Trick or Treat, trick or treat! Give me something good to eat!

image2 (1)Dear Tiny Turtle Parents

Halloween is finally here! We had a fun and exciting week with spooky themes and our Haunted Wonderland Halloween party! Everyone showed up in their best costumes, we had a little Nascar driver, Minnie mouse, Tinkerbell, Tiger, Jake the Pirate, Buzz Lightyear & two super cute dragons.

Kids loved handing out candy to their friends, and had a blast doing their milk jug monster treat container in exploration time. We did lots of cool stuff in our exploration time like our monsters bowling and a Halloween sensory play with water and creepy plastic toys like spiders and worms.

This Friday was Sebastian’s turn to bring his surprise bag, and wow did he had fun stuff to show around! He brought a colors blocks toy, a book and a Mr. Potatoe Head. Sebastian was kind enough to share and let his friends play with the things he brought.

In physical development kids enjoyed wearing costumes and watching the “Knock, knock trick or treat” from super simple songs. Every time we put super simple Halloween songs turtles pay a lot of attention, they love to see cartoons singing and dancing various Halloween songs. Today they were super happy and had a blast on the obstacle course we made with mats.

We hope you have a fun Halloween night, and that our turtles get lots of candy when they go out trick or treating.

Books we loved this week: “Mrs. Broom”/ “Plumply, Dumply Pumpkin”/ “Trick or Treat, Dora!”/ “Trick or Treat”/

Video of the week: 2014 Toddler Tree’s Halloween Catwalk/  “Dora’s Halloween” video

This week’s vocabulary words were: Jack o lantern/Pumpkin/ Trick or treat/ Candy/ Catwalk practice / Halloween party/ Halloween review

Our topics for next week will be: Apple, Banana, Orange, Lemon/ Milk, Butter, Cheese, Yogurt, Eggs/ Carrot, Onion, Potatoes, Tomatoes, Hamburger/ Lettuce, Celery, Broccoli, Zucchini, Chicken soup/ Strawberries, Blueberries, Watermelon, Peaches, Grapes, Fruit salad.

Have a nice weekend!

Miss Judy & Miss Karen

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October Week 4

During this week we reviewed Halloween characters and songs. We practice several rhymes such as “Pumpkin, Pumpkin”, “Go Away”, “Skeleton Dance” and many more!

Big Bears were excited all week waiting for the big Halloween celebration! Haunted Wonderland Parade was a blast! It was full of wonderful moments. Oh, we enjoyed every single activity they preformed. They also enjoyed todays story time, and listening to the other stories from the Tiny Turtles and Terrific Tigers.

Next week the Big Bears will start learning about fruits, vegetables and dairy products.

Remember parent-teacher conferences will be held next Tuesday, November 3rd. Please confirm your attendance and show respect towards other families by being punctual!

We would appreciate very much to make sure all your child´s items and sweaters are labeled to avoid mix-ups!

Have a great weekend!

Ms. Caya & Miss María Elena

Halloween Week!

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”, “Happy Halloween”, ” Witch Doctor”,  and “Witches`Brew.”  During Physical Education they danced and used hula hoops, pon-poms, tamborines, and even dressed up in different costumes!

Our students also had a blast working on a pumpkin in Creativity Class.

Mr. Mike´s Circle Time was a favorite this week, as usual. The kids enjoyed dancing and role playing as goblins, ghosts, and spiders. They also love getting spooked!

Stories read to them this week included Pumpkin Faces, It´s Pumpkin Time, Halloween Treats, What is Halloween?, Trick or Treat Dora, and The Biggest Pumpkin Surprise Ever. They really enjoyed listening to these Halloween stories.

We practiced walking slowly and carefully for our parade on Thursday  and they were really excited about this important event.  Most of them were able to let us know what costume they would wear for this special day at school!

Finally, we had our Haunted Wonderland Parade and Halloween Party on Thursday.  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 very nice to see all the parents who were able to make it to the costume parade.  We even saw some of our students´ grandparents, too! All the kids were excited, and were able to walk  through the “haunted house”  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 of you parents who dressed their child up for the party. Great job! Your kids all looked adorable! (more than usual).

Our Mystery Bag activity continues to be such an excitment for our kids and we really appreciate your helping your child in bringing something special from home when it is her/his turn!

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

Once the weather changes and your kids start bringing sweaters to school, it is very important for them to have their names on them so they will not get missplaced at the end of the day.

We will be having our parent-teacher conference next week. You will be receiving an e-mail letting you know the date and time for your 20 minute appointment. We appreciate your punctuality that day!

