I Like To Eat!

This week, we learned about different types of fruits and veggies and how they should be incorporated in our nutrition. Big Bears told us which fruit was their favorite and described their shape and color. They also had the opportunity to smell several vegetables.

Our kiddos had a blast during our HEB visit! We learned about fruits, vegetables, and seafood.They also loved decorating a cupcake at the HEB bakery! So fun! They really enjoyed visiting the grocery store with their parents! A special thanks to all the parents who were there.

During the week, we also started introducing Thanksgiving. At Circle Time, we learned how to do “The Turkey Hop” and the concept that thanksgiving is for giving thanks. It means: sharing, being grateful, and thankful.

Big Bears are also learning a rhyme called “Gobble, Gobble”

Gobble, Gobble

“A turkey is a funny bird

His head goes wobble, wobble

He only knows one silly word:

Gobble, gobble, gobble”

Next week we will continue introducing other foods, as well as learning all about Thanksgiving.

Have a great weekend!

Parent Teacher Conference (Big Bears / November 11th)

Dear Parents,

Our first parent teacher conferences will be held on Monday, November 11th at Toddler Tree Kinder. Attached you will find assigned schedules.

Please confirm your assistance with Nora.

Thank you!

Toddler Tree Staff

BIG BEARS
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11TH
8:00 AM Loreto
8:20 AM Thomas
8:40 AM Regina
9:00 AM Ana Lucia
9:20 AM Marian
9:40 AM Layla
10:00 AM Diego
10:20 AM Bárbara
10:40 AM Paulina
11:00 AM Balbina
11:20 AM Gonzalo
11:40 AM Alana
12:00 PM Marifer

Welcome November!

This week, we reviewed Halloween characters and songs. We practice several rhymes, such as: “Pumpkin, Pumpkin”, “Go Away”, “Skeleton Dance” and many more!

Big Bears were excited all week waiting for the big Halloween celebration! The Pixar Perfect Halloween Parade was a blast! It was full of wonderful moments. The kids did a great job! We love you, Big Bears!

Next week, we will start learning about fruits, vegetables and dairy products.

As you may already know, we will be visiting H-E-B (Humberto Lobo) next Wednesday, November 6th at 9:00 a.m. It is very important that all children be accompanied by a parent. We will start at 9:15 a.m. so we kindly ask you to be thereat 9:00 a.m.
Once we conclude our visit, you can bring the kids to Toddler Tree where we will resume our normal activities.

Now that the weather is getting cold, we would like to remind you to please make sure all your child´s sweaters and jackets are labeled to avoid mix-ups!

Hope you have an awesome weekend!

Countdown To Halloween!!

This week we focused on Halloween characters, such as friendly ghosts and goblins, spiders, and we explored the Haunted House.

Also, Big Bears are practicing a witch poem:

The Witch

“If I were a witch

I´d ride on my broom

And scatter the ghosts with a zoom, zoom, zoom!”

We also learned:

“Trick – or – Treat
Trick – or – Treat
Bring Me Something GOOD To EAT !” ?

Big Bears had fun making a ghost,spider and a mummy using different materials and techniques!

The kids are so excited about the “Pixar Perfect Halloween Party” that will take Wednesday, October 30th.

Here are a few reminders:

1. Kids arrival time is at 9:00 a.m., please do not send lunch boxes, only a bag to collect goodies. If you send treats for classmates, please label who it is from. It saves a lot of time in passing out candies.
2. Admission for the parents between 10:10 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. will be 2 people per family.
3. Please leave the kinder without entering the classrooms. This is to avoid disturbing the children.
4. If it rains, the parade will be held for students only.

Have a great weekend!

Pumpkin Pumpkin

This week we focused on learning about Halloween characters, such as: friendly cats, witches, pumpkins, Jack o Lanterns, spiders, bats and a Haunted House.

