Newsletter 4-8-16

April 8th, 2016
 Room Announcements

  •  Themed days: Monday: Band Day, Tuesday: Dress like a teacher (children) dress like a toddler (teachers), Wednesday: Painted tee-shirt day, Thursday: Favorite Season Day, Friday: College day (parents included family breakfast day).
  • Anna is turning 2 on Saturday, April 2nd 2016. Happy birthday Anna.
  • Cheryl Dimer will be on vacation Wednesday April 13th-April 15th. We will have all school floaters in those 3 day
  • Homework
  •  Themed days everyday next week!
  • Bring in your child’s favorite toy!  School Announcements
  • Family Breakfast on Friday April 15 from 7:30-9:00. 

 Topic of the Week    My Five Senses                This week the children learned all about their five senses.  The teachers identified throughout the week how they were using each sense.  For example, at mealtimes the teachers would say they were using their sense of taste as they tried new foods. The children enjoyed many new snacks this week as we discussed new vocabulary to describe the sense, taste, ex. Savory, sour, sweet, salty, and spicy.                During art, the children explored their five senses in a variety of creative ways. The children used their sense of touch to finger-paint on bubble wrap. Some older children would pop the bubble wrap and say, “Did you hear that?”                In the sensory table the children enjoyed dancing on contact paper to music. The children also enjoyed exploring our light cube with translucent shapes. The older children would identify the colors they saw.                The highlight of the week was the scented glue and tissue paper on poster board. The children loved smelling different items as they explored glue. Tip of the WeekHealthy SnacksYoungsters are more likely to eat nutritious snacks if they choose and prepare them. For example, let your child top yogurt with blueberries or spread almond butter on whole grain crackers. Bonus: Eating a healthy diet helps her feel better and learn better.  Quotes “Laughter is an instant vacation.” Milton Berle “Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them.” A.A.Milne Did you know?We have an extensive teachers resource library that is available for our teachers to further their knowledge about early childhood care and education.  Next Week: Week of the young childHave a great weekend! Toddler I Staff



Toddler I Lesson Plan April 8, 2016



Toddler One Lesson Plan

Week Of The Young Child

Group Time: (Literacy)

  • Read I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More By Karen Beaumont

  • Read The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, And The Big Hungry Bear By Don and Audrey Wood

  • Read I Like Myself By Karen Beaumont

  • Read Please Baby Please By Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee

  •  Magnet board “Wheels On The Bus”

  • Sing “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star"


Creative Art: (Creative/Motor)

  • Toddler Mural on poster board

  •  Stickers on paper

  •   Painting in ziplock bags

  •  Painting with natural paintbrushes outside

  •  Painting with hammers on bubble wrap

  •   Painting with toilet paper rolls on construction paper

Sensory: (Fine/Gross Motor)

  • Goop and sticks
  •  Flour, vegetable oil, and cups

  •  Nature college on contact paper outside

  • Oats and strainers

  •  Water and whisk


  • Babies and strollers

  •  See through blocks

  • Gear pieces on cookie sheets


Special Group Projects

  • Monday: Band Day, Tuesday: Dress Like a Teacher Day, Wednesday: Painted Tee Shirt Day Thursday: Favorite Season Day, Friday: College Day



    Parent Involvement:

  • Family Breakfast Friday April 15th, 2016 from 7:30-9:00.

    Technology, Health and Safety are incorporated throughout the curriculum through daily interaction and planned activity

Toddler One Newsletter April 1, 2016

Room Announcements

Room 123: Happy Birthday Luca Bende! Luca will be 2 years old on April 2nd!

Room 123: We would like to welcome George Merrell, Carter Royzen, Ethan Stern, and Hasnain Valika and their families to the classroom! 

Room 121: We would like to welcome Asher Baer and his family to the classroom!

Reminder: Please bring in a plain white t-shirt for your child to paint by Wednesday, April 6. 

School Announcements

Save the Date! The Week of the Young Child Family Breakfast for Infants and Toddlers will be Friday, April 15th, 7:30-9am. Preschool/Kindergarten will be hosting their own breakfast on Thursday, April 14th. If you have children in both Toddlers and Preschool/Kindergarten, please plan on attending both days to each with each child individually. Check the Director's letter for other Week of the Young Child festivities. If you have any questions, please speak with your child's lead teacher or Reagan Miller, our Toddler Coordinator/Assistant Director. 

