January 2019 Newsletter

 

January, 2019

7 First day back winter break

22 FOPS at the Education Office (6251 Chinook Winds Dr., Airdrie), 5- 6:00 pm- Behaviour as Communication. Several parents have spoken about challenges with temper tantrums – this Fops will address these!

24 NO school for morning children (PIP Open House at RJ Hawkey for new children)

31 IPP Meeting

30 * IPP Meetings (moved from the 1st)

31 FOPS at the Education Office (6251 Chinook Winds Dr, Airdrie) 5-6:00 pm   - The Importance of Play

 

February

8 Classroom MUSIC FOPS at Cooper’s in the morning with Miss Gretchen (Teacher)

18 -21 No school for children

 

March

5 ECS FOPS – Yoga

14 ECS FOPS – Anxiety

15 Classroom FOPS – Literacy with Miss Gretchen (Teacher) and Miss Allaina  (SLP)

18   No school for children

 

 

Books

Bones, Bones, Dinosaur Bones by Byron Barton

Dad’s Dinosaur Day by Diane Dawson Hearn

How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague

How Do Dinosaurs Go to School? by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague

Dino Shapes by Suse Macdonald

If the Dinosaurs Came Back by Bernard Most

 

 

Color of the Month:  Blue, Green, Red, Pink, White, Brown

 

 

Language Focus

Syllables:

Clap out the syllables in dinosaur names (e.g., T-Rex, Ste-go-saur-us, Tri-cer-a-tops)

Vocabulary:

Describing words – big/medium/small, little/huge/enormous, long/short/tall/small, same/different, smooth/rough/ pointy/sharp/spiky, loud/quiet

Verbs – Roaring, Stomping, Jumping, Walking, Running, Hopping, Stopping, Flying, Eating

Nouns – dinosaur, meat eaters, plant eaters, fossil, bones, spikes, teeth, claws, wings, tail, horns, feet, neck, some dinosaur names (e.g. tyrannosaurus, triceratops, stegosaurus, brachiosaurus)

 

Theme Concepts Introduced:

Dinosaurs lived on earth a long time ago.

Dinosaurs do not live on earth now (they are extinct).

Some dinosaurs were meat eaters.  Some dinosaurs were plant eaters.

These are some dinosaur names:  tyrannosaurus, triceratops, stegosaurus, pterodactyl, brachiosaurus.

 

Therapist Tips:

 

Miss Allaina, SLP: Play with toy dinosaurs at home and work on tons of language skills! Talk about where a dinosaur is (e.g., beside the tree, under mommy dinosaur, etc.). Talk about the size of the dinosaurs (big/small, short/tall/long). Talk about their characteristics (e.g., mean/nice, bumpy/smooth). Talk about actions (e.g., running, flying, chomping, stomping).

 

Miss Katie, OT: Hungry Dinosaur Heads. Make your own by cutting a slit in a tennis ball to make a mouth. Squeeze with one hand to open the mouth and use other hand to feed it pompoms! This is a great activity to work on the open/close concept and hand strength for scissor skills.  Afterwards you can also pretend your scissors are hungry dinosaurs who love to eat paper!  This is a great way to practice snipping paper and cutting across a page.

 

Miss Cathy, PT:

The dinosaur unit is a great time to practice different types of walks:

Stomp like a T Rex, Sneak (tiptoe) like a Raptor, Slow, Big steps like a big, long neck dino (Apatosaurus), Fly like a Pterodactyl

 

Activities:

Fine Motor activities: Salt Dough Dinosaur Fossils & Dinosaur Bone craft

Dinosaur Puzzles & Sensory table

Dinosaur Egg Game in gym

Fossil Matching

Dino Syllable Stomp

Volcano fun

Dinosaur Board Games

Dinosaur alphabet fun

Dinosaur memory fun

Songs and Fingerplays:

 

Five Huge Dinosaurs

5 huge dinosaurs letting out a roar,

1 went away and then there were 4.

4 huge dinosaurs munching on a tree

 

1 went away and then there were 3.

3 huge dinosaurs did not know what to do,

1 went away and then there were 2.

2 huge dinosaurs having lots of fun,

1 went away and then there was 1.

1 huge dinosaur afraid to be a hero,

He went away and then there were 0.

 

Dinosaur, Dinosaur (tune: Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear)

Dinosaur, Dinosaur, stomp around

Dinosaur, Dinosaur, shake the ground

Dinosaur, Dinosaur, very tall,

Dinosaur is coming, make yourself small!

 

Different version with more actions:

Dinosaur, Dinosaur, Turn around

Dinosaur, Dinosaur, Stomp the ground

Dinosaur, Dinosaur, Show your claws

Dinosaur, Dinosaur, Snap your jaws

Dinosaur, Dinosaur, Turn around

Dinosaur, Dinosaur, Sit back down

 

 

 

I’d Like to be a Dinosaur (tune: Mary Had a Little Lamb)

I’d like to be a dinosaur, dinosaur, dinosaur.

And if I were a dinosaur

I’d be a _________________ (stegosaurus, brachiosaurus, tyrannosaurus rex, triceratops)

 

Run, Run Dinosaur

(tune: Skip to My Lou”)

 

Run, run, dinosaur!

Run, run, dinosaur!

Run, run, dinosaur!

Run, and Run some  more!

 

Repeat substituting other action (crawl, hop, skip, clap, shake)

 

 

 

The Dinosaur Song

(actions in brackets)

(to the tune of the Sharon, Lois and Bram song "Three Elephants"... I think!)

Thanks very much to Carol Jones, who sent this song to me.

 

Three dinosaurs came out to play (hold up three fingers)

Out in the land of lost one day (hand over eyes look round as if lost)

Along came Tyrannosaurus, crunch, crunch, crunch! (stamp three times)

And ate up a dinosaur, munch, munch, munch! (make munching motion with arms)

Repeat with two, one, and finally no dinosaurs. The last verse goes like this:

No dinosaurs came out to play (hold up "no" fingers)

Out in the land of lost one day (hand over eyes look round as if lost)

Along came Tyrannosaurus, crunch, crunch, crunch! (make munching motion with arms)

He stood there and shouted, "Where's my lunch?!" (hands on hips)

 

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