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2017:

January             February         March               April

April 2017

Jarvis to Fort Dover

While going down the dusty road from Jarvis to Fort Dover,

My wheels got stuck in a rut,

And I went tumbling over… whoops!

Over… whoops!

And I went tumbling over… whoops!

Developmental Tip of the Month

A recent study (mentioned in last month’s newsletter) showed that back-and-forth conversations with your children matter. Vocabulary and language skills increase when you talk together. However, if you interrupt the conversation by answering your cell phone, your children learn less. It makes sense; willingness to interrupt the conversation can be seen as if the conversation isn’t important to you. Try having phoneless conversations with  your child once a day (by turning down the ringer or leaving your phone in another room), and enjoying knowing that you are helping to build your child’s language skills, while sharing quality time together.

March 2017

The Elevator Song

Oh the city is great, and the city is grand.
There are lots of tall buildings on a little piece of land.
And you live way up on the 57th floor, and this is what we like to do!
We take the elevator up
We take the elevator down.
We take the elevator up
We take the elevator down.
We take the elevator up
We take the elevator down.
And we turn around!

Developmental Tip of the Month:

Parents are a child’s first and best teacher. Children learn by looking at the people most important to them and imitating what they are doing. So, if you want your child to get the most out of today’s program, please participate enthusiastically in all of our activities. There’s plenty of time to talk on your cell phones afterward. But for now, help make this experience even more enriching for your children by joyfully participating with them.

 

February 2017

https://youtu.be/WOnI6fZGUBA

Zoom Zoom Zoom, We’re Going to the Moon

Zoom Zoom Zoom
We’re going to the moon!
Zoom Zoom Zoom
We’re going to the moon!
If you want to take a trip,
hop aboard my rocket ship.
Zoom Zoom Zoom
We’re going to the moon!
5, 4, 3, 2, 1, blast off!

Developmental Tip of the Month:

This song about a rocket is exciting  for many children, and they often try hard to learn the associated actions. Once they learn to control muscle movement and coordinate with eye-hand development,they become better at other more challenging tasks. These physical abilities are called “fine motor skills” and they help children prepare for learning how to write (or type on a keyboard) successfully. So encourage your child to sing this song to you, using all the motions we did here today.

 

January 2017

Popcorn

Pop pop pop
You put the corn in the pot.

Pop pop pop
And you shake it till it’s hot.

Pop pop pop
You lift the lid and what have you got?

Pop pop pop
Popcorn!

Developmental Tip of the Month:

Have your child try to jump with both feet off of the ground while reciting this rhyme. Physically, it will help your child let off steam and build gross motor skills. Because this short rhyme plays games with sounds, it exposes your child to the qualities and differences in sound. And, acting out kernels turning into popcorn ignites your child’s imagination.