October 2019 Newsletter

PIP West Cooper’s Crossing

October 2019



Important Dates


11        No school for children

14       Thanksgiving – no school

15        School Pictures

25        Brain Development FOPS

29        IPP Meeting – children go to classes at their regular time. Please let me know if the following  schedule doesn’t reflect wheat we talked about:

31 Halloween Dress up day in class


5 IPP Meetings children go to classes at their regular time. Please let me know if the following schedule doesn’t reflect wheat we talked about:

11 Remembrance Day – no school

8 Language Fops

29  Gift FOPS

Special Request

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

Special Helper


On four day weeks starting in October we have a special helper at PIP. All children will get an opportunity to be special helper at school. The special helper gets to be teacher helper, line leader and bring a different object from home every day to share with the class.

Therapist Tip:


Ms. Jennifer, SLP: Children see farm animals all the time on tv, in books, beside the road, etc. This often helps preschoolers learn farm animal vocabulary more easily. Since children are familiar with farm animals, this makes it easier to learn more words when talking about these animals. Talk about the colours of the animals, ‘big’ and ‘small’ animals, animals that looks ‘sleepy’ or ‘hungry’, etc. For example: “That cow is SMALL, it’s a baby!”, “Wow, that horse is BLACK but the other horse has MANY colours”. Ask questions that get your child thinking like “Where do those cows sleep?”, “Who feeds the sheep?”, “What do those horses want to eat?”


Ms Heather, OT & Ms Cathy PT:  A strong core provides the stability we need for working with our hands.  Activities such as coloring, drawing, cutting, and dressing are much easier to do when we have a strong core.  Weight bearing through our hands helps build this strength.  Please see a list of ideas below on how to incorporate these activities at home.

-       Wheelbarrow walk: While on your knees, keep elbows straight and place your hand on the

floor.  A person will pick up your legs by holding at the ankles or knees while you walk

forward with your hands.

-       Donkey Kick: While on all fours kick one leg in the air.  Make sure to switch between legs.

-       Frog jump: Squat down like a frog with your hands in-between your knees. Push off with your feet to spring forward.

-    Cows, horses, pigs: Bend forward with hands on the floor and walk around. Or crawl around on hands and knees.


Many of our word focus words and language concepts are from the books we read as a class.

Word Focus (Vocabulary):

Thanksgiving, Potato, Stuffing, Turkey, Family, Dress-up, Halloween, Pumpkin, Jack-O-Lantern, Ghost, Spider, Superhero, Costume, Trick or Treat

Pig, Cow, Horse, Chicken, Dog, Sheep, Goat, Hen, Egg, Barn, Fence, Tractor, Fruit, Truck, Farmer, Fence


Pronouns: He/His, She/Her


Verbs and Helper Verbs: Eating, Running, Crawling, Riding, Galloping, Growing, Has/Have, Is/Are, Do/Does



  • Farms are busy places where people and animals work and live. There are many ways that we can play farm with our friends. We can pretend to grow and harvest corn or wheat. We can imagine that we take care of animals by brushing the horses or feeding the cows. We can also play driving tractors, riding horses, picking fruit off trees or collecting eggs. Farms are fun places to play and learn


  • Thanksgiving is a special day when we spend time with family and friends, often having a meal together and expressing gratitude for the people in our lives.


  • Halloween is often celebrated by Trick-or Treating and/or dressing up. It’s Witches, ghosts and the spooky aspects of Halloween that will be explained as pretend and part of the fun to be had on this day.

Crafts/Special Activities:

Thanksgiving Syllable Count Play Dinner

Dress up Days

Ghost Bowling

Pretend Trick or Treating


Do the Turkey Pokey
Tune: Hokey Pokey


Sing the Hokey Pokey like you usually do with these changes:

"You do the Turkey Pokey and you gobble all around,

that's what it's all about."

You put your right wing in. 
You put your right wing out. 
You put your right wing in, 
And you shake it all about. 
You do the turkey pokey
And you turn yourself around. 
That's what it's all about.

The last line goes as follows:

"You do the Turkey Pokey and you gobble all around,
that's what it's all about

Additional verses: Left wing, Drumsticks, Stuffing, Wattle (Head), Tail Feathers (Bottom), Turkey body.

