Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Thankgiving Week - Part 2 - November 25-27

Even though it was a short week at The Pa-Paw Patch, the kids still had lots of fun gearing up for Thanksgiving!  Here's a little treat for the eyes...

The one-year-olds made turkey hats and looked precious wearing them!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

We Now Offer Kindermusik!

Here's a little pre-Christmas treat for for our Patchers and their families...we will start offering Kindermusik's ABC Music & Me classes every week at The Pa-Paw Patch beginning in the month of December!  These classes will be FREE for all two-, three-, and four-year-olds in December and January.  After that, you can sign your child up to continue having a weekly ABC Music & Me class for just $5 per month!

Kindermusik is a well-known name in music education, and they have built the ABC Music & Me curriculum specifically designed for preschoolers to encourage language and literacy.  Research has proven that children who took part in the ABC Music & Me program for 30 minutes per week had 32% more literacy gain.

Each class is 30 minutes and is held once a week.  Every class includes songs, poems, a story, rhythm activities and a chance to play musical instruments.  Children will learn phonemic awareness, early reading skills, and skills in following directions from focused listening with music.  The best part is, you will also get login information so you can access that at-home website, which has lots of games, activities, and downloadable songs that your children learned in their weekly lesson.  It's really cool!  You can visit Kindermusik's website for more information about the program here.

We're excited to get started, and our first lesson will be Wednesday, December 4th!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Thanksgiving Week Part 1 - November 18-22

We've just finished up our first week of Thanksgiving and we're looking forward to continuing our Thanksgiving activities next Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday!  (Remember, we're closed Thursday and Friday.)

Here's a few things we've done this week!

The one-year-olds colored pilgrims.  And did a great job!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

HomePlay Idea - Tree of Thanks

Make this cute reminder of what you and your children are thankful for with this Tree of Thanks.  Use it as a decoration or centerpiece at your Thanksgiving table!

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Monday, November 18, 2013

Food Play!

It's Thanksgiving Week here at The Pa-Paw Patch, so we tried to think of a fun sensory activity to send to the classrooms as a special treat.  What did we come up with?  Homemade play food!  Yes, of course there's lots of play food in the refrigerators and shelves of every class's housekeeping center, but we thought some special play food might just hit the spot for Thanksgiving play!  We've had lots of fun crafting our food, with a little help from several websites and inspiration from Melissa and Doug's felt food kits.  Here's what we're eating for Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 15, 2013

My Family Week - November 11-15

Here at The Pa-Paw Patch, we've had a fun week learning all about our families!  We've talked about who makes up our families, what members of our families do, household chores, and family trees.  We brought pictures of our families to share with our classes and had a family-themed music time with Ms. Pam.  Even the infants got to have family-themed board books read to them as part of their daily story time!  See below for all the fun stuff that went on this week in pictures!

A family tree was sent home with each of the one-year-olds as a family project.  Parents helped their child color their tree and glue pictures of their family to it.  They turned out well!  They also drew pictures of their family.

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

HomePlay Idea - Family Theme

As promised (but a day late!), here's another HomePlay idea for you to do with the little ones at home this week, right in time for Thanksgiving.  Make an easy "My Family" book with pictures of all the people in your family.  Write their relationship to the child and their name below the picture.  This is especially wonderful for families that are spread out, so that the little ones can know far-away loved ones a little better.

picture of finished My Family Book

Monday, November 11, 2013

HomePlay Idea - Animal Family Theme

This week, as a treat, we're going to have TWO HomePlay ideas!  Exciting, right?

Our theme for this week is Families.  We're talking about our families and animal families, so this first HomePlay is an activity board that we actually made for every class.  You can make one for home too!  Change the pictures out for different seasons or themes to keep it fresh at home.  For toddlers, make the easy matching board, where the ribbon with the baby animal on it is attached to the mommy animal pocket.  The harder matching game, for Pre-Ks, has the ribbons with the baby animal pictures at the bottom for them to match to the mommy pockets.  Matching is an important pre-math skill that little ones have fun practicing!

The Easy Matching Board
animal family matching board finished
Easy Matching Board, all matched up

Friday, November 8, 2013

Travel and Transportation Week - November 4-8

There's been plenty of honks and beeps around Vale, North Carolina this week as our Patchers have learned all about traveling and transportation.  We've talked about what kinds of transportation go on land, sea and in the air, and have observed all the types of vehicles we've seen going down the road while we played on the playground.  Stoplights, stop signs, construction vehicles, we've covered it!  See what fun we've had!

Our one-year-olds enjoyed blobbing paint on a big sheet of paper and driving their cars through it, making tracks all over it.  What fun!

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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

HomePlay Idea - Travel and Transportation Theme

This week, we're talking all about traveling and transportation.  This is such a fun theme for kids!  Keep the theme going at home and as you drive around this week by giving your little ones our transportation bingo card!  We've created this colorful card that your children can look at in the car, and older children can see if they can spot the objects as they ride around town.

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Transportation Bingo Card --Download and print it here!

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Halloween Week - October 28-31

Halloween week was definitely a "treat" here at the Patch!  We ended our week with a classroom trick-or treat where the children went room to room and got candy.  Every class had a Halloween party for snack time on Thursday as well.  Through the week, fun Halloween activities were happening in our classrooms.

Our one-year-olds did spooky dances with new wrist ribbons!

wrist ribbons at The Pa-Paw Patch