Sesame Street Friends

This week we had fun with all our Sesame Street Friends! Big Bears are expressing by introducing themselves, what´s their favorite color and who are their friends.

We are continuing to practice different activities and becoming familiar with our routines.

This week they learned a rhyme called “Look who came to school today” which goes like this:

Look who came to school today, school today, school today

Look who came to school today

Big Bears did!!

During the next two weeks we will be practicing prince grasp movements in different areas. We will also learn many fun topics, such as feelings and different parts of the body.

We remind you that the Open House will be on Monday August 31st at 7:00 pm. Hope to see you here!

With love,

Ms. Caya & Miss María Elena

Sesame Street Friends

Dear Parents

We had a great week! The children did better than expected and are adapting quickly to our daily routine. This week our main topic was “Things about yourself” like “what is your name?”, What do you like?, coming to school and let’s play together. Our Tiny Turtles had a lot of fun in creativity class enjoying their sesame street puppets project. We’ve been busy painting paper bags using different techniques and tools: paintbrushes, sponges, rollers, crayons adding shredded and cut pieces of crepe and tissue paper. Kids especially loved the part where they had to paste the eyes, nose and mouth on their puppets.

Physical development class with Miss Mely was all about getting to know the different parts of your body… a perfect introduction for our next week topics. Turtles got to be active and dance pretty cool songs such as: “listen and move”, ‘body rock”, “shake your sillies”, “shake your bean bag”, “shaky egg” and the “sesame street march”. At the end of our physical development routine we enjoy “relax time”, everybody gets to lay down and Miss Mely helps them stretch their arms and legs.

We would like to remind you of our open house event that will be held on Monday, August 31 at 7:30 pm in our Tiny Turtles classroom. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Books we loved this week: “Elmo goes to school”/” Elmo’s world: Food!”/ “Elmo’s good manners game”/ “Elmo loves you!” and “Hello, it’s Elmo!”.

Video of the week: Baby Einstein “Favorite Places”

This week’s vocabulary words were: What is your name? / What do you like? / Who are your friends? / Coming to school (parts of the day) / Let’s play together

Our topics for next week will be: Review sesame street friends/ Body parts: hands, face (happy) / Shoulders, face, tummy, clothes (sad) / Feet, toes, legs, knees, socks and shoes (angry) / Review face: flannel board faces (sleepy).

Miss Judy

All About Me!

We have just finished our week  #2! Our Terrific Tigers are getting to feel well adapted and they enjoy their daily activities very much!   During this second week we have been reviewing our friends from Sesame Street, and listening to stories related to their characters. They have loved to play with the plush characters after stroytime is finished! We have also been talking about themselves: questions have been asked to them, such as: What is your name?, What do you like?, Who are your friends? It is amazing to see how they can respond to these questions and most of our students know the names of all of their classmates! Ask them at home who their friends from school are, and you´ll see for yourself how well they can answer!

On Thursday, we talked about coming to school and they mentioned what  the activites were done during their mornings here. They understand the concepts of being friends and are aware that friends are special and need to be taken care of.

During Creativity Class, our Terrific Tigers have been busy working on their paper bag puppets on their new Sesame Street friends. They have been mixing different colors of paint in order to create new ones. They get really excited when they discover the new color they have created! Paper puppets, such as Big Bird, Elmo, and Cookie Monster have been made by them, using techniques such as painting, cutting paper with scissors, and pasting.

Our Cooperative Play time has been an incredible moment to realize how much our students have matured since last year! They are understanding that they need to share, and have even learned to take turns and work  as a team.

Next week we will be talking about body parts and feelings. Be sure to review these concepts with your toddlers. You will be impressed on how much they know!

On Monday, August 31st we will have our Open House for our Terrific Tigers group, which will be held at 7:30 pm in our “green room”. We are really looking forward to seeing you and sharing some important information regarding our daily routine, as well as sharing lovely and fun experiences we have had with your little ones!

We hope you have a wonderful weekend and hope to see you on Monday evening.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Martha & Mrs. Nancy.

 

 

 

 

Welcome Tiny Turtles!

