Preparing for our Christmas Show!

We have been talking about Christmas and everything related to this very special season! Vocabulary words that we have been reviewing include gifts, giving, toys, elves, Santa´s workshop, sleigh, and train.

For each one of these vocabulary words we have been relating them in our classroom. During Exploration Class they were able to build their very own miniature gingerbread house, Bake and decorate Christmas sugar cookies. Lastly we also had the opportunity to wrap some gifts while we explained that this is a season of giving and that Santa brings toys to the boys and girls who behave themselves! Most of them were able to tell us what they would like Santa to bring them: trains, cars, swings & dolls were some of the items mentioned.

When we talked about elves, or Santa´s helpers, our Terrific Tigers got dressed up as elves and they were happy to pretend to be one of them! They enjoyed “helping” Santa prepare all the toys!  We got to see a little part of the wonderful movie: ”Mickeys Christmas Spectacular” which is a beautiful movie related to this Christmas time!

During Creativity Class they have been busy making their very own Santa, Reindeer, Penguin and have started working on a very special Christmas gift they are making especially for you!

Physical Development has been all about practicing and rehearsing for this special presentation we will have on Monday.They are excited about presenting for you and have been dancing and dancing!

Stories that have been read to them this week include titles, such as Christmas Lights, Merry Christmas Mom and Dad, Mickey Mouse Santa´s Helper, Santa´s sleigh, My Santa Claus, Little Critter Christmas Book, Ho, Ho, Ho, Wee Mouse,&Christmas Day. Emilia was our leader on Thursday and she also brought books to read related to Christmas!

The highlight of this week was when Santa came to Toddler Tree and visited the groups before having their picture taken with him. Our Terrific Tigers looked so nice with their special outfits, which were used for this special picture.

We are looking forward to having our Christmas Festival on Monday, December 11th at Candy Gum . (Plaza San Pedro) Our little ones have been practicing very much and will be so happy to be able to perform for you!

Santa Claus is Coming to Town!

This week was all about practice, practice, and practice for our Christmas program during physical development. Children danced to the beat of the songs and put on their best dance moves. Tiny Turtles are working hard and they’re very excited to show mommy and daddy their Christmas show.

This week Turtles also worked on Christmas gifts for you. They enjoyed using paint and experiencing new activities.

On Thursday we had a very special guest from the North Pole at Toddler Tree, Santa Claus! The kids were excited to meet him and they had their picture taken with him as well. Also, your little ones sent letters to Santa with some Christmas wishes.

Next Monday Dec. 11th will be our Christmas Toy Stories presentation at Candy Gum Party Place. Please send your child with jeans/leggings and turtle neck.

We would like to remind you that the best way you can support your child is by avoiding distractions (calling out their name, looking for him/her behind the set, waving, etc). That way you allow him/her the chance to perform what they have practiced. We hope you enjoy the show!

 

Post-Thanksgiving Post

We are happy to have you back! During this week we started working with Christmas decorations. Big Bears had a great time using their fine motor skills. Also, they are also practicing with Miss Mely for the Christmas Program and are eager to show you!

Everyday when our students arrive to school they tell us what they asked for Christmas and how Santa is always watching them. Next week, Santa will visit us and the kids will have the opportunity to put their wishes in his mailbox and take a picture with him!

We will continue preparing for our “Toy Stories Winter Festival” which will be presented for parents and grandparents at Candy Gum Party Place on Monday December 11.

Thank you dear Big Bear Parents for coming to the parent-teacher conference.

A quick reminder: please remember to label all jackets and sweaters to avoid mix ups.

All I want for Christmas is You!

Bees Busy have been enjoying learning about Christmas. This week was so much fun for them!

In exploration we made a mask of Santa which we used afterwards for story time. We also had a sensory box simulating snow.

For Creativity, they played with white cotton balls and they created a Santa Claus. Everyone did a great job painting the whole plate that simulated Santa’s face and gluing patiently the cotton balls in a strait line for Santa’s hat. Finally they pasted the eyes next to each other. They really liked this art project.

In physical development kids enjoyed practicing some Christmas songs as well as the song for the Christmas festival. They are getting into it more and more every day.

Finally, for story time, everyone was so quiet and interested, paying attention to the different books we read in class. Reading about Santa Claus, his elves and reindeer as well as playing with the different props was so much excitement. Everyone wanted to be Santa Claus.

Santa Claus is Coming to Town!

This week was all about practice, practice, and practice for our Christmas program during physical development. Children danced to the beat of the songs and put on their best dance moves. Tiny Turtles are working hard on it and they’re very excited to show mommy and daddy their Christmas show.

