Spooky Week at Toddler Tree

It’s almost Halloween and our kids are excited learning about Halloween traditions and vocabulary.

This week our Terrific Tigers made some beautiful crafts in creativity class. Our Tigers made a colorful witch, a lollipop ghost, a witch’s brew and broom .They enjoyed making these very much!

In Circle Time, Mr. Mike showed us a lot of Halloween surprises: such as jack-o-lanterns, bats, witches, ghosts and vampires. In story time our leaders for the week shared their favorite toy and book.

Remember to get ready for our Halloween Party on Wednesday, October 31!

ANNOUNCEMENTS:
1. Kids arrival time is at 9:00am, please do not send lunch boxes. Only send a bag to collect treats and goodies.
2. Admission for the 10:30am parade will be 2 people per family.
3. Parking is limited (consider Uber).
4. Please leave the kinder without entering the classrooms. This is to avoid disturbing the children.
5. If it rains, the parade will be held for students only.

We hope you have a great weekend!

Getting Ready For Halloween!

It’s almost October 31st and our Terrific Tigers are getting ready for Halloween. During the week, we have been learning new vocabulary words related to Halloween.

In our Creativity class, the kiddos made a ghost using shaving cream and glue. Also, we learned about what happens in the fall, as the leaves turn yellow and orange. The kids actually painted some leaves.

The Tigers are getting so excited about Halloween, that we decided to make a Haunted House using paper bags.

During Physical Development, we continued listening and dancing to Halloween songs. Our kids enjoy this class very much, because they get to excercise and move to fun music.

Next week, we will still be full of new fun and exciting Halloween activities.

We hope you have a great weekend!

A Colorful Week!

Another week went by and our Terrific Tigers got to work with lots of different materials. In Creativity, they made a beautiful rainbow were we practiced making lines and colors. We taught them the primary colors and they also learned about the secondary colors using paint and pasta.

During Story Time, we are introducing Halloween vocabulary with different books. Our kids really enjoyed the stories and the pictures related to Halloween.

During Physical Development, we have been exercising to the beat of Halloween songs. That way, the kids can keep listening to new vocabulary words. Some of our routines were focused on practicing walking in straight and zig zag lines.

On Wednesday October 31st, we will have our Vintage Halloween Party. Please remember to send your children with something to collect their sweets (it can be a bag or basket). In case you want to send treats for their classmates, there are 13 kids (3 boys, 10 girls).

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

Have a wonderful weekend!

Tiger’s Treats

It’s finally October, and this week, our Terrific Tigers learned about shapes and the forms they can create. They were able to identify several shapes in items around their classroom.

In Creativity class, our kids made a piece of candy corn using a triangular foamy and applied different materials to decorate it.

The kids are really enjoying Circle Time with Mr. Mike and playing games that involve identifying shapes and colors all around the gym.

During Physical Development class, we danced and learned by following instructions and began introducing Halloween songs such as “Ghostbusters” and “Thriller”.

Next week we will have fun activities related to lines and colors!

As you may already know, on Wednesday October 31st, we will be having our “Vintage Halloween” party and parade. You may want to start looking for costumes so your child can participate. Try to find something simple for their own comfort. If possible, use make up instead of a mask, so it won’t obstruct their sight.

We hope you have a great weekend!

Home Sweet Home!

This week we are reviewing the parts of the house, our kids have been learning new vocabulary words such as kitchen, bedroom, living, room, and bathroom. They enjoyed working and decorating their weekly creativity project.

On Wednesday we had our Mime visit, our kiddos were thrilled while watching the show. Through the mim’e show, we were able to review feelings and many even tried to mimic him. It was a really fun event full of surprises and magic tricks!

Next week, we will be learning about lines, shapes and colors through some exciting activities we have planned.

Hope you have a great weekend!

Our Family!

This week we learned about our family. We counted our family members, and also learned how to call them: Dad, Mom, Brother, Sister, Baby, etc.

Our art project involved painting a house that includes family members. The kids had so much fun making it!

In Cooperative Play, we made a family mural using different materials, like glitter, glue, pompoms, etc.

Next week we will talk about everything related to our house. Also, we will have a Mime visit us on Wednesday September 26th. We are really looking forward to the presentation and fun activities.

We hope you have a great weekend!

Mime Time 2018

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.

Emotion
• 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.

Gestures
• 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.

I’ve Got This Feeling…

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!

Hope you have a great long weekend!

Having so much fun!

Dear Parents,

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!

Ms. Victoria