This week we learned all kinds of insects. Vocabulary words were: fly, worm, bee, ladybug, caterpillar, buterfly, ant, grasshopper and snail.
Our exploration activities were so much fun… especially the ones that involved eating gummy worms! Kids also practiced their fine motor kills for an exploration activity where they needed to separate the different plastic bugs into jars using a scoop. It was not easy, although most of the kids got it in the end.
We also had a great time in art painting and pasting to create different insects. Kids also made a worm using pipe cleaners and beads, working on their fine motor skills. Finally we worked on a caterpillar using pompoms and wooden sticks.
During physical development we had so much fun. We used some wings to “fly” like butterflies and flies. We also played with some bunny ears and hopped a lot listening to the Bunny Hop and B-U-N-N-Y song. We also used the drums and marched to the song “The Ants are Marching One by One”.
In Story time we read some books: Insect Pop-up Book, The Very Busy Bee, Ten Little Ladybugs, The Very hungry Caterpillar and Little Brown Ants.
Next week we will start learning about farm animals and crops.
The weather is getting warmer and we can’t help getting excited about it! This week the Tiny Turtles were learning about spring, and getting to know new vocabulary words like flower, grow, seed, garden, tree, planting, shovel and hoe.
During Exploration the kids looked for new objects on the bulletin board. They found many butterflies, flowers and birds and a big blooming tree. The kids love this activity! We also learned how things can grow by putting beans in a cup and sprinkling them with water. We’ve been checking on our plants every morning, to see how they have grown and changed.
The Turtles really enjoyed their art projects! We worked on a rainbow cloud as well as a garden with flowers using materials such as: cotton, paper, paint, sponges and playdoh.
During story time, the kids were happy to hear some stories, including: “Five Little Lady Bugs”, “Butterfly Kiss” and “Spring is here!”
Next week we will be learning about bugs and insects.
In preparation for our Welcome Spring! Celebration, please send as many eggshells as you can collect at home so we can begin painting and stuffing them with confetti. Also, start thinking of a vehicle your child can ride for the Easter Parade. It can be a trike, bike, scooter or push car uniquely decorated. Here are a few examples:
On Tuesday, the Rescue Team visited us at the Kinder. They showed us many interesting things and taught us some safety tips.
Also, on Wednesday we enjoyed the firefighter’s visit. Kids were paying attention to everything! The squad showed us some of the materials they use in case of a fire. At the end, the Turtles had the opportunity to hold and use the fire hose. It was a great experience!
During Circle time, Mr. Mike pretended to be a train. He also showed the little ones the airplane song, and took out an inflatable boat when we learned about water transportation!
In Creativity, we worked with materials like paint, sponges, stickers, markers and crayons. Our students liked making fingerprints to paint the smoke on the train, and ornaments on the hot air balloon. They also loved working with play-doh and using the cookie cutters related to the topics – cars, planes and boats.
Finally, for story time we read some books about transportation and played with some props and toys related to the books. Kiddos loved playing with different cars, trucks and buses. It was a fun week full on new learning experiences!
Next week we will learn many interesting things about Spring!
We want to remind you that our Easter Party is coming up soon. If it´s possible please to collect and send as many eggshells as you can. We will appreciate your help very much!
The Tiny Turtles had so much fun this week! They enjoyed learning about community helpers such as, garbage collectors, construction workers and the rescue team.
During exploration, they loved playing with the dump truck. We explained who the garbage man and the construction workers are, as well as what they do. They all had so much fun playing with construction vehicles and wore yellow hard hats.
In Creativity, the students had the opportunity to learn about different types of waste – paper, plastic, foil etc. They pasted it on top of a garbage truck. They also worked with legos and used them to make blueprints, like little engineers, so they could have the experience of learning how to build a house.
Today, we had themed activities in every classroom prepared for the kids. Our classroom was a hospital, others were a spa, the post office, bakery and a fire station. Everyone had a chance to be a doctor, firefighter, mailman, baker and a hair dresser. It was so much fun!
