September 2019 Newsletter

September 2019 Newsletter



We are so excited about a new school year at PIP.  We will have a lot of fun this year and will grow in leaps and bounds.  This month we will be focusing on the farm. We will be doing activities and playing games that focus on apples and autumn.



23    No school for children

30    Orange Shirt Day – Cooper Crossing encourages the staff and students to wear an orange

shirt to emphasize that every child matters.



Apple and Pumpkins by Anne Rockwell

Autumn is for Apples by Denise Fernado

How do Apples Grow? by Betsy Maestro

Up! Up! Up! It’s Apple Picking Time by Jody Fickes Shapiro

Apple Picking Day! By Candice Ransom

Apples, Apples, Apples by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace

Apple Farmer Annie by Monica Wellington

We‘re Going on a Leaf Hunt by Steve Metzger

Hibernation Station by Michelle Meadows

Duck and Goose Find a Pumpkin by Tad Hills

Fall is Not Easy by Marty Kelley

Count Down to Fall by Fran Hawk




  • Word Concepts: Trees, Leaves, Change, Up/Down (in a tree , on the ground), Apples, Red, Yellow, Green, Crunchy, Windy, Warm/Cold, Easy/Hard, Over/Under/In/Out/Around/Through (from We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt book)


  • Themes/ Concepts:

Children will explore apples to build knowledge of concepts with a tangible object. E.g. apples are yellow, red or green, they are crunchy, juicy, sweet or sour. Apple trees grow flowers then apples. Apples are picked or fall from the tree.

Children will explore the theme of autumn and change. Children will understand seasons change and a variety of weather occurs.

Learn words and songs about the fall through song, play and sign language.

Explore changes that happen to trees and how change is difficult.

Children will learn that life is full of change and sometimes change is scary but they are loved and are safe.



Special Activities

Leaf raking

Leaf tree

Hibernation Station Literacy Centre

Apple playdough centre

Apple print art centre

We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt & Fall is Not Easy Literacy Activity

Popping Corn Scientific Experiment


These are the songs we sing often at school:

Hello Song

Hello (child’s name) , Hello (child’s name), Hello (child’s name),

How are you today?


Clean Up Song

Clean Up, Clean Up,

Everybody, Everywhere

Clean Up, Clean Up,

Everybody do your Share.


Calendar Song

(Tune: One Little song)











November and December,

These are the months of the year


Days of the Week Song

(Tune: Adam’s Family theme)

It’s Sunday and it’s Monday,

It’s Tuesday and it’s Wednesday,

It’s Thursday and it’s Friday

And then it’s Saturday,

Days of the Week, (clap, clap)

Days of the Week, (clap, clap)


I Can Sing a Rainbow Song (with signs)


Red and yellow and pink and green

Purple and orange and blue

I can sing a rainbow, sing a rainbow, sing a rainbow too!

Black, brown, white & grey


Songs for the Month :

Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

(sit with feet out point to body parts when they come up in the song)

Head and shoulders, knees and toes,

Knees and toes, knees and toes,

Head, shoulders, knees and toes,

Eyes, ears, mouth,

And nose.


Special Helper


Every week we have a special helper at PIP. The special helper gets to be teacher helper, line leader and bring a different object from home every day to share with the class.


I will send out a special helper list soon.


Therapist Tips

Ms. Heather (Occupational Therapy) :  Start building hand strength - have your child scrunch up old newspaper, wring out sponges, or play with squeeze bottles. See attached tips sheet for additional activity ideas. Make practice fun!


Ms. Cathy (Physical therapy): Try taking your child to the local swimming pool. Whether they take lessons or you have some family time in the water, your child is gaining confidence and experience that will help with safety as well as enjoyment of the water. Even if they aren’t floating or putting their face in, walking in chest deep water for a preschooler is a great core workout!


Ms. Jennifer  (Speech-Language Therapy): The leaves and the weather are changing! Talk about what you see and feel (windy weather, leaves on the ground and in the trees, leaves that are green, red, orange, yellow and brown, leaves that are crunchy, etc.). Stomp in the leaves, crunch them in your hands and under your feet and talk about what is happening outside.


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