Monday, December 19, 2016

Singing With Our Friends at Alma Via

This morning the children were excited to show off their Christmas spirit as they performed and sang"Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" and "Jingle Bells" for the Alma Via community! The friends at Alma Via were so excited to see and hear the preschoolers that they unexpectedly sang a few Christmas songs for us as well! The children then passed out ornaments they made and decorated the room with red and green paper chains! It's safe to say that both Utopia and Alma Via spread holiday cheer this morning!

Friday, December 16, 2016

Working Together

Today Russell and Sergio created a fun game called "Toss and Throw" during outside time. The two boys each took turns throwing beanbags into basket from a distance. As they played their game together they alternated turns, created rules and counted their "scores" when they made a beanbag in the basket!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

We are helpful!

Today at the Art Table, a bottle of silver glitter spilled all over the floor and chairs! Mathias was quick to grab a broom and dustpan and clean it up, even though he didnt make the mess!  We love highlighting simple moments like this because it shows just how kind and helpful the children are with each other, without any reminders from teachers.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Decorating Frames

The children were invited to decorate foam frames today! They were able to sprinkle glitter on them, glue foam shapes on them or draw on them using markers. There was lots of sharing going on and friends waited patiently for their turn.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Sewing Room

Today, the dramatic play area transformed into a sewing station! Fabrics were carefully selected, trimmed and 'sewn' using tape. Three beautiful dresses were designed for the babies.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Making presents!

The children went right to work making handmade presents for their families! They used glue, glitter, tape and markers to design their special gifts! We encourage them to get creative and share their ideas with each other. They are so proud of their work and eager to gift them to their families!

Friday, December 9, 2016

Christmas Activity with Kindergarten!

Today, we created candy canes with the kindergarten class, using pipe cleaners and beads! Each child made their own candy cane, creating a pattern of alternating red and white beads. They counted to make sure they had a total of 20 beads before finishing and worked together when in need of help. We had a great time with kindergarten and look forward to more activities together!

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Making Chain Link Decorations

Today, we made chain link decorations for our Christmas Program next week! The children learned about patterns, alternating between red and green. This was also an opportunity to strengthen fine motor skills as they used glue to attach the pieces together. 

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Making Ornaments

The children have been busy creating their own ornaments for the Christmas tree right outside our classroom. Some materials the children have been using are glitter, paper plates, colored paper, markers, stamps, stickers, fabric scraps, ribbon and sequins to name a few! Stop by and check out their ornaments!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Rocking Out!

The children kept warm, rocking out to their favorite Christmas songs! While waiting to have a turn at the 'drums', others jumped, spun around and waved their arms to the music. The concert continued, as the children practiced for the upcoming Christmas show!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Block Area Creations

Today in the block area the children used blocks, cups and unique plastic shapes to create and add character to their structures! Some children built "bases" and forts, whereas others used the materials to build boats!