The Tot Spot Times

May 2017

The Tot Spot Early Education Academy

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

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

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

Ms. Blue: blue@ilovethetotspot.com

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

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"Every day may not be good, but there is something good in every day"

Hey Tot Spot Family,


  • Though we have sunscreen to reapply throughout the day, please bring your child already wearing it that way we have more time for outside adventures :)
  • Our facebook pages are combining so be sure to like us at: https://www.facebook.com/TheTotSpotSchool/
  • We greatly appreciated the day off to learn some more useful information at teacher training! We had a great day learning about how to better your children's education!!

New Center Update!!

  • The move is getting closer!!! The roof is completed, new walls are up, painting is underway, and floors are mostly redone!!! Renovations should be done here shortly then we will move in the new furniture and finish the licensing process!! We are looking forward to moving at the beginning of June!!! Hip Hip Hooray!!! Below are some pics after demo and a few current pics. Once we're just hanging out waiting for licensing, you and the kiddos are welcome to stop in and check out the new classrooms.

Referral Program!!!

We have something exciting to tell you guys about moving to the new center!! We need some more kiddos to fill it, so we need your help! For every referral you will get 2 weeks free. What's better than FREE tuition?? So start spreading the word about the new Tot Spot and tell them to let us know you sent them :-)

Changes with Communication

Special Events and Birthdays!!!

Birthdays:

Asher: May 14th

Ms. Diamond: May 23rd

Ms. Le Andra: June 1st



Current Events:

Teacher Appreciation Week: May 1st-5th

Preschool Parent-Teacher Conferences: May 8th-12th

Muffins With Mom: May 12th

Too Parent-Teacher Conferences: May 15th-19th

Memorial Day Break TTS Closed: Friday May 26th and Monday May 29th



Future Events:

Family Fun Day/Graduation: June 2nd

Donuts with Dad: June 16th

Upcoming Zoophonics Friends (Notice, we don't have any. It's all about those themes, bout those themes, no ( I can't think of a good word)

Week of May 1st: Numbers Week

Week of May 8th: Shape Week

Week of May 15th: Spring Week

Week of May 22nd: Spring Week

Week of May 29th: Summer Week

In the Classroom!

The Smalls

O my, O my, what shall we do? Take off and lose a shoe! (Who can guess how many shoe hunts we average in one day?)



Sensory, Art, Science:

Last month's discussion on rain and thunder went smashingly! At school they giggle and laugh like crazy to the IPad thunder. I'm hoping that this trend continues though out life for them. We will continuing our spring exploration. We cant' wait to see what happens to our seeds. Some think they will become flowers. What do you think? This month we will be doing a lot with mixing colors, searching for super cool items on our walks to create collages. I think they'll have the most fun making new play dough!



Dramatic Play:

This month is all about helping to take care of baby and making good choices. We're still working on that pesky concept of being nice to our peers and books so it's still a part of dramatic play every day. I'm happy to say sharing and taking turns is still awesome (knock on wood), and that we have accomplished our goal of cleaning up when the tidy up song come on. (Our goal was to clean up at least 80% of the time). Feel free to encourage cleaning up at home and before leaving TTS for the day.



Math:

So we failed last month at making our snack math Super Exciting! I mean it was ok, but it didn't leave me with a feeling of pure joy. So, we're really going to step it up this month! Be sure to read June's newsletter to discover just how we do this. We are also continuing to working on sorting by colors and shapes and rote counting to 15. We're really working on orange and star.

Music and Movement:

We've really been working on hopping, jumping down stairs, stepping over huge objects, making it through obstacles courses, and dance parties at least twice a day. Want to see something cool? Ask you little one to do the worm and then see if you can do it too.


Zoophonics:

We continuing to focus on our Zoophonics friends within our names.

We are still working on identifying our name when it is written and about half the class now recognize their 1st letter! Woot Woot!

The Scouts

We have big changes coming in the month of May! It will be our last month of having The Tot Spot in this location. We are planning on moving the first week of June! Parent teacher conferences are the 7-12. For our social and emotional goals we are going to focus on using nice words and following directions. We have been having a rough time listening to our teachers, and have not been very nice to each other the past few weeks! We have officially made it through all of our Zoophonics friends, so we will have themed show and share. The first week will be to bring something with numbers on it. The second week will be to bring a shape or something with shapes on it. The third and fourth week will be spring themed, so it can be an activity you like to do in the spring or items you use or wear in the spring. We will also be gearing up and really practicing to perfect our graduation songs and the pledges. Please remember to send your child with sunscreen already on in the mornings, because we do not reapply until after nap and if it is nice we will be out! So here are some tips for the next month:

-Send you child in sunscreen already.

-Send your child in appropriate shoes and clothing.

-FLIP FLOPS ARE AGAINST TOT SPOT POLICY!

-Children will get dirty out on the playground and have a new found obsession with dirt, so do not send them in things that can't get dirty.

