December Week 3

We hope you enjoy the very special presents your children made for you. The cases can be used for your cell phone or ipod. The kids worked really hard. Each student selected his or her own character and practiced sewing and pasting the felt pieces together. They had fun!

We want to thank you for your beautiful presents and kind gestures. Have a wonderful time with your family during these days! The Big Bears are definitely ready for vacations. Although we really are going to miss them, I know you will have lots of fun!

Here are the pictures of what we did this week

Remember we will see you on Tuesday, January 7, 2014.

Wishing you the best for the year to come,

Ms. Martha and Ms. Caya

Happy Holidays!!

During this week our Terrific Tigers group finished your presents. They were very excited to finally give you the gifts that they have been working on for so many days. It was nice to see the progress made in their effort in making their crafts. We hope they were able to tell you that they are cellular phone holders, one made specially for mom and another one for dad.

We took advantage of this nice weather this week and were able to go out to recess every day this week. The kids really enjoy going out to play.

Miss Yayis and I are very proud with our students since they are able to recognize the vocabulary works seen during this month. They are also able to answer in a complete sentence, when they are asked what they see, for example, they answer: “I see a reindeer”.

Santiago Parás celebrated his birthday on Friday, December 20th. He is now 3 years old. He was our Super Kid this week. Mr. Mike entered our classroom and we all sang the “Happy Birthday” song to him with his special accordion. Santiago’s mom came to our classroom and brought cupcakes to share. Finally, Santiago received his unique crown made especially for him by Mr. Mike. We had a really fun time!

We wish you have a wonderful time of fellowship with your family and friends over the holidays. We will surely miss the kids and will be happy to receive them back in school on Tuesday, January 7th. Please take care and enjoy your family time!

We hope you enjoy the pictures we have been taking over this week in their daily activities!

Winter Fun Festival

The kids did a great job in the Winter  program! We had been practicing for two weeks , and although it is never the same performing in a known environment than with parents and family as an audience, the kids were able to manage the situation and presented the show really well.  We sure hope you enjoyed the show.Your children were really excited about performing and were anxious to finally show you their musical numbers! In art class,  we made a Candy Cane, reinforcing the red and white colors and they had to follow a pattern in order to place the colors in the correct way(sequence). We had a super kid this week….Emilia Contrini turned 3 on Friday, December 13th. Mr.Mike had his special presentation with his accordion with our group, and we all sang “Happy Birthday”. Emlia’s mom brought cupcakes to school and they shared with their classmates. It was really fun! This is a great opportunity to make the children feel special and therefore increase their self-esteem. We have one more week of classes before our winter holiday vacation begins….next week we will be reviewing words related to the season, such as toys, trains, chimney, fireplace, gingerbread cookies and a general review of all the vocabulary words seen during the month of December. Your kids have been working hard on your Christmas gift…You will receive it next week. Each one has been personally hand-picked by each child thinking about their mother and father and we have been helping them finish their gift for you. We are sure you will like it a lot…they have put a lot of effort in it! We hope ;you enjoy our pictures taken at our Terrific Tigers group his week! Have a nice week-end!

 

December Week 2

Please disregard the previous mail. I just want to let you know that big bears were and did an excellent job!. We are so proud of them. Thanks a lot for being such great spectators. We really appreciate your incredible sensitivity in not distracting your kids by calling out their names or waving for them see you. And we are also thankful for being there on time. We are still working on the Christmas projects. They are doing they best.

Here are the following pictures of what we did during this week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Regards

 

 

 

 

 

 

December is Here!

The kids have been very excited lately with all of the activities that are going on! Santa came to our Toddler Tree on Tuesday and your kids looked really pretty and handsome with their fancy clothes they wore especially for the nice picture! Santa visited our group when we were in Art class and it was wonderful to see the expressions of the kids. They were later taken two at a time for their picture.

Each student told us what they want for the December holidays,  and they also made a drawing of it. You will be receiving this special letter on Friday, December 6th.  On Friday, they  sent their wishes with their names on it up to the sky  with helium balloons and they really liked it!

This week we have also started to work on the handmade gifts you will be receiving later on. Some part of it was made as a group together to promote socialization and team work,and another part has been done “one-on-one” with very specific work from them.  Finally, we have been practicing for the Winter Festival and we can’t wait for next Thursday!!!

Some of the vocabulary words we have been practicing this week are Santa, Christmas, reindeer, antlers, Christmas tree, ornaments, candy canes, stockings, star, and angel. Please try and reinforce these words at home so they can continue practicing their vocabulary.

Don’t forget that our Winter Festival has been changed for Thursday,. December 12th.

We have some wonderful pictures to share with you of all these nice activities!

Have a nice weekend!

December Week 1

During this week we started working Christmas presents , Big Bears had a great time using their skills. Also we practiced the song and rhymes for the “WINTER FUN FESTIVAL”, they are eager to show you ! Santa came to visit us and all of them were full of excitement and happiness. They had the opportunity to take a picture with him. Of course, they had their own list ! Today they had the chance to send a Balloon with their Christmas wishes or their happy thoughts. Everyday when they arrive to school they tell us what they asked for Christmas and how Santa is always watching them. It is a pleasure for us to experience so different things with our Big Bears.

Here are the pictures of what we did during this week

 

Next week we will continue preparing for our “Winter Fun Festival”, which will be on Thursday December 12th. Big Bears will also finish their Christmas projects which were made with love and patience. Please make sure all of your child’s sweaters and jackets are labeled.

T

 

December Newsletter 2013

December 2013 Newsletter.

During the month of December we will be focusing on the theme: “Holiday Fun”, learning about  the traditions focused around the December festivities.

We appreciate Barbara, Sophie’s mother for coming to talk to our Terrific Tigers group about Hanukkah and bringing nice treats for them!

