Turkey Says: Gobble, Gobble!

Today one of our tiny turtles turned two, Gabo Fernandez! Gabo enjoyed his super kid at kinder, making his SK crown with Mr. Mike and getting a magic rocket ride! His mommy and daddy brought a surprise for everyone, some yummy cupcakes. Tiny turtles’ tummies were happy with this super tasty treat. Gabo, Miss Karen and I love you so much! We are happy to be your teachers and get to celebrate your birthday with you! We want to wish you all the best on this very special day! Hugs and kisses!

This week was all about introducing thanksgiving and various concepts related to this topic.

Our tiny turtles made some activities in Exploration time, related to the topics of the week. In order to roleplay when we dance the “five little Indians” song, we made an Indian headdress. They enjoyed making it , using glue and pasting some feathers, and spreading glitter on top as a finishing touch. Today they had a blast pretending to go “fishing” using some fish with magnets and a “fish pole”.

Miss Cristy’s creativity class, our turtles had a fun time playing with play dough and also starting their Indian headdress. This week they used crayons and also paint to decorate it.

Our thanksgiving party is just around the corner! Tiny turtles will get to experience a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, which will be on Wednesday November 25. Just send a thermos for your kids on Wednesday. We’ll send you a reminder a day before.

Books we loved this week: Sesame Street “Monsters can share”/”Indian two feet and his horse”/ “Who will help?”

Video of the week: Toddler Tree’s Thanksgiving celebration 2014

Movie of the week: Pocahontas

This week’s vocabulary words were: Introduce Thanksgiving – Sharing/ Pilgrim- Indian, introduce Christmas program/ Turkey – Christmas program practice / Hunt – Fish – Christmas program practice

Our topics for next week will be: Pilgrim – Indian/ Turkey – Fish review/ Thanksgiving celebration

No classes on Thursday Nov. 26 & Friday Nov. 27 (Thanksgiving break)

Have a good weekend!

Miss Judy & Miss Karen






November Week 3

Big Bears now understand what sharing and giving means. They all have been practicing how to share with their classmates and 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 Indian headdresses and handprints.

They learned both rhymes, “Gobble, Gobble” and “Just like that”. Try it at home!!

We visited Walmart on Thursday morning and our Big Bears were very happy and able to recognize, some fruits and veggies but their eyes really popped out when Ms. Maricusa showed them different types of fish and all the parts of an octopus! Thank you for coming to share these moments with us.

Next week we will be having a Thanksgiving celebration on Wednesday November 25th. We will be sharing food, being thankful and grateful. There will be no clases on Thursday November 26 and Friday 27th. We will be very happy to see you next Monday November 30th.

Big Bears are getting excited that Santa is coming soon!

Take care and have a great weekend!

Ms. Caya & Miss María Elena

Going to the Market!

The Tigers learned all about going to the market this week. They had lots of fun!

On Thursday, we went to visit  Wal Mart, where the kids explored and picked produce.  They were given cards with pictures of different fruits and vegetables and they had to go around this section of the store and look for the one they had in their cards, of course with the help of their mommys, daddys or grandmothers. Mrs. Maricusa also showed them some fish and a real octopus which got a lot of funny reactions!

This week has been all about Thanksgiving and explaining to them the meaning of sharing and taking care of each other. We have explained to them the real meaning of Thanksgiving celebration and they are able to identify the characters, such as indians, pilgrims and the activities they did together, such as hunting, fishing and farming. They love to role play being these charactes and they have also listened to different kinds of music related to this important celebration.

In Creativity Class they have been working on an Indian headdress and they also created Indian girls and Indian boys, using the palm of their hands and their fingers!

Our leaders this week have enjoyed bringing items in their surprise bag and they love to show what is inside them!

Next week is our official Thanksgiving celebration at Toddler Tree. On Wednesday, November 25th the Tigers will have many activities related to this important date and will be able to be a part of the traditional feast which includes turkey, mashed potatoes, corn, and of course, pumkin pie!  Thursday the 26th and Friday the 27th will be a Holiday, so our Toddler Tree kinder will be closed.

Enjoy your weekend with your beautiful little ones! We are looking forward in seeing you back in school on Monday!


Little Foodie Turtles

Dear Tiny Turtle Parents

We had a lot of fun learning about this week’s topics: everything about food!

In creativity class with Miss Cristy our students made a cornucopia using beans, rice, oatmeal and lentils. They loved to color rice with different colors using paint, and after that they were excited to sort it out by colors. Another activity that really amazed them was making corn tortillas; they loved using a “tortilla press” to shape the dough into flat rounds. Children are very interested in experiencing new textures, so it was no surprise when they were really focused on spaghetti painting activity, too.

In exploration time kiddos loved to play with plastic fruits, veggies, grains and protein. They pretended to go to the market, getting baskets to buy some groceries, a great activity to make a review of this month’s topics.

We would like to let you know of our supermarket visit, so tiny turtles can experience firsthand our harvest topics. This activity is planned for next week, we will give you more details within the next days. We would love to see you there!

Books we loved this week: “I will never not ever eat a tomato”/ The Berenstain Bears and “Too much junk food”/ “Who took the cookies from the cookie jar?”/ “Let’s eat!”/

Movie of the week: “Lady and the Tramp”

This week’s vocabulary words were: Pasta- spaghetti-oatmeal-porridge-peas-beans/ Tortillas-rice-crackers-cake-bread-peanuts/ Review fruits and vegetables/ Review proteins and grains/ Review all food

Our topics for next week will be: Introduce Thanksgiving – Sharing/ Pilgrim- Indian, introduce Christmas program/ Turkey – Christmas program practice / Hunt – Fish – Christmas program practice

There will be no classes on Monday November 16th, but we’ll see you all on Tuesday!

Have a great long weekend!

Miss Judy & Miss Karen

November Week 2

Big Bears learned that the tongue has a specific place for each taste. They learned that lemon taste sour, orange sweet and crackers salty.

tongue_mapThey also tried tortilla chips with corn and beans. They had a blast!

Please ask them to recite the rhyme “Gobble, Gobble”. They sure have fun performing it in class!

We will continue practicing sharing and being grateful. Let’s show our family, friends, and environment how much we appreciate them.

Remember next Monday November 16th there will be no classes due to the Mexican Revolution. We will be visiting the supermarket on Thursday, November 19th. More information coming soon.


Fruits, Vegetables, Proteins, Grains… food!

During this week our Terrific Tigers have continued talking about food. It is interesting to see how quickly they learn the names of the different types of food we have seen! It has been easy for us to identify which one is their favorite!

In order to reinforce this vocabulary, our students have been working hand on hand with certain items during Creativity Class. They finished a bean, lentil and oats cornucopia, feeling and mixing different textures in these ingredients. We also painted rice in different colors by placing rice in a a plastic bag and adding some alcohol and paint. Their favorite part was shaking the bags and seeing the rice turn a new color! To finish, we layed the colored rice out to dry.  Next, we worked with cooked spaghetti, stirring it around with paint and shaving cream and dumped this colored pasta on a piece of paper allowing it to dry. Having them see and feel these different kinds of food made it easier for them to learn the names of them. Our favorite activity was making tortillas! We made masa and pressed tortillas carefully cooking them on a griddle and finally eating them with butter and salt. Mmmmm…

During our Physical Education class our students have started to practice for our Christmas program festival! Having our little ones learn the steps to the music is done a long time in advance in order for them to learn them well!

Our Tigers have enjoyed listening to stories that are related to food and about sharing. Listening to music on these themes has also been a favorite for them!

We will have a short week since Monday, the 16th is a holiday! We are planning on visiting the supermarket next week, too. Information about this event will be provided to you shortly…

We wish you a long and restful weekend with your little ones at home. We are looking forward to seeing you again next week!

Ways to Raise a Thankful Child

Keep gifts reasonable. As tempting as it is to shower—or allow others to shower—your child with gifts, there are two important reasons not to. First, as children grow, it can be challenging to teach gratitude if they receive everything they ask for.

Secondly, a lot of gifts are overwhelming for small children. They can’t focus on or appreciate any one gift if they get so many. Often, they don’t even make it through opening all of them before they lose interest! Instead, you might suggest that family members choose 1 or 2 gifts for children. Explain that the fewer gifts, the more children will play with and appreciate them. If you are planning a large birthday party, consider asking close family members to bring gifts to a smaller event before the big one starts. For the big party, you might ask attendees to provide book donations for a local literacy programs or toys for disadvantaged children. This can be a good way to communicate the importance of giving and gratefulness.

Look for ways to be involved in community giving with your toddler. Between ages 2 and 3, you can begin to talk with your toddler about how he can help others who don’t have as much as he does. Look for opportunities with a clear connection between your child’s efforts and the recipients.  Good choices include:

  • Helping dogs/cats at your local shelter: We are playing with these dogs and cats who need lots of love and attention.
  • Collecting canned foods for a local food pantry: We are helping people who need more food. They will eat the food we bring. Our food will help them feel strong and healthy.
  • Collecting jackets, hats and mittens for a local children’s program: The jackets we bring will help other children, just like you, stay warm during the winter.

Show thankfulness to your children. It’s easy to forget, but important to do. Thank you for cooperating at the doctor’s office. Thank you for getting your jacket when I asked. Thank you for coming right away when I said it was time to leave the park; I know it was hard for you to get off the swing. Thank you for your hug—it made me feel so happy!

Prompt children to use thankful words. Thankfulness is a complex idea. It will be a while yet before your child truly “gets” it. But reminding children to say “please” and “thank you” (beginning at about 18 months) is a good start. Because it will take some time for them to learn when to use these words, you’ll probably be providing prompts for a while.

Read books about what it means to be thankful. Books help children make sense of new ideas. Keep in mind that your child’s understanding of a book at 14 months will be different than what she gets out of it at 35 months—another good reason to share these stories over time. As she grows, talk with her about the stories and pictures and explore what it means to be “thankful.” Some age-appropriate choices for children aged 12 to 36-month-old include:

  • Biscuit Is Thankful by Alyssa Satin Capucilli and Pat Schories

  • Little Critter: Just So Thankful  by Mercer Mayer

  • Feeling Thankful by Shelly Rotner

  • Thanksgiving Is for Giving Thanks by Margaret Sutherland

  • I’m Thankful Each Day by P.K. Hallninan

  • Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message by Jake Swamp

  • All the Places to Love by Patricia MacLachlan

Involve children in writing thank-you notes. While you can’t sit your young child down with a pen and a stack of cards, you can involve her in showing thanks in age-appropriate ways. Snap a photo of your baby or toddler playing with a new toy or wearing a new outfit and include it with your thank you note. Ask your toddler to draw a picture for the gift-giver and, again, include with your note. You can ask your toddler: Grampa got you a new truck. Do you like it? What do you like about it the best? Copy down your child’s words in the note you write. Toddlers can also be involved in sticking a stamp on the envelope and putting the note in the mailbox. Starting early makes this important tradition of gratitude an everyday part of children’s lives.

Start traditions for showing thanks. These traditions give children a lifetime memory of gratefulness and giving in the context of family. Some ideas:

  • Make a “what I am thankful for” tree. Use a paper towel tube for the trunk. Cut leaf shapes out of construction paper and write on each leaf something your child says he is thankful for. Glue the paper leaves onto the tube/trunk. Ideally, every family member who is old enough to participate should make a tree each year.

  • Begin dinnertime once a week with every family member saying something they are grateful for.

  • Instead of a birthday gifts, write your child an “appreciation letter” describing all the different ways your child has grown and changed that year, and all the things you love and appreciate about him.  These letters, beginning in each child’s first year, can be kept in a special binder in children’s rooms.

Think about what it means to be thankful in your family and culture. Share stories about gratefulness that are drawn from your family history, community and culture.

Fruits and Veggies!

We would like to thank all parents for coming to our Parent Teacher conferences. It was nice getting the chance to talk a little bit about the development of your child since their first day at kinder.

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 on this first week we covered fun themes like fruits, dairy and vegetables.

One of their favorite subjects is creativity class with Miss Cristy, and this week was full with great projects such as a “palm tree” made out of apples, bananas, and orange. On Tuesday they enjoyed the “milk explosion” and melted cheese sandwiches, a tasty way of learning about cheese and bread. They loved making the “garden vegetable printing” using a half of tomato, potato, onion and carrot.

