Yummy, Yummy!

This week we introduced a new theme: fruits, vegetables and dairy products. New songs and materials were on hand to play and explore.

During Circle Time, Mr. Mike taught them the “Sharing Song” demonstrating it by using props. All the kids were so attentive at Mr. Mike, they really liked the song. He also sang “Apples and Bananas” and another day changed it to “Tomatoes and Potatoes”.

At Creativity we did some grapes by stamping toilet paper rolls with paint and then they colored it with purple crayons. Our kiddos also had a chance to use new finger stamps, they were so excited because it was something they were able to use easily. They used those finger stamps when we showed them all about milk, cheese and yogurt. They also had a lot of fun working on a watermelon sun catcher, pasting all the celophane red squares on the contact paper. It turned out so lovely!

Our CAterpillars really enjoy Story Time, we read many books about fruits and vegetables while using actual fruits as props. They felt exciting to see what fruit or vegetable was coming out of the box.

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

Have a great weekend!

Parent Teacher Conference (Crawling Caterpillars / November 15th)

Dear Parents,

Our first parent teacher conferences will be held on Friday, November 15th at Toddler Tree Kinder. Attached you will find assigned schedules.

Please confirm your assistance with Nora.

Thank you!

Toddler Tree Staff

CRAWLING CATERPILLARS
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15TH
9:00 AM Chloe
9:20 AM Matilde
9:40 AM Daniel Eugenio
10:00 AM Miguel
10:20 AM Roberto
10:40 AM Ana Sofía
11:00 AM Emma
11:20 AM Jorge
11:40 AM Sofía
12:00 PM Aria
12:20 PM Inés

Learning Is Fun!

Time flies so quickly! We are ready to receive November. First of all we want to congratulate all the boys and girls for their spectacular costumes and how wonderful they were at the Pixar Perfect Halloween Parade. They were very proud of their costumes and so excited about all the goodies they received from their classmates. Thank you so much for all your support.

Our Caterpillars had a week full of fun activities, books, songs and dances. During Creativity we made a tombstone using a “gansito”. Also, we had a chance to experiment with glitter and practiced several sensorimotor skills. Another fun project was making a witch hat using ice cream cones, nutella and a “doradita”. This activity helped us review several shapes, such as: circle and triangle.

Next week our kiddos will start learning about fruits, vegetables, milk and cheese. We are ready to make it a fun learning experience!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Having A ”Spooktacular” Time!

This week has been full of Halloween fun. All the kids have enjoyed listening and dancing to Halloween songs and playing with lots of costumes.

Everyday we have been reading spooky stories and they have been learning new vocabulary, such as: witch, bat, owl, cat, ghost, monster, vampire, gobblin and so much more. All those books make them scream, laugh and smile.

During Circle Time, Mr. Mike showed them Sam the Spider and read the book of “Where is Spider” along with the song. He also made as if the spider was crawling in his body showing them all the parts of the body.  As Halloween is just around the corner, Mr. Mike dressed up as a clown. First he started placing a bowtie and collar, then a nose, a hat and at the end some fake teeth. Everyone was so amazed by his costume and transformation!

At Creativity we had so much fun. We made some spider stamps using a toilet paper roll. We also made a friendly ghost with cotton, a marshmallow mummy and a yummy spider using oreo cookies, m&m’s and spagetti for the legs. They practiced fine motor skills by inserting the spagetti on the cookie. They had so much fun making all those delicious Halloween crafts.

Next week we will continue reviewing Halloween and will have on Wednesday October 30th our Pixar Perfect Halloween Parade at 10:20am.

Here are a few reminders:

1. Kids arrival time is at 9:00am, please do not send lunch boxes, only a bag to collect goodies.
2. Parking is limited (consider Uber).
3. Please leave the kinder without entering the classrooms. This is to avoid disturbing the children.

Thank you so much, have a great weekend!

Trick Or Treat!

Another week went flying, Halloween is just around the corner and all the kids are so excited listening to Halloween songs, playing with costumes, making creative crafts and so much more.

During Circle Time, Mr. Mike showed us lots of rhymes including his favorite of the 5 Little Pumpkins. He also dressed up as a witch and started to sing and dance the song of “I’m a Witch.” Mr. Mike surprised the kids with a pumpkin and transformed it into a Jack o Lantern. He made as if he was cutting the eyes, nose and mouth and then he turned off the lights and the pumpkin was now a glowing Jack o Lantern. They were all amazed looking at Mr. Mike with his big shinny Jack o Lantern.

At Creativity time, our Caterpillars did a bunch of Halloween activities. First we painted some egg carton and made some cute little pumpkins. Also, our little ones used half of an apple and stamped  little orange “pumpkins”. They also enjoyed making a sensory glove with water, beads, glitter, pom poms and other fun materials. Today we talked about cats and we made one using a Paleta Payaso.

Remember that on October 31 you can bring candy or whatever you want to share with their friends. Please make sure not to label the candies using “To”.

Thank you so much for your support,

Have a wonderful weekend!

Learning Is Fun!

This week we had so much fun! Learning all about fall season, lines, primary colors, Colombus Day and so much more. The kids worked on some beautiful sun catchers using contact paper and pieces of cellophane paper. They really enjoyed pasting the fall colored cellophane papers (red, orange, yellow, green and brown) on the contact. Since they really liked it, we did this activity two times! Helping them in their fine motor skills.

Also, our little ones did some trees using the dot to dot markers while we explained to them the different seasons of the year. Another fun thing we got to do was a ziplock paint bag with a pumpkin. We introduced them primary colors and they had the chance to see how red and yellow make orange! They were so excited rubbing the bag mixing the paint.

It was a week was full of activities, but we couldn’t forget Colombus Day which is celebrate this Saturday, October 12th. Our Caterpillars worked on a little ship made of a paper plate.

During Circle Time, Mr. Mike reviewed the shapes and introduced Halloween with a little rhyme of Debbie and Dave the Bats. He also surprised us with the colors of Autumn. The kids laughed a lot when he threw a bunch of colored leaves on top of them.

We are looking forward for next week because it is going to be all about Halloween!

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.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Crawling Caterpillars

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 All Around The Kinder

Another week went by so quickly! We said bye bye to September and hello to October. The kids are so excited that we are in the month of Halloween. This week we learned everything about shapes.

At Physical Development, Caterpillars danced to the song Circle, Triangle and Square. They enjoyed exercising on the carpet full of shapes.

During Creativity, we worked on a shape train. First the kiddos painted the shapes, then they pasted small foamy figures on each wagon. Our little ones painted the wheels of the train with dot to dot markers which they love. We couldn’t resist to start with Halloween activities. The children painted a bat and cat tangram with different shape stamps.

Next week we will continue  reviewing shapes, learning all about lines, primary and secondary colors.

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.

Have a wonderful weekend!

My House

This week we learned all about the different parts of the house. During Exploration, they had the opportunity to play with 2 doll houses. Both of them had a kitchen, a bedroom, a living room, a bathroom and even a dinning room. Caterpillars played with all the furniture and family members.

During Recess, they got so excited to play with a beautiful huge house that has many accesories and furniture to play with. It was really nice observing how they pretended to be a particular family member in a specific part of “their house”.

At Circle Time, Mr. Mike surprised us with a detailed book about the parts of the house. The kids got to sing a small song about Mama Pig cooking a pie in the kitchen and Mama Elephant sleeping her baby at his bedroom.

Our Crawling Caterpillars enjoyed our Creativity project. Each day we worked on decorating the house and coloring each room.

Next week we will have lots of fun activities related to shapes!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!