Dreaming of a Bright Christmas!

This week’s focus was Christmas, and all of the magic the holiday brings. We focused on making gifts such as the decorative Christmas tree the kids made for you. They painted it and glued on all the ornaments and stars.

We also made some beautiful Christmas cards. The kids used there finger prints to create the string of lights.

During physical development we danced to many holiday tunes including “Rudolph the red nosed reindeer” and “Up on the Housetop.”  We also used some antlers to do the “Reindeer Pokey.”

It has been such a joy to work with your children this semester. Each and every one of our students is special in different ways. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to teach them and watch them grow.

We look forward to seeing them back in January to continue on this beautiful journey. On behalf of all the staff at Toddler Tree, we want to wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New year!

Have a Very Merry Christmas!

We really enjoyed singing and dancing to Christmas music this week.

The kids explored with media such as wood, sponges,  glue, paint, cookie dough,  glaze and carrots, too.

Best wishes for the happiest family times. We’ll see you back on Wednesday, January 7, 2015.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

 

 

December Week 3

Wow! The year 2014 is almost over!

This week was full of fun! We reviewed Christmas vocabulary, songs, poems and rhymes.

The Big Bears sent a hot air ballon with each of their christmas wishes. They also made some Christmas Cookies to put under the tree for Santa, as well some carrots for Rudolph. They were really excited with all if these activities.

Have a wonderful time with your family during this Christmas break. Although we really are going to miss the class, we hope you enjoy family time together!

Remember we will see you back on Wednesday, January 7, 2015.

Wishing you the best for the new year to come!

Ms. Caya & Miss María Elena

Merry Christmas!

Last day of school and vacations are here! Let’s make the most of these days by spending time with our loved ones, making beautiful memories surrounded by our families.

We had a super busy week. Our tiny turtles were working hard like Santa’s elves! In exploration time, they practiced their fine motor skills by making a wreath out of yarn, the key words here were: in and out. Kids painted a Christmas tree using sponges, and then we pasted it on the wall so turtles could then add some “ornaments” made out of shapes. There was one activity in particular which they loved, that was the “Yummy Christmas Tree” made out of a sugar cones, frosting with green food coloring, skittles, marshmallows and shredded coconut. It got a little bit messy but kids were happy and excited to work as a group decorating the Christmas Tree!

Creativity time is always so much fun! Miss Cristy had cool Christmas projects prepared for the kiddos. They put the finishing touches on the Christmas trees they gifted you by pasting shiny ornaments and the star on the top. Children loved making the cookie dough and cutting it with cookie cutters. After baking we glazed the cookies for Santa, but we didn’t forget about the reindeer! They made a special bag full of carrots for them.

During story time we got to relax a little bit and enjoy lovely books such as: “Baby Surprise”, “Pooh Christmas Days”, “A Mouse Christmas” and “Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer”.

We would like to wish Sofia a happy birthday! This little girl turned two today, and she loved the rocket ride with Mr. Mike!

May lovely, happy times decorate your holiday season

May warm, special memories brighten your new year

May the wonder of Christmas be with you forever!

With love,

Miss Judy and Miss Nancy

 

 

Back to school: Wednesday January 7th 2015 9:00am

 

Vocabulary words: Wreath, train, chimney / fireplace, stockings and cookies.

 

Next week vocabulary words: Introduce winter: snow, snowman, and snowflake. Seasons change: Winter / summer, Cold / Hot. Winter fun: Sports.

Wiggly Christmas Program… what a show!

What a great week, full of joy and excitement! We had been looking forward to a special event prepared just for you, our Wiggly Christmas program. Turtles practiced really hard, and their hard work paid off! They did great! We are so proud of them, and we hope you enjoyed the show.

This week was all about practice, practice, and practice during physical development. Children danced to their jingle bells song and put on their best dance moves.  During Exploration time tiny turtles made all sorts of fun activities, but most of them focused on fine motor skills (painting with their fingers) like their handprint snowman ornament, elves Christmas card made with their thumb and index fingerprints. They also made a Santa’s sleigh with all the reindeer, made with their fingerprints; the one on the top is Rudolph with his big red nose.

With Miss Cristy kids were such great little helpers! They made all the decorations for their program! For example, painting cardboard using the color brown, shiny stars with sponges and glitter. They also painted candy canes red, and Santa’s hat and boot, pasting cotton on them.

Kids enjoyed story time a lot, we saw books related to the season, like “Spot’s First Christmas”, “Merry Christmas Boots”, “The Pokey Little Puppy” and “One Snowy Eve”.

