Thankful Big Bears!

  • This week, the Big Bears understood what sharing and giving means. They all have been practicing how to share with their classmates and are very enthusiastic about being thankful, too.

The whole week was full of excitement and experiences. As we learned our objectives, during Creativity the kiddos made Indian headdresses. They wore them during our Thanksgiving Feast and were so excited about it. This celebration was a blast for the Big Bears! They had a viewing of the buffet table and shared delicious dishes.

They also learned a rhyme, “Gobble, Gobble” and sang and danced to the “ Ten Little Indians”. You should try it at home!

We want to remind you that we won’t have classes next week as we celebrate the Mexican Revolution and Thanksgiving Holidays.

Classes will resume on Monday, November 26.

Please make sure all of your child’s sweaters and jackets are labeled to avoid mix-ups.

Enjoy your child these days and get ready for our winter program.

Take care and have a great week!

I Like To Eat!

This week, we learned about the different types of fruits and veggies and how they should be incorporated in our nutrition. Our students had a chance to tell us which one was their favorite fruit describing their shape and color. They also had the opportunity to smell several vegetables.

The Big Bears had a blast during our HEB visit! We learned about fruits, vegetables, meat, seafood.They also loved decorating a cupcake at the HEB bakery! So fun!

The kids really enjoyed visiting the grocery store with their parents! A special thanks to all the parents who were there.

This week we also introduced Thanksgiving. During Circle Time, we learned how to do “The Turkey Hop” and the concept that thanksgiving is for giving thanks. It means: sharing, being grateful, and thankful.

We also showed the kids a video about the different foods we will be having during our Thanksgiving Feast. They saw turkey, mashed potatoes, carrots, corn, biscuits, cranberries, yams and pumpkin pie.

They are also learning a rhyme called “Turkey, Turkey”

Turkey, Turkey

“A turkey is a funny bird

His head goes wobble, wobble

He only knows one word:

Gobble, gobble, gobble”

Next Wednesday, November 14th, we will have our Thanksgiving Feast. Please remember there is no need to send lunch. There will be plenty of food for our kiddos.

Have a great weekend!

Welcome November!

This week, we reviewed Halloween characters and songs. We practice several rhymes such as “Pumpkin, Pumpkin”, “Go Away”, “Skeleton Dance” and many more!

Big Bears were excited all week waiting for the big Halloween celebration! The “Vintage Halloween Party” was a blast! It was full of wonderful moments. The kids did a great job! We love you, Big Bears!

Next week, the Big Bears will start learning about fruits, vegetables and dairy products.

As you may already know, we will be visiting H-E-B (Humberto Lobo) next Wednesday, November 7th at 9:00am. It is very important that all children be accompanied by a parent. We will start at 9:15a.m. so we kindly ask you to be at H-E-B at 9:00am.
Once we conclude our visit, you can bring the kids back to Toddler Tree where we will resume our normal activities.

Now that the weather is getting cold, we would like to remind you to please make sure all your child´s sweaters and jackets are labeled to avoid mix-ups!

HOPE YOU HAVE AN AWESOME WEEKEND!

Countdown to Halloween

This week we focused on Halloween characters, such as friendly ghosts and goblins, spiders, and we explored the Haunted House.

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!”

We also learned:

“Trick – or – Treat
Trick – or – Treat
Bring Me Something GOOD To EAT !” 🙂

Big Bears had fun making a spider cookie! As soon as they saw the Oreo cookies, pretzel sticks, m&m´s, and Nutella their eyes opened wide and they said “May we eat it?”.

They really enjoyed decorating a real pumpkin using different materials too.

The kids are so excited about the “VINTAGE HALLOWEEN PARTY” that will take place next Wednesday, October 31st.

Here are a few reminders:

1. Kids arrival time is at 9:00am, please do not send lunch boxes, only a ba to collect goodies. If you send treats for classmates, please label who it is from. It saves a lot of time in passing out candies.
2. Admission for the 10:30am parade will be 2 people per family.
3. Parking is limited (consider Uber).
4. Please leave the kinder without entering the classrooms. This is to avoid disturbing the children.
5. If it rains, the parade will be held for students only.

Have a great weekend!

Ms. Caya & Miss Karen

I’m Not Afraid!

This week we focused on learning about Halloween characters, such as friendly cats, witches, pumpkins, Jack o Lanterns, spiders, bats and a Haunted House.

Also, the Big Bears have been practicing a new song:

Jack-o-Lantern

Jack o Lantern, Jack o Lantern
very funny,very funny
two big eyes, two big eyes
I’m not afraid

Jack o Lantern, Jack o Lantern
very funny, very funny
one big nose, one big nose
I’m not afraid

Jack o Lantern, Jack o Lantern
very funny, very funny
one big mouth, one big mouth
I’m not afraid

Jack o Lantern, Jack o Lantern
very funny, very funny
three ugly teeth, three ugly teeth
I’m not afraid.

