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

Having Fun at School

Dear Parents,

We had a great week of getting to know each other, becoming familiar with new faces and learning more about our classroom and daily routine.

This week, the Big Bears really enjoyed singing “Look who came to school today”. They are also getting familiar with the mourning routine songs like the “Days of the Week” and the “ABCs.”

They like to find the shapes on the wall and other objects on the bulletin board.

Next week, our kiddos will be learning about different parts of the body.

Please remember that our Big Bears Open House will be next Tuesday,September 4th at 7:00 pm.
We look forward to seeing you here!

Have a nice weekend!

Ms. Caya & Miss Karen

Nice to know you!

This week we had so much fun! Big Bears are expressing themselves more and more:  introducing themselves by name, mentioning what their favorite color is and who their friends are. We are continuing to practice different activities and becoming familiar with our routines.

This week the kids learned a song called “Look who came to School Today” which goes like this: (to the tune of “Mary Had a Little Lamb”)

Look who came to school today, school today, school today

Look who came to school today

Big Bears did!!

During the next two weeks we will be practicing princer grasp movements in different areas. We will also learn many fun topics, such as feelings and different parts of the body.

We remind you that the Open House will be on Tuesday, Sept. 4th at 7:00 pm. Hope to see you here!

With love,

Ms. Caya & Miss Karen

Welcome Back, Big Bears!

Dear Parents,

This week, the Big Bears had lots of fun learning different things about school. They are also learning how to be consistent with a routine and adapting to new rules and instructions. They are doing a good job remembering where to line up, and where the should put their lunchbox when they arrive.

As we begin this school year with new topics, we would like to encourage you to read a short story to your child at least four times a week. This will help tremendously to develop language skills, both verbal and non verbal. It’s a great activity that also gives you quality time with your child.

We want to remind you that our Open House for parents of the Big Bears class will be held on Tuesday, September 4th at 7:00pm.

We look forward to meeting with you, and would like to leave you with a short poem for such wonderful parents:

“An Apple for the Parent”

An Apple for the teacher…

Its really nothing new.

Except when you remember

Parents are teachers, too!

Have a nice weekend!

Ms. Caya & Miss Karen

Welcome Big Bears

Hello Big Bears!

We are so excited to start this school year, it will be full of new adventures and knowledge!

We are eager to get to know all of you! We hope you enjoyed your summer vacation and look forward next Monday Aug.13 at 11:30 to 12:00.

Please ask to join our private Facebook group Big Bears 2019 for current classroom information and daily photos.

Get ready to have a Great Year! We send you Big Bear Hugs!

With love,

Ms. Caya & Miss Karen

June 1 week

Next week we will introduce “Summer Fun and the Beach” theme. Big Bears had a chance to talk about the vocabulary involved in activities they can do or clothing they’ll wear during summertime, such as snorkel gear, swimsuit, sunglasses, shovel, pail etc.

Please remember that next Friday June 8th will be the graduation at Toddler Tree. Children should arrive at 8:00 a.m. and the program will be from 8:15 to 8:45 a.m. Don’t miss it!

We can still remember the first day of school as if it was yesterday. Time passes so fast but the last day of school is almost here!

We are so proud of our Big Bears because they have grown and are full of dreams, which we are sure they will pursue and achieve successfully.

All this school year, as teachers, we had this main goal in our minds and hearts which we would like to share with you: “A teacher´s purpose is not create students in our own image, but to develop students who can create their own image.”

Have a great weekend!!

Ms. Caya & Karen