Topic of the Week

    This week, the children learned about feelings and emotions. While reading different stories at group time, the children learned to identify different emotions based on the faces a character was making, whether they were happy or sad. The children also practiced making their own expressions while looking in mirrors to see what they look like when they are happy, frustrated, sad, or excited. 

    For a wonderful sensory experience, the children enjoyed playing with play dough scented with essential oils. Lavender is known to have a calming effect, while lemon is a mood and energy booster. A favorite art activity was to first paint poster boards different colors to represent emotions (red for anger, yellow for happiness, blue for sadness) and then create a collage of pictures expressing these same emotions. 

Tip of the Week

Moments Make Memories

    When hectic schedules leave you short on time, use small everyday moments to show your child you love him. That impromptu game of sock basketball while sorting laundry or the “serious” discussion about superheroes while shampooing his hair give you a chance to interact with each other beyond the chores. Plus, you’ll create happy memories that make your child feel special and included. 

Quote of the Week

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” — Benjamin Franklin

Did You Know?

We value the partnerships that we have with our families and recognize the importance of meaningful two-way communication.


Next Week: The 5 Senses

Have a great weekend!

Toddler 1 Staff

Toddler One Lesson Plan April 4-8, 2016

Toddler One Lesson Plan

The 5 Senses

Group Time

  • Sing “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes”

  • Sing “Open, Shut Them”

  • “Five Little Hot Dogs” Magnet Board

  • Read These Hands by Hope Lynne Price

  • Read Here Are My Hands by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault

Creative Art

  • Finger Paint on Bubble Wrap

  • Watercolors on a Mirror

  • Scented Glue and Tissue Paper on Poster Board

  • Fly Swatter Painting on Cardboard

  • Ice Cube Painting on Construction Paper

Sensory Activities

  • Light Cube with Translucent Shapes

  • Dance to Music on Contact Paper

  • Colored Goop

  • Shaving Cream, Water Colors and Whisks

  • Pouring Station- Colored Water in Different Containers


  • Musical Instruments

  • Sensory Tubes

  • Textured Balls

  • Spice Bottles and Coffee Straws

Special Activities

  • Taste Testing Snacks! Each day we will be featuring a different flavor profile in our afternoon snack, including Sweet, Savory, Sour, Salty and Spicy. 

Technology, Health and Safety are incorporated through the curriculum through daily interaction and planned activity.

Newsletter- March 25, 2016

Toddler One Newsletter

Room Announcements

  • Please bring in a white shirt for your child to decorate.

Topic of the Week:


This week the children were immersed in how technology is involved in their everyday environments. During group time, the teachers read stories such as Spot Bakes A Cake by: Eric Hill and learned that the ovens in our homes are powered by technology in order to bake and cook food. Children enjoyed listening to magnet boards such as, "The Transportation Song" where they were able to view pictures of boats, trains, planes, etc, and learned how these ways of transportation help us get from one point to another use different forms of technology.  For sensory, the children were able to interact with technology while playing with our light cube. The children observed how it changed colors and how it looked as a backdrop for different objects held against it.  During art activities the children were able to use different materials to paint on pasteboard and construction paper. Materials like, blocks, tooth brushes, and cups. 

Tip Of The Week

Raise A Grateful Child

  • Tell them "Thank you".
  • Let them see and hear you thanking others, modeling behavior is one of the best ways a child learns.
  • Do not give in to everything your child wants. When limiting the items children want, will allow them to appreciate the things they have. 
  • Discuss the difference between a "want" and a "need" with your children. 

Quote of the Week

" A children's story that is only enjoyed by children, is a bad children's story."

                                                                                              -C.S. Lewis

Did You Know?

Even in a group setting, teachers are able to base curriculum and activities upon each child's individual developmental abilities. 

Next Week: Feelings/Emotions

Have a wonderful weekend!

