March 2019 Newsletter


PIP WEST (Cooper’s Crossing)

March 2019

Fairytales and Nursery Rhymes



5          ECS FOPS– Large Group – Yoga 5:00 – 6:00 PM at Education Centre (2651

Chinook Winds Drive SW)


  • Children are naturally full of hope, passion, and vitality. In just 15 minutes a day you can help the children in your care to strengthen their bodies open their hearts and encourage them deep within that they can be happy in whatever they choose to do.
  • This is an opportunity to strengthen and bond with your child while improving their and your overall wellbeing. By introducing simple games, you can reduce stress, increase children’s capacity to learn, be gentle to one another, respect nature and grow strong mentally and physically.


14          ECS FOPS- Large Group5:00 – 6:00 PM  Anxiety (2651 Chinook Winds

Drive SW)


  • Understanding Childhood Stress and Anxiety: This session will provide participants with an overview on stress and anxiety in children (e.g., what it is, what it may look like, etc.). Participants will also learn about evidence-based strategies and resources that can be used to help support children manage their stress and anxiety.


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

(SLP) – Time to be announced – PIP classroom


  • Help you child develop the skills he or she needs to build a strong foundation and love for reading

18        No school for children


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, stepping over, walking backward or sideways. Use what you already have – crawl on/off living room furniture, drape a blanket over 2 kitchen chairs to make a tunnel, step over shoes or toys lined up, log roll on a towel, walk between the couch and wall. 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 and write. 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.



The Three Little Pigs by Jacob Joseph

Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Trixie Belle

The Little Red Hen by Paul Galdone

Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertie

Huff and Puff by Claudia Rueda

The Find It Book by Margaret Wise Brown

Various collections of nursery rhymes

Special Crafts and Activities

Dramatic Play: Goldilocks and Three Little Pigs

Hey Diddle, Diddle Catapults

Itsy Bitsy Spider & I’m a little Teapot water tables

Golidlocks and Three Little Pigs sensory tables

Oatmeal play dough and building play dough bears

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


Word Concepts

Nouns: pig, wolf, straw, sticks, bricks, bear, spider, teapot


Describing words: big/medium/small, hot/cold, hard/soft, far/close, enormous, sharp, old, rocky, fluffy, slippery, salty, slimy, shiny, prepositions (up/down, in/out, under/over, on, beside, across)


Verbs:  eat, sit, sleep, run, blow, swim, climb, float, gulp, bark, fall, crash, dive, splash


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, (clap)

The mouse ran down,

Hickory dickory dock.



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 position 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 had a great fall, (Sit on a chair and fall off)

All the king's horses (drum hands on floor like hooves)

And all the king's men (salute)

Couldn’t put Humpty together again. (shake head sadly)


Row, Row, Row, your Boat (sit across from child, hang onto hands and rock)

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

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!



When Goldilocks went to the house of the bears, (make a roof shape with hands)

Oh what did she see? (peep through circled fingers)

A bowl that was huge, a bowl that was small, (show huge, and small with hands)

A bowl that was medium, that was all, (make a medium bowl with hands)

She counted them one, two, three. (count with fingers 1, 2, 3)


*(repeat verse with 3 chairs in verse 2, and 3 beds in verse 3)*


When Goldilocks ran from the house of the bears, (pretend to run on the spot)

Oh what did she see? (peep through circled fingers)

A bear that was huge! (be a huge bear). A bear that was small! (be a smaller bear)

A bear that was medium, that was all, (pretend to be a medium bear)

They growled at her, GROWL, GROWL GROWL!! (growl as loudly as you can!)


Tap Our Sticks (Tune: This is the Way)

This is the way we tap our sticks (tap sticks together to the beat)

Tap our sticks, tap our sticks

This is the way we tap our sticks on this nice day


Repeat with different actions:

This is the way we...

Scratch our backs

Make a T

Tap under our legs




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