January 2018 Newsletter

January 2018 Newsletter

Animals

Important Dates:

January

8 Classes resume

12       ECS FOPS – Language is Everywhere! SLP focus: Language, location: Education Centre 9:15 – 10:45 , Both Children and Parents are welcome. This FOPS is good for all PIP children who have verbal language. Please let Ms. Gretchen know if you plan to attend as soon as possible.

Midterm IPP Meetings

The midterm IPP Meetings are scheduled for January 31 and February 1st. Please see attached form for your specific time.

Special Request

We are looking for animal visitors in class. If you have an animal who can come visit please arrange this with Ms. Gretchen.

Theme Concepts

Animals live in the jungle, the zoo, or in our homes.

We are gentle and kind to animals.

Bears, skunks, and turtles go into a special sleep all winter long called hibernation. Some animals leave and travel to a warmer place for the winter. Other animals stay and adapt like deer, spiders, and rabbits.

Bears can be brown, black or white.

Language Focus (Vocabulary):

Nouns: animal, zoo, jungle, forest, pets, giraffe, zebra, snake, elephant, lion, butterfly, polar bear, bear, fox, owl, hedgehog, dog, cat, bird, guinea pig, horse, turtle, fish, frog, tail, paws, fur, feathers, tusks, hooves, claws, wings

Verbs: jumping, running, hiding, crawling, climbing, swimming, flying, galloping, sleeping, hibernating, migrating

Concepts:

Location words – beside, behind, inside, outside, above, below

Describing words – brown, black, furry, gentle, strong, big/medium/small, rough/smooth/soft, fast/slow, long/short, big/small

Crafts/Special Activities:

Going on a bear hunt dramatic centre

Special animal visitors

Zoo animal sensory bin

Polar Bear Quilting Craft

Books

We’re going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen

Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson

If all the Animals came Inside by Eric Pinder

From Head to Toe by Eric Carle

The Mitten by Jan Brett

No Two Alike by Keith Baker

Songs

Sleepy Bear” (Tune: “Thumbkin”)

Where is bear? Where is bear?

Here I am. Here I am.

How are you this winter?

Very tired, thank you.

Go to sleep. Go to sleep.

(Have kids shout “WAKE UP BEAR” to do the song again.)

 

Teddy bear Teddy bear

Teddy bear, teddy bear,
Turn around,

Teddy bear, teddy bear,
Touch the ground.

Teddy bear, teddy bear,
Dance on your toes,

Teddy bear, teddy bear.
Touch your nose.

Teddy bear, teddy bear,
Stand on your head,

Teddy bear, teddy bear,
Go to bed.

Teddy bear, teddy bear,
Say good-night,

Teddy bear, teddy bear,
Turn out the light.

Teddy bear, teddy bear,
Wake up now,

Teddy bear, teddy bear,
Take a bow.

 

Sleeping Bunnies

See the bunnies sleeping till it’s nearly noon

Shall we wake them with a merry tune?

They're so still, are they ill?

Wake up little bunnies!

Hop little bunnies, hop, hop, hop

Hop, hop, hop - Hop, hop, hop

Hop little bunnies, hop, hop, hop

Hop, hop, hop...

 

See the bunnies sleeping till it’s nearly noon

Shall we wake them with a merry tune?

They're so still, are they ill?

Wake up little bunnies!

Skip little bunnies, skip, skip, skip

Skip, skip, skip - skip, skip, skip

Skip little bunnies, skip, skip, skip

Skip, skip, skip...

 

See the bunnies sleeping till it’s nearly noon

Shall we wake them with a merry tune?

They're so still, are they ill?

Wake up little bunnies!

Jump little bunnies, jump, jump, jump

Jump, jump, jump - jump, jump, jump

Jump little bunnies, jump, jump, jump

Jump, jump, jump...

 

We Love Animals

(Tune: Michael Finnigan)

Fly, Fly like an owl,

Fly, fly like an owl,

Fly, Fly like an owl.

We love animals!

 

(Make up your own verses with any animal sound or animal movement. Example: Gallop like a horse, Roar like a bear, etc.)

Occupational Therapy Tip Miss Katie: A strong core and shoulders provide the stability we need to work well with our hands. Weight bearing through our hands builds this strength. Practice walking like a bear or crab, kick like a donkey etc.! Another great way to build shoulder strength is play on vertical or angled surfaces. Some vertical surface ideas include: a chalkboard/whiteboard, a painting easel, a felt board with moveable pieces to make a story/picture, paper taped to the wall or window (draw a picture, make pictures using small stickers), and/or Lite Brite.

 

SLP Tip, Miss Allaina: Animals and actions go hand in hand (e.g., birds fly, fish swim, horses gallop, mice crawl, etc.). Acting words out is a great way to learn them. PIP sings a song to the tune of Michael Finnigan to act like animals (e.g., “Swim, swim like a fish, swim, swim like a fish, swim, swim like a fish. I love animals”). Singing is another great way to learn words. Pretend to be animals and crawl under, jump over, chase a littlemouse, run fast, etc.

 

PT Tip Miss Kathy: Use action songs to stay active during the cold winter months.  Every PIP newsletter has several songs the children have practiced at school. Once you sing the song to remind them, your child may be able to proudly show you some actions.

YouTube is a great source of children’s action songs. Be aware that they may move too quickly for most preschoolers so watching a video once or twice, then doing it at a slower pace is best. Many children will not be able to both sing and do the actions together. Praise your child for any participation and have fun with them!!

 

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