Big Bears September 2012 Newsletter

TOPIC OF THE MONTH: All About Me & My School

VALUE(S) OF THE MONTH: Self-Esteem & Responsibility

MAIN THEMES: Me, My Family, My Body, People & Things in my School.

Head, face, eyes, nose, ears, mouth, teeth, tongue, shoulders, hands, feet, legs, knees, toes, happy, sad, angry, sleepy, surprised, sick, toys, chair, table bk, teacher, lunchbox.

I am… (name), Good Morning, Good bye, I see you tomorrow, May I…

Boy – Girl / Up – Down / Big – Small / Open – Close

Come, go, eat, play

Review all.

COGNITIVE (math, science):
Compare objects or shapes and recognize the differences. Review rote counting 1 to 5 and identify the quantity with the number (1 & 2). Explore textures using sand and water.

Practice balance, gallop, walk, crawl, twist and jump. Learn about sharing, listening, taking turns and following instructions or game rules.

Good Morning to you; Body Parts Song; Calendar Song; ABC; Number Rock; Rainbow of Colors.


Mariana Gómez Esponda September 3

– Please label all lunch box items (cups, spoons forks, containers and lids). Also try to send containers with easy access, correct lids and make sure they are covered properly before packing them in the lunch box.
– We are asking you to discourage Big Bears from bringing toys to school. Sometimes they interfere with class routines and with our SUPERKID program.

Busy Bees September Newsletter

TOPIC OF THE MONTH: All about me and my school.
VALUE(S) OF THE MONTH: Self-esteem, Confidence, I listen to my teachers, I am nice to my friends and I say Please and Thank you.
MAIN THEMES: Me, My Family, My Body, People & Things in my School.
VOCABULARY: Teacher, lunch box, table, chairs, carpet, toys, crayons, chalkboard, paper, head, nose, hands, eyes, mouth, ears, happy, sad, angry surprised, sleepy.
LANGUAGE PATTERNS: Good Morning, Hello and Goodbye.
CONCEPTS: Up- Down, In and Out, Boy and Girl, Happy-Sad
ACTION VERBS: Come, Walk, Stand up, Sit down, Go, Pick up.
COLORS: Red, Yellow and Blue
COGNITIVE (math, science): Discovering shapes (Circles) and Exploring different textures.
PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT: Corporal Image and Balance: Following a 3 step routine.
MUSIC: Good Morning, Body Parts, ABC’s, Letter Sounds, Marching with Mickey.


Daniela Valdés – September 12th
Diego Llaguno – September 17th

Welcome Terrific Tigers!

Dear Parents,
The Terrific Tiger’s classroom has been through several modifications. As Ms. Cristy’s philosophy, which she reminded us yesterday, “At Toddler Tree, kids are first”. Keeping that in mind, we made some changes in the classroom to facilitate the learning environment for the kids. Miss Vero and I have already brainstormed on great ideas to enrich our learning environment, surprising our students to spark their curiosity towards exploring and learning new things. We are sure this year is going to be full of new experiences and learning opportunities for your young ones. We are really looking forward for the upcoming year!! We remind you that Open House will be held at Toddler Tree on September 6 at 7:30 pm.
We are looking forward to meeting all students for the first day of school on Monday, August 27th, 2012.


Ms. Lucía Gutiérrez

Hello Busy Bees!

Welcome to our 2012-2013 School Year! We are so happy to have you in our classroom and we can’t wait to start learning together in a safe and fun environment. We will learn a lot from each other to make this an enriched and happy experience for everyone.

We are looking forward to meeting Busy Bees Parents in our Open House on Tuesday, 4th September at 8:00 pm. Be prepared for a fun filled evening!

See you on Monday, August 27th for our first day of school!

Mrs. Gaby and Mrs. Martha

Welcome Tiny Turtles!


Dear Parents,

My name is Cecy Romero, the head teacher for the Tiny Turtles class. I will be working with Miss Efo and Miss Rebeca this year. Welcome to our new school year! This is a time of new beginnings, making friends, and learning lots of new things for your little ones. Every day they are going to be involved in new experiences and we hope to provide a variety of opportunities for learning and growing. In search of promoting self-sufficiency among these youngsters, our focus aside from the cognitive aspect of our curriculum will be developing social, emotional, and physical skills. Thank you for entrusting your child to us. We are looking forward for a wonderful year!

During the first week of school we will be learning about body parts and feelings. Please stay tuned to the website for current classroom information and photos.

The Tiny Turtles Team


Healthy Snacks for Kids

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
Whole-Wheat Pretzels
Whole-Grain Toast
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
Homemade “Larabars”
Whole-Wheat Toaster Pastries (a.k.a. Pop Tarts!)
Smoothies or Smoothie Pops
Whole-Wheat Banana Bread
Zucchini Chips
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
Kale Chips
Homemade Powerballs
Whole-Wheat Biscuits (good with butter and jelly) or Buttermilk Cheese Biscuits
Cinnamon Glazed Popcorn
Whole-Wheat “Baked” Donuts