Can’t wait for Halloween!

We have been reviewing Halloween vocabulary.

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Vocabulary words such as cat, witch, ghost, goblin, spider, haunted house and costumes have been reviewed during this week.

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We have had a lot of fun acting out our vocabulary words since the children have been able to “interpret” being a cat, dressing up as a witch, a ghost, and trying on different costumes that were available in school.images (1)

 

They have been talking about what costume they will wear next week for our “Monster Treats” parade on Thursday.

 

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Some of our students identify the words and have mentioned they have these items in their homes as Halloween decorations! They have also enjoyed listening to music related to Halloween concepts as well.

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Our Terrific Tiger group is preparing a special short poem for you and a nice song that will be presented at our Monster Treats Halloween party.

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All our students (and teachers) will be dressed up in Halloween costumes.

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We will surely have a great time!

 

 

images (3)Please write the names of your child on his or her sweater or jacket since our cool season has started and we would not want them to get lost with other sweaters.

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Thank-you!

We hope you enjoy our pictures of our activities during their mornings at Toddler Tree!

 

 

October Week 3

This week we had the opportunity to admire our Big Bears learning:

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Trick or Treat

Give me something good to eat!

They enjoyed doing different art projects for Halloween, such as a paper witch, lollipop ghost and a pipe-cleaners spider. We were also able to role-play in a haunted house. You should have seen their eyes and face expressions. Oh, they were gorgeous. We sure love them all!

They are also learning a new song:

 

Pumpkin, Pumpkin

Pumpkin, pumpkin let’s give you some eyes

Pumpkin, pumpkin let’s give you a nose

Pumpkin, pumpkin let’s give you a scary smile

And now,

You are a Jack-o-Lantern

 

October Week 3

Wow!  We had the chance to experiment hot and cold air with a hair dryer, and how water could be hard and soft such as liquid and solid, using ice cubes with blue drops to identify them.

We also were able to identify the four different seasons of the year by making a seasonal chart. The kids expressed various kinds of feelings doing it.

We had leaf hunting and then they colored their own. It is so nice watching how they are so thrilled and help each other during this wonderful adventure of learning.

We reviewed the “Tree” rhyme and started with Halloween activities and songs.

Next week we will emphasize on reviewing diverse Halloween characters, such as friendly cats, witches, ghosts and goblins, spiders, and haunted house.

As well, they will experience a cat walk pretending they are dressed up with a specific costume.

Please continue telling your child about dressing up for the “Monster Treats” parade and party that will be held at Toddler Tree on Thursday October 31st.

Have a great weekend.

Seasons and Falling Leaves

This week we had many interesting science activities to reinforce different concepts.  Our students were able to feel hot air, holding out their hand, while the teachers moved a blow-dryer gently towards their hand.  Immediately after this, they felt air, coming out of a fan. We also worked with water, and they saw and felt the difference between cold water (touching ice cubes) and normal water, from a plastic container.

 

 

The children really enjoyed feeling the sand, since they were able to discover “hidden treasures” inside the sand container and sifted the sand in order to reach for the object (treasure).

 

 

 

When we reviewed the four seasons, the kids were able to touch and see different types of clothing and decide which one they were going to wear depending on the weather of each season.

 

When talking the Fall, they were familiar with the leaves and they enjoyed going outside to our backyard looking for leaves on the trees and on the ground. They were able to see different colors of leaves that were brought in by the teachers.

 

 

Finally, all Tigers were very interested in sorting objects by their shape, size and color, as well.

As you can see, we had a very interactive week!

 

 

Next week we will be focusing particularly on Halloween concepts, and learning new vocabulary such as  cat, witch, ghost and goblin, spider, haunted house and costumes.

We are all very excited about this exciting month with Halloween coming up soon! Please encourage your child to prepare a costume to wear and participate in our special “Monster Treats” parade and party that will be held on Thursday, October 31.

We hope you enjoy pictures of your children learning during their stay at Toddler Tree.

More Shapes and Columbus Day!

This week we continued going over shapes and introduced new ones (rectangle and oval) The children identified the oval with an egg and an american football which both have the same shape.

 

 

 

We saw the concept of “straight line” and the kids were familiar with it since they hear this phrase every time we form in a line to move from one room to another. “Please walk in a straight line”.

 

 

Finally, we talked about the event of the discovery of America and how Christopher Columbus sailed on three different ships.  We sang a song about this throughout the week.

 

 

In Art, the Tigers created a ship with their hand print. We also created a sailboat using simple shapes and a variety of textures.

 

 

Next week we will be talking about every day concepts.

The concepts of air, water, changing seasons and falling leaves, will be reviewed.

We will be using science activities to reinforce these concepts. In math, we will be working on sorting and associations.

It’s always nice to share the activities we do with your kids through pictures. We hope you enjoy them!

