Tuesday, December 20, 2011

December Newsletter Week of December 12th - 16th

December Newsletter
Week of December 12th - 16th
Monthly Thematic Unit – Christmas and Other Holidays
Color of the Month – Green

Song of the Week: "Santa's Chimney" - a fingerplay
Here is the Chimney
(Make a fist around thumb)
Here is the top.
(Palm of other hand on top of fist)
Open the lid.
(Remove hand quickly)
And out Santa will pop.
(Pop up thumb)


                Book of the Week: I Spy: Christmas by Jean Marzollo

    What we did on Monday: We started our day by  exploring our Laugh and Learn Learning House and playing on our indoor slide and with our baby dolls. Then we enjoyed IRT (Independent Reading Time) where we focused this week on reading one book at a time. Next we introduced our BOTW and SOTW. Then we enjoyed playing with our dollhouse, using our gardening set and playing our musical instruments.

    Special Enrichment for Monday: We played Search in Bethlehem! (Kind of like Where's Waldo? but a scene from Bethlehem when Jesus was born). It was lots of fun trying to find a list of items in the picture.
We also made delicious Peppermint Milkshakes!

   What we did on Tuesday: We began our day by playing creatively with our busy beads and our Build and Stack City. Then we enjoyed IRT (Independent Reading Time) where we focused this week on reading one book at a time. Then we read our BOTW and sang our SOTW.  We also enjoyed playing with our baby dolls and our cars. 

  Special Enrichment for Tuesday: We listened to Christmas music!

     What we did on Wednesday: We started our day by playing with our indoor slide, enjoying our Laugh and Learn Learning House  and playing with our toy snowmen. Then we enjoyed IRT  where we focused this week on reading one book at a time. After that, we sang our SOTW and read our BOTW. We also had fun playing with our Leapfrog learning toys, learning shapes with our shape sorters and playing with our musical instruments.

     Special Enrichment for Wednesday: We decorated reindeer cutouts.  That was  fun! We also played "Muppet Babies: Same or Different"  on our computer and watched Sesame Street: Babies, Dogs and More !

   What we did on Thursday: We began our day by playing with our  Laugh and Learn Learning House  , dinosaurs, and dollhouse. Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on   reading one book at a time. After that, we sang our SOTW and read our BOTW. We also had fun playing with our electronic learning toys, building with our alphabet blocks, listening to Christmas music, playing with our Little People playsets and our baby dolls.

Special Enrichment for Thursday: We made secret Christmas presents for our parents!

      What we did on Friday: We started our day by playing with our play kitchen and building with our shape sorters. Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on reading one book at a time . After that, we sang our SOTW and read our BOTW. We also had fun playing with our Leapfrog learning toys!

      Special Enrichment for Friday: We watched the movie Baby Santa's Music Box! We also decorated a Gingerbread Man cutout!
    What we did on Saturday: We climbed on our indoor slide, played with our toy animals, had fun with our Little People playsets, explored our Laugh and Learn Learning Home and read our BOTW and sang our SOTW.
   


Don't forget, parents, that we will be closed on December 26th in honor of Christmas Day. As per your handbook, if this is a day your child would normally attend, this day is a paid day of tuition. Please remember to pay accordingly. Thank you!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

December Newsletter Week of December 5th- 9th

December Newsletter
Week of December 5th- 9th 
Monthly Thematic Unit – Christmas and Other Holidays
Color of the Month – Green

Song of the Week: "Ten Little Gingerbread Men"
                    (To the tune of "Ten Little Indians")
1 little, 2 little, 3 little gingerbread men
4 little, 5 little, 6 little gingerbread men
7 little, 8 little, 9 little gingerbread men
10 little gingerbread men!



  Book of the Week: Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett

    What we did on Monday: We started our day by creating with our Etch-a-Sketch and playing "Connect Four" and "Uno". Then we enjoyed IRT (Independent Reading Time) where we focused this week on how to hold our book properly. Next we introduced our BOTW and SOTW. Then we enjoyed playing with our puppets and farm animals, and playing our musical instruments.

    Special Enrichment for Monday: We listened to Christmas music!

   What we did on Tuesday: No one came to play today.

  Special Enrichment for Tuesday: No one came to play today.

