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SNOWFLAKE WEEK

SNOWFLAKE WEEK 2019

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.  

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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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SNOW WEEK

Welcome back! The month of January will be our ‘cold weather’ month. During Snow Week we will talk about cold weather, snow and snowmen. We will be making snow collages and paint with Epson Salts to create snow pictures. We will begin our snow-themed songs and finger plays that we will sing all month. If the chilly weather returns you can point out the frost to your child. During Circle Time I will introduce Bear. We will dress Bear for warmth and talk about warm clothes we wear during chilly weather.
If you have family pictures, especially any snow pictures, you would like to share I will be posting them on the bulletin board in the Circle Room. It will be fun to see what people did during break.

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.
Snowman
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.
Robin
The cold wind doth blow
And we shall have snow
What will poor robin do then, small thing?
She will sit in the barn
And keep herself warm
And hide her head under her wing. Small thing.

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MOON WEEK

MOON WEEK 2018

 

This week we will continue singing about stars and light.  We will add conversation about the moon.  You can go to this website to see information about the moon, the sun and the planets.

https://www.timeanddate.com/astronomy/night/usa/seattle

 

We will have a full moon on Saturday.  It is called a Cold Moon.

  1. Traditional Full Moon Names
  2. Wolf Moon – January
  3. Snow Moon – February
  4. Worm Moon – March
  5. Pink Moon – April
  6. Flower Moon – May
  7. Strawberry Moon – June
  8. Buck Moon – July
  9. Sturgeon Moon – August
  10. Harvest Moon – September or October
  11. Full Corn Moon (Harvest) – September
  12. Hunter’s Moon (Harvest) – October
  13. Beaver Moon – November
  14. Cold Moon – December

 

If the skies clear up the children should be able to see the full moon and Venus.

Cold Moon 2018

Dec 22, 2018 at 9:48 am

 

 

Mr. Moon

Mr. Moon, Mr. Moon

You’re out too soon

The sun is still in the sky

Go back to your bed

And cover up your head

And wait for the day to go by

 

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BELL WEEK

Bell Week

It is hard to believe we are starting Bell Week – December is here.

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 and the children will be excited to play with the bells.   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.

 

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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Star Week

STAR WEEK 2018

This week is Star Week. We will be singing songs about stars and talking about shiny things. The playdough will have glitter added to it and the sensory table will have white beans and blue tools. We will be painting star shapes with glitter paint. During the next two weeks we will talk about things that shine, lights, stars and the moon. There will be flashlights in the climbing to use to find the stars on the walls and color paddles to shine the light through. This is a wonderful time to discuss different types of light – candles, twinkle lights, different lights in your house as well as the natural light outside – the sun, moon and stars.

Star Light Star Bright
Star light, Star bright
First star I see tonight
I wish I may, I wish I might
Have the wish I wish tonight.

Hey Diddle Diddle
Hey diddle diddle,
The cat and the fiddle,
The cow jumped over the moon.
The little dog laughed
To see such sport,
And the dish ran away
With the spoon.

10 Little Stars
One little, two little, three little stars,
Four little, five little, six little stars.
Seven little, eight little, nine little stars,
Ten stars in the sky
Star Poem
At night I see the twinkling stars
And a great big smiling moon.
My mother tucks me into bed
And sings a good-night tune
Star Song –
Sung to Mary Had a Little Lamb
Stars are shining in the sky
in the sky, in the sky
Stars are shining in the sky
Way way up so high.

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Farm / Food week

FARM WEEK / FOOD WEEK 2018
I hope everyone had a nice time visiting with family and friends during the Thanksgiving holiday. We will be exploring the world of food and where it comes from this week. We will have one last round of gobble songs and some new farm songs. We will be using fruit and vegetables for science activities at the art table. We will be talking about food and how it grows, what they like to eat and what animals eat. We will look at homes for animals and homes for people. As we start the holiday season this is a good time to talk to your child about family, friends, community, things we have and what we are grateful for.

I Can Eat a Rainbow
RED as an apple
ORANGE as a carrot,
YELLOW as a banana,
GREEN as grapes,
BLUE as blueberry,
PURPLE as a plum,

One Potato, Two Potato
One potato, two potatoes, three potatoes, four
Five potatoes, six potatoes, seven potatoes more

ANIMALS ON THE FARM
Animals live on a farm, on a farm, on a farm.
Animals live on a farm, with the farmer.
Cows and pigs live on a farm, on a farm, on a farm.
Cows and pigs live on a farm, with the farmer.
Horses and sheep live on a farm, on a farm, on a farm.
Horses and sheep live on a farm, with the farmer.
Ducks and turkeys live on a farm, on a farm, on a farm.
Ducks and turkeys live on a farm, with the farmer.

Over In The Barnyard
Over in the barnyard
Early in the morning,
See the yellow chickies
Standing in a row.
See the busy farmer
Giving them breakfast.
Cheep, cheep, cheep, cheep.
Off they go.
Substitute other barnyard animals.

