INFANT - 102/104 GREEN

102/104 Green Lesson Plan April

Our April theme is 'Wonderful Weather!'


Books: S Is For Sunshine by Carol Crane

            Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

            What Will The Weather Be? by Lynda DeWitt

            The Cloud Book by Tomie dePaola

Purpose: Expose children to oral language and books.     



Creative Expression:

Songs: “If All The Raindrops Were…”

            “The Green Grass Grows All Around”

            “You Are My Sunshine”

            “Rain, Rain, Go Away”

Dramatic Play: Trying on rain boots, hats, and sunglasses

Purpose: Provide exposure to rhyme for language development.    



Science/Social Studies/Math:

   Activities: Watching the squash plants grow in our classroom

                    Exploring light and dark with our light table

                    Splashing with colored water in the sensory table

                    Squishing “rain cloud” wet cotton balls in a clear bag          

 Purpose: Experience with numeration; engage their senses of touch & listening.  



Physical Development:

 Activities:  Crawling through cardboard boxes

                    Walking or crawling in the grass outside on sunny days

                     Clapping our hands like thunder

                      Blowing windmills inside and watching them spin from the wind outside

Purpose: Experience with following directions; engaging gross and fine motor muscle groups.  



­    Arts Appreciation:


            Painting paper plate umbrellas

            “Window Painting” with paper & paint inside a clear bag

            ‘Sunshine Stamps’ using paper towel rolls or paper cups

            Painting white clouds using sponges on blue paper

 Purpose: Expose children to different ways of artistic expression through their senses.   



”    Parent Participation:


    Take your child for a walk outside! Explore the weather and nature with them by talking about what you see, hear, smell, or touch. Share with us through pictures or stories of your adventures outside!                                              



102/104 Green Newsletter April

Room 102/104 Green Newsletter

      April 2016



This Month’s Theme: This month’s theme will be “Wonderful Weather!”. The children will look and listen to books about the weather and get to feel sunshine and watch clouds while spending time outside! We will explore different sounds like thunder claps and rain drops, and also get to observe squash plants growing inside the classroom. They will use sponges to paint white clouds on blue paper and explore the differences between light and dark with our light table.

Lesson Plan: Please see reverse side for this month’s curriculum.


Special Announcements: Monday, April 11th through Friday, April 15th, is the Week of the Young Child. We will have an Infant & Toddler Breakfast on Friday, April 15th to celebrate! This will take place from 7:30-9am and we will provide breakfast to enjoy in your child’s classroom.


Temporary Goodbye & Congratulations: As everyone knows by now, Erin is expecting a baby girl towards the end of this month! Although we will miss her while she is on her maternity leave, we couldn’t be more excited for our friend and wonderful new mom! Please help us all in congratulating her before she leaves!

Tidbit of the Month

Allergies in Babies

What is an allergy for a baby?

“An allergy is a sensitivity to something in the environment,” says Mark Moss, MD, pediatric allergist at the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics. It’s essentially an overreaction of the immune system. For some reason, the immune system sees a harmless substance as harmful and goes into overdrive. When baby’s body is exposed to the allergen (the trigger substance), it produces an antibody called IgE. IgE then affects the organ systems, causing symptoms ranging from itchy, watery eyes and sneezing (if it’s an airborne allergen) to a belly ache (like with some food allergies).

What are the symptoms of allergies in babies?

Baby’s symptoms will depend on what organ systems are affected. Environmental, airborne allergies, such as mold and pollen allergies, typically affect the respiratory system, so baby might have a runny nose or difficulty breathing. Food allergies usually affect the gastrointestinal system, so baby could have lip swelling, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea if she’s allergic to a food. And some allergies affect the skin, so she could get a rash or hives after coming into contact with an allergen. In general, watch for any adverse reaction -- and if you see one, note which substance baby’s been exposed to. You’re looking for a pattern, not a onetime occurrence. Allergic reactions can increase in severity over time, so be sure to tell baby’s doctor if there are any noticeable changes. If your child ever develops shortness of breath or difficulty breathing after exposure to an allergen, seek medical help immediately.

Are there any tests for allergies in babies?

“To diagnose an allergy, we have to find the presence of IgE specific to the triggering allergen. That can be done with an allergy skin test, a blood test or an older type of allergy testing called an intradermal skin test,” Moss says. If you suspect your child has an allergy, consult her pediatrician. They’ll want you to describe her reaction to the offending substance (or substances) and also ask about her medical and family history. (A family history of allergies increases the risk of allergies, as does a past history of eczema.) If the initial pediatric evaluation suggests there could be an allergy, your child may be referred to a pediatric allergist for allergy testing. Skin-prick testing is the most common form of allergy testing in young kids; if your child develops hives when a small amount of allergic substance is “pricked” onto her skin, she’s probably allergic to that substance.

