INFANT – 101/103 GREEN

101/103 Green Newsletter March 2016

 

Announcements


*On Thursday, March 17th, meet and greet with Karen Crawford, our school nurse from 4:30-5:45 p.m. All are welcome to attend with any questions.

*Please note that our school will be closed on Friday, March 25th for Spring Break Day. Enjoy the long week-end!

 

Did You Know…?

 

1.     GBN is a cell phone free zone.  We value and respect children so we avoid distractions.

2.     Parents are responsible for their children upon signing out in the evening.  Please exit the building by the 6 p.m. closing time.

3.     At GBN, we practice fire drills, severe weather drills, and lock down drills.

4.     We require that family members and visitors park only in designated parking spaces to avoid accidents.

 

This Month’s Theme: “Play Ball” (See Curriculum)

 Balls can be a wonderful learning tool for young children. Even the youngest infant can improve their fine motor skills and attention span while reaching for, grasping and staring at an interesting ball. An older infant can begin to push a ball back and forth with an adult, learning about cause and effect and improving literacy skills by listening to what an adult is saying. A toddler can walk with a ball, drop it and watch it bounce.

 Article: “Play Ball” from Sears Parenting Library

http://www.askdrsears.com/topics/parenting/child-rearing-and-development/bright-starts-babys-development-through-interactive-play/playtime-articles

“Play Ball!”  By Dr. Sears

 In a world of electronic toys with flashing lights and stimulating sounds, it’s easy to forget about the classic simple toys that have been around for centuries. The Ball is one such toy. It’s so simple, and yet so versatile. It delights kids of every age. Its uses grow and change as a child develops and discovers new uses and games to play. Balls are perfect for solo play, one on one with a parent, or in a whole group of kids. Here are some great ideas you can use to interact with your baby during playtime while stimulating baby’s motor and social developmental skills:

Start young. Small, hard rubber or plastic balls are great toys for a growing infant starting around three months of age. Baby is just learning to push up on her tummy and lift her head up high to see what is on the floor in front of her. Baby is also practicing her reaching and grasping skills. At this age, baby is learning the “palmar” grasp – she is grabbing things with her whole hand (finger grasping comes later). A small ball, about 1 ½ to 2 inches across, will fit perfectly into baby’s tiny grasp. A few colorful balls placed in front of baby on the floor will stimulate her pushing up, reaching and grabbing skills. Babies also love to explore items with their mouths, and firm rubber, plastic, or even soft plush balls are favorites for baby’s curious mouth.

Sitting up. Around six months of age baby is beginning to sit up without falling over. This is the perfect time for parents to begin one-on-one ball play with baby. Sit in front of baby on the floor and roll a ball towards him. His reaching and aiming skills will get a great work out as he pounces on each ball that comes his way. Baby is also learning to transfer objects back and forth between hands. Watch as baby picks up a ball with one hand, passes it to the other, and then brings it to his mouth for a taste. Then roll in a second ball and watch as baby grabs it too. A third ball rolled into the game really begins to stimulate baby’s thinking. Watch as baby realizes he is out of hands, puts down one ball to pick up the third. This exercise really enhances baby’s decision processing skills. Of course baby is also teething at this age, so make sure the balls are small enough for baby to soothe his sore gums on, but big enough so they don’t fit completely into baby’s mouth.

Talk it up. As you play ball with baby, be sure to verbalize what you are doing. The word “ball” is such an easy word for baby to learn to say, since “ba” is often one of the first babbling sounds baby makes. Playfully say the word “ball” to baby throughout your playtime. As baby grows, add actions to your words, such as “roll the ball”, “bounce the ball” and “get the ball”. Baby will learn what these words mean much faster if you associate the words with actions as you play.

Around nine months of age baby begins to learn about object permanence – the ball still exists even though you’ve hidden it behind your back. Playing “where’s the ball” together is a great way to stimulate baby’s curiosity.

As baby grows into a toddler, balls are perfect for teaching baby her colors. Place a variety of colored balls in front of baby and show her “this is the RED ball”, etc. Then test baby’s learning by asking her to pick up each color in turn. Start out with only two colors and work your way up as baby learns.

Play ball. Around fifteen months, or once baby is walking well, it’s time to really play ball. Most babies will automatically learn to throw a ball themselves, and you can join in the fun and through back and forth. Be sure to keep a variety of ball types and sizes around for baby’s varying moods and skills. Large beach balls are great for two-handed picking up and throwing, as well as kicking. Large rubber inflated balls are perfect for bouncing fun. Smaller plastic balls will give baby’s arm a good workout. As you join baby in his throwing, bouncing, and rolling play, encourage his advanced actions by verbalizing “kick kick kick!”, “bounce bounce” or “good throw!” For any sports fans, turn on football, baseball, basketball, or whatever sport you enjoy, buy baby her own ball to match, and include your child in what you are watching. Then join her on the floor to teach her how each game is played with its own unique ball. Getting your child interested in sports early on will enhance her motor skills and may generate interests that will keep her active as she grows through childhood. And be sure to take the game outside as often as you can. Outside play keeps you both in shape.

