Learning about the Farm!

Welcome back!! We are happy to be back into our routine again with our wonderful Terrific Tigers once more!  We all had a nice time to relax and rest and are ready to continue with our daily activities until June! Time sure passes by so quickly when we are having so much fun!

April is here and with this new month comes a new theme: we have been talking this week about The Farm. We have seen new vocabulary words such as farmer, crops, animals, barn, fence, pond, hay, field,  We also talked about farm food and how the farmers plant & grow food we eat, such as corn and beans. They now understand that farm animals can also provide food such as milk, eggs and butter from the milk! We focused this week on talking about cows and horses.

During Exploration Time they have been really interested with manipulating barn & farm objects, such as, toy animals, mud, grass and everything related to this theme.  In Creativity Class we worked on muddy pigs, painting a pink pig with brown with some yarn so to make it look like it is splattered in mud! We also made mud in our classroom and played with tractors painting tracks with the mud! Physical Development Class has also been lots of fun for them since the music has been related to the farm and they have enjoyed “riding” on horses, listening to fun music.

Story Time has also been interesting for them with stories related to this theme. Books read this week include: At the Farm; The Big Red Barn; The Little Red Hen; The Farmer in the Dell; & Farmer Grover.

We also celebrated Maria Emilias birthday on Tuesday and Mr. Mikes birthday on Thursday! The kids watched Miss Mely make a crown for Mr. Mike, we hit a piñata, collected candy and shared some cupcakes!

Next week we will continue talking about The Farm and will focus more on talking about the animals we can find there.

Have a great weekend!!

Easter Parade!

Our Terrific Tigers had such a fun time getting ready for our Easter Parade! We painted eggshells together, put confetti inside them and pasted paper covers. They were also quite busy making the decorations you saw all around the park. They simply love to see their own work being used to decorate the place! It made the whole park look so pretty!

The Parade was a great success! The kids enjoyed getting together and participating in our planned activities, such as bunny face painting, sifting the eggs out of the water, stuffing carrots  with marshmallows, and tossing the hoop in the carrots. After these activities they participated in the traditional parade, going around the park in their cars, scooters or tricycles. We were impressed to see all of the creativity used into decorating such vehicles! The egg hunt was the main attraction for our little ones and they were having so much fun looking for the egg shells and collecting them in their baskets or bags. Of course, breaking the egg shells on each others´ head was the highlight of the morning! We all got our head full of confetti! It was so nice to see that all of our students were able to attend and were happy to see all of the moms and some dads, as well! We thank you so much for your support!

During the days before the Easter parade took place, we were getting ready for such event, such as explaining to them what would happen on this day, and we even decorated a tricycle together, using colored paper and balloons, and explained to them that they would use something like that on the party. Most of them were able to tell us how their car was decorated! We talked about wind and kites and the kids had the opportunity to feel the air from a hair dryer and see a real kite. We explained to them that a kite needs lots of wind in order to be able to fly!

When we come back from our Easter Holidays, on Monday, April 9th, we will be talking about the farm!

We hope you have a wonderful holiday season together with your family and enjoy these special moments with them. We will be looking forward in seeing your little ones back in April. Have a great time!

Introducing Bugs & Spring Season!

This week we have been talking all about bugs!  We have seen new vocabulary words such as worms, bugs, dirt, grass, beehive, bees, fly, swatter, ladybug, grasshopper, caterpillar, butterfly and ants!  We also talked about spring, changing weather, spring time showers and flowers!

During Exploration Time they have been really interested in manipulating bugs and using play-doh to create fossils! In Creativity Class they started working on their bumble bees, painting a plate yellow and using corks to paint the black lines on their backs! They also thoroughly enjoyed our process art activity which simply consisted in exploring painting and mixing colors utilizing balloons!

Story Time has also been interesting for them with stories related to this theme. Books read this week include: The Very Busy Bee, I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly, The Very Quiet Cricket and The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Next week we will begin to talk about Easter!

Lastly, I sincerely apologize for any inconvenience my getting ill this week and having to reschedule our parent teacher conferences may have caused. Today Friday I was finally back at work, healthy and excited to see you next week and share with you how wonderful your kids have been doing, growing and learning in our classroom!

Have great weekend!!

Miss Sofi

Air, Water & Land Transportation!

This week our Terrific Tigers enjoyed reviewing  all the types of transportation as well as community helpers. Transportation included, air, water and land, such as airplanes, helicopters, hot air balloons, rockets, cruise ships, boats, sailboats, cars, buses, motorcycles, fire engines, etc.  They are now very aware of the community helpers and can name and identify them. We reviewed the police officer, mail carrier, doctor, dentist, teacher, garbage collector, firefighter and baker.