Back_to_school

Dear Parents,

Welcome to the Toddler Tree kinder family!

My name is Judy Rosales, the head teacher for the Tiny Turtles class. I will be working with Miss Karen Menjivar this year. Welcome to our new school year!

This year is an important step in your child’s education, were they’ll begin to experience a love of learning and discovering new things. We are truly committed to making your child’s preschool experience an exciting time, full of growth and development! We will provide a wide variety of learning experiences and play experiences throughout the day so students will develop social/emotionally, cognitively, and physically. Every day they are going to be involved in new experiences and we hope to provide a variety of opportunities for learning and growing.

 

We believe that children grow and develop the most when there is a strong connection between home and school. You know your child the best. We welcome any input you have about your child. If you ever have any questions or concerns about your child, please do not hesitate to contact me. Together we can work as a team and make this an enjoyable and meaningful experience for your child! We are very happy to be a part of your child’s preschool experience and we thank you for entrusting your child to us, we are looking forward for a wonderful year!

 

Sincerely,

The Tiny Turtles team

 

Welcome to Terrific Tigers!

Dear  Families,

     Welcome to our Terrific Tigers group! This is the year for our learners to shine brightly in our classroom. It will be a year of magical wonder and amazing growth for  your little  stars. We are looking forward to working with you and your child as we teach them to reach for the stars.  We believe that communication is the key to your child´s success and to have a great parent/teacher relationship. I encourge you to contact us if you have any questions or concerns at any time. We will also do our part by sending pictures and comments of our daily activities, as well as sending you all a weekly post with interesting information..  Mrs. Martha and I are looking forward  to our preschool adventure school year with your child and family, and to many happy days together!

     During their first week of school, we’re happy to inform that all the tigers have adapted well to their new “green” classroom. Your little ones did not cry much…in fact,  most of them did no cry at all. We were able to go straight into teaching them on how to express themselves with confidence. They are learning the colors, letter sounds, and numbers. We also have taught them about feelings and expressions, which you may get to see a lot of at home. We feel that, overall, the feeling in the classroom has been HAPPY. We plan to do our very best in keeping it that way throughout the school year.

     We talked about Sesame Street and their characters during this week. They have enjoyed listening to music and stories related to this topic. They anticipate playing with the plush characters they have been seeing  during the mornings.  Our characters for this week have been Elmo, Ernie, Bert, Cookie Monster, Oscar the Grouch, and the Count!

     In Creativity class they have been busy working on making puppets using brown paper bags. Colors, such as red, yellow, blue, and green have been used during their projects. They are learning very nicely to wear their smocks before handling paint!

     A new activity for them, done in Terrific Tigers, is Cooperative Play, where they work as a group, learning to take turns and sharing their material. They have enjoyed this part of the day very much. Being “the leader” is new for them this school year as well.  Whenever your child is the leader, you will know since he/she will have a special sticker placed on their shirts, which says: LEADER.

     We also had a birthday celebration this week. David Elizondo  was a  happy “SUPER KID” which  was celebrated   on August 17th. Thank you, Mrs. Sofía  for the lovely cupcakes!

     We would like to welcome our new student Eva Garza Sanchez, and her mom, Erika. We are sure you will feel very comfortable and enjoy being part of our Toddler Tree community!

     Our themes for next week include talking about themselves, such as  knowing what their name is, what they like to do, who their friends are, and talking about the parts of the day during their school hours, as well as learning to play together.

     This has been a very fun and busy week for all of us and we have enjoyed it very much! We would like to remind you,  to please send a complete change of clothes for your child. It is very possible that your child might be needing a  change of clothes one day. For those of you who have already sent it, we really appreciate it! Our Open House is comming up shortly. We will be sending you the date and the time promptly.

Best regards, Mrs. Martha & Mrs. Nancy Murillo.

 

First Week of School

Dear Parents,

During this week we had the pleasure to meet our little Big Bears and introduce ourselves. These days have been full of joy and happiness. They have practiced different activities and became familiar with our daily life at Toddler Tree. The kids are making great effort in adjusting to new teachers and routines. They also learned about the Sesame Street characters and made some puppets in creativity with Ms. Cristy.

