I Love Fall!

Tiny Turtles learned about fun and interesting topics such as: Lines and colors, seasons, colors of the fall (orange, brown, red and yellow) and a review of shapes and colors all around us.

In exploration time we made a very cool “science” experiment to teach the kids about We had some crayons pasted on a white cardboard and with the help of a hair blow-dryer turtles melted the colors and watched how they spread in zig zag lines all over our cardboard. Your little ones are at a stage where they love to explore and discover things on their own, so you can imagine how happy they were to look out for treasures (magic coins) inside our sand box. Today they made a quick review of the shapes by playing and pasting all the different shapes in our “shapes board”. Also they explored and played with different types of leaves… so much fun!

Creativity time is always full with surprises and kiddos love and enjoy their art. This week they got to experiment with different textures. They used some shapes sponges and paint to stamp craft paper. For fall this week they used the cookie cutters and some fall colors: orange, yellow and brown, and they printed on craft paper, too.

Physical development with Miss Mely is so much fun, moving and dancing around. Since we are in the month of October Miss Mely is teaching the kids some cool Halloween songs and videos, to introduce some of the Halloween concepts they’re going to learn next week.

Our topics for next week will be: Cat – witch/ Ghost –Goblin/ Spider/ Haunted house/ Costumes & makeup

Have a nice weekend!

Miss Nadia, Mariana and Martha

 

 

Shapes!

This week our Terrific Tigers began working on the different shapes they see every day in their classroom. They are now very familiarized with circles, triangles, squares, rectangles, ovals, diamonds, stars & hearts. It is amazing to watch them identify the shape onto the big poster of shapes and place them in the correct place!

During Exploration Time our Tigers had lots of fun! We did some sponge painting using the sponges previously cut out in circles to make a caterpillar. They had to dip the circle-shaped 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 we worked on by sorting them by their color and figure. They had to place the same kind of shapes together. 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 cheese for triangles, and pieces of apple for squares. They also enjoyed making their “shapes pizzas” during creativity to reinforce all of the shapes!

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

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 Five Little Monsters were read to them during this week.

Next week we will be talking about lines and autumn colors, 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 different.

We hope you have an amazing weekend!

Miss. Sofi and Miss. Maggie

Shapes, Lines & Colors!

This week our Terrific Tigers began working on the different shapes they see every day in their classroom. They are now very familiarized with circles, triangles, squares, rectangles, ovals, diamonds, stars & hearts. It is amazing to watch them identify the shape onto the big poster of shapes and place them in the correct place!

During Exploration Time our Tigers had lots of fun! We did some sponge painting using the sponges previously cut out in circles to make a caterpillar. They had to dip the circle-shaped 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 we worked on by sorting them by their color and figure. 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 making and eating pizzas to reinforce the circle and triangle shape!

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

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 Five Little Monsters were read to them during this week.

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 different.

We hope you have an amazing weekend!

Miss. Sofi and Mrs. Martha

Busy bees… Can You See a Circle?

During this week, we have been talking about shapes, which they really enjoy. Vocabulary words such as circle, triangle, square, rectangle, oval, mouse, and pumpkin have been reviewed daily. It was easy for Bees to understand and learn this topic since we have been talking, singing, reading books related to it, watching videos, and drawing all shapes everyday.

Using our magic pointer was fun to have the students name the different shapes we would find in our classroom. We also played with Mr. Mike’s shapes which gave our students the opportunity to look for hidden shapes around the classroom.

Activities enjoyed by them to reinforce these concepts include: Drawing in the chalkboard different shapes, tracing them, matching the outline with the shape and writing practice using shaving cream!

For art, they practiced their fine motor skills creating a pizza using a paper plate for the crust, and gluing a circle for pepperonis, a triangle for the ham, rectangle for the cheese, squares for the peppers, and ovals for the olives. The kids had a blast putting together their pizzas with the different ingredients as well as reviewing the shapes!

Books read to them this week include titles such as: The Itsy Bitsy Pumpkin by Sanja Rescek, The Shape Detective by Angela C. Santomero, The House That Jack Haunted! By Pamela Conn Beall, Mouse´s First Halloweed by Lauren

Thompson and Five Little Pumpkins by Dan Yaccarino, they really enjoy this period of the day.

On Friday we had a super kid! We celebrated David Treviño ´s birthday, together with his parents. We sang happy birthday and eat paw patrol 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.

Miss Roby

 

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 has no corners. A triangle has three straight sides and a square has four sides and four 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 we painted a pizza using different shapes and colors.The final activity was to match foamy shapes with the pizza figure. During gym with Ms. Mely, Big Bears enjoyed shaking maracas, moving to the music.

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 repeated it. You should have seen their faces as they were singing it! The song goes like this:

“Columbus, Columbus,Columbus,Columbus

He sailed across the sea

And landed in America in 1492

La Niña, La Pinta y La Santa Maria!”

As you all know on Tuesday October 31, 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 possible, use make up instead of mask so it won’t obstruct their sight.

Finally, please help your child collect and send leaves (different shapes and colors). You might look in your own garden or at the park. We want them to know the main colors of Fall/Autumn besides reviewing the rest of the seasons.

Have a great weekend!

