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March 2024

Tuesday, March 19th, 2024

Happy Birthdays this month to Lillian, Teagan, Ellari, Nate, Angus, and Atlas.

Baby Room

Welcome to March! We are so excited to be getting closer and closer to spring and warmer weather!

For the first week of March we will be teaching the children about transportation! During circle time we will be singing the silly song “The wheels on the bus”. This is a favourite for all the children with all the
silly actions! For story time we will be reading the book called “The Little Blue Truck.” For our craft activity this week we will be having the children use square pieces of paper to make their own name train!

For the second week of March we will be celebrating St. Patrick’s day with the children. For our circle time song we will be singing the song “The Little Leprechaun”. For our book during circle time we will be reading “The Itsy Bitsy Leprechaun.” For crafts this week we will have the children making handprint Leprechauns. The children love getting messy with the paints! Don’t forget to have your child wear something green on Friday March 16th to celebrate!

For the third week of March we will be welcoming spring! The first day of spring is March 19th ! We are so excited. For circle time we will be singing the song called “Mr. Sun”. This is a very fun song for all our friends to sing. For our book during circle time we will be reading the story “10 Little Rubber Ducks.” For crafts this week we will have the children use their feet to make footprint robins! They should have so much fun!!

For our last week of March we will be celebrating Easter. For our circle time song we will be singing a huge favourite of all the children in the centre called “Hop Little Bunnies”. This is a very fun action song for the children! For story time we will be reading the book called “If You’re Hoppy”. For our craft with the children this week we will be making hand print bunnies! We know they will have so much fun playing with the paint!

Mrs. Hilda, Mrs. Aman

Toddler Room 1

This month we will be talking about shapes, springtime, flowers, and St. Patrick’s Day! At the beginning of the month, we will talk about shapes and learn the basic shapes. We will practice with flashcards; the children will identify the shapes that they see. On one day we will discuss circles and squares, then we will talk about triangles and rectangles, and later on we will talk about ovals and stars! We will read stories about
shapes; for art, we will make shape pets. The children will take shapes and glue legs and eyes on them and decorate them however they would like.    

Later in the month, we will talk about St. Patrick’s Day. We will talk about St Patrick’s day, leprechauns, and rainbows. We will read a story about the leprechaun, and the story about how the leprechaun lost his rainbow! For art, we will make a tissue paper shamrock. We will provide the children with green tissue paper, for them to glue and make a leaf.

Further along in the month, we will discuss springtime! We will talk about how the weather changes from winter to spring, and some of the changes you might see. We will discuss how the snow melts, and we see the animals coming back, and the plants growing. We will talk about the birds returning and singing in the morning. We will sing the song, “Little bird, quiet,
don’t say a word” during circle time. For art, we will explore spring colours with paint.

Near the end of the month, we will talk about flowers! We will talk about the different coloured flowers we can see during spring and how it is an excellent time to go and explore the flowers. During circle time, we will talk about the different parts of a flower and play with flashcards. For art, we will make a toilet roll flower stamp. The children can pick the colour they want their flowers to be and they will make a stamp. 

Mrs. Naouel, Mrs. Georgina

Toddler Room 2

Hello families and welcome to March! We are one step closer to spring! March 19th is the first day of spring! All our friends are ready for the warm spring and summer months to go outside and play with no more snow pants!

This month we have many exciting activities planned for all our friends. We will start the month off with working on our Letter “S” art activities! The children have worked so hard throughout the year studying all the letters of the alphabet.

We will then move on to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! We have so many green themed activities for all our friends to try out! Including a green sensory table! We can’t wait to see how much fun they have. Don’t forget to wear green in celebration on Friday March 16th!

We will spend the last couple weeks of March celebrating Easter with all our friends. We have so many bunny themed arts and crafts waiting to be made! The children will use eggs to create all sorts of art projects to take home for their families. We are so excited to implement all these activities over the month of March. We know all our friends will have so much fun!

Mrs. Kayleigh, Mrs. Monisha

Preschool Room

Happy March to all our Bambi Families!

The children continue to practice their letter sounds every morning during circle time. They are learning the difference between vowels and consonants and picking it up quickly! We continue to sing the “Days of the Week” and the “Months of the Year” songs. This month we will add a learning game called “Boom, Clap, Snatch!” where the children listen for beginning, end, or middle sounds and snatch the correct sound cards before their partner. We have also been playing “The Rainbow Freeze Game,” which the children have loved. We play music and dance, and when the music stops, the children hop, crawl, etc. towards a specific colour on the floor. We are practicing number recognition, adding, and subtracting during circle time. The children are practicing counting up to thirty!

