November 2019 Newsletter

November, 2019 Newsletter


Important Dates:


4      Attendance ECS FOPS

5       IPP Meetings

8       Classroom Language Classroom Fops

11     No school for children

29      Games FOPS



2   No school for children

13  Library Fops – CANCELLED

19  Last day of classes until January 6th - 1 hr Winter Send-off Party, Families Welcome!  AM 9:00 – 10:00.  PM 12:00 – 1:00


Special Request

We are looking for animal visitors in class for the first week of November. If you have an animal ls who can come visit please arrange this with Miss. Gretchen.


Theme Concepts


  • Animals live in the jungle, the zoo, or in our homes.
  • We are gentle and kind to animals.
  • Animals can teach us admirable characteristics like courage, patient and wisdom.
  • 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.


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.

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, whale, shark, octopus, jellyfish, beaver

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


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

Describing words – brown, black, furry, slippery, humongous, gentle, strong, salty, fresh 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

Totem Animal Story Literary Centre

Baby Beluga Literacy Centre

Gross Motor Skills focus animal walking

Bear mask

Animal Nose Language activity




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




Elephants have Wrinkles

Elephants have wrinkles wrinkles wrinkles

Elephants have wrinkles, wrinkles everywhere

On their toes (on their toes)

No one knows (no one knows)


On their knees (on their knees)

On their toes (on their toes)

No one knows (no one knows)


On their hips

On their nose

On their ears

On their teeth (On their teeth? That's ridiculous)

Elephants have wrinkles wrinkles wrinkels

Elephants have wrinkles, wrinkles everywhere

Monkeys Climbing

Monkeys climbing in a tree (make climbing motion)

Monkeys climbing just like me

Monkeys climbing to this song

And they bang on the coconuts

Bong bong bong (bang hands three times)

And they bong up high, (bang your hands up high) bong down low (bang your hands down low)

Grab another coconut around we go (move hands in stirring motion)

Monkeys swinging in tree

Monkeys eating in tree

Monkeys playing in tree

Monkeys scratching in tree

Monkeys sleeping in a tree (yawn, slow down)

Monkeys sleeping just like me

Monkeys sleeping to this song

And they bang on the coconuts

Bong bong bong (slowly, bang hands three times)

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.


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.)



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 an octopus! (wave arms)

Octopus, octopus,

Swimming in the water,

Octopus, Octopus,

Gulp, gulp, gulp (hands together, open and close)

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

Tuna fish, tuna fish,

Swimming in the water,

Tuna fish, tuna fish,

Gulp, gulp, gulp (hands together, open and close)

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

Great white shark, great white shark,

Swimming in the water,

Great white shark, great white shark,

Gulp, gulp, gulp (hands together, open and close, gesture getting bigger)

OH NO! He’s been eaten by an enormous whale! (arms out to side, rounded)

Enormous whale, enormous whale

Swimming in the water,

Enormous whale, enormous whale,

Gulp, gulp, gulp (arms open and close)


Sharks in the Sea (wheels in the bus)

The sharks in the sea go chomp chomp chomp

Chomp chomp chomp, chomp chomp chomp

The sharks in the sea go chomp chomp chomp

All day long

Lobsters go pinch pinch pinch

Fish go swim swim swim

Clams go open and shut

Octopus goes wiggle wiggle wiggle

Seahorse goes back and forth

Fish finger song


Once I caught a fish alive


Then I let him go again

Why did you let him go?

Because he bit my finger so

Which finger did he bite?

This little finger on the right

Baby Shark

Baby shark do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do (x2)

Mommy shark do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do (x2)

Daddy shark do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do (x2)

Grandma shark do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do (x2)

Grandpa shark do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do (x2)


Shark attack! do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do (x2)

He got my arm do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do (x2)

My other arm do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do (x2)

He got my leg do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do (x2)

My other leg do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do (x2)

He got my back do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do (x2)

He got my head do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do (x2)

He got my tongue do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do (x2)

He spit me out (blegh!)


Down in the Arctic Sea (tune: Shoo Fly)

Down in the arctic sea,

Down in the arctic sea,

Down in the arctic sea,

What will we see?

We'll see a polar bear

We'll see a polar bear

We'll see a polar bear

That is what we'll see


We'll see a narwhal

We'll see a baby seal

We'll see a penguin

We'll see a beluga


Occupational Therapy Tip Ms. Heather : 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.


Speech and Language Pathology Tip, Ms. Jennifer: 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. Singing is another great way to learn words (e.g, “Swim swim like a fish” to the tune you like). Pretend to be animals and crawl under, jump over, chase a little mouse, run fast, etc.


Physical Therapy  Tip Miss Cathy: 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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