December 2019 Newsletter

December Newsletter

PIP West


Cooper’s Crossing

Important Dates

December Please let me know if you are interested in any of the ECS FOPS)

2                      No school for children

13 ECS FOPS Exploring your Local Parent Link

Classroom FOPS: Language

18                   Last day of regular classes

19                   Winter Fun Event –

Morning class comes from 8:30 – 9:30, Afternoon from 12:00 – 1:00

Children come with a parent , parents or a special person to engage in fun

activities with their child.


Break until January 6th no school

6                      First Day back

13 ECS FOPS Play

ECS FOPS Little Chefs

ECS FOPS Wiggle and Dance

ECS FOPS Parent Social


15                   ECS FOPS Music


22                   ECS FOPS Behaviour as Communication


24                   No school for the children for the morning class as there is  Open House

at RJ Hawkey for new families.


28  & 29         IPP Meetings – Children go to school as usual.  Please let me know if this

isn’t the time we discussed or it this time doesn’t work for your family:


31                   No school for children         ECS FOPS The Importance of Play



Holiday Message


At this busy time of year, our children need adults to be very patient and calm.  They feel the pressures of “the season” in a different way and we encourage you to model good self-care and keep routines in place as much as possible (getting a good night’s sleep, eating nutritious food, playing outside, getting physical exercise that’s fun, getting lots of hugs, doing belly breaths, etc.).  We wish all of our families joy, happiness and peace over the season.


This month we will be exploring the themes of winter, getting dressed for winter and Holiday traditions by engaging in language rich play activities, songs, rhymes and crafts.  If you have a special tradition that your family would like to share with the class please let Miss Gretchen know and we can find a way to explore this as well.  We like to learn about all our PIP families and their traditions and customs.


Classroom Staff

Learning Assistants: Ms. Amanda Ms.Cindy, Ms. Elaine Ms. Shauna & Ms. Amanda

Occupational Therapist: Ms.  Heather

Physical Therapist: Ms. Cathy

Speech and Language Pathologist : Ms. Jennifer

Teacher: Ms. Gretchen

Special Activities and Crafts


Snow Play Dough

Break the Ice Game

Snow Ball Toss Game

Making Christmas Tree Decorations

Christmas Cookie Making Play Dough

Winter Sensory table

A Snowy Day Pre-literacy Centre

Snowman sequencing

Mitten Matching game


Colours of the Month: White, Blue, Red, Green


Word Focus (Vocabulary):

Nouns: Snow, Snowflake, Snowman, Snowball, Ice, Sky, Hot Chocolate, Cookies, Gingerbread, Present, Stocking,  Tree, Decorations, Star, Coat, Mittens, Hat, Boots, Snow Pants, Scarf, Sweater

Verbs : Sliding, Stomping, Skating, Building, Sledding, Sleeping, Flying, Throwing, Rolling, Wrapping, Decorating, Eating

Describing words: Hot/Cold, Over/Under/Around/On/In, Excited



Llama Llama Jingle Bells, by Anna Dewdney

Bear Stays up for Christmas

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

Hello Snow by Hope Vestergaard

Dream Snow by Eric Carl

No Two Alike by Keith Baker

The Mitten by Jan Brett



Therapist Tips

Occupational Therapy Tip (Ms. Heather) Heavy work (movement that involve pushing, pulling, carrying or resistance of some kind) is a great tool to help children who are over-energized calm down and children who are feeling sluggish to become activated. Try incorporating heavy work into outdoor play. Make and push a big snowball, help shovel the walk, pull a friend in a sled, take a walk in the snow in your winter boots.


Physical Therapist Tip (Ms. Cathy ) : Snow boots and snow pants make a great leg and core muscle strengthener. Go for a daily walk. Once your child is used to the extra clothing, try deep snow.  If you go tobogganing, encourage your child to walk up the hill rather than pull them every time.


SLP Tip (Ms. Jennifer): Many cultures have traditions at this time of year. Talk about the special seasonal additions to your house or in the community. Here are some examples to focus on Christmas: Use prepositions such as “lights on houses”, “presents under the tree”, “stockings over the fireplace” and “food in the oven”. Describe what you see such as “red bows”, “yummy cookies”, “soft snow”. Try to use ‘describing language’ to talk about your family’s seasonal traditions. Winter is also a great time to talk about the clothes we wear when the weather gets colder. Use sequence words (first, then, next), and talk about how we put on our coats first, next our mittens, etc.


Snowflakes, Snowflakes


(Tune : "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star")


Snowflakes, snowflakes, dance around,
Snowflakes, snowflakes, touch the ground
Snowflakes, snowflakes, in the air
Snowflakes, snowflakes, everywhere
Snowflakes, snowflakes, dance around
Snowflakes, snowflakes, touch the ground.


Brrr it’s Cold Outside (Tune: “The Farmer in the Dell”)

My hat goes on my head, my hat goes on my head,

Brrrr it’s cold outside, my hat goes on my head.


My coat goes on my arms, my coat goes on my arms.

Brrrr it’s cold outside, my coat goes on my arms.


My scarf goes on my neck, my scarf goes on my neck.

Brrrr it’s cold outside, my scarf goes on my neck.


My boots go on my feet, my boots go on my feet.

Brrrr it’s cold outside, my boots go on my feet.


My mitts go on my hands, my mitts go on my hands.

Brrrr it’s cold outside, my mitts go on my hands.



Reindeer Pokey

You put your antlers in. You put your antlers out.

You put your antlers in and you shake them all about.

You do the Reindeer Pokey and you turn yourself around.

That’s what it’s all about!


Additional verses:

You put your hooves in…

You put your red nose in…

You put your fluffy tail in…

You put your reindeer body in…

Once There was A Snowman


Once there was a snowman

a snowman, a snowman,

Once there was a snowman

Tall, tall, tall


In the sun SHE melted, SHE melted, SHE melted

In the sun SHE melted

Small, small, small

Repeat using HE








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