     What we did on Wednesday: We started our day by playing with our play kitchen and playing with our Little People playsets. Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on how to hold our book properly. After that, we sang our SOTW and read our BOTW. We also had fun playing with our musical instruments, creating with our chain links, and building with our Lincoln Logs, bristle blocks, bumpy blocks and busy beads.

     Special Enrichment for Wednesday: We played "Find the Gingerbread Man". That was lots of fun! We also played 1,2,3 on our computer and played numbers and counting games!

   What we did on Thursday: We began our day by exploring our Laugh and Learn Learning House, playing with our dollhouse and slide. Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on how to hold our book properly. After that, we sang our SOTW and read our BOTW. We also had fun playing with our Little People playsets, and building with our alphabet blocks and our Duplo blocks.

Special Enrichment for Thursday: We enjoyed our Quarterly Field Trip today! We saw "The Reindeer Fiasco" Puppet Show and we got our pictures taken with Santa! We really had a great day - it was so much fun watching the children get into the spirit of Christmas!

      What we did on Friday: We started our day by playing with our play kitchen and building with our mini waffle blocks. Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on how to hold our book properly. After that, we sang our SOTW and read our BOTW. We also had fun playing with our shape sorters, being creative with our animals in our animal bin, and reading Christmas books!

      Special Enrichment for Friday: We watched the movie Mickey's Christmas Carol! We also listened to a CD of Christmas carols!
    What we did on Saturday: No one came to play today.
      Special Enrichment for Saturday: No one came to play today.


Don't forget, parents, that we will be closed on December 26th in honor of Christmas Day.

We will have a Parents' Night Out on Friday, December 16th! Get some Christmas shopping/wrapping/partying done!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

November/December Transitional Newsletter Week of November 28th - December 2nd


November's Monthly Thematic Unit – Gobbling Up Our Food!
November's Color of the Month – Brown
December's Monthly Thematic Unit – Christmas and Other Holidays
December's Color of the Month – Green

 November Song of the Week {SOTW}: “ Ten Little Corn Cobs"
                   (To the tune of “Ten Little Indians”)
1 little, 2 little, 3 little corn cobs
4 little, 5 little, 6 little corn cobs
7 little, 8 little, 9 little corn cobs
10 little corn cobs for Kwanzaa!

December Song of the Week {SOTW}: "Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel, I Made You Out of Clay"

I have a little dreidel. I made it out of clay.
When it's dry and ready, then dreidel I shall play.
Oh dreidel, dreidel, dreidel, I made it out of clay.
Oh dreidel, dreidel, dreidel, then dreidel I shall play.


November's Book of the Week {BOTW}: History of Kwanzaa by Linda Robertson
December's Book of the Week {BOTW}: Hanukkah, Oh, Hanukkah! By Susan L. Roth 

Activities of the Day for Monday: We started our day by playing with our babies, building with our mini waffle blocks and using our kitchen toys. Then we enjoyed IRT (Independent Reading Time) where we focused this week on reading our book from left to right. Next we introduced our BOTW and SOTW. Then we enjoyed climbing in our Laugh and Learn Learning House and playing with our Lights and Sounds Show toy, listening to Christmas music, going up and down our slide, building with our Lincoln Logs and playing our musical instruments.

Special Enrichment for Monday: We baked yummy cornbread! We examined an ear of corn and looked at the husks, the silk and the corn kernels. We also watched a brief movie called The Big Christmas Tree that described how the Rockefeller Building in NYC got and decorated its Christmas tree each year.

Activities of the Day for Tuesday: We began our day by exploring our Laugh and Learn Learning House, playing with our baby dolls and slide. Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on reading our book from left to right. After that, we sang our SOTW and read our BOTW. We also had fun playing with our farm animal toys.


Special Enrichment for Tuesday: We took a short trip to the grocery store to look at all of the colorful food!

Activities of the Day for Wednesday: We started our day by playing with our play kitchen and building with our Wee Waffle Block Village. Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on reading our book from left to right. After that, we sang our SOTW and read our BOTW. We also had fun playing with our Laugh and Learn Learning House.

Special Enrichment for Wednesday: We played on our computer today – Chutes and Ladders!!
We also created an ear of corn from pieces of foam, paper, and glue.

Activities of the Day for Thursday: No one came to play today.

Special Enrichment for Thursday: No one came to play today.


Activities of the Day for Friday: We started our day by exploring our Laugh and Learn Learning House, playing on our indoor slide, and playing with our Little People playsets. Next, we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on reading our book from left to right. We sang the SOTW and read the BOTW. We also liked using our shape sorters, playing with out Hotwheels and getting to explore a snowglobe and some snowmen toys.

