Sunday, August 21, 2011

August Newsletter Week 3


August Newsletter
Week of August 15th-19th
Monthly Thematic Unit – Under the Sea
Color of the Month – BLUE  

 

  Song of the Week (S.O.T.W.):  
"Catch a Fish"

(Sung To: "Row, Row, Row Your Boat")

Catch, catch, catch a fish, (pretend to cast a fishing pole out into the water)
          Hook it on your line. (jerk the "pole" to pretend to hook a fish)
          Reel it, reel it, reel it, reel it (pretend to reel it in!)
          This one will be mine.



 Book of the Week (B.O.T.W.): Ten Little Fish  by Audrey and Bruce Wood


Activities of the Day for Monday: W started our day off by playing with our dinosaurs and building with our wooden blocks. Then we enjoyed our IRT. We introduced the BOTW and the SOTW. We watched a short movie called Blue's Clues Story Time and then played with our chain links. After that,  we all took turns pretending to cook for one another in our kitchen center. Later we played with Hotwheels and our electronic learning toys.


Special Enrichment for Monday: We went for a Nature Walk - what a beautifully cool morning to enjoy that!  We also took turns playing with our magnetic fishing game! So much fun!


Activities of the Day for Tuesday: We had fun setting up our train set and playing with our trains for awhile Then we had IRT and looked at some books. We had a good time with our Little People playsets too! And we all have come to love to play our magnetic fishing game and our dollhouse. We looked at some theme related books and then we built with our alphabet blocks and played with our Mr. Potato Head. We also sang the SOTW and read the BOTW.



Special Enrichment for Tuesday: We took turns playing our Freddie Fish computer game! The children love to have an opportunity to play on the computer.


Activities of the Day for Wednesday: We built with our blocks and our bristle blocks, then we had IRT. We played with our toy animals and built crazy jewelry with our busy beads. We also read the BOTW and sang the SOTW. We worked on puzzles while listening to Disney's "Under the Sea" music.  We then got creative with our chain links and our Legos and built with our PopOnz Build and Stack City set. Then we checked out the mini books bucket of books.


Special Enrichment for Wednesday: We played a Counting Fish game and tried to see how many fish we could each accurately count. We got some god counting practice in! 
We also played in the water table with our ocean squirters! So much fun!


Activities of the Day for Thursday: We played with our dollhouse and had IRT. We then watched a short movie called See How Sea Animals Grow and talked about the various sea animals that we saw! We played a computer game called Muppet Babies: Same and Different and tried to figure out which things were alike and which were different. We also read the BOTW and sang the SOTW.


Special Enrichment for Thursday: We baked YUMMY cookies! Mmmmm.... AND we also did Ocean Stamp Art workl! We used shark, crab and seahorse stamps.


Activities of the Day for Friday: We started off our day by playing with our fishing game and our Hotwheels. Then we had IRT. After that we read the BOTW and sang the SOTW. Then we played with our electronic learning toys and our Mr. Potato Heads! 

Special Enrichment for Friday: We made blue chalk art! We drew beautiful drawings on black paper wit blue chalk! Then we watched our movie of the week - Andre about a seal that lives in the ocean!


Just another reminder to parents that we will be closed for Labor Day.


Sunday, August 14, 2011

August Newsletter Week 2


August Newsletter
Week of August 8th-12th
        Monthly Thematic Unit – Under the Sea
        Color of the Month (COTM)– BLUE    

 
Song of the Week (S.O.T.W.) 

"Five Little Lobsters"(to the tune of 5 Little Pumpkins)

Five little lobsters sitting on a rock.
The first one says, " I don't have time to talk"
The second one says, "There are fishies over there."
The third one says, "But we don't care"
The fourth one says, "Let's swim and swim and swim"
The fifth one says, "We don't have any fins!"
Then swish went their tails and snap went their claws.
The five little lobsters strolled out of sight.

