Indians & Pilgrims

This week was all about introducing Thanksgiving ad various related concepts.

Our Tiny Turtles made some activities during exploration time related to this topic, like a shape turkey. We made this turkey using only circles, this was a different way to make a review of this shape. In order to role play when we danced the “five little Indians” song, the Turtles made an Indian headdress. They enjoyed painting it using crayons and markers, and to give it a finishing touch they spread some glue and top it off with glitter. Our thanksgiving party is just around the corner, with that in mind, kids made a thanksgiving pilgrim hat, using a paper cup and construction paper. For our party some of them will wear their Indian headdress and others their pilgrim hat. Children were very involved in the making of their fall discovery jars, which they filled up with some twigs, berries, acorns, fall leaves, food coloring, vegetable oil, glitter and water.

In Miss Cristy’s creativity class, we had a fun time playing with play dough and using a stamp with the first letter of our names . Anything that involves getting a little bit messy is a big hit with the kids, so making their Indian headdress and their scarecrow was very exciting! They used all kinds of materials, like a plastic glove, brown construction paper, rollers, orange string, tamale leaves, unicel balls and paint.

We are starting our dance rehearsal for our Christmas program! Tiny Turtles are doing great!

Have a nice weekend!

Vocabulary words: Sharing, thanksgiving, pilgrim, Indian, turkey and fish.

Next week´s  vocabulary words:   pilgrim, turkey, Indian, thanksgiving, and fish.


Little Turkey

This week was loads of turkey fun! The children made shapes with turkeys and also learned that tracing their hand, makes for a fun little turkey.

In art, the kids enjoyed creating a scarecrow out of latex gloves. They painted them and made some hats for them as well. They also started a to make an Indian head dress for Thanksgiving week.

During circle time and active music, the kids enjoyed role playing as pilgrims, indians, and turkeys. They also learned about sharing and being kind to each other.

One of this week’s favorite songs was “A Turkey Named Bert”” which you can find on Youtube. The kids liked it so much, they said “again” after it ended.

Next week is a short, but sweet week because we are having a real Thanksgiving celebration. We are so looking forward to it, and we hope the kids are too.

November Week 3

Big Bears now understand what share and giving means with their classmates. They are very enthusiastic about being thankful, too.

This week was full of excitement and experiences. As we learned our objectives, Big Bears made different projects such as a scarecrow, turkey handprints, Indian headbands and  pilgrim hats.

We also had a blast with Mr. Mike at Circle Time singing and dancing: ” A Turkey named Bert“. If you have time you can find it and enjoy doing it with your family.

Big Bears listen to several Thanksgiving stories such as: Corduroy´s Thanksgiving, My First Thanksgiving and Tommy Turkey´s Wonderful Thanksgiving”.

Big Bears also received Dr. Eduardo Plancarte for an eye examination.

As you can see we had lots of fun!

Next week we will be having a Thanksgiving celebration on Tuesday November 25th. We will dress up as Indians and Pilgrims sharing food, being thankful and grateful. There will be no classes from Wednesday November 26 through Friday November 28.

We will be very happy to see you next Monday December 1st, 2014.

Take care and have fun!!


Let’s go to the Market!

Tiny Turtles had a lot of fun learning about this week’s topics: everything about food! Children enjoyed their visit to HEB, where they could see and touch fruits and vegetables, they were really into it!

In exploration we made an autumn tree out of white beans, using this season´s colors. On Tuesday kids got to toast bread and chose from three types of jam to spread: apricot, orange and raspberry. Turtles loved our two sensory activities, one of them was a grains sensory box with oatmeal, pasta and lentils; the second activity was and edible mud sensory play in which they got to make a chocolate mix using flour, cocoa, chocolate syrup, brown sugar, water, gummy worms and fettuccine boiled with a few drops of black food coloring. Making messes is so much fun!

