Friday, February 15, 2019

Inside and Outside Time

After the past few rainy days, we finally got to spend some time both inside and outside today! During inside time, many of the children in the Koala group gravitated to the sensory table, where they painted their clay creations. They were very excited to mix the paint and enjoyed guessing how the colors would change. During outside time, the children manipulated playdough, rode on the bikes, enjoyed time in the sandbox & house area, & played soccer. Everyone was glad to get a chance to be outdoors again!

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Valentine’s Day Party

Today we had families bring in goodies and sweet treats for the children and teachers. At the tables there were fancy crowns being made and adorable heart shaped people. Thank you to everyone who came and spent the morning with us! We appreciate having you be a part of our Utopia family. HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!!

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Happy Valentines Day, Alma Via

Today we visited our neighbors from across the street, the grandmas and grandpas at Alma Via! We sang them three songs: Rise and Shine, Skidamarink, and Boomdiyada! Then we handed them out Valentines and chain decorations for them to decorate their homes. They were so grateful that we were able to come by. Thank you to the residents and staff at Alma Via, we hope to see you again soon!

Monday, February 11, 2019

A Sneak Peek at Kindergarten!

We have a big group of children graduating preschool and going to kindergarten for the next school year. Today, those children were able to spend their morning in the kindergarten classroom here at STM! They were able to interact and sit with the current kindergarteners, make their own Valentine’s Day cards, and were even read the book Pete the Cat’s Valentine’s Day is Cool by Kimberly and James Dean! It was a new experience for the children, and the kindergarteners were so warm and welcoming to them! Thank you for letting us visit your classroom, Mrs. Tyaglo!

Friday, February 8, 2019

A Deputy Sheriff Visits Utopia!

This morning we had a special visitor in our classroom! The children were very excited to have Violet’s father, a deputy sheriff, speak to them during large group time. He explained the duties of a deputy sheriff & let the students ask him various questions about his job. The students were especially thrilled when he asked them if they wanted to be junior deputy sheriffs themselves! They all eagerly said yes! He then asked them all to raise their right hands & “solemnly swear” to listen to their teachers, listen to their parents, help at clean up time, color in the lines, & help their friends. Violet’s father handed out deputy sheriff badge stickers for them to wear & gave the teachers coloring books & crayons, which they put in the children’s cubbies to take home. The children definitely appreciated the fun & informative visit!

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Lemonade & Limeade

During our afternoon group time, we read a book called Hungry Bird while we rested on comfy pillows & cozy blankets. Afterwards, Teacher Theresa made lemonade & limeade with a small group. Everone got a turn to squeeze the lemon & lime, taste test agave syrup & honey to sweeten their beverages.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Walking with Stilts

During outside time, the children enjoy using the bucket stilts. They can be very tricky, but they have been practicing since school started. Now they can easily balance and move around with these stilts. While using them, we were discussing where we have seen stilts before. Dylan said, “Um no where!” Ellie said, “I saw lion dancer kids dancing on stilts!” They walked up and down the yard practicing their balancing skills.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Learning to Write

Learning to hold a pencil and marker is hard work! In our classroom, we try to offer as many opportunities for the children to draw as possible. This supports their fine motor development as they learn how to grasp a writing tool, as well as encourages the children to represent their individual ideas through art. This prepares them to become confident writers as they move on from preschool! 

Monday, February 4, 2019

Guess What Is Missing!

Happy Monday! For group time today, the children played a guessing game. The teacher lays out a group of items in the middle of the carpet. The children have to look at the items and try to remember as much as they can. The teacher then has the children cover their eyes as she takes away one of the items. The children then take turns guessing which item they think is missing! If they are unsure, the teacher encourages them to choose a friend that can help . This game invites the children to practice both mindfulness (paying attention) and cooperation!