Each month, The Curiosity Shoppe and Toddler Center will put out a newsletter for our current parents and families. We will also feature some exciting news from the classrooms here!!
This month our focus takes us to: Toddlers and Kindergarten!
Toddlers- Miss Jenn and Miss Josie:The crisp fall air feels very refreshing on our walks. We look forward to watching the new changes coming with the season. Our first week is Fire Prevention Week. We will practice fire safety and make a fire truck project. Over the next few weeks of October, we will experience fall to the fullest. We will watch the changes on the trees and smell the difference in the air. Pumpkins, scarecrows, and leaves will be a big focus in our arts and crafts. Remember: picture day is October 19th! See you at the Harvest Fest!
Kindergarten- Miss Danielle M. and Miss Danielle Y.
We have started to notice the changes brought about by fall. We have begun to talk about the changing colors of leaves, pumpkins, and the cooler weather. We have added different fall related words into our sight word list. We have incorporated word families into our activities by making a word family wall (-op,-at). We have really been enjoying our folk tale unit and learning about people such as Paul Bunyan and Pecos Bill. The students are really interested in our unit. We will be moving onto fairy tales soon and will be comparing the two. We have also started sign language with Ms. Carol where we are learning fall words. Happy Fall!! Hope to see you all at the Harvest Festival!
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On Wednesday, October 5 Kelly Scotti came to The Curiosity Shoppe to introduce our youngsters to Yoga. This program was offered to children in Edu-Gym, Pre K, Kindergarten, and Enriched Kindergarten.
Miss Wendy, our Nature & Science teacher, loves to bring in pets from home to enhance her lesson plans and give the children a 'hands-on' learning experience. Last week, Miss Wendy brought in her guinea pigs. These adorable, furry creatures brought up some very interesting questions from the children. So what exactly is a guinea pig?
A guinea pig is part of the rodent family and is one of the largest rodents commonly kept as a pet. They are personable, gentle, small, and communicative animals. They tend to live longer than most small animals, on average 5-7 years. Guinea pigs typically weigh between 1.5-2.5 pounds. Guinea pigs are very social animals, and tend to do best with the companionship of another guinea pig. It is actually ideal to have guinea pigs live in groups! They also need time out of their cage to run around, stretch their legs, and get some exercise. But be careful- guinea pigs LOVE to cuddle! Even though guinea pigs seems small, they can be a lot to handle. They require regular grooming. They must be brushed/combed at least once a week and their cages must be cleaned often. Despite this, they do make good pets for children and families. They are much more portable than a dog or a cat; they love the attention children will give to them; and they help teach children how to responsibly care for a pet.
Please remember to do your research if you think a guinea pig is the right fit for your family!! Check out local shelters before buying from a breeder.