Old MacDonald Had A Farm!

This week, the Tiny Turtles had so much fun learning about the farm! We worked on vocabulary words such as: barn, tractor, farmer, mud, corn, cow, sheep, pig and horse. The kids show a lot of interest in learning about these animals.

During Creativity, the kids worked on two different projects. First, they drew a picture of the farm, using brushes and their own hands. Then they made a wooden red barn with animal puppets to play with. They loved how their projects turned out!

Physical Development class has been really fun, since they have been dancing to fun songs like: Grandpa´s Farm, Elmo Goes to the Market, etc. They love pretending to be farm animals.

Next week we will continue to talk about this interesting theme, reviewing more animals!

As a friendly reminder, please send pre-washed painted and non-painted eggshells to the kinder for our easter parade.

We hope you have a great weekend!

The Ants are Marching One by One, “Hoorah”!

This week we learned all kinds of insects. Vocabulary words were: fly, worm, bee, ladybug, caterpillar, buterfly, ant, grasshopper and snail.

Our exploration activities were so much fun… especially the ones that involved eating gummy worms! Kids also practiced their fine motor kills for an exploration activity where they needed to separate the different plastic bugs into jars using a scoop. It was not easy, although most of the kids got it in the end.

We also had a great time in art painting and pasting to create different insects. Kids also made a worm using pipe cleaners and beads, working on their fine motor skills. Finally we worked on a caterpillar using pompoms and wooden sticks.

During physical development we had so much fun. We used some wings to “fly” like butterflies and flies. We also played with some bunny ears and hopped a lot listening to the Bunny Hop and B-U-N-N-Y song. We also used the drums and marched to the song “The Ants are Marching One by One”.

In Story time we read some books: Insect Pop-up Book, The Very Busy Bee, Ten Little Ladybugs, The Very hungry Caterpillar and Little Brown Ants.

Next week we will start learning about farm animals and crops.

Have a great weekend!

Bye, Bye Winter! Hello Spring!

The weather is getting warmer and we can’t help getting excited about it! This week the Tiny Turtles were learning about spring, and getting to know new vocabulary words like flower, grow, seed, garden, tree, planting, shovel and hoe.

During Exploration the kids looked for new objects on the bulletin board. They found many butterflies, flowers and birds and a big blooming tree. The kids love this activity! We also learned how things can grow by putting beans in a cup and sprinkling them with water. We’ve been checking on our plants every morning, to see how they have grown and changed.

The Turtles really enjoyed their art projects! We worked on a rainbow cloud as well as a garden with flowers using materials such as: cotton, paper, paint, sponges and playdoh.

During story time, the kids were happy to hear some stories, including: “Five Little Lady Bugs”, “Butterfly Kiss” and “Spring is here!”

Next week we will be learning about bugs and insects.

Have a cheerful weekend!

Rescue Team and Firefighters Visit!

On Tuesday, the Rescue Team visited us at the Kinder. They showed us many interesting things and taught us some safety tips.

Also, on Wednesday we enjoyed the firefighter’s visit. Kids were paying attention to everything! The squad showed us some of the materials they use in case of a fire. At the end, the Turtles had the opportunity to hold and use the fire hose. It was a great experience!

During Circle time, Mr. Mike pretended to be a train. He also showed the little ones the airplane song, and took out an inflatable boat when we learned about water transportation!

In Creativity, we worked with materials like paint, sponges, stickers, markers and crayons. Our students liked making fingerprints to paint the smoke on the train, and ornaments on the hot air balloon. They also loved working with play-doh and using the cookie cutters related to the topics – cars, planes and boats.

Finally, for story time we read some books about transportation and played with some props and toys related to the books. Kiddos loved playing with different cars, trucks and buses. It was a fun week full on new learning experiences!

Next week we will learn many interesting things about Spring!

We want to remind you that our Easter Party is coming up soon. If it´s possible please to collect and send as many eggshells as you can. We will appreciate your help very much!

Have a wonderful weekend!

People In Our Neighborhood!

The Tiny Turtles had so much fun this week! They enjoyed learning about community helpers such as, garbage collectors, construction workers and the rescue team.

During exploration, they loved playing with the dump truck. We explained who the garbage man and the construction workers are, as well as what they do. They all had so much fun playing with construction vehicles and wore yellow hard hats.

In Creativity, the students had the opportunity to learn about different types of waste – paper, plastic, foil etc. They pasted it on top of a garbage truck. They also worked with legos and used them to make blueprints, like little engineers, so they could have the experience of learning how to build a house.

Today, we had themed activities in every classroom prepared for the kids. Our classroom was a hospital, others were a spa, the post office, bakery and a fire station. Everyone had a chance to be a doctor, firefighter, mailman, baker and a hair dresser. It was so much fun!