FARM ANIMALS
The cow in barn goes moo, moo, moo,
Moo, moo, moo. Moo, moo, moo,
repeat
All around the farm.
The pig in the pen goes oink, oink, oink,………..
The hens in the coop go cluck……….
The lambs on the hill go baa,……..
The ducks on the pond go quack……

ANIMAL SOUNDS
Are you listening, are you listening
to the dog, to the dog
Hear the dog calling, hear the dog calling
Woof, woof, woof. Woof, woof, woof
Insert other animals

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TURKEY WEEK

TURKEY WEEK 2018
This week, and next, we will have turkeys, feathers and lots of ‘gobble, gobble, gooble’ at preschool. The kids will be painting our papier mache turkey at the art table. They will be making their turkey handprints and turkey hats during the next two weeks. In the sensory table we will have split peas and tongs. Tongs are a fun way to develop 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.

SONGS AND RYHYMES

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 (3x)
Mr. Turkey gobble, gobbles and he wobble, wobble, wobbles.
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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SPIDER WEEK

SPIDER WEEK 2018

This week is Spider Week.  We will introduce spider songs/finger plays as well as continue with apple/leaf/pumpkin songs.

With the spider we will be talking about webs – home for a spider.  We will talk about other homes for animals – nests, holes, caves, etc.  We will talk about their home.  During the week you can show your child webs outside in the garden. With the rainy mornings it will be perfect for finding webs outside.  Look for nests in the trees now that the leaves have fallen.  Ask your child where he/she thinks the birds live during the winter, where do the spiders go when it is cold and what kind of homes different pets have.  We will continue to talk about homes as we move into Thanksgiving and family celebrations.

Songs and Rhymes

Itsy Bitsy Spider

Little Miss Muffet

 

Spider on the Floor
There’s a spider on the floor, on the floor.
There’s a spider on the floor, on the floor.
There’s a spider on the floor,
Who could ask for anything more?
There’s a spider on the floor, on the floor.

(There’s a spider on my leg, on my arm, etc.)

Spin Spin Little Spider

Spin, spin little spider. Spin, spin little spider.

Spin, spin little spider. Spin a web today.

(Spin, spin higher higher.  Spin, spin lower lower.)

Bug in a Rug

Bug in a rug
Bug in a rug
Which one of you bugs
Is snug in my rug?

 

 

 

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Pumpkin Week

This week the children will be exploring pumpkins – in the play area, at the art table and in the sensory table.  We will have orange playdough and cookie cutters at the play dough table.   A pumpkin is a sensory experience in an orange ball (or other colors and shapes!) Talk to your child about the color, the size, the shape, the texture.  You can scoop out the seeds and roast them or buy some at the store and talk about where they come from.  There will be farm and garden books in the library area.  Talk to your child about where our food comes from and how plants grow.  Remember that some children love to explore and get messy while others will just want to look at the pumpkin. Either way the child is learning and developing new informational pathways in the brain.  These early experiences are stored and used to build the foundation for later learning

Pumpkin Songs and Rhyme

Have you ever seen a pumpkin, a pumpkin, a pumpkin,
Have you ever seen a pumpkin, that grows on a vine?
A round one, a tall one, a bumpy one, a squashed one.
Have you ever seen a pumpkin, that grows on a vine?
(You can add your own adjectives to describe it)

We are pumpkins big and round, big and round, big and round. We are pumpkins big and round.  Sitting on the ground.                                                                      (We are pumpkins, little and round)

Pumpkin, pumpkin, round like a ball.  Pumpkin, pumpkin, high on the wall.  Pumpkin, Pumpkin, sit up tall.  Pumpkin, pumpkin, tip and FALL!

Developing and Cultivating Skills with a Sensory Table…        Is it smooth and wet or bumpy and dry? Is it sticky and gooey or slippery and fluffy? Does it tickle? Can it change shape? These are just a few of the questions that children can explore while using a sensory table. Learning with a sensory table is more than a fun time-filler; it allows them to gain insight and information about the world around them by providing essential hands-on experiences. Investigating materials with no preconceived knowledge also helps develop and refine cognitive, social and emotional, physical, creative and linguistic skills.  Remember, there is no right or wrong way to use a sensory table; they are appropriate for all ages, genders and races. Encourage your child to explore: don’t overwhelm him with tasks and don’t be too quick to answer his questions   By Danielle Steinberg

http://www.pbs.org/parents/child-development/sensory-play/developing-and-cultivating-skills-with-a-sensory-table

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Leaf Week 2018

This week we will be learning about leaves – colors, sizes & where they come from.  At the art table the children will be making leaf prints and leaf painting at the easel. There will be leaf and tree cookie cutters at the playdough table.  We will have texture cards out to make leaf imprints. They can use the magnifying glasses to examine different types of leaves.  As you go for walks this week ask your child to find leaves of different colors, shapes and sizes.

Leaf Songs:

Leaves are falling to the ground, to the ground, to the ground. The leaves are falling to the ground.  Pretty Autumn leaves.

The leaves are falling down.
The leaves are falling down.
Red, yellow, green and brown.
The leaves are falling down.

The leaves on the trees turn orange and brown. . .orange and brown. .. .orange and brown
The leaves on the trees turn orange and brown
In the town.

The leaves on the ground go crunch crunch crunch,  crunch crunch crunch crunch crunch crunch
The leaves on the ground go crunch crunch crunch
Down to the ground
The leaves on the trees come tumbling down, tumbling down, tumbling down
The leaves on the trees coming tumbling down
Down to the ground

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