 Book of the Week (B.O.T.W.):
Little Fish's Sea Adventure by Cathy Betton

Activities of the Day for Monday: We started our morning off by playing with our train set and then we enjoyed our IRT. When that was over, we went outside to play! We had so much fun out there. We read te BOTW and sang the SOTW. Afterward, we had stations and took turns playing with our Little People playsets and our magnetic fishing game. We watched a Blue's Clues Arts and Crafts movie (and talked  about how she is the same color as our COTM). Then we built with our bristle blocks.

Special Enrichment for Monday: We went on a Nature Walk around the neighborhood - including through a neighbor's sprinkler! That was refreshing since it was pretty warm out, even that early in the morning! We also had fun playing an Ocean Animal Matching Game. We read the BOTW and sang the SOTW. We had to match pictures (that were not necessarily identical pictures) of the same animal and then try to identify the animal! The kids did a pretty god job with this!
 
Activities of the Day for Tuesday: We played with out Hotwheels, driving them all over the place. Then we had IRT and relaxed with a book or two.  After that, we took turns playing in our kitchen and with our new favorite toy- our magnetic fishing game! We also practiced making jewelry with our busy beads. We built with our chain links and played with our dollhouse, too.

Special Enrichment for Tuesday: We had a blast playing our Freddie Fish computer game together!


Activities of the Day for Wednesday: We creatively built with our mini waffle blocks and played with our toy animals. We had fun trying to look at things through the binoculars, too. IRT was a nice quiet activity. Then we went outside and got to be really loud! :) We read the BOTW and sang the SOTW. We talked about the Color of the Month. We did stations with our electronic learning toys and dinosaurs and later played with our Lincoln Logs and PopOnz Build and Stack City toys.  

Special Enrichment for Wednesday: We played a Sink or Float game in the Water Table. We talked about what it means for something to sink in the water or to flat along the top of the water.Then we tried to hypothesize what each item would do! The kids LOVED this!
We also looked at real picture books of sea animals. 

Activities of the Day for Thursday: We started our day off by playing with our puppets and building with our alphabet blocks. It was lots of fun to build and then knock over what we had built with the blocks. We watched a Blue's Clues movie called Blue's Big Musical (and again talked about how Blue is the COTM). Then we had IRT. We also sang the SOTW and read the BOTW. We have all really enjoyed playing in our kitchen set this week and today was no different! We worked on ur puzzles and built with our chain links and Duplo blocks.

Special Enrichment for Thursday: We had baking day and made Chocolate Banana Raisin bread! It was soooo amazingly yummy! The kids devoured it! 
Activities of the Day for Friday:  We played with our fishing game and Mr. Potato Heads. We enjoyed IRT and built with bristle blocks. We also  built with our bumpy blocks and busy beads. We read the BOTW and sang the SOTW. 
Special Enrichment for Friday:  We drew a blue picture using blue crayons, markers, and colored pencils and also made blue collages using blue magazine cutouts, blue ribbon, blue pompoms, blue tissue paper and more! We also watched the movie Shark Tale!


Just a reminder that we will be closed on Labor Day, Monday, Sept 5th.

Regarding court for us - It looks like it may not be until late Sept or even Oct, BUT it could be as early as the week of Aug 29th. We have arranged with other in home providers located in Harmony on the Lakes subdivision as back up care for those of you who may need it. Please let us know if you would like their contact info.



Until next week....

Becky and Michael

Sunday, August 7, 2011

August 2011 Newsletter Week 1

August Newsletter
Week of August 1st-5th
        Monthly Thematic Unit – Under the Sea
        Color of the Month (COTM)– BLUE    

 
Song of the Week (S.O.T.W.):  
"All the Fish Are Swimming in the Water"



Hold your hands, palms together, and make swimming motions.
When saying "Bubble," move your fingers together and apart.
Spray your fingers wide open as you say "SPLASH!"

All the little fish are swimming in the water
          Swimming in the water
          Swimming in the water
          All the little fish are swimming in the water
Bubble, bubble...SPLASH!

All the little crabs are pinching in the water
pinching in the water
pinching in the water
All the little crabs are pinching in the water
Bubble, bubble...SPLASH!

