Sproutlings Childcare

Sproutlings News – October 1, 2018

-All children over the age of 6 months old must receive a flu shot by the end of the year. Please submit documentation of your child’s flu shot to the classroom teachers. They will submit them to Kerry. The Health Nurse will be coming in January to make sure all vaccinations and flu shots are up to date. Thank you for your help with this. As always, please return a Universal Health Record after your child’s yearly physical. These can be found in the lobby. Please also provide an updated vaccination recordwhenever your child receives a new vaccination.

-Please help us keep Sproutlings secure by using your key card to get into the building every day.

Events:

-The New Providence Fire Department visit- this Friday, October 12th

-Vote for the Sproutlings Scarecrow in the New Providence Scarecrow contest!

-Our annual Halloween Parade will take place Wednesday, October 31st. Parents are invited to watch us parade around the parking lot in our costumes. The parade will take place in the morning- please stay tuned for more information.

Peapods

Peapod I

As usual we had a busy week.  Some of us had our picture taken on Tuesday.  Most of us cooperated with the photographer 😁.  Music time is a favorite part of our mornings.  We get very excited when Miss Robin sings her songs.  We’re even starting to participate.  We love to “play” our instruments .  We shake and bang out beautiful music.

It’s starting to look like a couple of us are getting ready to take a few steps! We’re getting good at balancing. We are also getting plenty of tummy time.We are still in the process of decorating our room. It’s going slowly but we will get there! We’re loving the squishy feeling of painting. Our book this week was Apples and Pumpkins by Anne Rockwell.  We pointed out the apples and pumpkins in the story. Our song was “Do You Know the Muffin Man?”

Peapod II

This week in Peapods II we started decorating for Halloween by making ghost footprints to hang from our ceiling.👻 We like to watch them twirl around. Ms. Robin sang us a new song this week called “1,2,3 Little Pumpkins.” Many of our friends clapped and danced along. Our book of the week was called The Biggest Pumpkin Ever by Steven Kroll.

Seedlings

What a fun week in the Seedlings! Our favorite song this week was “Doe a Deer.” We love when Miss Robin comes to sing it to us. We try to copy her hand motions as we sing. Our favorite book continues to be  Monday by Eric Carle. We have it memorized! For sensory this week we played with straws and water in Zip-Lock bags. We loved pressing on the plastic and seeing the straws move around. Happy second birthday to Lydia and Quinn! Thank you for the delicious treats!

Little Sprouts

This week, Little Sprouts has been learning about Autumn. We learned that another way it is called is fall. We talked about how all of the leaves turn colors and then fall off the trees to the ground. We talked about how they turn orange, yellow, red, and brown. In our sensory table, we have fake fall leaves. We throw them up in the air and watch them slowly twirl back into the table. For art, we made a paper plate leaf, sponge painted leaves, and colored with our fall colors. We read the book, Mouse’s First Fall by Lauren Thompson. We sang lots of songs this week! A couple favorites were “Orange, Yellow, Red, and Brown” and “Autumn Leaves are Falling Down.” We had our new music teacher, Miss Michele, from Elefante Music come and teach us new songs and dances! Miss Robin has been in during the week to help us learn our colors with specific color songs along with different artwork on popsicle sticks to help us remember each and every color. As always, Stretch-N-Grow is always a fun time for us! We love moving and grooving with our coaches. We had so much fun this week learning about autumn, but we can’t wait to see what is in store for next weeks theme of scarecrows!

Beanstalks

Happy fall from the Beanstalks class! This week we learned all about apples. We cut open an apple and used magnifying glasses to see what we could find inside. We saw the seeds, the stem, and the different colors of the peels. We read Harvest Party by Jennifer O’Connell. We learned about following a recipe to make food and made yummy cinnamon applesauce! We also cut open apples and dipped them in paint to make apple prints. We learned “Hickory Dickory Dock” this week as we were learning about what clocks do and how we follow a classroom schedule everyday. As always, we had a lot of fun playing during Stretch and Grow and singing and dancing along with Miss Robin!

Saplings (Pre K 3)

This week in the Saplings we explored the topic of trees! We asked, “What do trees have? What do they need? and What do they do?” In math, we measured tree parts like leaves, sticks, and bark with unifix cubes. We saw which of the parts of a tree were bigger and which parts were smaller. In literacy, we made the letter “T” and turned it into a tree. For art, we made trees out of feathers. The kids really liked gluing the feathers to the paper. They loved the idea of using feathers instead of leaves. It was so silly! The stories we read this week were  Our Tree Named Steve by Alan Zweibel and  Chicka Chicka, Boom Boom. Next week we will study the different characteristics of trees.

Pre K 4

The Oaks and the Maples

This week, Pre K 4 began their study of trees. The class discussed what they already know about tress and what they’d like to learn. The kids went on a tree hunt outside and drew the trees they found. We read Our Tree Named Steve, and Tap the Magic TreeWe learned the song “The Green Grass Grows.” In math, we measured tree parts, found quantities of more and fewer objects and learned about ordinal numbers. In literacy, we worked on straight line letters building E,F,H,I and T out of interlocking cubes. Have a look in our gallery for our tree paintings. Next week we will continue our study of trees. This week we also said goodbye to Miss Sarah as she is leaving for a Director position in Jersey City. We wish her the best of luck!