When we met the mime…

This week we introduced the pantomine concept and feelings. We sang songs about feeling angry, sad, and happy, making faces as we looked in the mirror.

When the mime came to Toddler Tree, he showed us what he does. Your children had a blast watching as he expressed himself without words and juggled many different things. The kids were also very impressed with his balancing abilities.

Overall, they enjoyed the mime experience, and nobody was afraid. It is good to have them exposed to new situations so they can see, feel and learn to react to different people and circumstances.

Among other activities the kids enjoyed most were using tongs to pick up pom poms and place them in ice trays during exploration. They really worked their fine motor skills with that exercise.

They also enjoyed painting with apples during Creaitivity time.

Now, October is almost here!!  We will be introducing them to shapes and colors as well as Halloween .  We are very excited about the Halloween parade! Are your costumes ready?

September Week 5

Big Bears had fun learning all about school. They are also adapting to new rules and instructions such as how and where to line up, walk and sit. They are learning the consistency of a routine.

I would like to invite you to read a short story to your child at least four times a week. As you know, this activity will help her/him to develop language skills, both verbal and non verbal. I also encourage you to have a conversation about the story afterwards. Your child will surely enjoy it.

We had so much fun pretending to be mimes today! We had several children expressing their feelings by using mimics. Once they saw the real Mime their faces reflected surprise and wonder. They all felt safe and were amazed by the Mime´s presentation.

Here is a short poem for such wonderful parents!

“An Apple for the Parent”

An Apple for the teacher…

It´s really nothing new.

Except when you remember

Parents are teachers, too!

Have a nice weekend!

Ms. Caya & Miss María Elena

October is Just Around the Corner!

The kids enjoyed the Mime Time show very much! They learned the different expressions to demonstrate feelings such as happy, sad, angry and surprised.

This week children learned about everything related to school, like school bus, their teachers, classroom, friends, chalkboard, calendar, apple, table, chairs and cubbies. The little ones had a blast with this week’s activities, like the apple made of yarn in exploration time, playing with a magnetic chalkboard during recess, in creativity time they were very enthusiastic about the apple printing project too. In physical development the children pretended to ride a school bus, and taking turns to be the driver of the bus. Such an exciting week!

Vocabulary words: School, school bus, chalkboard, calendar, classroom, table, chair, cubby, teacher, apple, friends, mime, and car seat.

Next week vocabulary words: School box, scissors, paper, glue, staple, stapler, crayon, marker, pencil, ruler, me and my family, shapes, circle, triangle and square.

We are saying bye bye to September, and welcoming October next week. The Halloween month and the start of a new season: Fall.

Mime Time

A traditional presentation of classical and modern mime techniques performed at Toddler Tree in a developmentally appropriate style through an acting technique that conveys emotion through non-verbal communication: this is Mime Time.

Occasionally referred to as ‘the art of silence,’ pantomime relies on facial expressions, body language, gestures and movements to convey a message or tell a story or create an illusion. People performing pantomime are known as mimes or clowns. With pantomime, kids can enjoy themselves while learning valuable social and communication skills.

Emotion
• Pantomime incorporates techniques to convey emotion within facial expressions. When expressing happiness, the actor will raise his brow, curve his lips upward, parting the mouth slightly in addition to squinting to appear as if he is smiling with his eyes. Surprise is conveyed by opening the mouth to an O-shape, raising the brow and opening the eyes as wide as possible. Conversely, anger is expressed by turning the brow and mouth downward, while firmly setting the jaw in a dropped position. Sadness is conveyed by turning the mouth, the brow and the eyes downward, while allowing all the muscles in the face to sag.

Gestures
• The chest is the central point of all action in pantomime. Actors will use the entire body to react and express emotion. Gestures in pantomime are exaggerated. When expressing positive emotions, actors will create free-flowing movements, maintain an elevated chest and gesture broadly. Negative emotions are expressed through restrictive gestures and a chest that is drawn inward. The body will appear tense and rigid.

Mime Time will take place next Friday, September 26th and it is packed with elements of surprise, adventure, music, dancing, excitement and, of course, audience interaction and participation. This enriching experience will exercise both the mind and the body of our youngsters.

Mime Time

A traditional presentation of classical and modern mime techniques performed at Toddler Tree in a developmentally appropriate style through an acting technique that conveys emotion through non-verbal communication: this is Mime Time.

Occasionally referred to as ‘the art of silence,’ pantomime relies on facial expressions, body language, gestures and movements to convey a message or tell a story or create an illusion. People performing pantomime are known as mimes or clowns. With pantomime, kids can enjoy themselves while learning valuable social and communication skills.

Emotion
• Pantomime incorporates techniques to convey emotion within facial expressions. When expressing happiness, the actor will raise his brow, curve his lips upward, parting the mouth slightly in addition to squinting to appear as if he is smiling with his eyes. Surprise is conveyed by opening the mouth to an O-shape, raising the brow and opening the eyes as wide as possible. Conversely, anger is expressed by turning the brow and mouth downward, while firmly setting the jaw in a dropped position. Sadness is conveyed by turning the mouth, the brow and the eyes downward, while allowing all the muscles in the face to sag.

