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!