Weekly Letters From Green Door

Green Door Weekly Letter December 8, 2017

Dear Parents,

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! The spirit of the Holidays has filled our classroom, as the topic was “Green Color and Christmas Tree”. The children (the big and little ones) were busy doing a lot of decorations for the classroom making a lot of hand prints and footprints.

We listened to a lot of Christmas songs such as Jingle Bells, Feliz Navidad and Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, the Little Drummer Boy and much more.

This week was the National Hand Washing Awareness Week. Infants and young children are at greater risk of getting sick because their immune systems have not fully developed. As child care providers, it is important to maintain a healthy learning environment. According to the US Centers for Disease Control, “Hand washing is the single most important means of preventing the spread of infection. Hand-transmission is a critical factor in the spread of bacteria and viruses causing diseases such as colds, flu, and food borne illness. To help prevent the spread of infection, we teach and practice with the children the “4 principles of Hand Awareness”.

Wash your hands when they are dirty and before eating.
Do not cough into your hands.
Do not sneeze into your hands.
Above all, do not put your fingers into your eyes, nose, or mouth.

Congratulations to Oliver who took some steps by himself! GO Oliver GO!

Have a great weekend with your family.

Mrs. Yanet, Mrs. Mercy, and Grandma V.

 

Green Door Weekly Letter December 1, 2017

Dear Parents,

We were thrilled to have a new friend: welcome to the adorable Lucas (3months).

“Books” was our topic for this week. It is never too soon to read to your child. “Reading aloud to young children is one of the most effective ways to prepare them for success in school and life. Because an important part of brain development occurs within the first few years of a child’s life, it is key to start reading to them at a young age.
Some of the many benefits of reading to young children include:
* Helps them acquire early language skills.
* Builds motivation, curiosity, memory, and self-esteem.
* Encourages positive associations with reading and books later in life.
* Builds a stronger foundation for school success.
* Enhances vocabulary, communication, and logical-thinking skills.
* Teaches essential pre-reading skills

Our room is filled with all kinds of books for our infants. They enjoyed the puppets books, the feel and touch books. Their favorite one is, without any doubt, “Brown Bear, Brown Bear” from Eric Carle. They also like to look at a book filled with babies’ pictures!

Art time was a collection of scribbling with crayons and markers, painting, fingerprints and putting stickers on a construction paper. Our little ones worked very hard to make their own book and story!

You will find below a list of books for infants.

Have a great weekend with your family.

Mrs. Yanet , Mrs. Mercy & Grandma V.

***Recommended List of Books for Babies:

Board Books
Ten Tiny Toes (Caroline Jayne Church)
Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes (Mem Fox & Helen Oxenbury)
Time For Bed (Mem Fox & Jane Dyer)
Where Is The Green Sheep? (Mem Fox & Judy Horacek)
Hello Baby (Mem Fox & Steve Jenkins)
Whoever You Are (Mem Fox & Leslie Staub)
Where Is Baby’s Belly Button? (Karen Katz)
Guess How Much I Love You? (Sam McBratney & Anita Jeram)
Goodnight Moon (Margaret Wise Brown)
The Napping House (Audrey Wood & Don Wood)
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear Turn Around (Scholastic – corporate author)
Five Little Monkeys (Eileen Christeloa)
The Going to Bed Book (Sandra Boynton)

Multicultural/ Multi-ethnic Books
All the Colors we Are (Katie Kissenger
Please, Baby, Please (Spike Lee & Tonya Lewis Lee)
Round is a Mooncake: A Book of Shapes (Roseanne Thong, Grace Lin)
Ten Tiny Babies (Karen Katz)
Reach: A board book about curiosity (Elizabeth Verdick & Marjorie Lisovkis)
More More More Said the Baby: 3 Love Stories (Vera B. Williams)
Green is a Chile Pepper: A Book of Colors (Roseanne Thong, John Parra)
Please, Puppy, Please (Spike Lee & Tonya Lewis Lee)

