Foodie Turtles

Tiny Turtles had a lot of fun learning about this week’s topics: everything about food!

In creativity class, our tiny turtles made a watermelon using a plate and using green paint, then for the first time they experienced gluing pink paper and black finger print for the seeds. Also they made a corn, for this Turtles colored with yellow crayon the shape of the corn, then they pasted “Cheerios” pretending to be the kernels, and at the same time they tasted the cereal reviewing one of the topics of the week.

Children are very interested in experiencing new things.

In exploration time kiddos loved to play with plastic fruits, veggies, grains and protein. They pretended to go to the market, toy cash register, a great activity to make a review of this month’s topics. Also they tasted tortilla, crackers and cereal.

In physical development kids enjoyed practicing the songs for the Christmas Program, they are getting into it more every day. Today they were super happy and had a blast on the obstacle course we made with mats.

 

 

Fruits and Veggies

Welcome November! A month that brings us the opportunity to share with our loved ones, and to remind all the good things that we have in our lives. We have so much to be thankful for!

Our Tiny Turtles are starting the month with a lot of excitement! November’s theme is the harvest, so in this first week we covered fun themes like fruits, dairy and vegetables. During exploration time, kiddos loved to play with plastic fruits, veggies, grains and protein. Also with fruit and vegetable puzzles. Turtles are starting to repeat the name of some fruits and identify them, too.

One of their favorite subjects is creativity class, and this week was full with great projects such as a “lemon stamping” made with different sizes of lemons and limes. On Thursday they enjoyed the “milk explosion” using milk, soap dishes and food coloring. They like to observe how the colors mix.

In physical development, kids enjoyed listening the new songs like “I like to eat apple and bananas” and they love to dance as well. On Thursday they were super happy and had a blast on the obstacle course we made with mats.

Our topics for next week will be: Pasta- spaghetti-oatmeal-porridge-peas-beans/ Tortillas-rice-crackers-cake-bread-peanuts/ Review fruits and vegetables/ Review proteins and grains/ Review all food

Have a nice weekend!

Miss Nadia, Mariana and Martha

 

Trick or Treat, Trick or Treat, Give Me Something Good to Eat!

Halloween is finally here! We had a fun and exciting week with a spooky Halloween theme. Our topics this week were hunted house, trick or treat, costumes and review Halloween. Tiny Turtles are learning very fast and beginning to repeat many words… we are very happy to see them coming along so well!

Kids loved practicing their motor skills during exploration time, working with balls, with the sensory board and making some towers with blocks. Also, we worked with spaghetti sensory play and kiddos have so much fun experiencing new textures.

During creativity time, Turtles made a ghost using cotton balls. We cut out a ghost template, added some glue and pasted the cotton balls to make the ghost. They really enjoy creating art projects. They are making a candy corn using sponges and yellow, orange and white paint, as well.

In physical development kids enjoyed wearing costumes and watching the “Knock, Knock, Trick or Treat”. Every time we hear super simple Halloween songs our Turtles pay a lot of attention, they love to see cartoons singing and dancing various Halloween songs. They are dancing more and more every day, too!

 

Say BOO and Scary On!

Happy Friday everyone! Tiny Turtles enjoyed learning all about Halloween, pumpkin, witch, cat, and spider. This is the week prior to our Halloween catwalk so we wanted to teach your little ones some of the basic topics and characters of this celebration.

Exploration time allowed them to relate the topics. We had a lot of fun playing with the blocks, shakers, as well as with all the Halloween stuff.. kiddos had so much fun playing with funky eyeglasses , Jack o lantern and spiders. Turtles are growing fast! They are dancing more and more everyday and getting into the routine.

In Creativity, we had a very busy week with 2 projects: a pumpkin using apple stamps with orange paint and a white hand print where they pasted Q-tips to simulate skeleton bones. They liked the experience of feeling the brush in their hands.

Physical development with Miss Mely is always an exciting time for our tiny students. They get a chance to express themselves through music, dance and physical activities. We continued with our Halloween songs, and super simple songs videos such as” Go away!” and “Them bones”. Miss Mely introduced some role play activities, and turtles loved them. We pretended to be witches, flying around the classroom with our magic brooms, all this while we listened to the song “I’m a witch”. Another popular song for our classroom is “The scarecrow”. They absolutely love this song!

