The Smalls Tot Spot Times

DECEMBER 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

Ms. Kelsey's Email: Kelsey@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

Tax Time is Approaching...

Every family has direct access to your billing receipts through www.myprocare.com . If you have any problems, please let me know.

Thanks again for being a part of our family!


Michael Ramsey

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:

Here we grow again! Nazir has been running right behind Archer and Raphael and is off to the Junior Scouts along with Jack. We welcome Issac, Rory, Nolan, and Kate. It has been an eventful November and beginning of December! So eventful this newsletter is super late.



Birthdays:

December 7 Jack


CURRENT EVENTS:

Ornaments with Grandparents - December 6th was great! Thanks for inviting your parents!!

Parent's Night Out - December 7th Was awesome! Happy you guys could get our and shop or just chill.

PJ Day - December 23rd and 27th

CLOSED - December 24-26th & 31st


FUTURE EVENTS:

CLOSED-January 1

CLOSED June 6th (Friday for graduation)

Family Fun Day June 7th (Saturday carnival at TTS!)

IN THE CLASSROOM


Do you know we wash all infants hands after diaper changes.


Remember to check to make sure you have updated extra clothes. Stock spare colder weather items. Its always good to keep a hat and jacket at school.

  • 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 be doing more hands on sensory activities, such as, playing in messy paint. This may require your child to be undressed during these activities.



Math:

Counting and counting. We count everything. We are finding our fingers and toes. We are repeating sound patterns and learning more. We are finding hidden objects, and stacking blocks.


Dramatic Play:

We are imitating facial expressions and recognizing our image in the mirror. We are playing peek a boo. We search for farm animals, and imitate the sounds they make. We never miss an opportunity to dance and play instruments. Which is always shaking and banging.


Social-Emotional:

When the babies eat, we like to bring the little one around to watch, and enjoy meal time. We are following conversations, and using songs with each Childs name. The kids are learning to take turns, and participate.


Gross Motor: Up on those knees. We are spending so much time on our stomach. Tummy time provides important physical stimulation to promote brain networking and motor development. ... As your child does this, the networks that drive their motor coordination and physical balance are stimulated to make new connections and grow in complexity.

We stand at the shelves, and pull ourselves up all day long.


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.

JANUARY PLANS!!! Who's excited!!!







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.

Infants use their senses to learn about the world around them. Sensory stimulation is linked to emotional, cognitive and physical development. All of the senses need to work together so that infants and toddlers can move, learn and behave in a typical manner. Activities provided for seeing, hearing, touching, smelling and tasting should be numerous and repetitive for proper sensory stimulation.


Math:

Snack Math. We count it all! Repetition with all of our music and movements improve counting abilities. When we clean up, we ask the kids to help us, as we count the purple blocks the red blocks...the rings, the cars, the trucks etc. We fold paper and laundry together and count the times it take to become a square. How many sides? Roll the round ball. Can it fit into the tube, or square box?




Dramatic Play:

Each one of the babies, show such dramatic personalities. We are talking with the kids about Caring for each other. Look in the mirror when we cry. Look in the mirror when we are being silly. Can we put our socks on? Lets try to put the socks on our feet. There are so many things we can use our doll to teach us. Is the baby cold? Don't drop the baby. The baby has two feet and two hand. 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.


Social-Emotional:

As a parent who wasn't prone to "baby talk". I find myself using more as a infant teacher than I am used to. I started researching pros and cons and the development effect on children and this is some of what I found.


One-on-one conversations using baby talk led to better language development. The more exaggerated the speech (“Where are your shoooes?”) and the more variance in voice pitch, the more the one-year-olds would babble, both in response and in general.

https://www.todaysparent.com/.../baby-talk-bad-for-toddler-development


Nevertheless, some may feel that using this exaggerated speech style is condescending, or unrealistic in comparison to adult speech, and as such does not set babies off to a good start.



Babies first start learning language by listening not to individual words, but to the rhythm and intonation of the speech stream – that is, the changes between high and low pitch, and the rhythm and loudness of syllables in speech. Parents often exaggerate these features of the language when talking with their infants, and this is important for early language learning.


