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!

September Newsletter Week 3 - Community Helpers (Doctors)

(Sorry this blog post is late, our computer was having issues!)

Newsletter for September
Week of Sept. 19th - 23rd
Monthly Thematic Unit – Community Helpers
Color of the Month - Red

Song of the Week: "Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes"
(Touch each body part as you say it)

Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes,
Knees and Toes
Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes,
Knees and Toes

And Eyes and Ears and Mouth and Nose
Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

Book of the Week: Barney and Baby Bop Go To The Doctor by Mark Bernthal

Activities of the Day for Monday: We started off our day by playing with our busy beads and building with our alphabet blocks. Then we had IRT (This week we worked on returning our book to the bookshelf before choosing a new book.). We introduced the BOTW and the SOTW. We watched an Elmo movie (and talked about how he is red like our COTM) called Music Works Wonders and talked about lots of ways to make music (humming, tapping, clapping, singing, plus instruments!). Later, we built with our bristle blocks and played our magnetic fishing game while listening to our Raffi's Rise and Shine music. We also built with Duplos, played with Little People and built our Build and Stack PopOnz City.

Special Enrichment for Monday: We had Baking Day where we enjoyed making Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies! 
We also played our game called "From Head to Toe" (a body awareness game).

Activities of the Day for Tuesday: We began our day by playing with our dinosaurs and Hotwheels. Then we had IRT where we continued to work on returning our book to the bookshelf before choosing a new book. We sang the SOTW and read the BOTW. We played with our kitchen toys, built with our bristle blocks, and played with our busy beads.

Special Enrichment for Tuesday: It was raining today, so we were not able to go on our Nature Walk and Picnic. So instead, we watched a movie - The Letter Factory! We learned about letters and the sounds they make!
We also made Medical Kit Collages by gluing vinyl gloves, alcohol wipes, bandages, gauze, etc. to a piece of paper.

Activities of the Day for Wednesday: We started our day by building with wooden blocks and playing with our electronic learning toys (we worked on identifying letters by sight and sound and played a problem solving game.). Then we had IRT where we continued to work on on returning our book to the bookshelf before choosing a new book. We read the BOTW and sang the SOTW.  We built with the bristle blocks and alphabet blocks (We talked about the letters on them and words that started with them - F (Fish), M (Mouse), etc.) while listening to Raffi's "Rise and Shine" music. We played with our train set, kitchen toys, baby dolls and animal bin while listening to classical music. We also played a fun bug building game called "Cooties" where we had to identify the head, body, and legs of each bug. 

Special Enrichment for Wednesday: We had Computer Day today and played our Fisher Price 1,2,3 game where we had to match by number and do counting games!

We also read a hilarious book called Parts by Todd Arnold that talked about a boy and his body parts that he was afraid were coming apart!

Activities of the Day for Thursday: We began our day by building with Lincoln Logs and making silly faces with our Mr. Potato Heads. Then we had IRT where we continued to work on returning our book to the bookshelf before choosing a new book. We sang the SOTW and read the BOTW.  We listened to our “It’s a Great Day” CD on the way to the library. Later in the day, we played with our Little People playsets.

Special Enrichment for Thursday: We played with our Doctor’s Kit and explored items that doctors use – medicine droppers, cotton swabs, bandages, vinyl gloves’ gauze and more! It was lots of fun.

We also went to Story Time at the library. The theme for the week was “Cats”. We enjoyed listening to several stories about cats and making a cat art project. We danced, sang and did fingerplays, too!

Activities of the Day for Friday: We started our day off by playing with our Hotwheels and building with our Legos. Then we had IRT where we continued to work on returning our book to the bookshelf before choosing a new book. We read the BOTW and sang the SOTW. We played in our kitchen center and pretended to feed our baby dolls. We played with our train set and read our themed books.

Special Enrichment for Friday: We read some Clifford the Big Red Dog books (he is the COTM).

We watched two short theme related movies for Movie Day –
1.     Curious George Goes to the Doctor (30 minutes)
2.     Visiting the Doctor With Bear in the Big Blue House (45 minutes)




THIS ENDS TOMORROW!

Parents - If you haven't noticed already, we are currently having a contest on our Facebook page. Here's how to play and win:
Who wants to win a $20 Gift Card for Target? TIME FOR A CONTEST!!! Here's how to play: Spread the word to everyone you know on Facebook about us. Once your friends and family "like" our page, simply have them click "like" on any picture that includes your child(ren). {If more children that just yours are in the picture, please also make a comment on this picture referencing which child you are clicking "like" for. PLEASE NOTE: ONLY USE A CHILD'S NAME IF THE CHILD'S NAME IS ALREADY MENTIONED IN THE CAPTION OF THE PICTURE - SOME PARENTS PREFER THEIR CHILD'S NAME NOT BE POSTED ON OUR PAGE - IF YOU CANNOT USE THE CHILD'S NAME WHEN COMMENTING, SIMPLY SAY SOMETHING LIKE "LOOK AT THE CUTIE IN THE PURPLE SHIRT" OR "CHECK OUT THAT HANDSOME GUY WITH THE HAT ON".}

If your child's picture is posted on our page, you can play to win! It does not matter if you are a current parent, former parent, or your children's pictures are here simply because you were a Special Visitor for us.

Even if you "like" us and have no children enrolled with us, you can still play! Click "like" on the pics that you think are of some cutie pies and help get them extra votes!

This contest starts now and will end Sunday, October 2nd at 9 PM EST. The family with the most "likes" wins. Not the child with the most "likes", the family. All results will be posted at the end of the contest.
And all "likes" on pictures made before the contest started will count. The "likes" aren't dated, so that would just make it more complicated to exclude them.