Welcome To Our Jungle!

We were very happy to see our Big Bears back with us after vacation! On Tuesday, We had a very exciting Children´s Day Party. The Big Bears were involved in different activities: choosing and having their face or arm painted, watching and participating in the Disney puppet show, hitting the piñata, and having a great snack.. They enjoyed every moment!

Our Big Bears started learning about different jungle and zoo animals. This new theme has made us practice and learn new movements and sounds.

During Physical Development, we have been pretending we are in the jungle / zoo. Our kids love to sing and act: “Elephants Have Wrinkles”, “Five Little Monkeys”, “Going to the Zoo”, and role-play many other songs. You should see their little faces expressing lots of excitement and happiness!

In Creativity class, the Big Bears have been making different animals using different techniques and materials. We are always looking to reinforce their fine motor skills.

We also will be practicing and learning new language patterns such as: “It´s mine”, “It´s yours”, “It´s empty”, “It´s full”, and many other opposites.

Next week we will continue learning about more animals.

Have a fun weekend and enjoy your child!

Easter Bunny!

Wow! This week was an exciting adventure for the Big Bears! Besides reviewing Easter vocabulary, they painted eggs, filled them with confetti and had an exciting and marvelous Easter Party and Parade!! You can imagine how their minds were wondering prior to that special day.

They also learned ” One ,Two Buckle My Shoe ” rhyme:

1 , 2 buckle my shoe
3, 4 shut the door
5 , 6 pick up sticks
7 , 8 lay them straight
9 , 10 a big fat hen !

We thank you for coming and participating with your child! As you could see, they had an amazing time. We saw many happy faces and the kids had so much fun doing different activities!

Everyone brought lovely decorated vehicles and enjoyed the fun games outside! Thank you, parents for all your efforts in helping your kids decorate. They all looked great!

We hope you enjoy the Spring Break vacation.

As soon as we’re back on Monday April 29, we will start focusing on Jungle animals.

If you have time, try to read to your child!

Have a nice and safe Easter Holiday!

Hopping Around!

The Big Bears are getting ready for our Easter Parade! It will take place on Wednesday, April 10th at 9:45am in the Colonia Sierra Madre Park.

Thank you for bringing eggshells! Next Monday, the kids will be working with some white eggshells by painting and filling them with confetti, so they can be used for the Easter egg hunt.

The Big Bears had a lot of fun doing different activities such as wearing bunny ears and role playing to the Bunny Hop. They also enjoyed weaving baskets, playing hide and seek, and rabbit races while carrying carrots. They also did a science experiment using magnets. Big Bears were impressed with it.

During Circle Time, Mr. Mike made the Big Bears role play several Bunny activities. They had lots of fun singing,dancing, and playing.

They also learned the following song:

“Easter Rabbit, Easter Rabbit,

Here he comes, here he comes,

Hiding easter eggs, hiding easter eggs,

Oh what fun, oh what fun!”

Have a nice weekend!

We’re on Our Way To Grandpa’s Farm…

This week, the Big Bears have been earning new things about the farm.

Some of the vocabulary words were: farm, cow, horse, sheep, pig, mud, rooster, hen, chicks, ducks.

During Circle Time, the Big Bears learned new songs such as: The Cow Named Lola and Bartolito The Rooster. 

During Creativity, the kids enjoyed working on their week long project: Grandpa’s Farm.

They made several animals with hand prints, grass with finger prints, and even used bubble wrap and yellow paint to make a beehive. They will be taking their farms home soon so they can show you what they have learned.

Next week we will introduce Easter vocabulary like The Easter Bunny, Easter Eggs, Egg hunt, hide and find.

We are very excited about our Easter Party that will be on Wednesday, April 10th @ Colonia Sierra Madre Park. Here is the agenda for that day:

9:45 am Arrival at the park
10:00 am Photo session with Easter Bunny
10:30 am Parade of decorated scooters, trikes, cars or bikes (please assist your child in preparing it at home- check our website for ideas)
10:45 am Snack (provided by Spring room mothers)
11:00 am Egg Hunt (keep in mind your child needs a bag or basket for this activity)

We hope to see you there!

If you have time will you please send some white eggshells wash so Big Bears can experience painting them and adding confetti. Thank you very much for helping us.

Have a nice weekend!

“F” Is For Farm!

This week we talked and learned about farm animals: their habitat, food that some may provide us with and the different sounds each one makes.

Our Big Bears found that the rooster is the one who crows each morning, to wake all the farm friends. They also learned the different animal families and their specific members as each one has a specific name.

During this week we practiced singing: “Mary had a Little Lamb” and learned a new rhyme called “One, Two, Tie My Shoe”. Please ask your child to share the new things he/she has been learning with you!

Big Bears enjoyed milking the cow. You should have seen their faces!

Our kiddos have also been very busy and excited making a farm doing creativity. They used different techniques and materials.

During Physical Development, Big Bears have fun jumping, galloping, and balancing in different obstacle courses and circuits. At the end, we are practicing different relaxation techniques.

We want to remind you that our Easter Party is coming up soon. Please send as many eggshells as you can already painted with confetti. We really appreciate your help very much.

Next week we will continue talking about the farm.

Have a nice weekend!

Buzzing Bugs!

