November Is Here!

It was a week full of exciting and fun activities! On Wednesday, we had our Pixar Perfect Halloween Parade, it was so much fun! Our Tigers enjoyed the cat walk and wearing their costumes for this special day. We are so proud of how good they did it!

Now, we are saying goodbye to October and hello to November! Our Tigers will start learning new songs and vocabulary related to our November themes.

During Creativity, we did a giant turkey for our bulletin boards. Also, our kiddos made some beautiful fall leaves with their handprints using yellow, orange and red paint.

As you may already know, we will be visiting      H-E-B (Humberto Lobo) next Thursday, November 7th at 9:00am. It is very important that all children be accompanied by a parent. We will start at 9:15a.m. so we kindly ask you to be there at 9:00am. Once we conclude our visit, you can bring kids to Toddler Tree where we will resume our normal activities.

Please remember to send extra clothes (winter) for our Tigers, incase any accident might happen.

We hope you have a great weekend!

H-E-B San Pedro (Humberto Lobo)

With the intention of offering the kids an opportunity to explore food at the grocery store, we have programmed a visit to HEB San Pedro on Wednesday, November 6 (Big Bears) and on Thursday, November 7 (Terrific Tigers) with Ms. Caya, Ms. Pau, Ms. Rocio and Ms. Karen.

We will meet at the underground parking lot, near the electric escalators at 9:00am to start our tour at 9:15am. Mothers are asked to stay with their child during the visit which we expect will last approximately 30 minutes. We are asking that you please take your child to Toddler Tree after HEB and pick him/her up at the usual dismissal time. If your child will not be joining us for the visit, please drop him/her off at kinder after 10:00am on that day.

Thank you,

The Toddler Tree teaching staff

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Estimados Padres de Familia:

 Con el propósito de que los niños tengan la experiencia tangible de explorar comida, que será parte del tema de este mes, hemos programado una visita a HEB San Pedro el miércoles 6 de noviembre (Big Bears) y el jueves 7 de Noviembre (Terrific Tigers) con Ms. Caya, Pau, Ms. Rocio, y Miss Karen.

Nos reuniremos con las maestras a las 9:00am en el estacionamiento subterráneo, a un lado de las escaleras eléctricas para empezar el tour a las 9:15am. Los niños deberán ser acompañados por su mamá durante el recorrido para el cual estimamos un tiempo de 30 minutos aproximadamente  y les pedimos entregar a sus hijos en Toddler Tree para terminar su mañana a la hora de costumbre. Para los niños que no vayan a asistir a la visita, la entrada será a las 10:00am en el kínder ese día.

Gracias,

El personal docente de Toddler Tree

I’m A Happy Big Bear!

This week was full of fun and interesting activities. We talked about feelings and how they can be expressed. During Morning Routine, Big Bears were excited to express how they felt each day.

Our kiddos also learned about Mexican Independence, “Los Niños Heroes” and the Mexican flag. We showed them the colors, as well as the National Anthem. At Circle Time, Big Bears rang the bell and yelled “¡Viva México!”. Physical Development was so much fun, we danced around the hula hoops to the rhythm of the “Mexican Hat Dance”.

Thank you for dressing our Big Bears for our Mexican Independence celebration, they looked wonderful and had a great time celebrating!

We are looking forward to next week activities that include a lot of fun themes related to family. It’s a great topic to reinforce at home! On Wednesday, September 18th we will have a special visit, a Mime will come and perform for the kids at the kinder.

Have a fun long weekend!

September 2019

Respect

Teaching respect is just one way that you can help to build your child’s good character.  A little extra time spent teaching and modeling “how” and “why” to be respectful can help in providing a firm foundation that includes the character pillar of respect.

Toddlers often act on impulse: grabbing, hitting, or screaming.  Additionally, language skills are still emerging in young children, and they need adult assistance to identify their feelings. Teaching respect to preschoolers can be accomplished through everyday interactions with adults who model respectful behavior.

Display good manners in your home by using “thank you” and “please” appropriately.

Treat all family members with respect.

Help your child learn respect by giving him the words you’d like to hear. If your child grabs a toy you can tell him; “When you want something that your brother has, I expect you to ask him if he is finished playing with it.” If your child demands a snack, you can instruct her; “When you are hungry, I’d like to hear, ‘Please mom, when you have time, could you fix a snack for me?”

Teach your children about differences.  You can discuss how your family members are different and unique from each other by pointing out eye color, hair color, height, and skin tone.  Talk about how each of you is “special” in your own way.

Preparing Your Toddler for Preschool

If your child is starting preschool, you may be approaching this major milestone with conflicting emotions. You’re probably excited about all the fun (you hope) your child will have and the new friends he’ll make. At the same time, you may feel a little sad that your baby is venturing out into the big world without you. These emotions are normal. Your child is also bound to have a host of feelings about this transition, feeling proud to be a big kid but at the same time worried about being separated from you and starting something unfamiliar.