The highlight of the week for our little ones was our visit from the Firefighters! The kids really enjoyed the visit as they got to see the fire truck and watched Miss Marifer dress up as a firefighter!  Some of our toddlers wanted to dress up as well, and they got the opportunity to wear these special outfits! The most exciting moment was probably when the kids got to spray water with the fire hose and hear the different sirens the firetruck makes!

Art projects this week included decorating our own fire fighter helmet as well as

During story time they were happy to hear the stories of the books such as: Fisher Price, My Little Pepole Busy Town; Away We Go!; The Wheels on the Bus; Dora´s What Will I Be?; Noisy Helpers; Trains, Boats, and Planes (Elmo´s Book); and Little People´s Cars,Trucks, Planes and Trains.

During Physical Development the kids really enjoyed an obstacle course we set up for them to imagine they are traveling by plane, by boat, and by train. They went up a ramp as if taking off, then crossed a bridge, jumped into a row boat, then jumped out of the boat, and went through a tunnel shouting out “Choo-Choo!”. We also got to experience jumping in an inflatable boat and pretend to be rowing while singing “Row Row Row Your Boat”.

We hope you have a wonderful weekend with your lovely family!

Valentines Week!

This week our Terrific Tigers enjoyed a lovely valentines day party on Wednesday! During the week we reviewed all the types of community helpers! They are now very aware of the community helpers and can name and identify them. We reviewed the police officer, mail man, doctor, dentist, teacher, garbage collector, firefighter and baker. Never the less the highlight for the kids was most definitely their valentines party were they got to exchange their candy and valentines with one another! Thursday was really special too because we had the dentist come visit and show us how to brush our teeth! To end the week we had a blast celebrating Aitana’s Birthday on Friday with a delicious rainbow cake!

The kids really enjoyed their art projects painting with sponges and stamps! They made a valentine for their parents, a mouth out of apple slices, peanut butter and marshmallows as well as worked finger painting with red and white which they discovered is how you make pink!

During story time they were happy to hear the stories of the books such as: Fisher Price, My Little People Busy Town; Away We Go!; The Wheels on the Bus; Dora´s What Will I Be?; From Head to Toe; and How do Dragons Say Goodnight!

We look forward to teaching the kids all about means of transportation next week with lot’s of fun activities planned out!!

We hope you have a wonderful weekend with your lovely family!

Welcome Februrary!

We have started our second month of the year! It is always nice to see our students´ expressions when they come in the classroom and they notice that the bulletin board has been changed to a different theme, related to the new month that is just beginning! Of course, this one, is the moth of friendship and love….we will be celebrating Valentine’s Day at Toddler Tree very soon!

After wrapping up winter, we started on Wednesday, talking about love and friendship to our Terrific Tigers. We explained what Valentine´s Day is and how we need to be nice and take good care of our friends. During Creativity Class they started working on their Sponge Heart Prints, we made bird feeders out of fruitloops as well! (Some couldn’t resist the temptation during the activity and had theirs as a snack <3 ). They were very quick to recognize the heart shape and the different colors they used to print these hearts.

Books read this week included: Arthur´s Valentine Countdown, Clifford´s Valentine, Valentine bugs, Don’t Take Your Elephant to School and No David .

We are also very excited about our upcoming Valentine’s Day celebration! The mailman will be visiting Toddler Tree on Wednesday, February 14th to pass out Valentines for everybody. Because February Party Hosts will provide snacks, instead of sending a lunchbox on that day, please just send a water thermos. We will be making love notes and cards and our students will exchange Valentines with their friends. Your child will need a bag or box to collect their notes and treats. Also, if you would like to send a special treat for your child’s classmates, make sure to label only who it’s from.

We have 13 students in our Terrific Tigers class.

Hope you have a wonderful long weekend!

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

Winter Clothing!

During this week we have been talking about winter clothes. Vocabulary words learned during this topic: shoes, boots, coat, jacket, mittens, gloves, cap, hat, sweater, socks. The kids were very aware of these words since they are very familiar with them right now. We also reviewed colors when talking about their winter clothing.  One fun activity for them was to name the items and dress up a big teddy bear with winter clothes. They loved to trying them on too!

Creativity Class was also exciting! They worked on several projects, such as making a winter tree, placing winter clothing on a human figure and creating and playing with artificial “snow”!

Story Time has become a nice part of their routine and it is wonderful to see how our Terrific Tigers remain seated during the entire story when it is being read to them! Stories this week included: Avalanche, Barney Gear Gets Dressed, Snow, What Will You Wear, Claude?, and The Snowy Day.

During Cooperative Play our kids were asked to identify winter clothing and it was interesting to see how they were able to identify the words, name the object they had, such as boots, rain boots, jackets, mittens, gloves, cap and hat! Everyone preferred to wear a cap! We also dressed up stuffed animals in winter clothing and matched mitten and sock pairs!

Next week will be very special as we will have our annual grandmothers day celebration on Wednesday! Your little ones will get to come to kinder with their grandmothers to work together on a special project with them and have some tea!

