This week our main topic was “My Family and I”. We learned about mom, dad, sister, brother, baby, grandma and grandpa. Our kiddos had fun role-playing using family puppets; trying to identify the different members of a family.
The Busy Bees absolutely loved making a glove with each of their family members, then singing the Finger Family song.
Your little ones also had a blast using play dough and cookie cutters of different sizes, from big to small to resemble family members.
The kids presented themselves to their classmates using their family boxes. They had so much fun learning about one and other!
Next week, we will be learning about the parts of a house and we will also have a mime visiting us on Wednesday, September 26th. We will be reinforcing topics such as feelings and emotions through a fun presentation!
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.
Miss Caty and I loved seeing you all at the Open House! Your kids were also very surprised to find their special pointers.
This week we learned all about body parts, we had so much fun making our weekly project while singing “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes”. On Friday, our Busy Bees enjoyed reviewing the body parts with their new pointers.
José Luis was our super kid this week, and he brought some cake. Mr. Mike also made him a special birthday crown and we sang Happy Birthday.
We look forward to next week, when we will be learning all about feelings and how they can be expressed through colors, facial expressions and body postures.
This week our Busy Bees had fun learning more about school items. The kiddos really enjoyed exploring and drawing on the chalk board.
We are so happy to see how every new learning experience excites them!
We are helping them to follow new instructions, such as: how and where to line up, walk and sit down, among others. For example, this week they started to open their lunch boxes by themselves! We feel so proud to see how they are developing and becoming more independent.
Please remember that our Busy Bees Open House is next Thursday, September 6, at 8:00 p.m.
We had a great week of getting to know each other, becoming familiar with new faces and learning about our classroom and our daily routine. Next week, we will be covering shapes and colors.
This week, during exploration time, we worked with sensory play and had a blast! During Circle Time with Mr.Mike, we got to experience magic and sounds. During Creativity, we made a yellow bus with glitter and even drew our friends in it!
We want to welcome you to become members of our private Facebook group (Busy Bees 2019) where we have been posting pictures of your little ones.
Don’t forget we have our Open House at Toddler Tree for parents of the Busy Bees class on Thursday, September 6 at 8:00 pm. We look forward to meeting you all!