The monthly themes for March are Mad Science, Irish and European Americans and Responsibility. The Independent Enrichment Centers have followed in suit.
SUPER SCIENCE: Kerry Clancy’s Classification!
When visiting the Super Science Station this month, the children will be able to classify objects based on if they are LIVING or NON-LIVING. A poster is provided that children can use to decide if something is living. It tells the different characteristics and traits of living things. Because the theme for the month is Irish Americans, the items they are sorting ALSO have an Irish theme. Some of the items they have to decide between are “Rainbow” or “Potatoes” or “Irish Soda Bread” or “Irish Setter” (and more). There are two baskets available for sorting. The challenge of the center is to find which basket has more items. There is also a tricky “Leprechaun” in there that has everyone pondering…
SUPER SCIENCE: Animal Cell Exploration Station!
Since the children are exploring the differences between LIVING and NON-LIVING things, there is an Animal Cell Exploration Station. Two posters depicting animal cells when viewed microscopically are available. One goes in depth about the roles of the organelles within an animal cell. One simply labels them. Also available at this center is a plastic model of an animal cell so the children can explore hands-on.
SORTING STATION: Blarney Stone Sorting!
This math center tells a brief history and the legend of the Blarney Stone, a popular tourist attraction in Ireland. In the YELLOW SORTING WHEEL are a variety of colored stones. They have different colors, designs, and shapes. The children can sort them based on whichever trait they choose.
MATH MONDAY: Shamrock n; Roll!
This math center features games that use dice….hence the “roll.” The Pot of Gold Dice Game requires 2 dice, 22 mancala gems, and a special game board. The children take turns to roll the two dice and add the total of them. They place a gem on that number on their game board. The first child to fill the board wins. If you roll a number you already have, you skip your turn. Our game of Yahtzee can also be played at this center during March.
MULTICULTURAL CENTER: Catch the Country! and Find the Flags!
This center has four world map place-mats and a list of all of the countries in Europe. With a friend, children can try to locate each of the countries on the list. This center also boasts a poster of world flags. Using the same list of European countries, children can try to spot and identify the flags of each European country.
CREATION STATION: Writing Prompt!
This month we are focusing on RESPONSIBILITY. The writing prompt asks the children to pretend a friend has offered to take over your chores. Children are prompted to write about the chores they do and how they do them. The winning entry receives a prize from the prize box. Entries can be placed in the Creation Station Bucket for consideration.
CREATION STATION: Art Contest!
After reading a short prompt, the children are urged to draw what they think a leprechaun looks like. Children are encouraged to provide a description of the leprechaun’s physical attributes.
BOOK NOOK: European Literature!
Our March Book Nook has several books that are either FROM a European country or have a European setting. Thank you to Eva for helping label the books by country with Post-It notes for our interested readers.