Saturday, July 30, 2011

Summer Newsletter Week 9-
We’re Going On A Safari!
 
Week of 07/25-07/29

Song of the Week: “We're Going To The Zoo!"
                                We're going to the zoo, zoo, zoo
                                How about you, you, you?
                                We're gonna see a (name of animal)
                                at the zoo, zoo, zoo!

(We talked about how jungle animals sometimes live at the zoo to protect them if they can't live in the wild anymore.)

Book of the WeekOne Zany Zoo by Lori Degman

What did we do on Monday? We started of our day by playing with our Hotwheels cars. Then we moved on to IRT. Afterward, we did stations with bristle blocks and mini waffle blocks. We played outside in the backyard (today's favorites were a bowling game, riding on the bikes and playing with the bat and ball). We read the BOTW and sang the SOTW. We also built with our wooden blocks.
Summer Enrichment for Monday: We watched the movie Madagascar which talks about zoos and wild animals. Good mixture of this week's song and book theme along with our summer theme.
We also baked some yummy oatmeal chocolate chip jungle animal shaped cookies!
 
 What did we do on Tuesday? We built some crazy stuff out of our busy beads and pulled them all apart and did it over and over again! We enjoyed independent reading time, and then moved on to building with our Wee Waffle Block Village, adding in some jungle animals.  We read the BOTW and sang the SOTW. We played with our jungle animal puppets and read jungle books as well.
Summer Enrichment for Tuesday: Due to all of the storms we have recently had, our backyard was to muddy to play in today, so we didn't have Water Day with the sprinkler. 

Instead, we played with our Little People playsets, being very interactive and creative. We also worked on our Little Bear Floor Puzzle together! Then we read some potty books together since so many of us are interested in the potty right now.
 
What did we do on Wednesday? We built with our alphabet blocks and had IRT.  We had fun playing with our schoolhouse toy set, too. We read the BOTW and sang the SOTW. Also, we took turns working on our jungle animal puzzle. We also built with our legos.
Summer Enrichment for Wednesday:  We watched the movie Barney's Jungle Friends and pretended to go on a safari with them.

We also played a Safari matching Game, matching the pictures to the sounds that the animals made.
 
 
What did we do on Thursday?  We built with our PopOnz Build and Stack City set and played with our dinosaurs. Then we had IRT. We sang the SOTW and read the BOTW. We enjoyed playing Dora's Backpack Adventure on our computer. We also did stations with out chain links and legos and then later with our Hotwheels and our Mr. Potato Heads.

Summer Enrichment for Thursday: We made our last Jungle Juice today - Banana Pineapple and boy, was it delicious! The kids slurped it UP!!!

We had our Safari Party today and did a couple of party games:
1) We played Pin the Tail n the Zebra (played like Pin the Tail on the Donkey)
2) We played Hippos in the Mud (played similarly to Musical Chairs...the children crawled in a circle following a circle of tape on the floor, crossing over a cutout of a mud puddle. When the jungle music stopped - whoever was "Stuck in the Mud" won!
 
What did we do on Friday? We played with our train set and had IRT. We read the BOTW and sang the SOTW. We created with our bristle blocks and wooden blocks. Then we played our "From Head to Toe Learn to Move" Eric Carle game. The kids LOVE that game! No two games are the same so it is always interesting to see how it will play out! We also took turns working on our puzzles and later played together with our Hotwheels.
Summer Enrichment for Friday: 
We also had a SURPRISE special visitor (Ms. Stephanie) who came today to do FACEPAINTING with the children! They absolutely LOVED it! They looked so adorable. The children to so excited to see themselves transform into a butterfly or tiger!
Please note that we will be closed on Monday, Sept. 5th in observance of Labor Day.
As per our Handbook, please remember that if Mondays are your child’s regular day of attendance, September 5th, Labor Day, is a paid day of tuition. Please make sure to write your checks for this week/month accordingly. Thank you!
 
Also, please remember our coupon swap. If you have any coupons that are for a brand that you will not use, please pass them along to us and we will get them to someone who will use that brand. Every penny counts in this economy! Thanks!
 
Our summer theme was so much fun - but August is right around the corner with a new theme - Under the Sea! We will be emailing out our August calendar so be watching for it!


 
Becky and Michael

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Reference Letter from one of our families

Our daughter has been with Michael and Becky for 6 months since she was 2 months old.  We are extremely happy with the care she is receiving.  She always comes home very happy and tired out from a busy day.  It is great to know that Becky and Michael interact with her and have many activities planned each week.   We love being able to see the pictures and receive a newsletter each week to be able to see what her days were like.  Michael and Becky have been great at working with our schedules and picking up any additional days we need.  We couldn't be happier with the care that our daughter receives.
 
Josh and Korin

Our First Blog Post!

Summer Newsletter Week 8-
We’re Going On A Safari!
 
Week of 07/18 - 07/22

Welcome to our new friend, Gibson and his family!

Song of the Week: “The Lion Went Through the Jungle”
                        (To the tune of “The Bear Went Over the Mountain”)
                        The lion went through the jungle,
                        the lion went through the jungle,
                        the lion went through the jungle,
                        to see what he could see!
                        To see what he could see, to see what he could see!
                        The lion went through the jungle,
                        to see what he could see!

