Please note that the first day back after the Christmas break will be Monday 8th January 2018. New Crawling Caterpillars start on Monday, January 15th.
Our main topics this week were focused on Christmas and all of the magic this special holiday brings. Vocabulary words that we reviewed this week were: wreath, chimney, fireplace, stockings, cookies, candy cane, and candy.
During Creativity Class we worked on reindeer tree ornaments and Christmas trees! They were also excited about making their own cookies. Cookie dough was given to them and they had to select from a variety of Christmas shaped cookie cutters and make their own cookie form. We baked them in an electric oven and finally, they were able to taste the own cookie that they made!
Another highlight of this week was our Christmas program on Tuesday. After weeks and weeks of practice, it is always a joy to see how our kids prepare themselves for this special event. Having this special family time with your kids after the performance is always very special for them! It was an honor to have you as our guests
During physical development we danced to many holiday tunes including “Rudolph the red nosed reindeer” and “Up on the Housetop.” We also used some antlers to do the “Reindeer Pokey.”
Several books were read to them during Story Time and they loved watching all the pictures of the vocabulary words we have been talking about: Santa, Christmas Tree, ornaments, Rudolph the red nosed reindeer, elves, Santa´s workshop, among others.
It has been such a joy to work with your children this semester. Each and every one of our students is special in different ways. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to teach them and watch them grow. We have cherished every moment we have shared with them!
We look forward to seeing them back in January to continue on this beautiful journey. On behalf of all the staff at Toddler Tree, we want to wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New year!
The Severeid Family
We have been talking about Christmas and everything related to this very special season! Vocabulary words that we have been reviewing include gifts, giving, toys, elves, Santa´s workshop, sleigh, and train.
For each one of these vocabulary words we have been relating them in our classroom. During Exploration Class they were able to build their very own miniature gingerbread house, Bake and decorate Christmas sugar cookies. Lastly we also had the opportunity to wrap some gifts while we explained that this is a season of giving and that Santa brings toys to the boys and girls who behave themselves! Most of them were able to tell us what they would like Santa to bring them: trains, cars, swings & dolls were some of the items mentioned.
When we talked about elves, or Santa´s helpers, our Terrific Tigers got dressed up as elves and they were happy to pretend to be one of them! They enjoyed “helping” Santa prepare all the toys! We got to see a little part of the wonderful movie: ”Mickeys Christmas Spectacular” which is a beautiful movie related to this Christmas time!
During Creativity Class they have been busy making their very own Santa, Reindeer, Penguin and have started working on a very special Christmas gift they are making especially for you!
Physical Development has been all about practicing and rehearsing for this special presentation we will have on Monday.They are excited about presenting for you and have been dancing and dancing!
Stories that have been read to them this week include titles, such as Christmas Lights, Merry Christmas Mom and Dad, Mickey Mouse Santa´s Helper, Santa´s sleigh, My Santa Claus, Little Critter Christmas Book, Ho, Ho, Ho, Wee Mouse,&Christmas Day. Emilia was our leader on Thursday and she also brought books to read related to Christmas!
The highlight of this week was when Santa came to Toddler Tree and visited the groups before having their picture taken with him. Our Terrific Tigers looked so nice with their special outfits, which were used for this special picture.
We are looking forward to having our Christmas Festival on Monday, December 11th at Candy Gum . (Plaza San Pedro) Our little ones have been practicing very much and will be so happy to be able to perform for you!
We have started the last and most wonderful month of the year….December!
This last week of November and first week of December we dove right into the Christmas spirit. We introduced the kids to all the famous characters like Santa Claus, Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph.
One of the favorite exploration activities was building and decorating our very own gingerbread house!! They had so much fun putting the pieces together with frosting and decorating with lots of different candies!
In Creativity Class we had fun working with Christmas colors painting our very own Santa Clause, painting our Christmas Sun-catchers and personalizing our snowmen that were put up in our bulletin board!