 

101/103/Green Curriculum March 2016- Project Theme: "Play Ball"

Literacy/Language

Vocabulary: Ball, Roll, Bounce, Throw, Catch

Books: - “The Berenstain Bears Go Out For The Team” by Stan and

  Jan Berenstain

              - “Froggy Plays Soccer” by Jonathan London

              - “Froggy Plays T-Ball” by Jonathan London

             - “Shapes and Colors” by Waldman Publishing

* Focuses attention while looking at printed materials for brief periods of time

 

Creative Expression: Music/Drama

Songs:  - “Take me out to the ball game”                      

- “Uno, dos, tres amigos” (refer to the Infant sing along handout)

- “If you are happy and you know it roll the ball”

Music: Bounce ball to rhythm of music/song playing

Dramatic Play: - “How big is ……so big”

               - Play peek-a-boo with balls and scarves

* Children demonstrate the ability to convey ideas and emotions

 

Science/Social Studies/ Math

 Outdoor activities:

- Hide balls in sandbox and allow children to find them.

- Find things that are round like balls

Indoor activities: - See which balls sink or float in water

- Fill and dump cupcake trays with balls

- Match ball sizes and their colors

 

* Children show interest and eagerness in learning about their world

 

Physical Development: Indoor Outdoor Movement

Activities: Free play with variety of balls

                 Roll a ball on different surfaces

                 Fill the “pool” with different balls

                 Encourage children to put/throw balls into basket

* Practice emerging skills in coordination, movement and balance and controlled use of large muscles

 

Arts Appreciation: Art/Sensory

- Finger painting on bubble wrap

- Dip balls in paint and roll on a piece of construction paper

- Feel textured balls vs. smooth

- Splash with balls in the sensory table  

* Art and sensory activities will inspire children and spark their imagination   

 

 Parent Participation

   Parent Involvement Opportunities:

  Practice gross-motor ball play activities at home.

         Roll, kick, throw a ball back and forth with your child.                                           

101/103 News Letter Feb 2016

                           Announcements

 Wednesday Feb 17th 2016 from 4:30-5:45 we will have a Pot-Luck event for our infant parents.

We welcome Ezra Patterson and his parents, James and Karena to our Infant Room. We are happy that you are here.

 

                                Did You Know?…

  1. Gertrude B. Nielsen is a peanut free zone.
  2. We request that parents and children wash their hands upon entering the classroom.  This helps keep our children, families and staff healthy.
  3. Allstate offers the use of their internal road system for Nielsen’s family’s safety and convenience.  Ask the front desk about the safest route to and from our Center using the Allstate road.
  4. Tuition is due each Monday if paid weekly and by the 8th day of the month if paid monthly.

 

This Month’s Theme: Let’s make Music

 Music plays a vital role in an infant’s brain development in numerous ways.Various studies have shown and proven that early exposure to music increases an infant’s abilities in many academic areas, including math and language development.  Early exposure to music also serves as a positive impact on an infant’s physical development, particularly with premature infants.  Early music exposure for infants can be the road to calm and self-soothing baby.

 


                                     Article:

Building Baby’s Brain: The Role of Music” by Diane Bales, Ph.D.

The Importance of Music in a Baby’s Brain Development


  It is just NEVER to early to start children on music.  (I had fun adding pics of my own kids playing around when they were little.)  Enjoy reading about these simple, yet effective ways to build those sweet little brains.  

My son Zach at age 2

Music has an influence over everyone’s emotions, young and old alike. As adults, we know certain types of upbeat music will lift our spirits, while slow, sad songs may send us on a tearful trip down memory lane. But music also has a much deeper affect on our brains. In fact, research (Diane Bales, Ph.D.) has shown music plays an important role in a baby’s brain development. Music, singing or playing an instrument does not necessarily make a child smarter, but it does improve cognitive skills, which in turn lead to developmental advancements at every stage of life.

How Music Works
We are all born with billions of brain cells. During the infant and childhood years, those brain cells form connections with each other. As we grow, the brains connections we use most often become the strongest. Listening to music helps strengthen the music related cell connections which strengthen thinking and reasoning skills.

Turn on the radio or your iPad and listen to some music. As soon as the first note is played, your brain begins to think and reason what the name of the song is, the timing of the first word in conjunction with the music, the name of the band or singer and recalls all the words to a favorite song so you can sing along. Several other subconscious thinking skills were involved with you being able to sing along to a favorite song. Those skills were encouraged and created when you were a baby and listened to music.

Get Baby Rocking
Experts are in semi-agreement to what kind of music helps a baby’s brain develop best. All agree that classical music is the best due to the complex structure of the musical composition. However, most of them also agree while Mozart and Beethoven are the best, pop, country and even a little rock and roll will strengthen brain cell connections.

My daughter Grace at age 1

Play Music
A simple thing like turning the radio on in the nursery can help your baby become smarter. Keep soft music playing in the background while baby plays or naps. While the music plays, brains cells are connecting and outside noise is blocked so Baby can sleep more soundly. The type of music will also impact a baby or child’s mood, so be selective about the music you chose. A lullaby will soothe a baby or toddler while a heavy metal beat may increase activity and energy level.

