The Haunted House of the Busy Bees!!

During this week, we have been preparing everyone for Halloween… and everyone has really been enjoying themselves. Vocabulary words such as haunted house, trick or treat, candy, ghost, goblin, makeup, costumes, have been reviewed daily.

Using our Jack O Lantern baskets, we simulated a trick or treat day. It was fun to have the students ask for candy. We also played with Miss. Cristy’s costumes, which gave our students the opportunity to feel how would it be on Halloween night.

Activities enjoyed by them to reinforce these concepts included: A sensory spider web box, which they had to put their had inside and look for skeleton bones and plastic spiders. We also played with a green spaghetti sensory box it was so much fun and we had a ghost cup ball toss.

For art, they practiced their fine motor skills using scissors, markers, shaving cream and glue. The kids really enjoyed gluing paper squares to the candy corn as well as reviewing the different Halloween colors.

Books read to them this week include titles such as: Tick or Treat, Little Critter, Who’s there in Halloween, and Spooky Nights.

On Thursday we used face paint for them to get used to Halloween night and they were very exited!

Last but not least, on Friday we had a super kid! We celebrated Sofia´s birthday, together with her parents. We sang happy birthday and ate Snow Whites cupcakes.

As you can see, our busy bees have many great activities prepared for them everyday! It is a privilege to be able to be part of your child´s learning.

Don´t forget we have our Disney Halloween Parade on October 31st.

Miss Dany & Miss Roby

 

Trick or Treat, Trick or Treat, Give Me Something Good to Eat!

Halloween is finally here! We had a fun and exciting week with a spooky Halloween theme. Our topics this week were hunted house, trick or treat, costumes and review Halloween. Tiny Turtles are learning very fast and beginning to repeat many words… we are very happy to see them coming along so well!

Kids loved practicing their motor skills during exploration time, working with balls, with the sensory board and making some towers with blocks. Also, we worked with spaghetti sensory play and kiddos have so much fun experiencing new textures.

During creativity time, Turtles made a ghost using cotton balls. We cut out a ghost template, added some glue and pasted the cotton balls to make the ghost. They really enjoy creating art projects. They are making a candy corn using sponges and yellow, orange and white paint, as well.

In physical development kids enjoyed wearing costumes and watching the “Knock, Knock, Trick or Treat”. Every time we hear super simple Halloween songs our Turtles pay a lot of attention, they love to see cartoons singing and dancing various Halloween songs. They are dancing more and more every day, too!

 

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 puffy paint ghost in Creativity Class. They also really enjoyed playing with goblin and ghost brains (shaving cream and green dyed pasta).

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 Tuesday 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!

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 misplaced at the end of the day.

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

Halloween is coming!

Halloween is coming!! This is why during the week we learned about it.

Vocabulary words such as pumpkin, cat, witch, hat, bat, jack o lantern and spider, have been reviewed during the school week.

They all learned it really fast since we have been reading Halloween books, and working on activities related to the topic. We even created a bubbly green witch potion using different materials. It was fun to have the students pour all of these into the potion.

We also played with Miss Cristy´s big fluffy spider which they really enjoyed. They had the opportunity to both touch it and sing different nursery rhymes: “Itsy Bitsy Spider” as well as “Five Creepy Spiders”.

Activities enjoyed by them to reinforce these concepts include: pasting orange stickers to a pumpkin drawing, handprints to make bony skeletons, coloring and using paint.

They also practiced their fine motor skills making pumpkin prints in art! We cut apples in half and with orange paint they made pumpkin prints. We also used string and purple paint for them to make a spider web. Some of the books we read to them this week included titles such as: “Plumply Dumply Pumpkin” and “Mrs. Broom!”. Its wonderful to see how much they like Story Time.

As you can see, the Busy Bees are enjoying all the fun activities prepared for them everyday!

Have a great weekend!

Ms. Dany & Ms. Roby

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 making teeny tiny ghosts using lollipops and coffee filters to role-play along with our book about the Teeny Tiny Ghost. They love to role-play!

Halloween vocabulary words include cat, witch, ghost, spider, pumpkin, jack-o-lantern, haunted house, costumes and make-up.

Creativity Class is one of their favorites and this week they were quite busy: they made a pumpkin stamps using apple prints. They also made mummies using masking tape on black cardboard paper! Miss Maggie and I cut out a mummy shape and then we pasted eyes on it! Last but not least, they also made a skeleton using their hands prints to make the skeletons white body and added q-tips to represent the bones!

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, everywhere, 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 Tuesday, the 31st with a costume! :)

 

Say BOO and Scary On!

Happy Friday everyone! Tiny Turtles enjoyed learning all about Halloween, pumpkin, witch, cat, and spider. 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. We had a lot of fun playing with the blocks, shakers, as well as with all the Halloween stuff.. kiddos had so much fun playing with funky eyeglasses , Jack o lantern and spiders. Turtles are growing fast! They are dancing more and more everyday and getting into the routine.

In Creativity, we had a very busy week with 2 projects: a pumpkin using apple stamps with orange paint and a white hand print where they pasted Q-tips to simulate skeleton bones. They liked the experience of feeling the brush in their hands.

Physical development with Miss Mely is always an exciting time for our tiny students. They get a chance to express themselves through music, dance and physical activities. 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. 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 absolutely love this song!

We would like to remind you of our Disney Halloween catwalk! It will be held at Toddler Tree kinder on Tuesday October 31st at 10:30 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.

Have a great weekend! Hope to see you here!

Miss Nadia, Mariana and Martha

October Week 3

This week we focused on Halloween characters, such as friendly cats, witches, ghost and goblins, spiders, bats and Haunted House.They had the opportunity to roll play as if they were each one. They also love to learn and recite poems,rhymes,and songs.

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!

Big Bears are excited about the “Disney Halloween Parade! We inform you that it will be on October Tuesday 31st.

It is so enriching to see when Big Bears learn new things and how they help each other. We are all friends and proud to be Big Bears!
Have a great weekend!

Ms. Caya & Miss Karen

Fall is Here!

This was a week full of fun and learning!!

We started the week learning about different lines, zigzag and straight lines. For this topic we had an activity where they played with toy cars and the roads were straight lines and zigzag lines, they enjoyed it so much.

We also reviewed shapes with a song from “Super Simple Songs” they had to look on the floor for some shapes around the classroom and stand on the correct one, according to the song.

We also learned about trees and leaves. They traced falling leaves and also pasted them on top of the tree trunk. This was an activity that required concentration and spatial orientation.

They really enjoyed circle time because Mr. Mike had an activity were each one of them had the opportunity to throw leaves to the sky and at the same time practice the different colors.

For art class, their fine motor skills were needed to color, spray water, stamp and cut.

Finally story time has been so much fun! The kids love to see and touch the different props we prepare for each story.

Have a great weekend.

Miss Dany and Miss Roby

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). To review lines we painted with yarn and to explore halloween we made halloween prints of ghost’s, bats, witches, pumpkins and cats!

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!

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 crayons 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, too.

Big Bears practiced this Fall rhyme:

” See the Leaves

falling down

to the ground

without a sound!”

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

Have a great weekend!

Ms. Caya & Karen