The Smalls Tot Spot Times

APRIL 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 Baby Jack and Archie!!!! Goodbye Harrison and Big Jack this month!



Birthdays: Evelyn just turned one! No birthdays in April.


Current Events:

- April 22nd & 23rd: Parent Teacher Conferences (on Sign Up Genius soon)

-April 24th: Administrative Professionals Day - be sure and thank our Admin team for all their hard work!

May 7 - Picture Day

May 10 - Muffins with Mom

-June 7 - Closed for Family Fun Day!

June 14 - Donuts with Dad

June 17-26th No Ramseys


March came and went, and we are excited for April to bring some spring weather.

Remember to bring shoes. When we go outside, it is required to have feet covered with shoes, if you are able to move and crawl.

What is that?

  • What is Muffins with Mom? Come in at pickup or drop off and join your kiddo for a muffin, milk, and juice and pick up a special present made just for you!
  • What is Family Fun Day? Everyone comes with a pitch in item (look for sign up sheet in May) to hang out, eat, and watch the kiddos graduation ceremony. It's a super great time! (Just my opinion). This year it will be at Hamilton Sports Complex.
  • What is Donuts with Dad? Same as Mother's Day but instead enjoy some donuts...oh yeah!

IN THE CLASSROOM

Gross Motor: Bending and lifting. Carrying things and coordination. Running outside.


Social-Emotional: grouping the kiddos during play. Learning how to play together instead of side by side. Using words like, "it's your friends turn." saying hi to each child, and instilling confidence. We are emphasizing please and thank you, and your're welcome.


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 possible be stained, let us know!


Math:

Snack Math. We count it all! We never miss an opportunity to practice math We will explore directional position in space, and depth perception when we use the tunnel, and during outside play. We are learning next to and in front and behind. We are following one step commands.


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

check out this website

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Scholastic

I'm super excited for some Spring books this month...are you?? Check out all the deals for this month!! Scholastic will be sent out April 9th and will orders will be due April 18th. Our online code is HQ686

https://clubs.scholastic.com/newparents

BOOK NOOK

sweet picture book that celebrates springtime!

The snow is melting, flowers are blooming, and a light rain is falling. Spring is finally here! Enjoy all the wondrous signs of the season with Maryann Cocca-Leffler's exhuberant celebration of spring!

With soft-colored art, adorable children, and colorful outdoor scenes, LET IT RAIN is a continuation of Maryann's delightful series all about the seasons.

The Parent's Spotlight

Thank you for:

  • Thank you to all the parents who donated supplies, food, and decorations for our Valentine's Day party!

  • Thank you to all the parents and family members who made our Valentine's Day party extra special by being our guests!

  • 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 for your understanding of being closed March 15th in order for teachers to participate in conferences to become ever better teachers to your kiddos

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

Would you like to donate?

  • Shoes and boots (all sizes) for back ups for when kiddos have accidents
  • Shoe boxes with lids
  • Storage boxes
  • 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!

Question: If you could give up one household chore which would it be and why?


  • Ms. Stacey: DISHES!
  • Ms. Alisha: Clean the restroom because it’s the only chore I may do upon occasion. Thank you to my darling hubby who does everything else!
  • Mr. Mike: Dust because of allergies!!!
  • Ms. Le Andra: Dishes for sure!! I'm horrible because I wait until I have a full sink and then it's just gross and takes FOREVER!!
  • Ms. Katie: I would give up folding laundry. It takes forever and just when I think I'm done, another basket seems to magically appear. I would also love to never match socks again. I mean, really, where do all the matches go?!
  • Ms. Erin: Doing the dishes because there's always a new dish to wash more often than any other chore (volunteer)
  • Ms. Kayla: Sweeping, the dust pan never picks up everything, I’d rather just vacuum (toddler teacher)
  • Ms. Mikayla: Laundry. It used to be dishes until I moved and got a dishwasher. But laundry is never ending. (toddler teacher)

Totspotter's Spotlight!

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