First Days

Dear Parents,

During this week we had the pleasure to meet our little Big Bears and present ourselves. These days have been full of joy and happiness. They have practiced different activities and became familiar with our daily life at Toddler Tree. The kids are making great effort in adjusting to new teachers and routines.

During the next two weeks we will be practicing pincer grasp movements in different areas. We will also learn many fun topics, such as feelings and different parts of the body.

We hope you enjoyed those moments watching your child doing their work.

Have a great weekend and we are excited to receive you on Tuesday September 3, 2013 at our Big Bears Open House at 7:30 pm.

Thank you,

Ms. Caya  & Ms. Martha


“The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.” E. E. Cummings

GROUP: Big Bears

TEACHERS:  Ms. Caya & Ms. Martha

DATE: September 2013

TOPIC OF THE MONTH: All About Me & My School

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


  • Vocabulary: toys, chair, table, book, teacher, lunchbox, happy, sad, angry, surprised, grumpy, sick, sleepy, head, nose, hands, eyes, mouth, ears, teeth, tongue, shoulders, feet, legs, toes.


  • Language Patterns: I am … (name), Good Morning, Good bye, May I …, See you tomorrow.


  • Books: My schoolbag; Little Monster at School; Its School Time, Baby kings and His Family, I like What I Am.


  • Concepts: Boy – Girl / Up – Down  /  Big – Small.


  • Action verbs: come, go, eat, play


  • Color: review all, emphasis in red


  • Math skills: Comparing objects or shapes and discriminate which one is different. Review rote counting 1 to 5. Identify the quantity with the number (1 & 2).


  • Science Discoveries: Explore with sand and water.



  • Fine motor skills: grab and tear paper, make paper balls and use cloth pins to put objects in containers


  • Physical Development Objectives: Knowledge and practice of the following skills: corporal image, balance, rhythm, walk, crawl, run, gallop, transport objects, throw, catch and bounce. Learn about sharing, listening, taking turns and following instructions and games rules.



  • Fine arts skills: modeling with play-doh, folding paper, coloring with crayons, and using paintbrushes.


  • Music: Good Morning to You!; Look Who Came to School Today; What Is Your Name?; Colors; Feelings; This is the Way…; Body Parts Song; You Are Special, ABC, and number song: Lets Go to the Moon.



  • Value of the month: Self-esteem & Responsibility



     .   Daniela Valdes       Sept.12

     .   Diego Llaguno        Sept. 17




OPEN HOUSE Tuesday, September 3, 2013 @ 7:30pm

Please label all lunchbox items (cups, spoons, forks, containers, and lids). Try to send containers with easy access, correct lids, and make sure they are covered properly before packing them in their lunchboxes.  If they bring a sweater, we would appreciate if it could be labeled too.

Welcome Tigers!

Dear Parents,

We are happy to say that we have started this new school year in the right direction. Most kids had no trouble coming back from their vacations and there were only a couple of kids with few tears at the beginning of the day. Luckily, they adapted to our class routine very quickly.

We have been focusing on making the children feel comfortable during this first week of school. Also, we have been reviewing previously learned material and paying close attention to your child’s abilities and areas of challenge so that we can help them work on these during the first trimester.

We would like to share a few pictures of our first week in school:

Next week’s theme is about Body Parts and Feelings. We remind you to send a box with family pictures or people who are close to your child (grandparents, brothers, sisters) since we will be using it later next week. If you have already sent it, thank you!

We will be working on showing our students to wait for instructions and to take turns.

We are looking forward in seeing you on Wednesday, September 4th for our Terrific Tigers Open House at 7:30 p.m.

Mrs. Nancy Murillo de Zambrano


Mrs. Claudia Villarreal de Villarreal

Back to School!

Welcome Parents and Toddlers!

 It is our pleasure to welcome you to the 2013-2014 school year. We are confident that this will be a rewarding experience for your families and our staff.  As our school enters our 17th year we are satisfied with the integrated program we have established. We have been blessed with enthusiastic teachers, a terrific facility, and a sound curriculum. The powerful combination of these will provide a developmentally appropriate and enriching learning environment where your child will excel.

We know families are the most important people in the life of a child and we feel privileged to work alongside you to help prepare your child for further education. Our desire is to delight your little one and help each student discover his or her strengths and special gifts through free play and structured activities in a loving environment.

Mr. Mike Severeid, Mrs. Maricusa and the entire Toddler Tree team welcome you and look forward to greeting you personally. The doors are always open and you are invited to experience the family atmosphere we are so proud to be part of.

We appreciate the opportunity to be part of your child’s year and your journey as the parent of a growing, independent preschooler.  It’s our responsibility and desire to support you during this exciting time of development and change.  Please don’t hesitate to share any thoughts, questions, or concerns with our staff at any time.

Warm regards,

Anna Cristina Severeid

Children Learn What They Live

If a child lives with criticism,

He learns to condemn.

If a child lives with hostility,

He learns to fight.

If a child lives with ridicule,

He learns to be shy.

If a child lives with shame,

He learns to feel guilty.

If a child lives with tolerance,

He learns to be patient.

If a child lives with encouragement,

He learns confidence.

If a child lives with praise,

He learns to appreciate.

If a child lives with fairness,

He learns justice.

If a child lives with approval,

He learns to like himself.

If a child lives with acceptance and friendship,

He learns to find love in the world.

-Author Unknown