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 we learned about feelings and the colors that represent them. In creativity, we used paper plates to make masks showing different emotions.
In story time, we shared many stories as well as a book in our leader’s mystery bag. The kids are so happy and excited to show their friends what they bring!
During Physical Development, we have been working with the kids to learn how to follow the leader and follow directions with different songs and activities. They really enjoy dancing and moving around!
Next week, we will talk about family. We look forward to sharing about each other’s family members with their picture boxes.
As a reminder, next Monday 17th we don’t have classes, but we hope to see everybody back on Tuesday!
We thank you for coming to our Open House! It was a pleasure meeting you. The Terrific Tigers were excited about having their own mystery bags, and soon getting to use them to surprise their classmates!
This week we talked about body parts and learned about clothing items related to them.
Our creativity project, was about making a human body using different materials, and at the same time, reviewing parts of the body.
The kids are continually involved with activities that help them reinforce fine and gross motor skills (inserting straws into plastic bottles, using pom-poms with tweezers, working with Play-doh, etc).
Next week, we will be learning about feelings and how they can be expressed in different ways. For now, we look forward to seeing many happy faces next week.
Thanks again, and we hope you have a lovely weekend!
We have finished week # 3, time sure goes by quickly when we are enjoying ourselves so much! This week, we talked about more school items. Our Terrific Tigers, enjoyed discovering new items and exploring their shape and form.
Creativity Time, is always fun for the kids since they work actively with different materiales and techniques. During Physical Development they practiced: rolling balls to each other and throwing balls into hula hoops.
Next week, we will be talking about body parts and feelings. We are excited to show our kiddos the activities we have planned for them.
Please remember, our Terrific Tigers Open House will be next Wednesday, September 5th, at 8:15 pm. We are really looking forward to seeing you there.
Terrific Tigers are feeling more and more adapted as they enjoy their daily activities more and more! During this second week, we have been talking about classroom items, classmates, teachers, and school.
During Creativity Class, our Terrific Tigers have been busy working on school supply projects using different techniques such as painting, cutting and pasting. Our Cooperative Play has been an incredible experience. We’ve noticed how much our students have matured since last year!
Next week, we will be talking about more classroom items. Take a look at the objectives published in our monthly newsletter to review these concepts with your toddlers at home.
As a reminder, next Wednesday, September 05, we will have our Open House for our Terrific Tiger parents. It will be held at 8:15 pm in our classroom. We are really looking forward to seeing you.
We’re so happy to see all your little ones have adapted incredibly well to their new classroom! They have been having a lot of fun learning colors, shapes, letter sounds and numbers. In Creativity, we introduced the Terrific Tigers to drawing with chubby crayons and manipulating play dough!
Next week, we will be learning about school and we will be covering topics such as classroom, cubby, chalkboard, calendar, and school supplies.
We would like to remind you to please send a complete change of clothes for your child to have on hand in case of an emergency.
As a side note, we would also like to remind you our Toddler Tree Open House for parents of the Terrific Tigers class will take place on Wednesday, September 5th at 8:15 pm. We hope to see you there!