We would like to remind you of our Disney Halloween catwalk! It will be held at Toddler Tree kinder on Tuesday October 31st at 10:30 am. We hope to see our tiny turtles with some cute costumes! If you’re planning on sending some candy to share with your kid’s classmates please send them labeled only with your kid’s name that way it will be easier for him/her to hand them out.

Have a great weekend! Hope to see you here!

Miss Nadia, Mariana and Martha

I Love Fall!

Tiny Turtles learned about fun and interesting topics such as: Lines and colors, seasons, colors of the fall (orange, brown, red and yellow) and a review of shapes and colors all around us.

In exploration time we made a very cool “science” experiment to teach the kids about We had some crayons pasted on a white cardboard and with the help of a hair blow-dryer turtles melted the colors and watched how they spread in zig zag lines all over our cardboard. Your little ones are at a stage where they love to explore and discover things on their own, so you can imagine how happy they were to look out for treasures (magic coins) inside our sand box. Today they made a quick review of the shapes by playing and pasting all the different shapes in our “shapes board”. Also they explored and played with different types of leaves… so much fun!

Creativity time is always full with surprises and kiddos love and enjoy their art. This week they got to experiment with different textures. They used some shapes sponges and paint to stamp craft paper. For fall this week they used the cookie cutters and some fall colors: orange, yellow and brown, and they printed on craft paper, too.

Physical development with Miss Mely is so much fun, moving and dancing around. Since we are in the month of October Miss Mely is teaching the kids some cool Halloween songs and videos, to introduce some of the Halloween concepts they’re going to learn next week.

Our topics for next week will be: Cat – witch/ Ghost –Goblin/ Spider/ Haunted house/ Costumes & makeup

Have a nice weekend!

Miss Nadia, Mariana and Martha

 

 

All About Shapes

This week was a special… our Tiny Turtles class has three new friends! Victor, Martina and Jose Luis. We are very happy to have them and wish for them to feel safe and quickly adapted in our classroom.  This week our main topics were about shapes: square, rectangle, oval, lines and colors. We introduced these topics using the board and flashcards to introduce the shapes. Kiddos can now begin to identify them.

Our creativity class helped reinforce these topics with cool projects that also helped develop their fine motor skills. Kids played with foam and they had so much fun making circles, triangles, rectangles and squares. Also, we played with pompoms, sorting by colors they really enjoyed this activity. Fridays are usually play-doh days, and today was no exception. We got to work with tools like shape cookie cutters, rollers, etc.

Physical development is always an exciting class. Miss Mely showed us a very special video “Skeleton Dance” and children loved it! Dancing and shaking their bones! Another song that they really like is “The Scarecrow”, jiggling and moving all around. Tiny Turtles worked on their gross motor skills.

This week’s vocabulary words were: Square/ Rectangle/ Oval/ Circle/ Triangle / Review all shapes.

Our topics for next week will be: Seasons (summer-fall)/ The Fall: Trees and leaves (colors: green, orange, red, yellow, brown)/ Color review/ Review Shapes.

Have a nice weekend!

Miss Nadia

 

 

 

 

 

My House

This week, Tiny Turtles learned all about their house: kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, living room and dining room. We took the kids outside so they could play with the kitchen and also with the playhouse. They enjoyed hiding inside, opening and closing the windows as well as pretending to cook. Children had a blast playing with a big doll house and learning about the different rooms inside a house. Turtles had a big box full of furniture and they learned with items belong to each room of the house, too. Kids also played with a box with halls and they enjoyed moving balls around the halls. They are getting more into the routine every day!

In creativity class we used the stamping circles of different colors and the kids enjoyed exploring them. Also we used some sponges of different sizes and with different paint colors and the kiddos would stamp on a paper… they loved it! Turtles also made a pumpkin using sponges and orange paint- they had a blast! We covered the wall with craft paper, and the kids painted standing up so they could have more space. Children like to experiment and try new things; anything that involves a little bit of a mess is perfectly fine with them!

