Saturday, March 31, 2012

Parents - Reminder about Easter

Parents,

Please remember that according to our Parent Handbook, we will be closed on Good Friday and Holy Saturday in honor of Easter Sunday. He is risen! Please remember that this is a paid holiday if this is your child's regular scheduled day of attendance.

Thank you!

Parents - Newsletter For the Week of March 26th




Just a reminder that all activities are based on the number of children present each day, ages of the children present, and mood of the children.




March Newsletter




Week of  March 26th




Monthly Thematic Unit – Transportation

Color of the Month – Black



Song of the Week:

“Drive the Truck”
(Sung to: “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”)
Drive, drive, drive your truck
Drive it up the road.
Drive it fast, drive it slow
Make sure to deliver your load.









Book of the Week:  Truck by  Donald Crews


What We Did On Monday: We began our day by building with our Lincoln Logs and playing in our Laugh and Learn Home. Then we enjoyed Independent Reading Time (IRT) where we focused this week on turning the pages from left to right. After that, I introduced the BOTW and the SOTW. Later we played with our kitchen toys, drove our Hotwheels, got silly with our Mr. and Mrs. Potato Heads, developed our fine motor skills with our chain links and worked on our puzzles.

Special Enrichment for Monday: We played our Air, Land and Sea computer game! We also did an art project where we designed our own truck out of cut outs of various shapes that we glued onto paper.

What We Did On Tuesday: We started our day off by playing with our electronic learning toys, Laugh and Learn Home and indoor slide. Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on turning the pages from left to right. Then we sang the SOTW and read the BOTW. Later in the day, we also played with our Lights and Sounds Show toy, Bounce Back Penguin and built with our Legos.


Special Enrichment for Tuesday: We had Music Day - today we played our musical instruments!


What We Did On Wednesday: We began our day by playing with our dinosaurs and Little People playsets. Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on turning the pages from left to right. Then we read the BOTW and sang the SOTW. After that, we enjoyed playing with our toy animals, working on our alphabet floor puzzle, and  building with our alphabet blocks and our Build and Stack City.


Special Enrichment for Wednesday: We all wore black today to celebrate the color of the month! We also watched a movie that showed us how a car is built!


  What We Did On Thursday: No one came to play today.


Special Enrichment for Thursday: No one came to play today.


What We Did On Friday: We began our day by playing with our textured ball and building with our Duplo blocks. Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on turning the pages from left to right. Then we sang the SOTW and read the BOTW. Later, we also played with our Hotwheels, built with our bumpy blocks, devloped our fine motor skills with our chain links, and played with our Real Life kitchen toys.


Special Enrichment for Friday: We watched a silly old movie called Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang about a magical car!


What We Did on Saturday: We started our day by playing with our kitchen toys and indoor slide Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on turning the pages from left to right. Then we sang the SOTW and read the BOTW. Later in the day, we also played with our Laugh and Learn Home, Mr. and Mrs. Potato Heads, building with our Duplo blocks and our Lincoln Logs.



Special Enrichment on Saturday: We watched Elmo in Grouchland!

Parents - Newsletter For the Week of March 19th


Just a reminder that all activities are based on the number of children present each day, ages of the children present, and mood of the children.


March Newsletter


Week of  March 19th


Monthly Thematic Unit – Transportation

Color of the Month – Black



Song of the Week:

“Up in the Air”
(Sung to: “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”)
Up, up, up in the air
Flying way up high
See the airplane soaring down
From the big blue sky.




Book of the Week The Big Balloon Race by  Eleanor Coerr


What We Did On Monday: We began our day by playing with our kitchen toys and indoor slide. Then we enjoyed Independent Reading Time (IRT) where we focused this week on treating our books with care. After that, I introduced the BOTW and the SOTW. Later we played with our Bounce Back Penguin, built with our Lincoln Logs, worked on puzzles, practiced our sorting skills with our shape sorters, and built with our mini waffle blocks.

Special Enrichment for Monday: We played our Jay-Jay the Jet Plane computer game! We also listened to our Raffi CD.

