I Like To Eat Apples & Bananas!

This week we started to learn about fruits and vegetables. Our main vocabulary words were: apple, banana, tomato, carrot and potato.

During Circle Time, Mr. Mike showed us a very famous song called “Apple and Bananas”. We also used the vocals (A, E, I, O, U) to sing along with the music.

At Physical Development, our Tiny Turtles exercised pretending to be scarecrows. Our kiddos enjoyed and had lots of fun dancing to the rhythm of new songs.

As our Tiny Turtles were learning about several food, during snack time we emphasized on the names of the food they brought. Also, we learned that sharing is caring.

Next week we will learn about other foods and will introduce Thanksgiving topic.

Have a nice weekend!

Parent Teacher Conference (Tiny Turtles / November 14th)

Dear Parents,

Our first parent teacher conferences will be held on Thursday, November 14th at Toddler Tree Kinder. Attached you will find assigned schedules.

Please confirm your assistance with Nora.

Thank you!

Toddler Tree Staff

TINY TURTLES
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14TH
8:00 AM Annie
8:20 AM Emilia
8:40 AM Daniela
9:00 AM Mariel
9:20 AM Milena
9:40 AM Carolina
10:00 AM Paulina
10:20 AM Bernardo
10:40 AM Thiago
11:00 AM Javier
11:20 AM Jacobo
11:40 AM Sofía

Happy Halloween!

This week we finally had our Pixar Perfect Halloween parade! Everybody looked amazing and did great on the stage! Later in the classrooms we had a delicious lunch and enjoyed different activities.

Our Creativity projects were bats in the night and beautiful Trick or Treat bags that we decorated with kids foot prints and jack-o-lanterns. They came out very lovely!

This week Bernardo was our birthday boy and we celebrated his birthday with his family and all our classmates. Thank you for a delicious cake!

Next week we start learning about Thanksgiving, harvest, fruits and vegetables.

Spider, Skeleton, Witch and Ghost

This week we continued learning about Halloween. This week we learned about spiders, skeletons, ghosts, trick or treat bags and costumes.

During Creativity we were busy making spiders and trick or treat bags. Kids used paint, glue and their own feet to create art! The trick or treat bags came out absolutely adorable!

Mr. Mike sang a song about spiders to us this week. He also introduced Sammy the spider and wore a clown costume.

This week we celebrated Carolina’s second birthday. Her mommy and daddy came to sing happy birthday and shared delicious cupcakes with us.

Next week we will have a Halloween parade that will take place on Wednesday October 30th at 10am.

Have a nice weekend.

Halloween Is Coming Soon!

This week we started to learn about Halloween. Some be vocabulary words, were: pumpkin, jack-o-lantern, witch and cat.

Mr.Mike sang to us several Halloween songs with his accordion. Our Turtles were so excited and had a great time! Also, we read a book about 5 little pumpkins during his class.

At Physical Development we had a blast dressing up as different Halloween creatures. We listened to the songs “Go away spooky goblin” and “Knock knock, trick or treat” and dressed as goblins, ghosts, witches, cowboys, pirates and princesses.

We are starting to prepare for Halloween Parade and learning to say “Trick or Treat”. We are also making decorations and Halloween crafts. This week we made pumpkin prints with apples, paper plate witches and jack-o-lanterns using colored plates and little orange paper squares.

Ana Sofia was our superkid this week! We celebrated her birthday on Friday, sang Happy Birthday and had a cake all together.

Next week we will continue learning about Halloween characters, such as: ghost, spider, goblin, bat, haunted house, costumes and makeup.

Have a good weekend!

Autumn Is Here

This week we learned all about fall and its’ colors. Some vocabulary words learned, were: fall, autumn, red, yellow, orange, brown, purple and leaves.

During Creativity Time we talked about primary colors (red, yellow, blue) and secondary colors (mix of red and white – pink, mix of red and yellow – orange etc). Kiddos made many crafts, including an ice cream of primary colors, hand prints of secondary colors and autumn leaves.

On Circle Time, Mr. Mike taught the kids a song about bats. He also showed us some autumn leaves and sang a song to us “red and brown, red and brown, see the leaves come falling down”. Tiny Turtles had so much fun picking them up all around the classroom.

Next week we will learn about Halloween characters, such as: pumpkin, jack-o-lantern. witch and cat.

As a reminder, we will have our Pixar Perfect Halloween Party on Thursday, October 31st. Please remember to send your children with a bag or something to collect their sweets in.

Have a great weekend!

Teaching Listening Skills

Use the following simple strategies to help your toddler listen better:

Read to her

Reading aloud to your toddler is a great way to improve her listening skills. Use silly voices, or emphasize certain words or phrases to get her attention. Try to get fresh reading material as often as you can. If your toddler hasn’t heard the story before, she will have to listen to find out what happens! You can also buy books that are specially written to teach children to listen.

Get down to her level

Bellowing from a great height, or even another room, rarely has the desired effect. Instead, squat down or pick up your child so that you can look her in the eye and grab her attention. She’ll be more inclined to listen if you sit down next to her before reminding her to eat up her porridge.

Similarly, perch on her bed at night when telling her you’re about to turn off the light.