I’m Being eaten by a Boa Constrictor

Chorus – clap while singing

I'm being eaten by a boa constrictor,
I'm being eaten by a boa constrictor,
I'm being eaten by a boa constrictor,

Look what he’s got now!


Oh no he’s got my toes! (touch toes)

Oh no he’s got my toes!


Oh gee he’s got my knees! (touch knees)

Oh gee he’s got my knees!


Oh my he’s got my thighs! (touch thighs)

Oh my he’s got my thighs!


Oh darn, he’s got my arms! (wave arms out to the sides)

Oh darn, he’s got my arms!


Oh heck he’s got my neck! (hands around neck)

Oh heck he’s got my neck!


Oh dread, he’s got my head! (hands on head)

Oh dread, he’s got my head!


Final Chorus – clap while singing

I'm being eaten by a boa constrictor,
I'm being eaten by a boa constrictor,
I'm being eaten by a boa constrictor,

And he ate me up!

Gobble, gobble, gobble (hands munch all over body)



Airdrie Public Library Programs:

RSVP online

*RSVP Programs need to reserve a spot, but no library card required!

Sensory Storytime:

Mondays: 1:00-2:00 p.m. Designed for children aged 3-10 with Autism or other developmental differences. This program is an interactive experience featuring songs, rhymes, stories and sensory play opportunity for children and their caregivers.

Wiggle Wednesday:

Second Wednesday of each month—9:15-10:15 a.m. In partnership with Ambition Performing Arts, and designed for children aged 2-5. This program combines storytime, movement, and dance. (September 12. October 9, November 13, December 11)

Drop-in Programs:

Rhymes & Songs:

Mondays- 9:45-10:15; Tuesdays- 11:00-11:30 a.m.; Wednesday- 9:45-10:15 Thursday- 11:00-11:30 a.m. in the Children’s Area.This fun-filled half hour of finger plays, rhymes, simple stories and songs is aimed at children from birth to 5 and their caregivers.

Sing, Read, Rhyme and Play:

Tuesdays- 10:00-10:45. In the Program Room. This 45 minute program includes songs, rhymes, stories, and a wonderful opportunity for children to build social skills. Little ones will learn through play as they explore and enjoy our popular play carts and more. For children Birth-to age 5 and their caregivers.

Space is limited: Please Pick up a ticket at the Information Desk.

Creative Hands and Minds:

Tuesdays: 1:00-1:45 p.m. and Thursdays 9:30-10:15 a.m. in the Program Room. Designed for children aged 3-5. This program features stories, songs, rhymes and a craft for children and their caregivers to share. Space is limited: Please Pick up a ticket at the Information Desk

Night Owls:

Tuesdays—6:15-7:00 p.m. In the Program Room. Children ages 2+ are invited to get ready for bed with activities chosen specially for bedtime. Pillow, stuffed toys and jammies are welcome. We will dim the lights and cozy in for an hour of soothing rhymes and songs, finger plays stories and craft. Space is limited: Please Pick up a ticket at the Information Desk.

A League of Super Dads:

Saturday 11:15a.m.-12:00 p.m. In the Program Room. Designed for children ages 0- 5 welcome.

Calling all Dads, Grandads, Uncles, and other male caregivers! It's adventure time for you and your child. This is a great opportunity to meet other dads and to have fun with your children. Explore the early literacy skills in each storytime. Please Pick up a ticket at the Information Desk.


Family Storytime:

Saturday 10:15-10:45a.m. In the Children’s Area. This program is for children of all ages and their caregivers. Join us for fun stories and songs for the whole family! Help imaginations grow and build a love of reading.

*Please note the time change for League of Super Dads and Family Storytime.

*Drop-in! No library card required!

Additional Special Events:

Snowflake Follies:

Discover a winter wonderland at APL. Join us for a magical SNOWY holiday celebration, Saturday, December 14, 10:00-12:00 p.m.

Pumpkin Palooza:

A fun pumpkin packed family event. Bring your Jack-o-lantern for our glowing pumpkin parade. We’ll have Pumpkin and Halloween themed stories, activities, crafts and treats.

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