For exploration time turtles played with cars and balls and also the review the topic of the day with our bulletin board, kids love our Santa and his reindeer.

During art kids were super exited with the art projects they made a paper plate Santa, they used a plate, peach color and red paint and cotton simulating the beard. Kiddos really enjoyed using paint and brushes; they are getting more and more interested for art every time.

Kids enjoyed story time a lot; we saw books related to the season, like “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” and “My Santa Claus”.

Vocabulary words: Gifts-Giving/ Toys-Elves/Santa’s workshop and sleigh/ Train- Polar Express/ Review Christmas vocabulary

Our topics for next week will be: Wreath/ Christmas program/ Chimney-Fireplace/ Stockings/ Cookies-Candy Cane-Candy

Discovering The Magic of Christmas!

We have started the last and most wonderful month of the year….December!

This last week of November and first week of December we dove right into the Christmas spirit. We introduced the kids to all the famous characters like Santa Claus, Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph.

One of the favorite exploration activities was building and decorating our very own gingerbread house!!  They had so much fun  putting the pieces together with frosting and decorating with lots of different candies!

In Creativity Class we had fun working with Christmas colors painting our very own Santa Clause, painting our Christmas Sun-catchers and personalizing our snowmen that were put up in our bulletin board!

In physical development our main focus was on practicing for the Christmas program. You may have noticed your children singing to these special Christmas tunes or even dancing at home! They have done a great job practicing and are now getting a hang of how to dance in a group!

Our vocabulary words for this week include Christmas, Santa´s toy land, Christmas tree, ornaments, star, angel, reindeer and stockings.

Our story time has included books related to this special holiday! Books that have been read to them are: Merry Christmas Boots, The First Christmas, Santa´s Toy  Shop, Little Christmas Efl, The Talking Christmas Tree, Winnie the Pooh & the Christmas Tree, The Golden Christmas Tree, The Night Before Christmas, Santa´s Sleigh, and Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer.

Cooperative Play has been lots of fun! We have been role-playing and acting out like Santa, elves, and explaining what a Christmas tree means, what the star on top of the tree ia all about and who the reindeers are and why our famous Rudolph the red nosed reindeer is so special!

Next week we will continue to talk about Christmas related vocabulary words and all the magic around this wonderful holiday!

I am thankful for my little loves ones!

The Busy Bees learned all about Thanksgiving!!..

Vocabulary words include: Turkey, pilgrim, Indian, hunt, fish and thanksgiving.

The kids enjoyed our exploration activities this week. On Monday we played with some turkeys made with paper bags. The next day we brought fish for them to try, it was interesting how some of the kids tried it and liked it!!.

As our creative project of the week, we worked to create a cornucopia and the fruits that go in it, using materials such as paint, beans, lentils, apple prints, carrot prints, and bubble wrap.

We had a Thanksgiving celebration where everyone had a blast. The Bees dressed up as pilgrims and wore a paper drum around their neck, which they had made the previous day.

They all had the opportunity to see, smell and taste different kinds of Thanksgiving dishes, such as turkey, corn, cranberries, mashed potatoes and carrots. After lunch they all played together, the older ones with the younger ones. It was great to see how they all take care of each other.

Finally we had some activities prepared for them related to the theme celebration: the fishing game, paste the wings to the turkey, drum circle and hot potato game. They had so much fun!

Little Turkey

This week was all about introducing Thanksgiving and various concepts related to this topic.  In order to role play when we danced the “Five Little Indians” song, turtles made an Indian headdress. They enjoyed making it , using glue and pasting some feathers. Also, they had a blast pretending to go “fishing” using some fish with magnets and a “fish pole”.

In creativity class, our turtles had a fun time with play dough.This week they used crayons and also paint to decorate it. Also they made an Indian hand print; they use purple, red, orange and yellow paint for the feathers. They experienced new materials by using markers on a coffee filter and then they sprayed water, and the colors started to mix, they loved it!

On Wednesday we had our Thanksgiving celebration and it was filled with fun, games and happy faces! Tiny turtles loved the Thanksgiving buffet: corn, turkey, cranberries, gravy, mashed potatoes and sweet potatoes. Everything was delicious, and the kiddos enjoyed their tasty meal very much.

Mr. Mike dressed up as a pilgrim and Miss Mely as an Indian. After our yummy snack, we had some fun Thanksgiving games: pasting the feather on the turkey,  fishing, and dancing around like indians with some music instruments.