Under the Sea….

We have continued talking about sea animals this week. Vocabulary words seen are: octopus, jellyfish, crab, lobster, starfish, seahorse, and mermaid.  They have listened to interesting information about these sea creatures, and Mr. Mike has showed them several videos on these animals! They have all seemed very interested in them…

During Creativity Class they have made bubble wrap jellyfish, which they placed on their blue paper they colored last week. They were very happy to make and use their own crab head bands and make a nice starfish as well.

We have been busy practicing for our Festival which will be on June 10th.  They are getting better at it every day!

Stories read this week include: Backyardigans, Deep Sea Count Down, One Fish, Tow Fish, Sea Creatures, My Under the Sea Pop-Up Book, Ten Friendly Fish,  The Little Mermaid, Dora Saves Mermaid Kingdom, Under the Sea, & Animals in the Ocean.

Our happy leaders for this week were Lilia María, Eduardo, Andrés, Lázaro and Emilia.

Next week we will start taking about summer and everything that includes this special season. We hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Under the Sea!

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This week was our last one with the sea animals theme, and the topics were: Octopus, jellyfish, crab, lobster, star fish, seahorse, mermaid and sea animals overall review.

Exploration time was filled with different and fun activities such as: Peg boards, plush sea animals, inflatable fish box, duplos, peek a blocks, and go fish with magnets.

In creativity time with Miss Cristy children loved their “Under the sea” poster. The white cardboard painted blue with spaghetti the previous week was the one used for this poster. On it they got to the task of making sea animals. They made an “octopus” (pasting googly eyes and sequins on tentacles), a “Shark” (cutting and pasting some shark teeth), a “Starfish” (making and pasting orange & yellow balls of mache paper) and a bank of fish. Turtles loved making their “Crab headband”, they all looked so cute! So much fun! Children love this kind of activities!

We had a little bit of role play involved this week, with the theme of “Crab” we took them to the gym and pretended to “walk like a crab” and to get some inspiration for it we watched a video called “Crab dance video” you can watch it with your kids on Youtube.

Have a nice weekend!

Miss Judy and Miss Karen.

Books we loved this week: “Nemo’s Birthday”/ “Little Crab” (Finger puppet book)/ “Finding Nemo”/ “Dora Saves the Mermaid Kingdom”.

Movie of the week: “The Little Mermaid”

Video of the week: “Henry the Octopus” by The Wiggles

Vocabulary words: Octopus – Jellyfish/ Crab – Lobster/ Starfish – Seahorse/ Mermaid/ Sea Animals Review

Next week vocabulary words: Introduce Summer/ Sun- Sand- Sea/ Fun at the Beach- Sunglasses- Sunscreen/ Shovel – Pail- Castle/ Snorkeling- Swimsuit- Surfing


Sea Life

Tiny turtles are now learning about water animals! We changed our bulletin board to portray sea life and some of the animals that we could find under the sea. Kids are super excited with this theme. This week they learned about fish, shark, whale, and dolphin.

Exploration time was such a great experience for your kids, they we’re happily pleased and surprised with the activities we made. For example, free play with inflatable fish, , sensory box with kinetic sand and plastic sea animals, and sea shell prints with play dough (fine motor skills).

In creativity time with Miss Cristy children got to enjoy some free play with sea animal cutters and play dough, making all kinds of sea creatures. Turtles started a sea project made of a white cardboard which they painted blue using spaghetti and foam. Kiddos love it when they get the chance to make an animal, and this week was no exception. They made a super cute whale using paint, rollers, and then pasted some googly eyes and pipe cleaners to make the whale’s spout.  Our little students know how to put their hands together to resemble a fish, and move their hands from side to side like a “fish”, so they were so happy to make a fish project.

Turtles love to watch videos about the vocabulary words and themes they’re learning, and this week we showed them: “Baby Shark”, “Baby Beluga” and  “Dolphins videos”. This is great for the little ones because they get to name and identify the sea animals they’re learning at the moment.

We want to share with you the video of “Baby Shark”, kids really enjoy it!