We hope you have a fun and wonderful weekend, and are looking forward to welcoming your little ones to school again on Monday!

 

 

October Week 3

This week we focused on Halloween characters, such as friendly cats, witches, ghost and goblins, spiders, bats and Haunted House.

For fine motor skills we practiced prince grasp using different instruments. We cut straight lines on paper and foamy and used various materials with the hole puncher. In math we have been classifying objects by colors, sorting them by shapes and matching by size. We also role-counted using manipulatives.

Also, Big Bears are practicing a witch poem:

The witch

“If I were a witch

I´d ride on my broom

And scatter the ghosts with a zoom, zoom, zoom!

Each one took a turn to role play as a witch using a black broom.

Big Bears had fun making a spider cookie! As soon as they saw the oreo cookie, pretzel sticks, m&m´s and Nutella their eyes became wide open and said “may we eat it?”.

Wow they enjoyed making the spider on its web crawling over it. They also had fun painting and sprinkling glitter all over the pumpkin, and making a witch hat using an icecream cone and chocolate frosting.

Big Bears are excited about the “Haunted Wonderland Parade”

Have a great weekend!

Ms. Caya & Miss María Elena

 

Say BOO and Scary on!

Happy Friday everyone! Today it was Gonzalo’s turn to bring his surprise bag, and he had cool stuff to show and share with his friends. A Mickey Mouse & Minion doll, Spiderman sunglasses and a red car. Gonzalo was super cute, excited to share all of his toys with his friends.

Spooky friends showed up at our blue door this week. Tiny Turtles enjoyed learning all about witch, cat, ghost, spider, haunted house and costumes. This is the week prior to our Halloween catwalk so we wanted to teach your little ones some of the basic topics and characters of this celebration.

Exploration time allowed them to relate the topics of the week, we had a lot of fun making a “Witches Brew” a magic potion made with water, food coloring, and some creepy creatures like spiders. And talking about spiders, Turtles loved making their “Spider cookie”. We used Oreo cookies, Nutella, sprinkles for the eyes and 4 pretzel sticks cut in half. Thursday’s topic was “Haunted House” and what better way to learn, experience and play than to make a haunted house for our classroom! Kids loved exploring it using some flashlights. Today your little ones made a “Witch hat” as a food craft, it was made out of cupcake liners, sugar cones, chocolate frosting and Halloween sprinkles. They had a blast decorating it, and spreading the frosting on the sugar cone.

Today’s topic was costumes, and Mr. Mike and Miss Mely showed how we can easily put a costume together and that it’s fun. Kids were super attentive watching how Miss Mely dressed up as a witch, and how Mr. Mike wore a red nose, hat, funny teeth and some funky eyeglasses. Circle time teaches the topic of the day in a fun, interesting and exciting way every time.  This is without a doubt your kids favorite class.

In the Creativity department, we had a very busy week. Turtles made 3 projects this week: witch, spider and pumpkin.  The “witch” was made out of green and purple craft paper, which the kids painted using their fingertips and some paint sponges. While they pasted the witch’s hair (orange craft paper), eyes and nose you could see a big smile on their faces while they identified the witch once they were done.

The “Spider” project was made with paper plates, gray yarn, black clean pipes and black pom poms. Tiny turtles twisted the clean pipes to make the spider’s eight legs and on top of them they pasted the black pom pom to resemble the face. The spider web was made by making little cuts on the edges of the paper plate and placing the yarn in them, winding the paper plate to give the spider web look. This week children also got the chance of making a beautiful pumpkin.

First, they had to pick a pumpkin from the pile in the crate, then using paintbrushes and paint (red, yellow, blue, green and purple) they decorate it, and when they finished we got some glitter and spread it all over their little pumpkin.

Physical development with Miss Mely is always an exciting time for our tiny students. They get the chance to express themselves through music, dance and physical activities. This week we continued with our Halloween songs, and super simple songs videos such as” Go away!” and “Them bones”. Miss Mely introduced some role play activities, and turtles loved them. On Monday we pretended to be witches, flying around the classroom with our magic brooms, all this while we listened to the song “I’m a witch”. Another popular song for our classroom is “The scarecrow” they like to dance and watch Miss Mely bring “Mr. Scarecrow” to the gym so they can dance with him. Ghosts was a topic included in this week’s agenda, and Miss Mely shared with us some ghosts costumes, kiddos were running around all over the place saying: BOO!