Sing To Baby
Sing to your baby to accelerate brain development. Your baby or child will not care if you don’t sing well, and it’s a great way to have bonding and play time with your child. Sing all the baby lullabies and silly childhood songs that you loved as a child (which you remember because of the strong musical brain cell connections) and your child will love them too.

Early Music Lessons
If you plan on providing music lessons for your child, start early. Even very young children can learn to keep rhythm on a tambourine or maracas. Introduce them to the piano, drums or other instrument before they start school to help foster a love for music and strong thinking skills that will serve them well throughout their lifetime.

Nick Hernandez writes about child development, parenting and education. His best work is about online education degrees.

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101/103 Lesson Plan Feb 2016

 

                 Literacy/Language

Vocabulary: clap, shake, play, loud, soft

 Books: 

-         Down by the Station by Jennifer Riggs Vetter

-         The Itsy Bitsy Spider interpreted by Iza Trapani

-         Peter Rabbit’s Lullabies by DK Publishers

-         Book of Nursery Rhymes by Ian Penney

~ Children demonstrate interest in and comprehension of printed materials.

 

      Creative Expression: Music/Drama

Songs:   “Five Little Monkeys”; “The Muffin Man”

        “Pat-a-Cake”; “The Wheels on the Bus”

Music:              - Play music on CD from different cultures

              - Use different instruments to create music

Dramatic Play: Mimic different movements to the rhythm of the music playing on CD

~ Children demonstrate the ability to convey ideas and emotions through creative expression

 

             Science/Social Studies/ Math

Science:  On the stroller ride, listen to the birds chirp in the aviary

 

Social Studies: With the children, sit, kneel, or stand with them as you clap, sing, snap, stomp, jump, dance, etc.

 

Math: Practice counting as we clap our hands and stomp our feet

 

~ Children demonstrate interest and eagerness in learning about their world

 

 

    Physical Development: Movement /Outdoor

Activities: -

- Sing songs to the children on a stroller ride outside (weather permitting)

-Sway back and forth like the wind using colored scarves

-Take musical instruments outside to play on the playground (weather permitting)

~ An opportunity to be aware how objects and people move and fit in space. Also develop language and cognitive skills.

 

                                    Art Appreciation: Art/Sensory

Activities:

- Finger paint while the music is playing in the classroom

- Paint with soft colors and bold colors

- Wash our instruments in the sensory bin

- Explore different cultural instruments in the sensory bin

 

~ Finding their creative ways to make art will inspire children and spark their imagination

 

 

”            Parent Participation

 

Parent Involvement Opportunities:

 

- If your child has a favorite CD that he or she likes to listen to at home, please bring it in to share with the classroom.

- Play a game of “Floaty Scarf”: fling a scarf in the air and let your child watch it settle or land on their head or the floor

- Sing songs to your child in the car, at the dinner table, in the bath, before bed, etc. 

 

 

 

 

101/103 Lesson Plan Feb 2016

            Literacy/Language

Vocabulary: clap, shake, play, loud, soft

 Books: 

-         Down by the Station by Jennifer Riggs Vetter

-         The Itsy Bitsy Spider interpreted by Iza Trapani

-         Peter Rabbit’s Lullabies by DK Publishers

-         Book of Nursery Rhymes by Ian Penney

~ Children demonstrate interest in and comprehension of printed materials.

 

      Creative Expression: Music/Drama

Songs:   “Five Little Monkeys”; “The Muffin Man”

        “Pat-a-Cake”; “The Wheels on the Bus”

Music:              - Play music on CD from different cultures

              - Use different instruments to create music

Dramatic Play: Mimic different movements to the rhythm of the music playing on CD

~ Children demonstrate the ability to convey ideas and emotions through creative expression

 

             Science/Social Studies/ Math

Science:  On the stroller ride, listen to the birds chirp in the aviary

Social Studies: With the children, sit, kneel, or stand with them as you clap, sing, snap, stomp, jump, dance, etc.

 

Math: Practice counting as we clap our hands and stomp our feet

 

~ Children demonstrate interest and eagerness in learning about their world

 

 

    Physical Development: Movement /Outdoor

Activities: -

- Sing songs to the children on a stroller ride outside (weather permitting)

-Sway back and forth like the wind using colored scarves

-Take musical instruments outside to play on the playground (weather permitting)

~ An opportunity to be aware how objects and people move and fit in space. Also develop language and cognitive skills.

 

                                    Art Appreciation: Art/Sensory

Activities:

- Finger paint while the music is playing in the classroom

- Paint with soft colors and bold colors

- Wash our instruments in the sensory bin

- Explore different cultural instruments in the sensory bin

 

~ Finding their creative ways to make art will inspire children and spark their imagination

 

 

”            Parent Participation

 

Parent Involvement Opportunities:

 

- If your child has a favorite CD that he or she likes to listen to at home, please bring it in to share with the classroom.

- Play a game of “Floaty Scarf”: fling a scarf in the air and let your child watch it settle or land on their head or the floor

- Sing songs to your child in the car, at the dinner table, in the bath, before bed, etc.