How did my baby get allergies?

Some children are more prone to allergies than others. Doctors have noted that babies who have eczema are more likely to develop food allergies and that kids with food allergies are more likely to develop environmental allergies and asthma. Family history plays a role as well. If you or your husband has allergies, your child is more likely to develop allergies. A lot of kids, though, develop allergies for no apparent reason.

What’s the best way to treat allergies in babies?

Avoidance. Avoiding your child’s trigger substances should be the cornerstone of her allergy management plan. So that may mean switching to a hypoallergenic laundry soap or keeping peanuts out of the house -- and instructing grandparents and child care providers to keep them away from your child too. Medications may help ease your child’s allergy symptoms. An antihistamine (such as Benadryl) can control the itching, hives and runny nose that accompany certain environmental allergies. Your child’s doctor may also order daily meds to control allergy symptoms. Immunotherapy, or “allergy shots” that essentially expose your child to small amounts of the allergen in an attempt to desensitize her, can also be helpful. A lot of kids outgrow their allergies, though, so be sure to weigh the risks and benefits of any proposed treatment with your child’s allergist. Children with severe, life-threatening allergies may need to keep an EpiPen, a syringe filled with a dose of epinephrine, with them at all times. If your child has a severe allergy, make sure that all caregivers thoroughly understand the symptoms of anaphylaxis and know how to use the EpiPen if it’s needed.

What can I do to prevent my baby from getting allergies?

It’s not clear whether you can. Doctors used to advise waiting until your child is older (over nine months or one year) to introduce common allergens, such as wheat or peanuts, but there’s no solid evidence that this approach works to prevent allergies. And now, some research actually seems to suggest that introducing small amounts of potentially allergenic food early on in a child’s life can prevent food allergies. Talk to your doctor to get the latest information on allergy prevention.


Have a wonderful month!

Lana, Erin, Katie & Madi

102/104 Green Newsletter March 2016

102/104 Green March Newsletter 2016


This Month’s Theme: This month’s theme will be “Start Your Engines”.  The children will be reading books about cars, trucks, and all different kinds of transportation. They will get to roll toy cars through paint and shaving cream, and even wash the paint off using sponges in the sensory table. We will sing songs like ‘The Wheels on the Bus’ and get the chance to paint a cardboard box that we will turn into a pretend car for our classroom.

Lesson Plan: Please see reverse side for this month’s curriculum. 

Welcome: Please help us all in welcoming Riley Yoon and his family to Room 102-104! He started Monday, February 29th, and we are thrilled to have him. Nicholas DeBartolo and his family are also a new addition to our classroom! Nicholas will be starting on Monday, March 7th in 104 and we are very excited to have him.

School Announcements: On Thursday, March 17th, from 4:30-5:45, there will be a meet-and-greet for parents with our school nurse, Karen Crawford. Feel free to come with any questions you may have for her.

- Our center will be closed on Friday, March 25th, for Spring Break. We will reopen on Monday, March 28th. Have a wonderful long weekend!



Self-Soothing Techniques 

How do I teach my baby to sooth himself to sleep?

You can't really teach your baby how to self-soothe, but you can provide him with the opportunity to teach himself. Given the right circumstances and the right stage of development, usually between 3 and 6 months of age, it will happen on its own. It's like learning to crawl: If you always carry your baby, he'll never have a chance to discover crawling, since he'll never be on the floor long enough to figure it out. It's the same thing with self-soothing: If you always nurse or rock your baby to sleep, he'll never have a chance to learn how to soothe himself to sleep.

How can you help your baby do this? First, you need to set the stage, which includes two things: a regular bedtime and a consistent routine. A bedtime that occurs at the same time every night will set your baby's internal clock so that he's naturally sleepy at a predictable time. The bedtime routine should happen in the place you want your baby to sleep and include three or four soothing activities, such as taking a bath, reading a story and having a cuddle, that let him know it's time for "night-night." When the bedtime routine is finished, put your baby to bed drowsy but awake.

Many babies will surprise you and drift off to sleep without much protest. Other babies, especially older ones who may have come to depend on being nursed or rocked to sleep, will need a bit of practice. Remember, self-soothing is just like crawling — it takes time and opportunity. You can teach your baby all at once and wait outside your baby's room, checking on him as frequently or infrequently as you wish. Or you can make it a more gradual process, sitting next to your baby's crib and easing yourself farther away each night — sitting in the middle of the room, sitting in the doorway and so on.