Also, the Big Bears have been practicing the following song:
“Pumpkin, Pumpkin”

Pumpkin, pumpkin
Lets give you some eyes

Pumpkin,pumpkin
Lets give you a nose

Pumpkin,pumpkin
Lets give you a scary smile

And NOW you are a JACK – O – LANTERN !!!

During Creativity, Big Bears got really excited to learn new themes through art. We had so much fun making a pumpkinseed, witch and a skeleton face.

Next Week, we will continue learning more concepts related to Halloween. It will be an exciting week filled with surprises!

Our kids are so excited about the “Pixar Perfect Halloween Party”. It will be held on Thursday Oct 31st. Do they have costumes yet? We’re excited for them, too.

Have a great weekend!

Columbus, Columbus

We hope you enjoyed listening to our Big Bears singing Columbus, Columbus! We are glad to see how they are improving their comprehension and fluency, overall, building up their confidence and self-esteem.

Big Bears were very excited to discover during Science, how hot air (hair dryer) can melt an ice cube. All of them, were amazed to see how a solid can become liquid.

During Creativity, they used autumn color markers to draw different types of lines in a coffee filter. All of them were super excited to spray water on it.

They love Physical development! Bears enjoy doing different activities, games and movements using a variety of instruments or props.

They also learned the following rhyme:

” See the Leaves

falling down

to the ground

without a sound!”

As a reminder, we will have our Pixar Perfect Halloween Party on Thursday, October 31st. Please remember to send your children with a bag or something to collect their sweets in. In case you want to send treats for their classmates, there are 15 Kids in the group (10 Girls and 5 Boys).

Thank you!

Have a great weekend!

Teaching Listening Skills

Use the following simple strategies to help your toddler listen better:

Read to her

Reading aloud to your toddler is a great way to improve her listening skills. Use silly voices, or emphasize certain words or phrases to get her attention. Try to get fresh reading material as often as you can. If your toddler hasn’t heard the story before, she will have to listen to find out what happens! You can also buy books that are specially written to teach children to listen.

Get down to her level

Bellowing from a great height, or even another room, rarely has the desired effect. Instead, squat down or pick up your child so that you can look her in the eye and grab her attention. She’ll be more inclined to listen if you sit down next to her before reminding her to eat up her porridge.

Similarly, perch on her bed at night when telling her you’re about to turn off the light.

Share mealtimes

It can be hard to find time for your whole family to sit down and talk to each other. Mealtimes are a perfect time to do this. It may not be possible to do this every night, but try to set one day a week, such as Sunday evening, for everyone to sit down and share a meal. If you don’t have a table, see if you can buy a fold-away version. This will give your toddler a chance to see her parents interacting and listening, and it will also give her an opportunity to chat and listen, too.

Be clear

State your message clearly, simply and authoritatively. Your toddler will zone out if you bang on about something. Try not to say, “It’s cold outside and you’ve been poorly lately, so I want you to put on your jacket before we go to the store.” Instead try, “It’s time to put on your jacket.” She will understand what you’re saying more easily and be more inclined to listen.

And try not to phrase something as a question if your toddler doesn’t actually have a choice. “Let’s get into your car seat,” has much more impact than, “Do you want to climb into your car seat now, sweetie?”

Follow through fast

Make it clear that you mean what you say and don’t make threats, or promises, you won’t keep. If you tell your two-year-old, “You can have water with your dinner,” don’t waver five minutes later and give her juice. Making sure your partner shares your rules and that you both stick to them will help your toddler feel more secure.

Make your follow-through speedy, too. You wouldn’t shout “Don’t run across the road!” five times, so try not to repeat less urgent instructions. If you want your toddler to put her cup on the table, say, “Put your cup on the table.” If she doesn’t, guide her hand to place the cup on the table. That way, she knows what you want her to do.

Reinforce your message

It helps to back up what you say with other cues, especially if you’re trying to pull your child away from an absorbing activity. Say, “Time for bed!” and then give a visual cue (flicking the light switch on and off), a physical cue (laying your hand on her shoulder), or a demonstration (steering her towards her bed).