During creativity with Miss Cristy our Tiny Turtles made a cornucopia using beans, rice and lentils. They loved to color pasta with different colors and using a paintbrush, after that they were excited to sort it by colors. Another activity that really amazed them was making an apple pie, cutting the dough in the shape of a circle and filling it with apples. Children are very interested in experiencing with new textures, so it was no surprise when they were really focused on their corn project, in which they pasted some kernels using a little bit of glue.

This week was all about balance and coordination in physical development class, children used balance beams, balls, and obstacle course to help their motor gross skills. They love everything that involves constant movement; they are always willing to try new things and full of energy!

We hope you have a great long weekend with your loved ones. Remember: No classes on Monday November 17th… see you on Tuesday!

Vocabulary words: Pasta, spaghetti, oatmeal, porridge, peas, beans, tortillas, rice, crackers, cake, bread, and peanuts.

Next week´s vocabulary words: Sharing, thanksgiving, pilgrim, Indian, turkey and fish.

Let’s go to the Market…

The Tigers learned all about going to the market this week. We started by going over fruits and vegetables, then proceeded to talk about other foods like spaghetti and chicken.

On Thursday, we went to visit H-E-B, where the kids explored and picked produce. Mrs. Maricusa also showed them some fish and a real octopus which got a lot of funny reactions.

Th Terrific Tigers enjoyed our exploration activities this week, especially the ones that involved food. One day we brought a loaf of bread and a toaster. The kids were able to spread different flavors of jelly on the bread.

We also had a great time in art putting together some ears of corn. We also painted some pasta.

We are now getting into Thanksgiving and showing the kids how to share and take turns. So next week we look forward to doing a lot with pilgrims, indians, and turkeys… Gobble, Gobble!


November Week 2

This week we had the opportunity to experience what parts of the tongue are able to distinguish the different tastes such as salty, sour, and sweet. They were able to see a tongue and identify it´s different parts.


Big Bears tried lemon, orange and salty crackers, they also tried tortilla chips with corn and beans. They had a blast!

We visited HEB San Pedro and they were impressed when they saw different types of fish! They were able to recognize some fruits and vegetables.

This week we learned another rhyme.

“Gobble, Gobble”

A turkey is a funny bird

His head goes wobble, wobble

He only knows one funny word

Gobble, gobble, gobble!

Next Monday, November 17th there will be no clases due to the Mexican Revolution.

Big Bears practice this week being grateful. That all what we are is a bless! We should appreciate our family, friends and environment, and we love all what we see and have.

Next Thursday November 20th, Dr. Eduardo Plancarte will perform eye exams for Toddler Tree students. The cost is $400 pesos per child. If you would like to have your child tested, please contact Ms. Nora.

Please don´t forget to label all of yours child´s sweaters, jackets and items to avoid mix-ups.
Have a happy and safe weekend!

November: The Harvest Month!

Welcome November! A month that brings us the opportunity to share with our loved ones, and to remind all the good things that we have in our lives; we have so much to be thankful for!

Our Tiny Turtles are starting the month with a lot of excitement! November’s theme is the harvest, so in this first week we covered fun themes like fruits, dairy and vegetables. Exploration: we made a variety of activities to get in touch with different textures, like our yogurt finger painting, free exploration with red and blue buttons, green felt and cinnamon sticks as an invitation to make an apple tree. Kids got very excited with the garden vegetable printing, they loved to dip the veggies on the bowls filled with paint of different colors. We also made a fruit salad, our own version, using grapes, bananas, strawberries, blueberries and watermelon. The children helped mix all fruits in a big bowl and afterwards they gave them a bite! A yummy and sweet treat to end the week!

One of their favorite subjects is creativity class with Miss Cristy, and this week was full with great projects such as the food collage, kids made prints of a banana, orange, apple, and lemon. On top of these fruits they poured some “milk” (white glue) and then they out the finishing touch adding some glitter. Turtles also made a veggies print project, pasting on top of them some “roots” using green raffia. Kids also loved making their slice of watermelon using a paper plate, paintbrush, red paint, green paint, black paint and a q tip.