What We Did On Tuesday: We started our day off by playing with our trains and dollhouse. Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on treating our books with care. Then we sang the SOTW and read the BOTW. Later in the day, we also played with our dinosaurs, built with our wooden blocks and bumpy blocks, played with our kitchen toys, worked on our fine motor skills with our chain links, built with our bristle blocks and alphabet blocks and Duplo blocks.


Special Enrichment for Tuesday: We had Music Day - today we danced with streamers!


What We Did On Wednesday: We began our day by playing with our dollhouse and Mr., and Mrs. Potato Heads. Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on treating our books with care. Then we read the BOTW and sang the SOTW. After that, we enjoyed playing with our Wee Waffle Block Village and developing our fine motor skills with our chain links.



Special Enrichment for Wednesday: We went for a Nature Walk! Such a pretty day.



  What We Did On Thursday: We began our day by playing with our toy animals and Little People playsets. Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on treating our books with care. Then we sang the SOTW and read the BOTW. Later, we also played with out Hotwheel cars.


Special Enrichment for Thursday: We played a Land, Air and Sea sorting game. We also watched a movie about submarines!


What We Did On Friday: We began our day by playing with our kitchen toys and indoor slide. Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on treating our books with care. Then we sang the SOTW and read the BOTW. Later, we also played with Laugh and Learn Home, played with our train set, had fun with our dollhouse, sorted with our shape sorters, and built with our Duplo blocks.


Special Enrichment for Friday: We went to the Fire Truck Museum! It was SOOOOO fun! All kinds of great memorabilia and 5 real old-fashioned fire trucks! We looked at fire fighters' uniforms, gear, hoses and more!


What We Did on Saturday: We started our day by playing with our electronic learning toys and the Laugh and Learn Home and indoor slide. Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on treating our books with care. Then we sang the SOTW and read the BOTW. Later in the day, we also played with our Hotwheels and built with our bristle blocks.


Special Enrichment on Saturday: We watched a Bob the Builder movie to learn more about construction trucks!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Teething Bling Review and Giveaway!

OK, let me start off by saying that I hope this giveaway goes better than my last one...I understand that I am a new blogger, but that was disappointing! PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU EITHER LEAVE AN EMAIL CONTACT OR WATCH MY BLOG OR FACEBOOK PAGE CLOSELY FOR THE WINNER!

That being said...

Teething Bling is a fantastic product. It is jewelry made for moms, grandmas, aunts, child care providers, etc. to wear that is SAFE for your baby to chew on!
Here is a quote from their website (http://www.smartmomjewelry.com/):
We all know how much babies love to grab and chew. For that reason, most moms don’t wear jewelry when their children are young. We are changing that!
Teething Bling® is the original teething jewelry. Made from the same FDA-approved material as most teething toys, our pendants and bangles look great on the adult wearer but are safe for curious babies to handle and chew.

Our products are non-toxic, phthalate, BPA, PVC, latex and lead free and all pendants come with a breakaway clasp as an added safety measure. 

They have all sorts of colors and patterns to match every outfit! To name a few of each:


Colors:

Candy Apple Red


$19.99




Jade


$19.99





Sunshine Yellow (on sale this week for 50% off!)

RRP: $19.99
Now: $10.00




Patterns:

Zebra








Brown Snowflake (this is the one I received to review!)


$19.99

Currently out of stock


Green Swirl


$19.99









Is Teething Bling® safe for older children?

Occasionally a customer will ask if Teething Bling® is appropriate for a child of a certain age. Our products are designed for adults to wear to soothe and entertain babies with emerging teeth. Children with fully developed teeth may be able to bite through Teething Bling®. Therefore, parents must determine what is best for their own situation and child and as always, we remind everyone that children - of any age - should never be left alone with jewelry of any kind.





I've seen other teething jewelry on the market - how is Teething Bling® different?


Teething Bling® is the original teething jewelry. It is the only product that has received European approval, undergoes quarterly safety testing in the US and abroad and includes breakaway clasps on all pendants.





Additionally, we don't do any outsourcing. If you have a question or concern, you will reach someone in our Maryland office.





Is it safe?

