The Smalls Tot Spot Times

September 2018

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Remind Me App.

It's a free app that we're using for simple reminders, like show and share, friend of the week, physical due dates, etc. Our class code is 26kh9g

The Tot Spot Early Education Academy

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It was such an eventful August! Way to Go Charlie! He has found so much confidence during his transitioning days, he is excited to be apart of the Junior Scouts. As Lilly is finding out it moves a lot faster up on twos, she also, joined the class. Evelyn and Chael have been coming in with a smile and they jumped right in with our gang. We have been anticipating the arrival of Jackson and Madelyn for quite sometime, and we are happy they are here to round out the new Babies!!!! We are looking forward to a great school year.

Important Dates

September 3rd- Closed for Labor Day

  • Get ready for fall! The Autumnal Equinox falls on September 22, 2017 at 4:02 P.M. EDT
  • Full Moon: September 24, 10:52 P.M.

Future Events:

October 1st - 2nd: Parent/Teacher Conferences

October 15th: Tuttle's Orchard

October 31st: Costume Day

PTO and Vacations

Did you know we have a PTO? Interested in helping out? Please see Ms. LeAndra or Ms. Alisha.

Who do you contact concerning vacation credit? Asking a teacher will get you no where. Please email Mr. Mike at

Picture Day!

Pictures for the fall will be the week before Halloween. The theme will be with a present and Christmas tree, and they will be in the week before Thanksgiving.


  • Please continue to bring in sunscreen to reapply throughout the day.
  • Please bring your child already wearing it. The best time for the Smalls to enjoy the outside, in the mornings, and this will allow more time for outside adventures.

Sensory, Art, Science:

The kids have enjoyed exploring sand, shells, crayons and paint, corn, rocks, as a few hands on sensory lessons. We learn about washing with foam soap with warm and cold water. Why does your baby put everything in the mouth? That's because oral exploration is a key developmental stage. Putting toys and other household objects in their mouth allows babies to discover the taste and texture of different objects.

We will continue to let our babies play with their food!


There is always opportunities to use math in everything we do. We are signing all done and no more. We are beginning to understand one more, and one at a time. We will be sorting round balls and the blocks.

Dramatic Play:

As the big kids anticipate meal times, we use this opportunity to pretend and prepare the food with the kids. We will mix and pour and serve up our food. The world to a baby is always playful but yet dramatic. We like to emphasize laughter and goofy silliness when we crawl like all sorts of animals this month. The older kids will be able sit with the teachers to talk about feeding and rocking babies.


We are reminding the kids that some friends are sleeping , Shhhhhh. In the Smalls room, remember we continue to learn from repetition. it takes a couple of tries before we remember. No, no, no. The babies ability to understand this is an important reminder, and the consequences are unfavorable comes with consistent us. We will us yucky, no mouth to help the older kids learn there is other ways to explore their world.

Gross Motor: Pushing physically abilities is challenging and rewarding. We will use our muscles and energy to stay active. Oh My Goodness. the little ones never stop wanting to do move. We are helping them become confident with crawling, pulling up, and yes, walking!


We use the tone of our voice to emphasize the letter sounds. There are links attached below where you can check out more about Zoophonics.

Operation Tot Spot Gives Back!

Hey guys!!

Did you know one of our students is a recipient of VIPS. VIPS provides early intervention services to Indiana's youngest children with blindness and low vision. Services include evaluations, in-home visits, and access to resources that help parents and caregivers better understand and support their child with visual impairment. They are in need of items to be able to help more children out in our Indianapolis area. I will attach the wish list below. We will be collecting these items until the end of September. If you are able to donate of these items they will be greatly appreciated! If you have any questions please see Ms. Le Andra or Ms. Alisha. Thanks!! If you want more information about VIPS here is their website:

Wish List

  • Manilla Folders
  • White Computer Paper
  • "Glasses" Board Book on Amazon
  • Jingle Bells
  • Mylar Material
  • Baby Wipes
  • Vinyl
  • Red or Yellow Slinkies
  • Paper Plates and napkins
  • Snacks for Events
  • Grocery Store Gift Cards for Family Events


Ready for some back to school books? Scholastic is BACK!! Check out all the deals for this month!! Scholastic will be sent out September 11th and will orders will be due September 20th. Our online code is HQ686

Healthy Wisdom

A New Binge Sleeping Trend?

