October News: Week of October 31st
All children ages 6 months and older are required to get their annual flu shot no later than December 31st. Please submit proof of receipt to the office as soon as your child receives their vaccine.
Sproutlings will close at 3pm on Wednesday November 23rd for the Thanksgiving weekend. We will reopen on Monday November 28th.
Travel Policy Reminder
As we approach the Holidays please be aware of our quarantine policy for unvaccinated children when travelling outside of NJ,NY, CT, PA and DE.
“We are asking that all UNVACCINATED children traveling outside our immediate region (NY, NJ, PA, CT, and DE) for longer than 24 hours to self-quarantine and follow the guidelines below: • Receive a PCR test 3-5 days after returning from travel, with day 0 being the day the child arrives back in NJ. The child should stay home and self-quarantine for 5 days after travel. The child may return to Sproutlings on Day 6. • If the child does not receive a PCR test, they will need to self-quarantine for 10 days after returning to NJ (day 0). They may return to Sproutlings on day 11. Children who have received the COVID-19 vaccine may attend Sproutlings the day after they return from travel, provided they are symptom-free and their COVID-19 vaccine record is provided or is already on file at Sproutlings. If you are planning on traveling outside of the United States, please confer with Sproutlings administration for details on our international travel policies.”
The Peapods finished the month of October by dressing up in our Halloween costumes. It was so much fun parading around outside in our costumes. We loved seeing what everyone was wearing.
We enjoyed touching our pumpkin innards with our fingers. It was very squishy.
We also had a fire drill during nap time. It was very lucky for us that it was a beautiful day and the leaves were falling all around us. Some even fell into our cribs!
There were many songs Ms. Emily and Ms. Laura sang to us but we always love “If You’re Happy and You Know It.” We just love clapping our hands.
Ms. Lu read Sixteen Runaway Pumpkins by Dianne Ochiltree.
The past 2 weeks have been so exciting! We started it off by coloring a picture for Diwali. We worked on matching noses to the different animals with the help of our teachers. They made animal noises which made it even more fun. We heard so many great stories! Eventually we got to Halloween and wore our awesome costumes! We loved seeing our parents at the Halloween parade.
We helped our teachers decorate by creating leaf handprints. They came out so great, check them out on our door! We were able to welcome back our lead teacher Miss Melody. Everyone is glad to have you back! Enjoy your weekend everyone.
We had such an exciting two weeks in the Seedlings room!! We did so well with our fire drill last week and we’re so proud of ourselves.
The Seedlings had a great time making a giant pumpkin that is ion the wall in our room. We absolutely love being able to work together on our projects and we point to them all the time saying “I did that!”.
We had lots of fun walking in our Halloween parade and seeing the other children’s costumes. Our Halloween party was the best! We want to thank all of our parents who helped make it happen.
During circle time, we read Pete the Cat and the Five Little Pumpkins by James Dean and sang “Elmo’s Song” with our three Elmos.
Little Sprouts had so much fun talking about Halloween and pumpkins. We had so much fun seeing our friends costumes and walking in the parade. We loved reading Halloween books during circle time, our favorite Halloween book to read was 10 Little Pumpkins by Greening Rosie. We enjoyed dancing around to some of our favorite songs. Our favorite activities are playing with the parachute and building with the bristle blocks.
In Beanstalks we have been working on our fine motor skills practicing our grip and using the glue, as well as getting messy creating works of art and playing in our sensory bin . We learned about Diwali and one of our friends was so gracious bringing us a class activity to do together. We had fun learning about a different culture.
We had fun learning about Halloween and Halloween safety. It was so much fun to show everyone our Halloween costumes at the parade.
We did a STEM activity this week, we scooped out our pumpkin, carved it and then made it erupt like a volcano.
We read so many books Pete the Cat and the 5 Little Pumpkins by James Dean, The Great Halloween Treat by Suzy-Jane Tanner, and Peppa Pig and the Halloween Party.
We enjoyed singing some songs and dancing to “5 Little Bats“ and “Do You Know How a Pumpkin Grows“. It’s been a fantastic week of learning and we can’t wait to see what the month of November has in store for us.
Pre K 3 and Saplings
The last couple of weeks in Pre K 3 has been busy. We discussed the life cycles and parts of apples and pumpkins. We also celebrated Diwali and Halloween.
Last week, the children matched apple shapes and apple letters. We painted with real apples to make beautiful art work and made an apple pie craft. We also made apple sauce and tasted it. The children got to eat different color apples to see if they tasted different.
This week, we used the alphabet to wrap up a plate to create a friendly mummy. The children counted pumpkins, practiced patterns, and matched letters to put together pumpkins puzzles. We glued 5 (or more) pumpkins on a gate to go along with our song.
Pre K 4
In Pre-K 4, the children have been learning about Halloween and pumpkins. We talked about all things spooky and had so much fun celebrating the holiday. We also learned about Diwali and The Day of the Dead, and other holidays celebrated during the past two weeks.
We also learned about the life cycle of a pumpkin, its characteristics, and the parts of a pumpkin. We read so many books, but among our favorites were The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams and Spookley the Square Pumpkin by Joe Troiano.
We did some fun experiments in our classrooms. Miss Jen’s class did a Skittles and hot water science experiment and Miss Maddie’s made slime! The children created their own versions of Spookley — check them out outside of our classrooms!
They also worked out recognizing upper/lowercase letters and beginning letter sounds and working on one-to-one correspondence while counting out pumpkin seeds.
During journals, we answered questions about what things are scary and what our favorite thing is about Halloween.
Our Handwriting Without Tears (HWT) letters were X, Y, and Z. We worked on forming the letters correctly by starting them at the top, as well working on proper pencil grip. We also reviewed some of the letters we learned in past weeks before we move on to capital letters that start at the center.
Next week, the children can look forward to learning about different folk and fairy tales. Have a great weekend!