Yes. Teething Bling® contains no harmful chemicals: no phthalates, BPAs, PVCs, lead or latex. Our products are CPSIA compliant, carry the European CE mark for safety and are FDA approved. Pendants also come with a breakaway clasp as an added safety feature. We remind users to never put a pendant ON a baby, and never leave your child unattended with jewelry of any kind."













Here are my thoughts:




I have a 17 month old daughter. While she IS still teething, she does now have almost all of her teeth. I think this would have been wonderful to have had almost a year ago right before she began teething at 10 months old. While she has still benefited from it, it is ideal for a younger baby. I love that I can tell her it IS okay to "bite" Mama's necklace for a change! I had stopped wearing most of my jewelry as she LOVES to tug on it and has broken several necklaces on me. If she finds my Teething Bling on my nightstand. she will bring it to me and ask to "bite" - meaning she wants me to wear it so she can bite it! I hope to buy more variety in the future for when I have more babies!



She loves to stick her finger through the hole in it!




"Bite, Mama, bite!"

"Big bite!"

"Mama bite, too!" - this always makes her crack up!













AND NOW - FOR THE GIVEAWAY!




TEETHING BLING HAS GRACIOUSLY DECIDED TO PROVIDE A TEETHING BLING NECKLACE OF THE WINNER'S CHOICE OF COLOR!!




Here is how you enter to win -




Comment on this blog post telling me which color Teething Bling you like the most (peruse their website for more of what I showed above). PLEASE consider leaving a way for me to contact you if you are the winner!




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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Study Suggests That There is a Substance in Breast Milk That Can KILL Cancer!

Wow! Read that again. KILL cancer cells!?! Breast milk has some amazing qualities but this one really excites me. I wonder if there have been any studies done on children with cancer as to how many of them were formula fed vs. breast fed...and if any were currently breastfeeding. Makes me curious if ANY of them were breastfed and if so, if their current supply of breast milk or previous exposure to breast milk enabled them to kick the cancer faster! Read this article for more info!

Natural Ways to Relieve Tooth Pain

Earlier this week, I had a horrible toothache. I have a very high pain threshold and yet this was killing me. I looked around online and then a friend pointed me towards this article which is where I finally found the solution that worked for me! I used cinnamon and raw honey and made a paste out of it which I rub all over the surrounding gum. It tasted delicious (lol) which encouraged me to apply it as often as I felt the need to. I only applied it three times and the toothache is gone! (well...truthfully, it just died back down to a dull roar. This is a tooth that I have previously been informed that I need crowned but my research has shown me that crowns are a big no-no --hmm, another blog post, maybe?-- so at some point I will probably have the tooth pulled.)

Let's Talk About Poop and Pee

I know...I know....these are private things. Which is why WE can talk about it - no one will ever know! 

Your poop and your pee can tell you a wealth of information regarding how you body is functioning (or NOT functioning, in some cases). This is also some info for you to keep in mind as you change diapers!

This article even gives a diagram of shape, size, smell and shade.

Please read it for more info!

Modern Alternative Mama's Books

I absolutely love her books! I have read a few of them now, including her latest Breast to Bib. (Which I have confirmed that I will be doing a review/giveaway of at the end of April! Woo-hoo!)

Here is a list of her books which are available for sale. I really love that they are e-books. Because they contain recipes, it makes it really easy to print out the recipes I want to try! And of course, being e-books makes them more affordable! Buying them in bundle packs saves some money too if you are interested in multiple books. (Click on the pictures for more info and to purchase!)


Parents - Newsletter Week of March 12th - 16th


Just a reminder that all activities are based on the number of children present each day, ages of the children present, and mood of the children.


March Newsletter

Week of  March 12th - 16th

Monthly Thematic Unit – Transportation

Color of the Month – Black



Song of the Week:

"Engineer, Drive the Train"
(to the tune of "Hurry, Hurry, Drive the Fire Truck")
Engineer, drive the train
Engineer, drive the train
Engineer, drive the train
Choo-choo-choo-choo-choo!


