Talking about the Family!

Dear Terrific Tigers Parents,

During this past week we talked about the Family and its members. The vocabulary words used during this week were: mother, father, brother, sister, baby, grandmother, and grandfather. We sang about our family using finger puppets to represent each family member. Some of them even mentioned who their brothers or sisters were. We used different types of hats and props to dress up as mother, father, grandfather and grandmother, the kids had a lot of fun dressing up as them.

During Creativity Class this week they worked on their family trees using different techniques and colors, such as yellow, green, and blue. They used their arm prints for the tree trunk, china paper for the leaves, and shape shaped sponges for our family members.

Books read this week included titles such as: My Mommy & I, Daddy & Me, Babies,! Who´s my Mommy? My Grandma & I, and My Grandpa!

Our Cooperative Play Time included activities such as making towers with blocks, separating the different colored chips into the containers, picking items out and placing them in ice cube trays, working on puzzles and using the peg boards.

Next week our theme will be the house and the different parts it has in it!

We hope you have a very pleasant weekend!

Sincerely,

Miss Sofi & Miss Maggie

Me and My Family!

Dear Parents

This week our main topic was “Me and My Family”, learning about mom, dad, sister, brother, baby, grandma and grandpa. Here are some fun activities we did during the week: Children had fun watching “The finger family song” video; trying to identify the different members of a family. Kids loved playing with toys and dolls. Also for exploration time tiny turtles enjoyed playing with chips and bottles with the purpose of stimulating and developing their fine motor skills. Finally using different type of balls for their sensory skills.

In creativity class we made our “family” project, using sponges with different shapes: dad as a rectangle, mom as a oval, brother as a square, sister as a triangle and baby as a circle. Turtles had a blast working with paint and sponges, they keep getting better and better every day. Also, we worked with some colored ice cubes painting on craft paper.They love to explore different materials! Finally, we used some shaving cream on the tables and allowed the kids to play and explore with the foam.

Physical development is the time of the day to practice our gross motor skills. We practiced marching and throwing a ball, sitting down in a circle and passing the ball, jumping and rolling.

Have a great weekend!

Our topics for next week will be: Introduce house: kitchen/ Bedroom – bathroom/ Living room –dining room/ Review home

Miss Nadia

If You’re Happy and You Know It, Clap Your Hands!!

During the week we experienced lots of emotions, starting with happy, sad, angry, sleepy and finally laughing.

We implemented different emotions with fun games and activities, making it easy for the students to learn.

At this age children are very visual, this is why at the beginning of the week we played with different pictures of facial emotions. The objective was for them to identify and sort according to the emotion: happy or sad. For angry, we had an amazing science experiment were they had to discover the emotion of the monster, after that we practiced fine motor skills using some markers so they could draw their own facial expressions on the mirror. Finally, we introduced a laughing monster with which they learned how to make the monster laugh.

In physical development with Ms. Mely they enjoyed the song, “If You’re Happy and You Know It”.

Art was incredibly fun and sensory. We reinforced the topic of feelings and worked with each one accordingly, using different colors, materials and techniques.

For the topic sad we used the droppers with blue paint simulating tears.

For angry, they stamped with red paint pretending they were angry, for sleepy we used purple paint, feathers and cotton balls, finally for happy they got messy with foam and yellow paint, which is always a lot of fun.

Next week we will be starting with family members.

The Busy Bees are enjoying and learning more and more every day.

Have a great weekend!

Ms. Dany & Ms. Roby

All about Emotions!

This week the Terrific Tigers have been adapting more and more to Toddler Tree life. We are amazed by how engaged they are now able to remain throughout the school day! Their favorite classes are definitely circle time, teacher time and story time. It is wonderful having their undivided attention and being able to see their expressions of amazement, curiosity and joy as we go about our school day!

This past week was all about learning emotions, we covered: happy, sad, angry and anxious! Being able to identify emotions is the first stepping stone to a healthy Emotional intelligence. In the coming weeks/months we will be working on identifying these emotions both in ourselves and others, discussing how they feel and what we can do when we feel them. The biggest misconception about emotions is to think that one has to “control” them, emotions should never be controlled, they need to be regulated. Impulses on the other hand, those we need to learn to control. :)

Art was a huge highlight this week as we worked on our fantastic puppets project that Miss. Dany our art director prepared for us in which we created a puppet for each emotion! This involved painting with shaving cream and paint with our hands, painting with feathers and cotton balls and painting with pippets!

Our leaders of the week were Camila, Tico, Cata, Cacho! They are carefully getting the hang of this new activity/responsibility and growing to like it more and more each day!

We are very much looking forward to go into next week!! Have a great weekend, everybody!

Miss Sofi & Miss Maggie

If You’re Happy and You Know It!

This week our main topic was feelings. We reviewed these concepts by doing different activities). Our students also enjoyed learning about different feelings using colors that identify each one of them (Red for angry, blue sad, orange for surprised, purple for sleepy, yellow for happy, green for sick.)

In creativity, this week we worked with pompoms & water colors… they really enjoyed exploring the materials. Also turtles played with a color sorting box, we cut holes in the box with different colors, and the kids found and placed the balls inside them. We had a blast with this activity! Also they practiced their fine motor skills playing with a box and popsicles where they put the sticks inside the box. Finally, we made a Mexican flag using red and green paper. They really enjoyed working with glue.