Hanukkah is another festivity in the month of December. It is  also known as the Festival of Lights andFeast of Dedication, is an eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple (the Second Temple) in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire. Hanukkah is observed for eight nights and days, starting on the 25th day of Kislev according to the Hebrew calendar, which may occur at any time from late November to late December in the calendar. The festival is observed by the kindling of the lights of a unique candelabrum, the nine-branched Menorah or Hanukkah, one additional light on each night of the holiday, progressing to eight on the final night.

Ah! Christmas, the biggest holiday of the year. Christmas has both a strong religious and traditional meaning. It has a certain feel, all to itself, that you usually do not feel at any other time of the year. It creates within us, a sense of kindness and concern for fellow man. At no other time are we more generous and giving. It creates a sense of family and belonging.

Everyone comes home for the Christmas holiday. It is a time of family and giving. It is truly a time that comes but once a year. Christmas is celebrated in most countries around the world!

And so, we invite you to ride along. Join us in celebration of the magic, the wonder and the spirit of this holiday season.

Theme:Holiday Fun.

Topics:Christmas, traditions, ornaments, gifts, giving, reindeer, stockings.

OBJECTIVES:

  • The children will understand the meaning of the holidays in December.
  • The children will identify several traditions related to the holidays.
  • The children will participate in a Winter Festival program.
  • The children will know the meaning of giving and helping during the holidays.

COGNITIVE:

Vocabulary.

Snow, snowman, jolly, soul, happy, corn cob pipe, button, scarf, mittens, coat, fairy tale, magic, silk, hat, tree, wish, stars, bright and Santa.

Action Verbs.

Give, serve, get, sing, dance, jump, make, sing, dance, turn, hip, give, get, laugh.

Language Patterns.

I wish….we wish….It´s cold/hot/warm. This is…./ These are……

Colors.

Green, red, introduce white.

Books.

The Polar Express, I can´t Wait Until Christmas, Santa´s Helpers, My Christmas Treasury, Rudolph, The  Red-Nosed Reindeer, Santa´s Toy Shop, Wee Mouse Christmas, Santa´s Sleigh.

Concepts.

Hot / Cold;  Light / Dark; Asleep / Awake;  Apart / Together;  Giving / Receiving.

Math Skills.

Review circle and square. Introduce number 2.

Science Discoveries.

Explore with light and shadow. Work with different sounds. Compare temperatures. Chemical reactions with heat and temperature.Recognizing sounds: bells, train, whistle, snoring, etc.

FINE ARTS

Art.

Practice the use of their handprints in new fabrics. Learn how to press and trace straight lines with the use of different paint brushes.

 MOTOR SKILLS

Fine Motor Skills.

Practice stirring, mixing, pouring. Twisting and tying chenille stems.

 

PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT OBJECTIVES.

Following rhythm patterns, Dancing coordination while following motions and rehearsing for Winter Festival. Other exercises: 3 step obstacle courses, jumping and kicking.

Music.

Focus on rhythm sequences using different songs and rhymes. Program songs: The Colors of Winter,Jingle Bells, and the Snowflake rhyme.

 

Value of the Month:

Generosity.

 

Calendar dates and reminders:

  • Tuesday, Dec. 3: Santa is coming to Toddler Tree! Individual photo session with Baby Madero in our gym.
  • Friday, Dec. 6: Balloons to Santa during our recess time from the playground.
  • Thursday, Dec. 12: Winter Wonderland Festival at “Candy Gum “ party place. (Plaza San Pedro)
  • Friday, Dec. 20: last day of school.

 

Classes resume on Tuesday, January 7, 2014.

 

December Newsletter

Theme: Holiday Fun

Topics: winter and the holidays

Main Objectives: The values of generosity and giving, along with new winter vocabulary and language patterns

Vocabulary

Snow, Snowman, Jolly, Soul, Happy, Corn Cob Pipe, Button, Scarf, Mittens, Coal, Fairy, Tale, Magic, Silk, Hat, Tree, Wish, Stars, Bright and Santa

Language Patterns

I wish … , we wish … It’s cold/hot/warm, I wish…, This is/These are

Books

The Polar Express, I Can’t Wait Until Christmas, Santa’s Helpers, My Christmas Treasury, Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer, Santa’s Toy Shop, Wee Mouse Christmas, Santa’s Sleigh.

Concepts

Hot /Cold Light/Dark Asleep/Awake Apart/Together Giving/Receiving

Action Verbs

Give, serve, get, sing, dance, jump. / Make, sing, dance, turn, hop, give, get, laugh.

Color

Green, Red, introduce White.

Math Skills

Review circle and square. Introduce number 2.

Science discoveries

Explore with light and shadows. Work with different sounds. Compare temperatures.Chemical reactions with heat and temperature

Recognizing sounds: bells, train, whistle, snoring, etc.

Fine Motor Skills

Practice stirring, mixing, pouring. Twisting and tying chenille stems.

Physical Development Objective

Following rhythm patterns. Dancing coordination while following motions and rehearsing for Winter Festival. Other exercises: 3 step obstacle courses, jumping and kicking.

 

Fine Arts Skills

Practice the use of their handprints in new fabrics. Learn how to press and trace straight lines with the use of different paint brushes.

 

Music

Focus on rhythm sequences using different songs and rhymes. Program songs:

 

 

Value of the Month

Generosity.

 

Calendar dates and reminders:

Tuesday, Dec 3 Santa is coming to Toddler Tree! Individual photo session with Baby Madero in our gym

Friday, Dec 6 Balloons to Santa during our recess time from the playground

Thursday, Dec 12 Winter Wonderland Festival @ Candy Gum

Friday, Dec 20 Last day of school

Classes resume: Tuesday, January 7, 2014