Children’s Day: Down on the Farm

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013 @ 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.

APRIL WEEK 4

Dear Parents,

This week we had allot of fun talking about Grandpa’s farm, they were able to practice and review all the animals that live in it. With the use of play dough they made several animals and practiced the different sounds. As a creative project, they made several decorations for the children’s day party that will be held next Tuesday. Also, this week we started learning new songs and rhymes- practicing for the Mother’s Day program.

During next week (Tuesday April 30th) we will celebrate children’s day and the theme will be “The Farm”. They will be able to have fun through different enriching games. Please send your child with jeans and a white shirt so they can dress up as farmers at the kinder.

Big Bears will start working on the Mother’s Day project, we have already talked about it and all of them are very excited. This celebration will take place on May 10th and we want to inform you that the dress code will be jeans, white shirt and tennis shoes (no sandals please).

Regarding all the Big Bear Birthdays celebrated at the kinder, the parents will only be received at 11:30 to celebrate our Superkid.

Next Wednesday (May 1st 2013) there will be no classes.

Have a great weekend.

Thank you,

Ms. Caya & Ms. Yayis

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Estimados padres de familia,

Esta semana hablamos de la granja del abuelo, todos se divirtieron mucho y tuvieron la oportunidad de repasar todos los animales que viven en ella. Con el uso de plastilina hicieron varios animales y practicaron los diferentes sonidos. Como proyecto creativo, hicieron varias decoraciones para la fiesta del día del niño que se celebrará el próximo martes. Además, esta semana comenzamos a aprender nuevas canciones y rimas.

Durante la próxima semana (martes 30 de abril) vamos a celebrar el día del niño y el tema será “La Granja”. Ellos serán capaces de divertirse a través de diferentes juegos. Por favor envíen a sus hijos con jeans y una blusa/camisa blanca para que puedan vestirse como granjeros aquí en el kinder.

Big Bears comenzarán a trabajar en el proyecto del Día de la Madre, ya hemos hablado de ello y todos están muy emocionados. Esta celebración se llevará a cabo el 10 de mayo y queremos informarles que el código de vestimenta será jeans, blusa/camisa blanca y tenis/zapatos (no sandalias, por favor).

Con respecto a los cumpleaños celebrados en el kinder, los padres sólo serán recibidos a las 11:30 para celebrar con sus hijos.

El próximo miércoles (1 º de mayo de 2013) no habrá clases.

Que tenga un gran fin de semana.

Muchas Gracias,

Ms. Caya & Ms. Yayis

E-I-E-I-O Week!!

We had a lot of fun this week talking about farm animals, the sounds they make and we sang different songs that talked about them.

Here are some recent pictures we took during our Art Class. Enjoy!

Next week we will be having our Children’s Day Party on Tuesday, April 30. If you could please send your kids in jeans and a white top and sneakers it would be great! Kids only have to bring a thermos with water. Snacks will be provided by April room mothers. As a reminder, there will be no classes on Wednesday, May 1st.

Hope you have a great weekend!

Ms. Gaby and Ms. Judy

Never Too Young For Social Skills…

The kids are getting better with their self-expression and spontaneous speech. A couple of weeks ago, I asked if any of them wanted to share a comment about anything (some share what books they have at home, while others give a loooong explanation about something they did or saw). The first couple of times only a few participated and even took a couple seconds in thinking about what to say. Now ALL kids raise their hands to participate and they all have something to talk about. I encourage this exercise to teach them what they say is important and also to listen to their friends, since it is just as important. At the same time, this helps in improving language skills.

The kids have also had a turn to act out certain feelings (I show them a flashcard) and the rest of the group has to guess what feeling it is. They like this game! We see how much fun they are having while they practice their self-confidence, non verbal language, imagination, and the need for taking turns. Working in social aspects is very important in building character at this stage in life.

On Tuesday, April 30th we will have our Children’s Day party. The kids do not need to bring a lunch box, since April room mothers will provide the snacks. If you could please send your kids in jeans and a white top and sneakers it would be great! As a reminder, there will be no classes on Wednesday, May 1st.

On another subject, Fernando Pontones, is moving to Mexico City next week. We will miss him so much!

Have a nice weekend,
Miss Lucia and Miss Vero

E-I-E-I-O Adventures

Next week we will be having our Children’s Day Party on Tuesday, April 30. If you could please send your kids in jeans and a white top and sneakers it would be great! Kids only have to bring a thermos with water. Snacks will be provided by April room mothers. As a reminder, there will be no classes on Wednesday, May 1st.

To start off the month of May, we will also be introducing the theme of jungle animals and working on our Mother’s Day Gifts and Program.

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

  • Techniques: painting, stamping, hand print, footprint, pasting, cutting, mixing, coloring, shaking, spreading.
  • Media: paint, craft paper, canvas, salt, glue
  • Concepts:  in and out, up and down, stop and go, mix, spread, pinch
  • Vocabulary: children, farm, barn, hay, farm animals, hat, milk

Here are some recent pictures of our classroom activities:

Farm Animals

The kids really enjoyed making animal sounds and working on their hand-print and foot-print barnyard. Next week we will covering the theme of more farm animals, sheep, goat, horse, cat and dog.