If your baby is used to breast- or bottle-feeding as he goes to sleep in your arms, you'll have to break his need to suck to sleep. You can move your child's feeding to earlier in the bedtime routine or slowly reduce the number of ounces or number of minutes of this feeding. Or when you see your baby starting to drift off during a feeding, promptly end his meal and finish the rest of the bedtime routine before laying him down.

Although some people believe that you should never wake a sleeping baby, keep the big picture in mind. On any particular night, waking your baby after he's drifted off may seem crazy, especially when you're beat and have a million things to do before turning in yourself. But when you remember your long-term goal of helping your baby develop the ability to soothe himself to sleep, both at bedtime and when he naturally wakes up during the night, it's well worth doing.

What happens if you've given your baby plenty of chances to self-soothe and he just can't seem to do it? Take a step back and try to figure out why. Perhaps he's simply too young and doesn't yet have the developmental ability to self-soothe, just as a 3-month-old can spend hours on the living room floor yet still won't be able to crawl .In this case, wait a few days, weeks or even months before trying again.

Or maybe your baby is too tired — and thus too overwrought — to settle down by himself. In this case, try moving his bedtime a bit earlier so he isn't a complete wreck by lights-out. Finally, think about whether you're really giving your baby an opportunity to find ways to soothe himself, or are rushing in to comfort him at his first peep and depriving him of the chance to figure it out on his own.

Most important, keep your goal in mind: Developing the ability to soothe himself to sleep will enable your baby to snooze for longer stretches and put himself back to sleep when he naturally wakes up during the night, allowing him to get the rest he needs to grow and thrive. What's more, self-soothing is an important life skill that will serve your baby well not just at bedtime but also in other situations, such as when he's separated from you at daycare or even when you momentarily walk out of the room, when he gets frustrated trying to master all those other important skills such as — you guessed it — crawling, or when he's just feeling fussy.


                                       Have a great month!

                                                                                         Lana, Erin, Katie & Madi


102/104 Green Lesson Plan March 2016


Books: Where Do Diggers Sleep at Night? by Brianna Caplan Sayers

             My Big Truck Book by Roger Priddy

             Pop-Up Peekaboo! Things That Go by Dorling Kindersley

             Boats by Byron Barton

Purpose: Expose children to oral language and books. 


Creative Expression:

Songs: ‘The Wheels on the Bus’

             ‘Row, Row, Row Your Boat’

             ‘I’ve Been Working on the Railroad’

             ‘We All Live in a Yellow Submarine’

Dramatic Play: Playing with toy cars, airplanes, fire trucks, and buses

Purpose: Provide exposure to rhyme for language development.   


Science/Social Studies/Math:

Activities:   Rolling cars down the ramp

                   Floating toy boats in water in the sensory table

                    Washing paint off of truck wheels with sponges

                    Pushing cars over bumpy bubble wrap on the floor                

Purpose: Experience with numeration; engage their senses of touch & listening.   


Physical Development:

 Activities:  Stroller rides in the hallways and outside

                    Pushing cardboard boxes across the floor

                    Pushing cars and trucks through tunnels

                    Dancing to music in the classroom        

Purpose: Experience with following directions; engaging gross and fine motor muscle groups.   


­    Arts Appreciation:

  Activities: Toy boats in colored water in the sensory table

                     Rolling cars and truck wheels in paint to make patterns

                     Rolling cars and trucks through shaving cream

                     Painting a cardboard box “car” to climb in and out of         

Purpose: Expose children to different ways of artistic expression through their senses.      


”    Parent Participation: 

  Point out different kinds of transportation vehicles to your children. We will be talking about school buses, dump trucks and airplanes in our classroom, but being able to see them and point them out to your kids will bridge the gap between school and home!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

102/104 Green Lesson Plan February 2016

 This Month's Theme: Shapes & Colors!


 Books:  Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr.

              A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni

  Happy Baby Colors by Roger Priddy

  Color Zoo by Lois Ehlert

Purpose: Expose children to oral language and books.


Creative Expression:

Songs:  Little Red Wagon

             Somewhere Over the Rainbow

             There’s A Color We All Know

              Yellow Submarine

Dramatic Play: Exploring with colored scarves and fabrics

Purpose: Provide exposure to rhyme for language development.   


 Science/Social Studies/Math:

   Activities:  Playing in colored water in the sensory table

                     Building with colored blocks

                     Counting multi-colored links

                     Observing colored water bottle “lava lamps”         

     Purpose: Experience with numeration; engage their senses of touch & listening.       