During the next week we will be introducing ourselves and developing our social abilities emphasizing that we are special and nice to our classmates. Reinforcing two magic words: “please and thank you”.

Have a great weekend and we will be very happy to see them on Monday.

Ms. Caya & Miss Maria Elena

Welcome Big Bears!

Hello Big Bears!

We are so excited to start this school year, it will be full of new adventures and knowledge!

We have been so happy getting to know all of you! We hope you enjoyed your summer vacation and look forward to meeting you at open house on Tuesday, September 1st at 7:00pm.

Get ready to have a great year, we send you a Big Bear hug! :)

With love,

Ms. Caya & Miss María Elena

Healthy Snack Ideas

Toddler Tree families have shared their ideas for fun and tasty snacks that are much better than the prepackaged ones. A little forethought will get your kids eating, feeling and growing better. Please email me to add your personal suggestions to this list and check the following links: Snack Ideas for Kids and Switch Up Your Lunchbox for even more inspiration.

Fruits and Vegetables…

Mango, Papaya, Star Fruit, Cantaloupe, Honeydew Melon, Watermelon, Cherries, Pear, Grapes, Oranges, Plums, Kiwi, Grapefruit, Pineapple, Figs (good with goat cheese)
Cooked Green Beans, Jicama, Cooked Snow Peas, Frozen Peas, Mashed Sweet Potato (good with butter and cinnamon)

Good with peanut butter: Apples, Banana, Celery (and raisins a.k.a. “Ants on a Log”))

Good with  hummus: Apple (good with peanut butter), Carrots, Raw Cauliflower or Broccoli

 

Good with ranch dip: Carrots, Celery, Cucumber Slices, Cherry Tomatoes, Raw Cauliflower, Raw Broccoli

Good with yogurt: Strawberries, Blueberries, Raspberries, Peaches

Good with soy sauce: Avocado (and brown rice) or Edamame

You may want to try: Applesauce, Unsweetened Raisins, Fruit Leathers, Freeze Dried Fruit (like mango, banana, blueberries or strawberries), Dried Apple Rings, Canned Fruit like Mandarin Oranges (Native Forest brand does not use sugary syrups in their cans), even Olives!

 

Whole-Grain…

Whole Grain Crackers (like Triscuits, Multi-Seed, Ak-Mak, Whole-Wheat Matzos, Brown Rice Crackers/Snaps, Whole-Grain Rye Crackers topped with cheese, peanut butter, or a cream cheese and jelly combo)

Popcorn (make it using “The Popcorn Trick”)
Oatmeal (served warm in a Thermos)
Shredded Wheat (look for brands that contain 1-ingredient)
Arrowhead Mills Puffed Whole Grain Cereal (corn, brown rice, wheat or millet variety)
Brown Rice Cakes
Whole-Wheat Pretzels
Whole-Grain Toast
Small, Cooked Whole-Grain Noodles

Nuts and Seeds…

Peanuts, Cashews, Almonds, Pecans, Walnuts, Pine Nuts (they are good lightly toasted), Pistachios, Sesame Seeds, Pumpkin Seeds, Nut Trail Mix including Dried Fruit

Other… Hard-Boiled Eggs, Garbanzo Beans, Cheese (cubes or sticks…with or without crackers), Plain Yogurt (flavored with a little honey or maple syrup and vanilla extract), Organic and/or Local Bacon

Homemade…

Homemade Granola Bars
Homemade “Larabars”
Whole-Wheat Toaster Pastries (a.k.a. Pop Tarts!)
Smoothies or Smoothie Pops
Whole-Wheat Banana Bread
Zucchini Chips
Whole-Wheat Zucchini Bread (made into muffins)
Whole-Wheat Pumpkin Bread (made into muffins)
Whole-Grain Cornbread (made into muffins)
Whole-Wheat Berry Muffins
Pecan Maple Breakfast Cookies
Easy Cheesy Crackers
Kale Chips
Homemade Powerballs
Whole-Wheat Biscuits (good with butter and jelly) or Buttermilk Cheese Biscuits
Cinnamon Glazed Popcorn
Whole-Wheat “Baked” Donuts