Who is excited for Dr. Seuss? As the beloved author’s birthday is in March, we will be basing our activities on his books. We will be making green eggs and ham with handprints, sock puppets, and painting fishWe will read Green Eggs and Ham; Horton Hears a Who; Fox in Socks; and One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. Thank you to everyone who emptied their sock drawers for our sock puppet craft. The children have enjoyed the entertainment from our class puppets and they will be delighted to make puppets to play with. We will be making use of some class puppets in the dramatic play area as well.

Next comes Pie Week! Our stories will include The Apple Pie that Papa Baked, A Pie for Us!,  Skylar Makes a Pie, Sammy and the Pecan Pie, and How to Bake an Apple Pie. We will learn the songs “I Like to Eat Apples and Bananas,” and “The Fruit Friends Song.” Pie provides a fantastic opportunity for sensory activities, such as drawing in coloured shaving cream. We will also make pies out of craft paper. The crowning glory of our week will be baking mini chocolate pies! We will use mini tart shells, chocolate pudding, and whipped cream!

St. Patrick’s week will turn the classroom green! The children will make rainbows, leprechauns, and shamrocks in our art time. We will conduct a science experiment, turning paper towels into rainbows. A special leprechaun will pop in at circle time to read us our stories. We will read How to Catch a Leprechaun, The Leprechaun and the Gingerbread Man Loose at School, and The Leprechaun in the Basement.

Easter activities will commence right after St. Patrick’s week. The children will fill their time with decorating Easter bags to look like bunnies, making chicks, and decorating eggs. We will conduct an egg-and-spoon race, which should be a grand old time. We will read Who Hid the Easter Eggs?; The Easter Egg; and No Rest for the Easter Beagle. Our Easter sensory bin will contain an upper and lowercase matching activity using plastic eggs.

Mrs. Yana, Mrs. Tanya, Mrs. Tatyana

February 2024

Tuesday, February 20th, 2024

Baby Room

We would like to welcome Elsie and Nola to our room this month. We hope they have a great time in our room with their new friends.

All of our friends have had some wonderful growth over the last month we are excited to tell the families about.

Joy is thirteen months old and has been in the daycare for about a month now. She is slowly warming up to all her new friends and her teachers. Joy has started crawling and trying to walk sideways along the bars of the small stair set in the classroom. She is also able to stand up and move along the furniture we have in the classroom. Her gross development is coming along great! She loves using her hands to play and inspect the toys around her. She loves having any food and being able to practice her fine motor development by picking up the small bite sized pieces. She has had a great month of growth with us!

Edward is a very active boy! He loves to explore the different play areas in the Baby Room as well as the Toddler Room. Edward has started crawling around the classroom lots and has also started to practice his walking skills by pulling himself along the furniture in the classrooms. He loves crawling up and down the small set of stairs we have in the Toddler Room. Edward is working on developing his language skills. Currently Edward will use his hands to point at the toys or objects he would like. He is so funny he is always making his teachers laugh!

Miles is a sweet and curious child! He loves to participate in any of our daily activities in the classroom. Miles has started gaining some wonderful language skills and is able to say the words water, milk, more and mom! He is also slowly able to recognize his animals and make the correct corresponding sounds to the animals such as cows, cats and dogs. Miles has very strong legs and is able to push the toy cars outside back and forth. Miles loves finger play songs and is very good at copying the actions of his
teachers. Miles gross motor and fine motor development is coming along very well!

Davis is another friend who has finished his first month with us in the daycare. He is a quiet and shy child. He loves to go outside to walk around the playground and observe the other children. Davis really enjoys story time. He loves looking at the pictures of the book as the teacher reads and describes them. Davis has great gross motor skills and is able to walk around the classroom as well as walking up and down the small set of stairs in the Toddler Room by holding the bars. He loves to help assist his teachers with getting dressed for outside or getting undressed from outside time by pulling his arms out or his legs out! Davis loves to eat lunch and snack everyday!

Mirabel has started walking alone without any assistance from teachers or objects! She is so proud of herself! She is such an independent girl already! Mirabel has started speaking some simple words such as the name of her brother, some of her friends as well. Mirabel is a very observant child and loves doing puzzles in daycare. She is very nice and kind to her friends. She loves to play peek-a-boo still as well as going outside with her friends.

