Bye Bye February!

This was a very exciting week full of surprises! Our Terrific Tigers enjoyed reviewing about the different community helpers, such as: firefighters, and construction workers. Also, we talked about different types of transportations.

The highlight of the week for our little ones was our community helper centers day! The kids really enjoyed visiting each classrooms and learning about each center. They got to see and experienced working as our community helpers.

In Creativity Class, our students had a great time making their weekly craft related to transportation. t was exciting for them to see how their everyday work comes together into a beautiful project!

During Circle Time we loved “flying” on an airplane while wearing a pilot hat. Also, they had so much fun learning about the different transportation vehicles used by air, land and water.

Next week we will learn about several themes related to the farm.

We want to ask you to please start sending egg shells to the kinder, so we can start decorating them for our easter parade.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Learning About Transportation!

This week our Terrific Tigers enjoyed reviewing  all the types of transportation as well as community helpers. They are now very aware of our community helpers and can identify them.

The highlight of the week for our little ones was our visit from the rescue team! Several of them got so excited that they even went to wear a collar and lay on the stretcher. Our Tigers really enjoyed the visit!

During Creativity, we did several projects that helped us continue reinforcing their fine motor skills. Also, we have been cutting several materials by doing an “open close” movement. This activity helps our Terrific Tigers to develop their cutting skills.

At Circle Time, they had so much fun learning new songs and rhymes. They had so much fun learning which vehicle each community helper uses, etc.

Next week we will learn about different transportation vehicles. We are going to have so much fun!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Valentine’s Day!

This week was amazing! We had special visits from the eye doctor and ear doctor. We also had an amazing time on our field trip to Caterpillar!

As well, our Tigers learned about friendship, love and sharing with our loved ones. During Exploration and Morning Routine we practiced several vocabulary words related to community helpers and Valentine’s Day.

Today we had a Valentine’s Day Party, the kids really enjoyed their lunch and hitting the piñata. They also had a blast sharing gifts and treats with each other.

Next week we will continue learning about more community helpers. We look forward to the Firefighter and Rescue team visits in the coming weeks.

We hope you have a great weekend!

Valentine’s Month!

It will be a month full of surprises at Toddler Tree. This first week of February was so exciting for us!

We are starting to learn new vocabulary words related to community helpers. On Wednesday, we had a special visit. Some Police Officers came to the kinder and had a presentation for us. They explained different safety tips for the kids.  Terrific Tigers really enjoyed it!

During Creativity, we have been making crafts according to the topics. Our kiddos made a police officer’s car and a Valentine’s hot air balloon!

Also, in class, we have been talking about Valentine’s Day and the importance of friendship and sharing.

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. Terrific Tigers will exchange Valentine’s treats with their friends. 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.

Next week we will continue learning about other community helpers.

We hope you have a great weekend!

Bye Bye January!

This was a wintery blast for our Terrific Tigers! They learned more about winter, woodland animals and winter sports.

During Creativity we made a weekly project, which included: the ocean, a polar bear, baby beluga and penguins. This activity gave us the opportunity to review several winter animals that were seen throughout the month of January.

In Physical Development we have been exercising and practicing following directions and taking turns. Our kiddos are getting better and better at their gross motor skills.

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

Please remember there will be no classes on Monday, February 3rd.

Hope you have a great weekend!

Animals Everywhere!

This week was super fun! During Story Time we started learning new vocabulary words about winter animals. Our Terrific Tigers were able to learn about their habitat by looking at pictures on different books.

At Exploration Time, our kiddos enjoyed using our sensory box to find several animals “hiding” in their habitat. After finding them, each one was able to describe something related to that animal.

During Physical Development we pretended to be different animals and went crawling, jumping and balancing through “our habitat”. Tigers had so much fun exercising while listening to new songs.

Thank you so much to all the grandmothers that came to the kinder for our “Grandma’s Day Celebration”. Our kiddos were so happy to have them here. They had the opportunity to work and had a lovely morning together.

Hope you have an amazing weekend!

Winter Fun!

Our Terrific Tigers have been learning and exploring several Winter topics. We are working on learning new vocabulary, such as: scarf, hat, mittens, gloves, sweater, etc.

In Creativity class, our Kiddos made and decorated a beautiful jacket, scarf, winter boots and a set of mittens and gloves for their weekly project. The kids loved bringing winter clothes to school to show them to their friends and it helped us a lot to review  winter clothes and body parts vocabulary words.

At Physical Development we’ve been developing our gross motor skills with exercises that involve balls and hula-hoops. They are really good at following instructions and imitating the movements we present to them using several props.

Next week we’ll be learning about forest and winter animals. We are so excited to receive our Terrific Tigers grandmother’s at the kinder on Friday!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Welcome Back Tigers!

Welcome back Terrific Tigers! We hope you enjoyed the holidays! We are so happy to have you back for a new year full of adventures!

This week we are learned about winter fun. Tigers have been learning new vocabulary words, such as: snowflake, snowman, igloo, winter, etc.

During Morning Routine, we had a chance to share about our winter vacations. Each one got so excited to talk about what they did and their christmas presents!

At Physical Development we has so much fun ”skiing”. Our Tigers practiced their balancing and jumping skills, they did a great job!

Next week we will be talking about different winter clothes, such as sweater, cap, scarves, boots,etc. Please send our Terrific Tigers with some extra winter clothes. The kids will be dressing a teddy bear, reviewing body parts and learning new vocabulary words.

We are excited for this new year and all the different topics that we’ll learn!

Hope you have a great 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.

Have A Holly Jolly Christmas!

This week our kiddos continued learning about Christmas and many other related topics. They are so excited talking about what presents they asked Santa for this Christmas.

We really enjoy Story Time, our kiddos love using their imagination while we act different scenes of a story. Tigers are always really attentive!

During Creativity, Tigers enjoyed making snowflakes and a choo choo train using kleenex boxes. Also, we used play dough to pretend we made some christmas cookies for Santa and they loved it!

It has been such a joy to work with your children this semester. Each and every one of our students is special in different ways. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to teach them and watch them grow. We have cherished every moment!

We look forward to seeing them back on Tuesday, January 7th. On behalf of all the staff at Toddler Tree, we want to wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New year!