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New School Year

Welcome to the new school year! We are off to a great start. The children have been busy learning about themselves and each other. We began with a focus on “Me,” with projects and discussions about ourselves, our facial features, the letters in our names, our feelings, and what makes us feel happy, grumpy, etc. We danced to the “hokey pokey,” and “If you’re happy and you know it.”

We are now learning about our senses. We have been singing and exploring with “The Bear Went Over The Mountain” (included below). We have talked about and experienced concepts such as: rough or smooth, soft or hard, bigger or smaller, different colors, different sounds we hear in our environment, things we smell, and things we taste. We will continue to learn about our senses for a bit longer and then transition to fall activities.

We are also working on strengthening the muscles needed for writing activities. Some of these lessons include playing with play dough, working with tweezers, balancing materials on small spoons, and picking up small pieces with our thumb and forefinger.

We are expanding on the lessons with the letters in our names to the letters in the color names with color focused art experiences. We began this series of lessons with discussing the sound “r” makes and gluing red rice to the word “red” on red paper. We will continue through the colors with their letter sounds. When completed, the children will turn their projects into self-made color books to bring home and read.

 News from the Twos

The toddlers finished learning about the jungle in August.

They learned about the letter “I” in talking about oneself.

Their favorite book of the last couple weeks is “Ava’s Poppy,” by Marcus Pfister, which led into discussions of the end of the gardening season.

The Bear Went Over the Mountain

The bear went over the mountain,
The bear went over the mountain,
The bear went over the mountain,
To see what he could see.

The bear went over the mountain,
The bear went over the mountain,
The bear went over the mountain,
To hear what hear could hear.

 The bear went over the mountain,
The bear went over the mountain,
The bear went over the mountain,
To smell what he could smell.

The bear went over the mountain,
The bear went over the mountain,
The bear went over the mountain,
To feel what he could feel.

The bear went over the mountain,
The bear went over the mountain,
The bear went over the mountain,
To taste what he could taste.



Showing We Care

heartsThis week is a bit of a mixed bag here at Ivy Cottage. The children remain highly interested in transportation related topics so we continue to learn with stories such as The Dinosaur Train. At the same time, we are also moving on to learning with a focus on caring and emotions. Today we discussed and compared the geometric heart shape and the human heart. We will be reading Toot and Puddle: You Are My Sunshine, Clifford’s Valentine Surprise, and Count the Ways, which focus on ways to show we care.

Next Thursday, we will have a little Valentine party. We will have a special snack and valentine activities. Any treats you’ like to send in may may be enjoyed during snack or sent home with our goodie bags. If you would like to send valentines for your child to exchange, please send either one for each child in your child’s group or one for each child in the program.

Writing names on each valentine is optional, but would support our work on name recognition.

Three Little Pigs


This week we are learning with construction and the Three Little Pigs. Monday, we gathered materials and made straw houses. First, we huffed and puffed and blew them down. then, we glued them. Tuesday, we built with sticks. Wednesday, we will construct with bricks. We are also exploring different types of construction trucks and constructable toys, like Legos, Lincoln logs, gears, and tetris style blocks. The skills we are focusing on include fine motor coordination, pattern recognition, understanding stories, and more name recognition. The children are making great progress.



Learning about Transportation – Week 3


This week we continue our learning with transportation. The children are learning the letters of their names, counting, sorting, and creative expression with the help of cars, trains, buses, boats, and planes. This week we will add a bit of science with observation and experimenting with items which sink or float. Many of the preschool children can be heard singing our transportation song while they play. It is sung to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.

Take a bus or take a train.

Take a boat or take a plane.

Take a taxi, take a car.

Maybe near or maybe far.

Take a rocket to the moon,

but be sure to come back soon!

Learning about Transporation – Week 2

This week we continue learning with transportation. Our focus is on learning shapes, spatial relationships, recognizing similar sounds, and representing experiences in pretend play. We are also working more on names. The younger children will be working on recognizing their own names and learning the first letter. The older children are working on writing their own names and identifying all of the letters in them. This has been an ongoing learning process and will continue as the children continue to develop early literacy skills. The news board in the entry will now have each child’s name listed daily. As you leave for the day, please allow your child to find his/her name and erase it from the board with a cotton puff. Thanks for allowing us to be part of your child’s learning journey.



Learning about Transportation

This week we are learning about transportation.

Books we are reading:

  • The Little Engine that Could
  • Giant Machines
  • The Goodnight Train
  • A Dragon in a Wagon
  • Go, Dog, Go!

Skills we are learning:

  • Literacy: Recognizing similar sounds
  • Math: Sorting objects, count and patterns
  • Social: Resovling conflicts
  • Creative: Recreating stories and experiences

New book club flyers are in your mailbox. Please consider ordering. Each child received a coupon for a free book with a $5 order.

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