I Love My Family!

The Tiny Turtles learned all about family this week, and we had special activities designed for them, in which they played and had fun learning at the same time.

We read many stories about family, like “Mommy Bear, I Love You!” and “I’m a Big Brother Now”. We also talked about our own families, little and big brothers, sisters and of course our grandmas and grandpas.

Thank you for bringing a family photo this week! The kids had a blast making a little house and placing their family members inside!

In the process, the kiddos learned how to mix colors, they reviewed shapes and parts of the house.

Our theme for next week, will be everything related to our home. We will also have a Mime visit on Wednesday, September 26th, and will be reviewing feelings and emotions with his fun presentation.

Have a nice 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.

Happy, Sad, Angry or Surprised?

This week was so much fun! Kids met their new teacher Ms.Yana and learned about feelings. Tiny Turtles were clapping their hands when they were happy, making a crying face when they were sad, stamping their feet when they were angry, saying “oh” when they were surprised and covering their mouth when they coughed.

In Creativity, all kids made 4 feelings masks. They had so much fun playing with these masks!

During physical development Turtles ran, jumped and danced a lot. We are also learning the movements of the “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” song, which they really love!

Next week, we will be learning about everything regarding family. Tiny Turtles will surely have a blast!

Today we celebrated Mexican Independence Day and our kiddos made Mexican Flags with their little hand prints.Have a nice weekend and remember that on Monday, Sep 17th, we don’t have classes due to the anniversary of the Mexican Independence. We hope to see you all on Tuesday!

Movie of the week: “Inside Out”

Vocabulary words: Happy, Sad, Angry, Mad, Sick, Surprised.

All About Me!

Dear Parents,

It was wonderful meeting and having you at our Open House! Here is some extra information you might want to know about me! 

We are sure it will be a great school year, filled with new memories, fun experiences, and lots of knowledge.

This week, we had the opportunity to learn about the different parts of the body. Our Tiny Turtles enjoyed drawing, coloring and identifying the parts of the body. Now they are even using their new pointers to learn more!

In Physical Development, they also carried out different activities to continue developing their fine and gross motor skills.

Next week, we will explore different feelings and learn how colors, facial expressions and body postures are related to them.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend,

Ms. Yana

Bye Bye August!

Hello parents,

This week we had a lot of fun with many different activities! We also celebrated two birthday’s, Gabriel’s and Victoria´s Cake! They brought cupcakes and really enjoyed their super kid day when Mr. Mike made them a “Birthday Crown.”

During the week, we learned more about school and classroom items.

In Physical Development, the kids are getting into the swing of things beginning with their marching song. They like to choose a color ribbon and march with it around the carpet. We have also been implementing activities that involve kicking, throwing, rolling, and bouncing balls.

Our topics for next week include body parts and feelings.

We want to remind you that our open house will be held next week on Tuesday, September 4 at 8.15 pm.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Have a great weekend!

Thank you,

Miss Debbie

What’s in the School Box?

Dear Parents

We had a great week! The children did better than expected in this second week of school and are adapting quickly to our daily routine. Our main topic has been “School Items”. Please take a look at our monthly newsletter for more information that you can review with your child at home.

During exploration time, our students are having so much fun with blocks, balls, puzzles and peg boards. In creativity, the Tiny Turtles enjoyed exploring different sensory materials including textures and tools. Also, during Physical Development, they got to know different parts of the the body moving to cool songs.

We would like to remind you of our Open House that will be held on Tuesday, September 4 at 8:15 pm for parents only. We look forward to seeing you there!

Sincerely,

Miss Debbie

First Week of School

Hello Parents!! We had a great first week! Although most of our students had been in school before, we are still adapting to our new classroom. We got to know different parts of our school, got familiar with our new routine, teachers and friends.

Thank you for becoming members of our private Facebook group called Tiny Turtles 2019. We will be posting photos and information here throughout the school year.

As a reminder, Toddler Tree’s Open House for parents of the Tiny Turtles class will be held on Tuesday, September 4 at 8:15pm. We look forward seeing you!

Thank you and have a great weekend.

Miss Debbie

Welcome Tiny Turtles 2018-2019

Dear Parents,

Welcome to the Toddler Tree kinder family!

My name is Debbie Karren, the head teacher for the Tiny Turtles class. I will be working with Miss Eugenia Sada and Miss Marcela Hernandez this year.

We are so excited to begin the year with your child. This year is an important step in your child’s education to begin a love of learning and discovering new things. We are committed to making your child’s preschool experience an exciting time, full of growth and development!

We believe that children grow and develop the most when there is a strong connection between home and school. Together we can work as a team and make this an enjoyable and meaningful experience for your child! We are delighted to be a part of your child’s preschool experience and we thank you for entrusting them to us.

Join us with your child on Monday, August 13th from 11:00-11:45am for an introductory session. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Also, please ask to join our private Facebook group Tiny Turtles 2019 for current classroom information and daily photos.

Sincerely,

The Tiny Turtles team