(After we were finished singing, we would talk about what we thought the lion saw in the jungle that day.)

Book of the Week: Madeline Loves Animals by John Bemelmans Marciano
 
What did we do on Monday? We played with our Hotwheels, enjoyed IRT with new books we got over the weekend, then we read our BOTW and sang our SOTW. Then we did stations with our electronic learning toys and our chain links while listening to our Jungle Book/Disney music. Later, we played with our musical instruments, schoolhouse playset and shape sorters while listening to our Kids SillySongs music. We also had fun with our Little People playsets and our jungle animal finger puppets. Then we were creative with our bristle blocks and Mr. Potato Heads sets.
 
Summer Enrichment for Monday: We didn't get to go to  the playground today because we had a new family come in to meet us today. 
 
We made Safari Scene Art projects by using a brown shet of paper and by adding colorful jungle themed stickers! Fun! We reviewed the names of the different animals and they sounds they make.
 
What did we do on Tuesday? We started our day by building with our chain links and "digging" in their bin with toy shovels. We really had fun with the shovels. Then we had IRT. After that, we played with our dollhouse. Later, we read the BOTW and sang the SOTW. We also spent time working on puzzles and building with Legos.
Summer Enrichment for Tuesday: We played in the water table! So much fun to splash in this hot weather!

As a special treat, we also made (and gobbled up!) chocolate covered frozen bananas!
 
What did we do on Wednesday? We built with our bristle blocks and then had IRT. We also read our BOTW and sang our SOTW. We did stations with our Duplo blocks and bubble blocks. Then we did different stations with our train set and Hotwheels.  
Summer Enrichment for Wednesday: We made safari animal paper chain links! Then we made collages of animal pattern paper strips (we got to chose either giraffe, jaguar, tiger, zebra or snake!).
 
We also watched the movie I Love Animals. It talked about all kinds of animals - wild, pet, farm, etc.
 
 
What did we do on Thursday?  We played with our dinosaurs and wooden blocks, had IRT and then listened to our Kids SillySongs CD while we did stations with our trains and electronic learning toys. We read the BOTW and sang the SOTW. We also got creative with our mini waffle blocks and played in our kitchen set. 

Summer Enrichment for Thursday: Today’s special enrichment was painting jungle animal suncatchers! The kids LOVED THIS! They were very into their painting. 

We also enjoyed making and tasting Pineapple Coconut Jungle Juice. 
J  Mmmmm….
 
What did we do on Friday? We started our day off by playing with our Mr. Potato Heads and mini waffle blocks then having IRT. We then read the BOTW and sang the SOTW. Brandon read us a Diego book! We took turns reading our new books in our reading center. We also went out for a walk around the neighborhood!
Summer Enrichment for Friday: We played with our finger puppets today. The children we so cute trying to reenact Brandon doing his finger puppet show that he performed last week!

We also had a special visitor! Ms. Kristy came and did a Christmas in July theme. She strung up some Christmas lights, read us a Santa book while wearing a Santa hat, and then we made snowflake headbands!
So much fun!
 
Please note that we will be closed on Monday, Sept. 5th in observance of Labor Day.
As per our Handbook, please remember that if Mondays are your child’s regular day of attendance, September 5th, Labor Day, is a paid day of tuition. Please make sure to write your checks for this week/month accordingly. Thank you!
 
Don’t forget, for those of you who vaccinate – whenever your child gets new vaccines, please remember to turn in a new vaccine form 3231 to us! Some children’s have expired. Thanks!
 
Also, please remember our coupon swap. If you have any coupons that are for a brand that you will not use, please pass them along to us and we will get them to someone who will use that brand. Every penny counts in this economy! Thanks!
 
For those children who are currently potty training – Parents, please remember, that a large part of learning to use the potty involves potty independence. This includes being able to pull down/pull up our pants and underwear to use the potty. Not REMOVING our clothes, just pushing them down to our ankles. Please work on this with your child at home.
 
Last week, you should have received an email from us about a survey that Becky did up (it took lots of time and work!!). However, FOR YOU, it will take maybe 5 minutes of your time to answer it! Please take a couple of minutes to quickly fill it out for us so that we can get your feedback. THANK YOU! http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HMSP8VL It is important that we get your feedback NO LATER THAN JULY 31ST!
 
You also should have gotten an email from Angie’s List. There is a place on there for you to PLEASE leave us a review so that we can try to generate more enrollees. If the email did not reach you, or went to your spam, here is how you can help:
GO HERE - http://www.angieslist.com/reviewdo a quick registration (FREE!) and leave us a review by typing in a search for our company ID...(Company ID: 6299174). Some feedback that we have received is to try to "Add a Provider", type in our company name  and phone number (6786028805) and it should pop right up!
WE WOULD BE EVER SO GRATEFUL!!!
 (THANKS SO MUCH TO THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE TAKEN THE TIME TO DO THIS!!! WE TRULY APPRECIATE IT!)
Until next week – 
 
Becky and Michael