We would like to remind you of our Haunted Wonderland catwalk! It will be held at Toddler Tree kinder on Thursday October 29th at 10:00 am. We hope to see our tiny turtles with some cute costumes! If you’re planning on sending some candy to share with your kid’s classmates please send them labeled only with your kid’s name that way it will be easier for him/her to hand them out.

Hope to see you here!

Books we loved this week: “Mrs. Broom”/ “Peek-a-boo Halloween!”/ “Spiders, spiders everywhere!”/ “The Eensy-Weensy spider”/ “Spooky” (touch and feel book).

Video of the week: 2013-2014 Toddler Trees’ Halloween Catwalk

Movie of the week: “The Nightmare before Christmas”.

This week’s vocabulary words were: Cat – witch/ Ghost –Goblin/ Spider/ Haunted house/ Costumes & makeup

Our topics for next week will be: Jack o lantern/Pumpkin/ Trick or treat/ Candy/ Catwalk practice / Halloween party/ Halloween review

Have a nice weekend!

Miss Judy and Miss Karen

 

 

 

Halloween is near!

Our Terrific Tigers are in full Halloween swing! They have been excited learning about Halloween vocabulary words and making nice and fun activities. We started this week with a big stir of Witches’ brew, singing a song and pretending to stir the brew. They love to role-play!

Halloween vocabulary words include cat, witch, ghost, goblin, spider, haunted house , costumes and make-up.

We had lots of fun activities during our Exploration Time: we mixed food coloring in water containers and pretended to be mixing the witch´s brew.  Our little ones were delighted to make a witch´s hat using a cupcake holder, and covering an ice cream cone with chocolate frosting, adding sprinkles and finally, the final touch, gummy worms! Another one of their favorite activities was making the spider, using Oreo cookies, pretzel sticks and Nutella. We went to see a Haunted House that was set up in the Tiny Turtles room and they had a chance to enter it! Finally, some of our students offered to dress up using several costumes that were broght to them and acting out getting ready for Halloween. They even saw their teacher paint her face using special facial makeup.

Creativity Class is one of their favorites and this week they were quite busy: they made a witch head, using a purple hat, green face and orange hair. They also made a spider and its spider web. They got creativie painting “baby pumkims” with different colors and sprinkling glitter over them.

Physical Education included lots of Halloween music for them to move, like The Witch Doctor, The Adam´s Family Song, I´m a Witch, Go Away! song,  using colored fabrics, hula hoops, balls, maracas and shakers!

Story time was interesting for them since they were able to relate to these words learned during the week. Books such as  Mrs. Broom, The Teeny Tiny Ghost, Spiders, Spiders, everythwere, The Most Haunted House, & Halloween were read to them.

Our leaders for this week enjoyed bringing something from home to show and share with their classmates.

We are really looking forward in having our Cat Walk Parade next week. Please have your child come to school on Thursday, the 29th with a costume.

 

Mad About 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

We hope you enjoyed listening to the Big Bears singing Columbus, Columbus! They were very excited and we are glad they are improving their comprehension and fluency, overall building up their confidence and self-esteem.

Big Bears experienced in Science how hot air can melt an ice cube by using a hair dryer, learning how a solid can become a liquid.

They are more aware of the different seasons and the main colors of Fall. Big Bears practiced a Fall rhyme,

” See the Leaves

falling down

to the ground

without a sound!”

They had a lot of fun with Ms. Cristy during creativity, too. They were able to identify red with hot using warm red finger paint, dipping their finger and drawing different shapes while the blue represented cold using frozen blue paint to paint with. Big Bears were astonished when Ms. Cristy made a campfire! Each one took a turn roasting marshmallows, blowing the fire out and of course eating was the best part!

Big Bears love to go to Gym with Ms. Mely. They have fun doing different activities, games and movements using several instruments or props.

Have a great weekend!

Ms. Caya & Miss María Elena

I love Fall!

Dear Parents:

Tiny turtles learned about fun and interesting topics such as: air- hot –cold, water- hard or soft (ice, water), sand, seasons, colors of the fall (orange, brown, red and yellow) and a review of shapes and colors all around us.

Today it was Felipe’s turn to bring his mysyery bag, and he had a lot of fun stuff to show and share with his friends. A truck with a remote control, a puzzle, two books and a helicopter, you could see happy faces everywhere and Felipe enjoyed sharing with his friends.

Felipe’s mommy, Brenda, sent some yummy apple muffins for everyone in his classroom. During snack time everyone enjoyed a very tasty muffin as well as their own snacks. Thank you so much! The muffins were delicious!