Toddler One Staff


Lesson Plan- March 25, 2016

Toddler One Lesson Plan 

Feelings/ Emotions

Group Time:(Literacy)

  • Read If You're Angry and You Know It

  • Read How Are You Peeling? Foods With Moods

  • Sing "You Are My Sunshine"

  • Sing "Skinamarinky dinky dink"

  • Sing "If You're Happy and You Know It"

Creative Art:(Creative/Motor)

  • Painting with tea bags on construction paper (Rorschach ink blots)

  • Shades of red paint on poster board (Anger)

  • Shades of blue paint on poster board (Sadness)

  • Shades of yellow paint on poster board (Happiness)

  • Collage emotion pictures on painted poster board (red, blue, and yellow)

Sensory:( Fine/Gross Motor)

  • Expression eggs

  • Scented play dough: Lavender(Calming) and Lemon (Joy)

  • Shaker tubes and bottles

  • Textured rings 

  • Dramatic play clothing


  • Puzzles

  • Sensory Balls

  • Baby dolls, strollers, and cots

  • Hammer Toys

Special Group Project

  • Create a kindness chart throughout the week, by writing down observed acts of kindness in the classroom and then talking about how that made the children feel. 

  • During group time, writing down ideas on the "bug" chart of behaviors that might upset others. 

Parent Involvement

  • Please bring in an object or picture of an object that evokes emotion in your child. It could be a favorite toy, a food your child dislikes, something your child is afraid of, or something that makes your child laugh. 




Newsletter Friday, March 18, 2016

March 18, 2016

Newsletter- Friday, March 18, 2016


Toddler One Newsletter


Room Announcements:

*PLEASE bring a white tee-shirt for your child to decorate

*Room 123: Wednesday, MARCH 16TH: Owen Chen turned two! Happy Birthday!

Theme Days

Thursday- wacky socks or hat day


 School Announcements:

*School REMINDER: School is closed 3/25/16 for spring break day


Topic of the Week:

Colors of the Rainbow


This week the children were introduced to the colors of the rainbow!  

During group time the children enjoyed singing "Rainbow Shining Overhead" and "I Can Sing a Rainbow".  One of the children's favorite activities from group time was guessing what rainbow items were hidden in the Wonder Box. We hid colorful scarves, balls, and magnet balloons inside. Some of the children imitated this activity on the carpet during their free time.

In art, the children colored on our windows using special markers. We also colored with markers on poster board to the song "Somewhere Over the Rainbow".

Thank you to our parents that participated in our rainbow hand print activity! The children observed the colors as the paint mixed and noticed the difference in handprint size. 

The children enjoyed exploring the concepts of sink and float in our sensory table using rainbow colored balls and chips.

We also discussed the new colors that were made as we mixed colored goop. The children enjoyed the texture of the goop and seeing how it changed colors!  

The children also discussed the beautiful colors of our skin while playing with the multi-cultural people and scarves. 


Tip of the Week:

Wonder what’s inside?

THERE ARE MANY WAYS YOU CAN explore your child’s interests. HERE ARE SOME IDEAS:


*CONTACT YOUR CHILD’S TEACHER and ask what your child enjoys at school.


*learn some favorite school songs, they are attached to the weekly lesson plans.


* The Wonder Box: Many of our children imitate the movements of this song from group time using a stick, a klave, or their finger. This fun game is attached to our lesson plan.












Quote of the Week

“The most technologically efficient machine that man has ever invented is the book.”

                                        -Northdrop Frye



Our program prides themselves on promoting independence and on building children’s self confidence and self-esteem.


NEXT WEEK: Technology and Engineering





Lesson Plan- Friday, March 18, 2016

Technology and Engineering


When you hear the word technology, you might think of computers and smartphones, but in the early childhood curriculum, technology refers to using tools and developing fine and gross motor skills. (Boston Children's Museum, 2011)


Group time (literacy)

* Paddy Cake

* Wheels on the Bus

* "The Little Engine that Could" by Watty Piper

* Pots and Pans by, Patricia Hubbell

* Spot Bakes a Cake by Eric Hill

* Millie in the Garden by Peter Curry

* Bob's Busy Screwdriver by Bob the Builder

* "This is the Way We" Magnet Board




*egg beaters water and soap

* rainbow ball drop

* sand, cups, tools

* play doh and cutters

* recycled materials 

* light cube



* poster board, paint, and blocks

* poster board, cups and paint

* paper, paint, and toothbrushes

* eye droppers and water colors

* decorate big box(es) with creative materials



* recycled materials 

* various blocks

* balance beam and balls/cars

* tools 

* hammers and xylophones


Special Group Projects


* Theme Day: Wacky socks or hat day 3/24/16



Wonder Box Song

(Hide item in a box with a bow)


I wonder

I wonder

I wonder what’s inside

I wonder

I wonder

It has to be untied


(Shake box, let child guess what is inside, untie and discuss)


Newsletter- Friday, March 11, 2016

Toddler One Newsletter


Room Announcements:

Theme Days

Monday- Favorite Color Day

Tuesday- Red and Yellow Day

Wednesday- Blue and Purple Day

Thursday- Green and Orange Day

Friday- College Day


School Announcements:

*Reminder: Day light savings is

Sunday, March 13th. Spring Ahead!