Sawyers/Sherlocks

Exciting things are coming in the Prek room! Graduation is closely approaching and we are getting EXCITED! We will miss our Role Model friends, but we know that they are on to BIGGER things! We hope they come back and tell us what Kindergarten is all about! This month will also be our last month at this location as TTS is onto BIGGER things starting in June with the opening of the new center! We will be working on numbers, shapes, and spring themes this month, along with really working on getting our role models ready for their next adventure! We will be zoning in on addition and subtraction, spelling, punctuation, and reading. We will be reviewing ALL of our zoophonics friends and sounds and really working on blending them together to make words we can read. During our science this month, we will be using prediction to see what happens with apples when they are in different substances, dipping rose stems in food coloring, making shape bubble wands, and growing our own sprouts! During our math centers we will be focusing on the concept of adding and subtracting and using different math vocabulary. We will be working on punctuation, sentence formation, spelling by sounding out words, and uppercase and lowercase letter formation during our writing time, as well as focusing on using our pincher grip while holding our pencils! I am sad when I realize that my time with my Role Model friends is coming to an end, but I know they will be great in Kindergarten and are ready for their next adventure! Parent-Teacher Conferences are May 8th -12th. There is a sign up sheet on the Parent Board. Please sign up for a sign to meet with me to discuss your kiddo and how they are doing! I can't wait to talk to each and every one of you!

Reminder: Graduation is Friday June 2, 2017 from 3pm - 6pm at Roy G. Holland Park. RSVP with any Tot Spot Teacher how many will be attending in your party!

Fundraising

Fundraising Report

Thank you guys so much for all your work on the last couple fundraisers!!! You have helped us raise $4,000!!!! Now only $6,000 more to go! We're going to take a break this month, but encourage you to help TTS build it's library of awesome books! Purchase Usborne books from our book booth at family fun day. We will have many of the favorites that your kiddos enjoy here at school. Purchase, take, and enjoy that night!

Healthy Start Wisdom

Cinco de Mayo!!!

Who loves Cinco de Mayo and eating yummy Mexican food??? I know I do!! One of my favorites is tortilla soup!! It's quick and easy to make and you can easily change the recipe around to make it as healthy as you want :) It's a perfect dinner to make to celebrate Cinco de Mayo.

Healthy Start Wisdom From Ms. Alisha

With this being Spring in Indiana, it's not unusual to be stuck indoors. This month I'm sharing some music links of Dr. Jean that we use to stay active. I like them because you don't need the actual music and the kids really enjoy them.


We're Going on a Bear Hunt (the song is different than the book)

https://youtu.be/F6OVwsnuX-Y


Go Bananas: My version starts like Dr. Jean's' but is different depending on what I'd like them to learn such as pop like popcorn if we're working on hopping or find the color brown)

https://youtu.be/MFmr_TZLpS0


Tooty Ta: https://youtu.be/PXvh08Mnork

The Book Nook

Ages 2 and Under: It's Potty Time by A Smart Kids Book

This book shows toddlers step by step on how to go potty. It also makes flushing noises too and will encourage any kid to try to go potty! Eventually kids will want to be independent and go potty!!!!

2-3 year olds: Tanka Tanka Skunk by Steve Webb

I love this book because it puts a fun spin on language development and learning syllables! This is a book that you can really get into and even dance to with your child, but you have to watch out for those younger twisters they will get you, but that adds to the fun!

Sawyers/Sherlocks: Don't Eat the Teacher By Nick Ward

This story is great for the kiddo going into Kindergarten! Starting school can bring lots of anxiety but this story brings excitement to the reader as Sammy the Shark cannot withhold his excitement for school! In all of his excitement he has eaten quite a few things including the kitchen table at breakfast, a school friend, his art work, and in so much excitement his.........TEACHER! Such a great story!

The Parent's Spotlight!

Thank you!!!

Thank you guys so much for the:


  • paper
  • markers
  • pop corn
  • grocery bags

Would you like to donate?

We could use:


  • Princess stickers
  • White cardstock
  • Bubble wrap
  • Peeps
  • Jellybeans
  • Jumbo marshmallows
  • Icing writers
  • Colored tissue paper

The Teacher's Spotlight!

If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?

Ms. Alisha: Man, these are some deep questions. I'd say everyone would have empathy: Noun, the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. That would stop a lot of ridiculousness.

Mr. Mike: The Bears would always have an awesome draft or something deep like end hate

Ms. Diamond: The separation of people based on their differences :( We are all the same on the inside and I think everyone should be treated the same.

Ms. Le Andra: If I could change one thing about the world it would be all to take away all negativity and judgement. I wish we could all just get along and live in peace. Just think of how much happier we could all be if everyone was positive and loved each other.

Ms. Blue: I would change the world so there was no hate, negative media, or any negative actions against people of any kind. I feel that there is so much negativity in this world, and do not feel that anyone should feel like we live in a world full of hatred.

Ms. Corrine: World hunger because I believe no one should have to starve when we have the technology and plenty of food around the world.

The Tot Spotter's Spotlight!

We love to DANCE!!
Jr. Scouts love to sing and dance!
The Sawyers/Sherlocks love to EXERCISE!

Graduation/Family Fun Day

Friday, June 2nd, 3-6pm

1 Park Drive

Fishers, IN

Family Fun Day is coming up! Please join us for food and fun in June. This is a new location with a larger indoor space, an awesome park, and a small splash pad. Mark your calendars now!!

RSVPs are enabled for this event.