Saturday, May 12, 2012

Parents - Newsletter Week of April 30th

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.


May Newsletter


Week of April 30th


Monthly Thematic Unit – Down on the Farm


Color of the Month – Yellow


Song of the Week:

“Every Animal Makes a Sound”
(Sung to: “Every Letter Makes a Sound”)
The _______ says ______
The _______ says ______
Every animal makes a sound
The _______ says ______.
(Fill in the first blank with a farm animal and the second blank with the sound it makes. Repeat verse with various farm animals)







Book of the Week: Clifford's Animal Sounds by Norman Bridwell




What We Did On Monday: We began our day by playing with our baby dolls (to learn how to be nurturing and sympathetic of the feelings of others) and kitchen toys (to develop our imagination). Then we enjoyed Independent Reading Time (IRT) where we focused this week on only reading one book at a time. After that, I introduced the BOTW and the SOTW. Later, we played with our farm puzzle (to identify farm animals and develop basic math skills and matching), electronic learning toys (to learn colors, numbers, shapes, and letters), explored our Laugh and Learn Home (to develop our gross motor skills), played dress-up with our farm animal masks (to develop our imaginations and learn about farm animals), used our indoor slide (to develop our gross motor skills) and played with our Lights and Sounds Show toy (to learn the sounds of various instruments and to learn cause and effect).







Special Enrichment for Monday: We danced to our "Greg and Steve" CD, played with our interactive farm book (to learn the sounds that farm animals make), and played with our LeapFrog Farm animal magnet set
(to learn to match an animal's front and back halves)!


What We Did On Tuesday: We started our day off by 
playing dress-up with our farm animal masks (to develop our imaginations and learn about farm animals) and our baby dolls (to learn how to be nurturing and sympathetic of the feelings of others). Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on only reading one book at a time. Then we sang the SOTW and read the BOTW. Later in the day, we also explored our Laugh and Learn Home (to develop our gross motor skills), ride on toys (to develop gross motor skills), built with our alphabet blocks (to learn to stack), kitchen toys (to develop our imagination), built with Legos (to learn how to interlock), and built with our Duplo blocks (to develop fine motor skills).



Special Enrichment for Tuesday: We watched the movie Word World: Rocket!
played with our LeapFrog Farm animal magnet set(to learn to match an animal's front and back halves) and worked on our farm puzzle (to identify farm animals and develop basic math skills and matching).


What We Did On Wednesday: We began our day by playing with our dollhouse (to learn to match parts of a room with the room and to develop our imaginations) and  our Little People playsets (to develop our imaginations). Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on only reading one book at a time. Then we read the BOTW and sang the SOTW. After that, we enjoyed exploring our Laugh and Learn Home (to develop our gross motor skills), playing with our kitchen toys (to develop our imagination), read some farm themed books, built with our waffle blocks (to learn how to interlock), and playing with our baby dolls (to learn how to be nurturing and sympathetic of the feelings of others).


Special Enrichment for Wednesday: We finally got to play in our water table!! We splashed and played and squirted on e another and had a blast!!! We also worked on a super secret project for our Mommies!



What We Did On Thursday: We started our day by playing with 
our baby dolls (to learn how to be nurturing and sympathetic of the feelings of others) and exploring our Laugh and Learn Home (to develop our gross motor skills). Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on only reading one book at a time.
Then we sang the SOTW and read the BOTW. Later in the day, we also built with our bumpy blocks (to learn about textures and to learn to interlock).


Special Enrichment for Thursday:  We had different kids today than yesterday and it was so beautiful out so we did the water table again! This time, the toddlers took plastic golf clubs and used them to "stir" up the water!!! We also worked in our vegetable garden, weeding and transplanting. Then we watered them!


What We Did On Friday: We began our day by playing 
dress-up with our farm animal masks (to develop our imaginations and learn about farm animals) and playing with our LeapFrog Farm animal magnet set(to learn to match an animal's front and back halves)Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on only reading one book at a time. Then we read the BOTW and sang the SOTW. After that, we enjoyed our interactive farm book (to learn the sounds that farm animals make), exploring our Laugh and Learn Home (to develop our gross motor skills), using our indoor slide (to develop our gross motor skills), working on our farm puzzle (to identify farm animals and develop basic math skills and matching), playing with our baby dolls (to learn how to be nurturing and sympathetic of the feelings of others) and playing with our large beads (to develop fine motor skills).


Special Enrichment for Friday: We watched the movie The Prodigal Pig. The 3+ crowd also worked on a worksheet that helped us work on holding a pencil and connecting the dots by following the letters of the alphabet in order. We also continued working on our super secret Mother's Day project!


What We Did on Saturday: We started our day by playing with our 
kitchen toys (to develop our imagination) and our baby dolls (to learn how to be nurturing and sympathetic of the feelings of others). Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on only reading one book at a time. Then we sang the SOTW and read the BOTW. Later in the day, we also built with our Duplo blocks (to develop fine motor skills),  played with our 
toy animals (to learn the names of, sounds made by and to develop our imaginations), binoculars (to learn how to see things various ways), got silly with our Mr. Potato Heads (to learn about body parts), played with our toy cars (to develop fine motor skills), built with our alphabet blocks (to learn to stack), played with our Little People playsets (to develop our imaginations) and played our musical instruments (to learn about the sounds of and parts of various instruments).

Special Enrichment on Saturday: We watched the movie Baby Mozart. We also drew pictures with crayons.

2 comments:

  1. I know this is more geared toward your day-care children and parents. But I LOVE that you post this. It helps give me activities to do with my 3 year old. Thanks you!!!

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    1. I am very touched to hear that! :) Thank you for sharing!

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