ZOOM, ZOOM, ZOOM!

Big Bears had a week full of excitement! They reviewed the different types of transportation: land, air, and water. The kids were able to express which was their favorite type of transportation and vehicle. Our students also learned how important our community helpers are and what each one does.

Big Bears were very excited today because they experienced different centers. Our kiddos had the chance to “visit” a firefighter station, bakery, spa salon, doctor’s office and post office. You should have seen how their faces lit up in each station!

Another topic we covered this week was outer space. The kids loved role-playing a trip to space and they got to know what an astronaut is. They learned how he/she floats in space wearing a special suit and tank. The Big Bears understood we live on planet “Earth” and the characteristics of other planets. Check out how your child sings the following song:

“Zoom, zoom, zoom”

We are going to the moon

Zoom, zoom, zoom

We´ll get there very soon

5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 0

BLAST OFF!!

Big Bears also learned how to recite “I am a Little Airplane ”

I´m a little airplane
flying in the sky

Flying fast,
Flying slow,

Flying hide, flying low

Going up,coming down,

I´m a little airplane flying in the sky !

Next week, we will start learning about the farm and all the animals it has!

We want to remind you that our Easter Party is coming up soon. So, if possible, please collect and send as many eggshells as you can. We will appreciate your help very much!

Have a nice weekend!

Transportation: “Off We Go”!

This week we had a great time learning about more community helpers, such as: doctors & nurses, garbage collectors and astronauts. Big Bears also had the opportunity to role play and act like different community helpers.

They were very excited when the Rescue Team came to Toddler Tree. Our kiddos learned how and what this team can do to help someone. They know that they have to dial 911 in order to be rescued.

Big Bears have been practicing their writing skills and are constantly developing their fine motor skills. Each day we use different prewriting exercises to reinforce and develop different abilities needed.

Next week we will keep learning about different types of transportation, such as: land, water and air. Also, they will have the chance to meet the Firefighters.

A quick reminder: PLEASE REMEMBER TO LABEL ALL JACKETS, VESTS OR SWEATERS TO AVOID MIX UPS.

Have a great weekend!

You´re My Valentine!

This week was full of excitement for our Big Bears! First, they learned about love and friendship, and Valentine’s Day. They also learned about our wonderful community helpers; such as teacher, doctor, mailman and construction worker.

On Valentine’s Day we had a party the kids really enjoyed. They shared candy and different treats with each other. They were also so thrilled when they heard a knock at the door. It was Mr. Mike, (dressed as the mailman). He gave Valentine’s cards to all.They were super happy!

All morning long they expressed their happiness about the Valentine´s Party. They enjoyed their snack and loved hitting the piñata.

Thank you very much for all your kind Valentine’s gifts. As teachers we always want the best for your child because we love them with all our hearts.

We also want to thank you for joining us on the field trip. Big Bears enjoyed every moment.

Next week we will continue learning about more community helpers.

Have a great weekend!

Police Visit

This week was full of excitement for our Big Bears! First they learned about love and friendship, as well as some of our wonderful community helpers; such as police officers.

We had a blast this week because the San Pedro police officers came to the kinder. They made a nice presentation, reinforcing that a traffic light has three colors, which mean the following: red-stop, yellow- be careful, and green- go. They also reminded the kids to hold someone’s hand in order to cross the street. Big Bears really enjoyed the police officer’s observations and it was great that they even showed all traffic signs in English! Our students also learned that they have to buckle up in the car in order to be safe.

On Friday we had the Dentist visit, it was excellent! They are really aware that they have to take care of their teeth.

During Creativity, Big Bears were delighted painting a tooth and brushing the germs off. They had so much fun making a mouth using bread and placed marshmallows as teeth.

We have been practicing the following rhyme called “Valentine ”
Red paper
Blue paper
Crayons and glue
We are making valentines
And ONE is for YOU !

Valentine´s Day celebration is coming up on Friday, February 14th! The Party Hosts will provide snacks, so instead of sending a lunchbox on that day, please just send their water bottle. Big Bears will exchange Valentine’s treats with their friends, we have 14 students in our class. Please label only who it’s from, so we make it easier for the kids to pass them out. Also, make sure to send a bag for your child to collect them.

As well, next week we will talk about the doctor, construction worker and mailman among other things.

Have a great weekend!

Lovely Bears!

This week we had the opportunity to learn about different forest and arctic animals. Big Bears also reviewed numbers, letters, shapes, opposites and colors. They used magnetic letters to spell their names and had a great time doing this activity.

During Creativity, our kiddos enjoyed doing a raccoon and fox mask. They were so excited wearing them and imitating their sounds.

At Recess the kids enjoyed reciting the rhyme “Snowflakes, Snowflakes” and then “played” with snow outside.

Next week Big Bears will start learning about several community helpers. Also, “Pedro Ardilla” and the police will visit us at the kinder on Wednesday, February 5th.

There will be no classes on Monday February 3th, 2020 due to the Mexican Constitution.

Hope you enjoy your long weekend!

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!