Sunday, September 26, 2010

What am I Feeling Today?



We talked about the different kinds of emotions. Students shared what makes them happy, sad, mad, and excited. Being happy, sad, excited, and mad are emotions that are normal. It was interesting to note that the children thought that being mad was not okay. We talked about it in class, and we concluded that being mad is normal and is okay. Hurting someone because you are mad, however, is not acceptable. As we continue to explore our feelings, we will continue to talk about different emotions and behavior.

Play Dough

We made our very own play dough in school this week. The children measured, poured, and mixed the ingredients, and the teachers cooked the dough until it was soft and pliable. We enjoyed kneading and shaping the dough into different shapes.

Garden Harvest

We harvested several ears of corn from our vegetable garden. They were cooked and served for lunch last week. The children are eagerly anticipating the harvest of the other garden vegetables.

Parent Socials: October 16, Saturday 10-12

This is a wonderful opportunity to get to know the other families in the program. Potluck sign up sheet is posted in the classroom.

Great Helpers

Thank you to Matt Cahill and Nathan Lay for helping out in school this week. Matt assembled extra tables for our garden out in the yard. He and Nathan also read to the class.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Fun at School!

The play structure was finally ready to use this week. The Pre-k students had the opportunity to use it and they loved it! It was challenging for most to swing on the monkey bars, but that didn’t stop them from trying. For safety, I check if the child knows how to fall on both feet with knees bent, before I let them try the bars.


Chef of the Week was a success. Yvonne (Elisa’s mom) helped the children prepare Elmo pizzas using English muffin, tomato sauce, and mozzarella cheese. Olives, cherry tomatoes, and cheddar cheese were used to make Elmo’s eyes, nose, and mouth. If you are wondering why your child’s lunch seems untouched today, the pizza was prepared right before lunch and some children ate their very own creation. With the cooking success today, we are looking forward to our regular parent cooking activities. YUM!


For the first few weeks of school, we will talk about how to be a good friend and how to be safe in school. This week we talked about the importance of having rules and following the rules. The children had a very good understanding of what is appropriate and inappropriate behavior that they were able to “write” their own rules. A rule that I thought was very interesting that they came up with was, “no potty talk”.


The children are slowly getting the routine down.


Enjoy the weekend!

Welcome Back!


We apologize for the delayed posting. We tried posting this last week and we thought we were successful. We only found out later that it didn't make it to our pre-k blog. Hopefully, the second try is a charm.

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Happy first week of school!

Going back to school can be both exciting and overwhelming for young children. It will take some time for them to adjust to their teachers, their classmates, and the new environment. Please help them with the transition by dropping them in school on time and picking them up on time.

Making Good Choices
Independence is one of our goals in Utopia. Please consider this when helping your child choose the clothes to wear and food to bring for lunch. The teachers will always be there to assist but we want to empower your child by allowing him to choose what food to eat and how much food to eat. Small portions of a variety of food from the different food groups work best.

Curriculum
We use emergent curriculum in class. Emergent curriculum ideas come from observation and careful planning of the environment. As themes emerge from play themes and interests of the students, they will be incorporated in the curriculum planning process. We will do a lot of observation and assessment for the first few weeks to help us understand their interests and preferences. We are excited with this process. We will let you know when our very first curriculum emerges!

It was wonderful to meet all of you this week. We are looking forward to a great partnership with you this school year.


New Staff:

Tina Baluyut is one of our new lead preschool teachers. Prior to joining Utopia, she was a Pre-K teacher at the Peninsula Jewish Community Center in Foster City. She was a first grade teacher at Convent of the Sacred Heart before deciding to return to preschool teaching. She has a daughter in the program and a first grade son in STM.


Dates to Remember:

Picture Taking _September 17, Friday
Parent Socials--October 16, Saturday, 10-12 Noon