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!