Bye Bye January!

Dear Parents,
We are through covering winter topics! The kids really enjoyed learning the new vocabulary and songs. Without a doubt “Baby Beluga” became their favorite book and song. Thank you for your efforts in better planning your children’s lunchboxes. We have seen positive outcomes when the kids eat healthy food. We highly recommend sending  healthy snacks such as: corn, fruit (they are more likely to eat it if it is cut in small pieces), bread with jelly, yogurt, cereal & raisins. On the other hand, we encourage you not to send  fruit juices, chips and cookies as these become coveted items at the tables.
This month the Terrific Tigers class will be learning about community helpers, friendship and love. We all have much to learn from these never ending topics.

Next week’s superkid: Arturo Cadena… his birthday is on February 6 :)

Have a nice long weekend!
Miss Lucia and Miss Vero

Grandmother’s Day – January

Dear Parents,

Our sincere thanks to all our dearest Grandmothers who visited the Big Bears class at Toddler Tree. It was a unique and unforgettable experience for all of us.

This week our Big Bears were full of exciting activities, first of all they did an original soap project with their grandmothers. Also, they had the opportunity to review the different winter clothes and animals. As a creative activity Big Bears colored and decorated a snowflake using several techniques.

During next week, Big Bears will start learning about several community helpers. As a group we will be able to learn about the different activities each one of them does. Toddler Tree will have the visit of a Policeman and our kids will have the chance to experience and learn about them. We will start learning a new rhyme called “Valentine’s”.

Please make sure all of your child’s sweaters and jackets are labeled to avoid mix-ups.

We remind you that there will be NO CLASSES ON MONDAY FEBRUARY 4TH 2013.

Hope you enjoy your long weekend.

Thank you,

Ms. Caya & Ms. Yayis

Valentine’s

Red paper, Blue Paper

Crayons and Glue

We’re making Valentine’s

And one is for you!

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Estimados padres de familia,

Muchas gracias a todas nuestras invitadas especiales “Las Queridas Abuelitas” de nuestros alumnos por haber participado en ese dia. Fue una experiencia única e inolvidable para todos nosotros.

Esta semana nuestros Big Bears pudieron experimentar interesantes actividades, principalmente realizaron un original proyecto con sus abuelitas. Además, tuvieron la oportunidad de repasar los distintos temas relacionados al invierno. Como actividad creativa los Big Bears colorearon y decoraron un copo de nieve utilizando varias técnicas.

Durante la próxima semana, Big Bears podrán aprender acerca de varios servidores públicos. Podremos aprender acerca de las diferentes actividades que cada uno de ellos realiza. Toddler Tree tendrá la visita de un policía y así los niños tendrán la oportunidad de experimentar y aprender sobre ellos. Además, comenzaremos a aprender una nueva rima llamada “Valentine’s”.

Por favor, asegúrese de que todos los suéteres y abrigos de sus hijos están etiquetados para evitar confusiones.

Les recodamos que NO HABRA CLASES EL LUNES 4 DE FEBRERO DEL 2013.

Esperemos que disfruten el fin de semana.

Muchas Gracias,

Ms. Caya & Ms. Yayis

Valentine’s

Red paper, Blue Paper

Crayons and Glue

We’re making Valentine’s

And one is for you!

Grandma’s Day Celebration

Grandma’s Day was a great success and everyone had a blast mixing all the ingredients of our hand scrub. We had Isabella’s birthday on Monday and the Tiny Turtles ate cupcakes.Remember next we won’t have class on Monday, February 4th. The topics we will be covering: mailman, police officer, doctor, nurse and baker.

In our creative department, this week we are going to work with the following:

  • Techniques: cutting, painting, pasting, drawing, molding, mixing, baking, squeezing
  • Media: glue, construction paper, pon pons, clean pipes, scissors, wooden sticks, cup cake mix, food coloring
  • Concepts: fast and slow, above under, be careful
  • Vocabulary: love, heart, mail, doctor, community helpers, cupcake, red, pink, red, star, diamond

Here are some recent pictures of our classroom activities:

Grandma’s Week

Dear Parents,

We had a wonderful time this week! We had our grandmas visit us in our Busy Bees classroom and we had a lot of fun filling up our bottles with  a delicious chocolate chip cookie recipe.

We also reviewed winter clothing and different animals this week. Next week we’ll start talking about community helpers and we’ll welcome February with lots of love for Valentine’s day!

Please remember to check out our February Newsletter so you know what we’ll be reviewing and talking about this month, and don’t forget this Monday 4th February is Holiday for the celebration of the Mexican Constitution.

See you next week and have a wonderful long weekend!

Miss Gaby and Miss Martha

Mastering Toilet Training

Often toilet training seems to be going well, and then the process stalls. When progress comes to a halt, take time to consider the constellation of forces that work together to motivate a child to complete toilet training, and those that oppose completion. Altering the balance of forces will generally get the process rolling again. Sometimes pull-ups/diapers that are used to help kids poop become a hindrance rather than a help.

Pushiness creates and complicates toileting problems, too. Trust your instinct, though, that your child needs “a little more guidance and direction.”