Having Fun With Preschool Prep

There’s a lot you can do in the week before to get ready for the big day. But try to keep your efforts low-key. If you make too big a deal out of this milestone, your child may end up being more worried than excited. Here are some ideas to keep the focus on fun.

Use pretend play to explore the idea of preschool.
Take turns being the parent, child, and teacher. Act out common daily routines, such as saying good-bye to mommy and/or daddy, taking off your coat, singing songs, reading stories, having Circle Time, playing outside, and taking naps. Reassure your child that preschool is a good place where she will have fun and learn. Answer her questions patiently. This helps children feel more in control which reduces their anxiety.

Read books about preschool.
There are many books about going to preschool. Choose to share some with your child before school starts. Talk about the story and how the characters are feeling. Ask how your child is feeling.

Make a game out of practicing self-help skills.
These skills include unzipping a lunch bag, hanging his coat on a hook, putting on her backpack, fastening his shoes. For example, you might want to have a “race” with your child to see how quickly she can put on her shoes. When you play school together, you can give your child the chance to practice taking off her coat, zipping her lunch bag closed, and sitting “criss-cross applesauce.” If your child will be bringing lunch, pack it up one day before school starts and have a picnic together. This will give her the chance to practice unzipping her lunch box and unwrapping her sandwich—important skills for the first day!

Play at your new preschool.
Visit your child’s preschool together and tour the school with your child. Play on the school playground before your child starts the program. Visiting increases your child’s comfort with and confidence in this new setting.

Worries and Watching
Your child may also have some questions or concerns about starting preschool, either before or after he starts in the fall. Help him get ready with these two key strategies:

Listen to your child’s worries.
Although it’s tempting to quickly reassure your child and move on, it’s important to let your child know that his worries have been heard. No matter what they are, big or small, children’s worries about preschool can significantly influence their experience there. Will you remember to pick him up in the afternoon? Will his teacher be nice?

Let your child know it’s normal to feel happy, sad, excited, scared, or worried. Explain that starting something new can feel scary and that lots of people feel that way. It can be helpful to share a time when you started something new and how you felt. When you allow your child to share her worries, you can help her think through how to deal with them. For example, if she is worried about missing you, the two of you can make a book of family photos to keep in her cubby and look at when she is lonely.

Notice nonverbal messages.
As much as youngsters may talk, most are not yet able to fully explain how they are feeling or what they are worried about. Your child may “act out” his worry by clinging, becoming withdrawn, or by being more aggressive. Another common reaction as children take a big move forward is to actually move backward in other areas. For example, if your child is fully potty trained, he may start have toileting accidents. He may ask that you feed or dress him even though he can do these things by himself.

It is natural to be frustrated by this regressed behavior, and you may be concerned that if you do these things for him, he won’t go back to doing them himself. In fact, letting him play this out often leads to children returning to their “big kid” selves sooner. Remember that your child is facing—and managing—a big change in his life. He may need more support, nurturing, and patience from you while he makes this transition.

The Preschool Countdown: What to Do and When
The last week before starting preschool, you may begin the countdown to the first day. Here are some things to keep in mind:

During the Weeks Before Preschool Starts:
Purchase a lunchbox together with your child. If possible, let your child choose it himself. This gives him a sense of control and emphasizes the fact that he is a “big kid” starting preschool.
Label all items—backpack, jacket, shoes, blanket, teddy bear, etc.—with your child’s name in permanent ink.
Contact the preschool’s health professional if your child has medication that he or she takes on a daily basis. There will be special rules and forms to fill out for your child to receive medication at school.
Talk about how your child will get to school and how she will come home. Explain to your child about the morning and afternoon routine so that she understands that she will be safe, okay, and cared for.
Start using your child’s “school bedtime.” Children often go to bed later as the summer months, and longer days, kick in. Help your child get into a preschool schedule by keeping to his school bedtime, beginning a week before school starts.

The Night Before Preschool:
Answer any last-minute questions from your child.
Let your child choose (weather- and school-appropriate) clothes for her first day.
Make sure that your child goes to bed on time.
Pick a bedtime that gives your child a good night’s rest before the first day. Keep the bedtime routine soothing and relaxing. Don’t focus too much (or at all!) on the first day of school unless he wants to.

The First Day:
Wake up early enough so that you and your child don’t have to rush to get to preschool.
Make breakfast for your child and, if possible, sit down to eat together—or at least talk with her as she eats and you get ready.
Review the day’s routine (what preschool will be like, how your child will get to school/come home).
Pack your child’s lunchbox together. If your child is bringing lunch, select foods that you know are his favorites. Having some familiarity on his first day is helpful as he adjusts to so many changes.
Let your child choose a special stuffed animal or blanket to bring to school with her. These “loveys” can help children make the transition from home to school. You may want to send your child with a family photo as well. These familiar objects can help if she feels lonely during the day.

Saying a Good Good-Bye
These strategies can ease the jitters of separating on your child’s first day at preschool.

