Mime Time

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.

Emotion
• 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.

Gestures
• 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 Friday, 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.

Farm Theme & Ideas

Creativity

Songs, Poems, and Books

Oh, We’re on our way, we’re on our way, on our way to Grandpa’s Farm
We’re on our way, we’re on our way, on our way to Grandpa’s Farm

Down on Grandpa’s Farm, there is a big brown cow
Down on Grandpa’s Farm, there is a big brown cow
The cow, she makes a sound like this. (Moo)
The cow, she makes a sound like this. (Moo)

(chorus)

Down on Grandpa’s Farm, there is a little red hen
Down on Grandpa’s Farm, there is a little red hen
The hen, she makes a sound like this. (buck-buck-buck-buck)
The hen, she makes a sound like this. (buck-buck-buck-buck)

(chorus)

Down on Grandpa’s Farm, there is a little white sheep
Down on Grandpa’s Farm, there is a little white sheep
The sheep, she makes a sound like this. (Baa)
The sheep, she makes a sound like this. (Baa)

(chorus)

Here we come.

Down on Grandpa’s Farm, there is a big black dog
Down on Grandpa’s Farm, there is a big black dog
The dog, she makes a sound like this. (Ruff, ruff, ruff)
The dog, she makes a sound like this. (Ruff, ruff, ruff)

(chorus)

Down on Grandpa’s Farm, there is a big brown horse
Down on Grandpa’s Farm, there is a big brown horse
The horse, he makes a sound like this. (Neigh)
The horse, he makes a sound like this. (Neigh)

WHAT DOES THE CAT DAY?
What does the cat say?  Meow, meow, meow.
What does the dog say?  Bow-wow, bow-wow.
What does the donkey say?  Hee-haw, hee-haw.
What does the black bird say?  Caw-caw-caw.
What does the cow say?  Moo-moo-moo.
What does the rooster say?  Cock-a-doodle-do!

Baa, Baa, Black Sheep

Baa Baa black sheep. Have you any wool?

Yes sir, yes sir

Three bags full;

One for the master,

One for the dame. And one for the little boy

Who lives down the lane

 

ONE LITTLE HORSE
One little horse went out to play, in the barnyard filled with hay.
He thought it was so much fun, he called to his friends, who came on the run.

Two little cows went out to play, in the barnyard filled with hay.
They thought it was so much fun, they called more friends, who came on the run.

Continue with this counting rhyme, adding more and more animals, such as 3 pigs, 4 ducks and five chicks. You can have your children act this out in person, or with toy animals or flannelboard cutouts.

The Old Brass Wagon

Circle to the left the old brass wagon.
Circle to the left the old brass wagon.
Circle to the left the old brass wagon.
You’re the one, my darling.

Circle to the right the old brass wagon

Everybody in the old brass wagon

Everybody out the old brass wagon

“If I Were a Horse”*:

“If I were a horse, I’d neigh, of course,

I’d run and jump and leap, I’d have so much fun,

I’d never be done, if I were a horse, of course.

If I were a horse I’d stay, all day in the meadow so lovely and green,

I’d eat and eat and still stay lean, If I were a horse, of course”.
Old McDonald

Old McDonald had a farm

E-I-E-I-O

And on his farm he had a pig

E-I-E-I-O

With an oink oink here

And an oink oink there. Here an oink, there an oink

Everywhere an oink oink

Old McDonald had a farm

E-I-E-I-O

The Giving Farm Poem by vicki Witcher

Hens give eggs.

Pigs give ham.

Cows give milk.

Strawberries give jam.

Bees give honey.

Goats give cheese.

Farms give food,

I’d like some, please!

 

Mary had a Little Lamb

Little lamb, Little lamb,

Mary had a little lamb,

Its fleece was white as snow.

 

And everywhere that Mary went

Mary went Mary went

And everywhere that Mary went

The lamb was sure to go.

 

It followed her to school one day,

School one day, School one day,

It followed her to school one day,

Which was against the rule.

 

It made the children laugh and play

laugh and play laugh and play

It made the children laugh and play

To see a lamb at school.

 

This Little Pig Went to Market

This Little Pig went to market

This little pig stayed home

This little pig had roast beef

This little pig had none.

And this little pig went wah wah wah all the way home

Bingo

There was a farmer had a dog,

And Bingo was his name-o.

B-I-N-G-O!

B-I-N-G-O!

B-I-N-G-O!

And Bingo was his name-o!

 

There was a farmer had a dog,

And Bingo was his name-o.

(Clap)-I-N-G-O!

