Shapes, Lines & Colors!

This week our Terrific Tigers continued working on the different shapes they see every day in their classroom. They are now very familiarized with circles, triangles, squares, rectangles, ovals, diamonds, &  hearts. It is amazing to watch them identify the shape onto the big poster of shapes and place them in the correct place! We also talked about lines and had them walk on a straight line during Physical Education and introduced colors to them.

During Exploration Time our Tigers had lots of fun! We did some sponge painting using the sponges previously cut out in the shapes of squares. They had to dip the squared-shapped sponges into the paint and press down on a white sheet of paper!  They also enjoyed unwrapping different shapes. They had a big selection of shapes wrapped in aluminium foil and they got excited taking the foil away in order to discover what shape they had  found! Another day, we used these same shapes, but they worked on sorting them by color and by figures. They had to place the same kind of shapes together. One of their favorites was working with food coloring and water. In order to reinforce the concept of colors, we had small containers of water and our students placed several drops of food coloring and they actually saw how the color of the water changed right before them! After this, they placed some mini marshmallows into these mixtures and after a few minutes, took the marshmallow out and they were able to see how the marshmallows turned from white to a different color, such as red, yellow, green and blue! Finally, they were able to “taste the shapes” since they were provided with snacks in the forms of the shapes: grapes for ovals, cookies for circles, crackers for rectangles, pieces of cheeese for triangles, and  pieces of apple for squares. They also enjoyed playing Bingo with the Shapes Box.

Physical Education Class was full of interesting music on shapes and they started to listen to music related to Halloween,,,,their favorite!

We have started reading books related to Halloween themes, and they seem to enjoy it very much! Some of them are able to tell us what costumes they will use for Halloween this year! Books such as Clifford´s First Halloween, Happy Halloween Biscuit, What is Halloween?, Halloween Treats, Halloween Jack, and Trick or Treat were read to them during this week.

We continue to be amazed on how much fun it is for them to bring their suprise bag and show their classmates what they have in it! They feel so special having this activity!

Next week we will be talking about hot and cold water (ice) air, sifting sand, blowing out the candles, seasons, talking about the actual  season (fall) and the leaves we can find (green, orange, yellow and brown.) Finally, we will see how sorting is done (by shape and color) and  review words such as   how many, same and diffeent.

We are proud to mention that 3 more of our students have succesfully learned how to use the potty and are no longer wearing diapers! We are always glad to help out with this important transicion in your child´s life!

 

All About Shapes!

Today was a special day, Tiny Turtles classroom celebrated Andrea’s birthday! Andrea turns two tomorrow, but she had her super kid celebration, crown and rocket ride today. Andrea’s mommy brought tasty cupcakes to share with her friends, and you could see happy faces everywhere.                                                                                                     Andrea you’re a very sweet girl, we love you so much and we want to wish you a very happy birthday!

This week our main topics were about shapes: square, rectangle, oval, lines and colors. We introduced these topics through different activities such as sponge painting for the square shape, pasting ovals on a big oval using different materials and textures. On Tuesday we had an exploration activity called “Mining for shapes”, a sensory tipe of experience where turtles had the chance to role play and pretend their miners looking for shapes. We used two boxes filled with black beans and different foamy shapes wrapped in aluminum foil, each of them got a strainer to help them explore the boxes. They looked so cute wearing their miners headband! In order to teach your little ones about colors we had a little science experiment. We had 7 clear cups filled with hot water, each of those cups represented a color: Red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple. Kids dropped a candy (m&m’s, skittles, jolly rangers) inside the cup and watched the water turn the color of the candy. Today’s exploration activity had everyone participating and having fun, we made a “Geo tree” out of brown construction paper and kids pasted foamy shapes on it. Lots of fun and different ways of learning about the shapes found all around us!

 

Our creativity class helped reinforce these topics with cool projects that also help develop their fine motor skills. Kiddos made 3 projects this week: circle, triangle, rectangle and square. Turtles made some circles using paper rolls and paint on a white paper, the paper rolls were used as a tool to make a print. A print of a rectangle was made using a styrofoam cut out and for the square shape we used a special cutting machine. Tongue suppressors and glue were used to make triangles. On Friday’s kids enjoy play-doh time, today was no exception, and they also got some shape cookie cutters, rollers, etc.

Physical development is always an exciting class, Miss Mely showed us a very special video “Skeleton dance” and children loved it! Dancing and shaking their bones! Another song that they really like is “The Scarecrow”, jiggling and moving all around. Tiny Turtles worked on their gross motor skills by throwing balls through hula hoops and also walking on a straight line and zig-zagging around cones.

Books we loved this week: Blue’s Clues “The Shapes Detective”/ “Clifford’s first Halloween”/ “Halloween Bugs”/ “Halloween treats”/ “Pumpkin faces”

Video of the week: Super simple songs “Skeleton dance”

Movie of the week: “The sword in the stone”

This week’s vocabulary words were: Square/ Rectangle/ Oval/ Lines and colors introduction/ Review all shapes.

Our topics for next week will be: 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

October Week 1

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

During creativity with Ms. Cristy we traced a clown using different shapes and colors.The final activity was to match foamy shapes with clown figure.  We introduced lines such as zigzag, straight, curve and slant. During gym with Ms. Melissa Big Bears enjoyed walking with maracas doing different types of lines.

