Weekly Letters From Green Door

Green Door Weekly Letter October 30, 2017

Dear Parents,

Our topic was “Halloween, colors orange and black”. The children enjoyed doing their art projects. They pasted Halloween stickers, they painted in orange on a construction paper. During Circle Time, we sang special Halloween songs such One Little, Two Little, Three Little Ghosts and 5 Little Pumpkins. They also enjoyed our special book for Halloween about a pumpkin.

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) Parent Trust for Washington Childrenparenttrust.org
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Family Picture: Please return it 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, Grandma V.

 

Green Door Weekly Letter 17, 2017

Dear Parents,

We had another great week! Our activities were based on the topic “My Body”. During Circle Time, we sang “Where Is My Body”, “Head, Shoulder, Knees and Toes”, and “If You Are Happy And You Know It”. Our favorite book was “Look At Me”. The children love looking at the baby pictures showing a face, eyes, hands, feet, etc. For Art, our young toddlers had painting activities. Our infants particularly enjoyed the story “This Little Piggy”.

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

Have a nice weekend!

Mrs. Yanet, Mrs. Mercy, Grandma V

Why body awareness is important? (Article from Zora Hugues)
Body awareness starts as early as four to six months old in infants, but it is important for parents to continuously help children become more aware of their body as they grow. It is a crucial component of movement development, helping children learn how to move their body in different physical situations. Help your child develop better body awareness with activities that emphasize identifying body parts and how they work.

Body Awareness Songs
Sing classic children’s songs with your child that focus on body parts, such as “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes.” Make sure that she touches all the parts of the body in the song. Other songs include “The Hokey Pokey,” where one has to move and shake specific body parts, and “If You’re Happy and You Know It,” the classic clapping, stopping and head nodding song young children love.

Body Awareness Games
Have your child and her/his friends race to put body parts in the right place. Draw an outline of a child on kraft paper, cut it out, then cut the paper into separate parts for the arms, legs, torso and head. Put just the face on the wall, and have the kids see how fast they can put the body together in the right places. Make sure that they name the body parts as they work to put the body together. For another game, have relay races where the kids are placed into pairs. The kids must race from one area to another while certain body parts are touching the whole time, such as hands, elbows or heads. Any team disconnected before reaching the end will have to start over. Make it even more challenging by making the kids switch to a different body part halfway through.

Body Awareness Art Activities
Art projects can help your child become aware of the many things they can do with their hands. Choose activities that really get their hands, and perhaps even her feet involved. Make clay hand and footprints by letting your child press them into molding clay. Once completely dry, let them paint the molds. Let them get messy by finger painting on a table covered with plastic sheeting. For another art project, give your child a hand held mirror to study her face and art supplies. Encourage her to make a self-portrait, getting as creative and abstract as she would like.

Body Awareness Reading
Read age-appropriate books with your child that focus on parts of the body. For toddlers, check out the board books. My First Body Board Book,” from DK Publishing and “Where is Baby’s Belly?” by Karen Katz. Both books offer simple words and pictures of babies and toddlers identifying body parts. For kids ages 3 and up, “Me and My Amazing Body,” by Joan Sweeney provides a slightly more detailed look at parts of the body, including skin and muscle.

Mrs. Yanet , Mrs. Mercy,and Grandma V

 

Green Door Weekly Letter October 6, 2017

Dear Parents,

We had a great and nice week, our topic was “FALL”. The children had many great opportunities to explore and experiment new sensory activities as we played with the leaves: we threw them in the air, blew them, smelled them, touched them and smashed them!

During Circle Time, we sang a special song on the tune of “London Bridge Is Falling Down” (all the leaves are falling down, falling down, falling down, all the leaves are falling down, red, green, yellow and brown”.
Rylee, Oliver and Gloria enjoyed their art project: painting with leaves and gluing leaves on a construction paper. For our sensory experiments, the children had to touch fresh leaves versus faded ones.
Our little ones, Alia, Alferdo, Maite and Jordyn are more and more alert and active.

Reminders: We are still missing some family pictures: please bring them on Monday.
School Food: As our little babies are growing so fast, some are now able to eat some of the food we offer at school. Please look at the menu in the calendar and tell us what we can or can not serve them and start to train them and facilitate the transition for the next class (not that we want them out!).

