Getting ready for Halloween!

Halloween is almost here! Tiny turtles were very excited with this week’s topics, spooky and fun themes with exploration activities such as a ghost made out of shaving cream and glue, a spider cookie, color mixing witches brew, and a witch’s hat food craft. We also pretended to be a mummy, kids loved it!

In our creativity class with Miss Cristy, our class made all kinds of cool projects, like a broom made out of corn husks, a spider using black pipe cleaners, a ghost made with each child´s footprints and a Halloween poster made out of different objects that represent this holiday.

During physical development, the kids tried on different costumes, including witches hats, ghosts outfits, and played around with brooms to pretend they were flying around the moon like a witch. They had lots of fun playing in our obstacle course haunted house and doing the skeleton dance, everybody moved their bones to the beat of the music!

Vocabulary words: Cat, witch, ghost, goblin, spider, haunted house, costumes, makeup.

Next week vocabulary words: jack-o-lantern, pumpkin, trick or treat, candy, costumes, Halloween review.

Stirring the Witches’ Brew

We started this week with a big stir of Witches’ brew. We are now in full Halloween swing and exited about our the Hocus Pocus Parade. We worked on creative projects like a witch flying in the night sky, spiders, bats, and ghosts.

During exploration, the kids had a blast making a spider out of Oreos and pretzel sticks. They also liked playing with a Haunted Mansion.

During Physical Development, they got to act out the “Itsy Bitsy Spider” by walking up the ramp (spout) and rolling down. Some of the songs they enjoyed dancing a lot were: The Scarecrow, Monster Mash, and the Skeleton Dance.

This week we ended with a game of musical chairs they enjoyed a lot. Some of the kids are already telling us all about their costumes. We really look forward to seeing them in the Parade.

October Week 4

During this week we reviewed Halloween characters and rhymes: “The Witch” and “Trick or Treat”. We will practice our new song “Pumpkin, Pumpkin”. They are really excited knowing that Halloween is just around the corner.

We are all having fun and waiting for the great day, Thursday, October 30 a 10:20 a.m. to participate on the “Hocus Pocus Parade”. Each one is telling us what they are going to wear. That their costume will be the best! Some of them are trying to express how they are going to be painted.

Big Bears had the opportunity to roll play as if they were goblins, ghosts, witches, cats, bats etc. They also love to learn and recite rhymes and songs.

Our 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!

“Trick or Treat”

Trick or Treat

Give me something good to eat!

With the Pumpkin, Pumpkin song you can do this at home: on a chalk board or white board, draw a circle and let your child follow the song drawing the parts of the Jack-O-Lantern´s face.

We also experienced “Fall Sensory Bin” which consisted of a box full of items that remind us of colors, scents, symbols of fall. It had hay, small pine cone, across, mini pumpkins, different types of leaves and plastic containers with cinnamon, clover and nutmeg.

Big Bears were excited and anxious to make a “Spider” using oreo cookies, pretzel sticks, m&m´s and nutella. They just wanted to finish and eat it. But we wanted to share it with you. You can do it at home. It was fun!

Christian was the Super Kid on Friday!

It is so enriching to see when Big Bears learn new things and how they help each other. We are all friends and proud to be Big Bears!

Have a great weekend!

 

Get Ready For Halloween

What was your favorite childhood Halloween costume? Do you make costumes for your kids? You can find a large variety of Halloween costumes available at stores in your neighborhood. However, homemade costumes can be more original and fun, especially if you involve your children in creating them. Here are some crafty and cute costume ideas to make for your kiddo this Halloween…

October Week 2

This week was full of interesting and fun activities! Big Bears retold Christopher Columbus story. They were very excited taking their assigned roles, improving comprehension and fluency. As you know they also are still learning the song “Columbus, Columbus” building up their confidence and self-esteem.

We learned about the different types of lines that exist and finished the shapes such as rectangle and an oval.

Big Bears had fun with the “Candy science color change experiment”. They poured warm water on five cups and placed 5 different colored sweet tarts, using a straw to stir and observe how the crystal water turned to a specific color.

Next week we will discover the different seasons and the main colors of each one. We will experience in Science how hot air can melt an ice cube using a hair dryer. Showing them how a solid can become a liquid.

Please send back the red folders!

Shapes and colors all around!

This week children reviewed shapes and colors, identifying all of those that surround us. We can see shapes and colors everywhere!

