Sunday, September 18, 2011

September Newsletter Week 1 - Community Helpers (Dentist)

Newsletter for September
                  Week of Sept. 6th-9th
Monthly Thematic Unit – Community Helpers
                  Color of the Month - Red

Song of the Week:
"My Teeth"

My teeth, I care for them
I brush them every day
After I eat and before I sleep
I brush them properly!

Book of the Week: Just Going to the Dentist by Mercer Mayer

Activities of the Day for Monday: Closed in observance of Labor Day

Special Enrichment for Monday: Closed in observance of Labor Day

Activities of the Day for Tuesday: We began our day by playing with Hotwheels and building with wooden blocks. Then we enjoyed IRT. After that was finished, we read the BOTW and sang the SOTW. We later played with our electronic learning toys, musical instruments, and built with our bumpy blocks and busy beads. Then we played with our shape sorters, We listened to tooth brushing themed music. We read monthly theme related books and built silly faces with our Mr. Potato Heads.

Special Enrichment for Tuesday:It was to rainy for our Nature Walk and Picnic after the storms we had this past weekend. So instead of going outside, we stayed in and played our Dora's Lost City computer game! Lots of matching the numbers activities.

We also discussed the proper way to brush our teeth while we painted a yellow tooth cut out white.

Activities of the Day for Wednesday: We started our day off by building with our mini waffle blocks and playing with our dinosaurs. Then we had IRT where we practiced putting our books away on the bookshelf when we were finished reading them. Then we built with our Wee Waffle Block Village set and took turns playing with our Little People playsets, too. We read the BOTW and sang the SOTW. Then we built with the bristly blocks.

Special Enrichment for Wednesday:We played Winnie the Pooh's Preschool computer game. We matched pictures with Owl, made alphabet soup with Kanga and painted with Piglet by matching numbers and shapes.
We also did a "Plaque Attack" activity with the children to demonstrate how plaque builds up in our mouth. We used baking soda to represent the white enamel of our teeth. We used vinegar to represent the acid that built up in our mouth from constant snacking. Well, if you don't know yet what happened - here's the scoop - when you mix vinegar and baking soda a chemical reaction happens where they make a huge amount of foam - thereby representing the plaque that attacks our teeth! The kids were in awe!

Activities of the Day for Thursday: We welcomed two new friends today! Welcome Tristan and Kyleigh! We began our day by building our fine motor skills with our chain links and also with playing with our dollhouse (which everyone LOVES!). Then we went to IRT and then we enjoyed some time looking through our monthly theme related books. We then played our musical instruments, played with our shape sorters, played in our kitchen center and played with our Little People. We read the BOTW and sang the SOTW. Then we built with our bristle blocks (another current favorite) and then we had a Red Hunt where we practiced our observational skills about the color of the month and looked around the playroom and tried to find everything that was red!

Special Enrichment for Thursday: We went to Story Time at the library! We had soooooooooooo much fun listening to stories about the Beach and Ocean, we bopped until we dropped, did fingerplays, sang songs and did an art project. So much fun.

Activities of the Day for Friday: We began our day by building with Christmas trees out of Legos and creating our PopOnz Stack and Build City set. We had IRT. Then we built with our chain links and played with our Hotwheels. We sang the SOTW and read the BOTW. We also listened to music about tooth brushing.

Special Enrichment for Friday: We played our "Journey to Tooth Kingdom" Game. Josh won! It was lots of fun to play.
We also watched a movie called Return to Tooth Kingdom.

Parents - If you haven't noticed already, we are currently having a contest on our Facebook page. Here's how to play and win:
Who wants to win a $20 Gift Card for Target? TIME FOR A CONTEST!!! Here's how to play: Spread the word to everyone you know on Facebook about us. Once your friends and family "like" our page, simply have them click "like" on any picture that includes your child(ren). {If more children that just yours are in the picture, please also make a comment on this picture referencing which child you are clicking "like" for. PLEASE NOTE: ONLY USE A CHILD'S NAME IF THE CHILD'S NAME IS ALREADY MENTIONED IN THE CAPTION OF THE PICTURE - SOME PARENTS PREFER THEIR CHILD'S NAME NOT BE POSTED ON OUR PAGE - IF YOU CANNOT USE THE CHILD'S NAME WHEN COMMENTING, SIMPLY SAY SOMETHING LIKE "LOOK AT THE CUTIE IN THE PURPLE SHIRT" OR "CHECK OUT THAT HANDSOME GUY WITH THE HAT ON".}

If your child's picture is posted on our page, you can play to win! It does not matter if you are a current parent, former parent, or your children's pictures are here simply because you were a Special Visitor for us.

Even if you "like" us and have no children enrolled with us, you can still play! Click "like" on the pics that you think are of some cutie pies and help get them extra votes!

This contest starts now and will end Sunday, October 2nd at 9 PM EST. The family with the most "likes" wins. Not the child with the most "likes", the family. All results will be posted at the end of the contest.
And all "likes" on pictures made before the contest started will count. The "likes" aren't dated, so that would just make it more complicated to exclude them.