We Are Family!

This week, we enjoyed learning about our family and the activities each family member performs.

Some of the kids were able to give specific names to each member of their family and others role played using dolls, hats, glasses etc.

Next week, we will discover the different parts of the house and learn new vocabulary words.

We will also have a special visit next Wednesday, September 26th. Our friend, the Mime will help us review feelings and emotions in a fun and creative way.

Have a great weekend!

Mime Time 2018

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.

Emotion
• 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.

Gestures
• 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.

I’m A Happy Big Bear!

This week was full of fun and interesting activities. We talked about feelings and how they can be expressed. The Big Bears were excited to express how they felt each day during Morning Routine.

We also taught the kids about Mexican Independence and the Mexican flag. We showed them the colors, as well as the National Anthem.

During Circle Time, Mr. Mike had the kids ring the bell and yell “¡Viva México!”

In Physical Development, we danced using hula hoops to the “Mexican Hat Dance”.

Thank you for dressing our Big Bears for Mexican Independence. They looked wonderful and had a great time celebrating!

We are looking forward to next week activities that include a lot of fun themes related to family. It’s a great topic to reinforce at home!

Have a fun long weekend!

Nice To Know You!

Hello Parents,

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:

The Tree

Tree trunk at the bottom
Leaves at the top
Apples falling off the tree
Plop,plop,plop

Don’t forget that hugs are a great medicine!

Have a fun weekend,
Ms. Caya and Miss Karen

Having Fun at School

Dear Parents,

We had a great week of getting to know each other, becoming familiar with new faces and learning more about our classroom and daily routine.

This week, the Big Bears really enjoyed singing “Look who came to school today”. They are also getting familiar with the mourning routine songs like the “Days of the Week” and the “ABCs.”

They like to find the shapes on the wall and other objects on the bulletin board.

Next week, our kiddos will be learning about different parts of the body.

Please remember that our Big Bears Open House will be next Tuesday,September 4th at 7:00 pm.
We look forward to seeing you here!

Have a nice weekend!

Ms. Caya & Miss Karen

Nice to know you!

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!

With love,

Ms. Caya & Miss Karen

Welcome Back, Big Bears!

Dear Parents,

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:

“An Apple for the Parent”

An Apple for the teacher…

Its really nothing new.

Except when you remember

Parents are teachers, too!

Have a nice weekend!

Ms. Caya & Miss Karen

Welcome Big Bears

Hello Big Bears!

We are so excited to start this school year, it will be full of new adventures and knowledge!

We are eager to get to know all of you! We hope you enjoyed your summer vacation and look forward next Monday Aug.13 at 11:30 to 12:00.

Please ask to join our private Facebook group Big Bears 2019 for current classroom information and daily photos.

Get ready to have a Great Year! We send you Big Bear Hugs!

With love,

Ms. Caya & Miss Karen