June 8, 2016

Dearest Parents,

I would like to thank you all for the many kindnesses you have done for our class and for me personally throughout the year.  I have very much appreciated the generous, kind and encouraging words you have given throughout the year.  I will treasure them always because I know that they come from your hearts.   

My husband and I will be spending our summer in New Hampshire.  We are looking forward to spending some time with our sons, their spouses and our three grandchildren!  If you ever happen to be in NH during summer, please visit us.  Thank you again and God bless you.  Soon-ok Borden

This is my home in NH and the view when I get up in the morning.

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Thank you. Ms. Myra, for helping the children have fun!

Last Dance

Let’s remember . . .  The Hundred Languages

The child
is made of one hundred.
The child has
a hundred languages
a hundred hands
a hundred thoughts
a hundred ways of thinking
of playing, of speaking.

A hundred always a hundred
ways of listening
of marveling, of loving
a hundred joys
for singing and understanding
a hundred worlds
to discover
a hundred worlds
to invent
a hundred worlds
to dream .  . .
-Loris Malaguzzi (translated by Lella Gandini)  Founder of the Reggio Emilia Approach

Enclosed in this packet are activities that you can do with your child this summer to help review things your child has learned in school this year. Continue to review letters, numbers, counting, name writing, etc. so that your child will retain it during the summer months.

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Enclosed in the packet are:
•               Booklet with activities, websites, and books to check out at the library
•            Counting games for your child to play & practice counting
•            Rhyming word cards for matching
•            Easy reader books
•            Two pipe cleaners (bend them to form letters, shapes, and numbers)
•            Colored lima beans (these can be used for counting, patterning, and the enclosed grid game)
•            Summer Book Bingo
Click here –http://www.prekinders.com/summerpacket/SummerActivities.pdf

Happy birthday, Ms. Myra!  We love you sooooooo much!  

Thanks for a Great Year and Have a Wonderful Summer!  Love you all!



June 7, 2016

Every Child Is . . .

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Caterpillars are eating up our radish leaves and we found about 15 of them!
our vegetable garden

radish leaves


The children really wanted to take caterpillars home. They covered paper cups with tin-foil and made a few holes for the caterpillars to breathe.  I hope you enjoy having a caterpillar friend at your home.
making a home for caterpillars

Pizza for Lunch – Thank you PTSA for providing pizzas for us.
pizza for lunch

We made beautiful wall hangings.  Thank you, Eagle’s Nest, for providing us so many learning opportunities!
wall hangings

Eagle's Nest
Summer Reading suggested by Association Library Service for Children  – http://www.ala.org/alsc/sites/ala.org.alsc/files/content/compubs/booklists/summer/2016_ALSC_SummerReadingList_Birth_PreK.pd

“Reading can be one of the many fun activities children fill their summer time with. Research has shown it is also much more! Children who participate in public library summer reading programs not only avoid the “summer slide” in learning, but also score higher on reading achievement tests than those who do  not participate.

The books on this list come highly recommended by kid readers from all over the country and may also be available in ebook, audio book, braille, and large print formats. This summer, encourage your child to participate in the summer programs happening at your library.”

Click on the posters below to enlarge it (you may click it more than once to make it bigger)!

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June 6, 2016

Happy Monday!
I was out on Friday due to packing my apartment in preparation for a short move.  Jonathan and I have been married for almost 40 years and we have collected a lot of things.  Most of these  are a part of our life stories and we can’t quite part from them yet.  Hopefully someday we will be able to downsize and live more simply.

Summer Sizzler
It was a fantastic day and thank you for joining us!  WOW, what a day it was!   Enjoy the slide show!
summer sizzler

Tug O War
tug o war

Sharing Portfolios 
port folio

Pre K 4 children visited kindergarten classes this morning!  The purpose of this visit was to help our children transit smoothly to kindergarten classes next year.  I look forward to working  with Pre K 3 children next year in PK4.   

GETTING READY FOR KINDERGARTEN   Colorado Department of Education
Language and Reading
Most kindergarteners can:
– State their names, home addresses and telephone numbers.
– Identify some labels and signs (like McDonald’s or stop sign).
– Know some letters and make letter-sound matches.
– Understand that writing carries a message.
– Enjoy listening to and talking about story books.
– Ask and answer questions related to the story.
– “Read” familiar books alone, often by memory, using picture cues.
– Understand that we read English from left to right, top to bottom.
– Speak clearly and understandably.

