November Newsletter - Dinosaur Theme

PIP November Theme Plan:  Dinosaurs

November Dates:

Thursday, Nov. 9: Scholastic Book Order due and Literacy Pizza night RSVPs due

Friday, Nov. 10: SLP FOPS

Monday, Nov. 13: No school for children

Tuesday, Nov. 14: Literacy Pizza Night (5:30 – 7:30 p.m.)

Wednesday, Nov. 15: Class photos and re-takes (please send me an email if you want re-takes)

Friday, Nov. 24th:  Physical Therapist FOPS

Color of the Month: Blue


Language Concepts:





Vocabulary and Sounds:

For children with few words:  Di-no, and sound effect “K-K-K” as we stomp

Describing words – pointy/sharp/spikey/spots/stripes/loud/quiet

Verbs – Roar/Stomp/Jump/Walk/Run/Hop/Stop

Nouns – dinosaur/meat eaters/plant eaters/fossil/bones/some dinosaur names (e.g. tyrannosaurus/triceratops/stegosaurus/brachiosaurus)


Theme Concepts Introduced:

Dinosaurs lived on earth a long time ago.

Dinosaurs do not live on earth now (they are extinct).

Some dinosaurs were meat eaters.  Some dinosaurs were plant eaters.

These are some dinosaur names:  tyrannosaurus, triceratops, stegosaurus, brachiosaurus.

A paleontologist is a scientist who digs up dinosaur bones.



Dinosaur Painting – with sponges and with paintbrushes

Playdough Fossils – press plastic dinosaurs into playdough and make pretend fossil footprints

Dinosaur Hide and Seek

Dinosaur Puzzles

Dinosaur Bones in sand table

Dinosaurs frozen in ice in water table


Songs and Fingerplays:

Willobee, Wallabee, Wee (children have to listen for the rhyme with their name)

Willobee, Wallabee, Wee

A dinosaur sat on me,

Willobee, Wallabee, Woo

A dinosaur sat on you!

Willobee, Wallabee, Woshua,

A dinosaur sat on Joshua,

Willobee, Wallabee, Wemma,

A dinosaur sat on Emma.


Five Huge Dinosaurs

5 huge dinosaurs letting out a roar,

1 went away and then there were 4.

4 huge dinosaurs munching on a tree,

1 went away and then there were 3.

3 huge dinosaurs did not know what to do,

1 went away and then there were 2.

2 huge dinosaurs having lots of fun,

1 went away and then there was 1.

1 huge dinosaur afraid to be a hero,

He went away and then there were 0.


Dinosaur, Dinosaur (tune: Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear)

Dinosaur, Dinosaur, stomp around

Dinosaur, Dinosaur, shake the ground

Dinosaur, Dinosaur, very tall,

Dinosaur is coming, make yourself small!


Dinosaur Fingerplay

Dinosaurs, dinosaurs, hiding behind me (hands in a fist behind back)

Where you cannot see.

Now you can see one (bring out one hand)

Now you can see two (bring out the second hand)

Now two dinosaurs are waiting for you!


I’d Like to be a Dinosaur (tune: Mary Had a Little Lamb)

I’d like to be a dinosaur, dinosaur, dinosaur.

And if I were a dinosaur

I’d be a _________________ (stegosaurus, brachiosaurus, T-rex, triceratops)


Dinosaur is Eating (tune: Row, Row, Row Your Boat)

Dinosaur, dinosaur, eating fruits and leaves,

Take a bite and chew it up

And spit out all the seeds.


Dino Pokey (tune: Hokey Pokey)

Put your dinosaur in, put your dinosaur out

Put your dinosaur in and you shake it all about,

You do the dino pokey and you turn yourself around.

That’s what it’s all about!


You make your dino tall, you make your dino short, you make your dino tall and you shake it all about!

My name is Stegosaurus

My name is Stegosaurus, I’m a funny looking dinosaur,

For on my back are many bony plates, and on my tail there’s more.

My front 2 legs are very short, my back 2 legs are long.

I don’t eat meat, I just eat plants, I’m put together wrong.

My name is Stegosaurus, I’m a funny looking dinosaur,

For on my back are many bony plates, and on my tail there’s more.


Walking, Walking (tune: Frere Jacques)

Walking, walking,

Walking, walking.

Hop, hop, hop.

Hop, hop, hop.

Running, running, running,

Running, running, running.

Now let’s stop.

Now let’s stop.




OT Tip of the Month

Did you know that children that never learned to crawl often have poor hand development? Effective arm and finger movement and control is only possible when core strength and stability are present.  Core muscles are those muscles that stabilize the shoulders, back, and hips. A stable core provides a solid base of support from which the arms and legs are free to move with precision and control.


At home, have your child:

  1. Read, write, color, work on puzzles, play with toys while lying on tummy.
  2. Wheelbarrow walk all around the house. Have your child lay face down on the floor with their hands at shoulder level. Have your child straighten their arms, pushing their body off the floor – your child is the “wheelbarrow”.  At the same time, the parent lifts the child’s hips, thighs or ankles - lifting at the hips is the easiest while lifting at the ankles is the hardest for your child. Now your child tries to walk forward on the hands. Try to ensure your child’s back is horizontal to the ground.
  3. Crawl on all fours: forward, backward, sideways or change direction on command.
  4. Crawl through an obstacle course.
  5. Snake or combat crawl (low crawl on elbows and knees with hips flat) to squeeze under a low stick or broom.


Physio Tip of the Month

Do the Dinosaur Stomp with your child. The actions and tune are very repetitive and fun!!  Look up on YouTube:

“Koo Koo Kanga Roo - Dinosaur Stomp: Dance-A-Long Video”


Speech/Language Tip of the Month

Use repetitive stories to promote language development, such as Brown Bear, Brown Bear, Who Do You See?  These types of stories have short sentences that are repeated over and over throughout the book.  This is great practice for grammar development.  After you have read the story with your child a few times, pause in the middle of a sentence to see if your child can finish it.  Eventually they may be able to ‘read’ it to you!

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