Special Enrichment for Friday: We watched the movie Blue's Big Holiday
 which is a Blue's Clues movie. Blue learns about Kwanzaa, Hanukkah and Christmas form her different friends who celebrate different holidays. And we made a paper menorah!

Activities of the Day for Saturday: We started our day by having fun playing with our Laugh and Learn Learning House, reading Christmas books and playing with our musical snowglobe.Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on reading our book from left to right. After that, we sang our SOTW and read our BOTW. We also built with our mini waffle blocks.

Special Enrichment for Saturday: We had Portraits with Lori Christian Photography!!! It was so much fun to watch how the children interacted with Lori. I can't wait to see how everyone's portraits came out!

We had our November Fan of the Week winner – Diane Fayak (Adriana’s grandma!) won them a Half Price Sleepover Parents' Night Out!! You, too, can be our Fan of the Week and be entered to win a prize! Check out the blog and FB page for more details!



Wednesday, November 30, 2011

You Can Breastfeed Here!

Since we are breast-feeding friendly, I thought I would share this sit that shows you other locations that are breast-feeding friendly!
You Can Breastfeed Here!

Friday, November 18, 2011

November Newsletter Week of November 14th – 18th

November Newsletter
Week of November 14th – 18th
Monthly Thematic Unit – Gobbling Up Our Food!
Color of the Month – Brown
 Song of the Week {SOTW}: “Have You Ever Seen a Turkey?"
                   (To the tune of “The More We Get Together”)
Have you ever seen a turkey, a turkey, a turkey?

Have you ever seen a turkey with feathers so bright?

There’s red ones and brown ones, and yellow ones and orange ones

Have you ever seen a turkey with feathers so bright?

Book of the Week {BOTW}: Best Thanksgiving Book by Pat Whitehead

Activities of the Day for Monday: We started our day by playing in our Laugh and Learn Learning House, climbing on our indoor slide and using our shape sorters. Then we enjoyed IRT (Independent Reading Time) where we focused this week on putting our book away on the shelf where we found it when we are finished reading it. Next we introduced our BOTW and SOTW. Then we enjoyed building with our mini waffle blocks and playing with our Little People playsets and musical instruments.

Special Enrichment for Monday: We played a color recognition game called “‘Round the Turkey”....children walk in a circle around a turkey with multi-colored feathers. I sang, “’Round the turkey, ‘round the turkey, here we go! Here we go! (child’s name), can you find a color of this kind, please find (color), please find (color).” Then the child finds the feather that is that color. Fun!
We also made yummy baked apples!

Activities of the Day for Tuesday: We began our day by exploring our Laugh and Learn Learning House, using our shape sorters and playing with our baby dolls and kitchen toys. Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on putting our book away on the shelf where we found it when we are finished reading it. After that, we sang our SOTW and read our BOTW. We also had fun playing with our electronic learning toys and musical instruments.


Special Enrichment for Tuesday: We talked about how turkeys say “Gobble” and “strut” is how they walk.

Activities of the Day for Wednesday: We started our day by playing with our dollhouse and in our play kitchen. Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on putting our book away on the shelf where we found it when we are finished reading it. After that, we sang our SOTW and read our BOTW. We also had fun building with our bristle blocks and playing with our bristle blocks.

Special Enrichment for Wednesday: We played on our computer today – Winnie the Pooh Preschool!
We also painted our very own Indian Corn project!

Activities of the Day for Thursday: We began our day by playing with our indoor slide, exploring our Laugh and Learn Learning House and our kitchen toys. Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on putting our book away on the shelf where we found it when we are finished reading it. After, we sang our SOTW and read the BOTW. We also enjoyed playing with our dinosaurs and our busy beads.

Special Enrichment for Thursday: We had some fun with Play-doh and tried to make food from our Play-doh.


Activities of the Day for Friday: We started our day by exploring our Laugh and Learn Learning House, playing on our indoor slide, and playing with our kitchen toys. Next, we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on putting our book away on the shelf where we found it when we are finished reading it. We sang the SOTW and read the BOTW. We also liked building with our bumpy blocks and wooden blocks, playing with out Hotwheels and getting creative with our chain links.