During exploration time we made a very cool “science” experiment to teach the kids about air: hot and cold. We had some crayons pasted on a black cardboard and with the help of a blow-dryer turtles melted the colors and watched how they spread in zig zag lines all over our cardboard. Your little ones are at a stage where they love to explore and discover things on their own, so you can imagine how happy they were to look out for treasures (magic coins) inside our sand box.  Today they made a quick review of the shapes by playing and pasting all the different shapes on the “Geo Tree” we made last week.

The yellow room is always full of surprises and our studets love their creativity class with Miss Cristy. This week they got to experiment with different textures and cool science experiments. One was the “Puffy paint” activity made out of red paint, shaving cream and white glue. After the mix was put together Miss Maricusa helped us by placing our “Puffy paint” mix in the microwave. Tiny Turtles blew on their paint so it would get cooler, and then with their fingers they made a nice painting on craft paper. Miss Cristy had a very special surprise for our class on Wednesday, a campfire! Children had the chance to roast marshmallows. Such a tasty treat! While sitting around the campfire and learning about heat and fire. This week our special project was the “Fall Tree” made out of construction paper, glue, paint and sponges, as well as glitter. Kids only used fall colors: red, orange, yellow and brown.

Physical development with Miss Mely is so much fun! Moving and dancing around, getting to play all sorts of different musical instruments like tambourines, maracas, etc. Since we are in the month of October, Miss Mely is teaching the kids some cool Halloween songs and videos, to introduce some of the Halloween concepts they’re going to learn next week. Turtles love to play with balls and today they got into pairs, sitting across each other with their legs open so they could roll the ball back and forth.

Books we loved this week: “Five little pumpkins”/ “Where is baby’s pumpkin”/ “Opposites”/ “Five little monsters”

Video of the week: – Super simple songs “Go away!”

Movie of the week: Winnie the Pooh “Seasons of giving”

This week’s vocabulary words were: Air-hot & cold – water –hard & soft (ice, water) (red. blue)/ Sand sift to find treasures and fire –blow candles/ Seasons (summer-fall)/ The Fall: Trees and leaves (colors: green, orange, red, yellow, brown)/ Sorting (shape and color review/ recognize and name)

Have a nice weekend!

Miss Judy and Miss Karen

 

 

Seasons and Fall-ing Leaves!

As the leaves start turning brown and falling to the ground this season, the Terrific Tigers got to experience the changes in weather at Toddler Tree.

Our themes this week were: Air: hot and cold. Water: soft and hard (ice). Sand (sift to find treasures). Fire: blow out candles. Seasons: winter, spring, summer, & fall. Fall: trees and leaves with the different colors (red, orange, yellow  and brown). Sorting: by shape and color, and recognizing how many, same and different.

The week began with fun activities to teach the kids the difference between hot and cold. Some of the highlights were during  our time in Exploration, where we melted crayons with hot air from a hair dryer and they were able to feel the hot air comming out!  They also really liked being able to touch and feel the ice in their hands and say : It is cold!  The kids also enjoyed working with sand to find  hidden treasures They were given a chance to “catch” falling leaves and sort them by size and color.  Finally, they were able to create “Fall” colors, using coffee filters and washable markes, (red, organge, yelllow, brown)  having them draw over the filters and then spraying water on it and watching the colors blend together.

Creativity Class was also about Fall and its colors. They saw the difference between hot (red color) and cold (blue color) They were thrilled making a campfire in the yellow room and roasting marshmallows on a stick with the help of their teachers. They worked for several days on the Autum Tree, creating leaves with different colors, and glitter. .

In Physical Education they have started listening to Halloween music, and working with the parachute, tamborines, hula hoops, and balls.  They pretended to be trees and watch the  leaves fall.

Story Time was all about Halloween! Books such as Trick or Treat, Dora, Trick or Treat, Little Critter, Peekaboo Halloween, Spooky Night, and Five Little Monsters were read to them.

Cooperative play is getting easier and easier as the weeks pass by! They are able to take turns and share most of the time. Activities done this week include Straws into containers, sorting different colored coins in to containers, building towers with blocks, threading big wooden pieces into strings, and pon-pons…

Thank you for helping out with our special leader activity: the Mystery Bag! They enjoy this part of the morning so much and they feel super special to get to show their classmates what they brought.

We are getting ready for Halloween and our up coming parade. You will get details further on. Please keep in mind that your child will need to use some kind of a costume for this special day!

We hope you have a nice and relaxing weeking with your little ones! See you next week!