Miley is a very active girl and always has a smile on her face! She is attentive to the teachers when we call her name. She has started to be able to push and pull toys or other objects while she is walking around the classroom or outside. She loves to stack blocks during play time and loves to investigate toys with both her hands. Miley’s favourite toy is her stuffed bunny from home. Miley is doing wonderful with her gross motor development.

Ivy has had such great language development in the last month. She is able to say five or more words. She is able to understand simple requests from her teachers such as “bring me your shoes.” Or “let’s throw the ball.” She has started to be able to identify pictures in the books we read in the class, and also imitate simple animal sounds. Ivy is starting to recognize body parts on herself and on her dolls. Ivy loves playing with the balls, cars and riding the horse in the classroom.

Zayn loves circle time with his friends and teacher. He loves to sing silly songs and imitate the actions to some songs! He has started gaining some great gross motor development becoming able to go up and down the small stair set in the Toddler classroom. He has started to attempt to say three or more words. He has become able to hold his cup to drink out of and to hold his own spoon or fork to eat. Zayn loves to pick up his food with his fingers during lunch and snack time. Zayn loves to play in the block area. He
is able to stack three or more blocks into a tower. Zayn as very friendly with the other children in his class!

Mrs. Hilda, Mrs. Aman

Toddler Room 1

Happy Birthday to Harper!

This month we will be talking about Valentine’s Day. During circle time we will talk about what Valentine’s Day means, and the things we do on that day. We will sing the “I love you” song and explain to the children how we must love our family members.

For art, we will make a red heart with footprints, and we will fold it
to turn it into a card. For sensory play, we will fill the water table and add some red or pink food colouring. Then we will add some heart shapes, and glitter for the children to play with. 

Later on in the month, we will talk about our families, and how they’re
special. We will discuss some of the things you can do as a family. As a class, we will also discuss pets and our grandparents. We will talk about how we should take care of our pets and some of the activities you can do with your grandparents. We will be making pets like dogs and cats during our craft time.

Near the end of the month, we will talk about the magic words (please and thank you) and manners! During circle time, we will discuss why we need to have good manners and the magic words we should be using. We will read the book The Little Boy Who Cried Wolf and discuss the importance of honesty. The children will make a magic word craft, where they will cut papers with magic words on them, and glue them on a piece of construction paper.

Mrs. Naouel, Mrs. Georgina

Toddler Room 2

Happy Birthday to Erik this month.

Hello families and welcome to February!! We can’t believe January is already over! One step closer to summer! We have a couple wonderful holidays to celebrate this month and we can’t wait to have fun with our friends!

We will start February off by finishing our Letter “O”. The children should have quite a lot of fun with this weeks activities.

Our next week will be filled with two fun subjects, the Letter “P” and Valentines Day! We start the week with our letters and then we will move on to some lovey dovey art activities for our friends. We will be using quite a few different mediums to create our art.

The following week we will finish off with Valentines Day fun and move on to our Family Day fun! We can’t wait to make some family trees and cards for our wonderful families.

The third week of February will be full of tricky art with the Letter “Q”. This isn’t the most common letter so it will be interesting to teach the children some new words!

Our final week of February will be for the Letter “R”. The children are getting so good at their letters! We have been having so much fun the last few months learning and practicing our alphabet.

Mrs. Kayleigh, Mrs. Monisha

Preschool Room

Happy Birthday to Ellison!

Hello Parents! The sun’s light is beginning to reach us earlier in the mornings and is staying a little longer with us each afternoon. We are so looking forward to a spring filled with warmer days.

Valentine’s Day puts one in mind of notes, cards, and letters to friends and loved ones. So, what could be a more fitting pre-Valentine’s theme than a post office? Books have been selected to reflect this theme. They include Mail Harry to the Moon!; Too Many Moose!; and The Post Office. During art, we will practice stamping with bubble wrap and toilet paper rolls. We will write secret messages with invisible ink, and then reveal the message with turmeric. We will also practice our cutting skills by creating postcards.

Valentine’s Day week will greet the children with a classroom decked out in red and pink. We will discuss friendship: kindness, empathy, and celebrating with others. Our books this week include Happy Valentine’s Day, Charlie Brown; Celebrate Valentine’s Day; Happy Valentine’s Day, Curious George. Hearts will be painted pink and bedazzled with pom poms and feathers. We will make water-resistant hearts with oil pastels and watercolours. We will also use cookie cutters to make heart prints. We will be singing I’m a Little Valentine and Five Little Hearts. Our water table will be filled with Valentine’s Day objects.            

