Welcome Februrary!

We have started our second month of the year! It is always nice to see our students´ expressions when they come in the classroom and they notice that the bulletin board has been changed to a different theme, related to the new month that is just beginning! Of course, this one, is the moth of friendship and love….we will be celebrating Valentine’s Day at Toddler Tree very soon!

After wrapping up winter, we started on Wednesday, talking about love and friendship to our Terrific Tigers. We explained what Valentine´s Day is and how we need to be nice and take good care of our friends. During Creativity Class they started working on their Sponge Heart Prints, we made bird feeders out of fruitloops as well! (Some couldn’t resist the temptation during the activity and had theirs as a snack <3 ). They were very quick to recognize the heart shape and the different colors they used to print these hearts.

Books read this week included: Arthur´s Valentine Countdown, Clifford´s Valentine, Valentine bugs, Don’t Take Your Elephant to School and No David .

We are also very excited about our upcoming Valentine’s Day celebration! The mailman will be visiting Toddler Tree on Wednesday, February 14th to pass out Valentines for everybody. Because February Party Hosts will provide snacks, instead of sending a lunchbox on that day, please just send a water thermos. We will be making love notes and cards and our students will exchange Valentines with their friends. Your child will need a bag or box to collect their notes and treats. Also, if you would like to send a special treat for your child’s classmates, make sure to label only who it’s from.

We have 13 students in our Terrific Tigers class.

Hope you have a wonderful long weekend!

Keep in mind we won’t be having class on Monday, so see you next Tuesday!

Winter Clothing!

During this week we have been talking about winter clothes. Vocabulary words learned during this topic: shoes, boots, coat, jacket, mittens, gloves, cap, hat, sweater, socks. The kids were very aware of these words since they are very familiar with them right now. We also reviewed colors when talking about their winter clothing.  One fun activity for them was to name the items and dress up a big teddy bear with winter clothes. They loved to trying them on too!

Creativity Class was also exciting! They worked on several projects, such as making a winter tree, placing winter clothing on a human figure and creating and playing with artificial “snow”!

Story Time has become a nice part of their routine and it is wonderful to see how our Terrific Tigers remain seated during the entire story when it is being read to them! Stories this week included: Avalanche, Barney Gear Gets Dressed, Snow, What Will You Wear, Claude?, and The Snowy Day.

During Cooperative Play our kids were asked to identify winter clothing and it was interesting to see how they were able to identify the words, name the object they had, such as boots, rain boots, jackets, mittens, gloves, cap and hat! Everyone preferred to wear a cap! We also dressed up stuffed animals in winter clothing and matched mitten and sock pairs!

Next week will be very special as we will have our annual grandmothers day celebration on Wednesday! Your little ones will get to come to kinder with their grandmothers to work together on a special project with them and have some tea!

Topics next week will include talking about different kind of animals (winter animals and forest animals as well).

We hope you have a wonderful weekend!!

Welcome Back to Toddler Tree, Tigers!

After having spent so much enjoyable time with family and friends, our students came back to school this week. We have started this new month and the new 2018 year with the introduction of winter: vocabulary words used this week included snow, snowman, & snowflake. We also talked about things that are cold and reviewed the seasons changing: winter, spring, summer & fall. Finally, on Friday we talked about winter fun, and all the sports and activities that can be done in the snow!

During Creativity Class they worked on  a melted snowman made on a blue canvas, using finger paint and our hands! One by one they helped placing the final details on their project such as the nose, eyes, arms, a scarf ! We also used china paper and water to create the image of a winters night sky and dripped white paint on them to simulate snow!

Physical Education class has been also related to winter and they sang and danced to music that talked about winter!

This week we began incorporating story time yoga! Our tigers love it as it lets them delve further into the book and become a part of the story! Stories read to them this week included “Are you Ready for Winter?” “Ben and the Cold”, “Around the Year”, and Bear Went over the Mountain” and “Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What do You Hear?”.

We have begun with the leader once more, and they have been more than excited to resume this wonderful activity for them to bring something special from home and share it with their friends!

Next week we will be talking about  winter clothes and winter shoes.

Ms. Maggie and I wish you all a very wonderful 2018 with many blessings for each one of our little ones and their lovely families!

Wishing your a Wonderful Christmas Time!

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!

Preparing for our Christmas Show!

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!

Discovering The Magic of Christmas!

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!

Fruits, Veggies & Grains!

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!