Children’s Day “Big Top Carnival” 2014

We are excited to be resuming classes after this Spring Break on Monday, April 28. To start off on the right foot, on Wednesday (April 30) we will be celebrating Children’s Day with Big Top Carnival, a circus themed party for all our students. Kids only need to bring a thermos with water on that day, as the party host families will provide snacks and cake.

May is such an exciting month for us, too! Our theme is Incredible Animals. Topics of study include: jungle, zoo, water and neighborhood animals, their characteristics and environments.

Towards the end of the month, we will be presenting Greg & Steve’s Jam as an end of the year show. This will take place at Candy Gum party place. More information coming soon…

Please mark your calendars for your family is invited to visit and share pets with our students during Pet Week, during the last week in May.

See you on Monday!!!

Happy Easter!

The kids had such a fun time getting ready for Easter! We painted eggshells together, put confetti inside them and pasted paper covers. The Rainbow Spring Parade was a great success! The kids enjoyed getting together and participating in our planned activities as well as in the egg hunt. We thank you so much for your support!

We hope you enjoy your kids this Spring Break…we will surely miss them! We will resume classes on Monday, April 28th. See you then!

 

April Week 2

What a marvelous Rainbow Parade and Spring Party! Thank you for coming and participating with your child. We had a lovely time!! Our Big Bears had a very exciting week at school. Besides reviewing Easter vocabulary, they were able to color, fill and cover all the eggshells in preparation for the Egg Hunt.

We also practiced parading with tricycles, bikes and cars around the playground patio. As you were able to see, they all did an excellent job at the parade. We were pleased to see so many happy faces around the different activities.

The Big Bears made a kite with colored fruit loops cereal. As a note, we talked about this project not being edible because the pieces are glued down to the paper.

We also had a super kid this week!. It was Mariana´s B-day. Her parents came and read a story and shared cupcakes with us.

Your children have been talking about the different trips they will be taking during Easter Break. We´ll surely miss them!

As soon as they come back on Monday April 28, even though it will be a short week, we will start focusing on The Zoo theme.

Have a nice and safe Easter Holiday! If you have time, you can always read to your child and have them trace their name.

Best wishes,

Ms. Caya & Ms. Martha

 

101 Ways to Play Outdoors

1. Play leapfrog 2. Jump rope 3. Climb a tree 4. Build a fort 5. Play hide and seek 6. Kick a ball 7. Make a rainbow with the hose 8. Pull weeds 9. Ride a bike or scooter or horse 10. Create a nature collage 11. Build a sand castle 12. Head out on a treasure hunt 13. Roll down a hill 14. Make a bug hotel 15. Balance along a wall 16. Throw a frisbee 17. Balance a bean bag on your head 18. Have an egg and spoon race 19. Hug a tree 20. Create patterns in damp sand 21. Make story stones 22. Paint a fence with water 23. Make texture rubbings with crayons 24. Swing your hips in a hula hoop 25. Make a rain gauge 26. Play tag 27. Draw something you can see 28. Jump in a puddle 29. Play hopscotch 30. Draw on the trampoline (or the footpath) with chalk 31. Read a book 32. Catch raindrops on your tongue 33. Make a set of stilts from tin cans 34. Have a game of marbles 35. Or elastics 36. Enjoy breakfast outside 37. Rake leaves 38. Set up a worm farm 39. Decorate mud pies 40. Run under the sprinkler 41. Paint the outside of a window 42. Make a daisy chain 43. Start a nature collection 44. Lie in a hammock 45. Toast marshmallows 46. Find 10 things to float in a tub of water 47. Write in the sand with a stick 48. Press flowers 49. Make a pinwheel 50. Make a stick sculpture 51. Make a pet rock 52. Try leaf printing 53. Draw around a shadow on the ground 54. Plant vegetables and herbs 55. Grow a bean or sunflower teepee 56. Take photos of what you see 57. Have a 3 legged race 58. Or a wheelbarrow race 59. Gaze at the stars 60. Set up a lemonade stand 61. Paint with feathers 62. Decorate a tree 63. Create a home for a fairy (or an elf) 64. Make a tin can telephone 65. Enjoy a teddy bears picnic 66. Make a drip castle with wet sand 67. Write a letter on a leaf 68. Fly a kite 69. Make up a new game 70. Put on a show 71. Grab a magnifying glass and find some bugs 72. Try a somersault or a handstand or a cartwheel 73. Watch a sunset 74. Spin and get dizzy 75. Start a collection 76. Float a paper boat 77. Make a cave for a dinosaur 78. Wash the dog 79. Wash the car 80. Create a small world for your favorite figurines 81. Make a sundial 82. Host a paper plane flying contest 83. Blow bubbles 84. Dance and sing 85. Make your name from sticks 86. Make a road for toy cars 87. Play torch tag 88. Build a compost bin 89. Throw water balloons 90. Make object impressions in air dry clay 91. Put on a cape and fly 92. Grow a grass head chia pet 93. Make a bird bath 94. And a bird feeder 95. Make petal perfume 96. Dig for treasures 97. Make a leaf crown 98. Hang laundry 99. Draw a map of your space 100. Set up a snail race 101. Lie back on the grass and look for shapes in the clouds

Waiting for Easter!

