March, 2018 Newsletter


PIP WEST  (Cooper’s Crossing)

March 2018

Fairytales, Nursery Rhymes, Ocean and Easter



9          Classroom  FOPS Community Links, location : Classroom, tentative

12       No school for children

23       Classroom FOPS – Music and Preschoolers, location: Cooper’s classroom, tentative

30       No school (Good Friday)



2          No school (Easter vacation begins)

9          No school for children (PL Day  – COP)

10       School resumes for children

13       ECS FOPS Importance of Play and Activities for the Outcomes

19       No school for afternoon children – PIP Open House 12:30 – 2:00 for families

interested in PIP but who do not yet have a child attending

20       ECS FOPS Library Presentation - Family Fun Reading


Therapist Tips


Miss Cathy, PT: Make an indoor obstacle course with your child. Include concepts like under, over, & behind. Move in different ways, i.e. log rolls, jumping, tiptoeing, backward or sideways walking.

Once you have made a few together, your child may enjoy making it him/herself and leading you through it.


Miss Allaina SLP: Nursery rhymes are a great way to work on sound and syllable skills such as rhyming and clapping out the beats in a word – skills that are very important for learning to read. Try clapping as you sing along to a song (this introduces the idea of pacing). For example, clap on the underlined letter ‘Mary had a little lamb’. If your child is ready to try rhyming, use a well-known phrase he or she can finish such as ‘Hickory dickory dock, the mouse ran up the ___’ (having a book can be helpful as there will often be a picture of the missing word to help your child answer).


Miss Katie OT: This month’s nursery rhyme theme provides some great opportunities to practice finger isolation. This is the skill of moving just one finger at a time. Ideas to try at home include finger puppets, pointing games like “I Spy”, hand puppets on the wall using a flashlight and finger painting. Have fun!



March Themes

In March we will be talking about, reading and participating in play-based activities based on familiar Fairy Tales and Nursery Rhymes. This will tap into your child’s imagination and teach some important vocabulary and concepts. Further, it will help us practice rhyme. Research shows that learning how to manipulate words through rhyming and rhyming word games are an important if not crucial skill that will contribute to future reading.

We will also be exploring an ocean theme. We will teach concepts such as:

Some animals live in the ocean and others live on the land.

Some are very small and some are very big.

Animals who live in the ocean float or swim. Some animals, like turtles, can do both!

Ocean water is salty. We cannot drink that kind of water.

Easter is a time of year when we talk about the beginning of spring and baby animals being born such as chicks from eggs and bunnies.



Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfizer

What’s that Sound? Under the sea by Sharyl Macfarlane

Hello, Baby Beluga by Darrin Lunde

The Three Little Pigs by Jacob Joseph

Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Trixie Belle


Special Crafts and Activities

Dramatic Play : Goldilocks and Three Little Pigs

Hey Diddle, Diddle Catapults

Itsy Bitsy Spider & I am a little Teapot  Water table

Oatmeal play dough and building play dough bears

Do you know the Muffin Man? , Humpty Dumpty or Baa Baa Black Sheep crafts

Gone Fishing Game

Who is in the Ocean?

Easter crafts and Egg Dying

The Very Hungry Bunny


Word Concepts

Nouns: pig, wolf, straw, sticks, bricks, bear, spider, shark, rainbow, fish, octopus, whale, ocean, sea gulls, sea, seaweed, land, sand, boat, beluga, jellyfish, coral, shell, turtle pufferfish, foghorn, sail, Egg, Bunny, chick(en), basket, space


Verbs:  Hopping, Dying (eggs), Flopping, Hiding, finding, flying, soaring, blasting off


Describing words: big/small, hot/cold, far/close, sharp, old, rocky, fluffy, soft, prepositions (in, on, beside, across, under, over)


Verbs:  eat, sit, sleep, swim, float, gulp, bark, crash, dive, splash

Describing words: up/down, on/over, big/medium/small, enormous, slippery, hot/cold, hard/soft, salty, slimy, shiny



Hickory Dickory Dock

(Actions: start in a crouch rise up and crawl with hands, clap when clock strikes one then lower to a crouch)


Hickory dickory dock.

The mouse ran up the clock.

The clock struck one

The mouse ran down


Jack Be Nimble

(Standing sing song and pretend to jump over a candlestick )


Jack be Nimble

Jack be quick

Jack jump over the candlestick


Jack and Jill

(In sitting clap rhythmically onto each leg)

Jack and Jill went up the hill

To fetch a pail of water.

Jack fell down and broke his crown And Jill came tumbling after.

Humpty Dumpty

Humpty Dumpty Sat on a Wall

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall Humpty Dumpty had a great fall, (Sit on a chair and fall off)


All the king's horses and all the king's men

Couldn’t put Humpty together again.


Row, Row, Row, your Boat

Row, row, row, your boat gentle down the stream,

and hang on

Merrily merrily, merrily, merrily, life is but a dream.

As appropriate, add:

Row, row, row, your boat gentle down the stream,

if you see a crocodile don’t forget to scream!


Rock, rock, rock, your boat gentle to and fro,

merrily merrily merrily merrily into the water you go!


Slippery Fish

Slippery fish, slippery fish, (one hand swims like a fish)

Swimming in the water,

Slippery fish, slippery fish,

Gulp, gulp, gulp (open and close hand)

OH NO! He’s been eaten by a jellyfish! (wiggle fingers)

Jellyfish, Jellyfish,

Floating in the water,

Jellyfish, Jellyfish

Gulp, gulp, gulp (open and close hand)

OH NO! He’s been eaten by an octopus! (arms waving)

Octopus, octopus,

Wiggling in the water,

Octopus, octopus,

Gulp, gulp, gulp

OH NO! He’s been eaten by a tuna fish! (two hands together swimming like a fish)

Tuna fish, tuna fish,

Sliding in the water,

Tuna fish, tuna fish

Gulp, gulp, gulp (open and close hand)

OH NO! He’s been eaten by a great white shark! (hands on top of head imitating a shark fin)

Great white shark, great white shark! (hands on top of head imitating a shark fin)

Lurking in the water,

Great white shark, great white shark!

Gulp, gulp, gulp (arms open and close)

OH NO! He’s been eaten by humongous whale!

Humongous whale, humongous whale,

splashing through the water, Humongous whale

gulp, gulp, gulp




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