A Colorful Week!

Another week went by and our Terrific Tigers got to work with lots of different materials. During Creativity they made a beautiful giant tree, we decorated it by making lines and colors on it.

Tigers collected leaves in the backyard and had a chance to learn new vocabulary words. We also taught them about primary and secondary colors.

At Story Time, we introduced Halloween vocabulary using different books. Our kids really enjoyed the stories!

Tigers really enjoy Physical Development, we exercised to the beat of several Halloween songs. We did plenty of fun routines, but the one they liked the most was walking over straight and zig zag tape lines.

We love how tigers have been learning new rhymes, they’re doing a great job!

As a reminder on Thursday October 31st, we will have our Pixar Perfect Halloween Party. Please remember to send your children with a bucket or bag to collect their sweets. In case you want to send treats for their classmates, there are 14 kids in our classroom.

Next week, we will continue talking about Halloween and many more things related to it.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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.

Shaping Up!

This week we had the opportunity to use different materials and learn about shapes. Tigers learned that a circle has no corners, a triangle has three straight sides and a square has four sides and four corners. They learned to identify shapes everywhere, like a circle (clock), a triangle (slice of pizza) and squares (picture frames). It’s wonderful to see how the kids are beginning to identify shapes all over the place!

Our Creativity class, was full of projects that helped us reinforce the themes and each kids fine motor skills. Tigers used sponges to print shapes on paper and had so much fun! They really enjoyed doing this activity!

During Physical Development, our kiddos reviewed shapes by finding them around the gym. We even had a chance to “create” some of them at warm up time.

Our topics for next week will be: Primary and Secondary Colors. Also, we will learn about Christopher Columbus for Columbus Day!

We love how Tigers are learning new rhymes!

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 nice weekend!

My House

This week our Tigers learned about the different rooms you can find in a house, as well as the furniture and items in them. We read and looked at a lot of books, our kiddos started repeating many new vocabulary words related to the topic.

During Creativity, we made a house and a bathtub. With this activity, we were also able to review some shapes and colors. Tigers love singing songs while we are working.

At Physical Development we have so much fun walking on the balance beam! They place one foot in front of the other and open their arms to balance themselves.

We are so proud of how fast our Terrific Tigers are learning new rhymes! 

Next week we’ll be learning many things about shapes.

Hope you have an amazing weekend!

Learning About Our Family!

This week our Tigers enjoyed learning about family members, they were so excited about introducing theirs (Mom, Dad, Brother, Sister, Baby, etc). 

During Creativity, our kiddos drew and decorated a Mom, Dad, Brother, Sister, Grandma, Grandpa  and a Baby. Tigers had so much fun!

They Really enjoy our Physical development class! We all love to dance, which creates a space for self expression.

Our kiddos enjoy showing their “Mystery Bag” when it’s their turn to be the leader, they feel really special. Thank you for taking the time to prepare your child’s mystery bag.

Next week we’ll be learning about the different parts of the house (living room, kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, and dining room). We’ll talk about furniture and things we have at home such as: lamps, beds, tables, chairs, etc.

We hope you have a great weekend!

Happy Tigers!

Tigers had a great time expressing how they felt each day! During the week, we talked about feelings and emotions. Our Tigers learned they can be expressed through colors, body postures, facial expressions, etc.

At Creativity we made a giant Mexican flag, so the kids could learn about its colors and the meaning of our Mexican Independence Day celebration. Today we really enjoyed celebrating, thank you for dressing up your kids as Mexican Charros and Chinas Poblanas! They looked wonderful and had a great time.

All your children were very excited to see this week’s leader’s “Mystery Bag’s”. Our kiddos had lots of fun sharing the books / toys they brought to the kinder. The Mystery Bag will be sent home a day prior to the assigned date for you child to be the leader.

Next week we will start learning about family members. On Wednesday, September 18th we will have a special visit, a Mime will come and perform for the kids at the kinder.

Have a fun and save long weekend, see you next Tuesday!

Hello September!

Thank you for coming to our Open House, it was a pleasure meeting you!

We really missed our Tigers this rainy days, but this week our main topic was body parts. We reviewed these concepts by playing the game of “body parts” (children had to touch the body part that was shown in a picture).

During Creativity, our Terrific Tigers used the chalkboard to paint body parts and we also did letter D to review the ABC. They really loved it!

Sone of our kids experienced a new material for the first time: shaving cream! They had a blast feeling the texture!  You guys can check out the photos and video posted in out Terrific Tigers 2020 facebook group.

Next week, we will be learning more about feelings. Terrific Tigers will learn how to express their feelings through colors, facial expressions, body postures, etc.

Also, next Friday (Sep 13) we will celebrate Mexican Independence Day. You can send your kids dress up as Mexican Charros and Chinas Poblanas (it is optional).

Hope you have a great weekend!

Having A Terrific Time!

Hello Parents!
This week we had a terrific time with our Tigers! Our students have been adapting to their learning environment, exploring where the materials are and how to use them. We love to see how they’re beginning to make new friends, getting to know each other better and enjoying the kinder each and every day as they get used to 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.
A big highlight of our morning is Circle Time with Mr. Mike, where this week we reviewed the body parts and the kids were super excited!
Overall, we feel great about the way your kids have been adapting to their surroundings and are confident that they are adjusting well to their new learning environment.
Also, Miss Karen and I witnessed great progress in our tigers who potty trained this week. They did a great job and we’re super proud!
We would like to remind you about Toddler Tree’s Open House that will be held for parents of the Terrific Tigers class on Tuesday, September 3rd, at 7:00pm in our classroom. We look forward to seeing you soon!
Have a great weekend!
Miss Rocio and Miss Karen

First Week As Terrific Tigers!

Welcome to our Terrific Tigers group! This is the year for our learners to shine brightly in our classroom. It will be a year of amazing growth! We look forward to working with you and your child as we teach them to be happy, social, confident and independent. Communication is key to work together in your child´s success. We encourage you to contact us if you have any questions or concerns at any time. Miss Karen and I are looking forward to having a great school year with your child!

During their first week of school, we’re happy to let you know that all the Tigers have adapted very quickly to their new classroom, teachers and are getting along very well. We learned new vocabulary words which are related to school. Tigers have enjoyed listening to music and stories related to this topic. We also read books about school with  Elmo, Ernie, Bert, Cookie Monster, Oscar the Grouch, and the Count!

In Creativity class we’re making a school bus booklet with images of this month’s vocabulary related to the school topic: Colors, such as red, yellow, blue, and green have been used during their projects.

Also, we had Victor’s birthday celebration at the kinder this week. So much fun!!

Please remember to send a complete change of clothes for your child. For those of you who have already sent it, thank you!

We are very excited to informe you that our Open House for Terrific Tigers parents will be held on Tuesday, September 3th at 7pm.

Hope you have a great weekend!