Jungle Animals!

It is mind blowing to realize that we are already through the second week of May! Time has flown by and our Terrific Tigers are really showing excitement about everything they have learned this school year! It is such a pleasure to see them enjoy, participate and want to take action in our class!

This week we started talking about wild animals. We explained to them that we can find them in the jungle or at the zoo. Some of them even mentioned that they have been to a zoo already. Our vocabulary words for this week include jungle, monkey, elephant, giraffe, lion, and zebra. We have been working with plush animals, puppets, toy wild animals, puzzles and jungle animal yoga poses! Students are now able to identify and talk a little about each one of these animals seen during this week.

During this week in Creativity Class our students worked on a project for mothers day as well as glueing fruit-loops along the boarder of the first letter of their name! This in efforts to get them more familiar with the alphabet, next week we will be gluing pompoms along the boarder of our whole name! We encourage you to have these projects hanging around their bedroom or the house so they may get more familiar we how these look! Everyone is now able to identify they name in our daily sign in activity in the classroom, the next step is to have them identify their name in a place or area out of context. Only then can we prove that they have genuinely grasped the knowledge of identifying/reading their name!

Physical Education class has been really fun this week. The gym and Ms Mely were busy with mother day festivities all week but we stayed in the classroom and indulged in full on 30 mi yoga classes! Our Tigers love yoga, at this age the activity is as much a mental workout as it is physical. It develops in them both strength, flexibility, creativity and social-emotional skills!

Story Time has been related to the jungle theme as well and we have begun to see an increase in reading participation with their favorite books! Stories read to them are Polar bear Polar Bear What do you Hear, From Head to Toe, In the Jungle, Ellie the Elephant, The Little Elephant, Zoo Animals, and At the Zoo. It is encouraged that at least every two weeks you re-read them their favorite books so to help them get familiar both with the book and it’s vocabulary/language patterns. Getting them involved in telling the book and reading it with you increases their fluidity and confidence when speaking.

Lastly, we hope all out mothers enjoyed their mothers-day. A big congratulations to you all again! You are raising some truly wonderful children and your efforts and dedication to their happiness and well being is admirable! We hope you have a great weekend!!

Miss Sofi

Grandpa´s Farm

This week we have continued talking about the farm.  Our Terrific Tigers had a blast learning all about farm animals. The vocabulary words learned this week were: rooster, hen, chicks, sheep, pig, ducks, turkeys. They also learned about Grandpa´s Farm and everything in it.

During Exploration Time they got a chance to play with different farm plush animals. They danced to farm songs as they pointed out the animals and made animal sounds. They also played with many farm puzzles. They even got to bowl with a farm animal bowling pin set.

In Creativity Class, the kids used toy plastic farm animals to print their tracks mixing colors as well as used corks to paint sheep!

During Physical Development, the kids enjoyed dancing with hoola hoops and throwing and catching balls. We danced to and galloped to songs such as “Cotton Eyed Joe,” “Old McDonald Had a Farm,” “Grandpa’s Farm,” and the “Chick Cheep.”

Circle Time has also been a lot of fun!  The Tigers loved wearing masks and making animal sounds.

Stories read this week are the following: Guess Who Farm Friends, The Little Red Hen, One Sneaky Pig, A Very Funny Farm, Elmo & Abby Visit the Farm, Noisy Farm, and Who Will Help?

Next week we will be talking about planting, and introducing the insects!

Learning about the Farm!

Welcome back!! We are happy to be back into our routine again with our wonderful Terrific Tigers once more!  We all had a nice time to relax and rest and are ready to continue with our daily activities until June! Time sure passes by so quickly when we are having so much fun!

April is here and with this new month comes a new theme: we have been talking this week about The Farm. We have seen new vocabulary words such as farmer, crops, animals, barn, fence, pond, hay, field,  We also talked about farm food and how the farmers plant & grow food we eat, such as corn and beans. They now understand that farm animals can also provide food such as milk, eggs and butter from the milk! We focused this week on talking about cows and horses.

During Exploration Time they have been really interested with manipulating barn & farm objects, such as, toy animals, mud, grass and everything related to this theme.  In Creativity Class we worked on muddy pigs, painting a pink pig with brown with some yarn so to make it look like it is splattered in mud! We also made mud in our classroom and played with tractors painting tracks with the mud! Physical Development Class has also been lots of fun for them since the music has been related to the farm and they have enjoyed “riding” on horses, listening to fun music.

Story Time has also been interesting for them with stories related to this theme. Books read this week include: At the Farm; The Big Red Barn; The Little Red Hen; The Farmer in the Dell; & Farmer Grover.

We also celebrated Maria Emilias birthday on Tuesday and Mr. Mikes birthday on Thursday! The kids watched Miss Mely make a crown for Mr. Mike, we hit a piñata, collected candy and shared some cupcakes!

Next week we will continue talking about The Farm and will focus more on talking about the animals we can find there.

Have a great weekend!!

Down on Grandpa’s Farm

Monday, April 30th, 2018 @ Toddler Tree Kinder

All students will take part in our Children’s Day Celebration! Toddler Tree teachers have prepared different centers for the kids to have a full farm experience. Between finding the milk bottle caps in the haystack, milk bottle bowling, milking the cow, egg and spoon racing, wheelbarrows, everyone is sure to have a great time. No need for lunchboxes, as April room mothers will provide the snacks. Please dress children in jeans and white top with sneakers or comfortable shoes.

Easter Parade!

