We will have Train Week for two weeks merging it next week with Vehicle Week.

This week in the art area we will painting with vehicles and make our own trains.  While the pain with the vehicles we will be using words that describe motion, texture, size while watching the cause and effect of paint on the wheels of the vehicles. The children will be using shapes to build their own trains.  The art activity will be using Math skills.  The ‘train pieces’ will be circles, triangles, rectangles and squares. As you discuss different shapes you will be adding to your child’s vocabulary. You can help your child with the names of shapes in their home environment – a door is a rectangle, the dinner plate is a circle, the window is a square, a stop sign is a octagon, etc.  They can recognize and compare 2-dimensional and 3-dimensionalshapes as they compare the 2-dimensial train they make at the art table with the 3-dimensional wooden trains in the blocks area and with the 2-dimensional train puzzles at table toys.  As the children learn about shapes we will encourage them to create and take apart shapes– make a square from 2 triangles.  At the playdough table you can encourage the children to create new shapes, cut the ball in half, roll the snake into a circle as they experiment with the playdough.  Using words such as turn (rotation), flip (refection), slide (translation) teach spatial visualization that will later be used in geometry.  Using these terms with toys – “turn your Teddy Bear over” – will then be used with directions for shapes – “turn the triangle shaped piece so it fits inside the puzzle”.  At Circle Time we will continue to use words to expand their spatial orientationvocabulary.  Above, below, in front, behind, over, underare positional words that allows children to understand where things are in their world.  The spoon is beside your bowl, you are under the table, a bird is flying over the house are all sentences that teach spatial orientation. As we read Freight Train this week I will use positional words as I describe where the train is going.  You can use words to help your child develop a stronger math oriented vocabulary this week as you describe their world using descriptive vocabulary words that describe shape, size, and placement.

Down By the Station
Down by the station 
Early in the morning 
See the little pufferbellies
All in a row 
See the engine driver
Turn the little handle
Whoo Whoo Choo Choo
Off we go!

Little Red Caboose
Little red caboose, choo, choo, choo
Little red caboose, choo, choo, choo
Little red caboose behind the train, train, train, 
Smokestack on his back, back, back, back
Chugging down the track, track, track, track
Little red caboose behind the train.

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This week we will be having our Friendship Party.  The children will pass out their Friendship cards on: 

Thursday (Bears, Eagles) 

Wednesday (Orcas, Owls)  

Friday (Otters).  

The children will have a bag with their name on it that will be placed on the floor, in a circle, in the room next to the block area.  During class they will deliver their Friendship Cards and they will take their bag home with them.  At home you can look over the items in the bag to determine if there are things you would prefer your child not have.

* Valentine Envelope:

Send in an addressed, stamped envelope and your child will make a Valentine to send to a special someone.  (Grandma, Dad/Mom at work, favorite Auntie…. you choose)  We will have the child make as many as needed.

* Friendship Card Bags:

We will have the bags set out in a separate room.  During Free Play (Small Group/Bears) the kids will deliver their cards. 

* Friendship Cards:

Bring in cards that are “signed” but not addressed.  We will deliver them after snack during free play.  If you will not be in class you can send the cards to class and we will deliver them for you.


Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear turn around

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear touch the ground

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear show your shoe

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear down goes you.


Way down in the jungle where nobody goes

Theres a wishy washy washer woman washing her clothes

She goes – oooh aaaaah, ooooh, aaaaah

That’s how the washer woman washes her clothes

Waddily ah-cha a goochie goochie gooh

Waddily ah-cha a goochie goochie gooh

That’s how the washer woman washes her clothes.

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This week and the month of February we will be talking about friendship, family and people in our neighborhood.  We will learn some silly songs, rhymes and poems about love.  At the art table children will be using glue and paper to make cards for family and friends. As they create their cards they will be: 

           *developing fine motor skills 

           *learning about shapes and colors  

           *talking about letters and names.

We will be sending the Valentines cards they make and talking about people that work and live in the neighborhood. When you are in the car or on a walk you can talk about the people who work in the stores they visit, the library or the neighbors next door.  This is a way to have your child connect to the community they live in – their family, their neighbors and the people who work in their neighborhood.


Skidamarink a dink a dink, Skidamarink a doo,  

I love you.
Skidamarink a dink a dink,  Skidamarink a doo,  

I love you.
I love you in the morning. And in the afternoon,  I love you in the evening. And underneath the moon; 

Oh, Skidamarink a dink a dink. Skidamarink a doo, 

I love you! .

