We Are Polar BEARS!

This week we enjoyed learning about forest animals, penguins, and polar bears.  Big Bears had so much fun discovering the habitat and surroundings of these animals. During Exploration, we experienced playing with “snow” and they really liked the feeling of it.

At Physical development, our kiddos pretended to be exercising polar bears. We prepared a circuit that involved different movements, did they enjoy it!

Our sincere thanks to all our dearest grandmothers who visited the Big Bears class at Toddler Tree. It was such a pleasure to have them and our students were delighted! They performed their very best with all their love. We truly appreciated the grandmas’ enthusiastic work on the projects, too. It was a unique and unforgettable experience for all of us!

Please listen to your child while he/she sings the song we dedicated to grandma “I Love You”:

When I’m near
I feel your love.
But when I’m far…
I miss you a lot!
I want to say:
I love you, very much!

Another rhyme they presented was “Snowflakes”:

Snowflakes,  snowflakes
Turn around
Snowflakes,  snowflakes
Touch the ground
Snowflakes, snowflakes
In the air
Snowflakes Everywhere!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

J Is For Jacket!

This week, we reviewed winter clothes: boots, jacket, gloves/mittens, hat and scarf. The kids had fun learning and wearing them.

During Physical Development, our Big Bears enjoyed doing different activities and movements. We danced to new songs and practiced several exercises to reinforce our gross motor skills.

They are really excite for the upcoming event: “GRANDMOTHER’S DAY ” and have lots of surprises planned.

Next week we will learn about winter and forest animals: bears/polar bears, penguins, baby beluga, whale, forest, ice and water environments. Big Bears will also practice several pre-writing skills. We are sure they will love the fun activities we will be doing!

Have an excellent weekend!

Welcome Back Big Bears!

Happy New Year 2020! Wishing you and your family a year full of blessings and joy!

We feel very excited to see the Big Bears again and are looking forward to a remarkable and productive year.

This week, we started learning about new concepts related to winter. During Morning Routine, our kiddos got excited when we talked about Santa Claus surprises. Next week we will talk about winter clothes.

The kids loved several activities we did during Exploration, such as touching ice cubes and then watching how they melted with hot air.

We look forward to the Grandmother´s Day celebration on Thursday, January 23th.

As a friendly reminder please label all jackets and sweaters to avoid mixups.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Teaching Perseverance Early

Perseverance is the ability to overcome obstacles and the desire to continue to work toward a goal or task even when challenges are involved.

The ability to persevere and overcome challenges is key to success in work and personal relationships. Many children struggle in class but continue to study and improve. Others miss the goal when shooting for the win, but keep trying and playing. Preparing your child to handle setbacks well contributes powerfully to their future success. When a child is 3 or 4, learning to persevere often starts by trying something at which he or she is naturally skilled. This could be puzzles, building blocks, coloring or painting, depending on the child. As your child gets better at doing puzzles, for instance, she may then learn to persevere in areas in which she’s not as skilled. You can help lay the foundation for your child’s future success by teaching him about failure and perseverance now.

A great way to discuss perseverance with your small child is to read books together where the characters overcome obstacles. For example, The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper is a classic story about a train engine who perseveres and succeeds. For a lesson about failure and quitting, Winners Never Quit!, by Mia Hamm, is another good book to read together.

Try to let your child fail from time to time. If your child is working on a puzzle or trying to zip his jacket and you see him struggling, try not to step in immediately. Allowing your child time to work through frustrating and difficult tasks will help build his perseverance. Even if your child isn’t successful, it’s O.K. to simply say to her, “Do you need help with your zipper?” instead of solving the problem for her. If she asks for help, show her how to do it and be patient if she insists on trying again herself. Neurologist and teacher Judy Willis recommends setting your kids up for success by letting them know when something will require time and perseverance. For example, when starting a puzzle, or learning to tie a shoe, tell them it won’t be completed all in one sitting. There might be a smaller goal for today — crossing the laces — with a longer-term goal in the future — to tie the shoes all by themselves.

Happy Holidays!

This week we reviewed everything we learned during December. It had been a month full of magic and fun!