*Thursday, March 17th: Karen Crawford,

our school nurse, will be joining us

from 4:30-5: 45pm for a Meet and

Greet Discussion. Please come with any

questions/ concerns you have regarding

your child's health, safety and/ or first aid.  

*Please sign-up at the front desk for individual pictures

if you are interested in school pictures.

* School is closed Friday, March 25th for

Spring Break Day.


Topic of the Week:

Women in History


This week we have been learning all

about women in our lives and why they are

so special.


At group time, the children enjoyed

looking at pictures of their teachers,

mothers, sisters and peers. As we looked

at the pictures we talked about why these

people are so important. Each child at

group time held a picture of a special

woman that changed the world.


Some of our favorite art and sensory

activities this week were painting with

gorillas and multicultural people in

oats. The children learned about full and

empty while filling and dumping small

containers. We also practiced identifying

colors as we looked at our multicultural

peoples clothing. We look forward to

continuing exploring colors with our

Rainbow Unit next week.


Tip of the Week:

Parent Power


There are many ways you can support

your child’s learning and school. Here

are some ideas:


*Contact your child’s teacher immediately

if you see a problem. Working together

will help your child succeed.


*Attend conferences, parent meetings, and

school events regularly.


*Take advantage of parent involvement

opportunities within the classroom.


*Stay up to date on what your child is

learning at school. Explore something new

with your child outside of school related

to the topic.


*Have fun learning with your child!


Quote of the Week

“Without Rain there would be no


Did You Know?

The Nielsen Center is play based and

encourages children’s learning through

exploration and discovery.


Next Week: Rainbows

Have a great week!

Toddler I Staff

Lesson Plan- Friday, March 11, 2016

Toddler One Lesson Plan


Group Time: (Literacy)

•Read Planting a Rainbow

•Read Rainbow Rabbit

•Read Mouse Paint

•Read Little Blue, Little Yellow

•Sing “Rainbow Shining Overhead”

•Sing “I Can Sing a Rainbow”


Creative Art: (Creative/ Motor)

•Markers on white poster board while listening to “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”

•Rainbow hand and foot prints on poster board

•Window art

•Rainbow tissue paper collage on contact paper

•Cotton ball painting with baby bottles


Sensory: (Fine/Gross Motor)

•Multicultural people and rainbow scarves

•Mixing red, blue and yellow goop

•Plastic balls and water

•Rainbow Playdough and tools

•Rainbow sand and cups



•Rainbow magnets

•Sorting chips

•Rainbow lock boxes


Special Group Project

 Theme Days

Monday: Favorite Color Day

Tuesday: Red and Yellow Day

Wednesday: Blue and Purple Day

Thursday: Green and Orange Day

Friday: College Day


Parent Involvement

•Join in on our Rainbow handprint art at drop off or pick up!

T1 Newsletter

March 4th, 2016

 Room Announcements

  •  Feel free to bring in a picture of an important woman in your life.

  •  Cheryl Dimer will be working Amy Jordan’s shift next week Monday-Thursday 10:00-6:00.

School Announcements

  • None at this time


Topic of the Week

  Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss

This week the children learned all about Dr. Seuss. We read many fun stories written by Dr. Seuss at group time.

During art the children were very creative. They painted plates yellow one day and glued pom poms onto the plates the next to represent the book Put Me In The Zoo.  The children also painted a negative space painting with red and white to represent Cat In The Hat. The favorite art activity of the week was painting with socks on their hands that represented Fox In Socks.

In the sensory table the children played with green playdoh, colored noodles, sand and plastic eggs, and rainbow oobleck. The children love exploring different textures. The highlight of the week was colored shaving cream.

Tip of the Week

History Comes Alive

Are you visiting older friends or relatives soon? Ask them to show your child some of their treasures from long ago. Examples: a photograph, a typewriter, a baseball glove, an old piece of furniture. Then, they can tell your child the stories behind those items.


“Imagination is the highest kite one can fly.” Lauren Bacall

“There are two gifts we can give our children. One is roots. The other is a wing.” Anonymous

Did You Know?

