head or moving body.

  • Math: uses words to describe differences in quantity and length; compares sizes of objects; explores ways to measure using non-standard units of measure.

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Crackers and Fruit Spread

Children are offered a snack that will help them identify the color purple and the square shape.


Key Learning Outcomes:

  • Physical Development and Health: consumes finger foods independently, tries and consumes a variety of nutritious foods with prompting; chooses from healthy foods; knows some foods are better than others for our bodies.

  • Social-Emotional Development: begins to help clean up work/play space with guidance.

  • Math: explores sizes and shapes of objects with hands and mouth, explores shapes and objects and how they fit together, recognizes and matches some familiar shapes, expanding to shapes of different sizes and orientations; names attributes of shapes with adult support.

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Mirror Songs

Infants enjoy being sung to throughout the day.


Key Learning Outcomes:

  • Creative Arts: responds to and shows interest in musical sounds by turning head or moving body; explores vocal sounds through imitation, moves body with some intent and control in response to music or songs.

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Playroom Search and Find

Children observe the Playroom Search and Find Piece and look for specific items.


Key Learning Outcomes:

  • Language/Literacy: responds appropriately to familiar signs, words, songs; follows one-step direction with adult support, follows simple one and two-step directions with adult support.

  • Approaches to Learning: exhibits interest, curiosity, and eagerness in exploring the world in sight of an adult; becomes increasingly aware of colors, shapes, patterns, or pictures, asks questions, seeks adult approval, and tries new activities with adult prompting.

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Square Dancing

Children dance in a variety of ways around a square taped on the floor.


Key Learning Outcomes:

  • Physical Development and Health: engages with caregivers in play that helps develop arm, leg, and core strength; attempts new games with prompting, participates in a variety of moderate to vigorous play activities for short periods of time; tries new games.

  • Math: explores sizes and shapes of objects with hands and mouth, explores shapes and objects and how they fit together, recognizes and matches some familiar shapes, expanding to shapes of different sizes and orientations; names attributes of shapes with adult support.

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Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes

Children review body parts with the classic song, "Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes."


Key Learning Outcomes:

  • Social-Emotional Development: reacts when hearing own name; responds to and shows awareness of other children.

  • Creative Arts: expresses pleasure or excitement when listening to music; vocalizes some words in repetitive songs and shows interest and participates in a wide variety of music and songs; sings some simple songs; explores volume.

  • Language/Literacy: watches and responds to body language, gestures, and other forms of nonverbal communication.

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