Have a nice weekend!

Books we loved this week: “Nemo Fish School”/ “Sharks”/ “Underwater ABC”/ “From Whales to Snails”/ “Dora at the Beach”

Movie of the week: “Finding Nemo”

Video of the week: “Baby Shark” by Music for Children

Vocabulary words: Introduce Water Animals- Fish/ Shark/ Whale/ Dolphin/ Under the Sea

Next week vocabulary words: Octopus – Jellyfish/ Crab – Lobster/ Starfish – Seahorse/ Mermaid/ Sea Animals Review



May Week 3

This week we learned about different sea animals and their habitat. Our students had the opportunity to “live” under the sea. Each one expressed what sea animal they would like to be! It was fun to hear why the kids would be like their animal. We passed around different inflatable sea animals.

During creativity with Ms. Cristy, we enjoyed spaghetti painting in order to make an ocean. Big Bears also made a school of fish, a whale and a shark.

We have been so proud of Big Bears throughout this year! They have been learning new rhymes and practicing all the ones they learned during their time at Toddler Tree.

Sea Creatures

We are continuing talking about animals, but now we started talking about animals in the ocean! Our students have loved these animals as well! The Terrific Tigers were fascinated this week learning all about sea creatures. They  can now identify a  fish, a whale, a shark, and a dolphin.

In Creativity the kids really enjoyed painting blue on poster board, simulating the ocean.  This project involved painting blue with foam, blue paint and spaghetti. Students also practiced their fine motor skills using training scissors to cut triangles out of styrofoam in order to make shark teeth and finished making their own shark. They also were happy to make a whale using egg cartons, pipe cleaners and stamped paper.

During circle time, Mr. Mike showed the Tigers many different sea animals. The kids really liked the song “Once I Caught a Fish Alive.” They enjoyed watching several videos of dolphins.

In Physical Development, the kids had fun dancing, swimming and bobbing like many of the sea creatures. They really liked dancing to “The Baby Shark” song. They also had a lot of fun dancing and stretching to “Baby Beluga.” We are also getting ready for our Festival coming up on June 10th.

Stories we read this week are: Under the Sea, Flip, Flap Ocean, Sea Creatures, The Very Silly Shark, Backyardigan´s Deep Sea Countdown, My Under the Sea Pop up Book, Mr. McGee Goes to Sea, and The Underwater Alphabet Book.

During Exploration, the kids got to play with inflatable ocean animals, plush sea animal puppets and they loved to “Go Fishing” using wooden sticks with magnets. Fish were placed on the floor with magnets and they had to trap the fish using these magnets on the wooden sticks. They had lots of fun!

Our leaders for this week were Federico, Eva, David, Victor and Gabriel.

Next week we will continue talking about other sea animals! We hope you enjoy your weekend!


Summer Camp 2016

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As in previous years, this summer we will be offering a six week Summer Camp for children up to age 8. This year all activities are based on the Pirates and Princesses theme. Kids are grouped by age levels and will be rotating through centers for active music, story telling and dramatization, creative arts and crafts, circle time, snack and outdoor play. For further information on dates, schedules and costs, please call 8356-8344 & 8356-8330 from Mon-Fri 8:00am to 2:00pm and Mon-Thurs 3:00pm-5:00pm.

It´s a Jungle Out There!

This was our second week talking about wild animals, which we can find in a jungle or in a zoo. They have been fascinated by them! They have been really interested in learning more and more about these beautiful animals. Vocabulary words seen this week include: crocodile, tiger, kangaroo, bear, rhinoceros and hippopotamus.

This week was special for the Terrific Tigers because one of the days was dedicated to learning all about tigers.  They especially enjoyed perfecting their roar.

During Creativity Class, the kids enjoyed gluing pieces of different materials to create a rainforest. They have been working on all the material they worked with last week in order to create a cool rain forest.

During Physical Development, the Tigers have also been perfecting their choreography for the program we will be having in June. They are getting really good at it. We also introduced them to songs like “Animal Action I and II”, “Elephants Have Wrinkles”, “Going to the Zoo”, among others.

