Bugs and Bugs Everywhere!!

The Bees learned all about insects this week. Vocabulary words such as: Worms, bugs, dirt, grass, bees, fly, ladybug, grasshopper, cricket, caterpillar, butterfly ants, snail and anthill.

Our exploration activities were so much fun specially the ones that involved touching spaghetti simulating worms. Kids also practice their fine motor kills for an exploration activity were they needed to separate the different plastic bugs into the jars using a scoop. It was not easy, although most of the kids got it!.

We also had a great time in art painting with watercolors and discovering new colors, as well as using green paint for handprints to make a grasshopper. Finally we worked on a beehive using different materials such as bubblewrap, yellow paint, glue a brush and pompoms simulating the bees.

During physical development we had so much fun. We used some butterfly wings and fly, we also play with some bunny ears and hop and hop listening to the Bunny Hop song.

In Story time we read some books: Insect Pop-up Book, The Very Busy Bee, Ten Little Ladybugs, The Very hungry Caterpillar and Little Brown Ants.

We are now getting into Easter and showing the kids how to hold softly an easter egg so we can paint it. Next week we look forward to learn more about easter bunny, finding eggs, roleplay easter bunny, making baskets.

Miss Roby

Role play: Doctor, Fire fighter, Chef and Hair dresser

On Wednesday, kids enjoyed the community helper centers a lot! We hosted a visit to the doctor in our classroom with tools such as bandage, stethoscope, tongue depressor, tweezers, blood pressure monitor, etc. The kids had fun with the x-ray machine. Some of the other stations our bees enjoyed were making sushi rolls with banana and Nutella in a restaurant. We were stamping and personalizing letters in the mail center. The Tigers hosted a spa, beauty salon and barber shop, where the kids got their hair combed, some of the girls got their nails painted and got foot massages or facials with cucumbers.
Finally, Mr. Mike hosted the fire station. It was so much fun!!

Kids really enjoyed their art projects, we worked on a rocket ship as well as an airplane using materials such as: Cotton, aluminum, paint, handprints, sponges and playdoh.

During story time they were happy to hear some stories: I Like Stars, The Little Engine That Could, The Wheels On The Bus and Five Little Lady Bugs.

Firefighters visit!!!

It was a great week for the Busy Bees, they loved reviewing all about transportation vehicles and community helpers. The vocabulary included land, air, and water transportation such as cars, motorcycles, race cars, buses, ambulance, tractors, trains, airplanes, helicopters, hot air balloons, boats, ships and fire trucks. For the community helpers it included, garbage collector, pilot, doctor, dentist, teacher, and firefighters.

On Wednesday, we enjoyed the firefighters visit. Kids were paying attention to everything! The squad showed us some of the materials they use in case of a fire and at the end Bees had the opportunity to hold and use the fire hose. It was a great experience.

During Circle time, Mr. Mike role played with the kids simulating a pilot, air plane and the passengers with lots of music. Kids loved it!!

In art we worked with materials such as shaving cream, glitter, glue and paint, water sprayer, markers and crayons. Our students liked painting their firefighters helmet as well as gluing cotton for the clouds on the airplane project.

During exploration we had a great experiment using water, vegetable oil, food coloring, and alka seltzer. The kids were all focused on the procedure.

Finally for story time we read some books about transportation which they really enjoyed: “Book on the Go“, “The Wheel on the Bus“, “Vroom, Things that Go“, “Fire Engine“ and “Trains, Boats, and Planes“. Afterwards we played with some props and toys related to the books.

It was a fun week full on new learning experiences!.

Miss Dany and Miss Roby.




Brush, Brush, Brush Your Teeth…

Busy Bees had so much fun this week full of surprises! They enjoyed learning about community helpers such as, dentist, doctor, nurse and mailman.

During exploration Bees loved playing with the doctors kit. We explained who the doctor and the nurse are as well as what they do, and they all role played being doctor and patient.

In creativity students had the opportunity to play with envelopes and stamps for Valentine’s. They also worked with toothbrushes, so they could have the experience of knowing how to clean teeth, for this activity we used markers and toothbrushes.

The dentist visit was one of our highlights!! They were all very focused listening and paying attention. The dentists showed our kids the right way to brush their teeth and using a big toothbrush some of our Busy Bees participated helping the dentist brushing plastic teeth.

Another highlight was the Valentines Day Party. Bees had a blast! First we started the day exchanging valentine’s sweets, and they had a great time. After that we broke the piñata and finally we ate lunch and had cupcakes.

