Can’t Wait for Easter!

Easter is around the corner, so we have been enjoying the preparation for our Parade. This week during creativity class, the children painted egg shells using the colors of the rainbow. They were very excited to fill them with confetti. During physical development our students enjoyed doing the “Bunny Hop” wearing their bunny ears. We enjoyed painting an easter bunny during art class. 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.

Please keep in mind on Monday there will no classes.

Also, we would like to remind you that our Rainbow Parade will be held on next Wednesday March 21, at 10:00 AM, at Alpino Chipinque. Please bring your child in comfortable clothes, and don’t forget your basket and your decorated vehicle! See you there!

Welcome March!

This week we had a special visit from the Rescue Team. The Crawling Caterpillars saw different equipment the rescue team uses and had the opportunity to hear the loud siren, wear  helmets and a heavy fire-proof suit. We had alot of fun!

We reviewed community helpers and different transportation vehicles. During art class, we made an amazing hot air balloon using paint and glitter.

Next week we will be learning about worms, bugs, caterpillars, lady bugs and many different insects.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Miss Debbie

Transportation Week

Hello parents! This week we had a lot of fun with the Crawling Caterpillars learning about transportation. During manipulatives, they enjoyed playing with cars, trains and solving transportation puzzles. They also enjoyed singing “Flying in an Airplane”, “The Wheels on the Bus”, “Row Row Row Your Boat” and “Buckle Up My Seat Belt”. During physical development our students learned to make bicycle movements with their legs while lying on their backs. They enjoyed acting like an airplane pilot, too. On Wednesday, we had a special visit from the fire department. We all loved watching the firefighters and hearing the truck’s siren. During creativity class we made fun firefighter helmets, yummy traffic lights, and played with shaving cream and toy cars.

Next week the children will learn about space and rockets. We will have a special visit next Wednesday from the rescue team and we will also finish reviewing community helpers and transportation.

Miss Debbie

Valentine’s Day

This week the Crawling Caterpillars got to enjoy Valentine’s Day so much. We celebrated this special holiday with a fun party! Students exchanged candies and treats with their friends; they enjoyed a snack and got a visit from the mail man (Mr. Mike), who gave them a special treat. These activities helped encourage sharing and friendship.

This week, during Exploration, we had fun with the dentist. Students enjoyed playing with tooth brushes. During art class we used for the first time markers and had so much fun with them doing a heart. Then in Circle time, Mr. Mike had some of the Crawling Caterpillars role play the book “The Lady With The Alligator Purse.”

Such a fun time!

Hello, February!

Hello Parents,

This week we had a blast! We learned a lot of new things related to community helpers and made a police officer hat in our art class, as well as making cookies playing the baker in the classroom. We also celebrated Jose Daniel’s Birthday. We introduced the valentines’ theme to the class and started talking about love and friendship. We are still learning to adapt to our learning environment and new friends, but we are sure these adorable students will keep adapting and having fun everyday. We apologize for canceling the open house last Wednesday, but are looking forward to seeing you on Monday, February 12 at 8:00pm.

Valentine´s Day celebration is coming up on Wednesday February 14th!! The Party Hosts will provide snacks, so instead of sending a lunchbox on that day, please just send a water thermos or juice.

The kids will exchange Valentines with their friends, we have 14 students in our Caterpillars class so make sure to send a bag for your child to collect candy. If you would like to send a special treat for your child’s classmates, don’t forget to label only who it’s from, so we make it easier for the kids to pass out.

Congratulations to the Garza family! Their daughter Olivia was born yesterday, happy and healthy. Big Sister Camila will be back on Monday to share the news with her teachers and friends. We are so happy for them!!!

Have a wonderful weekend!
Thank you,
Miss Debbie

Bye Bye, January!

Hello parents,

This week we had a lot of fun!!! We learned to use different materials, such as crayons, paint and shaving cream. We started practicing rules and following instructions. Also, we focused learning about colors, shapes, numbers, weather, ABC and reviewing the winter theme. The Crawling Caterpillars are still adapting to our learning environment, but are no longer crying. We are starting to share and learn about friendship!

Hope you have a wonderful long weekend!

Keep in mind we won’t be having class on Monday, so see you next Tuesday!

Crawling Caterpillars Adapting To School

Hello Parents! This week we had a great time! Our students have been adapting to their classroom and are beginning to make new friends. This week most little ones stopped crying and started enjoying our daily routine. We started learning new songs, and concepts such as the days of the week, the months of the year, the weather, the numbers and the alphabet. This week we reviewed the winter season and are looking forward to closing the winter theme to start with Love, Friendship and Community helpers. Overall, we feel proud about having so much fun and learning many new things! Hope to see you all on Monday.

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.

Sincerely,
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!
Quote:
“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