Share mealtimes

It can be hard to find time for your whole family to sit down and talk to each other. Mealtimes are a perfect time to do this. It may not be possible to do this every night, but try to set one day a week, such as Sunday evening, for everyone to sit down and share a meal. If you don’t have a table, see if you can buy a fold-away version. This will give your toddler a chance to see her parents interacting and listening, and it will also give her an opportunity to chat and listen, too.

Be clear

State your message clearly, simply and authoritatively. Your toddler will zone out if you bang on about something. Try not to say, “It’s cold outside and you’ve been poorly lately, so I want you to put on your jacket before we go to the store.” Instead try, “It’s time to put on your jacket.” She will understand what you’re saying more easily and be more inclined to listen.

And try not to phrase something as a question if your toddler doesn’t actually have a choice. “Let’s get into your car seat,” has much more impact than, “Do you want to climb into your car seat now, sweetie?”

Follow through fast

Make it clear that you mean what you say and don’t make threats, or promises, you won’t keep. If you tell your two-year-old, “You can have water with your dinner,” don’t waver five minutes later and give her juice. Making sure your partner shares your rules and that you both stick to them will help your toddler feel more secure.

Make your follow-through speedy, too. You wouldn’t shout “Don’t run across the road!” five times, so try not to repeat less urgent instructions. If you want your toddler to put her cup on the table, say, “Put your cup on the table.” If she doesn’t, guide her hand to place the cup on the table. That way, she knows what you want her to do.

Reinforce your message

It helps to back up what you say with other cues, especially if you’re trying to pull your child away from an absorbing activity. Say, “Time for bed!” and then give a visual cue (flicking the light switch on and off), a physical cue (laying your hand on her shoulder), or a demonstration (steering her towards her bed).

Give warnings

Give your toddler advance notice when a big change is about to happen, especially if she’s happily involved with toys or a friend. There’s no point in giving your toddler a five-minute warning, as she’s too young to understand the concept of time. Instead, when you’re getting ready to leave the house say, “When you have finished dressing your doll, put your coat on.”

Give realistic instructions

If you tell your two-year-old to put her toys away, she may look around the room and think, “No way!” Instead, give her specific and manageable tasks, such as “Let’s put the yellow blocks away.” Once she’s accomplished the first task, you can make it into a game by saying, “Good. Now let’s put the blue blocks away.”

Motivate

Yelling orders may get results, but some children will get upset and no one will enjoy the process. Your toddler will respond better to confident good humour. For example, occasionally use a silly voice or a song to deliver your message. You could sing, “Now it’s time to brush your teeth” to the tune of London Bridge is Falling Down, for example.

Stress the benefits of getting the job done quickly. Say, “Brush your teeth and then we’ll read your favourite book”, instead of “Brush your teeth or you’ll get fillings”, or “Brush your teeth NOW!” Praise her when she finishes brushing and before you do a quick checking brush, with “Good listening!”

The good humor, affection and trust you show your toddler will make her want to listen to you. She’ll know that you love her and think she’s special. This is important when you need to be firm, too. Straightforward, authoritative instructions are more powerful when they’re accompanied by a hug or a smile. Then your toddler learns that paying attention is worthwhile.

Set a good example

Your toddler will be a better listener if she sees that you are a good listener, too. Try to listen to her as respectfully as you would to any adult. Look at her when she talks to you, respond politely and let her finish without interrupting. It may be difficult when you’re cooking dinner and she’s especially chatty, but try not to turn your back on her while she’s talking.

As with so many behaviors, the old saying “Do as I say, not as I do”, has no value when teaching your toddler to listen. It’s what you do that counts.

Shaping Up To Be A Great Week!

Shapes! You can see them everywhere! This week was dedicated to learn about shapes, such as: square, circle, triangle, rectangle, star, heart, diamond and oval. We looked for them everywhere, for example: kinder doors are like rectangles, windows look like squares, balls have a circular form, etc.

Mr. Mike taught us during Circle Time some new songs and dance moves. He also introduced shapes, we especially loved holding hands to make a big circle!

At Morning Routine we practiced shapes a lot, Tiny Turtles already know the song “We are shapes, you can see us everywhere”. Kiddos found shapes on the walls, matched flashcards and played with wooden shape puzzles.

Our Creativity project this week was a poster with 5 different shapes. Kids used sponges to make triangle and rectangle prints, toilet paper rolls to make circle prints and glue to paste little squares and ovals. They felt very happy when they saw their shape boards.

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

Next week we will learn about lines, primary colors and fall.

Have a great weekend!

My House

This week our Turtles learned about their house and the different rooms in it. Some vocabulary words learned, were: kitchen, bedroom, bathroom and living room.

During Creativity, our kiddos finished their family project and combined it with a fun house craft. They used paint to decorate a paper bag, which represented their house. All of them had a great time pasting a roof, door and windows on it, we even placed our family puppets from last week inside. Also, we made a booklet with different rooms of the house, our kids used crayons to color them and even pasted different furniture.

At Circle Time, Mr. Mike, Ernie and Bert from Sesame Street showed us the different rooms we can find in our house, Tiny Turtles loved their company!

This week Mariel, Dani and Javier had their birthday celebrations at the kinder. We made a birthday crown for each one and sang “Happy Birhday”.

Next week will be full of fun and creative activities related to shapes!

Have a great weekend.