Book of the Week: Freight Train by Donald Crews


What We Did On Monday: We began our day by playing with our Little People and our Hotwheels cars.
Then we enjoyed Independent Reading Time (IRT) where we focused this week on putting our books back on the bookshelf when we are finished reading them. After that, I introduced the BOTW and the SOTW. Later we played with our baby dolls.

Special Enrichment for Monday: We did a scissors activity where we pretended the scissors were a choo-choo train that had to stay on the track (which was a line drawn either straight, curvy or zig-zag) to see how well we could stay on the line while cutting. We also played our Thomas the Train the The Great Festival Adventure computer game!

What We Did On Tuesday: We started our day off by playing with our electronic learning toys and shape sorters. Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on putting our books back on the bookshelf when we are finished reading them. Then we sang the SOTW and read the BOTW. Later in the day, we also played with our animal toys, musical instruments, played on our indoor slide, got imaginative with our chain links and played with our dollhouse.

Special Enrichment for Tuesday: We had Music Day - today we danced to our Down on the Farm CD!


What We Did On Wednesday: We began our day by playing with our dollhouse and building with our Lincoln Logs. Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on putting our books back on the bookshelf when we are finished reading them. Then we read the BOTW and sang the SOTW. After that, we enjoyed playing with our Little People playsets and our chain links as well as our kitchen toys and shape sorters.



Special Enrichment for Wednesday: We went to J.J. Biello playground! We climbed up rock walls, drove trains and cars, ran across bridges, climbed up and down stairs, went down slides and more! We had SO much fun! We also watched a WordWorld movie called Rocket to the Moon!



What We Did on Thursday: We started our day by building with our Lincoln Logs and playing our musical instruments. Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on putting our books back on the bookshelf when we are finished reading them. Then we sang the SOTW and read the BOTW. Later in the day, we also played with our schoolhouse playset, building our Wee Waffle Block Village, playing our electronic learning toys, going up and down our slide, and exploring the Laugh and Learn Learning Home.



Special Enrichment for Thursday: We drew outside with sidewalk chalk!



What We Did On Friday: We began our day by playing with our dollhouse and kitchen toys. Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on  putting our books back on the bookshelf when we are finished reading them. Then we sang the SOTW and read the BOTW. Later, we also played with Mr. and Mrs. Potto Heads, built with Legos and wooden blocks and practiced sorting with our shape sorters.

Special Enrichment for Friday: We watched our Thomas the Train movie!


What We Did on Saturday: No one came to play today.


Special Enrichment on Saturday: No one came to play today.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Review and Giveaway Coming for Modern Alternative Mama's Breast to Bib Book!

Keep an eye out for details!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Breast to Bib book is now available for sale!

Modern Alternative Mama's newest book was released today!


The book contains information on breastfeeding, introducing solids, picky toddlers, and 27 recipes, and it sells normally for $8.95.
We will be having some launch specials, as usual.
BIBLAUNCH50 for 50% off the first 50 copies (or by the end of 3/19 – but this deal sold out before noon last time so hurry!)
BABYFEED35 for 35% off through 3/20

There will be a surprise, very quick sale towards the end of the week, so look for that!



Saturday, March 17, 2012

Ballooning in the intact child is NOT a reason for circumcision!

Some parents of an intact child (a boy who has not been circumcised) get frightened when they see ballooning occur. For some parents, this is their first time with an intact penis and they don't know what is "normal" or not. Ballooning IS normal. It happens when the foreskin begins to separate from the glans of the penis, allowing the foreskin of the penis to be retracted. (Reminder: No one but the child should EVER retract his foreskin!) This separation period can takes weeks, months...even years. And that is all normal. Ballooning is when the child urinates and the opening of the foreskin has remained narrow enough that the urine gathers inside the foreskin as the boy is urinating. Kind of like using a funnel. You can't expect all of the liquid to immediately flush from the narrow opening at the bottom when you fill the entire funnel.

Here is an AWESOME resource for more info on ballooning. In fact, there are even pictures to help you understand this better. Some people may find these pictures mildly graphic because they contain a penis. I don't because they are tastefully done.