Try this!
– Read aloud to your child daily. Ask questions about the story, or guess what might happen. Use different voices for characters to make the reading interesting.
– Choose books and activities that are fun for both of you. Look for simple concepts (letters, numbers, shapes, and colors), easy plots, rhyming language, and nice pictures.
– Show your child many ways in which writing is used—signs, menus, lists, recipes, grocery store, street signs. Ask for help in finding letters and words.
– Use games (for example, pretend to be a mail carrier) to teach the child his address and phone. Play listening games with verbal clues and directions (I Spy…).
– Help your child get a library card and visit the library regularly. Attend story times and choose books and participate in activities.
– Write or make up stories together. You can start a story, and your child can finish. Or take turns. If you write it down, have your child draw pictures for the story.
– Sprinkle word games throughout your day that help your child hear differences in words— rhymes, names of things that start with the same letter, compound words.
– Be a good example. Let children see you reading the newspaper, magazines, recipes, anything!, as well as writing (a grocery list, letters, notes).

Social and Emotional Skills
Most kindergarteners can:
– Follow classroom routine
– Play cooperatively with others.
– Label and express feelings and emotions.
– Try new activities willingly.
– Stand up for themselves but know that bullying and violence are wrong.

General Knowledge and Motor Skills
Most kindergarteners can:
– Identify body parts, such as head, toe, elbow.
– Draw a vertical and horizontal line.
– Cut paper with blunt scissors.
– Hold a pencil correctly.
– Copy letters and shapes, such as circles and squares.
– Understand the ideas of numbers, days of the week.




June 1, 2016

Moths, Moths  . . .
 What did the children find?  Moths had pushed out from their cocoons and some of them even laid eggs already!!!!!  The children were thrilled to see this transformation and so was I!



June 1, 2016


Social & Emotional  Development (playing with others, controlling emotions)

This area of development involves learning to interact with other people, and to understand and control your own emotions.  Babies start to develop relationships with the people around them right from birth, but the process of learning to communicate, share, and interact with others takes many years to develop.  Developing the ability to control your emotions and behavior is also a long process.  Children continue to develop their social-emotional skills well into their teenage years, or even young adulthood.  Below are some of the typical developmental milestones for social-emotional skills.

Between the ages of 4-5 years, your child will:

  • Show some awareness of moral reasoning, such as “fairness”, and good or bad behavior
  • Develop friendships
  • Express more awareness of other people’s feelings
  • Enjoy imaginative play with other children, such as dress up or house
  • Get better at sharing and taking turns with other children
  • Enjoy playing games, but might change the rules as he goes
  • Stick with a difficult task for longer period (controlling frustration or anger better)
  • Show an understanding of right and wrong
  • Listen while others are speaking
  • Play games with simple rules

– See more at: http://www.kamloopschildrenstherapy.org/social-emotional-preschool-milestones#sthash.emJpU0qP.dpuf

May 31, 2016

New Building Next School Year

We will move into a brand new purpose-built early childhood facility in August.

The new building is designed to reflect many aspects of the Reggio Approach philosophy and I am really excited about it.

Ms. Myra and I have been working hard sorting and cleaning out, preparing for the packers to arrive on Saturday and pack and store most of our furniture and teaching materials, so the process has begun!

I am very thankful that the children have been playing so nicely and independently in the midst of this little confusion.

They’ve come such a loooooong way in learning independence this year!

playing with friends

The children added more to their “Stick Creation” this morning.  They are talking about adding some butterflies in the middle.

May 30, 2016

Important Dates:
June1 – Summer Sizzler ( June 2nd – Rain Date)
June 8 -Last Day of School  Dismiss at 11:15
Report Cards go live on PowerSchool at 3:00 pm

Tips for Parents    Confidence Building – Source:  Eileen Hayes
Many childcare experts stress the importance of building self-esteem in children – and, indeed, having it ourselves as parents.  Here are some tips to help you boost your own and your child’s confidence.

Having low self-esteem can make life much more difficult.  If you don’t have the confidence to try new challenges or if you feel people don’t like you, it can have devastating effects.  Hoping your children build the inner strength to cope with life’s ups an downs as they grow is one of your most important tasks as a parent.  It’s important not to use sarcastic, unkind words or a harsh tone of voice when speaking to him.  He’ll believe what you tell him and if your message is that he’s irritating, it’ll have a negative impact on his self-esteem. Remember:

Show love – tell your child, as often as possible, that you love him.