I am having a harder time finding reasons why it is not good for development. The conclusion I have reached is to make language clear. Babies begin to goo, and hope you will communicate back. They respond when we make complete eye contact and imitate simple sounds they are making.


While baby talk is not essential to guiding infants’ language learning, the use of pitch modulations, repetition and slower speech all allow infants to process the patterns in their language more easily.

Speaking in such an exaggerated style might not seem conducive to language learning in the longer term, but ample research shows that this speech style actually provides an optimum input for language learning from the very first days of an infant’s life. http://theconversation.com/heres-why-baby-talk-is-good-for-your-baby-68216


Gross Motor: Tummy Time!! There can't be too much. This is important for symmetry with crawling and walking. Tummy time is sometimes the only time of the day when babies’ legs are stretched out, fully extending baby’s hip flexors. Experts find that babies who don't spend time face-down often have some delays in their development of motor skills.

HEALTY WISDOM

Holiday Stress

https://www.verywellmind.com/understanding-and-managing-holiday-stress-3145230

Scholastic

School is back in session which means Scholastic is back! Thank you for all your continued support! Our Code is HQ686


https://clubs.scholastic.com/newparents

BOOK NOOK

A 2019 Caldecott Honor BookWinner of the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Illustrator AwardIn this remarkable author-illustrator debut that's perfect for fans of Last Stop on Market Street and Extra Yarn, a generous woman is rewarded by her community.Everyone in the neighborhood dreams of a taste of Omu's delicious stew! One by one, they follow their noses toward the scrumptious scent. And one by one, Omu offers a portion of her meal. Soon the pot is empty. Has she been so generous that she has nothing left for herself? Debut author-illustrator Oge Mora brings to life a heartwarming story of sharing and community in colorful cut-paper designs as luscious as Omu's stew, with an extra serving of love. An author's note explains that "Omu" (pronounced AH-moo) means "queen" in the Igbo language of her parents, but growing up, she used it to mean "Grandma." This book was inspired by the strong female role models in Oge Mora's life

The Parent's Spotlight

Thank you for:

  • Thank you for all the random things you all have been donating to the center; milk jugs, toilet paper rolls, art supplies, balls, toys, and so on. You guys are AWESOME!!
  • 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 constant support with bringing in donations we have asked for.

  • We collected over 80 pairs of PJ's for the

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Operation Tot Spot Gives Back: Pajama Drive!

Congrats to the.......Jr Scouts!!!!!!!! They are the winners of our Pajama Drive! :) TTS raised 81 pairs of pajamas for The Villages of Indiana. https://www.villageskids.org/ Scholastic will match our pajama donations and donate 81 books as well. We managed to beat last year by 9 pajamas and I hope next year we can collect even more! Thank you to all who contributed. Some kiddos are going to be super thankful to have nice warm pjs to wear. TTS Parents are the BEST!!!!

Would you like to donate?


  • Squishy/stress Balls
  • 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!

If you had your own talk show, who would your first 3 guests be?


  • Ms. Stacy: In no particular order, Bill Murray, Harry Connic Jr. and Steve Martin.
  • Ms. Rosmary: my nephew, to the cast of Game of Thrones, to Leonel Messi
  • Ms. Katie: Steve Carell, Nick Offerman, and Jensen Ackles
  • Ms. Kasche: I would bring on Drake, Michelle and Barack Obama
  • Ms. Kelsey: Ellen, Mia Maples, Jesus, or Nikki Minaj
  • Ms. Le Andra: Adam Sandler (hilarious!!), Thomas Rhett (favorite singer), and Alisha Ramsey (she's a pretty cool inspiration and boss)
  • Ms. Alisha: Ummm I'd have a round table with Oprah, Ellen, Michelle Obama, and President Trump, all at the same time.Well I have to do things in multiples of 3 so I'd add Collin and Michael for SNL.
  • Mr. Mike: Michael Jordan, Will Ferrell, Michelle and Barrack Obama
  • Ms. Helen: Angela Merkel; Tu Youyou; Michelle Wingshan Kwan

Totspotter's Spotlight!

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