At GBN, we pride ourselves on documenting children’s learning. This is why we call our hallway boards, documentation boards rather than bulletin boards.

Next Week: Women In History

Have a great weekend!

Toddler 1 Staff


T1 Lesson Plan

Toddler One Lesson Plan


Women In History


Group Time: (Literacy)

  •   Read My name is not Isabella

  •   Read Who was Harriet Tubman?

  •  Read Who was Sacagawea?

  •  Read Frida

  • Read Who was Jane Goodall?


Creative Art: (Creative/Motor)

  • Painting with planes on poster board (Amelia Earhart)

  • Painting with trains on paper (Harriet Tubman)

  •  Animal foot prints in stamps on paper (Jane Goodall)

  • Painting with sticks on recycled paper (Maria Montessori)

  • Painting a horseshoe (Sacagwea)


    Sensory: (Fine/Gross Motor)

  • Multicultural people and oats

  • Multicultural babies and school clothes

  • Water, medicine droppers, and cups

  • Sticks, snow or dirt, and containers



  • Dishwasher and dress up clothes (Josephine Cochrane)

  • Ice cream cones (Nancy Johnson)

  • Brown paper bags and play food (Margaret Knight)

  • Keyboards (Dr. Grace Murry Hopper)


Parent Involvement

  •  Feel free to bring in or email a picture of an important woman in your family.



  • Technology, Health and Safety are incorporated throughout the curriculum through daily interaction and planned activity

Toddler One Lesson Plan February 29- March 4

Happy Birthday Dr. Suess


Group Time

  • Sing “Happy Birthday”

  • Little Fish magnet board

  • Read The Lorax

  • Read My Many Colored Days

  • Read Hop on Pop

Creative Art

  • Paint paper plates yellow

  • Glue pom poms to paper plates

  • Paint with hands in socks on poster board

  • Colorful footprints on butcher paper

  • Red and white negative space painting

Sensory Activities

  • Rainbow oobleck 

  • Green play dough

  • Colored noodles

  • Sand and plastic eggs 

  • Colored shaving cream


  • Felt fish and fishing poles

  • Popsicle sticks in containers

  • Multicultural people and pockets

  • Bubble wrap and contact paper runways 

  • Forest animals, socks and boxes 

Special Activities

  • Wacky Wednesday- March 2nd, come dressed in your best mismatched outfit! 

Technology, Health and Safety are incorporated through the curriculum through daily interaction and planned activity.

Toddler One Newsletter- February 26, 2016

Room Announcements

Wednesday, March 2nd is Wacky Wednesday! Come dressed in your favorite mismatched outfit.

School Announcements

Thank you to all parents who participated in the potluck! What a great event!

Topic of the Week

    This week the children took a closer look at the story The Mitten by Jan Brett. In this story, a young boy loses his mitten in the forest during winter time. Different animals climb into the mitten looking for warmth and shelter from the cold. The children enjoyed learning about new animals, such as a fox, badger, and hedgehog.  They especially loved when the mouse made the bear sneeze and all of the animals went flying out of the mitten! 

    During sensory, the children enjoyed exploring different winter clothes, such as mittens, hats and boots. Another favorite activity this week was to play with forest animals in the sensory table with corn starch and during free play with wooden blocks and empty boxes.

    At the art table, the children used the animals to make white footprints on construction paper. They also enjoyed painting with puffy paint made from shaving cream and glue. 

Tip of the Week

Traditions Strengthen Relationships

Start rituals that feel natural for your family. One family might have a weekly craft night, while another may eat breakfast for dinner once a month. When you hit upon something that works, plan to do it again. Repeat it on a regular basis and — presto!— a new tradition is born that gives your youngster a sense of family. 

Community Happenings

Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration Storytime

Saturday February 27th at 11am

Deerfield Square Barnes and Noble

728 Waukegan Rd, Deerfield, IL 60015

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! Join us in celebrating the beloved Dr. Seuss’s birthday. At this celebration you can pin the tail on the Horton, decorate your own Cat in the Hat hat and more. Don’t miss out on this fun-filled story time! 


Did You Know?

Parents are encouraged to share information about their family’s culture so we can incorporate home life into the classrooms.


Next Week: Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss

Have a great weekend!

Toddler 1 Staff

Parent Comments: What is your child’s favorite Dr. Seuss story?