In physical development our main focus was on practicing for the Christmas program. You may have noticed your children singing to these special Christmas tunes or even dancing at home! They have done a great job practicing and are now getting a hang of how to dance in a group!
Our vocabulary words for this week include Christmas, Santa´s toy land, Christmas tree, ornaments, star, angel, reindeer and stockings.
Our story time has included books related to this special holiday! Books that have been read to them are: Merry Christmas Boots, The First Christmas, Santa´s Toy Shop, Little Christmas Efl, The Talking Christmas Tree, Winnie the Pooh & the Christmas Tree, The Golden Christmas Tree, The Night Before Christmas, Santa´s Sleigh, and Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer.
Cooperative Play has been lots of fun! We have been role-playing and acting out like Santa, elves, and explaining what a Christmas tree means, what the star on top of the tree ia all about and who the reindeers are and why our famous Rudolph the red nosed reindeer is so special!
Next week we will continue to talk about Christmas related vocabulary words and all the magic around this wonderful holiday!
The Tigers learned all about going to the market this week. We started by going over fruits and vegetables, then proceeded to talk about grains such as pasta, oatmeal, cereal, porridge, beans, crackers, cake and bread!
The Terrific Tigers enjoyed our exploration activities this week, especially the ones that involved food. One day we brought a loaf of bread and a toaster. The kids were able to spread different flavors of jelly on the bread. We made food out of play dough to feed to our cookie monster as well practice our scissor cutting skills cutting different textured colored paper.
We also had a great time in art putting together a watermelon and painting some pasta.
We are now getting into Thanksgiving and showing the kids how to share and take turns. So next week we look forward to doing a lot with Pilgrims, Indians, and turkeys as well as having our Thanksgiving celebration on Wednesday!
We have started our 11th month of the year! November arrived and our Terrific Tigers transitioned from Halloween topics to our Food theme! They have been very interested in learning about different kids of food. Vocabulary words include: apple, banana, orange, lemon, milk, butter, cheese, yogurt, eggs, carrot, onion, potatoes, tomatoes, hamburger, lettuce, celery, broccoli, zucchini, chicken soup, strawberries, blueberries, watermelon, peaches, grapes, and fruit salad!
In our exploration activities we have been seeing, feeling, smelling and even tasting some of the foods mentioned above! Our students were able to see the difference between real food and “play food”. It is interesting to see how some of them love to eat fruits and some of them prefer the stronger flavors, such as cheese. Most of them were able to recognize by name what most of these fruits and vegetables were by the end of the week.
Creativity Class has been so much fun for them! They also worked with real food and made interesting creations such as citrus prints with lemon where they got the opportunity to touch, smell and taste lemons prior to using them as a painting tool. The milk explosion experiment was so much fun for them, too. Placing food coloring drops into milk and adding a drop or two of liquid detergent was very interesting for them to see how the color moved all by itself! Finally, they had a lot of fun making pretend food from play dough and feeding it to our cookie monster toy figure!
Books read this week related to the food theme included “Baby Bop´s Food”, “Let´s Eat”! “Who Took the Cookies from the Cookie Jar?”, and “My Day”.
Our Halloween parade was a huge success too! Our kids had so much fun in their costumes and sharing candy with each other made for a great sharing activity as well!
Next week we will continue talking about other kinds of food, such as pastas, bread, proteins and grains!
Our students also had a blast working on a puffy paint ghost in Creativity Class. They also really enjoyed playing with goblin and ghost brains (shaving cream and green dyed pasta).
Stories read to them this week included Pumpkin Faces, It´s Pumpkin Time, Halloween Treats, What is Halloween?, Trick or Treat Dora, and The Biggest Pumpkin Surprise Ever. They really enjoyed listening to these Halloween stories.
We practiced walking slowly and carefully for our parade on Tuesday and they were really excited about this important event. Most of them were able to let us know what costume they would wear for this special day at school!
