The Smalls Tot Spot Times

May/June 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

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 Raphael, Terrance, Nasir and Nolan!!

Goodbye Evelyn and Chael! Have a blast with the big kids!! :)


Birthdays:

May 14th - Jackson

May 22nd - Maddie

June 1st - Ms. Le Andra

June 15th - Ms. Alisha


Current Events:

June 7 - Closed for Family Fun Day!

June 14 - Donuts with Dad

June 17-26th No Ramsey's


Future Events:

July 4th - Closed


Check extra clothes, and bring in warm weather items. It is doctor recommended not to apply regular sunscreen until 6 months. We are able to apply with a permission slip. Please supply us with sunscreen. The Tot Spot will use a universal sunscreen with permission. Also 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. Oh one last thing..don’t forget a sun hat.

What is that?


  • What is Donuts with Dad? Same as Mother's Day but instead enjoy some donuts...oh yeah!

It's Summertime!!

Hey guys! It's officially warmer weather time! Please make sure your child has sunscreen if your not wanting to use our universal. Your child also needs a water bottle with no straw and that has the mouthpiece covered. Please make sure they have a swimsuit and water shoes in their cubby as well as extra clothes. Thanks! :)

June is National Camping Month

IN THE CLASSROOM

Gross Motor: On Your Tummy. The only way to start moving. They either love it or hate it. We work those muscles, and get the kids wanting to move. Running outside. We spend outside time with only the infants. Classes aren't mixed during our outdoor time.


Social-Emotional: We move our non-mobile babies and introduce them into different activities every 10 minutes. Everyone enjoys activities in small groups and one on one. We are learning patience. We are showing the older kids we can sit next to each other while the little ones have a bottle, and read a book by ourselves. We then, praise them for being so nice waiting turns. Always use words and simple explanations.


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. Outside play comes with dirt. Please remember, clothes will get dirty. If ever there is an outfit that you would rather not be stained, let us know! We are working with spoons. Even when we know they will shovel it in with their hands, we practice scooping and using a spoon and fork.


Math:

Snack Math. We count it all! We never miss an opportunity to practice math. MathTalk. Math talk enriches everyday learning for infants and toddlers. You'll be surprised at how much they know and can learn. Your math talk today can help your child be successful in math as they grow.


Dramatic Play:

Each one of the babies, show such dramatic personalities. We are talking with the kids about Caring for each other. Dramatic play teaches self-regulation. Preschoolers are known for acting with impulse, so dramatic play is a great stepping stone for learning to self-regulate their emotions and actions. With a group of young infants and older infants, we are learning one at a time and be careful around the baby.


Zoophonics: phonics, teaching how letters and syllables correspond to sounds.

Zoo-phonics® is a method developed to make children strong readers and spellers using a “phono” (hearing), “oral” (speaking), “visual” (seeing), “kinesthetic” (moving), and tactile (touching)—whole brain approach. Students actually learn the sounds of the alphabet and advanced phonemic concepts through an easily understood, concrete method of presentation. Zoo-phonics® uses animals drawn in the shapes of the letters for ease in memory. There are links attached below where you can check out more about Zoophonics.

HEALTH WISDOM

Health Benefits of Sleeping Outside

One of the biggest reasons sleeping outside is a helpful sleep aid is the exposure to natural light. One study showed that “Increased exposure to sunlight may help to reduce the physiological, cognitive and health consequences of circadian disruption.”Mar 30, 2018

Outdoor naps are good for baby

Scholastic

Scholastic is done for the summer! We will resume in August. Thanks for all your orders :)


https://clubs.scholastic.com/newparents

BOOK NOOK


Camping Activity Book for Families offers up a wide variety of activities, games, crafts, songs, and good old-fashioned fun for parents and children to share in the wonders of the outdoors. Whether it's creating pinecone art and giant nests or going on nature-themed scavenger hunts, observing the night sky, or playing flashlight tag at the campground, this book gets the whole family engaged in everything outdoors. With age-specific recommendations, activity suggestions for parents, family conversation starter sidebars, and kids-only tips, this book has fun activities for every minute and every age group.

Family Fun Day/Graduation

Friday, June 7th, 3:30-6:30pm

9625 E 150 Street

Noblesville, IN

Gymnastics and the party zone (kid zip line, bounce houses, climbing structures, etc)! Come out to have fun with The Tot Spot Family! And of course after the fun it's time to eat and watch our latest kiddos graduate. I'm sure there will be some old friends there and of course, it's a great time to create some new ties with our school family.

The Parent's Spotlight

Thank you for:


  • Thank you to all the parents for donations toward Teacher Appreciation week!

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

  • Bringing in donations of items anytime we ask...you guys rock!!

  • Thank you for signing up for items for Family Fun Day!

Would you like to donate?


  • Clear Plastic jars with lids ie mayonnaise
  • 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!

What's one movie you can practically quote from start to finish?

  • Ms. Stacey: Movie quotes are somewhat a family thing. There's so many worth repeating on a daily basis. We communicate with song lyrics and movie quotes.
  • Ms. Alisha: Dirty Dancing..."Nobody puts baby in a corner" and Sandlot "You're killing me Smalls"
  • Mr. Mike: Forest Gump or Pulp Fiction
  • Ms. Le Andra: Sweet Home Alabama...my all time favorite movie
  • Ms. Katie: Without a Paddle or SuperTroopers
  • Ms. Erin: I can’t pick just one. I am a movie fantastic and own over 1,000 films. But I can say I frequently find myself quoting anything written/directed by Quentin Tarantino
  • Ms. Kayla: Twilight

  • Ms. Kelsey: I wanna say Transformers but that's such an odd thing. At the end he says "I am Optimus Prime" haha

Totspotter's Spotlight!

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