Parent Education: April 2018

Managing our emotions when working with children is no easy task. However, it is imperative to be in tune with our emotions to better support and empathize with the children in our care (whether in a parent-child or teacher-student relationship). This article is a great reminder of how our reaction to a child's emotional response impacts current coping skills and future behavior. 

You can read the full article here.

Head of School Newsletter: April 2018

What a great community we have here at PFM!  We are so thankful for the generous support you all gave during our March fundraising efforts.  We are on our way toward creating a great playground for the kids and we couldn’t have done this without you.

We hope you had fun at the preschool “bring your parent to school days.”  The children were so excited to show you the work they love to do in their classroom.  I am sure it was a special time for both you and your child.  

We are happy to announce that Alex’s sister, Isabella has begun in our infant room!  Sadly, we will be saying goodbye to two children from North preschool in April. Aidan Deng will have his last day on April 13 as he and his family are moving to Vancouver B.C.  Also, Claudia Bohlman’s last day will be on April 19th. Claudia and family are moving to Bainbridge Island.  Both families and children will be missed bunches! We see some great pen pal opportunities in our near future.

Preschool conferences will begin in mid to late April. This is a great opportunity to spend time with your child’s teacher to learn more about the progress they are making at school and ask teacher’s questions you may have regarding your child.  

Have a wonderful month everyone!

Teddi Blades

Director & Owner, PFM

Toddler Newsletter

 Hello April Families!

Hello April Families!

Monthly Unit : Spring!

 With winter finally over, we will be exploring the changes in nature that come with spring. This means some nature finding city walks, natural sensory experiences, and talking about different creatures that make their appearances in the spring! 

 
There must be provision for the child to have contact with nature; to understand and appreciate the order, the harmony and the beauty in nature
— Maria Montessori
 

Weekly lesson plan:

Week 1: Insect Sorting
Week 2: Grassy Field Sensory Bin
Week 3: "Flower Planting" Playdough
Week 4: Rainy Day Window Art  

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Happy Spring!

 
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Infant Newsletter

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Happy April families!

Dates to Remember:
Saturday, April 21st 9am-12pm:
Baby Brunch

 

April news

As babies begin to move around
their environments more, we
provide them with opportunities
for movement. We have ample
classroom space for crawling,
rolling, and other movement and
dedicated work time to move
around freely. The wooden
climber and soft climbers also
help with gross motor
development.


 
Whilst learning to turn on the belly, to
roll, creep, sit, stand and walk, (the
baby) is not only learning those
movements but also how to learn. He
learns to do something on his own, to be
interested, to try out, to experiment. He
learns to overcome difficulties. He
comes to know the joy and satisfaction
which is derived from this success, the
result of his patience and persistence.
— RIE Principal
 

Staff Hours

Sosina: 7am-3pm

Bua: 8-4pm

Mimi: 8:45-4:45

Teresa: 10:30-6:30pm

Brenda: 2pm-6:30pm

 
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Happy Spring!

 
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South Class Newsletter

 Hello April Families!

Hello April Families!

 
 

Welcome April!

 

April will be all about flowers this month as we see all the beautiful blooms around us. We will look at the parts of a flower, the flower life cycle, flower species and do lots of flower arranging to make our classroom look extra beautiful. We will be saving our old flowers to put into the flower press and use for all kinds of beautiful artwork this month.

We will also be learning about colors this month! We will explore primary, secondary, and tertiary colors along with the color wheel, color mixing, and color box 3 (tints and shades of color).

On the geography shelf we will look at the layers of the earth and discuss ways we take care of the earth as Earth Day approaches.

 

Happy spring,

 

Sarah

 
 Can you name the parts of a flower?

Can you name the parts of a flower?

 

 

dates to remember...

 

Friday April 20th: Tiny Tots

 

Week of April 16th-20th: South Class parent/teacher conferences (see sign-up in lobby)

 

 


 
In the ‘bosom of nature’ to heal and reflect, with fundamental experiences of how humans have organized themselves and constructed civilizations out of nature’s bounty, and with sensorial training in perceiving the subtle interdependenceies of nature and humans: children must learn to engage in the dialogue between the living organism that is the planet and its most interactive creatures- themselves.
— Laurie Ewert-Krocker
 

binging the classroom home this month...

• Look for rainbows this month on those rainy/sunny days Seattle always brings us in the spring- if you find one, try to name all the colors you see!

• Arrange some flowers at home: have your child trim the stems, fill the vases, and place the flowers together to make a beautiful arrangement! When they’ve wilted, press between the pages of a large book.

• Find a flower outside to dissect: use some tweezers and a magnifying glass if you have one to inspect the parts of the flower. Take them out, look at them up close, you can even tape them to a piece of paper and label them!

• Mix up some colors: use food coloring and water, paint or different colors of playdough to mix. Start with the primary colors and see what new color you end up with!

• Celebrate the earth: with Earth Day coming up, what better time to take a moment to thank the earth for all it gives us. Talk about and practice recycling and composting at home. Discuss all the special things the earth gives us and ways we can give back to/take care of her.

sounds this month...