We would like to let you know of our HEB visit, so Tiny Turtles can experience firsthand our harvest topics. This activity is planned for Thursday November 13th at 9:00am. We would love to see you there!

Vocabulary words: Apple, banana, orange, lemon, milk, butter, cheese, yogurt, eggs, carrot, onion, potatoes, tomatoes, hamburguer, lettuce, celery, broccoli, zucchini, chicken soup, strawberries, blueberries, watermelon, peaches, grapes and fruit salad.

Next week vocabulary words: Pasta, spaghetti, oatmeal, porridge, peas, beans, tortillas, rice, crackers, cake, bread, and peanuts.

Fruits and Veggies

This week the Terrific Tigers learned all about fruits and vegetables. We pretended to go to the market and shop to the “Let´s go to market” song, and made beautiful art pieces that involved painting, gluing, and one of the kids favorite things to do: tearing paper apart.

We also introduced new songs. The kids had a blast moving to the music. Some of this week´s favorites were “I know a chicken,” “Song in my tummy,” and “Shake your body down” by Laurie Berkner. (You can find her videos on Youtube)

Some of the kids favorite activities were also the stories we read about the City Mouse and Country Mouse. They also liked the book about counting fruit. One of the Tigers favorite activities was exploring an H-E-B bag full of fruits and veggies.

Since Thanksgiving is just around the corner, we also started talking about indians and pilgrims and, of course, sharing.

As next week begins we will be reviewing food and we will even be visiting our local grocery store, H-E-B. So, save the date! We will be going on November 13th. See you then!

November Week 1

We learned about different types of fruits, vegetables and dairy products. Big Bears now know how they should be incorporated in our nutrition. They had the chance to tell us which one was their favorite and described their shapes and colors.

As a creative activity with Ms. Cristy each Big Bear had the opportunity to make two different projects. One fruits and the other vegetables. They learned which ones grow underground.

Next week they will learn about proteins and grains, too. We will experience using sense of touch so we can feel the shape and texture.

Big Bears will be exposed to the differences between sour, sweet and salty by tasting each one. We will show them exactly what part of the tongue is able to distinguish each taste.

Big Bears will start experiencing and knowing about what Thanksgiving means such as sharing, being grateful and thankful. This week we talked what means “sharing” but not only with food but with other things around us.

They will learn a new rhyme called “Just like That” Please ask them to recite it!

Just like that!
Turkey, Turkey
Big and Fat
I´m going to eat you!!
Just like that!
Viviana was the super kid this Friday. She had a great time!
Please don´t forget to label all of yours child´s sweaters, jackets and items to avoid mix-ups.
Have a  great weekend!
Ms. Caya & Miss María Elena

Tigers Halloween Roar

This week was such a fun experience for the Terrific Tigers. They really enjoyed dancing to all the Halloween songs like “The Scarecrow”, “Dem Bones”, and “Witches`Brew.”

They also enjoyed working with different materials in art to make a witch, and footprint ghosts.They seem to be getting better and better at working with their hands and small pieces of paper.

Mr. Mike´s circle time was a favorite this week, as usual. The kids enjoyed dancing to music and role playing as goblins, ghosts, and spiders.

Many spooky stories were told to the Terrific Tigers. Luckily, they all seem to enjoy the tales, despite the scary and spooky voices.

Finally, we had our Hocus Pocus Halloween Party to close the month of October. It was wonderful to see all the kids dressed up and sharing candy with each other. The candy give-away made for a great sharing exercise.

It was also great to see all the parents who were able to make it to the Costume parade. All the kids were able to work the catwalk and get some great pictures.

We want to give a special thanks to the parents who helped out with food and beverages this year. Also, a big thank you to ALL the folks who dressed their child up for the party, Great job! Your kids all looked adorable! (more than usual).

November is here and we are ready to learn more about sharing and caring, about food, and of course about being appreciative and giving thanks.