Next week, we look forward to teaching the Turtles all about transportation.

Hope you have a great weekend!

Community Helpers

February, a new month! We’ve started learning all about love, friendship and Valentine’s Day. This week, we also learned about Police officers, Doctors and Bakers.

One of our highlights this week was when we had the Police visit kinder. The kids got to meet real Police officers and “Pedro Ardilla”, who taught us some very important safety tips.

The Tiny Turtles had lots of fun during Art this week. We used different techniques, including: gluing small paper squares to make a police car, coloring some hearts using crayons, and modelling play dough. We also made a special gift for our beloved parents for next week’s Valentine’s Day!

Finally, Circle Time was exiting for them, too. Mr. Mike introduced a Police man and a Doctor to us. We sang some songs about Police cars and watched a short video that showed how the siren goes off. Everyone was paying a lot of attention.

Valentine´s Day celebration is coming up on Thursday February 14th! The Party Hosts will provide snacks. Instead of sending a lunch box on that day, please just send a water thermos or juice. If you would like to send special treats for your child’s classmates, don’t forget there are 14 Tiny Turtles. Please label them only with whom is it from. Thank you!

Have a great weekend!

Brrrr… So Cold!

This week we continued talking about winter and the cold weather. It was very cold, so we added the word “cold” to our daily song about the weather with Mr. Mike.

We all enjoyed story time very much, too. Our students were happy to hear the stories of the books such as: Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What do you Hear?, The Bear Went Over the Mountain, Who Lives There? and ABC Canada.

During Creativity Time, the Turtles made a melted snowman, because spring is coming and he won’t be frozen forever. We also made Benny the Bear, like the one Mr. Mike was showing us in Circle Time.

At the end of the week, we learned about winter sports, so we made some skates and a skier in the snowy mountains. The kiddos are getting better and better at their artistic skills, they already know how to use glue, brushes and paint!

We said “Bye-bye” to January and that means that we are welcoming the most “lovely” month of the year. In February, the kids will learn about Valentine’s Day, send some love letters home and make many crafts related to love and friendship. We are also having a visit from the police and the doctors. So exciting!

As a friendly reminder, we don’t have classes on Monday, February 4th. So, enjoy your weekend and see you on Tuesday!

Hope you have a wonderful long weekend!

Animals Everywhere!

During past weeks we were excited to welcome new members to our Tiny Turtles family: Cristobal, Gael and Poncho. All together the kids have been enjoying and learning new things!

This week we have been talking about animals. We learned about forest animals, such as squirrel, fox, racoon, deer and bear, as well as some animals that live in the snowy areas: polar bear, pinguins and belugas. Kids learned the names of the animals very fast, while we were playing with stuffed animals, polar bear puppet, forest animals flash cards and off course our creativity projects.

Activities that reinforced these concepts included: making a fox out of a paper plate, handprint polar bears and a fluffy cotton penguin.

Most of our students really enjoy story time and remain seated and attentive during the entire story when it is being read to them! Stories this week included: “Biscuit’s walk in the woods”, “Big Bear Little Bear” and “10 Little Penguins”.

During Circle Time with Mr. Mike kids met Rocky the Racoon and saw him playing the recorder. They also met Benny the Bear and saw him playing a banjo. Bear gave a nice and warm hug to every little student and they loved it!

This week we also welcomed our beloved Grandmas to kinder. Together we made a wonderful craft to store the tissues. We enjoyed a delicious snack and in the end, little Turtles showed a bit of our daily routine to their Grandmas. Everyone had a great time and it was nice to meet them!

Our theme for next week is winter sports.

We hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Winter Clothing!

This week, we have been talking about winter clothes. Some vocabulary words we covered are: 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. The kids were looking at their own jackets, boots, hats as well as looking at others. Also, they were learning the difference between similar clothes, such as jacket – coat, boots – shoes, hat – cap.

Creativity Class was also exciting! They worked on several projects, such as making winter boots, scarves and hats and having some fun with play-doh!

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

Next week will be very special as we will have our annual grandmother’s day celebration on Friday! 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 Tiny Turtles!

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 2019 year by introducing winter. Vocabulary words used this week included snow, snowman, igloo, jacket and mittens. We also talked about things that are cold and reviewed the seasons changing: winter, spring, summer & fall.

During Creativity Class, the kids worked on a winter tree and snow made on a blue canvas, using finger paint and our hands! We also used paper plates and foam paper to create an igloo in winters night sky and dripped white paint on them to simulate snow! Last but not least, our Turtles turned into little designers and made some very stylish winter jackets!

This week we read many books. Some of them were the “Frozen” book, “Frosty the Snowman” and “Snow”. Kids loved learning about snow and winter activities described.

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

We look forward to our Parent-Teacher conferences next Tuesday, January 15th.

Have a great weekend!