Special Enrichment for Friday: We watched the movie A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.
And we went on a Brown Hunt to look for brown things!

Activities of the Day for Saturday: No one came to play today.

Special Enrichment for Saturday: No one came to play today.

We had our third Fan of the Week last week – Diane Fayak (Adriana’s grandma!) won again! You, too, can be our Fan of the Week and be entered to win a prize! Check out the blog and FB page for more details!

Also, remember that NEXT WEEK - Thanksgiving week- (Nov. 19-26th) we are CLOSED in observance of the holiday. Per your Parent Handbook, this is a paid tuition week. Please pre-pay, if possible. Thanks!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

November Newsletter Week of November 7th- 11th

November Newsletter
Week of November 7th- 11th
Monthly Thematic Unit – Gobbling Up Our Food!
Color of the Month – Brown
 Song of the Week {SOTW}: “Mister Turkey”
                 “Who's that struttin’ ‘round, lookin' mighty perky?
Looks like it might be ol' Mister Turkey!
Strut, Mister Turkey, that's a fancy way to walk,
Gobble, Mister Turkey, that's a fancy way to talk.

                  
Book of the Week {BOTW}: Thanksgiving Cats by Jean Marzollo

Activities of the Day for Monday: We started our day by playing with our musical instruments and Mr. Potato Heads. Then we enjoyed IRT (Independent Reading Time) where we focused this week on carefully turning the pages of our book. Next we introduced our BOTW and SOTW. Then we enjoyed building with our bumpy blocks and playing with our electronic learning toys.
Special Enrichment for Monday: We dissected a pumpkin! Wow! It is gooey and stringy in there.
We had lots of fun baking pumpkin seeds from inside the pumpkin today!

Activities of the Day for Tuesday: No one came to play today.

Special Enrichment for Tuesday: No one came to play today.

Activities of the Day for Wednesday: We began our day by exploring our Laugh and Learn Learning House and using our shape sorters and playing on our indoor slide. Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on carefully turning the pages of our book. After that, we sang our SOTW and read our BOTW. We also had fun pretending in our toy kitchen and playing with our electronic learning toys.

Special Enrichment for Wednesday: We played on our computer today – Jumpstart Preschool!
Our calendar said for us to wear brown today and no one remembered (Not even Ms. Becky or Daniella!)

Activities of the Day for Thursday: We began our day by playing with our babies, shape sorters and our kitchen toys. Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on carefully turning the pages of our book. After, we sang our SOTW and read the BOTW. We also enjoyed playing with our musical instruments, our gardening set, our dollhouse and our busy beads.

Special Enrichment for Thursday: We had some fun with Play-doh and tried to make turkeys from our Play-doh.

We also watched pretended to be turkeys! (Sooooo adorable!)

Activities of the Day for Friday: We started our day by playing with our musical insruments and our farm animals. Next, we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on carefully turning the pages of our book. We sang the SOTW and read the BOTW. We also liked building with our bumpy blocks.

Special Enrichment for Friday: We watched the movie Pocahontas about Native Americans!
Activities of the Day for Saturday: No one came to play today.

Special Enrichment for Saturday: No one came to play today.

We had our second Fan of the Week last week – Diane Fayak (Adriana’s grandma!) won again! You, too, can be our Fan of the Week and be entered to win a prize! Check out the blog and FB page for more details!

Also, remember that Thanksgiving week (Nov. 19-26th) we are CLOSED in observance of the holiday. Per your Parent Handbook, this is a paid tuition week. Please pre-pay, if possible. Thanks!

Monday, November 7, 2011

November Newsletter Week of October 31st - November 4th (Week 1 of Gobbling Up Our Food!)

Monthly Thematic Unit – Gobbling Up Our Food!
        Color of the Month – Brown
        Song of the Week {SOTW}: “The Turkey Pokey”
                (To the tune of “The Hokey Pokey”)
(Sung just like “The Hokey Pokey”, except that you substitute turkey body part names such as “right wing”, “left wing”, “tail feathers”, and “wattle”!
- The kids thought this was hilarious!
                  
Book of the Week {BOTW} : Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Elhert

Activities of the Day for Monday: We started our day by using our shape sorters and playing with our farm animals and musical instruments. Then we enjoyed IRT (Independent Reading Time) where we focused this week on holding our book appropriately while trying to read it. Next we introduced our BOTW and SOTW.
Special Enrichment for Monday: We watched a short movie called Barney’s Halloween Party; then talked about what we were going to dress up as for Halloween.
We also had lots of fun baking applebread today!

