Let’s Go To The Zoo!

This week we learned about different animals that live in the zoo, such as: hippos, pandas, camels, kangaroos and parrots.

During Exploration time we played with little animal toys, our kiddos enjoyed imitating their movements and sounds.

This week, our Creativity projects included working with glue to paste the hippo’s teeth and paint to color the kangaroo’s belly.

Mr. Mike taught us about baby kangaroos that are called joeys in Australia. We role played kangaroos to the rhythm of “5 Little Monkeys” changing the words to “5 Little Joeys”. It was a lot of fun!

Today we had the Vet visit kinder and our turtles had a great time learning about different pets and how we have to treat them.

Next week we will learn more about pets. If you want to bring your pet, please let us know!

Dear parents we are so grateful for all the warm gifts from you for teachers day! Thank you very much, it was a great day to spend with your children!

Have a great weekend!

Happy Mother’s Day!

This week we learned more about jungle animals, such as: monkeys, lions, giraffes, zebras and snakes. The Turtles had a chance to imitate different animal sounds and movements. They love to role-play!

At Creativity time, our kiddos made several crafts! First, they made a monkey eating a banana, they really enjoyed this activity. Then, they created a friendly lion, a cute giraffe, a happy zebra and a wiggly snake. We love watching them enjoy every different materials and techniques used.

The activity that was more exciting for our Turtles was creating their Mother’s Day gift. Each one had a chance to pour and mix several ingredients to create a special natural scrub for their mommy’s.

Next week we will have a special visit. A Vet is coming to the kinder to teach us more about pets and animals.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend and Happy Mother’s Day!

Welcome To The Jungle!

We were so happy to see you all back at kinder! Everyone is so much taller, faster and louder! The Turtles are not so tiny anymore!

We started this week with the jungle animals theme. Kids already knew so many words, such as: zoo, lion, monkey, tiger and zebra. They also learned about an alligator and an elephant.

During Exploration Time, we played with stuffed animals and puppets. The kids loved hugging them and making the sounds of several jungle animals.

Our Creativity projects were an elephant and an alligator. They already know how to use a brush and a sponge. Each one picked their favorite colors to paint their crafts.

On Tuesday, we celebrated Children’s Day and the kids had a blast! They had a delicious snack, watched a wonderful puppet show, danced to the famous Disney songs and got many gifts from the teachers and Mr. Mike. Everyone left super happy!

Next week we will continue learning more about the Jungle.

Have a great weekend!

Easter Bunny Is Coming To Town!

This week was dedicated to Easter vocabulary: bunny, eggs, hop, hide, seek, find and basket. The kids found many bunnies and colorful eggs all around the classroom and the bulletin board.

During Circle Time, Mr. Mike introduced an Easter Bunny to us and we played many different games with him. One of the activities was wearing Bunny ears and hiding eggs in the gym. The Tiny Turtles enjoyed these activities so much.

In Physical Development, we listened to many songs related to Easter and danced to them. Turtles absolutely love the Bunny Hop song and danced to it with joy. They also love the B-U-N-N-Y version of B-I-N-G-O song and it’s a good opportunity for them to learn the letters while dancing to it.

The art projects we made this week were very cute and everybody enjoyed making them. Especially making the foot prints that turned out to be bunnies and also adding finger prints as flowers.

Next Wednesday, April 10th we will have the Easter Parade at the Sierra Madre Park. Can’t wait to see you all there! It will be so much fun! We have many activities prepared for the kiddos.

Have a great week!

Grandpa’s Farm

This week, the Turtles have been enjoying and learning new things about the farm. Vocabulary words were: farm, cow, horse, sheep, pig, mud, rooster, hen, chicks, ducks.

For Exploration, we played with some plastic animals and explored a sensory box, which they really liked. We also searched for new animals on the bulletin board. Every day, the kids learned about a different animal on the farm.

During Creativity class, we worked on a horse, using paint and brushes, as well as some yarn to imitate the horse’s mane. We also made a cute sheep using cotton balls and a duck decorated with real feathers. Kids loved to work on their beautiful art projects.

Physical Development Class has also been lots of fun for them since the music has been related to the farm. The kids love songs like When Pigs Get Up In The Morning, and Grandpa’s Farm.  They have also enjoyed riding stick horses and galloping to songs like Cotton Eyed Joe. 

During our morning routines, we have been reviewing numbers and parts of the body using different songs such as Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes, as well as the Number Rock. Most of the kids are already able to count up to 20 all by themselves!

We are very excited about our Easter Party that will be on Wednesday, April 10th at Colonia Sierra Madre Park. Here is the agenda for that day:

9:45 am – arrival at the park

10:00 am – photo session with Easter Bunny

10:30 am – Parade of decorated scooters, trikes, cars or bikes (please assist your child in preparing it at home – check our website for ideas)

10:45 am – snack (provided by Spring room mothers)

11:00 am Egg Hunt (keep in mind your child needs a bag or basket for this activity)

As a friendly reminder, please remember to send confetti filled and colored egg shells for our party.

We hope you have a wonderful weekend with your adorable children.

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!