During Exploration Time our Tigers worked on wild animal puzzles, plush puppets, and played a lot with toy animals.

Stories read to them include topics related to this weeks’ theme. Such books are: Jungle Jeep, Put Me in the Zoo, Jungle Day, Where’s my Teddy? , and Curious George Visits the Zoo.

Our happy leaders for this week were Gabo, Lilia María, Andrés, Lázaro and Emilia. We were so happy and excited to celebrate birthday # 3 for Andrés Velez on Wednesday, May 11th and Emilia Jaime, on Friday, May 13th. We love to see them grow and enjoy their birthday celebration with their moms and dads and Mr. Mike´s special birthday crown. They love sharing cupcakes with their classmates.

We are  looking forward to next week when we will be teaching the Terrific Tigers all about sea animals and the ocean.

“It’s a Zoo out Here!”

Last week of jungle animals!  Tiny turtles learned: crocodile, tiger, kangaroo, bear and rhinoceros. They enjoyed this theme a lot, always imitating the animal sounds and loving the books that had pictures of them in it.

In exploration time kids had fun with the sensory box with grains, plastic grass and plastic jungle animals. Making towers with duplos is always a big hit, as well as the peek a blocks that have little figures inside and turtles love to identify them. Tiny turtles were happy to play with our jungle plush animals and with the “tower of zoo” toy with a ball.

In creativity time with Miss Cristy continued their “Jungle” project, kids colored their jungle using green and blue crayons & markers. They had a blast making a zebra, giraffe, lion, bird, monkey and crocodile; they used different techniques and materials to make them.

We want to thank you all for your presents, gifts and your appreciation towards us. We feel very blessed to be involved in your child’s education and to get the amazing opportunity of watching their growth day by day. We love being teachers and we want to thank you for entrusting us with the most important and invaluable treasure of all: Your kids!

Books we loved this week: “Jungle Day”/ “In the Jungle”/ “My Jungle Pop-Up Book”/ “Polar Bears don’t swing in the jungle”.

Movies of the week: “Peter Pan”

Vocabulary words: Crocodile/ Tiger/ Kangaroo/ Bear/ Hipo/ Rhinoceros

Next week vocabulary words: Introduce Water Animals- Fish/ Shark/ Whale/ Dolphin/ Under the Sea



May Week 2

Our Big Bears started learning about different jungle and zoo animals. This new theme has made us practice and learn animal actions and sounds. During physical development, we have been pretending we are in the jungle/zoo. The Big Bears love to sing and act: “Elephants Have Wrinkles, Five Little Monkeys, Going to the Zoo, and roleplay many more songs. You should see their little faces expressing lots of excitement and happiness!

Also, during this week, at Toddler Tree made a special gift with lots of love and creativity. We thank Mrs. Maricusa and Ms. Cristy who were in charge of the production.

Also, the Big Bears class would like to share a poem with you.

I love Mommy

Yes I do!

Mommy loves me

Very much, too!

In Creativity class, Big Bears have been using different techniques and materials reinforcing their gross and fine motor skills. We have been practicing and learning new language patterns such as: It´s mine, It´s yours, It´s empty, It´s full, and many other opposites. We are so proud of our enthusiastic “Big Bears” because each day throughout the year they have been demonstrating their energy and skills to keep trying to acquire new abilities.

Next week we will introduce water animals and all the wonderful species that live under the sea. They will have fun through several activities such as magnet fishing, sea creature exploration and many more.

May Week 1

Big Bears had fun learning about jungle and zoo animals; how each one has something special! Knowing that even though they all live in the same environment their habitats and characteristics are different.

During creativity with Ms. Cristy they enjoyed making a jungle collage. They are making many jungle animals using different techniques and materials. They are also working really hard making their “Mother´s Day” gift.

In Mr. Mike´s Circle time, Big Bears were very enthusiastic role playing different situations like wearing masks or pretending being in the jungle imitating different sounds and movements.

We have been practicing for the end of the year program called “It´s a Zoo”. Big Bears are really excited singing and dancing to the songs.