The Week of February 19

Theme Of The Week: Pets


Fact about Pets: Rabbits are meticulously clean animals and are easy to house break and train.  Much like a dog, a pet rabbit can be taught to come to his/her name, sit in your lap, and do simple tricks.

Country Of The Week: Mexico


The Palacio de Bellas Artes is a prominent cultural center in Mexico City. It has hosted some of the most notable events in music, dance, theatre, opera and literature and has held important exhibitions of painting, sculpture and photography.

Value Of The Month: Generosity


Fact about Generosity: Scientific investigation into generosity has examined the effect of a number of scenarios and games on individuals' generosity, and potential links with neurochemicals such as oxytocin, and relationship with similar feelings, such as that of empathy.

This Week's Activities


Infants: Our students will learn about and imitate sounds of different pets.


Toddlers: The goal in the cognitive area is having the child count from 1 to 10.


Preschool: The goal in the area of ross and fine psychomotor is having the students practice coordination in different activities.


WE DID IT!!!!!!
Rayito de Sol have earn the four stars... Parent Aware HIGHEST POSSIBLE RATING TOOL Selecting High Quality child Care and Early Education IN OUR BOTH LOCATIONS

What is Parent Aware Rating Tool?
The Parent Aware Rating Tool In Parent Aware, programs seeking a full rating must meet all of the indicators at the first star level (or block) in order to earn a 1-star rating. To reach Two Stars, programs must also meet all of the indicators at the Two Star level (or block). Programs must meet all indicators at the One and Two Star levels before their application is considered for a Three or Four Star rating. To earn Three or Four stars, programs must earn points on additional indicators and meet specific requirements.
The number of points earned determines whether a program achieves Three or Four Stars.
Parent Aware indicators are grouped into four categories:
1. Physical health and well-being
2. Teaching and relationships
3. Assessment of child progress
4. Teacher training and education
The quality indicators in these categories are nearly identical for family child care programs and center-based programs. Major differences in indicators across the two program types are noted
below in the teaching and relationships category and the teacher training and education category.

Connecting Students through culture

Connecting students and activating background knowledge are both important components of teaching students of Latin American origin and American children as well. One way Rayito de Sol Spanish Immersion Early Learning Center connect with students is by understanding the cultural knowledge we bring with them into our classroom, including the stories, proverbs, and legends they’ve learned. Many of these stories may be different from the stories we learned as a child, or the tales that American children hear today. By learning a little about the folklore of Mexico, Peru, Argentina, Bolivia, etc children will better understand our culture and they will know more about our background knowledge.
For instance, Latinos, we have a strong oral tradition, in which knowledge is passed down through generations via storytelling and the use of proverbs. Oral culture is shared during work and leisure time, both inside and outside the home. Often, it imparts a lesson or tradition from the older generation to the younger. For example, older relatives may convey information to young family members about roles within the family, concepts of masculinity and femininity, and values and expectations, all through sharing stories and proverbs that have a moral or central message of their culture on a daily basis, including Mexican folklore.
Using Latin American folklore as we teach can also help us to tie our instruction to latino students background knowledge. Many of our American students will share a body of cultural knowledge in which we may also be well-versed. For example, most American-born children know the stories of the Three Bears, Sleeping Beauty, and Hansel and Gretel, but Mexican-born students may not share that knowledge. By learning the stories that our students do know, we can incorporate that knowledge into our lessons and avoid frequent use of stories and proverbs that as a Latinos may not be familiar with. Of course, using American and European folklore in the classroom is also important, teachers are aware that they may need to scaffold that knowledge for students who don’t have a Latin American cultural background.
At Rayito de Sol sharing our folklore is important for students who aren’t of Latino background; it increases knowledge and appreciation of other cultures. Students will love hearing the vibrant and new stories gathered from Latin American folklore, and will better understand our cultural knowledge. By presenting Latin American Folklore in Rayito de Sol Spanish Immersion classroom, we are signaling to all students that it’s a valuable subject to learn about, as we expanding the background knowledge of Latin American culture.



We cordially invite all Rayito de Sol Family and Friends to our Annual Grandparents Day Celebration Show!

This show is a time for all of us to celebrate and honor RDS Grandparents who contribute so much to our lives in so many ways! Grandparents are important role models in our lives who have wisdom to share, values and beliefs to pass on, skills to teach, and family traditions and culture to help carry on through each generation of the family they are able to reach! 
Celebration Date: Saturday 11/14/2015

Time: Children should arrive at 9:30 am to prepare for show time!
SHOW STARTS AT 10:00 am and will run until around 11:30 am!

Location: Minneapolis Community & Technical College (MCTC) Campus
The Whitney Fine Arts Center - Theater is Room F 1200
Main entrance/lobby is located at 1424 Yale Place, Minneapolis, MN.