After Valentine’s Day week, our theme will change to friendship. Our books for this theme include Friendship, A Color for His Own, and I Will Surprise My Friend! We will be discussing how we can be there for our friends, what we enjoy doing with our friends, and so much more! We will make friendship necklaces from baking soda clay, friendship wreaths from our handprints, a flower kindness craft, and we will make chocolate chip cookies together. The dramatic play area will be set up as a post office and will include a post box, envelopes, and paper for the children to draw pictures for their friends or to practice forming letters.

Mrs. Tanya, Mrs. Yana, Mrs. Tatyana

January 2024

Saturday, January 13th, 2024

Baby Room

Hello families and welcome to the new year! We are so excited for January as we get two new friends in the Baby Room! Our new friends are Joy and Davis.

For the first week of January we will be learning about Winter. For circle time we will have all the children singing the song “Snowflake on my Nose.” For our story time we will be reading the book “The Snowy Day.” For our crafts this week we will be making a handprint winter tree. Our friends love using their hands to make handprints so this should be quite a fun art project for them!

The second week of January we will be talking about Polar Bears! The children love roaring like a big scary bear! For circle time we will be singing the song “Yes I’m a Polar Bear.” For our reading material this week we will be reading the book “Polar Bear Polar Bear What Do You Hear?” For our craft we will be making a polar bear face using coffee filters.

During the third week of January we will be teaching the children about Penguins. For circle time we will be singing a finger play song called “Five Little Penguins.” For story time week we will be reading the book “Tacky the Penguin.” For crafts this week we will be using the children’s feet to make little foot print penguins! They should have so much fun!

For our last week of January we will be learning about our Five Senses. For circle time we will be singing the songs “Five Senses” and “Bingo”. For our story time we will be reading the book “Touching.” For our craft this week we will be using different textures to make a collage! The children should have lots of fun touching and feeling the different textures.

If the weather permits we hope to have the children outside playing in the playground. They love sliding down the slide, riding the bikes, and driving the cars around. We are so excited to have all our friends back after the Christmas break and are very excited for our new friends to join us.

Mrs. Hilda, Mrs. Aman

Toddler Room 1

Happy New Year! I hope you spent a lot of time with your family and loved ones. This month, we’re going to be talking about winter sports. During circle time, we will talk about hockey, skating, and sledding. We will read books such as Flora and the Penguin, and Pigaloo. We will also play with flashcards of the alphabet, numbers, and colours. For crafts, the children will make skates, and they will get to decorate them however they would like.

The cold is coming, and we will talk about what we can do when there is snow outside. We will discuss how each snowflake is different, and how we can roll the snow into balls to make a snowman. We will help the children make a snowflake with aluminum foil. They will get a blank piece of paper, and they will use strips of foil to make the snowflake lines. The books we will read will include Max and Marla, and Tacky and the Winter Games. In the housekeeping area, we will add extra toques, mittens, and warm clothes to dress the baby dolls. We will explain to the children that it is important to stay warm when going outside.

Later in the month, we will talk about winter animals. During circle time, we will sing the weather song, and have a puppet show about winter animals. The animals we will talk about are polar bears, penguins, rabbits, reindeer, and the Arctic fox. We will play flashcards to identify each animal, and where they live. We will also sing the song “I’m a Little Penguin”. The books we will read will be Mice Skating and Snowy Sports. For arts and crafts we will make a cotton ball penguin. 

Mrs. Naouel, Mrs. Georgina

Toddler Room 2

Welcome to 2024! We hope everyone had a magnificent Christmas Holiday season with family and friends! We missed all our friends over the holidays and we are so excited to get back and have some fun with the children!

For the month of January we will be coving more of our letters in the alphabet. Our first week back we will be teaching the children about the letter “K.” We will have the children painting Kiwis with sponges. Our next item will be making a Key using aluminum foil as an art medium. We will have the children soaring in the clouds as they make their own Kite. Then we will end the letter “K” with a Kitten art creation. We hope the children have so much fun their first week back

Our second week of January will consist of the letter “L.” This is going to be a fun week of activities. We even have a science experiment using a Lemon to paint. We are so excited to see what the children are able to make using the juice of a lemon and food coloring on their paper. We will also have the children creating their own roaring Lion! The children love roaring in the classroom seeing who can be the scariest! We will also be making yummy Lollipops with multiple markers taped together to try and make
a circular shape. The last couple days of the week we will be covering a Leaf and a Ladybug. The children had so much fun this summer finding ladybugs in the playground they will have so much fun making their own!