We’ve all heard of binge watching TV — watching episode after episode of a show on Netflix or elsewhere. But, what about binge sleeping? Apparently it’s a trend, and it has its good sides and downsides.

According to Huffington Post, one of the new trends in sleep for 2018 in sleep bingeing — taking long naps that last several hours, or even sleeping more than 10 hours if you’re tired. However you define it, we like the idea … up to a point.

According to a recent study, we’re getting more sleep now than we were about 15 years ago, but it’s still not enough. About 1/3 of all Americans are still sleep-deprived. As a result of that, we’re not totally against trying to make it up by sleeping longer when you can. The downside of it is that it can make things worse later, if it’s not done correctly.

Going to bed at midnight and getting up at 10 or 11 a.m. on a rare Saturday sounds wonderful, and probably won’t do too much harm unless you do it every Saturday and Sunday. One of the best pieces of advice we can give is to keep your bedtime and wake-up time close to the same every day. If you go to bed and get up much later on Saturday and Sunday than you do during the week, you’ll experience what’s called social jetlag on Monday morning, when your body is not happy about getting up to go to work. Additionally, taking a very long nap in the middle of the day can keep you from sleeping well that night, which can make matters worse.

If you’re sleep deprived, the best way to work off your sleep debt is to make sure you’re getting seven to eight hours of sleep per night, every night, and then add a little more until you’re waking up refreshed before your alarm goes off in the morning. If you feel you need a little extra, take a 20 minute nap before 2 p.m. Truly, there are no shortcuts when it comes to sleep.


The Parent's Spotlight

  • We so appreciate you supporting our fundraising efforts such as parent's night out! Next one is Nov. 3rd

  • Thank you so much for the parents who brought in supplies for our outdoor classroom! Because of that, we are able to start working on our outdoor music wall for both playgrounds!

  • Remember there is a suggestion box in the lobby, and we love to hear about ideas to enhance the learning environment for your children.

Would you like to donate?

  • Is there ever a time when you say to yourself, " I wonder if The Tot Spot would want this"? We could use it in so many ways. You may have babies, but the whole school is yours. Everything can turn into a sensory activity or learning experience. So, before you throw out your junk, ask your teacher if it could be used.

  • Corrine and Mikayla are tackling the big job of transforming our outdoor spaces. We are in need of old pots, pans, utensils, and wooden planks. They are planning to create a music wall, mud kitchen, and reading area. Please let us know if you have anything that you'd like to donate for our cause. Thank you!

Teacher Spotlight!

Question: If you didn't have to sleep what would you do with the extra time and why?

  • Ms. Stacey: I would never choose not to sleep. If I had more time, I would sleep. I would literally continue doing what I do all day, and wish I had time to sleep
  • Ms. Hailey: probably still sleep cause I love to sleep
  • Ms. LeAndra: If I didn't have to sleep I would catch up on all my favorite TV shows I'm way behind on. I would also spend more time with family and friends during the day and then work on house chores at night
  • Ms. Alisha: Read because it’s the best thing ever! You can always escape to interesting places and “meet” all sort of people.
  • Mr. Mike: exercise because I wouldn’t be tired!!!
  • Ms. Danielle: I’d still sleep. Sleeping is my favorite thing to do. I could sleep all day
  • Ms. Katie: If I didn't have to sleep, I would spend my extra time to go do fun things with my son that I won't do on the weekends because they're packed. Examples include, Children's Museum, the Zoo, etc.
  • Ms. Erin: Read more, I have all these books, and never enough time to read all of them.
  • Ms. Rachel: Probably play video games, and read more books

Totspotter's Spotlight!