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

  • Techniques: painting, stamping, hand print, footprint, pasting, cutting, mixing, coloring
  • Media: paper, paint, carton, tissue paper, brush, glue, craft paper, paper plates
  • Concepts:  in and out, up and down, stop and go
  • Vocabulary: sheep, wool, lamb, horse, riding, saddle, lasso, goat, milk, cheese, cat, kitten, dog, puppy.

Here are some recent pictures of our classroom activities:

 

We’re on the Way to Grandpa’s Farm!

This week has all been about the farm and farm animals! The kids have listened to several songs and they enjoy participating by making sounds and noises like the animals that live on the farm. During circle time the kids had a chance to pretend they were ducks while acting out to the song “Five Little Ducks”. During creativity the kids started a project last week in which they have worked on for two weeks. This was a way to review barn related vocabulary while working on fine motor skills and hand eye coordination. The kids had fun!

Next week we will continue with the barn theme but we will be incorporating new vocabulary and skills.

Have a great week!

Miss Lucia and Miss Vero

APRIL WEEK 3

Dear Parents,

During this week we learned about different farm animals. The Big Bears class was able to practice the sounds and review several characteristics that describe their habitat. Also, they continued working on the farm project. Each one had the opportunity to create a cow, sheep, tractor, etc. In all this activities they are able to practice different techniques and skills. Their favorite puzzle during this week was Grandpa’s Farm. Big Bears enjoyed sharing and playing together. We are so happy to see how each one of them have been progressing during the year. We have been reviewing all the rhymes they have learned until now. By doing this we are trying to reinforce their retention and memory skills.

The next week we will continue learning about more farm animals. Big Bears will start working on the Children’s Day project; this will make them feel more involved with this celebration. They will be able to practice different things learned during the month of April. The rhyme that will be practice is “Earth Day”.

“Earth Day”

Every day is earth day

If it’s cold, wet or hot.

Let’s save the planet

It’s the only one we’ve got.

Have a great weekend.

Thank you,

Ms. Caya & Ms. Yayis

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Estimados padres de familia,

Durante esta semana Big Bear aprendieron acerca de diferentes animales de la granja, pudieron practicar los sonidos y repasar varias características que describen su hábitat. Asimismo, continuaron trabajando en el proyecto de la granja. Cada uno tuvo la oportunidad de crear una vaca, oveja, tractor, etc. Al realizar estas actividades pudieron practicar diferentes técnicas y habilidades. El rompecabezas favorito durante esta semana fue la granja de abuelo, todos disfrutaron compartir y jugar juntos. Estamos muy contentas de ver cómo cada uno de ellos ha ido progresando durante el año. Los Big Bears han estado practicando todas las rimas que han aprendido hasta ahora, al hacer esto estamos tratando de reforzar sus habilidades de memorización.

La próxima semana vamos a seguir aprendiendo sobre más animales de granja. Los Big Bears comenzarán a trabajar en el proyecto del Día del Niño, esto hará que se sientan más involucrados con esta celebración. De igual forma, esta actividad ayudara a que ellos sean capaces de practicar diferentes temas aprendidas durante el mes de abril. La rima que practicaremos la próxima semana será: “Earth Day”.

“Earth Day”

Every day is earth day

If it’s cold, wet or hot.

Let’s save the planet

It’s the only one we’ve got.

Que tenga un gran fin de semana.

Muchas Gracias,

Ms. Caya & Ms. Yayis

Week 3: April 2013

It looks like this school year is going by so fast! We are having so much fun that time just flies by. I’m glad I was able to see most of you this week and look forward to meeting with those who weren’t able to make it next week. Thank you for taking time to come and talk to me about the notorious progress we’ve seen in our Busy Bees.

Here are some pictures from Mr. Mike’s birthday last week. I hope you enjoy them!

Have a great weekend!

Ms. Gaby and Ms. Judy

My Very Own Farm

For the last couple of weeks Toddler Tree students have been working on their very own farm. This has been quite an elaborate project that has taken about 10 class days to complete but it has been very gratifying to see the kids enjoying themselves so much!

We started with a spaghetti painting day. That’s right… the children had a blast painting a blue sky using cooked pasta. It was fun to flop around the paper and to get a nice textured background. Next, we cut a piece of green paper to size that would serve as a base for the barn and all the animals. A different day we rolled out red paint on cardboard and detailed our barn using chalk, black luster and a shiny semi-circle for the silo. We used the paper shredder to make hay for the barn and then the best part began: creating animals using our hands and feet!

With our hands we made a yellow duck, a sheep (black with white wool, added later), a cow, a brown horse and a hen. By dipping our fingers in paint, we added hooves to the horse, spots to the cow and a family of baby chicks for the hen. Using our feet we created a tractor and a cute little pig.

Other days we painted rice and pasta in Ziploc bags, glued and stapled many elements to the background, tickled each other before pasting feathers on the duck, pulled cotton into small balls or pieces, rolled crepe paper into balls using a pincer motion, cut and folded the sun and it’s rays, among other things.

Finally, our project came together with all of these items personally made by each child. Please take some time in reviewing your son or daughters project. Place it somewhere that is reachable. Exhibit it at home if possible (white board or cork). Think of questions to ask… what color is…? Where is the horse, pig, cow…? What sound does this animal make? Be patient in getting answers or come back to these questions later.

We are very proud of all students. They did a great job and learned a lot in the process!