All the little penguins are splashing in the water
splashing in the water
splashing in the water
All the little penguins are splashing in the water
Bubble, bubble...SPLASH!

All the little polar bears are eating all the fishies
eating all the fishies
eating all the fishies
All the little polar bears are eating all the fishies
Bubble, bubble...SPLASH!

All the little starfish are sleeping in the water
sleeping in the water
sleeping in the water
All the little starfish are sleeping in the water
Bubble, bubble...SPLASH!






 Book of the Week (B.O.T.W.): Under The Sea by Kait Eaton

 Art Project/Activity of the Day for Monday: We started our day by playing with our train sets and Hotwheels. Then we had IRT. We introduced the BOTW and SOTW. When that was finished, we played with our Melissa and Doug Magnetic Fishing Game. We also took turns playing with our baby dolls and practiced feeding them and taking good care of them. We talked about how our COTM is blue...then we watched a Blue's Clues video - ABCs and 123s! We talked about how Blue the dog is the color blue. Later, we played with our dollhouse and our Mr. Potato Heads.
Special Enrichment for Monday: We went for a Nature Walk around the neighborhood and listened for birds that were singing. We also tried to identify pictures of various sea life animals.

Art Project/Activity of the Day for Tuesday: We built with out bristle blocks....then we decided to turn them into baked goods to sell at a bakery! We made cookies, pies, donuts, and more! They "tasted" delicious! Such creativity. We enjoyed IRT and looking at the new theme related books. Then we played with our electronic learning toys while listening to Raffi's Rise and Shine music! Later we did stations with Little People and busy beads. We read the BOTW and sang the SOTW. We ended our day playing with our Lincoln Logs and reading more theme related books.
Special Enrichment for Tuesday: We didn't go to the mall today because Mr. Michael still wasn't feeling well :(
We did, however, play our Freddie Fish computer game! Boy, was that fun! We especially liked the part where we got to pop lots of bubbles!

Art Project/Activity of the Day for Wednesday: We creatively built with our mini waffle blocks and had IRT. We read our BOTW and sang our SOTW. Then we built with our bubble blocks and played our fishing game. We took turns building towers with our alphabet blocks and then knocking them over! 
Special Enrichment for Wednesday: We played in the water table with our ocean animals. We also scooped and dumped with with plastic cups. It was so much fun! 
We also worked together to learn to complete our sea life puzzles. One is trickier than the other so we will practice them more throughout the month.

Art Project/Activity of the Day for Thursday: We started our morning by playing with our bumpy blocks and building with our wooden blocks. Then we enjoyed some IRT. After that was finished we read our BOTW and sang our SOTW. Then we played with our bucket of animals and tried to create chains with our chain links. We had lots of fun playing in our kitchen center today, too! We worked on identifying shapes with our shape sorters and did some growling with our dinosaurs!
Special Enrichment for Thursday: We had baking day and all helped to make our banana muffins. Unfortunately, they were a big flop! They burnt very quickly in the oven :( But that taught us and important lesson to try to remember with Baking Day - sometimes the recipe isn't the right way to do it!
We also did Stencil Art with markers today. That was interesting to the children to clor within the stencil and see the picture appear on their paper!

Art Project/Activity of the Day for Friday: We built with Legos and played with our baby dolls. We also played with our gardening set. We had IRT and played in our kitchen center. We read our BOTW and sang our SOTW. We played with our shape sorters. 
Special Enrichment for Friday: We went on a Blue Hunt! We took turns looking around the playroom to find something blue! We found LOTS of blue things in there! 
We also had fun watching The Little Mermaid for Movie Day!


We wish to continue to remind you that we will be closed on Labor Day, Sept 5th.

Per the email we sent out last week, please continue to be on alert that we could be going to curt at any time as soon as Aug 29th. We are trying to arrange contact with another in home provider located in Harmony on the Lakes subdivision as back up care for those of you who may need it. We will pass along info as we know more.

Don't forget on Thursday to wear a sea animal or beach related clothing item!

Until next week....

Becky and Michael