I don't recall my son's penis ever ballooning. Have you ever experienced this with your son?

Scary info about the overusage of antibiotics!

Antibiotics have been so overused that now they are becoming resistant....which is a problem for those times when antibiotics REALLY are necessary! (By the way, did you know that, most times, by the time a child exhibits symptoms of an ear infection, it is almost healed?) Read more about this scary stuff!

Friday, March 16, 2012

All the info you need to begin using cloth wipes!

This article is an excellent resource  that contains pictures, links for patterns, and info on various options.

Check it out so that you can eliminate one more disposable item from your house!

Phthalates...what the heck are they?

Ok, if you are anything like me, you have heard of these before, know they aren't very good for you, but you don't know much more than that. If you are REALLY like me....you don't even know how to pronounce the word! Well, I do now...and I know a whole lot more about them....thanks to this article!

Disposables...Humans Throw a Lot Away!

Paper Towels
Diaper/Wipes
Dinner Napkins
Plastic Forks
Plastic Spoons
Plastic Knives
Paper Plates
Sanitary Napkins and Tampons
Toilet Paper

and the list goes on...

Humans create a LOT of trash!

We have eliminated a lot of these items from our home...
We use washcloths/rags instead of paper towels.
We use cloth diapers for our daughter. We have recently transitioned to cloth wipes as well.
We use washcloths or cloth napkins to wipe our face/mouth/hands while/after eating.
We don't use disposable dinnerware except for the rare special occasions.
I use cloth menstrual pads and really want to try a Diva Cup.
We still use toilet paper. I am not ready to go cloth there yet...but REALLY want a toilet bidet.

Here are 15 tips to help you live paper free!


What disposables would you like to work on removing from your home?

Next time you get a cold - do this!

I know...I know....you get a cold and you don't want to do ANYTHING but curl up in bed and be miserable...BUT, if you do THIS, next time, your cold could be over with so much faster!

Do you eat canned foods?

We have slowly dwindled down what we eat out of a can to a select few brands of soup, beans, diced tomatoes and tuna fish. That is it. Considering that once upon a time, that was how we ate a lot of our fruit, veggies and....well just about anything...we have come so far in the last 4 or 5 years. Check out this Dr. Mercola article about canned foods:

Eating Canned Food Shown to be Linked to Heart Disease

Modern Alternative Mama has written a new book!

I am so excited about this book - I have had the opportunity to read it before all of the last edits were made. This book will be a phenomenal resource to nursing moms....well, all moms really, but there is a section on breastfeeding.

The book is called Breast to Bib and it talks about Baby Led Weaning. It helps moms with the transition to table food. It also includes some INCREDIBLE kid-approved/Mom-approved Real Food recipes!!!

And guess what?? MAM is offering some AWESOME launching sales! Check this out -


The official launch date is next Monday, 3/19. The book contains information on breastfeeding, introducing solids, picky toddlers, and 27 recipes, and it sells normally for $8.95.
We will be having some launch specials, as usual.
BIBLAUNCH50 for 50% off the first 50 copies (or by the end of 3/19 – but this deal sold out before noon last time so hurry!)
BABYFEED35 for 35% off through 3/20

There will be a surprise, very quick sale towards the end of the week, so look for that! 



Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Cavities can be healed...REALLY!

And not *just* by a dentist's drill despite what your dentist may tell you. Read this real life story of a family's journey to heal their son's cavity!

Eating Low Fat Food Does NOT Equal Eating Healthier

Did you know that eating and drinking lower fat foods can not ONLY actually make you fat, but it can also cause heart disease?? Yikes! Read this article for more info on this subject! This is why we only drink whole milk (when we drink cow's milk) and eat only whole milk yogurt.

Have you had or are you considering having a homebirth?

Perhaps you know someone who has had a homebirth (I know a few)...perhaps you know a homebirth midwife or midwife apprentice (I do)....perhaps you have considered having one or actually have had one yourself ( I haven't, but would like to. My husband, however, does not want our home to "look like a murder scene".) Either way, did you know that homebirths are on the rise in the USA?