Physical Development:

 Activities:   Manipulating colored butcher-block paper

                     Playing in a pool of plastic balls

                     Climbing in and out of colored cardboard boxes

                     Chasing and popping big round bubbles               

      Purpose: Experience with following directions; engaging gross and fine motor muscle groups. 


­    Arts Appreciation:

  Activities:   Mixing paints to create new colors

                     Rolling colored balls in paint

                     Painting using hands and feet

                     Using colored ink pads                 

    Purpose: Expose children to different ways of artistic expression through their senses.  


”    Parent Participation:

Each Friday of the month we will have a ‘Color Day’ to celebrate all the colors we learned about by wearing them to school! 

Friday, February 5th: Blue Day!

Friday, February 12th: Red Day!

Friday, February 19th: Green Day!

            Friday, February 26th: Wear your favorite color today!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

102/104 Green Newsletter February 2016


This Month’s Theme: This month’s theme will be “Shapes & Colors.”  The children will be introduced and become familiar with different colors and shapes.  They will manipulate small colored blocks, push fire trucks across the floor, and explore colored water in the sensory table and paint with our hands and feet.  We will also read some books and sings songs about shapes and colors. The children and teachers will also have special days to dress in their favorite colors!

Lesson Plan: Please see reverse side for this month’s curriculum.

Special Announcement: On Wednesday, February 17th, from 4:30-5:45, we will host our annual Infant Family Potluck! It will be a great chance to have fun with your child and socialize with other infant parents and children from other classrooms. We hope to see you all there!

Tidbit of the Month

Color Changes in Your Baby’s Stool

 All parents acquire a sudden interest in their baby’s stool. “Should I be concerned when the color is green, yellow or black? Is my breast milk or formula causing an issue? Is there something wrong with my baby’s digestion?” These are some of the questions parents ask regarding baby health. The following are the basics to get a parent through a baby or kids health in regard to the color of his or her bowel movement.

The minute a newborn is delivered, the parents expel a hefty sigh of relief. However, for most parents, that feeling will not last long. A throbbing soft spot, birthmarks, jaundice, crossed eyes, skin rashes, and various bumps can all be very scary to a parent. The color of a baby’s bowel movement is a common health concern.

About Bowel Movements

A baby’s first bowel movement is called meconium. It is of a greenish black color and is thick and sticky. The color and consistency of the first bowel movement should never be seen again and doesn’t indicate bad baby health. It is normal and is actually a positive sign of a baby’s health.

After this first stool, all other stools will be affected by what is fed to the baby. The baby swallows fluid, which is digested by stomach acid and then moves into the small intestine. The digested nutritional matter and water are absorbed into the bloodstream, and the larger pieces of fiber and other matter continue through the intestines. If the larger pieces of matter travel through the intestines at a slow pace, the water will be absorbed, and the bowel movement will be firm. If the larger matter travels at a fast rate through the intestines, the bowel movements will be loose. The bowel movements will also pick up digestive juices, bacteria, bile, and other substances, which impact the odor and color of the stool.

The Effects of Breast Milk vs. Formula

Breast milk is usually absorbed completely, and it is not uncommon for a baby to not have a bowel movement for a couple of days. This is not any indication of the baby health and is totally normal. When a breast-fed infant has a bowel movement, it is usually a mustard yellow seedy-looking stool. At first, a baby will have a bowel movement after each feeding, and that will taper off as more meals are consumed.

Infants that are bottle-fed tend to have darker and less frequent stool. Every baby is different, and there are a large variety of normal colored bowel movements. In normal babies, bowel movements will change color as the diet of the baby changes, as the digestive system matures, and as normal bacteria develop. It is a rare occurrence that a bowel movement color change would indicate a digestive issue. The color changes usually just mean that there are more or less colored pigments picked up in the digestive tract.

Rare Stool Colors

Chalky white bowel movements could mean that there is no liver bile being made to digest food. If white stool is seen, the parent should contact a physician, and further tests will probably be ordered.

A dark tar-black bowel movement may indicate blood in the digestive tract. The dark color indicates that the blood traveled far in the intestines, turning from bright red to black as it traveled. If this color stool is seen, one should contact a physician, and again, further tests will probably be ordered.

A bright red bowel movement indicates that some blood came from a spot close to the anus. It is important to note that a red stool can also be brought on by medications, food coloring in foods, and beets. If needed, a test can be done on a baby’s stool to check for abnormalities.

In summary, parents need not worry about orange, yellow, or green bowel movements. They are usually not a sign of any digestive problems and signal more about the foods that the baby consumes.


Have a great month!

Erin, Lana, Katie, & Madi