Nursery Rhymes
Read Aloud Nursery Rhymes for the Very Young (Jack Prelutsky & Marc Brown)
Mary Engelbreit’s Mother Goose: One Hundred Best-Loved Verses (Mary Engelbreit)
Hicory, Dickory Dock & Other Favorites (Sanja Rescek & Sanja Reeldek)
My Very First Mother Goose (Iona Opie & Rosemary Wells)
The Real Mother Goose (Scholastic, Blanche Fisher Wright)
Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star (Sanja Resce)
Favorite Nursery rhymes from Mother Goose (Scott Gustaffon)

Books in Spanish
Oso panda, oso panda? ves ahi? (Bill Martin & Eric Carle)
Donde esta la oveja? (Mem Fox & Judy Horacek)
¡Pío Peep!: Traditional Spanish Nursey Rhymes (Alma Flor Ada, F. Isabel Campoy, Alice Schertle)
Arroz con leche: canciones y ritmos populares de America Latina Popular Songs & Rhymes of
Latin America (Lulu Delecre)
Tortillitas para Mama & other Nursery Rhymes – (Bilingual edition) (Margot C. Griego)

Animal Books
Pat the Bunny – touch & feel (Dorothy Kunhardt)
Pat the Puppy -touch & feel (Edith Kunhardt)
Touch and Feel Farm (DK Publishing)
Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See? (Bill Martin & Eric Carle)

 

Green Door Weekly Letter November 17, 2017

Dear Parents,

The spirit of Thanksgiving has filled our classroom. The children enjoyed doing all sorts of activities for this special event.
They painted on a big sheet of paper with brown paint; they decorated a turkey using their little foot print. During Circle
Time, we sang a song about Thanksgiving (10 Little Turkeys, We Are Thankful, and I’m A Little Turkey).

Reminder:
Next week, we will have our Thanksgiving Feast on Tuesday 21 at 11:00 a.m. Hope to see you all there. Due to space constraints, only one guest per child and insurance does not allow siblings to attend.

Our infants made a lot of interactive games to enhance their language skills. Here are some games you can do with your infants (7 to 12
months).
What is it? Your baby can learn about objects and their actions by exploring. Place your baby in a high chair and put some objects like
ball, teddy bear, train or car in front of him/her. Pick up the ball, roll it to your baby and say “here is the ball”; “your turn”, help
your baby to roll the ball and say baba, ball. Repeat the activity with the other toys.
SIT N SPLASH (great activity during Bath Time). Your baby will make and imitate babbling sounds as he splashes in the water and plays with
bath toys. Place your baby in the bathtub, make sure he is sitting in a secure upright position. Gather some toys such as squishy ocean animals,
pouring cups and floating boats. Push the boat in front of your baby and say “here is the boat, the boat goes papapapapa or vrvrvrvrvr“.
Each time you present a toy, describe to your baby what is happening, (the duck says quack, quack, the boat floats, the cup is full of
water, etc…..).

Below you will find the developmental language milestones:

By the end of three months, your child might:
Smile when you appear
Startle upon hearing loud sounds
Make “cooing” sounds
Quiet or smile when spoken to
Seem to recognize your voice
Cry differently for different needs

By the end of six months, your child might:
Make gurgling sounds when playing with you or left alone
Babble and make a variety of sounds
Use his or her voice to express pleasure and displeasure
Move his or her eyes in the direction of sounds
Respond to changes in the tone of your voice
Notice that some toys make sounds
Pays attention to music

From 7 to 12 months
Responds to and understands own name,
Listens to new words and imitates sounds,
Understands a few new words (Mommy, Daddy, bye bye)
Imitates sounds or intonation patterns produce by others,
Listen when talked to,
Begins to change babbling type speech to jargon,
Likes simple nursery rhymes and songs.
Produce first true words or words approximations,
Understands simple commands,
Imitates animals sounds,
Vocalizes playfully when left alone.

From 12 to 18 months
Uses one or more words with meaning,
Recognizes familiar objects, pictures and people,
Produces adult like intonation pattern,
Repeats and imitates words over and over again,
Combine gestures, vocalizations and words,
Imitate words heard,
Enjoys requesting items of interest,
Identifies a few body parts,
Begins to have 10 to 20 words vocabulary,
Request desired objects.
Speech is 25 % intelligible to the unfamiliar listener.

Have a great weekend with your family.

Mrs. Yanet, Mrs. Mercy, and Grandma V.

