Monday, December 18, 2017

Holiday Celebration at Alma Via

Today the children and teachers at Utopia visited our friends at Alma Via! The children sang Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and Jingle Bells as Teacher Linette played the piano! They also performed the song "Decorate the Tree" from their school performance last week. The residents at Alma Via were so impressed and excited with the preschoolers performance!




Friday, December 15, 2017

POP-TOPIA

Outside Utopia, the children set up chairs, a table, food, reading material, POP-TOPIA sign and performed all kinds of acts. The children partnered up, danced  and did skits together. 



Thursday, December 14, 2017

A Special Night at School

Tonight is our Christmas Concert! Everyone is dressed in their most festive attire ready to perform "Decorate the Tree" for our family, friends, and whole school. Many of the children were so excited to be at school at night time and especially  to watch "a TV movie on the wall" Frosty the Snowman! Thank you to all our families for getting the children ready for our special night. We hope you enjoy the show!






Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Preparing for our Christmas Concert

As our Christmas concert approaches, the children have been working very hard to prepare. This morning we had an opportunity to rehearse on stage! The children waited patiently for their name to be called in order to line up and head to the gym. The children practiced walking up on stage safely, lining up and keeping an eye on the teachers as they sang.
Don't forget, our Christmas concert will be Thursday, December 14th at 7pm!




Monday, December 11, 2017

Preschool Physics!

Today the children explored rolling balls of differing sizes and weights down ramps! They had lots of fun working together to build a "catcher" for the balls and discussing which balls they thought were the fastest. They also created their own game where they tried to determine which balls would knock down the blocks in the middle.





Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Getting the Grocery Store Ready!

The children have been showing interest in turning the house area into a grocery store! Many of the children have discussed the stores they go to and what they find at the store. Today a few of the children were filling up their baskets and using the cash register. They helped each other select food and practiced using money to pay. Can't wait to see how they use this space for dramatic play!





Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Safety First

This afternoon, the children suggested we create signs with sandbox rules. With teacher Andrea's guidance, the children created a list of rules:
1. Don't throw sand toys at the gate.
2. Keep the sand in the sandbox.
3. Keep the sand out of the drain.
4. Be careful with sand, keep it out of our friend's eyes and bodies.
5. Don't throw toys at our friends. Be safe with the toys.
Amir added a sixth rule: Please do not step on friends sandcastles.
After creating a list, the children drew pictures to represent each rule.




Friday, December 1, 2017

Bike Area

During outside play, the children were riding their bikes  and stopping off at a designated area to fill up their gas tank. In another area not too far away, a mechanic was standing by to help fix their tires or any other part of the bike that needed repairs. After their long drive they finally checked in at the car wash.
(We are having problems uploading pictures on the blog)

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Fishing Game

We took out a new activity in the afternoon - a magnetic fishing game! We filled up a tub full of water to see if it would float and they did! The children worked on their hand eye coodination as they attempted to get the fish to stick to the hook.





Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Hot and Cold

During outside time, a few of the children were playing hot and cold with the bean bags. Sophia hid a few bean bags while Sean Matthew and Lena closed their eyes. When Sophia was ready she would tell them if they were hot or cold as they looked for it. They found all of them, but one. Sophia hid it so well, that she forgot where it was! They all worked together to find the missing bean bag!




Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Creating Patterns

This morning, the children participated in recognizing and extending patterns using shapes and colors. They practiced self control and attention maintenance, as they waited for the teachers to begin each pattern in order for them to expand on it. This afternoon, the children had an opportunity to create their own pattern. Kingston created a pattern using shapes and colors. Matteo created a pattern by verbally telling teacher Elda what to draw. Benoit was busy creating two different patterns. Cassidy and Walter created patterns using circles.




Elda

Monday, November 27, 2017

I Know A Chicken! (by Laurie Berkner)

During group time this morning the children were each given a "shaky egg" to shake during throughout the song "I Know a Chicken". They were excited to shake their eggs in all different ways as directed in the song- up and down, in a circle, fast, slow, etc. When the song was over, the children played a quick game of "Chicken Says" and tried balancing their eggs on different body parts!





Monday, November 20, 2017

We Are Thankful!

Durin group time this morning we read a book about Thanksgiving and discussed what it meant to be thankful. When we were done, each child had an opportunity to share what they were thankful for! The class had so many things to be thankful for -pets, siblings, parents... even doll houses, going to restaurants, and watching Doc McStuffins!




Thursday, November 16, 2017

A Moment at the Art Table

Just a few minutes of observation in any area of our classroom you will hear dozens of conversations! The children are constantly working on expanding their language, problem solving together, and relationship building. Here is a typical moment at our Art Table this afternoon...

Teacher Andrea: What are you all working on?
Eloisa: I'm making a Christmas tree. A purple tree with ornaments.
Aria: I'm making a a shape tree. It's a kind of tree that you decorate for Christmas. 
Lena: This is a Happy Face Nuffle bun.
Teacher: What is that?
Lena: You know! A hair bun. Like on Teacher Elda's hair. 
Naomi: Mine is a surprise.
Lena: I know what you are making Naomi - a pokemon!
Naomi: (looks surprised) How did you know?!
Lena: Because you always like Pokemon! 
Naomi: You're right!
Aria: Oh no. Everyone got paint on my on my paper and I dont like that. 
Teacher: What do you think you can do to turn the paint into something else?
Naomi: You could make into a light. 
Lena: Or a sun! 
Aria: I think I'll just put squares on it. 
Naomi: Pass the green paint please! 
Lena: Look how nice my painting turned out! 
Naomi: Oo I like it.










Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Exploring the House Area

The house area is always a busy spot during activity time. The children explore different scenarios such as playing house and family. Some children enjoy cooking and setting up a restaurant. Caleb was cooking and serving Enzo, while Emery and Chloe C. played babies. Dramatic play is another great way for the children to socialize with one another.