(Clap)-I-N-G-O!

(Clap)-I-N-G-O!

And Bingo was his name-o!

 

There was a farmer had a dog,

And Bingo was his name-o.

(Clap, clap)-N-G-O!

(Clap, clap)-N-G-O!

(Clap, clap)-N-G-O!

And Bingo was his name-o!

 

There was a farmer had a dog,

And Bingo was his name-o.

(Clap, clap, clap)-G-O!

(Clap, clap, clap)-G-O!

(Clap, clap, clap)-G-O!

And Bingo was his name-o!

 

There was a farmer had a dog,

And Bingo was his name-o.

(Clap, clap, clap, clap)-O!

(Clap, clap, clap, clap)-O!

(Clap, clap, clap, clap)-O!

And Bingo was his name-o!

 

There was a farmer had a dog,

And Bingo was his name-o.

(Clap, clap, clap, clap, clap)

(Clap, clap, clap, clap, clap)

(Clap, clap, clap, clap, clap)

And Bingo was his name-o!

Mrs. Wishy Washy

The Big Red Barn

http://www.sesamestreet.org/playlists#media/playlist_516

Sticker Rewards

Children and adults behave according to the pleasure principle: behavior that’s rewarding continues, behavior that’s unrewarding ceases. Motivators help to obtain the ultimate goal: self-discipline. Children behave well because they want to or because they know good behavior is expected.

The stickers your child receives at Toddler Tree are rewards for effort and behavior. We are continuing with the strategy of rewarding children with a sticker when one or both of these elements are observed in the classroom. When referring to this concept, please use encouraging words, such as “I know you can win a sticker today” or “Show your best to earn your sticker” so that kids understand they will be rewarded when they deserve it. Please help us by correcting your child if you hear “The teacher didn’t give me a sticker” by reinforcing the concept of earning a reward, instead.

Family Stories

We had fun StoryTimes this week!

Students had a great time learning what to do when baby cries at home. Some Big Bears called out answers like: “tiene hambre, quiere comer”, “se hizo popó, hay que cambiar el pañal”, etc. After reading “Arthur’s New Baby”, most children seem to be more aware of baby’s needs and how to make babies happy by playing peek-a-boo! Hopefully this will help some families who have recent newborns or are expecting one soon.

In the book “I Love You as Much…” we saw joyful reactions in the classroom, especially when the children pretended to be different animals. The story reads: “Said the mother horse to her child: I love you as much as the warm summer breeze”. Our follow-up was identifying the mother first, then identifying the baby, but calling it different classmates names, for example: “Mother horse, Santiago horse.”

Goldilocks and the Three Bears (click to view video clip) provided a great opportunity to talk about family, too. Besides reviewing mother, father and baby, we focused on the term “just right” with hand gestures and how Goldilocks needed to “behave herself”.

Based on the “Sesame Street” song “Five People in my Family”, we used stick puppets to roleplay the family members, taking turns between classmates. Also, the kids enjoyed giving a high five with five fingers.


 

The last book we saw this week is called The Kissing Hand. It’s about Chester the raccoon on his first day of school, feeling scared and a little shy, yet comforted by a secret his mother told him.

Mrs. Racoon took Chester’s left hand and spread open his tiny fingers into a fan.  Leaning forward, she kissed Chester right in the middle of his palm. “Now”, she told Chester, “whenever you feel lonely and need a little loving from home, just press your hand to your cheek and think, “Mommy loves you. Mommy loves you. And that very kiss will jump to your face and fill you with toasty warm thoughts.” (Penn, 2006).

Students enjoyed the concept of magical kisses jumping from their hand. Everyone got heart stickers to “practice”.

15 THINGS CHILDREN LEARN FROM ART

1. Art develops creative thinking.
2. Art provides a means of communication.
3. Art serves as an emotional release.
4. Art strengthens the self-concept and confidence.
5. Art increases self-understanding.
6. Art heightens aesthetic awareness and sensitivity.

7. Art enhances the ability to visualize.

8. Art provides problem-solving and decision-making opportunities.

9. Art develops appreciation for the individuality of others.

10. Art leads to the integration of the individual.
11. Art serves as a balance to classroom activities.
12. Art aids physical coordination.
13. Art develops work habits and a sense of responsibility.
14. Art aids the adult in understanding and helping the child.
15. Art generates joy.

Healthy Snacks for Kids

Toddler Tree families have shared their ideas for fun and tasty snacks that are much better than the prepackaged ones. A little forethought will get your kids eating, feeling and growing better. Please email me to add your personal suggestions to this list and check the following links: Snack Ideas for Kids and Switch Up Your Lunchbox for even more inspiration.