 

Green Door Weekly Letter November 10, 2017

Dear Parents,

Our topic for this week was “SHAPES”. As the children are little, we focused on the basic shapes such as Circle, Square, Triangle and Rectangle. During Centers, we had many occasions to play with the shapes. The children discovered the shapes in the mystery boxes shaped as circle, square, and enhanced their fine motor skills trying to open the box. We looked in the class at different objects shaped as a circle (a ball, a plate), a square (window, blocks), rectangle (door, table). We also played a lot with the sorting shapes toys.

“Sorting activities for toddlers are one of the kids’ activities that have a lot of learning applications. Activities that focus on sorting or the use of stacking cups teach more that just quiet play. Sorting activities for toddlers prepare them for developing their organizational skills and also helps them to take a first foray into classifications; such preschool games set up pint-sized students for future coursework and success in Math, Music, Chemistry, Physics, and also Biology, all fields that rely heavily on categorization”.

Have a great and safe long weekend with your family.

Mrs. Yanet, Mrs. Mercy, and Grandma V.

 

Green Door Weekly Letter November 3, 2017

Dear Parents,

Who were the cutest, our infants without question! Our little Hulk, Minne Mouse, Super Girl, Snow White, Vampire and a Scuba Diver were so cute in their costumes! Can you guess what the children’s favorite game was this week? Peek a boo, of course! They had a lot of fun playing the game and bursting into a good laughter.

This week, our topic was “Farm Animals”. The children enjoyed playing with the farm animal puppets and listening to songs as they learned about animals’s names and sounds. All through the week, they could hear “QUACK, CLUCK, COCK-A-DOODLE-DOO, MOO, NEIGH, BAA, SQUEAK, OINK, MEOW, and WOOF” while looking at the pictures of the animals in the books or listening to the “Old Mac Donald” song.

For Art, they enjoyed doing the following projects: they painting with foam paint mixing red and yellow. They painted a small carton plate in pink using a sponge and glued a nose and 2 eyes to make a pig face. They made hand prints to make a chicken and a duck.

Why is peek a boo such an exciting game for your baby? Peek-a-boo is a game that helps develop object permanence which is part of early learning. Object permanence is an understanding that objects and events continue to exist, even when they cannot directly be seen, heard, or touched. Most infants develop this concept between 6 months and a year old..It signals that your baby is making leaps in cognitive development — in his memory and his ability to think abstractly. What happens to the brain during a game like peek – a – boo? Visual stimulation causes new brain cell connections (synapses) to development in a baby. And repetition strengthens the newly formed synapses. This is how a baby learns. If certain synapses are rarely used, they start to die out. Older kids can help too: Peek – a – boo games are ones that older children seem to love playing with babies. The older child and the baby get immediate feedback from each other. The baby gets enjoyment from the game, and the older child feels a sense of connection that is very pleasurable to them. So this is a great game for an older brother and/or sister to play with the baby. (source: parenttrust.org)

Family Picture: Please return them as soon as possible. The children enjoy looking at people’s pictures that are part of their life; parents, grandparents, siblings, uncles, cousins and also pets).

Have a great weekend.
Mrs. Yanet, Mrs. Mercy, and Grandma V.

 

Green Door Weekly Letter October 27, 2017

Dear Parents,

We had a few children sick this week and I want to thank the parents of those children for keeping your child home. We had plenty activities: the children enjoyed finger play, music, and story time. They had fun painting with foam paint using their hands or a sponge with Orange and Black.
Our little ones enjoyed tummy time looking at their reflections in the mirror .

“As your child begins to pull up into a standing position, he or she may lose their balance and fall. This is normal and to be expected. Bumps and bruises are also a common occurrence while your child is learning balance and coordination. As your baby gains a sense of balance and his or her physical skills develop, the frequency of falls will decrease.” If your child has a head injury, we will notify you, even if the injury is minor.

Next week, Green Door will participate in our Halloween Event on Tuesday. Don’t hesitate to bring your child in costume (source of great pictures!).

We wish you a good weekend and hope we will see everybody fine and healthy on Monday!

Mrs. Yanet, Mrs. Mercy, and Grandma V.