Monday, March 12, 2012

Do you eat pork?

We have dramatically cut back on our pork consumption over the last couple of years...there was even a short time period where I didn't eat pork at all. But eventually pepperoni calls my name and I find my way back. :( I really want to cut pork out completely....especially after seeing this article that my chiropractor wrote.

Estimated Due Dates...Why they are not so true..

I have been pregnant 4 times. I lost my first child at only 6 weeks gestation in December 2000. With my second pregnancy, with my son Brandon, I had pre-term labor at 34 weeks that was (thankfully!) stopped pretty easily...I then went on to carry him until 40 weeks + 5 days. My third pregnancy, with Daniella, my dates were off initially...my EDD was 10/28 and I gave birth to her on 10/29....seemingly at  40 weeks + 1 day. However, Daniella exhibited all of the "classic" symptoms of an "overdue" baby....and when we further examined things, we realized that the LMP we were using, was in fact implantation bleeding. Which means that I delivered her at exactly 43 weeks! I had been in and out of labor from 10/10 until I delivered her. Had we known that at the time my EDD was 10/08, I have no doubts that the medical community would have felt the need to induce me.....even though I had a super awesome midwife with a waterbirth in a hospital instead. For those of you who don't know, my 4th pregnancy ended in miscarriage at 9 weeks this past January. :(


Where am I going with all of this? I read a rather interesting article/blog post today about how the magical EDD came to be....read it for more info...it is a great read!

Tips on eating organic and locally grown foods

This article gives some great advice and tips on how to begin eating more organic and locally grown foods!

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Saturday, March 10, 2012

Parents - Newsletter Week of March 5th - 9th


Just a reminder that all activities are based on the number of children present each day, ages of the children present, and mood of the children.


March Newsletter

Week of  March 5th - 9th

Monthly Thematic Unit – Transportation

Color of the Month – Black



Song of the Week:


“We Need Some Tools”

(Sung to: “The Wheels on the Bus”)

We need some tools to build a house, build a house, build a house.

We need some tools to build a house all day long.

We need a (name a tool) to build a house, build a house, build a house.

We need a (name a tool) to build a house all day long.

Repeat using different tools.

Book of the Week: Billy the Bulldozer by GrandDreams USA


What We Did On Monday: We began our day by playing with our dollhouse and our Hotwheels cars.
Then we enjoyed Independent Reading Time (IRT) where we focused this week on how to properly hold our book while reading. After that, I introduced the BOTW and the SOTW. Later we played with our electronic learning toys.

Special Enrichment for Monday: We played a Truck Counting Game to help us learn to count from 1-5 and begin to identify those numbers. We also played our Big Action Construction computer game where we learned about a few different construction trucks!

What We Did On Tuesday: We started our day off by exploring our Laugh and Learn Learning Home and playing on our indoor slide and with our Bop-it Penguin. Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on how to properly hold our book while reading. Then we sang the SOTW and read the BOTW. Later in the day, we also played with our Hotwheels cars, built with our Legos, played with our electronic learning toys, got imaginative with our Little People playsets and built stacks and towers with our alphabet blocks.

Special Enrichment for Tuesday: We had Music Day - today we jammed with our musical instruments!


What We Did On Wednesday: We began our day by building with our alphabet blocks and played with our gardening set. Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on how to properly hold our book while reading. Then we read the BOTW and sang the SOTW. After that, we enjoyed playing with our Little People playsets and our chain links



Special Enrichment for Wednesday: We played our Franklin Goes to School board game which helped us with identifying numbers, colors, letters, and shapes. We worked with the 3+ crowd on learning how to write their names and verbally spell their names. We also did a coloring sheet activity with the 3+ crowd where we worked on following directions, coloring in the lines (to fine tune those fine motor skills for writing!) and identifying colors! We also watched a Bob the Builder movie called Dig, Lift, Haul and talked about the construction trucks in the movie.




What We Did on Thursday: We started our day by playing with our schoolhouse playset and working on puzzles. Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on how to properly hold our book while reading. Then we sang the SOTW and read the BOTW. Later in the day, we also played with our Little People (they were a favorite again this week), our kitchen set, and practiced going up and down the indoor slide.