For now, we hope you have a loving and fun-filled vacation. Have a wonderful time with your family during this Christmas break. Remember we will see you back on Tuesday,January 7th. When we come back, the Big Bears will be learning topics related to winter.

We would like to thank you all for the lovely presents you gave us this holiday season. We really appreciate you taking the time to think about us.

Although we are really going to miss our Big Bears, we hope you enjoy these days with them. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and the best for the New Year to come, 2020!

We hope you enjoy the Holidays!

Magic Kingdom Christmas Show

Big Bears were really excited to show you their best at “The Magic Kingdom Christmas Show”. We will like to thank you for your assistance and hoped you enjoyed the show as much as we did!

During December our kiddos learned a rhyme and we want to share it with you:

Christmas is not about toys
or snow
It´s the hearts that we touch
and care that we show
MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!!!

This week was full of fun! We reviewed Christmas vocabulary, songs, and poems!

During Creativity, Big Bears have been working on their Christmas gift for you. We hope you cherish this little present in years to come.

At Morning Routine, each one talked about how anxious they feel for Santa Claus to bring them toys soon! We are so excited for them!

Hope you have a great weekend!

Ho – Ho – Ho

We are happy to have you back! During this week we started working on several Christmas decorations. Big Bears had a great time using their fine motor skills and imagination.

Everyday when our students arrive to school they tell us what they asked for Christmas and how is Santa always watching them! Today they felt so excited when sent picked up their Christmas letters. It was a magical day at Toddler Tree!

At Physical Development, they have been practiciing with Miss Mely for their Christmas Program performances and are eager to show you!

Our Big Bears love learning songs, poems and rhymes. During this month we are learning new ones related to Christmas. You should see how their eyes glow!

Next week on Tuesday, December10th we will have our Christmas program at Candy Gum Party Place (Plaza San Pedro).

A quick reminder: please remember to label all jackets and sweaters to avoid mix ups.

Have a great weekend!

Thanksgiving Celebration!

We had a great Thanksgiving celebration at school! Our Big Bears had a complete Thanksgiving meal. Mrs. Maricusa set a beautiful table where some nice pictures were taken. During lunch time, they each got a plate with the traditional Thanksgiving meal: turkey, mashed potatoes, corn, raisins,and sweet potatoes (yams).

After lunch time, we played pin the feathers on the turkey , food relay, shakers, fishing and also used rhythm instruments enjoying every second.

They also had fun with the turkey bag and their headdresses reciting the rhyme: Gobble, Gobble” and singing : “Turkey, Turkey!  Wow what a week full of excitement!

We hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday! We look forward to seeing our Big Bears on Monday, December the 2nd.

Take care!

Sharing is Caring!

This week was full of excitement and experiences. As we learned our objectives, Big Bears made different projects, such as Indian headbands and handprints. They also danced 10 Little Indians and played the drums.

Big Bears are enjoying every moment and are very enthusiastic about Thanksgiving. They are proud practicing how to share with their classmates and talking about how being thankful is fun too.

Next week we will be having a Thanksgiving celebration on Wednesday, November 27th. We will be sharing food, being thankful and grateful. No lunch is needed, only their water bottle.

As a friendly reminder, there will be no clases on Thursday, November 28th and Friday, November 29th. We will be very happy to see you on Monday, December 2nd.

Take care and have a great weekend!

Thankful Big Bears!

This week, Big Bears understood what sharing and giving means. They all have been practicing how to share with their classmates and are very enthusiastic about being thankful, too.

The whole week was full of exciting activities. During Creativity, our kiddos made a cornucopia. They decorated it by painting fruits and vegetables on it.

Big Bears also learned a rhyme, “Gobble, Gobble” and sang and danced to “Ten Little Indians”. You should try it at home!

We want to remind you that we won’t have classes next Monday, November 18th as we will celebrate the Mexican Revolution. Classes will resume on Tuesday, November 19th.

Thank you for taking the time to attend the parent teacher conference.

Please make sure all of your child’s sweaters and jackets are labeled to avoid mix-ups.

Take care and have a great week!