A traditional presentation of classical and modern mime techniques performed at Toddler Tree in a developmentally appropriate style through an acting technique that conveys emotion through non-verbal communication: this is Mime Time.
Occasionally referred to as ‘the art of silence,’ pantomime relies on facial expressions, body language, gestures and movements to convey a message or tell a story or create an illusion. People performing pantomime are known as mimes or clowns. With pantomime, kids can enjoy themselves while learning valuable social and communication skills.
• Pantomime incorporates techniques to convey emotion within facial expressions. When expressing happiness, the actor will raise his brow, curve his lips upward, parting the mouth slightly in addition to squinting to appear as if he is smiling with his eyes. Surprise is conveyed by opening the mouth to an O-shape, raising the brow and opening the eyes as wide as possible. Conversely, anger is expressed by turning the brow and mouth downward, while firmly setting the jaw in a dropped position. Sadness is conveyed by turning the mouth, the brow and the eyes downward, while allowing all the muscles in the face to sag.
• The chest is the central point of all action in pantomime. Actors will use the entire body to react and express emotion. Gestures in pantomime are exaggerated. When expressing positive emotions, actors will create free-flowing movements, maintain an elevated chest and gesture broadly. Negative emotions are expressed through restrictive gestures and a chest that is drawn inward. The body will appear tense and rigid.
Mime Time will take place next Wednesday, September 26th and it is packed with elements of surprise, adventure, music, dancing, excitement and, of course, audience interaction and participation. This enriching experience will exercise both the mind and the body of our youngsters.
Thank you so much for attending our Open House! We really enjoyed meeting you and seeing the very creative ideas you came up with for the “Mystery Bags.” All your kids were very excited to receive them. The “Mystery Bag” will be used as a “show and tell” activity for whoever is the leader or super kid of the day.
This is how it works: The bag will be sent home with your child a day prior to the assigned date when he or she will be the leader. At home, they can choose one toy and one book and put them in the bag to bring to school. This way, your child can share and talk about the things inside it during our morning routine!
Next week, we will be talking about feelings and how they can be expressed through colors, body postures, facial expressions, etc. We are so excited to get into full swing with these topics, as your children get to learn more about themselves and their families.
The rhyme we have been practicing is:
Tree trunk at the bottom
Leaves at the top
Apples falling off the tree
This week we had so much fun! Big Bears are expressing themselves more and more: introducing themselves by name, mentioning what their favorite color is and who their friends are. We are continuing to practice different activities and becoming familiar with our routines.
This week the kids learned a song called “Look who came to School Today” which goes like this: (to the tune of “Mary Had a Little Lamb”)
Look who came to school today, school today, school today
Look who came to school today
Big Bears did!!
During the next two weeks we will be practicing princer grasp movements in different areas. We will also learn many fun topics, such as feelings and different parts of the body.
We remind you that the Open House will be on Tuesday, Sept. 4th at 7:00 pm. Hope to see you here!
This week, the Big Bears had lots of fun learning different things about school. They are also learning how to be consistent with a routine and adapting to new rules and instructions. They are doing a good job remembering where to line up, and where the should put their lunchbox when they arrive.
As we begin this school year with new topics, we would like to encourage you to read a short story to your child at least four times a week. This will help tremendously to develop language skills, both verbal and non verbal. It’s a great activity that also gives you quality time with your child.
We want to remind you that our Open House for parents of the Big Bears class will be held on Tuesday, September 4th at 7:00pm.
We look forward to meeting with you, and would like to leave you with a short poem for such wonderful parents: