The Smalls Tot Spot Times

July 2018

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

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SPECIAL EVENTS

Birthdays

July 16 Lilly


Reminders

July 4th - Closed for the 4th of July

July 27th - School Supply Fees are due

August- Annual physicals are due

In the Classroom

  • Please bring in sunscreen to reapply throughout the day.
  • Please bring your child already wearing it. The best time for the Smalls to enjoy the outside, is morning, and this will allow more time for outside adventures.


We wish Kole and Cru the best in the Jr. Scout's room. Joining them soon will be Charlie and Lilly.


Sensory, Art, Science:

The kids will play with ice, dry and cooked noodles, cotton, tissue paper, chalk, glue, and droppers. We will use play-doh, sand and water. We will continue to let our babies play with their food!

Math:

There is always opportunities to use math in everything we do. Two arms, two legs, two eyes, two ears....The Smalls will sort and categorize objects into groups of twos. The Cheerio Count book is in the classroom, we will have fun reading this during snack.

Dramatic Play:

As the big kids anticipate meal times, we use this opportunity to pretend and prepare the food with the kids. We will mix and pour and serve up our food. We are playing hide and go seek, and peek a boo more. Watching ourselves make silly faces in the mirror, and seeing our friends reflection is going to "silly". We are pretending to be lot of animals, by sounding like them, and crawling around. We will be using a phone to order pizza, and talk to our friends.

Social-Emotional:

We like to talk to the babies as soon as possible on things that we know they will be practicing soon. We will also continue to work on our sign language. We have been trying to set boundaries, and use consistency in rules. The word "no" is being used in order for the babies to understand wrong choices. If this is a concern, or you would rather your child not have this reinforcement, please address it with us. we have been using

Gentle touch, and sit on our bottom as reminders to the older Smalls.

Gross Motor: Pushing physically abilities is challenging and rewarding. We will use our muscles and energy to stay active. Baby Yoga has been entertaining. The bicycle, dog, and a whole lot of rolling around have been our favorite.

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.

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

Operation Tot Spot Gives Back

Thank you so much for all the donations for the Julian Center. The Sawyer's class won the Jump Bunch prize along with Channing from the Sherlock's room. Everyone did awesome in bringing in supplies!

Scholastic

We won't be sending out flyers for Scholastic the next couple months. Scholastic follows a school schedule so we will pick back up in August. Thanks for ordering Scholastic!!


Don't pass up the library this summer.


https://hepl.lib.in.us/

Daily Connect and New back office system

We have now officially switched back to the Daily Connect App. We will have a new "back office" system so your clock in will be similar to how it was previously. You will check the kiddos in as your enter and out as you LEAVE. Please do not clock the kids out when you enter...you clock them out when they are exiting school.

We will spend the first 2 weeks of July getting everyone's fingerprint into the system. Please plan on 10 min before pickup or after drop off.

With this change also comes a change in payment collection. The new company is Tuition Express. Thank you to everyone who has turned in the new form. You shouldn't see much difference except perhaps all payments will come out on Friday? With the old collection company some payments didn't show withdrawn until Monday or Tuesday.

Picture Day!

It went pretty well on our end, but I did ask for a new photographer for the fall. Feel free to let a director know your opinion. Pictures for the fall will be the week before Halloween. The theme will be with a present and Christmas tree, and they will be in the week before Thanksgiving.

BOOK NOOK

Bored with children's books? Don't worry--since newborns can't understand your words yet, you get to choose what the two of you are reading. A newspaper article, a chick-lit novel or even an Oprah's Book Club pick. It doesn't matter what you're reading right now, as long as you're doing it!


Here are some additional reading tips:

  • Cuddling while you read helps your baby feel safe, warm, and connected to you.
  • Read with expression, pitching your voice higher or lower where it's appropriate or using different voices for different characters.
  • Don't worry about following the text exactly. Stop once in a while and ask questions or make comments on the pictures or text. ("Where's the kitty? There he is! What a cute black kitty.") Your child might not be able to respond yet, but this lays the groundwork for doing so later on.
  • Sing nursery rhymes, make funny animal sounds, or bounce your baby on your knee — anything that shows that reading is fun.
  • Babies love — and learn from — repetition, so don't be afraid of reading the same books over and over. When you do so, repeat the same emphasis each time as you would with a familiar song.
  • As your baby gets older, encourage him or her to touch the book or hold sturdier vinyl, cloth, or board books. You don't want to encourage chewing on books, but by putting them in his or her mouth, your baby is learning about them, finding out how books feel and taste — and discovering that they're not edible!


HEALTHY WISDOM

By, Justine Lorelle LoMonaco.

Introducing solid food to babies can be a stressful time for parents—but it doesn’t have to be!

DON’T START TOO EARLY.

Experts like the World Health Organization (WHO) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) point to six months as the ideal time to introduce solids because your baby can sit up without support and has the coordination to chew and swallow safely. But if you feel like your baby is ready, consult with your pediatrician.

DO INTRODUCE A VARIETY OF TASTES.

The AAP has recently introduced a new set of guidelines for feeding your tiny human, and they’re much less restrictive than they have been in the past. It’s safe to mix ingredients, and you don’t have to worry about introducing foods in a certain order. Bon appétit!

DON’T WAIT TO INTRODUCE ALLERGENIC FOODS.

As long as there’s no family history of an allergy, it’s safe to add typically allergenic foods to your baby’s plate. If you do have a family history, introduce the foods slowly until you’re certain they’re safe. Consult your pediatrician first with any concerns.

DO FIND THE RIGHT TEXTURE.

For baby’s first bites, a thin, smooth puree is best. As they adjust and are able to eat without any issues, start serving more complex, lumpier textures.

DON’T WORRY IF IT SEEMS LIKE THEY’RE NOT EATING A LOT.

Sure, your baby could nurse for 15 minutes at a time, but that doesn’t mean you should expect them to eat eight ounces of food in the beginning. When you first introduce solids, they might only get a tablespoon down. Don’t give up!

DO FEED THEM OFTEN.

WHO recommends two to three meals a day for infants between 6-8 months, then increase it to three to four meals a day from 9-24 months (adding snacks at 12 months).

DON’T GIVE UP IF YOUR BABY SEEMS PICKY!

Did you know it can take a baby 10-20 tries of a new food before they accept it? Don’t let an early refusal fool you—he’s still just learning about this new flavor!

Interested in organically sourced, healthy baby food? Try Raised Real.

The Parent's Spotlight

Thank You

  • Your patience and understanding of switching to a new app
  • Thank You for 100% Parent Teacher Conference turn out!
  • Thank You to all the grateful and giving parents during Teacher Appreciation Week. It has been a Marvelous May.

Would you like to donate?

-Toilet paper tubes

-Old bath size towels

-Tape


Is there ever a time when you say to youreself, " 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 won the lottery, what would be the first thing you would do and why?

  • Ms. Stacey: The first thing I would do after calling my financial adviser would be, Ask my 24 year old son and my 20 year old daughter, Who was it that has made an ever lasting impact on them through out school. We would give them a surprise.
  • Ms. Hailey: buy a house so I don’t have to pay rent anymore!
  • Ms. Alisha: Pay off this building, give almost everyone and raise, and go on vacation before designing the new perfect tot spot. It would have gigantic rooms, a natural play world, doors and restrooms that operate perfectly, and bathrooms and laundry areas inside every room.
  • Mr. Mike: take a vacation
  • Ms. Danielle: I would travel for a couple of months. Just by myself. There’s a company that sends you to to secret places and that would be really cool. Like places you don’t think about. Greece is my number one place though, I’d definitely go there.
  • Ms. LeAndra: First I would go buy a pink Jeep wrangler. Then I would take my best friends and family on a huge shopping spree to thank them for everything they do for me. I would pay all my bills and I would book a week or 2 long vacation as well and finally be stress free!!
  • Ms. Katie: If I won the lottery, the first thing I would do is take a vacation to either Disney or New York City. My son wants to see the ocean and is obsessed with New York.
  • Ms. Jacanda: I would take Jeremiah to the top doctors and clinics for Cerebral palsy. I would take him because I just want him to have the best chance at an independent life and great quality of life.
  • Ms. Erin: Give 1/2 the money to my parents, because they've done a lot for me.

The Tot Spotter's Spotlight!!

Ran out of time for pictures before I left for vacation so maybe extra next month?

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