Our Mystery Bag activity continues to be such an excitment for our kids and we really appreciate your helping your child in bringing something special from home when it is her/his turn!
November is almost here here and we are ready to learn more about sharing and caring, about food, and of course, about being appreciative and giving thanks.
Once the weather changes and your kids start bringing sweaters to school, it is very important for them to have their names on them so they will not get misplaced at the end of the day.
We hope you have a fun and wonderful weekend, and are looking forward to welcoming your little ones to school again on Monday and our Halloween parade on Tuesday!
Our Terrific Tigers are in full Halloween swing! They have been excited learning about Halloween vocabulary words and making nice and fun activities. We started this week making teeny tiny ghosts using lollipops and coffee filters to role-play along with our book about the Teeny Tiny Ghost. They love to role-play!
Halloween vocabulary words include cat, witch, ghost, spider, pumpkin, jack-o-lantern, haunted house, costumes and make-up.
Creativity Class is one of their favorites and this week they were quite busy: they made a pumpkin stamps using apple prints. They also made mummies using masking tape on black cardboard paper! Miss Maggie and I cut out a mummy shape and then we pasted eyes on it! Last but not least, they also made a skeleton using their hands prints to make the skeletons white body and added q-tips to represent the bones!
Physical Education included lots of Halloween music for them to move, like The Witch Doctor, The Adam´s Family Song, I´m a Witch, Go Away! Song, using colored fabrics, hula-hoops, balls, maracas and shakers!
Story time was interesting for them since they were able to relate to these words learned during the week. Books such as Mrs. Broom, The Teeny Tiny Ghost, Spiders, Spiders, everywhere, The Most Haunted House, & Halloween were read to them.
Our leaders for this week enjoyed bringing something from home to show and share with their classmates.
We are really looking forward in having our Cat Walk Parade next week. Please have your child come to school on Tuesday, the 31st with a costume!
As the leaves start turning brown and falling to the ground this season, the Terrific Tigers got to experience the changes in weather at Toddler Tree!
Our themes this week were: Air: hot and cold. Water: soft and hard (ice). Sand (sift to find treasures). Fire: blow out candles. Seasons: winter, spring, summer, & fall. Fall: trees and leaves with the different colors (red, orange, yellow and brown). Sorting: by shape and color, and recognizing how many, same and different.
The week began with fun activities to teach the kids the difference between hot and cold. Some of the highlights were during our time in Exploration, where we melted crayons with hot air from a hair dryer and they were able to feel the hot air comming out! They also really liked being able to touch and feel the ice in their hands and say : It is cold! The kids also enjoyed working with sand to find hidden treasures They were given a chance to “catch” falling leaves and sort them by size and color. Finally, they were able to create “Fall” colors, using coffee filters and washable markes, (red, organge, yelllow, brown) having them draw over the filters and then spraying water on it and watching the colors blend together.
Creativity Class was also about Fall and its colors. They saw the difference between hot (red color) and cold (blue color). To review lines we painted with yarn and to explore halloween we made halloween prints of ghost’s, bats, witches, pumpkins and cats!
In Physical Education they have started listening to Halloween music, and working with the parachute, tamborines, hula hoops, and balls. They pretended to be trees and watch the leaves fall.
Story Time was all about Halloween! Books such as Trick or Treat, Dora, Trick or Treat, Little Critter, Peekaboo Halloween, Spooky Night, and Five Little Monsters were read to them.
Cooperative play is getting easier and easier as the weeks pass by! They are able to take turns and share most of the time. Activities done this week include Straws into containers, sorting different colored coins in to containers, building towers with blocks, threading big wooden pieces into strings, and pon-pons…
Thank you for helping out with our special leader activity: the Mystery Bag! They enjoy this part of the morning so much and they feel super special to get to show their classmates what they brought.
We are getting ready for Halloween and our up coming parade. You will get details further on. Please keep in mind that your child will need to use some kind of a costume for this special day!
We hope you have a nice and relaxing weeking with your little ones! See you next week!