For a child to successfully master toilet training, there are two core concepts that must be assimilated. A child needs to learn how to use the potty. This includes recognizing the urge to go, voluntarily using her muscles to hold it in, walking to the potty, and using different muscles to move the waste out. The second core concept is learning to use the potty consistently. This includes overcoming any reason for resistance, and assuming responsibility for their own toileting.

Explain to your child that every day her body is making pee and poop, and that pee and poop belong in the potty. Explain that since she has already done such a good job peeing in the potty, it’s time for her to move to wearing panties throughout the day, all day- instead of diapers or pull-ups. Tell her that when she feels the need to go, she should hold it in just long enough to walk to the potty, sit down, and let it go. It’s okay if she has accidents — they’re part of learning.

At first she may need a little help recognizing the urge. When you notice behavior such as tugging at her clothes or shifting from foot to foot, point it out to her, and suggest that this might be a good time for the potty. Every time she comes to you and says she needs to go, smile. If she has already pooped in her pants, help her take it the rest of the way, and put the poop in the potty.

Be excited with her when she gets it right! Be matter-of-fact about accidents. Say something encouraging like, “Soon you’ll get it in the potty every time!” Have her take off her dirty clothes and put them in the laundry. Avoid putting her back in pull-ups during the day, unless she seems truly overwhelmed (in which case offer reassurance, use pull-ups for the rest of that day only, and try underpants again in the morning).

Although this time can be a frustrating and messy one, it’s a great opportunity for you to model for your daughter how to approach many of life’s challenges:

  • when you want to do something, it’s easier
  • if you don’t want to do something, figure out why
  • internal motivation is the best motivation
  • identify what it is that stands between you and completing your goal
  • sometimes pull-ups slow down your progress
  • often others see when you are shifting from foot to foot, before you do
  • continuing to do what you are comfortable with can keep you from growing
  • poop happens; accidents are part of learning to do it right
  • don’t beat yourself up over mistakes
  • overcoming a challenge is a process
  • sometimes you just need to do it
  • celebrate successes!

 

January Week 3

We had a wonderful week talking about winter and animals that live in cold weather, hibernate and live in the forests. Next week we’ll continue talking about these animals and those who live in the sea. Also, don’t forget we’ll be having our students Grandmothers visit next week! Get ready to have a fun filled time sharing activities with the children.

Here are some recent pictures we took in the classroom during art and exploration time with books.

We also had Salvador as a Superkid this week! Here are some pictures celebrating his birthday!

See you next week!

 

Winter Animals

We had Adrian’s superkid day this week and the kids really enjoyed the cupcakes and singing Happy Birthday. Next week we will be covering topics including: squirrels, chipmunks, whale, fox, beaver, moose, sea animals, polar bear and penguin.

 

In our creative department, we are going to work with the following:

Techniques: cutting, painting, pasting, drawing, pressing, stamping, coloring, food coloring.

Media: celery, glow sticks, food coloring, sharpie, alcohol, t shirt fabric, plastic bottles, salt, paint, brush, construction paper.

Concepts: paste, stamp, insert, coloring, glowing, plastic bottle, stamp.

Vocabulary: white, raccoon, polar bear, moose, penguin, whale, fox, beaver, squirrel and chipmunks, seasons, warm and cold.

Here are some recent pictures of our classroom activities:

Ready for Grandma’s Day!

This week we made a full week project in which everyone participated. The kids made a whale as a group and it is now pasted in our classroom so that they can see that their work is very well liked and valued. Last Wednesday was Fernando Trevino’s birthday and we had a visit from his parents who brought cupcakes. The kids love birthday celebrations!
Next Tuesday, January 29 will be our Grandma’s Day celebration. We will make an activity and later the kids will sing a song for them. We remind you that the kids come with their grandmothers and leave with them, too.
We hope you have a nice weekend!

January Week 4

This week we had the opportunity to learn about different forest and sea animals. Also we reviewed the numbers, letters, shapes and colors. Our Big Bears also practiced their cutting skills and were able to create interesting shapes and art projects. Now they know the rhyme “Snowflakes” and are starting to prepare a surprise rhyme for Grandma’s Day at kinder.

Grandma’s Day will take place on Monday, January 28. We are also going to review the different winter themes to finish off the month of January. This week we will continue reviewing their pre-writing and cutting skills.

Please make sure all of your child’s sweaters and jackets are labeled to avoid mix-ups.

Hope you enjoy your weekend!

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Estimados padres de familia,

Esta semana hemos tenido la oportunidad de aprender sobre los animales del bosque y marinos. Ademas, repasamos los números, letras, formas y colores. Durante esta semana Big Bears practicaron sus habilidades con las tijeras y fueron capaces de crear interesantes proyectos de arte. Ahora, ya se saben la rimas de enero “Snowflakes” y están empezando a preparar una rima sorpresa para el día de la abuelita en el kinder.

La semana que viene como ustedes saben, Big Bears tendrán un día dedicado la abuelita y estamos seguras de que estarán muy contentos de compartir este tiempo con ellas. Asimismo, repasaremos los diferentes temas de invierno que aprendieron durante el mes de enero. También, esta semana vamos a continuar con las habilidades de pre-escritura y el uso de tijeras.

Por favor, asegúrese de que todos los suéteres y abrigos de sus hijos están etiquetados para evitar confusiones.

Esperemos que disfruten el fin de semana.

Muchas Gracias,

 

Ms. Caya & Ms. Yayis