Archive for January, 2024

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