Give warnings

Give your toddler advance notice when a big change is about to happen, especially if she’s happily involved with toys or a friend. There’s no point in giving your toddler a five-minute warning, as she’s too young to understand the concept of time. Instead, when you’re getting ready to leave the house say, “When you have finished dressing your doll, put your coat on.”

Give realistic instructions

If you tell your two-year-old to put her toys away, she may look around the room and think, “No way!” Instead, give her specific and manageable tasks, such as “Let’s put the yellow blocks away.” Once she’s accomplished the first task, you can make it into a game by saying, “Good. Now let’s put the blue blocks away.”

Motivate

Yelling orders may get results, but some children will get upset and no one will enjoy the process. Your toddler will respond better to confident good humour. For example, occasionally use a silly voice or a song to deliver your message. You could sing, “Now it’s time to brush your teeth” to the tune of London Bridge is Falling Down, for example.

Stress the benefits of getting the job done quickly. Say, “Brush your teeth and then we’ll read your favourite book”, instead of “Brush your teeth or you’ll get fillings”, or “Brush your teeth NOW!” Praise her when she finishes brushing and before you do a quick checking brush, with “Good listening!”

The good humor, affection and trust you show your toddler will make her want to listen to you. She’ll know that you love her and think she’s special. This is important when you need to be firm, too. Straightforward, authoritative instructions are more powerful when they’re accompanied by a hug or a smile. Then your toddler learns that paying attention is worthwhile.

Set a good example

Your toddler will be a better listener if she sees that you are a good listener, too. Try to listen to her as respectfully as you would to any adult. Look at her when she talks to you, respond politely and let her finish without interrupting. It may be difficult when you’re cooking dinner and she’s especially chatty, but try not to turn your back on her while she’s talking.

As with so many behaviors, the old saying “Do as I say, not as I do”, has no value when teaching your toddler to listen. It’s what you do that counts.

Shapes & Figures!

This week we had the opportunity to learn about shapes using different materials. The Big Bears learned that a circle is round and has no corners. A triangle has three straight sides and a square has four sides and four corners. They learned to identify shapes around us like a circle (clock), a triangle (slice of pizza) and squares (picture frames).

During Creativity, we wanted to teach the kids about Christopher Columbus, so we started making a ship using different shapes and colors. Then, to review the shapes, they will match some foamy shapes to the ones on the ship.

At Physical Development, the Big Bears reviewed shapes by finding them around the gym. They also used Hula hoops to reinforce “circle”.

Next week we will learn about lines, colors and review Columbus day. Big Bears had a great time performing as king and queen of Spain and Christopher Columbus.

Our kiddos have been practicing a new song, it goes like this:

“Columbus, Columbus

He sailed across the sea

And landed in America in 1492

La Niña, La Pinta and La Santa Maria!”

As you may already know, on Thursday October 31st, we will be having our Halloween party and parade. Start looking for costumes so your child can participate. Try to find simple costumes for their own comfort. If possible, use make up instead of a mask, so it won’t obstruct their sight.

Finally, please help your child collect and send leaves (different shapes and colors). You might look in your own garden or at the park. We want them to know the main colors of Fall/Autumn.

Have a great weekend!

My House

This week, Big Bears discovered the different parts of the house and were able to relate what item belongs to each room.

During Physical Development we have been acquiring new abilities by using different techniques, regarding: balance, rhythm, following instructions, breathing and relaxing. They have also been practicing their patience by taking turns and respecting each other, always pursuing simple rules.

Next week we will learn the shapes and how each one has different characteristics. Big Bears will also have the opportunity to review different objects and relate them to a specific shape and/or color.

We will like to let you know that you can send a sweater or hoodie so they won’t be cold in the classroom, but please label it to avoid mix ups.

Have a great weekend!