During this week, Big Bears had a wonderful time talking about their weekend. They learned all about bugs and insects. We saw how they are all different: some have hairy legs and tiny wings while others have long antennae and yellow rings. Just by looking around you can find lots of insects anywhere inside or outside of your house.

They had such a great time with this theme! During creativity Big Bears were very excited eating and threading cereal into a pipecleaner, ceating a caterpillar.They enjoyed making bee hats and wearing them. We also had a lot of fun making butterflies using coffee filters with markers and spraying water transforming these into beautiful butterflies.

During Circle Time the kids role-played “Worms and Bugs”.

Big Bears are practicing a new song that goes like this:

BUGS

Big bugs, small bugs

Big bugs, Small bugs

See them crawl up the wall
Creepy, creepy crawling
Never, never falling

Bugs, bugs, bugs
Bugs, bugs, bugs

Next week we will talk about the farm. Big Bears will learn needs and habitat of farm animals.They will know to what family each one belongs to and the specific name each one has.

Have a nice weekend!

Ms. Caya & Miss Karen

Growing in the Kindergarden…

We started introducing the spring season with new vocabulary words such as: rain, rainbow, sun, clouds, umbrellas and boots. We made important observations like how clouds change their color and shape with the weather, and how we dress different depending on the weather.

The Big Bears learned how to plant bean seeds.They learned that a plant needs water, sun and air in order to grow. They have been observing the steps in growing plants.

They learned the following song:

“Planting”

Plant, plant, plant your seeds

in a long straight row

water them and watch them

as they grow!

During Circle Time, they also learned songs such as: Growing and In Our Garden (by Raffi) about planting, gardens, and growing

During creativity the kids learned the parts of a flower. That each one has a stem, leaves, and petals.

Next week, we will introduce worms and bugs. The Big Bears will learn to recognize the different types of insects and their habitats.

Have a great weekend!

Ms. Caya & Miss Karen

Zoom Zoom Zoom!

Big Bears had a week full of excitement! They reviewed the different types of transportation: land, air, and water. The kids were able to express which was their favorite type of transportation and vehicle.

Our students also learned how important our community helpers are and what each one does so we can safe.

On Tuesday, the Rescue Team visited Toddler Tree. We were very excited to see what they have and do to help us in case of an emergency. They taught the kids how to dial 911.

On Wednesday, the Big Bears had a great time during the Firefighter’s visit. The firefighters dressed up in their gear and showed us the equipment they use in a fire. They also showed us what they wear when they have to get close to a beehive. Mr. Mike even wore the jacket to demonstrate.

The highlight of the visit was when the Big Bears had a chance to hold the hose and spray water. Wow! What a cool experience!

Another topic we covered this week was outer space. The kids loved role-playing a trip to space and now know what an astronaut is. They learned how he/she floats in space wearing a special suit and tank. The Big Bears understood we live on planet “Earth” and the characteristics of other planets. Check out how your child sings the following song:

“Zoom, zoom, zoom”

We are going to the moon

Zoom, zoom, zoom

We´ll get there very soon

5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 0

BLAST OFF!!

Big Bears also learned how to recite “I am a Little Airplane ”

I´m a little airplane
flying in the sky

Flying fast,
Flying slow,

Flying hide, flying low

Going up,coming down,

I´m a little airplane flying in the sky !

Next week, we will start learning about spring and many concepts related to it!

We want to remind you that our Easter Party is coming up soon. So, if possible, please collect and send as many eggshells as you can. We will appreciate your help very much!

Have a nice weekend!

We Are Community Helpers!

We had a great time learning about community helpers: such as doctors & nurses, garbage collectors, and construction workers. The Big Bears also had the opportunity to role play and act like different community helpers.

As construction workers, they enjoyed coloring and painting tools on craft paper. They pretended to build and fix things around the gym with out play tools such as hammers, screwdrivers, saws, drills and hatchets.

The Big Bears also practiced their writing skills this week. We are constantly developing their fine motor skills using different prewriting exercises.

Next week, the Big Bears will learn about different types of transportation, such as: land, water and air. Also, they will have the chance to meet the Rescue and Firefighter teams.

Have a great weekend!

You’re My Valentine!

This week was full of excitement for our Big Bears! First, they learned about love and friendship, and Valentine’s Day. They also learned about our wonderful community helpers; such as teacher, firefighter, mailman and dentist.

On Valentine’s Day we had a party the kids really enjoyed. They shared candy and different treats with each other. They were also so thrilled when they heard a knock at the door. It was Mr. Mike, (dressed as the mailman). He gave Valentine’s cards to all.They were super happy!

All morning long they expressed their happiness about the Valentine´s Party. They enjoyed their snack and loved hitting the piñata. The Big Bears had fun sharing and exchanging the treats each one brought to school.

Today, a dentist came to visit Toddler Tree. She made a presentation about taking care of your teeth and the Big Bears were very attentive listening to Dra. Martha.

Also, we have been practicing the following rhyme called “February.” Ask them to recite it !

Red paper, blue paper

Crayons and glue

We´re making valentines

And ONE is for YOU!”

Thank You Very Much for all your kind Valentine’s gifts. As teachers we always want the best for your child because we love them with all our hearts.

Next week we will continue learning about more community helpers.

Have a great weekend!