Love Somebody, Yes I Do
Love somebody, yes I do
Love somebody, yes I do
Love somebody, yes I do,
Love somebody, and I’ll tell you who.

(Love my Daddy, …my Mommy, … My Grandma, …)

Bubble Gum Poem

I love you 

I love you

I love you divine

Please give me some bubblegum

You’re sitting on mine!

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Thumbs in the thumb place…. This will be a good week to add to your child’s vocabulary: words that describe the weather, colors, temperature and textures. Our children have lots of words for wet and rain but not as many about cold weather.  The snow we had will give you an opportunity to add those words to their vocabulary with an understanding of the cold snow.  We will have a chance to talk about textures this week along with colors.  The children will be playing matching games with colored mitten cards.  You can extend that play with giving them things to match at home – socks when you are doing laundry, spoons/forks when unloading the dishwasher and putting the silverware away, memory card games and picture dominoes are fun both for learning how to play a game as well as matching the pictures.

Mittens on My Hands

(Sung To: ‘Wheels on the Bus’) 

The mittens on my hands
Keep me warm
Keep me warm
Keep me warm
The mittens on my hands
Keep me warm
All Winter long!

The socks I wear will…

The boots on my feet…

The hat on my head…

The scarf around my neck…

The coat I wear will…

Mitten Song

Thumb in the thumb place (Give Thumbs up with both hands)
Fingers all together (hold fingers together like in mittens with thumbs out). 
These are the things we wear in mitten weather (move mittens back and forth). 
When it’s cold, it doesn’t matter whether, (shrug shoulders)
Mittens are wool or made of finest leather. (rub hands like of 
Thumb in the thumb place, fingers all together

Mitten Story

My poor little kitten lost her mitten and started to cry, “boohoo”,
So I helped my kitten to look for her mitten, her beautiful mitten of blue.
I found a mitten just right for a kitten, under my mother’s bed.
But alas the mitten was not the right mitten, for it was colored red.
I found a mitten just right for a kitten
…under my father’s pillow … yellow.
…on the hand of my brother’s clown … brown.
…under the laundry so clean … green.
…inside a grocery sack .. black.
…under the kitchen sink … pink.
I found a mitten just right for a kitten inside my favorite shoe,
And this time the mitten WAS the right mitten, for it was colored blue!

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The month of January is supposed to be our ‘cold weather’ month.  Although the forecast is for warmer and wetter rather than cold and snow. This week we will be talking about cold weather, snow and snowmen.  If the chilly weather returns you can point out the frost to your child. We will be introducing Bear and getting him dressed for warmth.  

Winter Songs and Poems

It is Snowing

It is snowing, it is snowing

All around, all around

Soft and pretty snowflakes

Soft and pretty snowflakes

On the ground, on the ground.


I’m a chubby snowman short and fat

Here is my broomstick and here is my hat

When the sun come out and shines all day

I just start to melt away….

Oh no I’m a puddle!

Little Snowman

A chubby little snowman with a carrot nose

Along came a bunny and what do you suppose?

That hungry little bunny looking for some lunch

Ate that snowman’s carrot nose crunch, crunch, crunch

Mitten Song

Thumbs in the thumb place, fingers all together.

This is the song we sing in mitten weather

When it is cold it doesn’t matter whether 

mittens are wool or finest leather.

Thumbs in the thumb place fingers all together

This is the song we sing in mitten weather.


The cold wind doth blow

And we shall have snow

What will poor robin do then, poor thing?

She will sit in the barn

And keep herself warm

And hide her head under her wing. Poor thing.

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Welcome back to school.  I hope you have enjoyed time with family, friends and had some time to get outside to enjoy the breaks in the rain and wind..

We will be talking about snow, snowflakes and snowmen in the next several weeks.  We will have songs, poems and stories about cold weather and snow.  If you have any snow pictures / family pictures it would be great to post them on the bulletin board in the Snack/Lunch Room.

This week looks like it will be a mix of rain, sun, clouds and chilly weather.  Please, be sure to dress for chilly outside play – both for you and your child.  😉

At home you can talk about ice, cold, water, snow, snowflakes and warm clothing.

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Just as no two snowflakes are alike your child is not like any other child.  Yes, they may have family similarities, or are right on target with other children their age on the development charts, but they are all unique little people.  Enjoy those special qualities that make your child a ‘snowflake’ – unique and one-of-a-kind!

This week we will be talking about snowflakes.