Our sounds have been put in order by the AMS sound groups- the easiest to pronounce and write to the hardest:

April 2nd-6th: Zz

April 9th-13th: Ss

April 16th-20th: Mm

April 23rd-27th: Aa

ways to help

We would LOVE fresh flowers for the classroom this month to help us learn the parts, learn how to arrange them, and press them for artwork.

Please feel free to bring us your fruit and veggie scraps for the bunnies!

 

birthdays this month...

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  • Rose will celebrate her 4th birthday on the 9th
  • Laila will be 5 on the 18th
  • Olivia will turn 3 on April 25th
  • Lincoln and Amelia will turn 5 on the 27th
  • Jane will be 3 on April 28th

Happy Birthday friends!!!

 
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Happy Spring!

 
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Responsive Approach to Caregiving

Responsive care is the process of observing children’s cues and responding in a sensitive way that helps the child grow into the person you want them to be.  One thing we can do as parents and caregivers is to notice patterns in our children’s behavior and to come up with simple solutions to help get them through these difficult times and feelings. One way to do this is to create routines for children that are easy to follow and consistent.  We can think of ourselves as scientist as we observe, document and create theories based on the children’s behavior.  This is actually a lot easier than it sounds and we want to help you take your first step to being your child’s scientist and offering them responsive care!

The following are examples of things that cause meltdowns for many children at school (and stress for parents).  If these things are happening with your child, read on to learn about effective ways to handle these behaviors and hopefully relieve some pressure off of you.  

Drop off time – my child screams, cries, or pleads with me not to go

Pick up time – my child screams, cries, or pleads with me to let them stay

From car to school – my child cries and says they do not want to go to school.

Elevator buttons – if my child does not get to push the elevator button, they have a meltdown

Parking ticket – if my child does not get to stamp the parking ticket, they scream and cry

Dropping off older child to take younger child to infant or toddler room – my child cries and makes this very hard for me.

At pick up time, my child insists to wait for a friend in the lobby before we leave  -- if we cannot do this, they have a fit.

Starbucks after school – my child asks to go to Starbucks at pick up time and has a fit if I say “no”.

 

Sound familiar!? Well, you are not alone and we are here to help.  Often, it is routine that children are seeking so this is a good place to start. Altering a child’s routine or doing something one day but not another can cause confusion and anxiety.  Confusion and anxiety leads to meltdowns.  The most important things we can do as parents and caregivers is to be consistent and to prep children ahead of time with expectations.  Read on to learn how best to deal with those sticky situations mentioned above. Keep in mind, these tips are meant for preschoolers for the most part, but you can begin implementing some of these ideas with your younger child as well if you think they will understand.  

Drop off time – my child screams, cries, or pleads with me not to go

Make a drop off routine plan with your child.  Do this at a time when you are not rushed and when your child is ready to listen.

Say for example: “when we go into your classroom, I will help you put your shoes away, we will wash hands together, and I will give you one big hug by the door.” Ask them: “Am I going to come back to give you two hugs?” They answer “no.”  “How many hugs do you get by the door?”  They answer: “one.” You say, “Great job.  Then role play this with them so they know exactly what to do when you get to school.  

If your child cries at drop off it is important that you do not come back in.  If you come back, this may communicate to your child that your words do no mean what they say, or that crying works to get what they want and or that school is not a safe place.  A big smile and wave will help them feel secure.  If you’d like, you can email the Director to check in on them if it was a particularly hard drop off.

Pick up time – my child screams, cries, or pleads with me to let them stay

Before you pick-up your child, create a pick up routine with them that you will use at school the next day.  Be clear about expectations and role play this with them.  It is important to do this the same way each day so you create a routine.  If you do this and it does not work, be sure to ask a teacher for help.  The teacher will ask you to go to the lobby while they help your child get ready and then bring them out to you.  

Elevator buttons – if my child does not get to push the elevator button, they have a meltdown

Before coming to school (and when not in a rush) make an “elevator button rule” so your child knows what is expected.  After you create the rule, be sure they can say it back to you so you know they understand what is expected.

The rule can simply be: “if no one else presses the elevator button, then we say, ‘I can press the button.’ If another child or adult presses the button first, we can say, ‘it’s okay, I can press it next time.’ By giving them the words for handling this situation, it gives them the idea that it is okay if they don’t get to press the button every time they want to.  

Parking ticket – if my child does not get to stamp the parking ticket, they scream and cry

Before coming to school and when not in a rush, make a “ticket stamp rule” so they know what is expected.  After you create the rule, be sure they can say it back to you so you know they understand what is expected.  

The rule can simply be: “mommy/daddy stamps the ticket.  It is only for adults.” “Tell me what the rule is….” If you let them do it once, they will always want to do it and be confused when they can’t.

Dropping off older child to take younger child to infant or toddler room – my child cries and makes this very hard for me.

Create a routine for this at home with your older child.  

