Hard to believe 2018 is coming to an end. It has been such an exciting year for your families with amazing bursts of child development unfolding right in front of you.
We have watched Colin come so far in the short time he has been with us. Scooting and rolling around the room, standing, and using his left arm more and more. He is always so happy when each of his friends comes in the mornings. Shay went from frustrated at watching Amaya crawl around to so happy being able to crawl around after her. In true Shay fashion she is now not content to crawl but wants to walk. After a love/hate relationship with being on his tummy, Cal is our newest crawler. He immediately went over to the cave and crawled inside, even before going through the tunnel. Andy had been perfectly happy playing on the floor mat or in an infant seat. Not anymore, now he can sit up by himself and play with a wider variety of toys…. There is a little tipping over but not for long. Jasper has gone from happy to just chill and watch what was going on around him, to being so actively engaged in playing with toys. Sometimes he tries so hard to reach the hanging toys he flips himself over. Nyx is our little gymnast! rolling around the room and holding her head up as high as possible. She is actually working on moving herself forward and backward, and we have even found her inside the toy shelf. Our new friend Kai is very active, too. He likes to kick the infant seat toys as well as reaching for them, His legs are always moving. Fasten your seat belts 2019 will be a year of developmental magic!
It was so nice for our families to learn about each other through our All About Us bulletin board. Despite their young ages we do a lot of socialization with our babies, having them get to know and recognize each other.
December’s theme will be Snow and Snowmen. The children will be painting snow themes, listening to snow/winter music, playing with a tub of gloves and mittens, plus a huge incredibly soft “snowball” will be a texture experience. Snowman shakers (some shaped like snowmen) will round out our theme.
We will be singing Happy Birthday to Colin this month!
********* December closing schedule is as follows:
We are closed Mon Dec 24th, Tues Dec 25th, Mon Dec 31st, and Tues Jan 1st
Family is such an important part of our little Ladybugs’ lives! When they talk on the toy phones, they are almost always talking to Mommy or Daddy. They talk about their homes, what they do there, and how they help Mommy and Daddy. They hug their siblings on the playground, and they get very excited and proud when they see Mom, Dad, Nana, Nonno, Gigi, and other family members who come to visit our school or pick them up at dismissal. Home and family is where children first learn about love, comfort, respect, and identity. What better way to honor families than to dedicate our month to learning about and sharing family relationships!
*We are so sad to be saying goodbye to Ms. Meg this month. We send her to Atlanta with warm wishes and all the love her heart can hold. We miss you already, Ms. Meg!
*We welcome Lizzie Eisenbud to our classroom until a fabulous new teacher can be found. Many of you know Lizzie from the infant room (and a frequent visitor to our room). She is a Ladybug fave, and we are so excited to have her!
*We are strong proponents out outdoor play. Please send your child with appropriate clothing and LABEL, LABEL, LABEL! We know it can be challenging to label some items (mittens and socks come to mind), and we appreciate your greatest effort in making sure we can identify your child’s belongings.
*We are closed on 12/24, 12/25, 12/31, 1/1. We ARE open on 12/26, 12/27, 12/27. If you have not already, please see Kim or Meg to fill out a form letting us know your plans for those days. It helps Laura/Sarah determine staffing needs for those days.
*Last month, we were lucky enough to have Carla Parker as a guest reader. If you (or a grandparent, aunt, uncle, cousin) are able to lend yourself to us for about 20 minutes around 11:30, we would love to welcome you to read to our class. Bonus: Fits in so nicely with our unit!
Activities (to include):
Guest readers (family members)
Family tree handprint art
Baby doll bath
Bake people cookies
Music (to include):
Where is Thumbkin? Family Finger
Baby Shark Five in the Bed
Grandma’s Glasses Wheels on the Bus
Jump Up and Down (ALWAYS requested!) Five Little Ducks
Books (to include):
Mommy’s Best Kisses by Margaret Anastas
Mama, How Long Will You Love Me? By Anna Pignataro
Love Me, Love You by Susan Heyboer O’Keefe
I’m a Big Brother by Joanna Cole
Where Do Kisses Come From? By Maria Fleming
What Do You Love? By Jonathan London
Guess How Much I Love You? By Sam McBratney
My Big Sister by Valorie Fisher
Families Together by Nancy Seaborn
The Family Book by Todd Parr
Time for a Hug by Phillis Gershator and Mim Green
The New Baby by Mercer Mayer
You are My I Love You by Maryann K. Cusimano
My Grandma and I by P.K. Hallinan
My Big Brother by Valorie Fisher
Mama Bird, Baby Birds by Angela Johnson