Easter is around the corner, so we have been enjoying the preparation for our Rainbow Parade. This week during recess, the children painted egg shells using the colors of the rainbow. They were very excited to dip them and watching them sink in the water. During physical development our students enjoyed doing the “Bunny Hop” wearing their bunny ears. They also enjoyed practicing for the egg hunt, collecting eggs hidden in the gym using their baskets. We enjoyed making an easter bunny bag during creativity, pasting clean pipes as whiskers, eyes, pink foamy ears and a pom-pom nose. The kids also made an easter egg by coloring, decorating and pasting different materials. During story time, the class enjoyed the stories “Peter Cottontail”, “Barney’s Easter Basket”, and “Bunny Easter Hunt”.

This week’s vocabulary words were: Easter, Bunny, Egg, Basket, Rainbow, Colors: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple, Hide, Seek, Find.

Next weeks vocabulary words will be:
Parade, trike, bike, easter party, wind, kite, and a quick review of easter.

We would like to remind you that our Rainbow Parade will be held on next Wednesday April 9, at 10:00 AM, at the Colonia Sierra Madre park. Please bring your child in comfortable clothes, and don’t forget your basket and your decorated vehicle! See you there!

April Week 1

Big Bears are blooming just like spring. They are excited and eager to participate next week in our Rainbow Spring Party and Parade. They really have felt the new season. I guess you have noticed it too!. But this is a beautiful moment we should hold on to it because they grow so fast.

It was an enthusiastic week! They experienced all kinds of activities as we introduced Spring and Easter. Big Bears painted eggs pretending being egg nest birds. They also role played as Rabbits performing different adorable Bunny´s coloring eggs.

We also had a Super kid. It was Diego T.´s B-day. His father participated and filmed it.

Big Bears played hide and seek and find the egg. They are anxious to do it on the Rainbow Party at the park.

They learned an Easter song:

Easter Rabbit

Easter Rabbit

Here he comes

Here he comes

Hiding Easter eggs

Hidden Easter eggs

Oh! What fun!

Oh! What fun!

On Monday Big Bears will be filling Easter eggs with confetti. We will also pretend a parade with cars, tricycles and bikes during recess. This will be give them some experience before the parade.

We are looking forward to that great event!

Enjoy your child!

 

Getting Ready for Our Rainbow Parade & Spring Party!

This week our Terrific Tigers have been quite busy learning all about Easter vocabulary words, such as Easter, bunny, baskets, coloring egg shells, hide, seek and find. We have been doing a lot of role-playing with them, pretending to be Easter bunnies hiding eggs and then having them look for them.  We have also been reviewing our Spring season, and they have been aware that the weather has changed to more warm (even hot) temperatures, and that the winter season has gone “bye-bye”. Thank-you for helping us bringing the egg shells to school. The kids have had such a fun time getting ready for their Rainbow and Spring Party! They have  been painting the egg shells and putting confetti inside them and are really excited about their Spring parade next week!

We would like to remind you about the schedule that day….Rainbow and Spring Party on Wednesday, April 9th at Colonia Sierra Madre Park.

10:00 am Arrival & photo session with Easter Bunny.

10:30 am Parade of decorated scooters trikes, cars or bikes (please assist your child in preparing it t home (check our website for ideas).

10:45 am Snack (provided by Spring room mothers).

11:00 am Egg Hunt (keep in mind your child needs a bag or basket for this activity)

In case of inclement weather, the party will go on. We recommend you to wear comfortable clothing.

Have a nice weekend!

April Newsletter

Vocabulary Eggs, Easter bunny, basket, grass, bike, kite, tricycle,
Language Patterns Please & Thank You
Books Pat the Bunny, Hop Along Bunny, The Big Bunny and The Easter Eggs, Corduroy’s Easter, The Big Bunny and the Magic Show,
Concepts Find/Hide, Up/Down, Soft/Loud,
Action Verbs Hop, Climb, Hide and Seek
Color Review all colors
Math Skills Rote Counting 1-10. Review shapes.
Science discoveries Nature wonders through different experiments

Fine Motor Skills Use tongs and tweezers to pick up small objects
Physical Development Objective Practice and knowledge of the following skills: running, jumping, catching, pushing, pulling as well as orientation and rhythm exercises.

