Saturday, November 10, 2012

Parents - Newsletter Week of October 22nd


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 22nd

October Thematic Unit – Autumn is Here

Color of the Month – Orange

Song of the Week:


“Jingle Jangle Scarecrow”
When all the birds are sleeping and the sun has gone to bed
Up jumps the scarecrow and this is what he said – 
"I'm a jingle jangle scarecrow, (stretch way up tall) 
with a flippy floppy hat, (use hand movements for hat) 
I shake my feet like this (shake feet alternately) 
and I shake my hands like that.” (shake hands)



Book of the Week:

Pumpkin Eye by Denise Fleming

What We Did On Monday: We began our day by playing with our busy beads (to develop fine motor skills) and our 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 reading one book at a time. After that, I introduced the BOTW and the SOTW. Later we played with our baby dolls (to learn how to be nurturing and sympathetic of the feelings of others), had fun with our Little People playsets (to develop our imaginations), practiced throwing, rolling and bouncing our balls (to develop gross motor skills), worked with our electronic learning toys (to learn colors, numbers, shapes, and letters), and worked on puzzles (to develop basic math skills and matching).


Special Enrichment for Monday: We watched the movie Out of the Box: Trick or Treat in preparation for Halloween!
We also baked Nut Bread and talked about different kinds of nuts and how healthy they are for us to eat regularly.

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

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

What We Did On Wednesday: We began our day by playing with our LeapFrog farm animal magnet set (to learn to match an animal's front and back halves) 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 reading one book at a time. Then we read the BOTW and sang the SOTW. After that, we enjoyed driving our toy cars all around (to develop fine motor skills), enjoyed using our dollhouse (to learn to match parts of a room with the room and to develop our imaginations), built with our bumpy blocks (to learn about textures and to learn to interlock), and played with our baby dolls (to learn how to be nurturing and sympathetic of the feelings of others).

Special Enrichment for Wednesday: We talked about spiders, pumpkins, ghosts and costumes!

What We Did On Thursday: We started our day off by playing with our Lights and Sounds Show toy (to learn the sounds of various instruments and to learn cause and effect) 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 reading one book at a time.Then we sang the SOTW and read the BOTW. Later in the day, we also played with our Little People playsets (to develop our imaginations), explored our Laugh and Learn Home (to develop our gross motor skills), played with our LeapFrog farm animal magnet set (to learn to match an animal's front and back halves), played with our baby dolls (to learn how to be nurturing and sympathetic of the feelings of others) and built with our alphabet blocks (to learn to stack).

Special Enrichment for Thursday: We watched the movie Charlie Brown and the Great Pumpkin.

What We Did On Friday: We began our day by playing with our Little People playsets (to develop our imaginations) and working with our electronic learning toys (to learn colors, numbers, shapes, and letters). Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on reading one book at a time. Then we read the BOTW and sang the SOTW. After that, we enjoyed playing with our ride on toys (to develop gross motor skills), worked with our chain links (to improve our fine motor skills), played our musical instruments (to learn about the sounds of and parts of various instruments), practiced throwing, rolling and bouncing our balls (to develop gross motor skills) and built with our bumpy blocks (to learn about textures and to learn to interlock).

Special Enrichment for Friday: We talked about the various colors that apples are.
We examined leaves that we brought inside and talked about why they fall off of the trees.
We listened to our Go Green! Kimbo Educational CD.

What We Did On Saturday: We started our day by having fun with our dress up clothes (to learn to pretend) and working with our electronic learning toys (to learn colors, numbers, shapes, and letters). Then we enjoyed IRT where we focused this week on reading one book at a time. 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), sang toddler songs together (to learn to develop a love for music), used our wooden shape sorters (to learn to match), and built with our wooden blocks (to learn to stack).


Special Enrichment for Saturday: We watched the movie Blue's Clues: Blue's Discoveries and learned about recycling and outer space!