Our Terrific Tigers had such a fun time getting ready for our Easter Parade! We painted eggshells together, put confetti inside them and pasted paper covers. They were also quite busy making the decorations you saw all around the park. They simply love to see their own work being used to decorate the place! It made the whole park look so pretty!

The Parade was a great success! The kids enjoyed getting together and participating in our planned activities, such as bunny face painting, sifting the eggs out of the water, stuffing carrots  with marshmallows, and tossing the hoop in the carrots. After these activities they participated in the traditional parade, going around the park in their cars, scooters or tricycles. We were impressed to see all of the creativity used into decorating such vehicles! The egg hunt was the main attraction for our little ones and they were having so much fun looking for the egg shells and collecting them in their baskets or bags. Of course, breaking the egg shells on each others´ head was the highlight of the morning! We all got our head full of confetti! It was so nice to see that all of our students were able to attend and were happy to see all of the moms and some dads, as well! We thank you so much for your support!

During the days before the Easter parade took place, we were getting ready for such event, such as explaining to them what would happen on this day, and we even decorated a tricycle together, using colored paper and balloons, and explained to them that they would use something like that on the party. Most of them were able to tell us how their car was decorated! We talked about wind and kites and the kids had the opportunity to feel the air from a hair dryer and see a real kite. We explained to them that a kite needs lots of wind in order to be able to fly!

When we come back from our Easter Holidays, on Monday, April 9th, we will be talking about the farm!

We hope you have a wonderful holiday season together with your family and enjoy these special moments with them. We will be looking forward in seeing your little ones back in April. Have a great time!

Introducing Bugs & Spring Season!

This week we have been talking all about bugs!  We have seen new vocabulary words such as worms, bugs, dirt, grass, beehive, bees, fly, swatter, ladybug, grasshopper, caterpillar, butterfly and ants!  We also talked about spring, changing weather, spring time showers and flowers!

During Exploration Time they have been really interested in manipulating bugs and using play-doh to create fossils! In Creativity Class they started working on their bumble bees, painting a plate yellow and using corks to paint the black lines on their backs! They also thoroughly enjoyed our process art activity which simply consisted in exploring painting and mixing colors utilizing balloons!

Story Time has also been interesting for them with stories related to this theme. Books read this week include: The Very Busy Bee, I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly, The Very Quiet Cricket and The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Next week we will begin to talk about Easter!

Lastly, I sincerely apologize for any inconvenience my getting ill this week and having to reschedule our parent teacher conferences may have caused. Today Friday I was finally back at work, healthy and excited to see you next week and share with you how wonderful your kids have been doing, growing and learning in our classroom!

Have great weekend!!

Miss Sofi

Air, Water & Land Transportation!

This week our Terrific Tigers enjoyed reviewing  all the types of transportation as well as community helpers. Transportation included, air, water and land, such as airplanes, helicopters, hot air balloons, rockets, cruise ships, boats, sailboats, cars, buses, motorcycles, fire engines, etc.  They are now very aware of the community helpers and can name and identify them. We reviewed the police officer, mail carrier, doctor, dentist, teacher, garbage collector, firefighter and baker.

The highlight of the week for our little ones was our visit from the Firefighters! The kids really enjoyed the visit as they got to see the fire truck and watched Miss Marifer dress up as a firefighter!  Some of our toddlers wanted to dress up as well, and they got the opportunity to wear these special outfits! The most exciting moment was probably when the kids got to spray water with the fire hose and hear the different sirens the firetruck makes!

Art projects this week included decorating our own fire fighter helmet as well as

During story time they were happy to hear the stories of the books such as: Fisher Price, My Little Pepole Busy Town; Away We Go!; The Wheels on the Bus; Dora´s What Will I Be?; Noisy Helpers; Trains, Boats, and Planes (Elmo´s Book); and Little People´s Cars,Trucks, Planes and Trains.

During Physical Development the kids really enjoyed an obstacle course we set up for them to imagine they are traveling by plane, by boat, and by train. They went up a ramp as if taking off, then crossed a bridge, jumped into a row boat, then jumped out of the boat, and went through a tunnel shouting out “Choo-Choo!”. We also got to experience jumping in an inflatable boat and pretend to be rowing while singing “Row Row Row Your Boat”.

We hope you have a wonderful weekend with your lovely family!

Valentines Week!

This week our Terrific Tigers enjoyed a lovely valentines day party on Wednesday! During the week we reviewed all the types of community helpers! They are now very aware of the community helpers and can name and identify them. We reviewed the police officer, mail man, doctor, dentist, teacher, garbage collector, firefighter and baker. Never the less the highlight for the kids was most definitely their valentines party were they got to exchange their candy and valentines with one another! Thursday was really special too because we had the dentist come visit and show us how to brush our teeth! To end the week we had a blast celebrating Aitana’s Birthday on Friday with a delicious rainbow cake!

The kids really enjoyed their art projects painting with sponges and stamps! They made a valentine for their parents, a mouth out of apple slices, peanut butter and marshmallows as well as worked finger painting with red and white which they discovered is how you make pink!

During story time they were happy to hear the stories of the books such as: Fisher Price, My Little People Busy Town; Away We Go!; The Wheels on the Bus; Dora´s What Will I Be?; From Head to Toe; and How do Dragons Say Goodnight!

We look forward to teaching the kids all about means of transportation next week with lot’s of fun activities planned out!!

We hope you have a wonderful weekend with your lovely family!