October Week 2

This week was full of interesting and fun activities! The Big Bears retold Christopher Columbus’ story. They were very excited taking their assigned roles. This helps them improve comprehension and fluency. As you know, they also learned the song “Columbus, Columbus” building up their confidence and self-esteem. We made Columbus´s ships using apple slices for the sails.

We learned about the different types of lines that exist and finished the shapes.

Next week we will discover the different seasons and the main colors of each one. The new rhyme will be:

The Tree

Tree trunk at the bottom

Leaves at the top

Apple falling off the tree

Plop, plop, plop.

Also, we will start practicing for Halloween. Here is another rhyme:

The Witch

If I were a witch

I would ride on a broom

And scatter the ghosts

With a zoom, zoom, zoom.

YOGA KIDS

This month, we started our Yoga Kids Program. Our method of teaching yoga to children incorporates the use of animated poses, props, music, art, games, storytelling and the imagination, to help stimulate their senses as well as stretch and strengthen their developing bodies. The unique style incorporates a lot of fun into each class, while encouraging kids to find their inner-peace.

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Benefits of Yoga for Children

The following are just some of the recognized benefits of yoga for children (and adults):

Body:

  • Assists neuromuscular-development
  • Promotes development of the vestibular system
  • Encourages midline crossing motions; motor development on both sides of the body
  • Develops a strong and flexible body
  • Increases balance, body awareness and coordination
  • Improves posture and alignment
  • Develops core strength, essential for good posture and correct physical alignment
  •  Reduces injuries and improves performance
  • Improves digestion, circulation and elimination
  • Strengthens the immune system
  •  Relaxes the body, promoting better sleep

Mind:

  • Calms and clears the mind, bringing us into the present moment
  • Relieves tension and stress
  • Increases concentration, focus and attention span
  • Promotes thinking and memory
  • Stimulates auditory processing and responsiveness
  • Expands imagination and creativity
  • Reduces stress and anxiety
  • Improves ability to be less reactive; more mindful of thoughts, words and actions
  • Balances energy (high or low)

Spirit:

  • Builds confidence and self-esteem
  • Supports character development and emotional intelligence
  • Enhances team skills and social interaction
  • Develops discipline and self-control
  • Supports individuality and self-expression
  • Encourages social and environmental awareness and responsibility
  • Supports a sense of universal connectedness
  • Inspires respect for self and others

Overall:

  • Improves mind/body connection
  • Encourages a fit and healthy lifestyle
  • Promotes an overall sense of well-being

Yoga helps children see the beauty and light within themselves, thereby boosting their self-confidence, allowing them to feel more comfortable with their bodies, and helping them get in touch with who they are inside. A child who learns yoga, mindfulness and relaxation will be developing essential skills for a lifetime of health and wellness in mind, body and spirit.

Benefits of Yoga in the School Setting

Anti-bullying, health and wellness, and character education are common themes in schools today, all focusing on educating the whole child, mind, body and spirit. Yoga, by nature, supports this learning.

  • Provides students healthy ways to express and balance their emotions
  • Promotes a more relaxed, comfortable state of being – the perfect state for teaching and learning
  • Brings students into the present moment – the most basic requirement for learning
  • Encourages community and connectedness within the classroom
  • Helps to create an atmosphere of confidence, enthusiasm and non-competitiveness where everyone can succeed
  • Enhances focus, concentration, comprehension and memory
  • Provides opportunities for reflection, patience and insight, reducing impulsivity and reactivity
  • Supports social and emotional learning
  • Improves listening skills
  • Enhances organizational and communication skills
  • Improves posture, assisting students to sit comfortably for long periods
  • Enhances motor skills and balance
  • Improves mind/body awareness and connection
  • Improves confidence and self-esteem
  • Encourages respect for oneself and others
  • Creates a calm, harmonious classroom

Shapes, Shapes, Shapes!

The kids are always encouraged to become active members of the class. They all enjoy pointing to figures, putting the number on the calendar, and answering questions from the teachers.

During this week we have been talking about the first three main shapes: triangle, circle and square.

We have been working with them during art class, circle time, and in our own classroom having,them identify the shapes and being able to identify several objects with those shapes They have been listening to music related to these three shapes as well.

Pablo Estrada was Super Kid this week! He celebrated his birthday in our  classroom on Wednesday. His parents  and his grandmother came to celebrate with him and brought cupcakes and let the children decorate their own. This is a great opportunity to make the children feel special and therefore increase their self-esteem. Mr. Mike made his happy birthday crown and sang Happy Birthday to him with his accordion. It was really fun! Happy birthday Pablo!

 

The Tigers will be enjoying the Halloween theme in the following weeks. We will be talking about using costumes so that they can look forward in participating in the Cat Walk Parade that will be on October 31st  at Toddler Tree.

 

 

 

Next week we will be focusing on  more shapes, such as rectangles and ovals, a straight line,  colors, and of course,                                                         Colombus Day celebration.

 

We would like to share some pictures of our activities at Terrific Tigers group during this week.