Activities of the Day for Tuesday: We began our day by playing with our Lights and Sound Show toy, exploring our Laugh and Learn Learning House and using our shape sorters. Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on holding our book appropriately while trying to read it. After that, we sang our SOTW and read our BOTW. We also played with our farm animals, played on our indoor slide, had fun pretending in our toy kitchen (including our new Elmo toy microwave!), as well as playing musical instruments (a new favorite toy bin to take out!) and having fun with our dollhouse.

Special Enrichment for Tuesday: We practiced learning the American Sign Language (ASL) sign for the word “vegetable”. We also talked about various kinds of vegetables today.
And we watched a short movie called Baby Mozart.

Activities of the Day for Wednesday: We started our day by playing with musical instruments, playing with toy magnets and building with our bumpy blocks. Next we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on holding our book appropriately while trying to read it. Then we read the BOTW and sang the SOTW. After that, we had fun reading some of our theme related books.

Special Enrichment for Wednesday: We talked about which veggies we like and which veggies we don’t like…out of this list of veggies – no one disliked ANY of them!
{Here is the list - corn, potatoes, cucumbers, onions, carrots, pumpkins, beans, peas, mushrooms, peppers and broccoli!}

Activities of the Day for Thursday: Today we welcomed a new friend – Mia!
We began our day by playing with our Hotwheels and our musical instruments, as well as our baby dolls and dollhouse. Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on holding our book appropriately while trying to read it. After, we sang our SOTW and read the BOTW. We also enjoyed playing with the toy kitchen and our Little People toys and playsets.

Special Enrichment for Thursday: We examined and explored an ear of corn and talked about the parts of it (husk, silk, cob, etc.). Then we peeled it and painted with it! We also had some fun with Play-doh and tried to make veggies from our Play-doh.

We also watched a short movie called Elmo’s Favorite Songs!

Activities of the Day for Friday: We started our day by creating with our chain links, playing in our Laugh and Learn Learning Home, and playing with our Batter’s Up toy. Next, we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on holding our book appropriately while trying to read it. We sang the SOTW and read the BOTW. We also liked playing with our baby dolls, Lights and Sounds Show toy and musical instruments.

Special Enrichment for Friday: We made a brown collage using scraps of brown paper, scraps of brown fabric, magazine cutouts of brown things and glue!
We also watched the movie Blue’s CafĂ© about restaurants and ordering things to eat!

Activities of the Day for Saturday: We began our day by exploring our Laugh and Learn Learning Home, playing on our indoor slide, and using our shape sorters. Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on holding our book appropriately while trying to read it. We read the BOTW and sang the SOTW. We got creative with our busy beads, played in our toy kitchen, played with our baby dolls and built with our chain links.

Special Enrichment for Saturday: We explored the Native American history at the museum at Reinhardt University. We saw tools that Native Americans used, arrowheads they made, pelts of animal skin, recreations of what they looked like and saw a real teepee and played games that Native American children once played! It was lots of fun!

We had our first Fan of the Week last week – Diane Fayak (Adriana’s grandma!). You, too, can be our Fan of the Week and be entered to win a prize! Check out the blog and FB page for more details!

Also, remember that Thanksgiving week (Nov. 19-26th) we are CLOSED in observance of the holiday. Per your Parent Handbook, this is a paid tuition week. Please pre-pay, if possible. Thanks!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

PARENTS' NIGHT OUT 11/11/11

DON'T FORGET!!! SIGN UP SOON - SPACES ARE LIMITED!

Our baby girl is ONE!






On Saturday, October 29th, our daughter turned one :) Such a big step :) Mommy wants to cry!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

UPDATE

Well..now that court is over with...hopefully the blog will not suffer anymore...the craziness of the last two weeks has made me unable to blog. Please forgive me, but I am going to take the easy way out and just skip the last two weeks entirely and just pick up from this week. We also got a tech in from Windstream last week so hopefully the internet problems are resolved now too.

Friday, October 21, 2011

New Contest!