In physical development with Miss Mely, turtles are learning how to march, and follow instructions in a fun way. Another activity we did this week to develop their gross motor skills was kicking a ball, and surprisingly they were really good at it! Playing and dancing “Conga” with the maracas was a highlight and the kids are beginning to enjoy the ive minutes prior to leaving our physical development class where everybody gets to lay down and relax. Miss Mely helps them stretch their arms and legs to get to cool off.

Our topics for next week will be: Mom & Dad/ Sister, brother and baby/ Grandma and Grandpa/ Family review.

Have a lovely weekend!

Miss Nadia

September Week 1

Thank you for attending Open House.We really enjoyed meeting you and seeing the very creative ideas you came up with for your child’s mystery bag!
All your children were very excited to receive the “Mystery Bag”. It will be used as a “show and tell” activity for whoever is the leader or super kid of the day. The Mystery Bag will be sent home a day prior to the assigned date for you child to be the leader. This way, your child can share and talk about the things inside during our morning routine!
Next week we will be talking about feelings. They will tell us when they feel happy, sad, angry, sleepy, etc.

The rhymes we have been practicing are:
Give Me Five
Eyes are watching
Ears are listening
Mouth is quiet
Hands are to myself
And heart is caring!

The Tree
Tree trunk at the bottom
Leaves at the top
Apples falling off the tree
Plop,plop,plop

Don t forget that hugging is a great medicine !
Have a fun weekend !!!
Ms. Caya and Miss Karen

Very Busy, Busy Bees!

This week has been one of learning for the Busy Bees. We have been talking about body parts. Some vocabulary words like hands, tummy, feet, shoulders, head, toes, eyes, mouth etc, have been reviewed daily with fun activities and games, which makes it easy for them to learn. We used different images so they could actually see and relate to the different parts of their body.

Exploration was a block where they got to experience feet sensory play with pasta. It was so much fun!

They enjoyed Ms. Mely’s songs like “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” as well as, “One Fine Face” this was because they had the opportunity to dance and reinforce the concepts at the same time.

Ms. Dany traced their silhouettes, and after we had the chance to draw some parts of the body. They also worked on fine motor skills by pasting different materials, coloring and cutting the weekly project.

During story time everyone remained seated… it’s amazing how much they have come to like it.

Next week we will be starting with the basic emotions such as happy, sad, angry and sleepy.

We are proud and happy our Busy Bees are having so much fun with all the morning activities!

Have a wonderful weekend.

Ms. Roby

 

My Body Parts!

We have finished week #4! Time sure goes by quickly when we are enjoying ourselves so much!

On Monday we had  our Open House at Toddler Tree, where the Terrific Tigers’ parents were able to visit the classroom and learn all about what we do during our school day! It was a great pleasure to meet and greet all of those who were able to make it, and we want to thank you for making the effort!

This week we talked about their body parts. Vocabulary words such as hand, face, shoulders, tummy, feet, toes, legs, knees, and items related to their bodies, such as clothes (socks & shoes) were seen during the morning. We also talked about the different feelings they can have, such as being happy, sad, angry, sleepy, sick or surprised!

During creativity we worked on a life size silhouette week long project that helped us review each of their body parts! They particularly enjoyed making their foot and hand prints and were super excited to finally take their art work home today to share with you!

Happy weekend and stay safe! :)

Miss. Sofi & Miss. Maggie (Margarita)

Hello September!

This week our main topics were body parts and feelings. We reviewed these concepts through different activities: first, the body parts song. The kids are dancing more and more every day. Our students also enjoyed learning about different feelings using colors that identify each one of them (Red for angry, blue for sad, orange for surprised, purple for sleepy, yellow for happy and green for sick). They also played with sensory gel bags and with the sensory board exploring different textures. During exploration time the kids enjoyed playing with different types of balls as well as with the cars and trucks.

In creativity time, children worked with paint. The activity named “no messy paint” was a complete success! We used a taped bag over construction paper so they could move the paint with their fingers creating a work of art. Also, this week they worked with crayons, coloring a plate with red crayons that was used to make an angry face. Kiddos are at an age where they love to explore and discover things on their own, and they’re just doing that!

In physical development with Miss Mely, Turtles are learning how to march, and follow instructions in a fun way; they are starting to get a hold of the “Listen and Move” song and the “One Little Finger”, practicing the body parts. Another activity we did this week to develop their gross motor skills was kicking a ball and five minutes prior to leaving our PD (physical development) class everybody gets to lay down and relax.

Kids are having so much fun!

Have a nice weekend

Miss Nadia & Co.

Open House

Dear Parents,

We would like to invite you to our Open House for the 2017-2018 school year. It is only for parents to attend. You will get to know the teachers and staff that will be working with your children throughout the school year and get to see a little more about their learning environment. This event takes around 45 minutes, so each group will come at a specific date and time. Please check below:

Monday, September 4

Big Bears 7:30pm

Terrific Tigers 8:00pm

Wednesday, September 6

Busy Bees 7:30pm

Tiny Turtles 8:00pm

We look forward to seeing you there!

Sincerely,

Mr. Mike