We’re on Our Way To Grandpa’s Farm…

This week, the Big Bears have been earning new things about the farm.

Some of the vocabulary words were: farm, cow, horse, sheep, pig, mud, rooster, hen, chicks, ducks.

During Circle Time, the Big Bears learned new songs such as: The Cow Named Lola and Bartolito The Rooster. 

During Creativity, the kids enjoyed working on their week long project: Grandpa’s Farm.

They made several animals with hand prints, grass with finger prints, and even used bubble wrap and yellow paint to make a beehive. They will be taking their farms home soon so they can show you what they have learned.

Next week we will introduce Easter vocabulary like The Easter Bunny, Easter Eggs, Egg hunt, hide and find.

We are very excited about our Easter Party that will be on Wednesday, April 10th @ 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)

We hope to see you there!

If you have time will you please send some white eggshells wash so Big Bears can experience painting them and adding confetti. Thank you very much for helping us.

Have a nice weekend!

“F” Is For Farm!

This week we talked and learned about farm animals: their habitat, food that some may provide us with and the different sounds each one makes.

Our Big Bears found that the rooster is the one who crows each morning, to wake all the farm friends. They also learned the different animal families and their specific members as each one has a specific name.

During this week we practiced singing: “Mary had a Little Lamb” and learned a new rhyme called “One, Two, Tie My Shoe”. Please ask your child to share the new things he/she has been learning with you!

Big Bears enjoyed milking the cow. You should have seen their faces!

Our kiddos have also been very busy and excited making a farm doing creativity. They used different techniques and materials.

During Physical Development, Big Bears have fun jumping, galloping, and balancing in different obstacle courses and circuits. At the end, we are practicing different relaxation techniques.

We want to remind you that our Easter Party is coming up soon. Please send as many eggshells as you can already painted with confetti. We really appreciate your help very much.

Next week we will continue talking about the farm.

Have a nice weekend!

Buzzing Bugs!

During this week, Big Bears had a wonderful time talking about their weekend. They learned all about bugs and insects. We saw how they are all different: some have hairy legs and tiny wings while others have long antennae and yellow rings. Just by looking around you can find lots of insects anywhere inside or outside of your house.

They had such a great time with this theme! During creativity Big Bears were very excited eating and threading cereal into a pipecleaner, ceating a caterpillar.They enjoyed making bee hats and wearing them. We also had a lot of fun making butterflies using coffee filters with markers and spraying water transforming these into beautiful butterflies.

During Circle Time the kids role-played “Worms and Bugs”.

Big Bears are practicing a new song that goes like this:

BUGS

Big bugs, small bugs

Big bugs, Small bugs

See them crawl up the wall
Creepy, creepy crawling
Never, never falling

Bugs, bugs, bugs
Bugs, bugs, bugs

Next week we will talk about the farm. Big Bears will learn needs and habitat of farm animals.They will know to what family each one belongs to and the specific name each one has.

Have a nice weekend!

Ms. Caya & Miss Karen

Growing in the Kindergarden…

We started introducing the spring season with new vocabulary words such as: rain, rainbow, sun, clouds, umbrellas and boots. We made important observations like how clouds change their color and shape with the weather, and how we dress different depending on the weather.

The Big Bears learned how to plant bean seeds.They learned that a plant needs water, sun and air in order to grow. They have been observing the steps in growing plants.

They learned the following song:

“Planting”

Plant, plant, plant your seeds

in a long straight row

water them and watch them

as they grow!

During Circle Time, they also learned songs such as: Growing and In Our Garden (by Raffi) about planting, gardens, and growing

During creativity the kids learned the parts of a flower. That each one has a stem, leaves, and petals.

Next week, we will introduce worms and bugs. The Big Bears will learn to recognize the different types of insects and their habitats.

Have a great weekend!

Ms. Caya & Miss Karen

Spring is Just Around the Corner

It’s that time of year… spring is almost here!

In preparation for our Welcome Spring! Celebration, please send as many eggshells as you can collect at home so we can begin painting and stuffing them with confetti. Also, start thinking of a vehicle your child can ride for the Easter Parade. It can be a trike, bike, scooter or push car uniquely decorated. Here are a few examples:

For mobile devices, use this link.

 

Zoom Zoom Zoom!

Big Bears had a week full of excitement! They reviewed the different types of transportation: land, air, and water. The kids were able to express which was their favorite type of transportation and vehicle.

Our students also learned how important our community helpers are and what each one does so we can safe.

