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!