We would like to wish Joaquin and Mathias a happy birthday! They turned two today, and they really enjoyed making their super kid crown with Mr. Mike and sharing cupcakes with their friends.

Vocabulary words: Gifts, giving, toys, elves, Santa’s workshop and sleigh.

Next week´s vocabulary words: Wreath, train, chimney / fireplace, stockings and cookies.

Wiggly Christmas Show

This week was magical! For the first half, we were practicing and practicing for the Wiggly Christmas show.

During art, we also made all the lovely decorations you saw in our show. We traced all the kids’ hands to create a beautiful wreathe to which later they glued some “cherries on top.” Candy Canes and Christmas trees made by the children were also placed through out the set.

During our physical development class we played with jingle bells, parachutes, and balls. We threw and caught balls to “All I want for Christmas is you.”

Mostly, we practiced and practiced the songs they performed: “Let’s Clap Hands for Santa Claus” and Go Santa Go” by the Wiggles, and “Shake your body down” by Laurie Berkner.

The kids got to experience some time on stage and showed their musical and dance abilities. We practiced and practiced for the Wiggly Christmas Show. We hoped you enjoyed it! They were amazing!

December Week 2

We feel so proud of our Big Bears performance during the Wiggly Christmas show. Our greatest appreciation for the extra effort of everyone to make this program such a great success!

We just want to let you know that Big Bears did an excellent job! They memorized their speaking parts and knew the words and motions to the songs. Thanks for being such great, punctual spectators. We really appreciate your incredible sensitivity in not distracting your kids by calling out their names and waving for them to see you.

Big Bears are working on gifts for the family. They don`t need much help and seem very involved in the creative process. We havel one more week full of fun, excitement and new developments.

December Week 1

We are happy to have you back!

During this week we started working with Christmas decorations. Big Bears had a great time using their skills. Also we practiced songs and rhymes for the Christmas program. They are eager to show you!

Everyday when they arrive to school they tell us what they asked for Christmas and how is Santa always watching them.

Next week on Tuesday, December 9, Santa will visit us and have the opportunity to take a picture with him. And on Wednesday, December 10 they will have the chance to send a Special Ballon with their Christmas Wishes or their happy thoughts.

We hope to see you on Thursday December 11, on the Christmas Program. 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.

Have a great weekend,

Ms. Caya & Miss María Elena

Discovering Christmas Magic

This first week of December we dove right into the Christmas spirit. We introduced the kids to all the famous characters like Santa Claus and Rudolph.

One of the favorite exploration activities was drawing ornaments on the chalkboard Christmas Tree.

During our routine, we focused a lot on the Alphabet and identifying the first letter of each person’s name. We also worked with shapes. All of the kids learned to identify their own letter.

In art we had fun working with Christmas colors painting candy canes and Christmas trees. We’re also working on a wreathe that will hang on our green door next week.

In physical development our main focus was on practicing for the Christmas program. You may have noticed your children singing “Go Santa Go” or “Let’s clap hands for Santa Claus.”

We’re very excited to see their progress and look forward to the show.

See you there, and Ho, Ho, Ho!!!

December: ‘Tis the season to be jolly!

A new month is here! We are starting the month of December by introducing them to the special holiday and traditions for this season. Children will have the opportunity to explore holiday decorations and fun activities based on this month’s topics.

Tiny Turtles painted a Christmas tree, using crayons and then sponges with green paint. Candy Canes was another topic they really enjoyed, playing with cotton and feeling their soft texture. In order to learn about reindeer, especially Rudolph, children made a reindeer hat, in which the antlers were made with the outline of their hands. They also passed googly eyes and a red nose, and hand on hand we draw a big smile on Rudolph’s face.

With Miss Cristy, our turtles had a fun time playing with play dough and using some Christmas cutters. Paint was a big theme this week, kids got to make candy canes, made out of cardboard which they painted red. For the stripes of the candy canes turtles pasted some tape, they love to play with tape and its sticky texture. Kiddos got to watch how you can make green paint, by mixing blue and yellow, and then they painted their own Christmas tree.

For story time, this week tiny turtles were really excited about the book of “Rudolph the red nose reindeer” and “The talking Christmas tree”, they enjoyed looking at the pictures of the book, and looking around the classroom to find the same picture or figure, for example Santa Claus, a reindeer, star, Christmas gift, or stocking.

Have a nice weekend!

Vocabulary words: Santa, Christmas tree, ornaments, candy canes, reindeer, stockings, star and angel.

Next week vocabulary words:  Gifts, giving, toys, elves, Santa’s workshop and sleigh.