Fruits and Vegetables…

Mango, Papaya, Star Fruit, Cantaloupe, Honeydew Melon, Watermelon, Cherries, Pear, Grapes, Oranges, Plums, Kiwi, Grapefruit, Pineapple, Figs (good with goat cheese)
Cooked Green Beans, Jicama, Cooked Snow Peas, Frozen Peas, Mashed Sweet Potato (good with butter and cinnamon)

Good with peanut butter: Apples, Banana, Celery (and raisins a.k.a. “Ants on a Log”))

Good with  hummus: Apple (good with peanut butter), Carrots, Raw Cauliflower or Broccoli

 

Good with ranch dip: Carrots, Celery, Cucumber Slices, Cherry Tomatoes, Raw Cauliflower, Raw Broccoli

Good with yogurt: Strawberries, Blueberries, Raspberries, Peaches

Good with soy sauce: Avocado (and brown rice) or Edamame

You may want to try: Applesauce, Unsweetened Raisins, Fruit Leathers, Freeze Dried Fruit (like mango, banana, blueberries or strawberries), Dried Apple Rings, Canned Fruit like Mandarin Oranges (Native Forest brand does not use sugary syrups in their cans), even Olives!

 

Whole-Grain…

Whole Grain Crackers (like Triscuits, Multi-Seed, Ak-Mak, Whole-Wheat Matzos, Brown Rice Crackers/Snaps, Whole-Grain Rye Crackers topped with cheese, peanut butter, or a cream cheese and jelly combo)

Popcorn (make it using “The Popcorn Trick”)
Oatmeal (served warm in a Thermos)
Shredded Wheat (look for brands that contain 1-ingredient)
Arrowhead Mills Puffed Whole Grain Cereal (corn, brown rice, wheat or millet variety)
Brown Rice Cakes
Whole-Wheat Pretzels
Whole-Grain Toast
Small, Cooked Whole-Grain Noodles

Nuts and Seeds…

Peanuts, Cashews, Almonds, Pecans, Walnuts, Pine Nuts (they are good lightly toasted), Pistachios, Sesame Seeds, Pumpkin Seeds, Nut Trail Mix including Dried Fruit

Other… Hard-Boiled Eggs, Garbanzo Beans, Cheese (cubes or sticks…with or without crackers), Plain Yogurt (flavored with a little honey or maple syrup and vanilla extract), Organic and/or Local Bacon

Homemade…

Homemade Granola Bars
Homemade “Larabars”
Whole-Wheat Toaster Pastries (a.k.a. Pop Tarts!)
Smoothies or Smoothie Pops
Whole-Wheat Banana Bread
Zucchini Chips
Whole-Wheat Zucchini Bread (made into muffins)
Whole-Wheat Pumpkin Bread (made into muffins)
Whole-Grain Cornbread (made into muffins)
Whole-Wheat Berry Muffins
Pecan Maple Breakfast Cookies
Easy Cheesy Crackers
Kale Chips
Homemade Powerballs
Whole-Wheat Biscuits (good with butter and jelly) or Buttermilk Cheese Biscuits
Cinnamon Glazed Popcorn
Whole-Wheat “Baked” Donuts

Toddler Tree: Where Kids are # 1

Mission:

The Mission of Toddler Tree is to facilitate the integral growth of each of child through creative, directed and planned activities with the flexibility required to respond to the spontaneous and changing needs of the young learners, in order to promote a positive self-esteem.

Philosophy:

At Toddler Tree, we believe that children enjoy discovering the world with their total being, since their minds and bodies are interrelated in knowing and understanding their surroundings. For the little ones, everything they touch, every movement they make, every smell, flavor and sound signify a discovery.

Therefore, we offer toddlers the opportunity to explore and assimilate their world by means of a safe, loving environment, with enriching activities that will enable them to stimulate all their senses at their own level and their own pace.

We believe that the ability to communicate in more than one language is most easily facilitated in infancy.Toddler Tree provides a total immersion experience in the English language for young learners communication needs.

Our goal is to assist each child in a complete integration process: satisfying each one’s basic needs of love, sensory stimulation, exploration, of interacting and conversing with their peers and with adults of both sexes, extending their comfortable, safe environment from their home to a new space.

When children’s basic needs are met, a trust is established that enables them to more freely investigate, thus developing their curiosity, their ability to analyze and solve problems, allowing for more independent growth, resulting in increased self-confidence and greater self-esteem.