The April monthly curriculum theme is
Bugs, Butterflies and Gardening!

Each week, the teachers will focus on a different topic pertaining to the month’s theme. The children will learn the differences between an insect and a spider, as well as learn to identify “body” parts of an
insect. Classrooms will discuss the life cycle of a caterpillar to a butterfly.

Children will also learn about gardening in the spring. One of the most important lessons a young child can learn from gardening is an understanding of where food comes from. Children are more likely to take an interest in trying vegetables they have grown themselves. Each child will partake in planting and caring for their own classroom vegetable garden.

In the bugs and butterflies unit, children will learn new vocabulary words such as habitat, insect, antennae, metamorphosis, and chrysalis. In the gardening unit, vocabulary will include soil, root, stem, and harvest. They will play games, read stories and sing songs to help them learn more information about the theme.

COR Advantage Objectives:

Approaches to Learning: Problem solving with materials.
Social and Emotional Development: Building relationships with other children. Community.
Physical Development and Health: Fine motor skills.
Language, Literacy and Communication: Phonological awareness. Alphabetic knowledge.
Mathematics: Measurement. Patterns.
Creative Arts: Music. Movement.
Science and Technology: Natural and physical world.
Social Studies: Geography.

Color of the month: Purple
Shape of the month: Pentagon
Letters of the month: O and P
Numbers of the month: 15 & 16