Tiny Turtles loved their exploration activities, like the “mining” for shapes, where they had to pick “gems” and unwrap them to discover the color and a shape, pretending they were miners looking out for gems in a box full of black beans that represented coal. Kids made a candy science experiment, they were very excited watching warm water dissolve sweet tarts, and turning like the color of the candy.

In creativity time with Miss Cristy we played with shapes puzzles and play dough, and kids had a great time making their Columbus project, made out of their handprints. In physical development the kiddos loved to jump in and out of the shapes that are on the gym’s carpet, and they also had a blast wearing dinosaur masks. So much fun!

This week we planned a special activity for our turtles, we gave them different food items, such as saltine crackers, cucumber, grapes, cheese, ham, apple and cookies, each of these resemble a shape. This was a different and fun way for them to identify shapes that we see every day.

Vocabulary words: Rectangle, oval, lines (straight, curvy), circle, triangle, square, oval, rhombus, star, white, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, pink, dinosaur.

Next week´s vocabulary words: air – hot & cold, water – hard & soft, ice, red, blue, sand, fire, seasons, summer – fall, trees & leaves, green, orange, yellow, brown, sorting shapes and colors.

Jump in the Line

This week we the Terrific Tigers made a smooth transition from shapes to lines and colors. They are getting the hang of making a line and walking in line to other classrooms.

During exploration, they got a chance to practice drawing shapes on the chalk board and one of this weeks favorites…they went mining for shapes wrapped in aluminum foil.

During Physical Development, the kids also enjoyed bouncing on large shapes in the gym, and walking in straight and zigzag lines.

One of the all time favorites this week was the shape game! Where we would point at a shape and the kids would yell out what it was.

We also had a special event this week. Armando became a big brother! We celebrated in style, and Mr.Mike made him a big brother crown. From all the Toddler Tree Staff, we want to wish the Lopez family many blessings for their new baby boy!

Fall Foods for October

Choose fall colors to send snacks in your child’s lunchbox:

orange: oranges, carrots, cheese, cantaloupe, sweet potato purée

brown: peanut butter or nutella sandwiches, pretzels, crackers

yellow: banana, corn, corn pops, pineapple

Para reforzar el vocabulario de la semana, pueden mandar comida de los siguientes colores.

anaranjado: Zanahorias, Naranjas, Queso, Melón

café: Crema de Cacahuate, Sandwich de Nutella, Pretzels, Galletas

amarillo: Plátano, Elote, Corn Pops, Piña

October Week 1

This week we had the opportunity to learn about shapes and using different materials. The Big Bears learned that a circle is round and it has no corners. A triangle has three sides and a square has four sides and corners. They realized that any of these shapes can be found around us such as a circle (clock), triangle (pizzas) and squares on a picture frame.

Last week we also practiced our new rhyme:

The Tree

Tree trunk at the bottom

Leaves at the top

Apples falling off the tree

Plop, plop, plop

Next week we will introduce our new song:”Columbus, Columbus”, each one will take turns and in front of their friends repeat it. We love observing how each day they learn new things. Let them sing to you !

During the following week Big Bears will do rectangle tables / mirror and an oval as the carpet or eggs.

We will discover different types of lines (straight, curved, zigzag, slant) and textures.

On Thursday October 30, we will celebrate Halloween. Start looking for costumes so your child can participate in our catwalk. Try to find simple costumes for their own comfort. We also suggest it should allow your child to move freely. If it is possible use make-up instead of mask so it won´t obstruct their sight.

“Columbus, Columbus”

Columbus, Columbus

He sailed across the sea

And found a land

For you and me!

Columbus, Columbus

We celebrate the day

You landed in America

In 1492

La Niña, La Pinta y La Santa María

 Have a great weekend!

Superkid: Christian October 24

Getting in Shape!

This week we began with a ride on the yellow school bus that took the Terrific Tigers straight into shape land. They were hard at work learning all about the different shapes and colors. During exploration the kids were challenged with shape puzzles and drawing shapes on the chalkboard. During our morning routine they also had a lot of fun guessing the shapes we pointed at.

Active music was also a blast as the kids learned about circles with hoola hoops, balls, and a parachute.

They also seem to be showing their “true colors” during the initial morning march. Many of them pick their favorite color streams they hold during the march.

Next week we will go from marching through shape land all the way to sailing the ocean with Columbus. Of course, we will also start introducing the kids to all our spooky Halloween friends.