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

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:
jungle
zoo
monkey
giraffe
elephant
zebra
lion
” I love you”

Next week’s vocabulary words:
Tiger
Crocodile
Kangaroo
Bear
Rhinoceros
Zoo review

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