Plan to stay a little while.
Staying for 5-15 minutes on that first morning can help ease the transition. Together, the two of you can explore the classroom, meet some other children, play with a few toys. When you see that your child is comfortable, it is time to leave. If he is having a harder time getting engaged, you may want to ask your child’s teacher to stay with your child as you say good-bye so that when you leave, he can turn to another caring adult for support.

Keep your tone positive and upbeat.
Children pick up on the reactions of the trusted adults in their lives. So try not to look worried or sad, and don’t linger too long. Say a quick, upbeat good-bye and reassure your child that all will be well.

Think about creating a special good-bye routine.
For example, you can give your child a kiss on the palm to “hold” all day long. Or, the two of you can sing a special song together before you leave. Good-bye routines are comforting to children and help them understand and prepare for what will happen next.

Resist the Rescue.
Try not to run back in the classroom if you hear your child crying, as upsetting as this can be. This is a big change and your child may, quite understandably, feel sad and a little scared. But if you run back in, it sends the message that he is only okay if you are there and it is likely to prolong your child’s distress and make it harder for him to adapt. Rest assured, teachers have many years of experience with helping families make the shift to preschool. Instead, you can wait outside the classroom for a few minutes to ensure that all is well, or call the school later in the morning to check in.

Pencils

Today I was running low on pencils so I asked all of my kids to pull out any of my pencils that they had in their desks. I had one student ask me if he could keep his pencils that his mom gave him for school. Of course, I said yes. He then said, “well, I guess I’ll give you a few so my classmates can have them too.” I thought nothing of it and took the pencils that he handed me. When I was sharpening them, I noticed writing on a few of them. I then realized that my student’s mother took the time to write on his pencils. I asked him if he would mind showing me the rest of them. What I read melted my heart:

– You are so talented.
– This will be a great year.
– You are creative.
– You are phenomenal.
– Never give up.
– You can do this.
– You are knowledgeable.
– You are a math whiz.
– You are intelligent.
– Proud of you everyday.
– I love you.
– You have a brilliant mind.
– You are wonderful.
– You are a problem solver.
– Follow your dreams.
– You are perfect.
– I am proud of you.
– You will change the world.
– You are amazing.
– You are the best.
– You are important.

This probably took his mom a few minutes to do yet it lit up his whole day at school. He wasn’t embarrassed that his mom wrote on his pencils. Thanks to his mom, he was reminded of his self worth and wanted to share the same feeling with his classmates. THESE are the things that we should be reminding our kids (both parents AND teachers). Imagine the look on a child’s face when they are reminded that they are important, talented, loved, knowledgeable and so much more. Help them know that someone believes in them and is proud of them in everything they do. Even if you think it is cheesy or you don’t have enough time or that you will have little impact, remember that you may be the only one telling and reminding them these things and EVERY kid needs to know their value. This is why I teach. ??

Old MacDonald Had A Farm!

This week, the Tiny Turtles had so much fun learning about the farm! We worked on vocabulary words such as: barn, tractor, farmer, mud, corn, cow, sheep, pig and horse. The kids show a lot of interest in learning about these animals.

During Creativity, the kids worked on two different projects. First, they drew a picture of the farm, using brushes and their own hands. Then they made a wooden red barn with animal puppets to play with. They loved how their projects turned out!

Physical Development class has been really fun, since they have been dancing to fun songs like: Grandpa´s Farm, Elmo Goes to the Market, etc. They love pretending to be farm animals.

Next week we will continue to talk about this interesting theme, reviewing more animals!

As a friendly reminder, please send pre-washed painted and non-painted eggshells to the kinder for our easter parade.

We hope you have a great weekend!

Christmas spirit

The Tiny Turtles have been enjoying learning about Christmas. This week was so much fun for them! The kids are getting into that Christmasy spirit and learning about winter as well.

For Creativity, they made a Gingerbread Man and a Snow Globe with a snowman in it. The Turtles were also busy making decorations for “The Grand Christmas Rhapsody”. Everything is almost ready for the big day and the kiddos are very excited about it.

In Physical Development they enjoyed moving to different Christmas songs as well as practicing for the Christmas show. They are getting into it more and more every day.

Finally, for Story Time, everyone was so quiet and interested, paying attention to the different books we read in class. Reading about Santa Claus, his elves and reindeer, as well as role-playing with the different props was so much fun for them!

Eugenio was our Super Kid this week. His parents came to celebrate his birthday and brought a cool cake with a helicopter. Everyone was very excited about the cake and they sure enjoyed eating it! Thank you, Eugenio! Also, Turtles are starting to sing “Happy Birthday”, and some of them already remember the lyrics!

We want to remind you that “The Grand Christmas Rhapsody” show will take place next Tuesday, December 18, at Candy Gum. The time of arrival for kids is 9 am and parents arrive for the performance at 10.30.

Have a magical weekend and see you soon!