Books we loved this week: “Yummy Yucky”/ “Eating the Alphabet”/ Elmo’s world: Food!”/ Dr. Seuss “Green eggs and ham”

Video of the week: Veggie Tales: Madame Blueberry/ Super simple songs: Do you like Broccoli Ice Cream?

This week’s vocabulary words were: 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.

Our topics for next week will be: Pasta- spaghetti-oatmeal-porridge-peas-beans/ Tortillas-rice-crackers-cake-bread-peanuts/ Review fruits and vegetables/ Review proteins and grains/ Review all food

Have a nice weekend!

Miss Judy and Miss Karen

November Week 1

We are learning the different types of fruits and veggies and how they should be incorporated in our nutrition. Our students had a chance to tell us which one was their favorite describing their shape and color. They had the opportunity to taste several vegetables.

Next week they will learn about proteins and grains, too. We will experience using the sense of touch so we can feel the shapes and textures. We will also begin presenting what Thanksgiving means: sharing, being grateful, and thankful. They will start learning a new rhyme called “Gobble, Gobble”

“Gobble, Gobble”

A turkey is a funny bird

His head goes wobble, wobble

He only knows one funny word:

Gobble, gobble, gobble

During creativity with Ms, Cristy, Big Bears had a great time using different senses such as tasting, feeling and smelling vegetables creating food art. They made and ate a fruit palm tree using bananas, orange and apple, and a veggie flower with celery, carrots and tomatoes! They had a lot of fun!

I want to thank my dearest Big Bear parents for attending to the Parent-Teacher conference and for being punctual. 🙂

Have a great weekend!

Ms. Caya & Miss María Elena

Hello November!

We have started our 11th month of the year! November arrived and our Terrific Tigers transitioned from Halloween topics to our Food theme! They have been very intersted in learning about different kids of food. Vocabulary words include: apple, banana, orange, lemon, milk, butter, cheese, yogurt, eggs, carrot, onion, potatoes, tomatoes, hamburger, lettuce, celery, brocolli, zucchini, chicken soup, strawberries, blueberries, watermelon, peaches, grapes, and fruit salad!

In our exploriation activities we have been seeing, feeling, smelling and even tasting some of the foods mentioned above! Our students were able to see the difference between real food and “play food”. It is interesting to see how some of them love to eat fruits and some of them prefer the stronger  flavors, such as cheese. Most of them were able to recognize by name  what most of these fruits and vegetables were by the end of the week.

Creativity Class has been so much fun for them! They also worked with real food and made interesting creations such as a palm tree using orange pieces on the bottom, a long slice of banana for the stem and apple slices for the leaves. The milk explosion was so much fun for them, too. Placing food coloring drops into milk and adding a drop or two of liquid detergent was very intersting for them to see how the color moved all by itself! They really liked to work on their own, especially when making their cheese grilled sandwiches. They enjoyed placing the cheese on the bread all by themselves. Veggie prints was one of their favorites too! Using the halves of potaotes, carrots, onions and tomatoes, they made the prints on white sheets of paper. Finally, making a veggie flower was part of our activities for this week. First they cleaned the carrots with a small brush and water and then they used a celery sick that was used as the stem and a small baby tomato in the center of the flower. Carrot slices were used as the petals.

Books read this week related to the food theme included “Baby Bop´s Food”, “Let´s Eat”! “Who Took the Cookies from the Cookie Jar?”, and “My Day”.

Eva, Andres, Victor, Emilia and Lilia Maria were the proud leaders this week and they were happy to bring special items from home to show and share with thier friends.

On Friday we had a blast with the celebration of Lilia María´s birthday party at Toddler Tree. Having Peppa Pig and George visit us was so much fun! Our Terrific Tigers, Tiny Turtles, and Big Bears a had a wonderful time during Lilia María´s special birthday celebration with her friends. Everything was delicious and very nice!

Next week we will continue talking about other kinds of food, such as pastas, bread, proteins, grains, and so on.

We hope you enjoy your weekend and spend lots of quality time together as a family!