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

Small Groups

We have officially started small groups! Last week we picked out our group names. This week we are focusing on the letter A and things that start with A like apples. Right now we are getting used to gathering in our groups and we are learning which teacher leads each small group. So here they are!

Ms. Sheri has the Purple Penguins.
Mr. Yorlin has the Pink Dinosaurs.
Ms. Kira has the Blue Kangaroos.

Small Groups happen every day except for Wednesday and we are having a lot of fun learning new things. We look forward to a year of learning and exploring together.

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!

One Week Down!

Last Wednesday was the start of a brand new school year! It has now been officially one week and we are enjoying getting to know all of the children in the classroom.

In the morning the friends are greeted by Ms. Sheri and Mr. Yorlin and they get to play in the classroom until about 8:30 when everyone takes a trip to the potty before hitting the yard.

We then transition out to the yard and we get to be on the whole yard in the morning!
Then when we go back inside we wash our hands and go to morning meeting where we sing fun songs and read books. The book this week is called Rosie Goes to Preschool; an appropriate one for the start of a school year.
Their schedule is a lot like ours!
We have been painting a lot during our free time. Inside we are exploring green and white and outside there is red, yellow and blue.
We love playing with play dough and building with blocks. There are so many activities in the classroom to explore and get involved in.
After nap we have another snack time and then we get to play in the yard again.
We love playing with the friends and the teachers! Hide and Seek is a popular game for the afternoon.

After our second time in the yard we come in our classroom and relax on the rug for a moment with a story before we get to play again until it’s time to go home. Another successful day complete.

We are so grateful for a new school year and a chance to be a part of each and every child’s growth and development. We look forward to year filled with exploration and adventure.

The Last Day

The last day of summer came so quickly and while we thought we knew it was coming we weren’t emotionally ready to say goodbye.

We played outside and we had popsicles to celebrate a birthday! We all stayed close together on our last day. There were lots of hugs and love.
We watched Bluey and ate Pirates Booty and hugged the teachers sooo many times. We had our last morning meeting and did the final Donut Shop to snack.
We watched a little more Bluey in the afternoon. It’s everyone’s new favorite show!

Thank you all for a great summer and even though we didn’t get to go on field trips we still had so much fun with each other! We wish all of our students a fun and relaxing break and a fantastic start to the new school year! We love you all.