Last week we also practiced the rhyme: The tree. We also learned a new song “Columbus, Columbus” where each one took turns and in front of their peers they repeated it. You should have seen their faces as they were singing it. The rhyme goes like this:

“Columbus, Columbus

He sailed across the see

And landed in America in 1492

La Niña, La Pinta y La Santa Maria!”

As you all know on Thursday October 29, we will celebrate Halloween with a party and parade. 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 possiblem, use make up instead of mask so it won’t obstruct their sight.

Finally, please send different color and types of leaves. You might look in your own garden or at the park. We want them yo know the main colors of Fall/Autumn besides the rest of the seasons.

Have a great weekend!

Ms. Caya & Miss María Elena

September Week 5

We´re very happy to know that Big Bears are getting to know our classroom rules and activities. They are becoming better at following instructions, too.

During this week we reviewed body parts, family members, school items and identified different feelings.

In our creativity class with Ms. Cristy we enjoyed putting a house together and making family members. We also had fun making a “Circle Shape Pizza” where they poured cheese and pepperoni on real crust and put it inside a mini oven. You should have seen their faces! They were repeating: “Yummy, yummy in my tummy!”.

At the end of this week we also practiced circle and triangle making shapes with play-doh.

Next week we will continue learning the rest of the shapes, lines and colors. Big Bears will also have the opportunity to review different objects and relate them to a specific shape and/or color.  We live in a shape and line world!

We will also talk and practice short songs and role play “Christopher Columbus”.

Have a great weekend

Ms. Caya and Miss María Elena

Introducing Shapes!

During this week, we reviewed the concepts that our Terrific Tigers had been learning during the month of September: My School, My Home, & Me, Myself, & I. It was amazing to see how many vocabulary words they learned and were able to use! To reinforce these concepts, our Tigers helped the teacher take out the basic items found in school box and named each one of them. They also love to touch and feel everything around them! Our students were very happy to make their  yellow school bus, using saltine crackers, spreadable American Cheese, Chex Mix Squares and Oreo cookies. They enjoyed eating most  of their school bus!

We have also started to introduce some of the basic shapes to our students during the final days of this week. Shapes such as circle and triangle were seen.  The class was shown real objects found in our home in the form of circles: a mirror, a ball, medals, a plastic glass, a paper plate, toys, etc. They enjoyed viewing all of these items with a circular shape. Tigers also made a pizza in order to review shapes: pepperoni circles and triangle slices. They loved creating their own pizzas and watching them bake in the oven. Of course, trying them was their favorite part!

In Creativity Class we have been practicing using scissors, learning the skill “open-close”. We worked on and finished a house with family members in it, and reviewing the basic shapes in this family (triangle, circle, square and oval for mother, father and baby). Using play doh is always fun for them and they played with it making shapes using special cookie cutters, too.

Having a book being read to them daily is very entertaining for them and we are happy watch them remain sitting down during this moment. They love to look at the pictures of the book! The surprise bag is always a time for guessing what is in it before the leader actually shows everybody what he/she brought!

Next week we will continue to talk about the shapes, including words such as square, rectangle, oval, lines and colors. Many interesting activities are planned for them during their stay with us in the mornings!

We wish you have a very pleasant weekend enjoying your family-time together!

Bye Bye September, Hello October!

 

Dear Parents:

A new month has just begun and with it comes a new season: Fall. October will be packed with fun activities and topics, we’re especially looking forward to our Halloween party.

In our exploration class we learned about the different items we can find inside a school box. Kids loved to play with the big play house, the family dolls and our big yellow bus. On Thursday Turtles played with cars & ramps and peek a blocks. Today your little ones got to play with a shapes puzzle and the krinkles box.

This week our Creativity class with Miss Cristy was all about making a review of our main topics of September and starting off October. Tiny Turtles practiced their cutting skills using scissors and pink and brown crayons to trace some circles and make some up & down as well as side to side movements on a white paper. Our main project was “My House & Family” where we made a house out of cardboard and construction paper. They painted the house as well as cut and pasted the windows and door. To portray their family each child got three tongue suppressors and some foamy to make their dad, mom and themselves.  This month is all about shapes, seasons and Halloween, so we’ve already started learning about the different shapes that surround us, we started with: “circle” and “triangle”. Kids loved playing with play-doh and cookie cutters, making all sorts of shapes.

Miss Mely’s class, Physical development, taught us fun and different ways to learn about shapes. We marched with colors, had lots of fun with the obstacle course and tunnel. To learn about “circle” we danced around and made exercises with hula hoops and marched around the circle on our gym’s carpet. Today they loved to walk on the balance beams that were arranged to form a triangle.

This was definitely a fun Friday, Tiny Turtles had pizza at snack time! Everyone helped in the process, spreading tomato sauce on pita bread, then shredding cheese and spreading it all over, and then adding some pepperoni on top. Miss Cristy and Miss Maricusa helped by placing the pizzas in the oven and slicing them into triangles. Our students were excited to try their “kindermade” pizza, such a yummy snack and a different way of learning about shapes.

Books we loved this week: “My schoolbag”/ “Elmo goes to school”/ “Violet’s house”/ “Clifford’s school house”.

Video of the week: Baby Newton “Shapes” and Dora the Explorer: “Backpack”.

This week’s vocabulary words were:

Our topics for next week will be: Square/ Rectangle/ Oval/ Lines and colors introduction/ Review all shapes.

 

Have a nice weekend!

Miss Judy and Miss Karen