The Smalls Tot Spot Times

December 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

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

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

Ms. Danielle's Email: danielle@ilovethetotspot.com

Ms. Katie 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!!

MISS HALEY WELCOMES BABY HARLEM

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

Birthdays:

DECEMBER 8 Ms. Erin

DECEMBER 17 Harrison

DECEMBER 21 Jack


Current Events:

December 7th - Ornaments with Grandparents

December 24th-26th - Closed for Holidays

December 31st - January 1st - Closed for New Year's


Future Events:

January - We will receive our award for being a level 3 Paths to Quality - be sure to congratulate your teachers on a job well done!



We have been excited to see Brady become so independent. He has been enjoying the Jr.Scouts Room. We will miss him, but he will see his friends soon. Jack and Harrison are right behind you, as is Isabella. She has been up and walking with those two! Way To Go Isabella!!!!!


WELCOME Pia! We have been looking forward to meeting Pia for some time now. if only for a little while, as her birthday is January 14.

IN THE CLASSROOM

  • 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.

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


Math:

Big and Small. We are putting things in order from biggest to smallest, longest to shortest. lining our cars up and putting our books in piles, we will categorize, and match colors.


Dramatic Play:

Hat! we introduced hats, and we have been noticing our image in the mirror and becoming talented enough to put our hats on and off. We are talking about our socks and we will put on our shoes. everyone is beginning to imitate sound patterns and signs of more, eat, and please are being introduced.


Social-Emotional:

Remember we continue to learn from repetition. Lesson plans may seem repetitive, but this is how babies learn best. 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 use. Even though your baby isn't sleeping during a scheduled nap time in the Smalls room, we encourage a rest time at around 12-2. It is about learning a routine and resting as a group to enable the transition to the next class.

With so many cruisers in the house, we are developing the urge to push and shove. We are learning a little empathy, and it's not nice to hurt our friends.


Gross Motor: Pushing physically abilities is challenging and rewarding. We will use our muscles and energy to stay active. In a Preschool environment, children seem to learn to pull up, sit up at an advanced rate. Walking however is always at an individual pass, and just because your child did all those other things early, walking may not come as fast.


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.

Operation Tot Spot Gives Back: Pajama Drive

Operation Tot Spot Gives Back- Winning Class gets a Pizza Party and the winning teacher earns PTO!!!


We are teaming up with Scholastic and participating in a pajama drive. We are collecting until December 13th.


Who are the pajamas and books helping?


The pajamas and books are helping at-risk children (ages 0–18) throughout the country. Often homeless, in foster care, or in poverty, their unstable, uncertain lives make them uniquely vulnerable as bedtime approaches. Each night, millions of children in this country have no bed to call their own—let alone pajamas to change into or books to escape into—and so they have no concept of a loving bedtime. The treasured ritual of changing into clean pajamas and tucking in with an enchanting bedtime story are unknown; some of these children, in fact, have never heard of pajamas


What pajama sizes are needed the most?

Although Pajama Program accepts new pajamas in all sizes, the most overlooked ones are generally children’s sizes 8 to adult 3XL. It is often the bigger, older children who are left out.


What kinds of pajamas should I collect?


New pajamas only.

Pajamas should be a complete set—a top and bottom, or an appropriate nightgown.

Pajamas for all seasons, but especially warm, cozy ones to help the children on our list during the long, cold months at this time of year.

Tax Time is Approaching...

Dear Tot Spot Families,

I am sending this email because we are getting close to the end of the year and therefore close to tax season. Because of our changes from Rapid Tuition to Tuition Express there will be two-year end summaries (a mid year summary for Rapid Tuition and a year-end summary). I emailed all our families when we transferred from Rapid Tuition at the time of the change, so please check your email history for that email. As far as Tuition Express, every family has direct access to your billing receipts through www.myprocare.com . If you have already signed up with www.myprocare.com you are ahead of the game. However, if you have not, you can register from this link www.myprocare.com. You will use the email you received this message from to login. If you have any problems, please let me know.

Thanks again,



Michael Ramsey

HEALTHY WISDOM

Scholastic

I'm super excited for some Holiday books this month...are you?? Check out all the deals for this month!! Scholastic will be sent out December 4th and will orders will be due December 13th. Our online code is HQ686

https://clubs.scholastic.com/newparents

BOOK NOOK

More Chocolate, No Cavities: How Diet Can Keep Your Kid Cavity-Free [Book]

from AbeBooks

Children's Books · Paperback · 214 page

A comprehensive, completely practical manual on how to care for your child's teeth from in the womb to age 18.

The Parent's Spotlight


    • We so appreciate you supporting our fundraising efforts such as parent's night out!

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

    • Thank you to the Camden's for buying pizza for our monthly meeting!

    • Thank you to the Bare's and Michael's for bringing in donuts

    • Thank you for all the Halloween donations for our classroom parties

Would you like to donate?

  • Baby puzzles
  • Food Coloring
  • Musical Instruments
  • Play-doh
  • Empty Clean Plastic Jars (Mayo, PB, etc. Jar)
  • Contact Paper
  • Large Crayons
  • EXPO Dry Erase Marker Cleaning Spray
  • Scrap Paper
  • Salt - Regular and Rock Salt
  • 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!

Question: What is your favorite Christmas song?


    • Ms. Stacey: No Favorite

    • Ms. Hailey : All I want for Christmas is you
    • Ms. Alisha: All I want for Christmas is you
    • Mr. Mike: This Christmas
    • Ms. Le Andra: I want a Hippopotamus for Christmas
    • Ms. Danielle: The Grinch
    • Ms. Katie: Greensleeves
    • Ms. Monica: We Wish You a Merry Christmas!

    • Ms. Erin: Rockin Around the Christmas Tree

    • Ms. Constance: Jingle Bells

    • Ms. Kay: Little Drummer Boy

    • Ms. Megan: Silent Night

Totspotter's Spotlight!

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