Physical development class with Miss Mely is all about developing your kids motor gross skills. This week children played with the parachute and they had so much fun! Tiny turtles are learning some “Listen and Move” action songs and they get to practice daily how to march around the classroom. Miss Mely plays some fun songs to get everybody moving around and shaking their body following simple steps and instructions.

This week’s vocabulary words were: Introduce house: kitchen/ Bedroom – bathroom/ Living room –dining room/ Review home

Sincerely,

Miss Nadia

Me and My Family!

Dear Parents

This week our main topic was “Me and My Family”, learning about mom, dad, sister, brother, baby, grandma and grandpa. Here are some fun activities we did during the week: Children had fun watching “The finger family song” video; trying to identify the different members of a family. Kids loved playing with toys and dolls. Also for exploration time tiny turtles enjoyed playing with chips and bottles with the purpose of stimulating and developing their fine motor skills. Finally using different type of balls for their sensory skills.

In creativity class we made our “family” project, using sponges with different shapes: dad as a rectangle, mom as a oval, brother as a square, sister as a triangle and baby as a circle. Turtles had a blast working with paint and sponges, they keep getting better and better every day. Also, we worked with some colored ice cubes painting on craft paper.They love to explore different materials! Finally, we used some shaving cream on the tables and allowed the kids to play and explore with the foam.

Physical development is the time of the day to practice our gross motor skills. We practiced marching and throwing a ball, sitting down in a circle and passing the ball, jumping and rolling.

Have a great weekend!

Our topics for next week will be: Introduce house: kitchen/ Bedroom – bathroom/ Living room –dining room/ Review home

Miss Nadia

If You’re Happy and You Know It!

This week our main topic was feelings. We reviewed these concepts by doing different activities). Our students also enjoyed learning about different feelings using colors that identify each one of them (Red for angry, blue sad, orange for surprised, purple for sleepy, yellow for happy, green for sick.)

In creativity, this week we worked with pompoms & water colors… they really enjoyed exploring the materials. Also turtles played with a color sorting box, we cut holes in the box with different colors, and the kids found and placed the balls inside them. We had a blast with this activity! Also they practiced their fine motor skills playing with a box and popsicles where they put the sticks inside the box. Finally, we made a Mexican flag using red and green paper. They really enjoyed working with glue.

In physical development with Miss Mely, turtles are learning how to march, and follow instructions in a fun way. Another activity we did this week to develop their gross motor skills was kicking a ball, and surprisingly they were really good at it! Playing and dancing “Conga” with the maracas was a highlight and the kids are beginning to enjoy the ive minutes prior to leaving our physical development class where everybody gets to lay down and relax. Miss Mely helps them stretch their arms and legs to get to cool off.

Our topics for next week will be: Mom & Dad/ Sister, brother and baby/ Grandma and Grandpa/ Family review.

Have a lovely weekend!

Miss Nadia

Hello September!

This week our main topics were body parts and feelings. We reviewed these concepts through different activities: first, the body parts song. The kids are dancing more and more every day. Our students also enjoyed learning about different feelings using colors that identify each one of them (Red for angry, blue for sad, orange for surprised, purple for sleepy, yellow for happy and green for sick). They also played with sensory gel bags and with the sensory board exploring different textures. During exploration time the kids enjoyed playing with different types of balls as well as with the cars and trucks.

In creativity time, children worked with paint. The activity named “no messy paint” was a complete success! We used a taped bag over construction paper so they could move the paint with their fingers creating a work of art. Also, this week they worked with crayons, coloring a plate with red crayons that was used to make an angry face. Kiddos are at an age where they love to explore and discover things on their own, and they’re just doing that!

In physical development with Miss Mely, Turtles are learning how to march, and follow instructions in a fun way; they are starting to get a hold of the “Listen and Move” song and the “One Little Finger”, practicing the body parts. Another activity we did this week to develop their gross motor skills was kicking a ball and five minutes prior to leaving our PD (physical development) class everybody gets to lay down and relax.

Kids are having so much fun!

Have a nice weekend

Miss Nadia & Co.