Chat – talking together gives the message that you enjoy your child’s company

Listen – show your child you find him interesting and worth listening to

Play – join in your child’s games, or if you have household chores to do, ask him to help, to show your child you enjoy spending time with him

Praise – not just for succeeding but for efforts and attempts too

Encourage – managing buttons or putting on his own clothes gives a great boost to self-esteem; be ready to step in if he gets into difficulties and gets too frustrated but don’t solve every problem

Provide choice – help your child feel he can exert some control over the world by, for example, asking your child to choose his own clothes or which book he’d like to read with you

Stay one step ahead – try to avert disasters that can lead to loss of confidence, tempers and tears and be aware that the overconfidence shown by some children can falter quite quickly if they constantly fail at all the things they try

Emphasize good points – concentrate on the positives and try to ignore any annoying behavior as much as possible

Provide Plenty of activities – trying out lots of things makes it more likely you’ll find something your child is good at, even if there are lots of other things he can’t manage so well yet

Encourage friendships – being able to make friends and get along with others plays a big role in building self-esteem, so take an interest and, if possible, invite your child’s friends round to play

Celebrate family life – morning chats in bed or particular ways of saying goodnight not only celebrate family life, but also help your child understand that he has a special place within it

May 27, 2016

The children wrote about their trip to the Bio Farm.  We talked about three important things we did at the farm – making seed balls, touring green houses and feeding animals.  We also talked that a book has  a cover page, the beginning, the middle and the ending parts.  I am amazed at their detailed illustrations.  
Cover Page
Sophie cover page
Making Seed Balls
sophie 1
Touring Green Houses
Sophie 2
Feeding Animals
Sophie 3

I went to the Bio Farm!

Mrs. Voge’s Kindergarten children came to read their favorite books to our class.Kindergarteners

May 26, 2016

What did we do with beets that Ms. Myra and Mrs. Borden picked at the Bio Farm?

The children examined and talked about parts of a beet – roots, stems and leaves.


They drew the whole beet and painted with juice from the beet.  The children were surprised how much juice came out of one beet.

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draw and paint

Lovely Hands!
lovely hands

We washed and cooked beets with  sugar, salt and vinegar. 
washing beets


cooked beets

Titian,  Ryan and David loved cooked beats and beet juice!tasting cooked beets

beet Juice

Writing ABC
writing ABC


May 25, 2016

group photoBio Organic Farm

We had a wonderful field trip to the Organic Farm today. The weather was perfect!  The BLUE sky . . .  We took a farm tour and hand picked  beets!  The children used their big muscles to pull the beets and the joy on their faces was absolutely priceless!
It was a pleasant day and I would like to thank all our wonderful moms, dads and an uncle  who accompanied us. You are the BEST!  


Making Seed Balls
Seed Ball 1

Seed Balls 1A

Seed ball 2

Touring the Farm
farm tour

Picking Beets!
picking beets

Delicious Lunch!

Feeding Animalsfeeding animals

What a wonderful day we had!

May 24, 2016

Day 2  Sticks Everywhere!  The children added flowers, a submarine, people, a beach, a giraffe and a house this morning!  We hope to compose a story when we complete this activity.

Sticks Day 2 A

Sticks Day 2 B

Making Predictions :  When your child is being read to, she’s hearing new and familiar words in context, which is a rich means of developing language.  To encourage children to use their language skills, stop at certain points and ask, “What do you think will happen next?”  They’ll have to rely on what they’ve understood so far, plus the illustrations, to make their predictions.   source: scholastic.com

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“Drama allows preschoolers to express themselves through movement and storytelling.  It can be an enchanting way for preschoolers to interact in a group and learn about individual roles.  Language, math, art and physical education will be taught when preschoolers learn through dramatic play.”   After listening to the “Three Bears and Goldilocks.”  The children (the group 2) did a fantastic job acting out today.  Acting Out

We saw our radishes are growing!!!radish 1

We also found some caterpillars eating our radish leaves!  What should we do?  radish 2

Mrs. Borden researched and found a natural way to kill caterpillars at http://www.no-dig-vegetablegarden.com/natural-pest-control-remedies.html

We added  1 table spoon of chili pepper ground to  3 cup of water and put them in spray bottles.  mixing water and ground pepper

We sprayed peppery water on radish leaves.  We will spray every 2 – 3 days and hope all the caterpillars will be gone!spraying

We brought three black and one green caterpillars to our classroom and put them in a jar.  What will happen to them?two black caterpillars

Books to Eat – There were fantastic 46 entries  from Grade 2 and 3!books to eat


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