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.
This week our main topic was feelings. Our little ones enjoyed learning about different feelings using colors to identify each one of them: red for angry, blue for sad, yellow for happy, etc.
In Creativity Time children applied different techniques using paper plates to create faces that represented different feelings. They had a blast using the different textures and materials.
During physical development, our students are learning how to jump, and follow instructions in a fun way. They are starting to get a hold of action cues through the “Listen and Move” song. To develop their gross motor skills, we have been kicking, throwing and catching balls. All kids are becoming better and better at performing these tasks!
Next week we will be talking about family! We are sure that our kiddos will be really excited.
Remember that on Monday 17th we do not have classes. See you on Tuesday!
We had a great week! This week our main topic was “School items” and we reviewed what we have learned about our school.
The Caterpillars had a lot of fun in creativity class enjoying and trying new materials. This week they drew on the chalkboard, we used markers on paper, and we also used corks and paint to stamp on craft paper.
During Physical Development, the kids got to be active and dance fun songs such as: ‘Body Rock”, “Shake Your Sillies”, and “Shake Your Bean Bag”, and the “Sesame Street march”. At the end of their PD routine we enjoy “relax time”, everybody gets to lay down and we helped them stretch their arms and legs.
We would like to remind you of our open house that will be held on Wednesday, September 5th at 7:00 pm in our Caterpillars classroom.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
Have a great weekend!!
We had a great week! The children did better than expected and are adapting quickly to our daily routine. This week our Caterpillars had a lot of fun and experienced lots of new things.
During art, they made an apple and a school bus using different materials and tools. Physical Development was all about getting to know the different parts of the body with songs like “Head, Shoulders, Knees, Toes.” In Circle Time, we reviewed parts of the classroom and they loved listening to Mr. Mike’s rhymes like: “Window, Door, Ceiling, Floor… Calendar, Clock, Tic-Toc, Tic-Toc.”
We would like to remind you of our open house that will be held on Wednesday, September 5th at 7:00 pm in our Crawling Caterpillars classroom. We look forward to seeing you soon!
This week we had a great time! Our students have been adapting to their classroom and are beginning to make new friends. This week most of the little ones stopped crying and started enjoying our daily routine.
During the week, we started learning new songs, and concepts such as the days of the week, the months of the year, the weather, the numbers and the alphabet.
In Circle Time with Mr. Mike, we reviewed the body parts and the kiddos were super exited!
Overall, we feel great about the way your babies have been adapting to their surroundings and are confident that they are adjusting well to their new learning environment.
We would like to remind you about Toddler Tree’s Open House that will be held for parents of the Crawling Caterpillar’s class on Wednesday, September 5th, at 7.00 pm in our classroom. We look forward to seeing you soon!
My name is Nadia, the head teacher for the Crawling Caterpillars class. I will be working with Miss Martha and Miss Efo in welcoming your children to Toddler Tree!
This is a time of new beginnings, making friends, and learning lots of new things for your little ones. Every day they are going to be involved in new experiences and we hope to provide a variety of opportunities for learning and growing. In search of promoting self-sufficiency among these youngsters, our focus aside from the cognitive aspect of our curriculum will be developing social, emotional, and physical skills.
We are looking forward to meeting you on Monday, August 13 from 9:30-10:15 for an introductory session.
Also, please ask to join our private Facebook group Crawling Caterpillars 2019 for current classroom information and daily photos.