Thursday, May 17, 2012

Parents - Newsletter Week of May 7th


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 May 7th




Monthly Thematic Unit – Down on the Farm




Color of the Month – Yellow




Song of the Week:



“The Animals on the Farm Give Us Food”
(Sung to: “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”)
Milk, milk, milk the cow while sitting on the stool.
Pulling, squirting, pulling, squirting till the bucket’s full.
Busy bees are making lots of honey.
Fuzzy bees – aren’t they rather funny?
Mama chicken lays an egg in her pretty nest,
Now she is ready to take a little rest.



Book of the Week: Grover's Farm by Susan Hood


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 toy animals (to learn the names of, sounds made by and to develop our imaginations). Then we enjoyed Independent Reading Time (IRT) where we focused this week on sharing our books with our friends. After that, I introduced the BOTW and the SOTW. Later we played with our balls (to develop gross motor skills), built with our Duplo blocks (to develop fine motor skills), worked on puzzles (to develop basic math skills and matching), played with kitchen toys (to develop our imagination), worked with our large beads (to develop fine motor skills), used our indoor slide (to develop our gross motor skills), and had fun 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 watched the movie The Best of Elmo. We also practiced learning our colors by trying to identify the color of the toys we were playing with.


What We Did On Tuesday: We started our day off by playing with our Little People playsets (to develop our imaginations) and exploring our Laugh and Learn Home (to develop our gross motor skills). Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on sharing our books with our friends. Then we sang the SOTW and read the BOTW. Later in the day, we also played with our electronic learning toys (to learn colors, numbers, shapes, and letters), baby dolls (to learn how to be nurturing and sympathetic of the feelings of others), kitchen toys (to develop our imagination), built with our Duplo blocks (to develop fine motor skills), built with our bumpy blocks (to learn about texture and how to interlock), worked with our large beads (to develop fine motor skills), and played with our toy animals (to learn the names of, sounds made by and to develop our imaginations).



Special Enrichment for Tuesday: We talked about various foods that farm animals eat (cows - grass, horses - carrots, pigs- leftovers, chickens - seeds, etc.). We also listened to our "Let's Get Together" CD.


What We Did On Wednesday: We began our day by exploring our Laugh and Learn Home (to develop our gross motor skills) and playing with 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 sharing our books with our friends. Then we read the BOTW and sang the SOTW. After that, we enjoyed playing with our kitchen toys (to develop our imagination), used our indoor slide (to develop our gross motor skills), played with our toy trains (to learn how simple machines work and how to intersect the train tracks), played with our dinosaurs (to learn about their similarities and differences), played with our electronic learning toys (to learn colors, numbers, shapes, and letters), used our shape sorters (to learn to match), and worked on puzzles (to develop basic math skills and matching).



Special Enrichment for Wednesday: It rained today so we weren't able to play in the water table. Instead, we played our Fisher Price 1, 2, 3 computer game!!



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 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 IRT where we focused this week on sharing our books with our friends. Then we read the BOTW and sang the SOTW. After that, we enjoyed playing with our Little People playsets (to develop our imaginations), explored our Laugh and Learn Home (to develop our gross motor skills), built with our bumpy blocks (to learn about texture and how to interlock), built with our wooden blocks (to learn to stack), worked on puzzles (to develop basic math skills and matching), and played with our LeapFrog Farm animal magnet set (to learn to match an animal's front and back halves).



Special Enrichment for Friday: We discussed different things that are made or that grow on a farm and where on a farm (ex. milk, eggs, carrots, peaches, honey, etc.). We also watched the movie Charlotte's Web! And we went for a Nature Walk.


What We Did On Saturday: We started our day by playing with our balls (to develop gross motor skills) and kitchen toys (to develop our imagination).Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on sharing our books with our friends. Then we sang the SOTW and read the BOTW. Later in the day, we also played with our our baby dolls (to learn how to be nurturing and sympathetic of the feelings of others), dress up clothes (to learn to pretend), our dollhouse (to learn to match parts of a room with the room and to develop our imaginations), and played with Mr. Potato Heads (to learn about body parts).


Special Enrichment for Saturday: We played our Jumpstart Toddlers computer game to introduce how to use the mouse to our little ones. We also played with our LeapFrog Farm animal magnet set (to learn to match an animal's front and back halves).