New Contest on our FB business page! www.faceboook.com/GrowingUpNaturallyInHomeChildCare
New contest!!
Fan of the Week!
Everyone who likes our page is eligible to play.
Every "like" or comment on a status or a picture that is posted on 10/21/11 or later counts toward you becoming our Fan of the Week. All Fans of the Week throughout a month are then entered to win a prize (which will be drawn from a hat- the prize and the person's name) by our son Brandon. Prizes could be a Free Half Day of Care, a Free Date Night, or a Free Parents' Night Out. If you do not live locally, but have a family member or friend who does, you can pass your prize to them!
All likes, shares and comments on our blog count, too!www.growingupnaturallyinhomechildcare.blogspot.com

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

October Newsletter Week of October 3rd-7th - Autumn is Here! Week One

October Newsletter
 Week of October 3rd-7th
Monthly Thematic Unit – Autumn is Here!
Color of the Month – Orange

 Song of the Week: “Have You Ever Seen An Apple?”
                        (To the tune of “Have You Ever Seen a Lassie?”)

Have you ever seen an apple, an apple, an apple 

Have you ever seen an apple,that grows on a tree? 

A red one, a yellow one, a red one, a yellow one? 

Have you ever seen an apple,that grows on a tree?

       
Book of the Week: Apple Trouble by Ragnhild Scamell

Activities of the Day for Monday: We started our day off by creating with our busy beads and chain links. Then we enjoyed Independent Reading Time, where we focused on how to properly hold our book. We introduced the BOTW and the SOTW. Later, we listened to classical music, played with our baby dolls and kitchen toys, and enjoyed dancing together!

Special Enrichment for Monday: We baked some yummy Apple Crisp!!! Mmmmm….we also talked about how apples are red, yellow and green!

Activities of the Day for Tuesday: We began our day by building with our blocks and listening to our “Can You Guess What Color?” CD. We had IRT, where we focused on how to properly hold our book. Then we sang our SOTW and read the BOTW. We listened to some beautiful classical music. Later, we built with our alphabet blocks and worked together on our puzzles.

Special Enrichment for Tuesday: We went to Berry Patch Farms! We went on a hayride, walked through the pumpkin patch and picked out a pumpkin, checked out the cotton field, sat with the pumpkins and saw the scarecrow, got another short hayride, drank some apple cider (which we ALL loved!), saw the animals at the petting zoo, and played on the playground! We had a REALLY FUN DAY!


Activities of the Day for Wednesday: We started our day by building with our bristle blocks and trying to sort them by color. We had IRT, where we focused on how to properly hold our book.
We read the BOTW and sang the SOTW. We played in our toy kitchen, read theme related books (the Halloween books are popular right now!), and played with our musical instruments. We pretended to call people in our family on the toy phone! We also built with our Duplo blocks.

Special Enrichment for Wednesday: We made some yummy homemade applesauce! It was delicious! We also played our Fisher Price 1, 2, 3 game on our computer.

Activities of the Day for Thursday: We started our day off by building with our mini waffle blocks and our Legos. We had IRT, where we focused on how to properly hold our book. Then we sang the SOTW and read the BOTW. We built with our chain links and played in our kitchen set (a favorite this week!). We read some theme related books, made some silly faces with out Mr. Potato Heads and built with our bumpy blocks. We ended our day by playing with our magnetic fishing game and building towers with our alphabet blocks.

Special Enrichment for Thursday: We played “Find the Apple”! Ms. Becky hid three apples (one yellow, one red, and one green) around the playroom for us to find! We had so much fun with this game once we figured out what to do!

Activities of the Day for Friday: We began our day by playing with our Hotwheels and our electronic learning toys. We had IRT, where we focused on how to properly hold our book. We read our BOTW and sang our SOTW. We played with our gardening set and our busy beads. We ended our day by reading Halloween books!

Special Enrichment for Friday: We watched a fun movie called Frankenpooh! We also made an orange collage for our COTM.

Activities of the Day for Saturday: We started our day by reading a Nursery Rhymes book and a book about cows. We then read our BOTW and sang our SOTW. We played with our Lights and Sounds toy and our farm animal toys. We dressed up with beaded necklaces and tried to build with our interconnectors, Legos and chain links.



We wanted to remind our families that we offer a referral bonus. J If you can refer a full time family (4-6 full days a week) to us, we would gladly give you a $50 referral bonus! If, by chance, you refer a part time family (1-3 full days a week OR 1-6 half days a week) to us, we would love to give you a $25 referral bonus. Please spread the word about what you love about the care your family receives with us! 