Ms. Caya & Miss Karen

A Vintage Halloween

What was your favorite childhood Halloween costume? Do you make costumes for your kids? You can find a large variety of Halloween costumes available at stores in your neighborhood. However, homemade costumes can be more original and fun, especially if you involve your children in creating them. Here are some crafty and cute costume ideas to make for your kiddo this Halloween…

All About Shapes

This week was a special… our Tiny Turtles class has three new friends! Victor, Martina and Jose Luis. We are very happy to have them and wish for them to feel safe and quickly adapted in our classroom.  This week our main topics were about shapes: square, rectangle, oval, lines and colors. We introduced these topics using the board and flashcards to introduce the shapes. Kiddos can now begin to identify them.

Our creativity class helped reinforce these topics with cool projects that also helped develop their fine motor skills. Kids played with foam and they had so much fun making circles, triangles, rectangles and squares. Also, we played with pompoms, sorting by colors they really enjoyed this activity. Fridays are usually play-doh days, and today was no exception. We got to work with tools like 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.

This week’s vocabulary words were: Square/ Rectangle/ Oval/ Circle/ Triangle / Review all shapes.

Our topics for next week will be: Seasons (summer-fall)/ The Fall: Trees and leaves (colors: green, orange, red, yellow, brown)/ Color review/ Review Shapes.

Have a nice weekend!

Miss Nadia

 

 

 

 

 

Busy bees around the house

This week, we prepared a lot of activities to learn about the different parts of the house, kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, dinning room and living room.

They had fun during Exploration, playing with a big toy house where they experienced the parts of the house, as well as some objects we use in every room. We also prepared some cloud dough, a sensory and entertaining activity where they learned about the materials and some tools to prepare it.

During story time everyone was very focused. We read books like “Willy The Worm”, “Violet´s House” and “Where are you going”. For the story “Willy The Worm” we used some puppets, which they enjoyed so much.

During creativity we worked on our fine motor skills using glitter, glue, crayons, watercolors and paint for the drawings of the different rooms of the house.

Finally, for physical development we rolled on the cushions and danced to songs like, “We Are Family” and “The Bathroom song” from Super Simple Songs. Parents, you can play it for them, they really liked it!!…

Miss Dany and Miss Roby

Our House and the Rooms in It!

Dear Parents,

This week our Terrific Tigers explored different rooms that we find in a house, as well as talking about the furniture and items you can find in each room. We talked about the kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, living and dining room. Pictures, books, video clips and posters were shown to them  to reinforce the concepts.  Our students pretended to be chefs, and we made “beef and Nutella taquitos” out of play dough. They also pretended to be sleeping on a bed, rolling off their bed (to their favorite song “Ten in the Bed” from Super Simple Songs) , sitting in a living room and eating at a dining room! They love to pretend!

We took a tour inside “Willie Worm´s” house to look for baby worm, who was lost. We saw all the different rooms found inside a house until they finally found baby worm! Books such as Breakfast Time, My House, I Am Not Going To Get Up Today, Pooh´s Tree House, Be my Friend, Goodnight Dragon, and Violet´s House were read during Story Time.

In Creativity Class they have been working on a craft house project! We colored some rooms with chubby crayons, glue and glitter, and the kitchen was actually painted using a fork! We have also been working on tracing our names with stickers. All great activities that fortify their visual perception and fine motor skills setting the framework for their developing writing skills!

During our Cooperative Play time, the kids enjoyed inserting straws into containers, making towers and patterns with blocks, picking out items and placing them in ice-cube containers, as well as working on puzzles. They are getting really good at working together as a group!

It is always so much fun watching our leader of the day walk into our classroom with his or her special mystery bag and show us what they have in it! They feel really special when it is their turn to show the whole classroom what they brought from home.

Next week we will be talking about shapes and learning to identify and differentiate between them.

Sincerely,

Miss. Sofi

My House

This week, Tiny Turtles learned all about their house: kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, living room and dining room. We took the kids outside so they could play with the kitchen and also with the playhouse. They enjoyed hiding inside, opening and closing the windows as well as pretending to cook. Children had a blast playing with a big doll house and learning about the different rooms inside a house. Turtles had a big box full of furniture and they learned with items belong to each room of the house, too. Kids also played with a box with halls and they enjoyed moving balls around the halls. They are getting more into the routine every day!

In creativity class we used the stamping circles of different colors and the kids enjoyed exploring them. Also we used some sponges of different sizes and with different paint colors and the kiddos would stamp on a paper… they loved it! Turtles also made a pumpkin using sponges and orange paint- they had a blast! We covered the wall with craft paper, and the kids painted standing up so they could have more space. Children like to experiment and try new things; anything that involves a little bit of a mess is perfectly fine with them!

Physical development class with Miss Mely is all about developing your kids motor gross skills. This week children played with the parachute and they had so much fun! Tiny turtles are learning some “Listen and Move” action songs and they get to practice daily how to march around the classroom. Miss Mely plays some fun songs to get everybody moving around and shaking their body following simple steps and instructions.

This week’s vocabulary words were: Introduce house: kitchen/ Bedroom – bathroom/ Living room –dining room/ Review home

Sincerely,

Miss Nadia