November 2008

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Phone: 303-444-6432

November 11th No School -Veterans Day
November 24th-28th No School-Thanksgiving Week
December 22nd – Jan 6th School breaks for winter vacation and BVSD Professional Days

We are currently reading,
Nov 3rd – Dec 5th or 12th The Paperboy by Dav Plinkey
Themes: Occupations, morning routines and responsibilities, safety, community, newspapers, reporters
We do have one extra copy for $4:00 if someone missed out on getting one

This month, as we are studying occupations, we would like to invite parents to come in to talk to the children about their occupations. Contact Michael to set up a day, if you are interested in participating. Interested parents will come in 15 minutes before their child’s pick up time on their scheduled day. You are welcome to bring a visual aid i.e. tool. Please contact us if you have any questions.

All the teachers will be participating in a 15 hour course with a group of 50 Boulder Valley School District and local preschool teachers. We are using two books for our course. The first is Learning Environments and the Young Child by Deb Curtis and Margie Carter. This book is a sequel to Designing Environments for Living and Learning which was the basis of last year’s teacher training. The second book we will be studying from is Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv. This opportunity is a fabulous way for our staff to develop professionally, as individuals, as a teaching team as well as in the larger context of local teachers. We look forward to bringing our experience into the classroom for the benefit of all of us.
With A Song In Your Heart
All Around the Town
(Child’s name) is up
(Child’s name) is down
(Child’s name) is (action: running, jumping, driving, flying) all around the town
Their (action) on their shoulders,
Their (action) on their knees,
Their (action) on their head,
Better tuck them into bed.

The People in Your Neighborhood
Oh, who are the people in your neighborhood?
In your neighborhood, in your neighborhood.
Say who are the people in your neighborhood–
The people that you meet each day?

Oh, the postman always brings the mail
Through rain or snow or sleet or hail.
I’ll work, and work the whole day through
To get your letters safe to you.

Cause a postman is a person in your neighborhood,
In your neighborhood, he’s in your neighborhood.
A postman is a person in your neighborhood–
A person that you meet each day.

Oh, a fireman is brave it’s said.
His engine is a shiny red.
If there’s a fire anywhere about.
Well, I’ll be sure to put it out!

Cause a fireman is a person in your neighborhood,
In your neighborhood, he’s in your neighborhood.
And a postman is a person in your neighborhood–
Well they’re the people that you meet
When you’re walking down the street
They’re the people that you meet each day!

It’s a Small World
It’s a small world after all,
It’s a small world after all,
It’s a small world after all,
It’s a small, small world.
It’s a world of laughter, a world of tears,
It’s a world of hopes, it’s a world of fears
There’s so much that we share that it’s time we’re aware
It’s a small world after all
There is just one moon and one golden sun,
And a smile means friendship to everyone
Though the mountains divide and the oceans are wide
It’s a small world after all

This Land Is Your Land
This land is your land – This land is my land
From California to the New York Island
From the redwood forest – to the gulf stream waters
This land was made for you and me.
Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
Twinkle, twinkle little star, how I wonder what you are
Up above the world so high, like a diamond in the sky
Twinkle, twinkle little star, how I wonder what you are
Could the traveler in the night,
See without your tiny light,
Twinkle, twinkle little star, how I wonder what you are

Out Of The Mouths Of Babes

Liza, “I’m going to be Ariel for Halloween. My dad’s going to be Prince Eric. I’m going to swim from house to house.”

Lily, “I didn’t know teachers have kids.” Elaine, “Your mom’s a teacher and she has you, and Sam’s mom is a yoga teacher, and she has Sam.” Sam Straff narrows his eyes, “My mom is …just my mom.”

Ahmed, “I’m going to throw a party.” Suzanne doesn’t understand what he is trying to say, so he throws wood chips in the air (like confetti) repeating, “party, party.”

Koen, “I’m growing into a human like you (to an adult)”

Eli sees some pink foam from the pig project in the styrofoam bin, “There’s a pig’s leg in the styrofoam!”

Matuka, “What is this?” Quincey, “A clock.” Matuka, “What does it do?” Quincey, “Whirrs.”, Matuka, “What do we use it for.” Quincey, “Spending time.”

“Bark of the tree can be rough.” Sawyer surprised, “Bark?”, “Yes like this (pointing to bark.” Sawyer, “No like this, Ruff Ruff Ruff”

Joy trying to get Amelia to repeat her, “Say it back to me.” Amelia, “I’m in front of you.”

Michael, “Do you want to do the art project?” Wolf, “I’d love to; I just don’t have the time. I have to… (exit stage left)

Matuka, “Is this a cricket or a grasshopper?” Lily, “This isn’t a cricket! I know a cricket. They’re the ones who sing you a song. This one just hops, it doesn’t sing songs.”

Isabelle, “I’m going on a hike, mom.” Matuka, “Where will you hike?” Isabelle, “Supercuts! I’m going to hike at Supercuts. (one minute later) No, I’m going to get my hair cut.”

Eli, “My dad’s at the office.” Michael, “What does he do there?” Eli, “He makes money.”

Thank You

A special thank you to John Stillman (Joy’s Dad) who painted a page from our current book to decorate our classroom; be sure to step inside to look at it on our magnet board.

Thank you to Kirsten Wood (Liam’s Mom), who has been sewing cushion covers for us and Cooper’s grandma for sewing eyes on our 5 ducks.

We’d also like to thank all of the parents who have chosen to donate goods, take home projects, bring snacks, help in the classroom and provide support for the school over the last month. It is efforts like these which add to the wonderful community of Children’s House.