11.22.2013

Put Together Again!

Our children have had hours of taking apart and putting together with the voice recorder Zadie donated! Thanks to many participants!

11.14.2013

The Purpose of Reading to Pre-Schooler’s

“Pre-schooler’s are extremely curious about everything around them, and at this age, adults often refuse to give them complete… answers, assuming that they are too young to understand.” 
Margaret Read MacDonald



by Teacher Joan
At The Children’s School (TCS), teachers believe in fostering pre-schooler’s innate curiosity! Reading and books are an integral part of our daily curriculum. 

Here are six pivotal pre-reading skills we as teachers strive to integrate:
  • Narrative SkillsQuestioning about events and things, and telling stories.
  • Print motivation - Teachers are interested in, and enjoy reading, books.
  • VocabularyKnowing the accurate names of things.
  • Print AwarenessNoticing print, knowing how to handle a book, knowing how to follow words on a page.
  • Letter KnowledgeKnowing distinct letters, their sounds, and recognizing letters everywhere.
  • Sounds of Speech (Phonological Awareness) - The smaller sounds that make up words. For instance, “rat” “cat” “hat”.        

Moreover, we understand that nothing substitutes for a parent’s involvement in reading readiness. You are your child’s first teacher.

The Seattle Public Library offers tips for parents when reading aloud with pre-schooler’s. Among them are:
  • Make it a special time.
  • Have your child turn the pages.
  • Be expressive!
  • Let your child choose.
  • Read rhyming and counting books.
  • Let your child hold the book.

It’s the most important 20 minutes of your day. Read aloud to your child. 

Resource: 
Booksharing:101 Program to Use With Pre-schooler’s
by Margaret Read MacDonald


Here are some favorite books from your teachers at TCS!

Mrs. Banks: 
Winnie the Pooh and the House at Pooh Corner, by A. A. Milne

Teacher Cinda:  
Pancakes for Breakfast, by Tomie dePaola

Mrs. McArthur: 
Blueberries for Sal, by Robert McCloskey
The Little Engine that Could, by Wally Piper and Loren Long

Teacher Lisa Eve:
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, by Judi Barrett

Teacher Joan:
Where the Wild Things Areby Maurice SendakTeacher 

Teacher Maureen:  
Rainbow Fish, by Marcus Pfister

Ms. Tierney:
Hester in the Wild, by Sandra Boynton
Marvin K. Mooney will you Please Go Now, by Dr. Seuss

Teacher Julie:
Heidi, by Johanna Spyri

Teacher BJ:
Everybody Poops (My Body Science Series), by Taro Gomi and Amanda Mayer Stinchecum

Teacher Theresa:  
Are You My Mother?, by P. D. Eastman
Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel, by Virginia Lee Burton

Mrs. Coleman:  
Fairy Tales—I loved Rapunzel, especially.
Baby Island by Carol R. Brink

Teacher Shelby
The Sweet Touch, by Lorna Balian
Where the Sidewalk Ends, by Shel Siverstein
Ping, by Marjorie Flack and Kurt Wiese


11.10.2013

Pre-3 Classes


The apples of our eyes...
Our Pre-3 friends are having fun with, and getting to know, their classmates. We are learning names, playing games, and singing songs, along with lots of paint, glue, and stickers of course!

WE'RE PREPARED at TCS


Over the past weeks, 
we’ve practiced our 
emergency preparedness 
for earthquakes, fires, and 
the potential volcano eruption.  
Stop, Drop, Cover, and Hold!

Mt Vesuvius by Evan!


Some of our supplies were ready for the Great WA State Shakeup

MWF Class

The MWF Class has been busy drawing, stenciling, and 
painting colorful leaves.  
Autumn Leaves

Morning (M-F) Class



We have been busy doing many orange activities; paint at the easel, play dough, orange water pouring, pumpkin decorating, scooping seeds from a squash, and making orange paper chains. We have also had lots of fun playing charades with Halloween costumes to spur ideas, and making creepy crawly spiders!




11.05.2013

Saying Goodbye

     This week, The Children's School must say goodbye to a very dear friend.
     November 7th will be Lisa Coleman's last day with us. Mrs. Coleman has been instrumental in getting us organized and up to date in so many ways. Her unique perspective has provided us with important insights and her clever mind has brought us new ideas including parent meetings and Dad's Lunch Bunch days (now to be known as Bring a Special Person to Lunch).
     For 8 years, Lisa has been incredibly supportive of all of our children, parents and staff. She will be greatly missed, and we wish her all the best in her future endeavors.


Thank you Mrs. Coleman
We Love You!

p.s. I'm sorry that the photo is blurry, but I think your smile shines through!