Next week, we look forward to teaching the Turtles all about transportation.
This week the Tiny Turtles got to enjoy Valentine’s Day so much! We celebrated this special holiday with a fun party! Students exchanged candies and treats with their friends; they enjoyed a snack and got a visit from the mail man (Mr. Mike), who gave them a special treat. These activities helped encourage sharing and friendship.
During Exploration, we had fun with the dentist. Students enjoyed playing with tooth brushes.
During Creativity, we made some Valentine’s cards and a letter in a mailbox for our parents! We also made a firefighter with the handprints. Such a fun time!
Next week we will continue learning about more community helpers.
February, a new month! We’ve started learning all about love, friendship and Valentine’s Day. This week, we also learned about Police officers, Doctors and Bakers.
One of our highlights this week was when we had the Police visit kinder. The kids got to meet real Police officers and “Pedro Ardilla”, who taught us some very important safety tips.
The Tiny Turtles had lots of fun during Art this week. We used different techniques, including: gluing small paper squares to make a police car, coloring some hearts using crayons, and modelling play dough. We also made a special gift for our beloved parents for next week’s Valentine’s Day!
Finally, Circle Time was exiting for them, too. Mr. Mike introduced a Police man and a Doctor to us. We sang some songs about Police cars and watched a short video that showed how the siren goes off. Everyone was paying a lot of attention.
Valentine´s Day celebration is coming up on Thursday February 14th! The Party Hosts will provide snacks. Instead of sending a lunch box on that day, please just send a water thermos or juice. If you would like to send special treats for your child’s classmates, don’t forget there are 14 Tiny Turtles. Please label them only with whom is it from. Thank you!
This week we continued talking about winter and the cold weather. It was very cold, so we added the word “cold” to our daily song about the weather with Mr. Mike.
We all enjoyed story time very much, too. Our students were happy to hear the stories of the books such as: Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What do you Hear?, The Bear Went Over the Mountain, Who Lives There? and ABC Canada.
During Creativity Time, the Turtles made a melted snowman, because spring is coming and he won’t be frozen forever. We also made Benny the Bear, like the one Mr. Mike was showing us in Circle Time.
At the end of the week, we learned about winter sports, so we made some skates and a skier in the snowy mountains. The kiddos are getting better and better at their artistic skills, they already know how to use glue, brushes and paint!
We said “Bye-bye” to January and that means that we are welcoming the most “lovely” month of the year. In February, the kids will learn about Valentine’s Day, send some love letters home and make many crafts related to love and friendship. We are also having a visit from the police and the doctors. So exciting!
As a friendly reminder, we don’t have classes on Monday, February 4th. So, enjoy your weekend and see you on Tuesday!
During past weeks we were excited to welcome new members to our Tiny Turtles family: Cristobal, Gael and Poncho. All together the kids have been enjoying and learning new things!
This week we have been talking about animals. We learned about forest animals, such as squirrel, fox, racoon, deer and bear, as well as some animals that live in the snowy areas: polar bear, pinguins and belugas. Kids learned the names of the animals very fast, while we were playing with stuffed animals, polar bear puppet, forest animals flash cards and off course our creativity projects.
Activities that reinforced these concepts included: making a fox out of a paper plate, handprint polar bears and a fluffy cotton penguin.
Most of our students really enjoy story time and remain seated and attentive during the entire story when it is being read to them! Stories this week included: “Biscuit’s walk in the woods”, “Big Bear Little Bear” and “10 Little Penguins”.
During Circle Time with Mr. Mike kids met Rocky the Racoon and saw him playing the recorder. They also met Benny the Bear and saw him playing a banjo. Bear gave a nice and warm hug to every little student and they loved it!
This week we also welcomed our beloved Grandmas to kinder. Together we made a wonderful craft to store the tissues. We enjoyed a delicious snack and in the end, little Turtles showed a bit of our daily routine to their Grandmas. Everyone had a great time and it was nice to meet them!