You can say: “baby is very heavy so it is important that I go straight to the infant room to drop him/her off and that you will come back to give them a hug goodbye.  If they ask if they can go with you tell them that older children are not allowed in the toddler or infant rooms and that it is a PFM rule.  Be very clear about what you plan to do and reassure your older child that you will be back in a few minutes to say goodbye.  Then be sure to follow through.

At pick up time, my child insists to wait for a friend in the lobby before we leave -- if we cannot do this, they have a fit.

Talk about the plan at home before you come to school.  

You can say: “if you want to wait for someone at pick up time, a good place will be by the elevators.”  And then follow through on this.

Starbucks after school – my child asks to go to Starbucks at pick up time and has a fit if I say “no”.

Create a “Starbucks Schedule” and only go on the days that you are “scheduled” to go.  

For example, create a calendar for the month and highlight the day of the week that you will take your child to Starbucks . Be sure to stick with the same day each week so they do not get confused.  Also, post this somewhere they can see it in the home and this will help them keep track of “how many days until Starbucks”…  and give them something to look forward to.  

Additional resource: Ten Reasons a Daily Routine is Important for your Child (and How to Set One).

Head of School Newsletter: March 2018

Welcome to the month of March, everyone!  We look forward to our Playground Fundraiser on March 10th and cannot wait to see you outside of work so we can let loose a little bit and enjoy each other’s company.  We will unveil the playground plans during this event and then post the plans in the lobby afterward so you can see what will be happening in the near future.  We will also share the amount of funds we have raised after our big night of fundraising!

February was a month full of friendship and love here at PFM.   Watching the children share their ‘Friendship Fruit Salad’ with each other and make Valentine's cards with their families was such a treat!  Thank you for participating in these sweet moments with your children.

We are happy to announce that Toren’s brother, Lars has begun in our infant room!  Camilla has transitioned from the infant room to the toddler room and Jackson has joined North Preschool!  They are all doing so well and seem to be adapting quickly to their new classrooms.

Another exciting event we have coming up this month is on March 21st and 22nd when preschoolers invite their parents into the classroom for “bring your parent to school day(s)” !  This is such a fun couple of days to visit and see what your child is up to during their time here at school and to actually work them.  We will put a sign-up sheet in the lobby next week with days and times to come in and work with your child.

Have a wonderful month everyone!

Teddi Blades

Director & Owner, PFM

South Class Newsletter March

 Happy Spring!

Happy Spring!

Dates to remember this month:

• Saturday March 10th: PFM Auction at the WAC!

• Monday and Tuesday March 20th/21st: Bring your parent to school days!

 
 
 
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Hello March!


This month we will learn about the bean seed and plant. With lots of opportunities for scientific discovery, we will be dissecting, sprouting and sorting all different types of seeds in the classroom.

 

We will also welcome spring this month by bringing some tree branches with buds on them into the classroom and this will inspire some still life drawing and painting in our art area, and sorting some spring pictures and flower bulbs.

 

In the math area we will be introduced to coins! We will learn about the value of each coin type and the different quantities that are equal to each other.

 

In practical life we will be exploring magnets! An initial sorting of magnetic versus non-magnetic will give us a great base for lots of magnetic sorting opportunities.

 

What a fun month we have ahead!

 

-Sarah


 
This is the secret: We must walk with the child, not the child with us. This is the practical help we can give to this very important period.
— -Maria Montessori
 

Sounds this month:

Our sounds have been put in order by the AMS sound groups- the easiest to pronounce and write to the hardest. We will reach the end of our sound groups this month so we will start right back at the beginning with Ss.

March 5th-9th: Xx

March 12th-16th: Vv

March 19th-23rd: Qq

March 26th-30th: Yy

Bringing the classroom home this month…

• Gardening: Hopefully the weather this month will permit some gardening time at your house, but if not sprout some seeds in cups to plant outside later!

• Magnets: Do your own tests this month at home with things around the house- pick up a magnet and gather your items then test each one to see if it is magnetic or non-magnetic.

• Spring: Pick some spring branches from around your neighborhood and examine their attributes. Talk about the tiny buds and/or flowers you see. Make a sketch of the branches or even paint them!

• Polish some coins: Gather your rustiest pennies and other coins and polish them using lemon juice or vinegar and some table salt. Place one coin at a time in a small dish and add the vinegar/lemon juice then a dash of salt and scrub with a q-tip.

• Roll some coins: Have your child help you sort through your coin jar. Sort the coins and then count and roll them up to take to the bank!

 

Birthdays and transitions this month...

 

  • We will welcome James Volk from the toddler classroom this month

 

  • Addi will celebrate his birthday this month on March 12th
 

Bring your parents to school day

This month we are offering an opportunity for you to come into the classroom and see some of your child’s favorite works. They are always so full of pride showing you their school environment and the care they take in their work and this will be a wonderful opportunity to see what the day is like. I will be putting out a sign-up sheet with different time slots throughout the day and you can choose a time that is convenient for you.

 
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