Welcome Back to School!

Dear Parents,

We’re so happy to see all your little ones have adapted incredibly well to their new classroom! They have been having a lot of fun learning colors, shapes, letter sounds and numbers. In Creativity, we introduced the Terrific Tigers to drawing with chubby crayons and manipulating play dough!

Next week, we will be learning about school and we will be covering topics such as classroom, cubby, chalkboard, calendar, and school supplies.

We would like to remind you to please send a complete change of clothes for your child to have on hand in case of an emergency.

As a side note, we would also like to remind you our Toddler Tree Open House for parents of the Terrific Tigers class will take place on Wednesday, September 5th at 8:15 pm. We hope to see you there!

Kind regards,

Ms Victoria & Ms Marifer

Welcome Terrific Tigers

We are very excited to welcome you to our Terrific Tigers group!! We are looking forward to working with you and your child in guiding them through this magical year of learning, fun and adventure!

We believe that communication and a great parent/teacher relationship are the key to your child´s success! I encourage you to contact us if you have any questions or concerns at any time.

Please ask to join our private Facebook group Terrific Tigers 2019 for current classroom information and daily photos.

Miss Marifer and I are eager to meet you and your kids so we can start this amazing experience as a team. Please join us on Monday, August 13th from 12:00 to 12:30pm.

See you soon!

Miss Vicky

A New School Year 2018-2019!!!

At Toddler Tree we feel very happy and proud to say hello as we get ready to begin a new school year. This has been such a wonderful summer! Check out our Summer Camp 2018 It’s a Small World After All Facebook Group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/1739599322760786/) for some pictures and websites. We look forward to starting our Teacher Orientation next week.

We hope you too are enjoying the last days of the summer with family, friends, having fun. We are eager to have our students back, learning new and exciting things starting the 2018-2019 school year on Monday, August 13th.

Please take some time in the next few days to talk to your child about coming to kinder.  In order to make this an easier transition, you may want to:

•             show him/her that they will have their own lunchbox to take each day packed with a surprise

•             tell them about how much they will enjoy meeting other children and teachers

•             explain the routine; you can say “Mom or Dad will drop you off; you will play with friends and after a little while, I’ll come to pick you up- like when you go to Grandma’s house!”

•             reinforce that going to school is a time for them to play and have fun

We hope to see you and your little ones soon!

Sea Creatures

This week we have begun to explore animals that live in the ocean! Our students have loved exploring this topic! The Terrific Tigers were fascinated this week learning all about sea creatures. They  can now identify a  fish, a whale, a shark, crab, octopus, jellyfish and a dolphin.

In Creativity the kids really enjoyed painting blue on poster board, simulating the ocean.  This project involved painting blue with foam, blue paint and bubble wrap. Students also explored sand mixing it with shaving cream which made for a really cool sensory exploration activity. They were also happy to help us paint some surf boards that will be used to decorate the end of the year Alo-Hawaii program!

During circle time, Mr. Mike showed the Tigers many different sea animals. The kids really liked the song “Once I Caught a Fish Alive.” They enjoyed watching several videos of dolphins.

In Physical Development, the kids had fun dancing, swimming and bobbing like many of the sea creatures. They really liked dancing to “The Baby Shark” song. They also had a lot of fun dancing and stretching to “Baby Beluga.” We are also getting ready for our Festival coming up on May 30th.

Stories we read this week are: Under the Sea, Flip, Flap Ocean, Sea Creatures, The Very Silly Shark, Backyardigan´s Deep Sea Countdown, My Under the Sea Pop up Book, Mr. McGee Goes to Sea, and The Underwater Alphabet Book.

 

Next week we will continue talking about other sea animals! We hope you enjoy your weekend!

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!