October on the Patio

Our friends in older pod are having an unbeLEAFably good time out on the patio.

Our tiny hands are busy exploring fall sensory materials like goards, oats, dried oranges and cinnamon sticks!

We’re strengthening fine motor muscles as we scoop, pour and pick up small leaves and pumpkins. Also, we’re practicing important skills like sharing space, negotiating, collaborating and communicating with others.

Slime has also been a fall favorite!

With our water feature out of commission for the colder months, we repurposed the space with loose parts play! This is a great example of how we integrate important monthly shape and color concepts. In October, we put a strong emphasis on circles and the color orange. Circles are heavily featured in this open-ended activity that is designed to ignite imaginations.

Here, our older pod friends are making “pizza” together!

Freshly grated Parmesan cheese? Yes, please!

A few friends from Room 1 worked together to decorate an elaborate, multiple tier “wedding cake.”

We LOVE to move our bodies on the patio!

Hopscotch helps our friends develop body control, rhythm, balance, coordination and so much more!

Check out these balance beam buddies!

Apple picking on a balance beam is a huge challenge that our friends are up for.

Building together brings out big smiles!

Mr. Potato Head is a classic toy used to learn parts of a whole. Our friends are concentrating hard as they work to assemble unique variations.

The fall fun isn’t over yet! Stay tuned for more as we let the gourd times roll!

Special Visit from the Pasadena Fire Department

On Monday, October 11th we had a fantastic visit from Pasadena Fire Station 36. They showed us how firefighters outfit themselves to fight fires and even how the truck sprays water! It was awesome! This was a lovely addition to the visit we had from Jeff Ragusa, a Glendale firefighter and dad from Rm 1, who showed us his firefighter gear on Friday, October 1st. With both visits, the firefighters focused on helping the children to understand that the don’t have to be afraid when they see a firefighter fully outfitted, they are here to help. The preschoolers loved having all of our firefighters and we are so grateful for their amazing work. Thanks guys, you are our heroes!

Putting on the firefighter gear.
Spraying the water!
Saying Goodbye!

Loose Parts Play on the Patio

Loose parts play is a wonderful way for children to develop creativity and critical thinking skills. It gives them the opportunity to use their imagination in open-ended scenarios. As they experiment with a variety of materials, they are engineering, problem solving, collaborating and so much more!

On the Older Pod Patio, our friends have been enjoying natural materials, recycled materials, and pets. Check out some of the amazing ways they’ve played with these loose parts.

Art on Older Pod Patio

In the month of September we emphasize the concept of lines. On older pod patio, we’ve been exploring lines through line collage art, negative space painting, golf ball painting and more!

Even clean up is fun! Check out our Room 1 friends as they work together to clean up colorful paint splatter around the art easel.

“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10

Older Pod Patio

The enrichment patio is an extension of our classrooms and it provides many of the benefits of the outdoor classroom. In the patio, we’re able to move our bodies, raise our voices, get messy and explore! Our friends in older pod have been hard at work, doing what they do best—PLAYING!

Check out some highlights of our play-based curriculum and your kiddos in action on the older pod patio!

Summer Send Off

Our littles in Room 2 have played their way through another year of preschool! This year we have created so many beautiful pieces of art, experienced a wide variety of sensory materials, built with an array of manipulatives, sang, danced, played, explored and enjoyed our days together with friends. We are so incredibly proud of our Room 2 friends who have not only grown individually but also together as a close-knit family (it’s not every year our class size is 9)!

We thank God for allowing us to return to preschool after the 2020 pandemic/quarantine. We also thank all of our wonderful parents for entrusting us to care for their little ones this year.

It’s our prayer that every family knows how deeply loved they are. We hope, even with our limited interactions this year, everyone has experienced the love of Christ and see Him at the center of everything we say and do.

With so much love from Room 2, thank you for another fabulously fun year! We hope you have a wonderful summer!

Check out some fun from our last week together!

Chapel – April 2021

This April’s chapel focused on the “Good News” of Christ resurrections. While Easter is a few weeks behind us, we aspire to celebrate Jesus’ love, power, and promise everyday.

We also learned the words and Mr. Tim’s hand motions to Lord I Lift Your Name On High. Below you will find a YouTube link to a fun version of the song and a preschool favorite.

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: 
While we were still sinners, 
Christ died for us. 
Romans 5:8 (NIV)

We revisited the details of the Easter Story by reading from our Rhyme Bible. It was a great way to recall everything that happened on that incredible day. He is risen!

The Rhyme Bible: Toni Goffe, Linda J. Sattgast: 9780880708296: Amazon.com:  Books

Butterflies in Room 2

Room 2 welcomed caterpillars into our classroom a couple weeks ago. We used magnifying glasses to make observations, have discussions and read books about the life cycle of butterflies. This week we observed 4 butterflies emerge from their chrysalis.

Today we released our butterflies at the big field. Check out how excited our little ones were to say their joyful goodbyes!

He is RISEN!

Happy Spring! Room 2 has welcomed the new season with fun caterpillar observations, spring focused art and much more!

To celebrate Easter we hosted The Last Lunch. Our friends in Room 2, collaborated to create the menu for a very special meal. Just as Jesus sat down with his disciples for The Last Supper, we enjoyed our last meal together before Easter.

Easter is a wonderful time to look toward the cross as a reminder of Jesus’ love and sacrifice but thankfully, at PCS, everyday is full of reminders, stories, conversations and prayers that teach us who Jesus is and what He’s done for us.

Mr. Yorlin and his bunny Pancake even stopped by for an Easter visit!