For our third week in January we will be covering the letter “M.” We will be covering a wide variety of things that start with the letter “M.” Our first project will be making a Monkey! All the children love acting like silly monkeys and now they will use their hands to make a monkey in a tree. The children love painting with their hands so it should be quite a fun time! We will then move on to making a Moon! Having the children learn about space is such a fun time! They love being able to see the moon in the
morning time while we are outside playing in the playground! For our next art project we will be using Macaroni to create a picture! I’m sure the children will have so much fun as they all love eating macaroni! Now they can see what macaroni looks like before it’s cooked. Then we will move on to making a tiny Mouse. Since the children love using their hands to paint we will be making a tiny mouse face with their handprints! Our last art project during the letter “M” week will be Mountains. We will have the children using glue to glue different colored paper to their white paper to create a mountain effect. We will add snow capped mountains to our picture since it is still winter! We hope the children really enjoy this weeks art activities.

Our fourth week of January will be representing the letter “N.” We will start with having the children make a nice calm Night scene. We will have them paint their papers dark like the night sky and add little stars for a pop of colour. The next day we will be making a Nest. Children will be using brown paint and a fork to try and create a small nest for birds. Since noodles start with “N” we will be using cooked noodles for this art activity. We hope the children like feeling the texture of cooked noodles vs dry macaroni. For our second last art activity we will have the children gluing numbers to their paper. We are always practicing our counting with all the children and this will be a good time for them to get the visual look of the numbers they are saying. Our last art creation for the week of “N” will be a Narwhal. The children love reading books about the ocean and now we will be able to have them create their own whale in the ocean. It will be interesting to see what each friend makes.

Our last week of January will consist of making items that start with the letter “O.” It was a bit tricky finding the best items to make starting with the letter “O” that the children would recognize. We will
start the week easy and make a little Octopus! This will be a fun activity as we also get to count out eight legs for each Octopus. We will move on to another animal and make an Owl. We will have the children flying around the classroom with all their friends being silly after making this art creation! Our next item to make starting with the letter “O” will be the Ocean! After creating a narwhal it will be fun to let the children create their own ocean scene and see what they come up with! Our second last art project will be a simple Orange. We will have the children painting in a circle shape! We might try and add orange
juice to the paint to see if they can smell an orange in the orange paint. Our last thing we will make starting with “O” will be Olaf! All the children love singing the song from Frozen so this will be a fun silly activity for all the children to enjoy! We can’t wait to get started on all our learning we have planned for January! It will be so much fun getting back into the swing of things with all our friends again!

Mrs. Kayleigh, Mrs. Monisha

Preschool Room

Happy Birthday to Zachary, Annie, and Stella this month.

Happy New Year! January will consist of an All About Me theme, focusing on different aspects of ourselves such as our homes, families, senses, and feelings.

            Home and family are precious things, and we will talk about our families and homes during circle time. Pictures of houses and apartment buildings will be presented to the children so they can pick out shapes within real-life images. Puzzles of people wearing different outfits will be available for the children to play with. We will read books like The Family Book, and My Family, Your Family. We will teach the children songs like Some Families, With My Family, and We’re a Happy Family. The children will get the opportunity to play dress-up in the dramatic play area and play “family” with dollhouses. During art, we will draw and decorate a basic house, paint, and do a puppet “self-portrait.”

            We will spend some time on our five senses. The children will learn about smell, taste, touch, hearing, and sight. We will take a sensory walk, using our feet to feel different sensations (feathers, paper, bubble wrap). We will play a hearing game. The children will listen to different sounds and must guess what they are listening to. The children will be able to sample different smell jars and talk about what they are smelling. We will talk about which parts of our body are responsible for our senses. We will present books like The Five Senses, Pete the Cat: Five Senses, and The Pigeon Needs a Bath. We will sing The Five Senses, I Have Five Senses, and Do You Like Lasagne Milkshakes? The children will paint on tin foil, with seasonings and spices, and play with scented playdough.

Feelings, what are they, how many are there? We will explore this topic in many ways. We will begin by showing the children a feelings chart and having the children point out how they are feeling that day. During storytime, we will ask the children how they think the characters in the story are feeling and why. We will read books like The Colour Monster, Sad Monster, Glad Monster, The Boy with Big, Big Feelings, and Ruby Finds a Worry. The children will be making the feelings monsters art project which requires them to fold paper, paint, and organize shapes into facial characteristics. 

Mrs. Tanya, Mrs. Tatyana, Mrs. Yana