Sunday, October 2, 2011

September Newsletter Week 4 – Community Helpers (Firefighters)


Newsletter for September
Week of Sept. 26th - 30th
Monthly Thematic Unit – Community Helpers
Color of the Month - Red

Song of the Week: "The Fire Drill Song"

            A fire drill, a fire drill
            Is what this song’s about.
            A fire drill will show you
            The way to get out.

            A fire drill, a fire drill
            We need to have a plan.
            So everyone can get out
            As fast as they can.

            To move real fast, stay low and go.

            A fire drill, a fire drill
            Let’s practice once and then,
            We’ll check our plan and practice
            Getting out again.

            If there’s a fire, you need to know
            To move real fast, stay low and go.

            A fire drill, a fire drill
            Is what this song’s about.
            A fire drill will show you
            The way to get out.

            A fire drill, a fire drill
            Let’s practice once and then,
            We’ll check our plan and practice
            Getting out again.
            Getting out again!

Book of the Week: At the Firehouse by Fisher Price

Activities of the Day for Monday:  We started our day by playing with our train set and building with our PopOnz Build and Stack City. We had IRT (where we worked on staying seated while reading our book.) We introduced the SOTW and the BOTW. We got creative with our busy beads, worked together to complete our alphabet train puzzle and built with our Lincoln Logs while listening to music. We watched Potty Time With Bear In The Big Blue House. We also pretended to cook in our kitchen center using our new apron and hot pad set.

Special Enrichment for Monday: We did a Hot and Cold sorting activity to help us learn things around the house that are hot that we should not touch.
We also had Baking Day and baked Chocolate Almond Bread – mmmmmm!

Activities of the Day for Tuesday: We began our day by making silly faces with our Mr. Potato Heads and playing with our Hotwheels. Then we had IRT where we continued to work on staying seated while reading our book. We read the BOTW and sang the SOTW. We built with our PopOnz Build and Stack City. We played in our kitchen center, too!


Special Enrichment for Tuesday: We went to the library for Story Time! We enjoyed listening to books about their theme of Birds. We also made a bird finger puppet! J We bopped until we dropped, danced with scarves, sang songs and did fingerplays, too!
We also did a fire drill today to practice what we should do in case of a fire.

Activities of the Day for Wednesday: We started our day by building with our mini waffle blocks and bristle blocks. Then we had IRT where we continued to work on staying seated while reading our book. We sang our SOTW and read the BOTW. We practiced our shapes with our shape sorters. We built with our Duplo blocks, read theme related books and built with our alphabet blocks.

Special Enrichment for Wednesday: We enjoyed Computer Day – we played our Dr. Seuss’ ABC game! J
We also learned about Stop, Drop and Roll today – we sang a song about it, looked at a poster that depicted it – and then did it ourselves!!!


Activities of the Day for Thursday: We started our day by playing with our animal bin and our dollhouse. Then we had IRT where we continued to work on staying seated while reading our book. We sang the SOTW and read the BOTW. We built with our bristle blocks and our chain links, played in our kitchen center. We watched our VeggieTales Sing the Moo Shoo movie. Later, we played with our Little People playsets.

Special Enrichment for Thursday:  We listened to our Fire Safety songs! (subg by the characters of Sesame Street!)
We also went on a Nature Walk and Picnic down at the lake. On our walk we heard lots of birds, geese and crickets!


Activities of the Day for Friday: We began our day by playing with our train set and electronic learning toys. Then we had IRT where we continued to work on staying seated while reading our book. We read the BOTW and sang the SOTW. We built with our Duplo blocks and our Lincoln Logs. We played with our Little People playsets, our kitchen toys (where we pretended to bake cupcakes), and built with our bristle blocks and our chain links.

Special Enrichment for Friday: We watched The Talking Words Factory movie! After, we enjoyed looking at alphabet books and talking about what starts with each letter of the alphabet!


Activities of the Day for Saturday: We started off our day by playing with our electronic learning toys, then we had IRT where we continued to work on staying seated while reading our book. We listened to VeggieTales music on the way to the petting zoo!

Special Enrichment for Saturday: While at the petting zoo, we got to pet bunnies, puppies, a cow, a horse, a donkey, sheep, a mama pig and piglet, a chicken, a llama and a goat! We had a picnic lunch in the woods and afterward, we hunted for acorns! We played a duck pond game and won some candy! We got our faces painted, too!