Special Enrichment for Thursday: We went to the McDonald/s to play at their indoor PlayPlace! We crawled through tunnels and had lots of fun!

What We Did On Friday: We began our day by pushing around the indoor slide, pretending to cook in our kitchen and playing with our electronic learning toys. Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on how to properly hold our book while reading. Then we sang the SOTW and read the BOTW. Later, we also played with musical instruments, and built with our Lincoln Logs and Duplos blocks.


Special Enrichment for Friday: We sorted construction truck toys by color (we talked about things being the same or different and worked on color identification) and watched a movie called The Big Renovation where we got to see real live construction workers in action.


What We Did on Saturday: We started our day by playing with our electronic learning toys and building with our alphabet blocks. Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on how to properly hold our book while reading. Then we sang the SOTW and read the BOTW. Later in the day, we also played on our indoor slide, explored our Laugh and Learn Learning Home, played with our kitchen toys, used our chain links, built with our Legos and played with our large beads.


Special Enrichment on Saturday: We watched the movie Cars.

Parents - Newsletter Week of February 27th - March 2nd

Just a reminder that all activities are based on the number of children present each day, ages of the children present, and mood of the children.


February Newsletter

Week of February 27th - March 2nd

Monthly Thematic Unit – People We Love!

Color of the Month – Pink



Song of the Week:

“LET’S MAKE THE COLOR PINK”
(Sung to: “The Farmer in the Dell”)

Let’s make the color pink.
Let’s make the color pink.
Mixing red and white, I think,
We’ll make the color pink.


Book of the Week: I Love You, Little One by Nancy Tafuri


What We Did On Monday: We began our day by playing with our musical instruments and building with out Legos. Then we enjoyed Independent Reading Time (IRT) where we focused this week on turning the pages and reading from left to right. After that, I introduced the BOTW and the SOTW. Then we played with our schoolhouse playset, chain links, dollhouse and mini waffle blocks. We also worked on puzzles.

Special Enrichment for Monday: We baked strawberry muffins! They were delicious!
We also talked about things that are pink (flamingos, pigs, grapefruits, etc.)

What We Did On Tuesday: We started our day off by building with our Wee Waffle Block Village and playing with our babies. Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on turning the pages and reading from left to right. Then we sang the SOTW and read the BOTW. Later in the day, we also played with Little People playsets, Laugh and Learn Learning Home and the Lights and Sounds Show toy.


Special Enrichment for Tuesday: We listened to classical music and drew pictures using pink crayons!


What We Did On Wednesday: We began our day by pretending to cook in the kitchen and playing imaginatively with our Little People. Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on turning the pages and reading from left to right. Then we read the BOTW and sang the SOTW. After that, we enjoyed building with our bumpy blocks, working with our large beads, building with our Legos and building with our wooden blocks.


Special Enrichment for Wednesday: We made a pink collage using pink paper pieces, pink yarn pieces, pink pom poms, pink magazine picture cutouts and more! I also worked with the 3+ crowd at learning how to write their name with handwriting worksheets. We also play our Let's Move - From Head to Toe! Game.


What We Did on Thursday: We started our day by playing with our Little People playsets (this week's favorite toy!) and using our indoor slide, and the Laugh and Learn Learning Home. Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on turning the pages and reading from left to right. Then we sang the SOTW and read the BOTW. Later in the day, we also played in our toy kitchen set, built with bumy blocks and used our large beads.



Special Enrichment for Thursday: We rode our ride on toys!


What We Did On Friday: We began our day by playing with our Hotwheels cars and Little People playsets. Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on turning the pages and reading from left to right. Then we sang the SOTW and read the BOTW. Later, we also played with out electronic learning toys, and built with our Legos and Lincoln Logs, 

Special Enrichment for Friday: We drew pictures with pink markers and watched a movie called Un-Valentine's Day.

What We Did on Saturday: No one came to play today.


Special Enrichment on Saturday: No one came to play today.

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Friday, March 9, 2012

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Thursday, March 8, 2012

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