Sunday, September 7, 2008

Happy School Year!!

I am so excited that Story time will be starting again tomorrow! It has been a very long summer. I can't wait to begin sharing wonderful books with my friends again!

This week in Toddlers we will be reading/singing a wonderful book by Raffi. It is titled "Baby Beluga". It's a about a little whale who swims in the ocean and is free. Parents, you may remember the song from when you were a child! I can recall riding in the car from Vermont to Washington DC, playing this song over and over again! It brings back a lot of good memories! Check out Raffi's website!

In the preschool classes, we will be reading the book, "Thump, Thump, Rat-a-Tat-Tat." This book is wonderfully simple. It is about a marching band that is marching in a parade. The band starts off quietly and progressivly gets louder and louder. Then it begins to get quieter and quieter as the marching band goes by. The children will "play along" with the marching band by stomping their feet and clapping their hands.

Try this Craft out with your family!

Ages 3-8
Drums are an important part of life and ceremony in many cultures. Here is a simple method for you and your child to create a fun sounding drum

What You Need:
An empty coffee can with a plastic lid (small, large, whatever you have).
Construction paper, glue & scissors.
Paint or markers.
Paintbrushes & water.
Dowels or sticks from trees in the park.
String, leather, feathers, beads ... any bits of scrap material you might have.
What You Do:
You have two options here. Either paint the coffee can with paint or cover the can with construction paper. Leave the plastic lid on the coffee can ... this will be your drum head.
If you cover the coffee can with construction paper, you can paint or draw designs and creatures on the coffee can. Have a look at pictures of different kinds of drums and the images found on them. (Try covering the can with aluminum foil for a neat effect.)
After the paint is dry, you can glue all sorts of wonderful things to your drum.
Using wooden dowels or simply wooden sticks, drum away on your new coffee can drum.
Older students may want to try pounding the bottom of the coffee can with a rubber mallet to make a Carribean-style steel drum.

Our Pre-Kindergarten classes will be reading the book " Henny Penny" by Jane Wattenberg. It is an updated retelling of the classic story! The photographs used is this book are wonderful, very fun an quirky! Here is a link to some coloring sheets to print out and color!

Finally, in your Kindergarten classes, we will be reading a booked titled " The Kissing Hand. Little Chester Raccoon is scared to start school because he will miss his mother. His mother kisses his hand and reminds him that she loves him and that he can carry her love with him to school!

Kingergarten can be an exciting and scary time in the life of your child. Even if they have been attended pre-school or childcare before, the transition to a new school environment can even shake up the most out-going 5 year old. Talk to your child about his/her feelings. Remind them of your love and talk about what is different and the same about pre-school. If your child is having difficulty making the transition to Kindgarten, discuss with your child's teacher what you can do to help!!

Again, I am so excited to be working with your children again! Check back often for updates and new fun family activities!


Auntie Em

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