Welcome Caterpillars!

Dear Parents,

My name is Debbie, the head teacher for the Crawling Caterpillars class. I will be working with Miss Martha and Miss Steph in welcoming your children to Toddler Tree! This is a time of new beginnings, making friends, and learning lots of new things for your little ones. Every day they are going to be involved in new experiences and we hope to provide a variety of opportunities for learning and growing. In search of promoting self-sufficiency among these youngsters, our focus aside from the cognitive aspect of our curriculum will be developing social, emotional, and physical skills. Thank you for entrusting your child to us. We are looking forward to a wonderful semester!

Please ask to join our private Facebook group 2018 Crawling Caterpillars for current classroom information and daily photos.

The Crawling Caterpillars Team

A Day at the Beach!

This week the children had fun learning about the beach! During story, the children enjoyed different books about the beach where they discovered different activities to do at the beach; building sand castles, playing with the beach ball, surfing, and swimming. They loved being read “Dora: A day at the beach”. During recess, the children loved using sun glasses and playing with sand and water, too. They used shovels and pails to gather sand. Students learned the importance of wearing sunscreen every day. During creativity, the children made a Sun pasting yellow and orange paper, while they sang “Mr. Sun”. They also made a beach using sand and their hands to make a crab. In physical development, the children pretended to swim, they also pretended to surf using the balance beams while hearing “Surfing USA”. It’s been a fun week full of surprises!

This week’s vocabulary words: Summer, sand, sun, sea, sunglasses, sunscreen, shovel, pail, castle,snorkeling, swimsuit and surfing.

Next week’s vocabulary words are: trike, bike, skates, scooter,
We will also review beach and traveling: suitcase, car, airplane, ship

June Newsletter

It is already our last newsletter for this school year! We are looking forward to finishing with the theme Fun in the Sun. The kids will have a chance to get familiar with beach-related vocabulary before summer vacations are here.
• Last day of school for students and pajama day: Friday, June 13
• Parent-teacher conferences scheduled for June 16-17, between 8:00am and 12:00pm
• This year’s 6 week Disney Summer Days Camp will begin on Monday, June 23rd. We look forward to having a great time!
• Also, the 2014-2015 school year will be starting classes on Monday, August 25.
Thank you for entrusting your children to us. We all feel extremely blessed to work with them and to be part of your family’s life.
Have a wonderful summer!
“Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.”
-Chinese proverb
Theme: Summer Fun
Main Topics: Vacations on the Beach
Vocabulary: sun, sand, skates, trike, waves, fish, swim, sea, sunscreen, sunglasses, towel, swimsuit, beach ball, suitcase, hotel.
Language Patterns: Please/Thank you
Books: Sea Creatures, Where Are You Going?, Baby Beluga, Snappy Numbers, Elmo’s Potty Book
Concepts: Over/Under
Action Verbs: Swim, Jump, Throw and Catch
Colors: Review all
Math Skills: Identify numbers 1-5 Rote counting 1-12
Science: Discovering water
Fine Motor Skills: Drinking water from cups
Physical Development: Throwing/catching balls and somersaults
Fine Arts Skills: Projects using: sand, water, glue and clay
Music: We’re Gonna Have Some Fun Today, Henry the Octopus, Baby Beluga, Five Green and Specked Frogs, Under the Sea, Once I Caught a Fish
Value of the month: Fairness

Pet week!

This week the children enjoyed learning about different pet animals. The children had the experience to see and touch different pets. They had lots fun chasing dogs, and watching Chacho the bird. During creativity, the children made a turtle, bird, and cat using different materials and techniques. During circle time, the children learned new songs like BINGO, KITTY, and they loved jumping like frogs. In physical development, the children learned to use drum sticks and follow different patterns of rhythm. They also practiced their balance in the beams, and practiced their different abilities in the obstacle course. On Friday, we celebrated Jorge’s birthday! The children sang happy birthday and enjoyed yummy cupcakes.

This weeks vocabulary words are: Pet Week: Dog, puppies, Cat, kittens, Bird, Frog, Fish, Turtle, Rabbit, Hamster

Next week’s vocabulary words are: Introduce Summer: Sun, Sand, Sea, Fun at the Beach, Sunglasses, Sunscreen, Shovel & Pail, Castle, Snorkeling, Swimsuit, Surfing

Zoo Animals

This week the children enjoyed reviewing zoo animals.Most students can already name some of the animals. During creativity we recycled materials to make an elephant and a crocodile, using different techniques. The kids loved singing and dancing during circle time “Going to the Zoo” and “Do the Monkey”. The children sang while using animal hats, animal masks and plush toys. The children have been practicing hard for the spring festival during our physical development class. They’ve been learning new moves and songs and are happy to be performing for you next Friday. During storytime, the children loved “The lady with the Alligator Purse”, “Brown Bear” and “Good Night gorilla”. Butterflies have been learning to print their name during our morning routine, too. Some of them already recognize their written name!

This week’s vocabulary words were:
crocodile, elephant, tiger, kangaroo, bear, rhinoceros,

Next week’s vocabulary words are: Dog, puppies, cat, kittens, bird, frog, fish, turtle, rabbit, and hamster.

Next Friday is our spring festival. Be sure to mark your calendars!
Thank you so much for your kind gestures on teachers day! We had a great day!

Happy Mother’s Day!

This week the children have learned about zoo and jungle animals, we had lots of fun while pretending to be monkeys in circle time with Mr. Mike and they enjoyed hearing stories about our jungle friends while learning the sounds each one of them make. Children played with animal puppets and started to recognize and name some of them.