Please write your observations on the Parent Corner Board in the Toddler hallway.

Toddler One's Lesson Plan- February 19, 2016

Toddler One Lesson Plan
The Mitten


Group Time (Literacy)

  • The Mitten by Jan Brett

  • “The Mitten” magnet board

  • “Mr. Rabbit” magnet board

  • “The Mitten song” by Rachel Buchman (see attached lyrics)

  • “10 Little Mittens on a Line” magnet board

 Creative Art: (Creative/Motor)

  • Mittens and paint on poster board

  • Painting white footprints on dark colored butcher paper

  • White forest animal tracks on dark construction paper

  • Tape resistant snowflakes on poster board using rollers

  • Build a snowman with creative materials on contact paper on closet door

  • Painting with puffy paint made with shaving cream and glue

  Sensory: (Fine/Gross Motor)

  • Clean mud

  • Snow and mittens

  • Corn starch and forest animals

  • Mittens and forest animals

  • Winter clothes

  • Shaving cream


  • Forest animals and wood stumps

  • Animal puppets

  • Animal puzzles

  • Animals and empty tissue boxes

 Special Group Activities

  • Pretend you are your favorite animal


 Technology, Health and Safety are incorporated throughout the curriculum through daily interaction and planned activity.

“The Mitten Song” by Rachel Buchman


Thumbs in the thumb place, PING! 
Fingers all together. 
This is the song we sing in mitten weather! 
Thumbs in the thumb place, PING! 
Fingers all together. 
This is the song we sing in mitten weather. 
When it's cold, it doesn't matter whether
Mitten are wool, or made of finest leather. 
This is the song we sing in mitten weather.... (hide them!) 


Hide your hands behind you. On "PING" bring them out, with fingers together, thumb sticking out. Wave them happily! Hide them and repeat. During the verse, begin low, waving hands from side to side, getting a little higher for each line. Begin hiding them on "this is the song we sing in mitten weather".




Toddler One's Newsletter- February 19, 2016

Room Announcement


Topic of the Week

Friendship and Love

This week the children have been exploring the concepts of love and friendship. During circle time, the children enjoyed singing "Skinamarinky Dinky Dink" and "You are my Sunshine." We also read, "Love from the Very Hungry Caterpillar". The children especially enjoyed sticking the Very Hungry Caterpillar velcro to the walls.

A favorite sensory activity, was playing with the snow inside. The toddlers enjoyed scooping it, painting it, melting it, and molding it. Many of the toddlers had the opportunity to observe the snow falling outside too! 

In art, the children enjoyed using paper towel rolls to press heart shapes onto poster board. The toddlers also enjoyed spreading the paint onto a heart inside a sandwich bag. Many of the colors mixed to make new beautiful colors!


Tip of the Week

Love is Enough


Children often have questions about families that are different from theirs, Talk with your youngster about foster, adoptive, step, and extended families (those with grandparents or other relatives in the home). No matter who makes up a family, with love they're all the same.


Community Happenings



AT 9:30 AM.



Quote of the Week

“Sometimes, the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.”
            -A.A Milne, Winnie the Pooh


 Did You Know?

The teachers use formal and informal assessments to help track your child's progress. These are shared through touch base phone calls and at conferences. 









Toddler Lesson Plan- February 12, 2016

Friendship and Love


Group Time: (Literacy)

  • "5 Good Friends" magnet board

  • Sing "Skinamarinky Dinky Dink"

  • Sing "You are my Sunshine"

  • Read Love From the Very Hungry Caterpillar

  • Read Little Blue and Little Yellow

Creative Art: (Creative/ Motor)

  • Toilet paper roll hearts on poster board

  • thumb prints on construction paper

  • Multicultural friendship collage on contact paper

  • sandwich bag heart painting

  • hand prints on paper plates

Sensory: (Fine/ Gross Motor)

  • Pink water with stacking cups

  • Colored ice cubes

  • Baby dolls, water and baby wipes

  • Play snow (baking soda and conditioner)

  • Sensory gloves


  • Multicultural people

  • Puzzles

  • Bubbles

Technology, Health and Safety are incorporated throughout the curriculum through daily interaction and planned activity.




Toddler One Newsletter- February 12, 2016

Room Announcement

  • SAVE THE DATE: We will be hosting our Toddler One Potluck on Thursday, February 25th at 4:30 p.m. This will be a red carpet event! We hope to see you all there dressed in your best!

