This week was such a fun experience for the Busy Bees! During Physical Development, they really enjoyed dancing to all the Halloween songs. We used hula hoops, pom-poms, tambourines, among other props and even dressed up in different costumes!
Our students also had a blast working on their Itsy Bitsy Spider during Creativity Class. They also really enjoyed playing with ghost googly mixture (shaving cream, glitter and glue).
Next week, we are going to practice walking slowly and carefully for our parade. Remember, the parade is this Wednesday, October 31st.
The kids are so excited!
Here are some reminders:
1. Kids arrival time is at 9:00am, please do not send lunch boxes. Just a bag to collect goodies and treats. Whatever your send to share with classmates (candies), please label only who it is from.
2. Admission for the 10:30am parade will be 2 people per family.
3. Parking is limited (consider Uber).
4. Please leave the kinder without entering the classrooms. This is to avoid disturbing the children.
5. If it rains, the parade will be held for students only.
During Creativity, the kids had a blast melting crayons with a hair dryer to create “rain” for a really cool painting we hung on the door!
For Columbus day, the kiddos decorated some paper boats and later let them sail away in a mini pool. We all waved goodbye!
Next week we will get into Halloween mode, and we will be making Jack-O-Laterns and a witch hat!
On Wednesday October 31st, we will have our Vintage Halloween Party. Please remember to send your children with something to collect their sweets (it can be a bag or basket). In case you want to send treats for their classmates, there are 12 kids (6 Girls and 6 Boys).
This week, our Busy Bees began working on identifying different shapes they see every day in their classroom. They are now very familiar with circles, triangles, squares, rectangles, ovals, diamonds, stars & hearts. It is amazing to watch them identify a shape and then match it correctly!
During Exploration, the kids had lots of fun! They had a big selection of colored shapes, and we practiced sorting them by color and form. Also, we did an experiment using Sweethearts that helped us reinforce the concept of colors.
They love the science experiments we do!
As you may already know, on Wednesday October 31st, we will be having our “Vintage Halloween” party and parade. We would like to encourage you to 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.
Next week, we will also be full of surprises. We are planning lots of fun activities related to lines and colors, and introducing Halloween!
This week was so exciting because we had a mime visit Toddler Tree. The kids enjoyed the Mime Time show very much! They learned about different expressions and how we show feelings such as happy, sad, angry and surprised.
To get the kids prepared for the mime, and so they wouldn’t be frightened, Miss Caty was also a mime, the day before. She dressed in black and white and when she brought out the face paint, the kids enjoyed helping her paint her face.
Next week we will be covering shapes: triangle, square, circle, rectangle and oval. Our kiddos love making experiments and next week they’re definitely in for a surprise!
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.