For story time we used puppets and props. We read some books this week such as: Elmo’s World Space, My Little Doctor Bag Book, and What is Valentines Day.

On Friday we celebrated Rodrigo´s birthday we sang with Mr. Mike´s accordion and enjoyed a delicious birthday cake brought by Rodrigo´s parents. It was lovely!

Policeman Visit!!

This was a week full of learning!!! We started the week with the police officers’ visit. They gave our students a presentation about safety and traffic and everyone was very focused. Bees really enjoyed it as they got to see the police car and listen to the different sirens and sounds. Some of our toddlers were so exited they wore a police hat we made in art class!

During our creativity sessions, we had a great time pretending to be chefs by decorating a cookie with some delicious icing and rainbow sprinkles. We also created a police hat using, glue, paint, plates and crayons.

In Physical Development we also enjoyed acting out the song “Hurry, Hurry, Drive the Police car.”

Books read this week include: My little People Busy Town, What´s in Oscar´s Trash Can?, and Elmo´s Valentines.

Finally we would like to congratulate big brother Hermann, for his new baby sister. He really enjoyed the moment when he had a crown made just for him.

We hope Busy Bees have great memories of these experiences.

Love and Friendship!!

February, a new month!! We’ve started learning all about love, friendship and Valentines. Even story time has included lots of hugs between our Busy Bees. They enjoyed some of the books this week such as: I Love You Mommy, Who Do You Love and Corduroy´s Party.

During exploration, they worked on their fine motor skills and improving concentration and focus by threading different color hearts on pipe cleaners. Everyone did a great job!!

Busy Bees had lots of fun during art, we used different techniques, including: gluing small paper squares to make a fox, coloring some hearts using crayons, and modeling  play dough.

Finally circle time was exiting for them, too. Mr. Mike introduced new love songs using the accordion and the saxophone as well as heart puppets, for them to understand more about friendship and Valentines. They were all paying a lot of attention.

Valentine´s Day celebration is coming up on Wednesday February 14th!! The Party Hosts will provide snacks. Instead of sending a lunchbox on that day, please just send a water thermos or juice.

The kids will exchange Valentines with their friends, we have 12 students in our Busy Bees class so make sure to bring a bag to collect their candy. If you would like to send a special treat for your child’s classmates, don’t forget to label only who it’s from.

Ms. Dany & Ms. Roby


Winter, Winter…

We would like to give a warm welcome to 2 new members of our family, Carlota and Mikaela! Our Busy Bees were happy and excited to have them in our class.

We continued talking about winter and the cold weather. This week we learned about forest animals. Vocabulary words included: penguins, fish, polar bear, ice, water, and forest animals: squirrel, fox, raccoon, and bear.

During exploration we had very fun activities. The kids experienced painting ice cubes and feeding the penguins.

We all enjoyed story time very much, too. Our students were happy to hear the stories of the books such as: Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What do you Hear?, The Bear Went Over the Mountain, Who Lives There? and Baby Wild Animals.

Last Friday, the Busy Bees were very exited about Grandma’s Day, we had the pleasure of meeting most of them. They together worked on a project, “Cookies with Grandma“ and the kids had a blast! We loved to see their happy faces and hope all grandparents had a fun time at Toddler Tree. Please give them our thanks for coming.

Hope you have a wonderful long weekend!

Keep in mind we won’t be having class on Monday, so see you next Tuesday!

My Winter Clothes

Hello Everyone!

During this week we were excited to welcome a new member to our Busy Bees family, Thomas Elfmont. All together the kids have been enjoying and learning new things!

We have been talking about winter clothes. Vocabulary words such as shoes, boots, coat, jacket, mittens, gloves, cap, hat, sweater, scarf and socks. They all learned the vocabulary fast, since we have been playing during different activities where they have to name the items and dress up a teddy bear with winter clothes. They also had to dress up a mannequin one by one taking turns.

Activities that reinforced these concepts included: Painting a mitten with watercolors, pasting pompoms and stamping a paper scarf.

Most of our students really enjoy story time and remain seated and attentive during the entire story when it is being read to them! Stories this week included: Avalanche, Barney Gear Gets Dressed, Snow, What Will You Wear, Claude? and The Ice Age.

During Cooperative Play our kids worked on color matching. They toook turns inserting tongue depressors into a bottle and did a great job.

Our theme for next week include, winter animals.

We hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Ms. Dany & Ms. Roby