Kickstarting Fall!

Toddlers and Early 3s have had a busy start to the fall season! We played with Halloween items in the sensory table, sorted Halloween characters on our matching board, and made beautiful leaf rubbings. We also practiced number one with one little monkey jumping on the bed and learned the 5 Little Pumpkins poem!

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Toddlers and Early 3’s kickstart October!

Now that our routines are in place and everyone’s secure and HAPPY (yaaaay!), it’s time for some real fun! This month is all about fall… fall trees, scarecrows, pumpkins, and lots of Halloween goodness all around. Listen for some singing around your house, (have you heard the Jump Up and Down song yet?), and listen for a spider poem, too! Enjoy these pics of your adorable kiddos having fun and learning at school…ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

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Frankenstein made it to the Toddlers!

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Our little Toddlers learned about shapes as they glued together their own frakensteins.

Spiders, bats, and skeletons…oh my!

We just finished the Halloween season with lots of excitement and fun!  The Pre-K students have been working hard as we have been learning about all things “creepy and crawly” .  The children loved our Halloween themed activities which included, exploring pumpkins, learning about bats and spiders, and creating some wonderful arts and crafts projects for Halloween.  One of their favorite activities was going on a “Spooky Walk” and using all five of our senses to describe pumpkins!!  We even got to try yummy pumpkin seeds!  🙂

We learned the difference in fiction and non-fiction books, used our countdown chain to see how many days until our party, worked hard to write our names correctly (only the first letter is uppercase), and started our reading groups!  The groups are going well and the students are doing an excellent job with their sight words.  So far, we have learned I, like, is, and and.  Continue to practice these words at home, as well as practicing writing!

Here are a few activities to to help promote fine motor skills that you can do at home!!

-manipulating playdough:  rolling it into small balls, long rolls, etc.

-tearing paper into fine strips-use them for a collage or crumble them into balls

-screwing up whole pieces of newspaper in one hand at a time to develop strength

-threading beads or macaroni onto a sting

-lacing activities

-cutting out with scissors (using the correct grip-thumb points to the ceiling)

Totstober is Spooktactular

Just a reminder that Totstober is this Wednesday evening from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.  This is an event for the whole family, siblings included.  We have lots of Halloween fun planned so come join us!!  Don’t forget to get the little ones all dressed up in their costumes for the Costume Dance Party.  We also have wonderful Creative Tot artwork on display throughout the building, including our Jasper Johns inspired artwork in the Gym Gallery.

Also bring along a pumpkin to carve or paint with the family.  If you bring a pumpkin to carve be sure to have it gutted and ready to go.  We have templates and ideas for you to choose from or you can create your own design.

Be sure to visit www.ident-a-kid.com to review this wonderful service that will be available for purchase at Totstober.  This is a wonderful way to keep your children safe and be prepared when it counts the most.  If you choose to get an ID for your child, it would only cost $7 for one and $10 for 3.  The IDs contain the child’s picture, height, weight, address, phone number as well as their fingerprint on the back.  The process is very quick, only about 45 seconds per child.

Take a look at the flyer below for more details.  See you Wednesday for games, pumpkins, songs, safety and fun!!