Fine Arts Skills Practice cutting with scissors, pasting skills using glue.
Music Friendly Easter Bunny, The Easter Bunny’s Coming, Little Peter Rabbit, We Are All Earthlings, We All Live Together

Value of the Month Conservation
Super Kids Monica Gonzalez Olvera April 27

April Newsletter

 

Vocabulary

Eggs, Easter bunny, basket, grass, earth, wind, fire, rain, ocean, river, lake, cloud, mountain, land, forest, care, safety, reduce, use, reuse, recycle.

Language Patterns

This is- These are, I have, I went

Books

Pat the Bunny, Hop Along Bunny, The Big Bunny and The Easter Eggs, Corduroy’s Easter, The Big Bunny and The Golden Egg and the Magic Show, Let’s Take Care of the Earth, Rain Under the Sky, A Tree is Nice, In the Forest

Concepts

Find/Hide, Over/under, Day/Night

Action Verbs

Hop, Climb, Hide and Seek

Color

Pink, green and white

Math Skills

Number recognition 1 to 7. , Recycle (sorting and classifying) Patterns.

Science discoveries

Nature wonders through different experiments

 

Fine Motor Skills

Use scissors and work on tracing one’s name. Develop activities to reinforce strength in hands and fingers.

Physical Development Objective

Practice and knowledge of the following: running, jumping, balancing in different obstacle courses and circuits. Relaxation techniques and follow different rhythmic patterns.

 

Fine Arts Skills

Explore with scraps and recycled materials to make open-ended art.

Music

Friendly Easter Bunny, The Easter Bunny’s Coming, Little Peter Rabbit, We Are All Earthlings, We All Live Together, And Bunny Hope

 

Value of the Month

Conservation

Super Kids

Diego T. – April 2Mariana E. – April 10

 

 

April 2014 Newsletter

April 2014 Newsletter

 

During the month of April, we will be focusing on the themes: Easter and The Zoo.

 

Question: “What is the origin of the Easter bunny and Easter eggs?”

Answer:
It is thought that the wordEastercomes from a pagan figure called Eastre (or Eostre) who was celebrated as the goddess of spring by the Saxons of Northern Europe. A festival called Eastre was held during the spring equinox by these people to honor her. Of interest is the word’s relation toeast(ostin German). The name for a celebration of the sunrise and a change of season was eventually applied to the Christian celebration of the resurrection of Christ and the new era He heralded.

The goddess Eastre’s earthly symbol was the rabbit, which was also known as a symbol of fertility. Since rabbits and hares give birth to large litters in the early spring, it’s understandable that the rabbit is the symbol of fertility.

The legend of the Easter Bunny bringing eggs appears to have been brought to the United States by settlers from southwestern Germany. The German tradition of the Easter Bunny or “Oschter Haws” migrated to America in the 1800s, likely accompanying German immigrants, many of whom settled in Pennsylvania. Over the past 200 years, the Easter Bunny has become the most commercially recognized symbol of Easter.

In legend, the Easter Bunny, also called the Easter Hare and the Spring Bunny, brings baskets filled with colored eggs, candy, and sometimes toys to the homes of children on the night before Easter, in much the same way as Santa Claus is said to deliver presents on Christmas Eve. The Easter Bunny will either put the baskets in a designated place or hide them somewhere in the house or garden for the children to find when they wake up in the morning, giving rise to the tradition of the Easter egg hunt.

OBJECTIVES:

 

  • To teach the basic concepts on Easter celebrations and traditions that are celebrated in our community.
  • After completing the month of April, the students will be able to recognize the different types of animals that live in the zoo and identify them by their pictures.

 

 

Vocabulary

Eggs, Easter bunny, basket, grass

Language Patterns

This is- These are, I have, I went

Books

Pat the Bunny, Hop Along Bunny, The Big Bunny and The Easter Eggs, Corduroy’s Easter, The Big Bunny and the Magic Show, Let’s Take Care of the Earth, Rain Under the Sky,

Concepts

Find/Hide, Over/under, Day/Night

Action Verbs

Hop, Climb, Hide and Seek

Color

Pink, green and white

Math Skills

Number recognition 1 to 7. , Recycle (sorting and classifying) Patterns.

Science discoveries

Nature wonders through different experiments

 

Fine Motor Skills

Use scissors and work on tracing one’s name. Develop activities to reinforce strength in hands and fingers.

Physical Development Objective

Practice somersaults, rolling, crawling, running and jumping through different obstacle courses and circuits.

 

Fine Arts Skills

Explore with scraps and recycled materials to make open-ended art.

Music

Friendly Easter Bunny, The Easter Bunny’s Coming, Little Peter Rabbit, We Are All Earthlings, We All Live Together

 

Value of the Month

Conservation: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

 

Reminders:We would like to remind you that our Easter Egg Hunt Rainbow Party Celebration at the park will take place on Wednesday, April 9th. Our Spring Break vacations is from the 14th to the 25 of April and we will resume classes on the 28th.