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!