Thursday, August 22, 2019

Explore, Learn and Grow

The children are given opportunities to explore new material, revisit their ideas, experiment with new materials and make new discoveries daily. Outside, the children got to play with a variety of musical instruments and performed

for each other. Inside the classroom, Lars revisited the light table and built a castle adding flashlights to his towers along with Daryn. During our small group, we played hot potato and learned each other’s names.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Exploring Magnets

Today in the science area, Lars used magnetiles to build a “magnetile pirate ship”. While he was building Thomas and Elias came over to observe what he was doing. Lars showed them how the washers stick to the magnetiles because they are magnetic too. Then Lars brought out the measuring tape and said he needed help measuring his pirate ship. The measuring tape introduces the children to numbers and measurement. The children were also learning about cause and effect when the washers stick to the magnetiles.

Snack Time!

We offer healthy options for snack three times a day. The children are able to serve themselves using tongs, spoons, and pouring their own beverages. This encourages independence, while also strengthening fine motor skills as they grasp and hold their own utensils. Snack Time is also a great time to work on self regulation and social interactions with peers. The children are encouraged to take turns and ask their peers to pass the snack or drinks around the table.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Group Time Tools

Happy Monday! Having to sit down for the duration of group time can be really challenging for children. Sometimes children need stimulation to help them relax and focus. In our classroom we offer various tools that the children can use to help them sit through group. We have rubber animals and balls that the children can squeeze and stretch with their hands. We also offer weighted animals such as our lizard “Gerald,” our pig “Piggy,” our dog “Ralph” and different weighted snakes!  The ability to move their fingers or parts of their body during a more “calm” activity can help children stay attentive. Weighted materials also helps stimulate children enough to encourage relaxation. They can even sit on a teacher’s lap!

Friday, August 16, 2019

Creative Minds

The children were very busy in the art areas today! Some children chose to express themselves through paint, whereas others chose to use markers. They also had fun exploring  the other art materials, such as glue, stickers and stamps. It will be exciting to see how their creations develop throughout the school year!

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Today the children had no hesitations playing in all the different areas of the classroom. They explored individually and as a group. Our returning students have helped our new students feel comfortable and at home.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

I’ll Miss You!

Today is our last full day of school of the 2018-2019 school year! Most of the materials are put away, the art is off the walls, and things are being sent home. Today the children talked what they would miss the most about preschool and about ways they could keep in touch with friends if they are going to different schools next year.

Bri: I’ll miss the arts and crafts.
Grayson: I’m gonna miss the teachers.
Kennedy: I’ll miss all my friends.
Ellie: If you go to kindergarten, you could come back to visit. And maybe you might go to the same kindergarten.
Dylan: You could go on a play date and ask your mom to watch a movie together.
Cassidy P: I’ll say hi to you when I’m next door.
Colin: You could write each other a letter!

As the children move on and continue growing up, we hope that the memories and lessons they’ve learned in preschool with last them a lifetime! The relationships they’ve built here are the foundation to building close friendships, resilience, and lots of love in their lives.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Will It BEE okay?

During  outside time, the Koala group found a bee next to the big legos! They all carefully gathered around the bee and shared their thoughts:

Grayson: Maybe he lost his family and can’t find his bee hive!

Garrison: Don’t hurt him!

Matteo: I think he’s fighting with another bee. I see the other one not moving...

Paige: Sometimes bees sting other bees and then they lose their stingers and die 

The children seemed very concerned about the bee as it fluttered it’s wings but could not fly. The teacher also brought up how it looked like one of its legs was injured because the bee was dragging it’s body to move around. The children continued to remind others to be gentle with the bee and they hoped it would recover soon!

Paige: Maybe it likes blocks and is looking at the castle like ‘Ooh! This is a nice place to live!’

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Classroom Fun & Games

During group time, one child was asked to get under the blanket & stay quiet while their friends would guess who’s missing. They enjoyed the game so much a small group of kids continued playing in the Quiet Area. In the House Area, Teacher Andrea assisted the children with designing accessories using streamers, ribbon and decorative tape to attach to their clothes.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019


Today, the children made pinwheels with Irene’s mom, Lisa. The children folded the square piece of paper, added beads to their straw and thats it! Earlier in the year we introduced the children to pinwheels to help encourage mindful breathing. Pinwheels are a great way to help children practice their breathing because it acts as a visual aid. Thanks Lisa for the pinwheel actvity!

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Utopia Bowling Alley

Today we made our own bowling alley in the block area! In small groups of two and three, the children built their own version of a bowling lane to roll their balls down. Though the whole area was loud, full and busy, the children did such a great job sharing space, taking turns, and trying out each other’s creations. This focused engagement is a culmination of all the hard work all our students have built throughout the year. They have learned to respect each other, while strengthening manipulative skills as they play and problem solve together! It is such a joy to see how much they have grown this year.

Monday, June 17, 2019

La la la la la...

We are almost a week away from graduation! The children have been working hard practicing songs and dances to perform. They practiced the song Sing, and teacher Andrea taught them some moves! She welcomed children to the front to practice sharing the moves in front of a crowd! We can’t wait for all of our friends and families to watch! Thanks Teacher Andrea!

Friday, June 14, 2019

Field Trip to CuriOdyssey!

Finally the day has come for our field trip to CuriOdyssey! With the children ready to go in their matching blue t-shirts, we buckled their seatbelts on the bus, and set off to our exciting destination. Once we got there, we took a group photo and provided snacks for the children to fuel them up for their adventure. At CuriOdyssey, the children were in awe of all the different science exhibits and activities. They immersed themselves in building with different materials, STEM puzzles, exploring different geometric shapes and textures, observing rescued animals, and much more! Even with all there was to do at CuriOdyssey, some of the children still said their favorite part of the field trip was the bus ride! Thank you so much to all the teachers and chaperones for making this field trip fun and safe for everyone! We truly appreciate it!