Gestures
• The chest is the central point of all action in pantomime. Actors will use the entire body to react and express emotion. Gestures in pantomime are exaggerated. When expressing positive emotions, actors will create free-flowing movements, maintain an elevated chest and gesture broadly. Negative emotions are expressed through restrictive gestures and a chest that is drawn inward. The body will appear tense and rigid.

Mime Time will take place next Friday, September 26th and it is packed with elements of surprise, adventure, music, dancing, excitement and, of course, audience interaction and participation. This enriching experience will exercise both the mind and the body of our youngsters.

September: About the Home

This week, the tigers explored the different rooms of a house, learning about all the furniture and items that you can find in each room. They also pretended to be chefs and bake pizza in our kitchen.

We also took  tour inside Willie Worm’s house to look for baby work who was lost.

The kids got to walk on a balance beam and learned how they should put one foot in front of the other to balance.

You may have noticed your kids took home a little gift just for you. We made the little ball of hand soap in art class! Miss Cristy showed them how to roll and wrap it up to look pretty. We hope you all can enjoy it, and teach your child about washing their hands.

Next week we look forward to teaching them about school an behaviors. In fact, at the end of the week a mime will be visiting Toddler Tree.

 

September: Getting to Know my House!

This week we experienced great improvement in the kids. They are repeating a lot of words and begin to identify their own cubbies. Next week we will introduce our school theme, and on next Friday we will be having Mime Time, which will reinforce emotions and feelings we see in our daily routine.

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

Techniques: pressing, painting, stamping, modeling, tracing and hand over hand writing.

Media: paper, playdoh, chalk, chalkboard, paint, paintbrush, letter stamps, plates, drawing, crayons, tape and yarn.

Concepts: up and down, side to side, over and under, above and below, painting, squeezing, pasting, soft, spraying, modeling, coloring, pull and push, wrap around, insert.

This week’s vocabulary words were: house, kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, living room and dining room.Next week vocabulary words: school, school bus, chalkboard, table, cubby, chairs, calendar, teacher, apple, friends and car seat.

September Week 4

During this week we had the opportunity to learn about the different parts of a house. Our Big Bears were really interactive during several creative activities. They were ale to act as little chefs they baked a pizza! All the activities made our classroom a wonderful “home”.

Next week we will learn about the school items we have in our classroom.

We are very happy to let you know that on Friday September 26, the Mime will visit us. He will review the different feelings that can be expressed without words. Big Bears have been very attentive in the learning the following poem, try it at home!

“Give Me Five”

Eyes are watching

Ears are listening

Mouth is quiet

Hands are to myself

And heart is caring

Please remember send your child with a sweater (labeled with his/her name and/or las name, too). Sometimes they might feel cold during the day.

Have a great weekend,

Thank you!!

Ms. Caya & Miss María Elena

September: Me and My family!

We hope you enjoy celebrating Independence Day and this long weekend, we are surely going to miss your children! This week our main topic was “Me and My Family”. Here are some fun activities we did during the week: Students identified their family members with the pictures of their personal boxes, they enjoyed to see their loved ones and show their classmates their photos. Children had fun role-playing using family puppets; they tried to identify the different members of a family: grandma, grandpa, mother, father, baby, sister, brother. Our Tiny Turtles had a blast using play dough and cookie cutters boy and girl, and stars with different sizes, from big to small to resemble a family.

Kids really enjoyed their creativity class, they made “paper plates feelings” using pom-poms as a nose, stickers for the eyes, and pipe cleaners for the mouth. Every paper plate represented a different feeling (laughing, sleepy, happy, angry, sad, sick, surprised). We couldn’t pass up the opportunity to make a Mexican flag, after all our Independence Day is just around the corner! Tiny turtles used different techniques and materials, like glue, glitter, paint and textured paper etc.

This week’s vocabulary words were: Mexican flag, red, white, green, family, mom, dad, brother, sister, baby, grandma, grandpa.

Our topics for next week will be: House, kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, living room, dining room.

 

Family Week in September

This week was the Open House at Toddler Tree, where the Terrific Tigers’ parents were able to visit the classroom and learn all about what we do all morning. It was  pleasure to meet and greet all of those who were able to make it, and we want to thank you for making the effort.

We also want to thank the parents for coming up with some cool bean bag designs that made their children very happy.

In class, the Tigers learned all about family. We went over Mother, Father, Sister, Brother, Baby, and Grandpa and Grandma.

Also, in the spirit of Mexican Independence Day, we did some activities in art and in active music that involved the flag and sombreros, along with a bit of traditional music.

We hope our Tigers enjoy the long weekend with family and look forward next week where we will cover things about the home.