2014-2015 Musical Journey of Learning

Tot Lot has embarked on a musical journey of learning.  The teachers are participating in professional development opportunities and sharing individual musical talents.  We have turned our visual arts studio into a music studio and have started a music enrichment program.  Families are sharing instruments, music , materials to make instruments and of course sharing their talents with us.  We will be learning about beats, instruments, composers and exploring music in variety of new ways that we will incorporate into our classrooms.

And of course when we hear and play music we have to move our bodies--we will also be learning dance and movement as we learn and enrich our musical experiences!

New Photos added-12/18 music with Rubi

New photos added  on 1/13/15-learning Do Re Mi-with the Xylophones(December 2014) and experimenting with the different tones made by with water and jars

Music Journey Updated 1/21/15  

Toddlers and preschoolers are exploring claves.

Preschoolers are learning ballet poses and a friend of one of our teachers came in ad shared her dance with preschoolers.

The children are enjoying learning new songs, learning about different composers and different movement songs with Rubi.

Syncopated Clock

Music with Rubi

Preschoolers performing the Russian Dance

Preschoolers practicing the Russian Dance


Tot Lot Honors Two at Annual Event

20-year teacher Lori Rivera and Attorney James J. Cotter III to be recognized on June 8

(April 17, 2014 – Cambridge, MA) Cambridgeport Children’s Center – better known as Tot Lot – will recognize two who represent the spirit of Tot Lot at the annual Rhythm & Spice fundraiser on June 8, 2014.

Photo by Sarah Saab 

Photo by Sarah Saab 

Lead teacher Lori Rivera is a 20-year veteran of Tot Lot, and over the years, has left a lasting and cherished impact on hundreds of children. Referred to Tot Lot by founding member Victoria Helberg, Rivera started out as a part time assistant toddler teacher while a student at Cambridge Rindge and Latin. She later became a certified teacher in both the toddler and preschool groups, and currently serves as a preschool lead teacher. She continues to expand her knowledge in child development through regular coursework. A resident of Cambridge, she is the daughter of Carol and Espedito Rivera, also of Cambridge. “Lori is everything that Tot Lot strives to be, and we are so grateful for her commitment to Tot Lot and to the growth, development, and happiness of our children,” said Tot Lot executive committee president Daniel Weinstock. “Lori creates a trusted environment that enables families to head out each morning knowing their children are not only well cared for, but given opportunities to learn and grow.”

Photo by Amy Malone

Photo by Amy Malone

Also being honored is Attorney James J. Cotter III, of Milton, MA, for his pro-bono work with Tot Lot. Jim Cotter has a private law practice in Quincy, Massachusetts focusing on real estate, real estate development and selected pro-bono cases. Since 2001, he has acted as a receiver and has represented receivers appointed by the City of Boston, Southeast and Northeast Divisions of the Housing Court Department, and several divisions of the District Court Department for vacant, abandoned, and substandard residential buildings. In this capacity, he has been responsible for the repair, rehabilitation, management, lead remediation and sale of numerous properties in the jurisdiction of these courts. He is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross and received a J.D. from Boston University School of Law . “Volunteerism is at the very core of this nonprofit family cooperative,” said executive director Carolyn Canina. “For over 40 years, families have dedicated their valuable time and energy to the Tot Lot Family. Alumni grandfather Jim Cotter has had an enormous impact through his pro-bono work, and is a constant reminder of the spirit in which Tot Lot was founded. We are deeply indebted to him for his valuable guidance.”

Rhythm & Spice 2014 will take place on Sunday, June 8, 4-7pm, at Moksa, 450 Mass Ave, Cambridge. The event is made possible with support from Cambridge Trust, Moksa, and over 60 local businesses that have donated auction items. To purchase tickets in advance or for information on underwriting the event, visit www.totlot.org.