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Yanet, Mrs. Mercy, Grandma V

 

Green Door Weekly Letter September 29, 2017

Dear Parents,

Green Door is on the move!!!. These little kids never get tired; it’s a festival of walking, cruising, crawling and moving all over the room… They are also very interested in climbing on the chairs, the table, or whatever they found to climb on (the teacher for example). Fortunately, we managed to avoid bumps and bruises!

Our topic for this week was “My Face and Body”. During Circle Time, we sang songs talking about the body’s parts: “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes”, “Your Face”, and Itsy, Bitsy Spider” – we changed the lyrics of the song: the spider is climbing on our body, starting by the toes, knees, stomach, shoulder, neck etc.., “one little finger”.

Family Picture: Please return it as soon as possible. The children enjoy looking at people’s picture that is part of their life; parents, grandparents, siblings, uncles, cousins and also pets).
Tips For Parents
Give your baby plenty of tummy time, starting from birth. By playing on their bellies, babies develop the muscle strength in their shoulders, arms, back and trunk (torso) that helps them learn to crawl.
Encourage your baby to reach for the toys she is interested in. Lay interesting toys at just a short distance from your almost-crawler. See if she is able to move herself toward these objects.
Make sure your baby has space to explore that is safe and supervised. Now is the time to begin child-proofing your home. Take a walk through (or better yet, a crawl-through) your home and see what potential hazards may be at your baby’s level.
Place the palms of your hands behind your child’s feet when he is on all fours. This stabilizes him and gives him something to “push off” from when he is just learning to crawl.

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Yanet, Mrs. Mercy, Grandma V

 

Green Door Weekly Letter September 22, 2017

Dear Parents,

The teachers of Green Door are glad that everyone is safe and sound after the Hurricane Irma. This week went fast again and the children have been really busy. We welcomed Gloria (11 months old), and her family to our big family. She is familiarizing very well and fast to our environment, and we are more than happy to have her with us. The teachers of Green Door are thrilled to begin a new school year with your child. Our goal for this week was to focus on body parts and more particularly on the face. We made different activities for everyone. The children enjoyed imitating the teachers pointing at the eyes, nose, ears and mouth and the Peek A Boo game, (Where are my eyes? Where is my mouth?).

Circle Time is a great moment as the children tried to make some gestures or swing at the rhythm of the songs. They all love the Itsy Bitsy Spider, Rollie Pollie and Little Bunny Foo Foo songs.

Our “babies” are growing fast; Maite, Alia and Alferdo are starting to roll and adore the sitting position in a seat or on their teachers’ laps.
Family Picture: If you didn’t return the form with the Family Pictures, please return it as soon as possible. The children enjoy looking at people’s picture they can recognize (parents, grand parents, siblings, uncles, cousins and also pets) Thank you.

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Yanet, Mrs. Mercy, Grandma V

 

Green Door Weekly Letter September 1, 2017

Dear Parents,

Our weekly theme was “Making friends“. We started to have Circle Time all together and sing songs and make finger play. We also encourage the children to play together, playing with blocks and balls.

“Children social development begins from the moment they enter the world; but their first real friendships won’t begin until the toddler years. At one year old, children observe each other’s actions and then try to repeat them. Associative play is an excellent way for children to learn from each other (participating in similar or identical activities without formal organization). The children don’t yet understand the concept of sharing, and they think that whatever is in their hands or attractive to them, belongs to them (I like it, it’s Mine!), leading sometimes to situations such as biting or hitting. They may appear antisocial but their friendships are very real to them. In fact, babies as young as 8 months old can get attached to other kids. However, it will take some time before they can really play together”.
To help them developing those skills, during Circle Time, they practiced sharing and taking turns as they passed to each other a shaker while listening to a song. Each morning, they also listen to a “good morning” song introducing the name of everybody so they can get used to their friends’ name.

The children stayed busy during the week: Maite, Alia and Alferdo were doing some activities to strengthen their neck muscles and develop the head control necessary for sitting up (tummy time). Oliver, Jordyn played with blocks (they really enjoy knocking down the tower) Rylee is practicing walking, holding the teacher’s hands.

Next week, our topic is “Families”. We are missing a lot of Family Pictures, please bring them as soon as possible. You can send them by email and we will ask the office to print them for you.

Have a wonderful and safe weekend.

Mrs. Yanet, Mrs. Mercy, Grandma V.