The Smalls Tot Spot Times

NOVEMBER 2019

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The Tot Spot Early Education Academy

Mr. Mike's Email: michael@ilovethetotspot.com

Ms. Alisha's Email: alisha@ilovethetotspot.com

Ms. Katie's Email: katie@ilovethetotspot.com

Ms. Le Andra's Email: leandra@ilovethetotspot.com

Ms. Kelsey's Email: Kelsey@ilovethetotspot.com

Teacher's Email: totspot.teachers@gmail.com

Follow us on Instagram: thetotspotschool

We also now have a Youtube Channel: The Tot Spot Early Learning Academy and Pinterest: The Tot Spot Early Education Academy...be sure and follow us!!

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

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 michael@ilovethetotspot.com

Important Dates and Birthdays

WELCOME:

We are so happy to be getting to know Mack. We are excited to welcome Rory and Isaac this month.


Goodbye: Archer is just going with the flow in the Junior Scouts and is in full transition this month. Raphael is starting to realize there's a lot of action going on in that ones room. They both are having a blast.


Birthdays:

Nazir November: 11


CURRENT EVENTS:

November 14th: Picture Day

November 27th- 29th: Closed for Thanksgiving


FUTURE EVENTS:

Ornaments with Grandparents - December 6th

PJ Day - December 23rd and 27th

CLOSED - December 24-26th

CLOSED - December 31 & January 1st

PICTURE DAY!!!

Picture Day will be November 14th. Siblings will be photographed on the same date. The theme will be a traditional and a holiday background option. If your kiddo isn't normally here either day you can still bring them to get their picture taken if you would like. We will start pictures at 9am. We are going with TeddyBear Portraits based on parent vote. Pictures are ordered the same day of picture day. If you order digital copies, you will receive them the night they are taken and if you order prints, they will be in by the 1st of December. To receive all photos digitally will be around $70. We will be sending out flyers soon with more info. We will also taking parent helpers as volunteers. If your interested let us know!

IN THE CLASSROOM

IN THE CLASSROOM

When we go outside, it is required to have feet covered with shoes if you are able to move and crawl. So, please have shoes available for this purpose. Remember to check to make sure you have updated extra clothes. Stock spare colder weather items. Its always good to keep a hat and jacket at school.

  • Cold weather is here! Please switch out extra clothes under cribs.
  • We will still try to step outside even if it is just for a second.



Sensory, Art, Science

Getting into serious play!

Just a reminder to new parents, we like to touch and explore all kinds of things that will enter the mouth. if ever you are concerned with a food allergy, or an ingredient, please mention it. We always make it nontoxic of course. Do you know we wash all infants hands after diaper changes.

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


Math:

Counting and counting. We count everything. We are finding our fingers and toes. We are repeating sound patterns and learning more. We ar finding hidden objects, and matching colors.


Dramatic Play:

We are imitating facial expressions and recognizing our image in the mirror. We are learning to use spoons. We never miss an opportunity to dance and play instruments. Which is always shaking and banging.


Social-Emotional:

When the older kids are eating, we like to bring the smaller one around, to be part of the routine. We are talking about staying in the classroom, and learning boundaries.


Gross Motor: Up on those knees. We are spending so much time on our stomach. Tummy time provides important physical stimulation to promote this brain networking and motor development. ... As your child does this, the neural networks that drive their motor coordination and physical balance are stimulated to make new connections and grow in complexity.Jan 28, 2013


Zoophonics:

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.

HEALTY WISDOM

FRIED MASHED POTATO BALLS

INGREDIENTS


3 c.

leftover mashed potatoes

3

slices bacon, cooked and crumbled

2/3 c.

shredded cheddar cheese

2 tbsp.

thinly sliced chives

1/2 tsp.

garlic powder

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

2

egg, beaten

1 1/3 c.

panko bread crumbs

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DIRECTIONS


  1. In a large bowl, combine mashed potatoes with cooked bacon, cheddar, chives, and garlic powder, and season with salt and pepper. Stir until all ingredients are incorporated.
  2. Place eggs and panko in separate shallow bowls. Use a small cookie scoop to scoop 1” to 2” balls of mashed potato mixture. Roll into a ball in your hands, then dredge first in egg and then in panko. Repeat until all mashed potatoes are used.
  3. Heat 3” of oil in a large cast iron skillet until candy thermometer reads 375°. Fry potato balls in batches until golden on all sides, 2 to 3 minutes. Drain on a paper towel lined plate and season immediately with more salt.

Scholastic

School is back in session which means Scholastic is back! Thank you for all your continued support! Our Code is HQ686


https://clubs.scholastic.com/newparents

BOOK NOOK

A 2019 Caldecott Honor BookWinner of the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Illustrator AwardIn this remarkable author-illustrator debut that's perfect for fans of Last Stop on Market Street and Extra Yarn, a generous woman is rewarded by her community.Everyone in the neighborhood dreams of a taste of Omu's delicious stew! One by one, they follow their noses toward the scrumptious scent. And one by one, Omu offers a portion of her meal. Soon the pot is empty. Has she been so generous that she has nothing left for herself? Debut author-illustrator Oge Mora brings to life a heartwarming story of sharing and community in colorful cut-paper designs as luscious as Omu's stew, with an extra serving of love. An author's note explains that "Omu" (pronounced AH-moo) means "queen" in the Igbo language of her parents, but growing up, she used it to mean "Grandma." This book was inspired by the strong female role models in Oge Mora's life

The Parent's Spotlight

Thank you for:

  • Thank you for all the random things you all have been donating to the center; milk jugs, toilet paper rolls, art supplies, balls, toys, and so on. You guys are AWESOME!!
  • Remember there is a suggestion box in the lobby, and we love to hear about ideas to enhance the learning environment for your children.

  • An awesome summer!

  • Thank you for your constant support with bringing in donations we have asked for.

Would you like to donate?


  • Egg cartons
  • Squishy/stress Balls
  • 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

Teacher Spotlight!

If you could be any Disney character, who would you be? And would you trade places with them?


  • Ms. Stacy: today im relating to Kelly Preston's character in SkyHigh, Josie Strong. I'd Probably trade places for a while!
  • Ms. Rosemary:
  • Ms. Katie: Tinkerbell! I don't think I'd switch places, but I'd keep the wings lol!
  • Ms. Kasche: Miguel from Coco and yes!
  • Ms. Kelsey: I would be Belle! And no, I think ill keep my own prince charming :)
  • Ms. Le Andra: Ariel and I would LOVE to trade places with her for the day!!
  • Ms. Alisha: I dont really like Disney :( I don't count Star Wars and such. If I had to pick.. I would say Belle because she likes to read!
  • Mr. Mike: The Hulk! and Yes!

Totspotter's Spotlight!

https://youtu.be/bBUcf6Mzd3Y
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7BHWf-8Vn8