Saturday, November 10, 2012

PARENTS - NEWSLETTER WEEK OF OCTOBER 15


Parents - Newsletter Week of October 15th

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.

Week of October 15th

September Thematic Unit – Autumn is Here

Color of the Month – Orange

Song of the Week:


“I’m a Nut”
I'm an acorn, small and round. (Kids make a little "o" with hands)
Lying on the cold, cold ground. (Fold hands and put beside head as if sleeping)
Everybody steps on me. (stomp foot)
That is why I'm cracked you see. (shrug)
I'm a nut. cluck, cluck (the "cluck cluck is actually a clicking with your mouth and you "knock" on your head)
I'm a nut. cluck, cluck (the "cluck cluck is actually a clicking with your mouth and you "knock" on your head)
I'm an acorn nut. cluck, cluck (the "cluck cluck is actually a clicking with your mouth and you "knock" on your head)


Book of the Week:

We Love Fall! by Diane Muldrow


What We Did On Monday: We began our day by driving our toy cars all around (to develop fine motor skills) and pretending to cook for each other with our kitchen toys (to develop our imagination). Then we enjoyed Independent Reading Time (IRT) where we focused this week on returning our book to the bookshelf when we were finished reading it. After that, I introduced the BOTW and the SOTW. Later we played with our dress up clothes (to learn to pretend), explored our Laugh and Learn Home (to develop our gross motor skills), built with our Duplo blocks (to develop fine motor skills), worked on puzzles (to develop basic math skills and matching), built with our mini waffle blocks (to learn how to interconnect), played our musical instruments (to learn about the sounds of and parts of various instruments) and built with our bumpy blocks (to learn about textures and to learn to interlock).

Special Enrichment for Monday: We watched the movie FrankenPooh and had fun with Pooh and Friends getting ready for Halloween!
We also practiced counting counting up to 3!

What We Did On Tuesday: We started our day off by playing with our our dollhouse (to learn to match parts of a room with the room and to develop our imaginations) and our toy animals (to learn the names of, sounds made by and to develop our imaginations). Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on returning our book to the bookshelf when we were finished reading it. 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), our baby dolls (to learn how to be nurturing and sympathetic of the feelings of others), and pretended to cook for each other with our kitchen toys (to develop our imagination).

Special Enrichment for Tuesday: We went for a Nature Walk around the neighborhood to look at all of the leaves that are changing color and to feel the wind blowing!

What We Did On Wednesday: We began our day by playing with our toy animals (to learn the names of, sounds made by and to develop our imaginations) and pretending to cook for each other with our kitchen toys (to develop our imagination). Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on returning our book to the bookshelf when we were finished reading it. Then we read the BOTW and sang the SOTW. After that, we enjoyed singing toddler songs together (to learn to develop a love for music), enjoyed using our dollhouse (to learn to match parts of a room with the room and to develop our imaginations), played with our baby dolls (to learn how to be nurturing and sympathetic of the feelings of others), and played our musical instruments (to learn about the sounds of and parts of various instruments).

Special Enrichment for Wednesday: We went to the library for Story Time! We really enjoyed listening to stories, playing with the parachute, doing "Bop 'Til You Drop", listening and singing along with songs and fingerplays and listening to a felt board story!

We also danced with a toy scarecrow! :)

What We Did On Thursday: We started our day off by playing with our baby dolls (to learn how to be nurturing and sympathetic of the feelings of others) and having fun with our dress up clothes (to learn to pretend). Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on returning our book to the bookshelf when we were finished reading it. Then we sang the SOTW and read the BOTW. Later in the day, we also played with our ride on toys (to develop gross motor skills), played with our Bop It Penguin (to learn cause and effect), had fun with our Little People playsets (to develop our imaginations), worked with our electronic learning toys (to learn colors, numbers, shapes, and letters) and practiced throwing, rolling and bouncing our balls (to develop gross motor skills).


Special Enrichment for Thursday: We watched the movie Blue's Alphabet Power to help us learn about the alphabet. We discussed lots of the letters and what sounds they make.

What We Did On Friday: We began our day by pretended to cook for each other with our kitchen toys (to develop our imagination) and playing with our dress up jewelry (to practice putting it on and taking it off) Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on returning our book to the bookshelf when we were finished reading it. Then we read the BOTW and sang the SOTW. After that, we enjoyed working with our chain links (to improve our fine motor skills), worked on puzzles (to develop basic math skills and matching),

and practiced driving our toy cars all around (to develop fine motor skills).


Special Enrichment for Friday: We drew with sidewalk chalk! So much fun!

What We Did On Saturday: We started our day by playing with our toy animals (to learn the names of, sounds made by and to develop our imaginations) 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 returning our book to the bookshelf when we were finished reading it. Then we sang the SOTW and read the BOTW. Later in the day, we also worked with our electronic learning toys (to learn colors, numbers, shapes, and letters), used our wooden shape sorters (to learn to match), built with our Lincoln Logs set (to learn how to stack and build), played with our dinosaurs (to learn about their similarities and differences), played with our Build and Stack City pieces (to learn how pieces and be mixed and matched to build various things), and played with our toy trains (to learn how simple machines work and how to intersect the train tracks).


Special Enrichment for Saturday: We went on a Nature Walk and enjoyed being outside in the crisp Fall weather.