The Science of Snowflakes: Facts and Activities for Children

Laure Latham 
December 9, 2015 

Six is the magic number for snow – did you know that? If you had a big magnifier and stepped outside with your children on a cold winter day to watch snow fall from the sky, here is what you might observe – six-sided hexagonal crystals, needles or flat six-sided crystals, and a wide variety of six-sided shapes. All snowflakes are a combination of the number six for simple chemical reasons – they’re all variants of the water molecule. Despite all snowflakes having six sides, not two snowflakes are exactly identical. How crazy is that? Here are a few more fun facts about snowflakes as well as simple science activities you can do with your children.

Where Do Snowflakes Come From?

As obvious as this may sound, snowflakes—or more scientifically, snow crystals—are formed in clouds. However they are not frozen raindrops, as that’s called sleet or hail. Snowflakes are a different cold weather phenomenon formed from water vapor that condenses around a tiny particle—the seed crystal, usually a speck of dust—in clouds. Cloud droplets condense around the seed crystal and freeze on the surface of the particle, patterns emerging as the crystals grow. 

The shape of snowflakes is determined by the altitude and temperatures at which they are formed. When several crystals stick together or create puffy white balls, they become snowflakes. Once the snowflakes are heavy enough, they fall to the earth. The average snowflakes fall at an average speed of 3.1 miles per hour! 

Snowflake Song

Snowflakes, snowflakes, dance around,
Snowflakes, snowflakes, touch the ground
Snowflakes, snowflakes, in the air
Snowflakes, snowflakes, everywhere
Snowflakes, snowflakes, dance around
Snowflakes, snowflakes, touch the ground

Five Little Snowmen 
Five little snowmen riding on the sled (pretend five fingers are sledding)
One fell off and bumped his head (pretend one finger falls off…rub head)
I called Frosty and Frosty said (dial imaginary telephone)
“No more snowmen, riding on that sled!” (say in a deep voice)
Four little snowmen… etc

Winter Song
Way up high in the snowy tree
Lots of little snowflakes smiled at me.
I shook that tree as hard as I could.
Down came the snowflakes
They are cold!

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It is hard to believe that December is here. We will be singing a lot of bell songs this week. We will introduce sounds from musical instruments as well as sounds that they hear at home, in nature and while outside on a walk.

As we start the ‘holiday season’ (even though the stores have been in holiday mode since Halloween or before!)  we will be staying “the same” at preschool.  We will start singing our bell songs but Jingle Bells will be the only ‘holiday’ song we sing.  It is nice for the children to know that preschool will be the same as always – familiar and what they expect.  It may be comforting for you, as well, to know we will be low key and without a lot holiday hubbub going on.  We will switch from gobble- gobble to ring-ring.    It is an exciting time of the year and hopefully we can catch some of that excitement while maintaining a calm atmosphere at preschool.

Bell Songs:

Ring, ring, ring your bells

Ring them loud and clear

To tell the children everywhere

That Circle Time is here.

Ring Ring Your Bells

Did you ever ring your bells, your bells, your bells

Did you ever ring your bells over  your ______

….under your ______, on your ______, next to your ______

Jingle Bells

Dashing through the snow
On a one horse open sleigh
O’er the fields we go,
Laughing all the way
Bells on bob tail ring,
making spirits bright
What fun it is to laugh and sing
A sleighing song tonight

Oh, jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh
Jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh

Motion Rhyme

Shake, shake, shake and stop

Shake, shake, shake and stop!

Stop, stop, stop and SHAKE!

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This week, we will have turkeys, feathers and lots of ‘gobble, gobble, gobble’ at preschool.  The kids will be painting our papier mache turkey at the art table.  

In the sensory table they will continue using the ‘alligator’ tongs and small black tongs to find hidden items in the sensory table.   Tongs are a fun way to work on fine motor skills.   

There will be farm animals at playdough and in the sensory table. In the blocks area there will also be farm animals – both plastic and soft.   We will have a special guest animal when we sing Old McDonald. Gobble, gobble, gobble.


Funny Fellow

The turkey is a funny fellow, his head goes wobble, wobble.

He only says but just one word: gobble, gobble, gobble.

Hello Mr Turkey

Hello, Mr. Turkey how are you? Hello, Mr. Turkey how are you?

With a wobble, wobble and a gobble, gobble

Hello Mr. Turkey how are you?

(Good bye Mr. Turkey see you later.)

Mr. Turkey

Gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble says the turkey (2x)

His head goes wobble, wobble, wobbles and he says a gobble gobble.

Gobble, gobble, gobble says the turkey.

My Turkey

I have a turkey big and fat

He spreads his wings and he walks like that

His daily corn he would not miss

And when he talks he sounds like this:

Gobble gobble gobble

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