During creativity time the children made a zebra out of hand prints, a lion made out of hearts which helped them review this shape and a monkey with a special message for mommies.
For mothers day celebration the kids made a wooden canvas painting using different bright colors and painting techniques, they also learned an “I love you” poem dedicated to their mommies.

During physical development children have been practicing for their end of the year program, showing their best dance moves!

This weeks vocabulary words:
” I love you”

Next week’s vocabulary words:
Zoo review

We hope you have a great mother’s day in company of your loved ones!

May Newsletter

May: Incredible Animals


Themes:Jungle animals, Zoo animals, Water Animals, Pets

Vocabulary:jungle, monkey, alligator, crocodile, snake, zebra, lion, tiger, elephant, giraffe, hippopotamus, bear, zoo, kangaroo, flamingo, boa constrictor, peacock,whale, dolphin, octopus, shark,crab, starfish, seahorse, cat, dog, bird, frog, goldfish, turtle, rabbit, hamster

Language Patterns:It´s mine/It´s yours; It`s empty/It´s full

Books: Curious George Visits the Zoo, Oliver, Henry the Elephant, One Yellow Lion, Alligators all Around, I´m a Wild Animal, My Jungle, Pop Up, Five Little Monkeys Sitting in a Tree, The Lion King.

Concepts: On, in, under, over, through

Action Verbs: Run, gallop, trot, climb, swim, swing, hide

Colors: Brown, Gray and Black

Math Skills: Identify numbers 1-5. Identify and classify shapes

Science discoveries: Animal sights and sounds

Fine Motor Skills: Reinforce tracing own name and lines. Use scissors to cut different lines and shapes.

Physical Development Objectives: Move like different animals: crawl, hop, gallop, run, etc.
Reinforce balance activities.

Fine Arts Skills: Mother´s Day Program Rehearsal

Music: Can You Name That Sound?, Five Little Monkeys, Just Can´t Wait to be King, The Monkey Dance, The Elephant Moves, Going to the Zoo, Our Animal Friends, Down by the Bay, Circle of life

Value of the Month: Respect for Animals

Super Kids Birthday: Ilianca Alvarez May 7
Jorge Daniel – May 31st

End of the Year Program: May 23 at Candy Gum

Pet Week May 26- 30 (In this week if you have a pet you can bring for a while to the kinder and show it to your friends)

Children’s Week

Welcome back! It was nice to see all of our students back this week. They have grown so much during the past 2 weeks! Our class has been learning about zoo and circus animals. On Wednesday we celebrated children’s day, too!  During exploration, the children watched how popcorn started to pop from an air popper. They were very happy and excited to see the whole process. In recess, the kids played with the sand and water table with toy animals, dipping them in water and pretending to walk in the sand. They also took turns hitting the pinata and had fun collecting all the candy. We role-played as ringmaster, circus clowns, lion tamers and holding/jumping through the “ring of fire” with the stuffed animal Tiger. The children also enjoyed playing in the ball pool. They were so happy! During gym, our little ones showed off their balance skills walking on the “tight rope” with our balance beams. In creativity, the children made a popcorn bucket and a zoo cage with animal crackers. This week we also celebrated Moni’s superkid day! It was a a very busy short week, but the children enjoyed every part of it! Vocabulary words: Zoo, zookeeper, circus, tiger, ring master, ring of fire, popcorn, pop!, balloons. Next week´s vocabulary words: Jungle, monkey, lion, zebra, giraffe, and elephant.

Waiting for Easter!

Easter is around the corner, so we have been enjoying the preparation for our Rainbow Parade. This week during recess, the children painted egg shells using the colors of the rainbow. They were very excited to dip them and watching them sink in the water. During physical development our students enjoyed doing the “Bunny Hop” wearing their bunny ears. They also enjoyed practicing for the egg hunt, collecting eggs hidden in the gym using their baskets. We enjoyed making an easter bunny bag during creativity, pasting clean pipes as whiskers, eyes, pink foamy ears and a pom-pom nose. The kids also made an easter egg by coloring, decorating and pasting different materials. During story time, the class enjoyed the stories “Peter Cottontail”, “Barney’s Easter Basket”, and “Bunny Easter Hunt”.

This week’s vocabulary words were: Easter, Bunny, Egg, Basket, Rainbow, Colors: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple, Hide, Seek, Find.

Next weeks vocabulary words will be:
Parade, trike, bike, easter party, wind, kite, and a quick review of easter.

We would like to remind you that our Rainbow Parade will be held on next Wednesday April 9, at 10:00 AM, at the Colonia Sierra Madre park. Please bring your child in comfortable clothes, and don’t forget your basket and your decorated vehicle! See you there!

April Newsletter

Vocabulary Eggs, Easter bunny, basket, grass, bike, kite, tricycle,
Language Patterns Please & Thank You
Books Pat the Bunny, Hop Along Bunny, The Big Bunny and The Easter Eggs, Corduroy’s Easter, The Big Bunny and the Magic Show,
Concepts Find/Hide, Up/Down, Soft/Loud,
Action Verbs Hop, Climb, Hide and Seek
Color Review all colors
Math Skills Rote Counting 1-10. Review shapes.
Science discoveries Nature wonders through different experiments

Fine Motor Skills Use tongs and tweezers to pick up small objects
Physical Development Objective Practice and knowledge of the following skills: running, jumping, catching, pushing, pulling as well as orientation and rhythm exercises.

Fine Arts Skills Practice cutting with scissors, pasting skills using glue.
Music Friendly Easter Bunny, The Easter Bunny’s Coming, Little Peter Rabbit, We Are All Earthlings, We All Live Together

Value of the Month Conservation
Super Kids Monica Gonzalez Olvera April 27