Topics next week will include talking about different kind of animals (winter animals and forest animals as well).

We hope you have a wonderful weekend!!

Welcome Back to Toddler Tree, Tigers!

After having spent so much enjoyable time with family and friends, our students came back to school this week. We have started this new month and the new 2018 year with the introduction of winter: vocabulary words used this week included snow, snowman, & snowflake. We also talked about things that are cold and reviewed the seasons changing: winter, spring, summer & fall. Finally, on Friday we talked about winter fun, and all the sports and activities that can be done in the snow!

During Creativity Class they worked on  a melted snowman made on a blue canvas, using finger paint and our hands! One by one they helped placing the final details on their project such as the nose, eyes, arms, a scarf ! We also used china paper and water to create the image of a winters night sky and dripped white paint on them to simulate snow!

Physical Education class has been also related to winter and they sang and danced to music that talked about winter!

This week we began incorporating story time yoga! Our tigers love it as it lets them delve further into the book and become a part of the story! Stories read to them this week included “Are you Ready for Winter?” “Ben and the Cold”, “Around the Year”, and Bear Went over the Mountain” and “Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What do You Hear?”.

We have begun with the leader once more, and they have been more than excited to resume this wonderful activity for them to bring something special from home and share it with their friends!

Next week we will be talking about  winter clothes and winter shoes.

Ms. Maggie and I wish you all a very wonderful 2018 with many blessings for each one of our little ones and their lovely families!

Wishing your a Wonderful Christmas Time!

Our main topics this week were focused on Christmas and all of the magic this special holiday brings. Vocabulary words that we reviewed this week were:  wreath, chimney, fireplace, stockings, cookies, candy cane, and candy.

During Creativity Class we worked on reindeer tree ornaments and Christmas trees! They were also excited about making their own cookies. Cookie dough was given to them and they had to select from a variety of Christmas shaped cookie cutters and make their own cookie form. We baked them in an electric oven and finally, they were able to taste the own cookie that they made!

Another highlight of this week was our Christmas program on Tuesday. After weeks and weeks of practice, it is always a joy to see how our kids prepare themselves for this special event. Having this special family time with your kids after the performance is always very special for them! It was an honor to have you as our guests

During physical development we danced to many holiday tunes including “Rudolph the red nosed reindeer” and “Up on the Housetop.”  We also used some antlers to do the “Reindeer Pokey.”

Several books were read to them during Story Time and they loved watching all the pictures of the vocabulary words we have been talking about: Santa, Christmas Tree, ornaments, Rudolph the red nosed reindeer, elves, Santa´s workshop, among others.

It has been such a joy to work with your children this semester. Each and every one of our students is special in different ways. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to teach them and watch them grow. We have cherished every moment we have shared with them!

We look forward to seeing them back in January to continue on this beautiful journey. On behalf of all the staff at Toddler Tree, we want to wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New year!

Preparing for our Christmas Show!

We have been talking about Christmas and everything related to this very special season! Vocabulary words that we have been reviewing include gifts, giving, toys, elves, Santa´s workshop, sleigh, and train.

For each one of these vocabulary words we have been relating them in our classroom. During Exploration Class they were able to build their very own miniature gingerbread house, Bake and decorate Christmas sugar cookies. Lastly we also had the opportunity to wrap some gifts while we explained that this is a season of giving and that Santa brings toys to the boys and girls who behave themselves! Most of them were able to tell us what they would like Santa to bring them: trains, cars, swings & dolls were some of the items mentioned.

When we talked about elves, or Santa´s helpers, our Terrific Tigers got dressed up as elves and they were happy to pretend to be one of them! They enjoyed “helping” Santa prepare all the toys!  We got to see a little part of the wonderful movie: ”Mickeys Christmas Spectacular” which is a beautiful movie related to this Christmas time!

During Creativity Class they have been busy making their very own Santa, Reindeer, Penguin and have started working on a very special Christmas gift they are making especially for you!

Physical Development has been all about practicing and rehearsing for this special presentation we will have on Monday.They are excited about presenting for you and have been dancing and dancing!

Stories that have been read to them this week include titles, such as Christmas Lights, Merry Christmas Mom and Dad, Mickey Mouse Santa´s Helper, Santa´s sleigh, My Santa Claus, Little Critter Christmas Book, Ho, Ho, Ho, Wee Mouse,&Christmas Day. Emilia was our leader on Thursday and she also brought books to read related to Christmas!

The highlight of this week was when Santa came to Toddler Tree and visited the groups before having their picture taken with him. Our Terrific Tigers looked so nice with their special outfits, which were used for this special picture.

We are looking forward to having our Christmas Festival on Monday, December 11th at Candy Gum . (Plaza San Pedro) Our little ones have been practicing very much and will be so happy to be able to perform for you!