On Tuesday, the Rescue Team visited Toddler Tree. We were very excited to see what they have and do to help us in case of an emergency. They taught the kids how to dial 911.

On Wednesday, the Big Bears had a great time during the Firefighter’s visit. The firefighters dressed up in their gear and showed us the equipment they use in a fire. They also showed us what they wear when they have to get close to a beehive. Mr. Mike even wore the jacket to demonstrate.

The highlight of the visit was when the Big Bears had a chance to hold the hose and spray water. Wow! What a cool experience!

Another topic we covered this week was outer space. The kids loved role-playing a trip to space and now know what an astronaut is. They learned how he/she floats in space wearing a special suit and tank. The Big Bears understood we live on planet “Earth” and the characteristics of other planets. Check out how your child sings the following song:

“Zoom, zoom, zoom”

We are going to the moon

Zoom, zoom, zoom

We´ll get there very soon

5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 0

BLAST OFF!!

Big Bears also learned how to recite “I am a Little Airplane ”

I´m a little airplane
flying in the sky

Flying fast,
Flying slow,

Flying hide, flying low

Going up,coming down,

I´m a little airplane flying in the sky !

Next week, we will start learning about spring and many concepts related to it!

We want to remind you that our Easter Party is coming up soon. So, if possible, please collect and send as many eggshells as you can. We will appreciate your help very much!

Have a nice weekend!

We Are Community Helpers!

We had a great time learning about community helpers: such as doctors & nurses, garbage collectors, and construction workers. The Big Bears also had the opportunity to role play and act like different community helpers.

As construction workers, they enjoyed coloring and painting tools on craft paper. They pretended to build and fix things around the gym with out play tools such as hammers, screwdrivers, saws, drills and hatchets.

The Big Bears also practiced their writing skills this week. We are constantly developing their fine motor skills using different prewriting exercises.

Next week, the Big Bears will learn about different types of transportation, such as: land, water and air. Also, they will have the chance to meet the Rescue and Firefighter teams.

Have a great weekend!

You’re My Valentine!

This week was full of excitement for our Big Bears! First, they learned about love and friendship, and Valentine’s Day. They also learned about our wonderful community helpers; such as teacher, firefighter, mailman and dentist.

On Valentine’s Day we had a party the kids really enjoyed. They shared candy and different treats with each other. They were also so thrilled when they heard a knock at the door. It was Mr. Mike, (dressed as the mailman). He gave Valentine’s cards to all.They were super happy!

All morning long they expressed their happiness about the Valentine´s Party. They enjoyed their snack and loved hitting the piñata. The Big Bears had fun sharing and exchanging the treats each one brought to school.

Today, a dentist came to visit Toddler Tree. She made a presentation about taking care of your teeth and the Big Bears were very attentive listening to Dra. Martha.

Also, we have been practicing the following rhyme called “February.” Ask them to recite it !

Red paper, blue paper

Crayons and glue

We´re making valentines

And ONE is for YOU!”

Thank You Very Much for all your kind Valentine’s gifts. As teachers we always want the best for your child because we love them with all our hearts.

Next week we will continue learning about more community helpers.

Have a great weekend!

Police Visit

This week was full of excitement for our Big Bears! First they learned about love and friendship, as well as some of our wonderful community helpers; such as police officers.

We had a blast this week because the San Pedro police officers came to kinder. They made a nice presentation, reinforcing that a traffic light has three colors, which mean the following: red-stop, yellow- be careful, and green- go. They also reminded the kids to hold someone’s hand in order to cross the street.

The Big Bears really enjoyed the police officer’s observations and it was great that they even showed all traffic signs in English! Our students also learned that they have to buckle up in the car in order to be safe.

We have been developing their motor skills, both fine and gross, working in Physical Development and coordination. We are still practicing the numbers and developing holding crayons properly as we do prewriting exercises.

We would like to remind you, if you want your kids to get checked, the Eye Doctor will be coming to kinder on Tuesday February 12th and the Ear Doctor will be here on Wednesday the 13th.

We have been practicing the following rhyme called “I Love You ”

Valentines Red
Valentines Blue
Valentines say:
I Love You !

As you know, next Thursday, February 14 we will celebrate “Valentine’s Day”. Children only need a thermos with water, no lunch boxes that day! If you send Valentine’s treats for your child´s classmates, please only label who it´s from. There are 15 Big Bears in the class.

As well, next week we will talk about the dentist among other things. For Friday the 15th, we have a great activity planned for our kiddos, we are asking you if it is possible to send a labeled toothbrush and toothpaste please.

Have a great weekend!