Why Grandparents are important on a child's life?

Grandparents are important for our children…. For all of us…
They are role models and examples to the grandchildren of lives lived with purpose, goodness and hope. 
Teaching values and culture, effective grandparents have great power to change lives. They have wisdom to pass on, values and beliefs to share, skills to teach and a culture to honor because of their experience and link to the past.
Every year we celebrate grandparents at Rayito de Sol.... is an special day that we honor them and give them our love and appreciation... is their special day!!!

Fine Motor Skills at Rayito de Sol

Fine motor skills activities for children at Rayito de Sol  are the best way to ensure proper development and practice of fine motor skills to promote the most functional use of a child's hands.

Normal development demands that children are able to accurately and effectively use the small muscles (intrinsic muscles) in their hands. These intrinsic muscles will be used for the rest of their lives and foressential functional activities.

Childhood is the critical time to properly develop these muscles.

At Rayito de Sol we use so many ways to strengthen this muscles, practice coordination as develop hand eye coordination using everyday materials and fun creativity, we explore playing with dough, adding combinations of materials to it and automatic strengthens little hands as the roll, squeeze twist and build with it. 

Other activities we love to do to develop fine motors skills on our children  is to exploring sensory materials, transporting small parts, threading beads, hand on art projects, cutting and sticking, tearing and scrunching papers, pasta necklace, weaving around cardboards, finger prints etc.


Developing Math skills at Kindergarten Prep at Rayito de Sol

At Rayito de Sol children have typically started to develop cognitive reasoning skills that make them want to learn and explore more about the world around them. Their keen sense of wonder and desire to learn new information is the perfect time to introduce one of the most important building blocks in our culture: math skills.

Research shows that preschool programs should introduce math skills to children in order to cultivate and develop their cognitive reasoning skills for the purpose of success later in life. For this reason, Rayito de Sol Spanish Immersion early learning Center emphases math skills through daily activities and creative learning. Our Kindergarten prep students are able to learn about math through hands on activities and fun games, so they play while they learn....

Hispanic Heritage Month at Rayito de Sol Spanish Immersion NAEYC Accredited Center

Hispanic Heritage Month is an annual event celebrating the richness of Latino culture and honoring our heritage. Each year from September 15 through October 15, Latino heritage is recognized, along with the achievements of Latinos in history. It’s a wonderful time to pass on the beauty of Latino culture to our Rayito de Sol children of Latino descent and expose all our children at Rayito de Sol to learn about a diverse group of people and new cultures. 
Some Facts:
•    Sept. 15 was chosen as the starting point for the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month because it is the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on Sept. 16 and Sept. 18.
•    According to the latest population statistics, speaking Hispanics now comprise 15% of the US population, with about 45 million. The Hispanic presence in the public service and private enterprise is becoming more prominent. Statistical projections estimate that the Hispanic population and Spanish speakers by 2050, have passed the 130 million mark, transforming the United States in the country world's largest Spanish-language
•    There are 1.1 million Hispanic veterans of the U.S. armed forces.
•    The Hispanic family is a close-knit group and the most important social unit.  The family unit usually extends beyond the nuclear family. 
•    Hispanics usually place great value on appearance as a sense of honor, dignity and pride.
•    From 1998 to 1999 to 2008 to 2009, the number of associate's degrees earned by Hispanics more than doubled (increasing by 101 percent) During the same time period, the number of bachelor's degrees awarded Hispanic students increased by 85 percent.


Gross Motor Development in Preschool

When children have positive early experiences with physical activity they are more likely to enjoy being active later in life and this will contribute to their long term physical, social and psychological health.  At Rayito de Sol Spanish Immersion NAEYC Accredited Center children benefit from having a wide choice of gross motor experiences that are non-competitive and focused on having fun. Providing a range of choices for gross motor play also caters to children’s individual interests, skills and abilities. 

When children have positive early experiences with physical activity they are more likely to enjoy
being active later in life and this will contribute to their long term physical, social and psychological health.  At Rayito de Sol Spanish Immersion NAEYC Accredited Center children benefit from having a wide choice of gross motor experiences that are non-competitive and focused on having fun.

Providing a range of choices for gross motor play also caters to children’s individual interests, skills and abilities. 

How yoga benefits our children

Children derive enormous benefits from yoga. Physically, it enhances their flexibility, strength, coordination, and body awareness. In addition, their concentration and sense of calmness and relaxation improves. Doing yoga at Rayito de sol, children exercise, play, connect more deeply with the inner self, and develop an intimate relationship with the natural world that surrounds them. Yoga brings that marvelous inner light that all children have to the surface.