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Tracey's Child Care Home Newsletter November-December-January Dates to know...

Nov. 20....................................Pick up by 4:30-WO Soccer Banquet- TJ on set up committee Nov. 21....................................Pick up by 4:00-Raley orthodontist Nov. 23 &24............................No daycare/ Enjoy Thanksgiving with your family Nov. 30....................................Raley orthodontist @3:00; This appt. may get canceled, I'll let you know on 11-22. I can easily take the kids with me, it is a very child friendly office.

Dec. 21...................................We'll Celebrate Christmas Dec.22-Jan. 2.........................No daycare/ Enjoy the Holiday Season/TJ and family vacation Jan. 4.......................................I will only offer daycare until 2:00; Raley plastic surgeon appt. in Kalamazoo Jan. 11......................................Pick up by 3:15-TJ eye doctor appt.

Jan. 19......................................WO vacation day/ No daycare/ TJ and family vacation ************************************************************************************************* Receipts for tax purposes will be given to you the first week of January.

************************************************************************************************* Concepts I am Stressing! ~Manners- "please", "thank you", "excuse me" I am also trying to emphasize waiting your turn to talk, "Please do not interrupt" ~Healthy Habits-Now that we are in the GERM SEASON I am constantly saying "Use a Kleenex"(instead of fingers, sleeves) "Cover your coughs" (cover your cough with a hand and then wash your hands).

I am always stressing hand washing. We wash before and after eating, after using the toilet, after marker and crayon use(shared toys), before and after using play dough and before nap/rest time.

Themes ~Thanksgiving- Key Ideas: how much we have to be thankful for, Native Americans, Pilgrims, turkeys, Cornucopias and harvest time.

~Christmas- Key Ideas: the birth of Baby Jesus, sharing-giving-receiving, Santa Claus, ~New Years-Key Ideas: 2001, 365 days in a year, months of the year Theme emphasis will vary depending on the age and development of the child Songs & Fingerplays Mitten Weather Thumbs in the thumb place, Fingers all together This is the song we sing in mitten weather Clap with Me Clap with me.1,2,3, Clap, clap, clap, just like me! Shake with me, 1,2,3, Shake, shake, shake, just like me Roll with me , 1,2,3, Roll, roll, roll, just like me! Snap with me, 1,2,3, Snap,snap,snap, just like me Fold with me, 1,2,3, Fold,fold,fold, just like me! (We'll use this before story time) Christmas time (tune-Row,row,row your boat) Ring,ring,ring the bells Ring them loud and clear Lights are shining everywhere, Christmas time is near. We'll also sing traditional Christmas Carols Christmas Time is Here (tune-Farmer in the Dell) Christmas time is here, Christmas time is here, Merry Christmas everyone! Christmas time is here.

It's time to trim the tree It's time to trim the tree Merry Christmas everyone! It's time to trim the tree....

...wrap the presents, hang the stockings, ...

(We will act out the words to the song)