  • Room 121 would like to give a warm welcome to Aurelia Louw and her family!

Topic of the Week

Objects in Motion

            This week our classrooms have been exploring many different objects in our environment that move. During group time, the teachers and children explored the different parts of their bodies that move by singing songs like “Clap Your Hands” and reading stories about trains, boats and planes.

            In sensory, our toddlers enjoyed using water with water wheels and discovering how pouring water onto them set them in motion. Cars and wooden ramps in sensory was another fun option for the children. They used wonderful creative thinking by laying the wooden ramps across the sensory table and building “a bridge” for their cars as well.

            The movement continued during creative art when our classrooms were able to explore painting with fly swatters on poster board and shaking textured balls inside a box to spread paint on construction paper.

Tip of the Week

Good Behavior

Rephrasing requests to your toddler may get you more cooperation. Phrase a request as a statement rather than a question. For example, “Please put on your jacket” instead of “Can you put on your jacket?” This shows your child that wearing a jacket is not optional.

Community Happenings

  • Build it! At Kohl Children’s Museum. Thursday, February 11th through April 26that 9:30 am. Explore creativity, while learning about architecture and story telling. $11 for children and adults.

  • Valentine’s Day “Mommy and Me” Play Date at The Bookstall at Chestnut Court in Winnetka, Il. Join author Sherri Duskey Rinker as she reads her new book Silly Wonderful You while enjoying refreshments and activities. Saturday, February 13th at 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Free.

Quote of the Week

“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly. What is essential is invisible to the eye.”
            -Antoine de Saint Exupéry, The Little Prince


 Did You Know?

We are always seeking natural elements to add to our environments. If you have any extra baskets, wood or wicker trays, please donate them to school.


Next Week: Friendship and Love

Have a great weekend!

Toddler 1 Staff

Parent Comments: What are some bonding activities your family and friends enjoying doing together?

Please write your observations on the Parent Corner Board in the Toddler hallway.

Lesson Plan- February 5, 2016

Toddler One Lesson Plan

Objects in Motion


Group Time: (Literacy)

  • Read From Head to Toe

  • Read Round & Round & Round

  • Read Journey Home From Grandpa’s

  • Read Trains, Boats and Planes

  • Read Press Here

  • Sing “Walking, Walking, Hop, Hop, Hop”

  • Sing “Clap your Hands”


Creative Art: (Creative/ Motor)

  • Pushing tires on poster board

  • Rolling balls in a box

  • Painting with cars

  • Painting with hand rollers

  • Painting with fly swatters


Sensory: (Fine/Gross Motor)

  • Fish massagers in goop

  • Rollers and playdoh

  • Water and water wheels

  •  Ramps and transportation toys

  • Movement sensory bottles



  • Textured balls

  • Babies and strollers

  • Riding toys

  • Grocery carts

Special Group Project

Create an obstacle course in the mini gym that allows our bodies to explore a variety of different movements fast and slow.

Parent Involvement

•Please feel free to bring in an object that moves for your child to share at group time.

Technology, Health and Safety are incorporated throughout the curriculum through daily interaction and planned activity.

Toddler One Lesson Plan/ January 29, 2016



Group Time: (Literacy)

  • ·         Read Simple Science

  • ·         Read A Color Of His Own

  • ·         Read The Magic Hat

  • ·         Mix baking soda and vinegar

  • ·         Create a cloud with rain


Creative Art: (Creative/Motor)

  • ·         Ice, salt, and liquid paint

  • ·         Eye droppers with liquid paint on paper

  • ·         Golf ball painting in coffee cans

  • ·         Paint snow with water colors

  • ·         Painting with colored ice on paper



    Sensory: (Fine/Gross Motor)

  • ·         Edible slime

  • ·         Homemade playdoh and tools

  • ·         Goop and sticks

  • ·         Shaving cream and liquid paint on tables

  • ·         Water with various toys that sink and float



  • ·         Puzzles

  • ·         Shaker bottles

  • ·         Magnets on easels

  • ·         Baked cotton balls and hammers



Special Group Activity

  • ·         Make homemade playdoh!

  • ·         Make a jumping rainbow!


Parent Involvement

  • ·         Feel free to share any experiments you do at home. You may also bring in any books on science.



  • *        Technology, Health and Safety are incorporated throughout the curriculum through daily interaction and planned activity.