During Creativity, the Big Bears get really excited to learn new concepts through art. We had so much making a spider and a bat. They also enjoyed going over the seasons.

Next Week, we will continue learning more concepts related to Halloween. It will be an exciting week filled with surprises!

The kids are so excited about the “Vintage Halloween Party”. Do they have costumes yet? We’re excited for them, too.

Have a great weekend!

Columbus, Columbus…

We hope you enjoyed listening to our Big Bears singing Columbus, Columbus! We are glad to see how they are improving their comprehension and fluency, overall, building up their confidence and self-esteem.

The Big Bears were very excited to discover during Science, how hot air (hair dryer) can melt an ice cube. All of them, were amazed to see how a solid can become liquid.

During Creativity, they dipped their fingers into warm red color and drew different shapes. The blue color represented cold, so they used frozen blue paint to draw.

The Bears love Physical development! They enjoy doing different activities, games and movements using several instruments or props.

Next week, they will continue learning about the different seasons and the main colors of Fall. Big Bears will practice this Fall rhyme:

” See the Leaves

falling down

to the ground

without a sound!”

On Wednesday October 31st, we will have our Vintage Halloween Party. Please remember to send for your children something to put together their sweets in (like a bag or basket). In case you want to send treats for their classmates, there are 11 Kids in the group (5 Girls and 6 Boys).

Friendly Reminder- Please help your child collect some different types of leaves and send them to us for next week. We will be working on a project that involves the use of leaves. Thank you!

Have a great weekend!

Shaping Up!

This week we had the opportunity to learn about shapes using different materials. The 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 learned to identify shapes around us like a circle (clock), a triangle (slice of pizza) and squares (picture frames).

During Creativity, we wanted to teach the kids about Christopher Columbus, so we made a ship using different shapes and colors. Then, to review the shapes, they matched some foamy shapes to the ones on the ship.

During Physical Development, the Big Bears reviewed shapes by finding different shapes around the gym. They also used Hula hoops to reinforce “circle”.

Next week we we will talk about lines, colors and Columbus day. Our kiddos have been practicing a new song and each one will take turns in front of their peers and repeat it. The song goes like this:

“Columbus, Columbus

He sailed across the sea

And landed in America in 1492

La Niña, La Pinta y La Santa Maria!”

As you may already know, on Wednesday October 31st, we will be having our “Vintage Halloween” party and parade. Start looking for costumes so your child can participate. Try to find simple costumes for their own comfort. If possible, use make up instead of a 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.

Have a great weekend!

Mime Time!

This week, we reviewed body parts, family members, school items and identified different feelings. This Wednesday, Sept.26th we had a really fun day because we had a Mime visit Toddler Tree. During the show, we had several kids expressing feelings and imitating the mime. They all were amazed by the Mime’s presentation. He showed thems some really cool tricks.

We also practiced our new rhyme “The Tree.” Each child takes their turn saying the rhyme in front of their peers and sometimes they even act while they say it. We love observing how each day they learn new things!

Next week we will continue learning shapes, lines and colors. The Big Bears will also have the opportunity to review different objects and relate them to a specific shape and/or color.

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

Have a great weekend!

We Are Family!

This week, we enjoyed learning about our family and the activities each family member performs.

Some of the kids were able to give specific names to each member of their family and others role played using dolls, hats, glasses etc.

Next week, we will discover the different parts of the house and learn new vocabulary words.

We will also have a special visit next Wednesday, September 26th. Our friend, the Mime will help us review feelings and emotions in a fun and creative way.

Have a great weekend!

Nice To Know You!

Hello Parents,

Thank you so much for attending our Open House! We really enjoyed meeting you and seeing the very creative ideas you came up with for the “Mystery Bags.” All your kids were very excited to receive them. The “Mystery Bag” will be used as a “show and tell” activity for whoever is the leader or super kid of the day.

This is how it works: The bag will be sent home with your child a day prior to the assigned date when he or she will be the leader. At home, they can choose one toy and one book and put them in the bag to bring to school. This way, your child can share and talk about the things inside it during our morning routine!

Next week, we will be talking about feelings and how they can be expressed through colors, body postures, facial expressions, etc. We are so excited to get into full swing with these topics, as your children get to learn more about themselves and their families.

The rhyme we have been practicing is:

The Tree

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

Don’t forget that hugs are a great medicine!

Have a fun weekend,
Ms. Caya and Miss Karen