The Sherlock's Tot Spot Times

September 2018

The Tot Spot Early Education Academy

Mr. Mike's Email:

Ms. Alisha's Email:

Ms. Katie's Email:

Ms. Danielle's Email:

Ms. Le Andra's Email:

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Special Events and Birthdays!!


September - Quinn

Next bday not till December...what?

Current Events:

September 3- CLOSED for Labor Day

Future Events:

October 18-19 - Parent/Teacher Conferences

October 15th- Tuttle's Orchard

October 25-29 No Ms. Alisha

October 31st- Costume Day

Upcoming Zoo-phonics Friends

Week of September 3- Review for L, F, E

Week of September 10- Honey Horse

Week of September 17- Timothy Tiger

Week of September 24- Inny Inchworm

Vacations and PTO

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

In the Classroom!

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

Last month we welcomed Quinn, Maia, and Angus to the classroom. This month we will welcome Ian and Asher.

This month we are continuing to concentrate on the routine of our classroom. We will be stressing working as a team and doing the best for our community, which is what we call our classrooms.

Sensory, Art, Science:

We're continuing to work on prediction, hypothesis, and estimate. I think they'll really enjoy making prediction for our Humpty Dumpty experiment, our heart rate experiment, and using their hands to paint. We're also starting to build letters and shapes with Popsicle sticks. I'll introduce graphing when we record our heights, and the next week we'll do their Teddy bears. For Inny Inchworm week we'll be painting with ice, doing an ice string experiment, the classic ivory bar experiment, , exploring ichnology (burrows and footprints), classic ivory bar experiment. For Timothy Tiger week we will explore tally marks, temperature, and who has the tallest tower using toilet tissue and paper towel roles.


The same as last month but we're adding tally, graph, and different fractions. Everyone should have heard the word fraction from their kiddos mouth at some point this last month.

Besides our discussions during meal times, there is always opportunities to use math in everything we do throughout the day. During our discussions on keeping our community clean we will group toys and books, add and subtract, discuss more and less, greater than and less than.

Dramatic Play:

The hand washing for a least 30 seconds while singing our song and using the paper towel to turn off the water has been going great! So has using manners such as excuse me, please, and thank you. We will also have a laundry, lemonade stand, farm in the sensory bin, go fishing, be explorers, eye doctors, and entomologist.


We will be adding our friend "Zoe and Moe" (puppets) who have a daily social emotional skill for the kiddos. We will continue to concentrate on manners, taking turns, cleaning up, washing hands, and add hands are not for hitting. We will also continue playing our feelings games, and start on our weekly sensory bottles.

Gross Motor: We're going to spend the month learning different exercises that involve our letter friends of the week ie rolling dice to Hop. At the same time as we're working on coordination we will work on sportsmanship, taking turns and those manners of excuse me, please, and thank you. This month they'll also enjoy hiking around the neighborhood, learning the hokey pokey, hop scotch, hot potato, hula hoops, traffic light (red light green light).

Fine Motor: Besides writing we will be adding H, T, and I to our sign language skills, using hole punchers, cutting out letters, Lacing activities, and finding hidden letters.

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


  • Physicals were due in August so if you forgot please get it turned in ASAP.
  • Why are they due in August? So that we don't have to keep track and spend precious time hounding parents to turn them in to the school. This way they're always done and we can spend more time shaping the minds of these precious kiddos. This is very much appreciated!
  • So if my kiddos birthday is in January and they have their well check I need to turn in another physical? Nope. You only need to turn in updated shot records and the physical every August.
  • Also, don't forget to apply sunscreen before coming to school. Head to toe and we will reapply at AM and PM snack. Thank ya!

Picture Day!

Pictures for the fall will be the week before Halloween and you will have them back before Thanksgiving. The theme will be with a present and Christmas tree.


Last month was our back to school kick-off with scholastic. With everything back in swing, be sure to keep an eye out for Scholastic each month. Our online code is HQ686

Healthy Start Wisdom

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Eat the Rainbow

Peak family dining season is upon us! September is Food Safety Education Month and National Family Meals Month — and the holiday season is right around the corner. A well balanced meal will help your Sawyer maintain a healthy eating regime of various colors and foods. Choose My Plate is a wonderful initiative to aid in the correct amount of food per group and showing how EATING THE RAINBOW is fun!!

The Book Nook

Eat Your Colors

This wonderful book of colors features a wide variety of healthy and delicious fruits and vegetables to demonstrate each rich color.

The Parent's Spotlight

Thank you!!!

  • 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.

The Teacher's Spotlight

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

  • 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. 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. 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. Maggie: If I didn't have to sleep I would catch up with my DVR because I am always a couple of episodes behind

Would you like to donate?

We could use

  • small shallow trays or cookie sheets
  • salt or cornmeal
  • food coloring
  • We're adding some awesomeness to our outdoor play space. Our's 2's teachers are tackling this big job. 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!

The Tot Spotter's Spotlight!!

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