A traditional presentation of classical and modern mime techniques performed at Toddler Tree in a developmentally appropriate style through an acting technique that conveys emotion through non-verbal communication: this is Mime Time.
Occasionally referred to as ‘the art of silence,’ pantomime relies on facial expressions, body language, gestures and movements to convey a message or tell a story or create an illusion. People performing pantomime are known as mimes or clowns. With pantomime, kids can enjoy themselves while learning valuable social and communication skills.
• Pantomime incorporates techniques to convey emotion within facial expressions. When expressing happiness, the actor will raise his brow, curve his lips upward, parting the mouth slightly in addition to squinting to appear as if he is smiling with his eyes. Surprise is conveyed by opening the mouth to an O-shape, raising the brow and opening the eyes as wide as possible. Conversely, anger is expressed by turning the brow and mouth downward, while firmly setting the jaw in a dropped position. Sadness is conveyed by turning the mouth, the brow and the eyes downward, while allowing all the muscles in the face to sag.
• The chest is the central point of all action in pantomime. Actors will use the entire body to react and express emotion. Gestures in pantomime are exaggerated. When expressing positive emotions, actors will create free-flowing movements, maintain an elevated chest and gesture broadly. Negative emotions are expressed through restrictive gestures and a chest that is drawn inward. The body will appear tense and rigid.
Mime Time will take place next Wednesday, September 26th and it is packed with elements of surprise, adventure, music, dancing, excitement and, of course, audience interaction and participation. This enriching experience will exercise both the mind and the body of our youngsters.
We will be celebrating the independence of México on Friday, September 14th. Please send your children dressed in green, white and red on this day for a special Mexican Independence celebration!! ??
September 16 is the anniversary of “El Grito de Dolores, a speech made in 1810 by the catholic priest, Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, in the town of Dolores, Guanajuato. Hidalgo’s speech urged a resistance to the “bad government” and helped ignite a process which finally led to the “Declaration of Independence of the Mexican Empire” on September 28, 1821.
Toddler Tree families have shared their ideas for fun and tasty snacks that are much better than the prepackaged ones. A little forethought will get your kids eating, feeling and growing better. Please email me to add your personal suggestions to this list and check the following links: Snack Ideas for Kids and Switch Up Your Lunchbox for even more inspiration.
Fruits and Vegetables…
Mango, Papaya, Star Fruit, Cantaloupe, Honeydew Melon, Watermelon, Cherries, Pear, Grapes, Oranges, Plums, Kiwi, Grapefruit, Pineapple, Figs (good with goat cheese)
Cooked Green Beans, Jicama, Cooked Snow Peas, Frozen Peas, Mashed Sweet Potato (good with butter and cinnamon)
Good with peanut butter: Apples, Banana, Celery (and raisins a.k.a. “Ants on a Log”))
Good with hummus: Apple (good with peanut butter), Carrots, Raw Cauliflower or Broccoli
Good with ranch dip: Carrots, Celery, Cucumber Slices, Cherry Tomatoes, Raw Cauliflower, Raw Broccoli
Good with yogurt: Strawberries, Blueberries, Raspberries, Peaches
Good with soy sauce: Avocado (and brown rice) or Edamame
You may want to try: Applesauce, Unsweetened Raisins, Fruit Leathers, Freeze Dried Fruit (like mango, banana, blueberries or strawberries), Dried Apple Rings, Canned Fruit like Mandarin Oranges (Native Forest brand does not use sugary syrups in their cans), even Olives!
Whole Grain Crackers (like Triscuits, Multi-Seed, Ak-Mak, Whole-Wheat Matzos, Brown Rice Crackers/Snaps, Whole-Grain Rye Crackers topped with cheese, peanut butter, or a cream cheese and jelly combo)
Popcorn (make it using “The Popcorn Trick”)
Oatmeal (served warm in a Thermos)
Shredded Wheat (look for brands that contain 1-ingredient)
Arrowhead Mills Puffed Whole Grain Cereal (corn, brown rice, wheat or millet variety)
Brown Rice Cakes
Small, Cooked Whole-Grain Noodles
Nuts and Seeds…
Peanuts, Cashews, Almonds, Pecans, Walnuts, Pine Nuts (they are good lightly toasted), Pistachios, Sesame Seeds, Pumpkin Seeds, Nut Trail Mix including Dried Fruit
Other… Hard-Boiled Eggs, Garbanzo Beans, Cheese (cubes or sticks…with or without crackers), Plain Yogurt (flavored with a little honey or maple syrup and vanilla extract), Organic and/or Local Bacon
Homemade Granola Bars
Whole-Wheat Toaster Pastries (a.k.a. Pop Tarts!)
Smoothies or Smoothie Pops
Whole-Wheat Banana Bread
Whole-Wheat Zucchini Bread (made into muffins)
Whole-Wheat Pumpkin Bread (made into muffins)
Whole-Grain Cornbread (made into muffins)
Whole-Wheat Berry Muffins
Pecan Maple Breakfast Cookies
Easy Cheesy Crackers
Whole-Wheat Biscuits (good with butter and jelly) or Buttermilk Cheese Biscuits
Cinnamon Glazed Popcorn
Whole-Wheat “Baked” Donuts
Next week we will be offering “Quali-Tea Time” for students and mothers as a celebration for Mother‘s Day. Groups will be divided into 2 shifts to avoid crowding everybody in together at the same time.
Your child’s teachers wish to invite you to join them in a special project they have planned. We suggest that everyone wear comfortable clothes and shoes for this event. Once the projects are finished, mother and child will share tea time provided by Toddler Tree.
It is important for you to take note of the date and times sent in the invitations so everybody can enjoy their time with us. Also, please do not to bring toys, treats or gifts for your child.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
Monday, April 30th, 2018 @ Toddler Tree Kinder
All students will take part in our Children’s Day Celebration! Toddler Tree teachers have prepared different centers for the kids to have a full farm experience. Between finding the milk bottle caps in the haystack, milk bottle bowling, milking the cow, egg and spoon racing, wheelbarrows, everyone is sure to have a great time. No need for lunchboxes, as April room mothers will provide the snacks. Please dress children in jeans and white top with sneakers or comfortable shoes.
This week the Crawling Caterpillars got to enjoy Valentine’s Day so much. We celebrated this special holiday with a fun party! Students exchanged candies and treats with their friends; they enjoyed a snack and got a visit from the mail man (Mr. Mike), who gave them a special treat. These activities helped encourage sharing and friendship.
This week, during Exploration, we had fun with the dentist. Students enjoyed playing with tooth brushes. During art class we used for the first time markers and had so much fun with them doing a heart. Then in Circle time, Mr. Mike had some of the Crawling Caterpillars role play the book “The Lady With The Alligator Purse.”
Such a fun time!