Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Updated Blog

Hello parents!

My blog is now fixed -- still not sure what happened but everything seems to be lining up better now. Please remember to actually visit the blog as there are things on the sidebar - like dates I am closed - that are important to know.

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If you are having trouble accessing the blog, please let me know.

Some pictures of our week!

The children with their leaf wands! They had fun yelling pumpkin patch to make them smile!

Grady using the counting mats - well...Grady really enjoying playing with the pasta shells! Scarlett waiting patiently for her turn.

Ali and Addie showing their pattern strips.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Some fun things we have been doing....

I've been reading about the Montessori approach where children move from being undisciplined to disciplined, disordered to ordered, distracted to focused through the activities and their environment. I love the philosophy and hope to add experiences that help the children learn skills as well as feel a sense of accomplishment. While it's always important to foster self-esteem by praising our children, they also need to feel that "praise" inside without the constant approval from others.
For the next two weeks or so our theme will be fish and we will be reading The Rainbow Fish and The Pout-Pout Fish (CUTE book).

Here are a few of our activities....

This is "fish tracing." On the tray is paper, colored pencil and two fish stencils. The tray is placed on the counter and if it's free a child can choose this activity. They take it to the table, do the activity, put all the supplies back on the tray and return it to the counter for another child. There is independence...they choose the activity, concentration as they do the activity on their own (I have demonstrated at the beginning of the day), order as they put the supplies back on the tray and return the tray to the counter.....and accomplishment as they have started, created and finished an activity.

The tray with the supplies (LOVE the Dollar Tree).

Jocey tracing her fish.

Nolan with a fish he traced and colored.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Upcoming Days Off

Just a quick reminder....these have been posted on the board but I know sometimes they are easily missed. Closing at 3:00 this Friday, May 28 and closed next Friday, June 4. Thank you!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day!

This is take #425, give or take! Enjoy!

Friday, April 30, 2010

Doctor Appointment

Hi parents,

I have my follow-up appointment for my foot on May 18, 2010. I need to be in the Sherwood office by 4:10 for an x-ray prior to seeing the doctor at 4:50. I will need the children picked up early -- 3:30 if possible. Please let me know if that will not work for you. Thank you!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Spring Weather and Earth Day

Pictures from our daily activities....

The children made cloud and rain windsocks. They also made storm clouds using black, white and purple paint. Instead of using brushes the children used glue spreaders to move and swirl the paint. We haven't finished our suns yet...hopefully soon!

Today was Earth Day. We talked about using our resources and not being wasteful (remember how Julia always asks you to color on both sides of the paper?) - and then made the Earth using coffee filters, blue and green food coloring.

And playing....

Jocey doing something funny (over and over) and making Grady laugh...

Scarlett made a ramp for her car with the wooden blocks...

Addie doing what she loves....coloring!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

A few pictures....

A couple of pictures of our week....

Nolan stringing the beads I bought from the Dollar Tree (not the best but the kiddos like them)....what's this? that?......noooooooo can't be.........yellow and green? Even Jocey looks worried.........(hehe)........Hmmmmmmm.......I'm just sayin'..........:-)

The cloud and rain windsocks...they look beautiful in our window!

And last but not least.....this is the broken bone is 5 x 2 x 1.....see the yellow says not STEP ON....I kid you not! (ok, maybe a little)....

Thank you, everyone...for being so understanding this week. I will need to make an appointment next week but will, hopefully, be able to get someone to come here and help with the children during that time.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Sharing pictures of our week so far!

The children making their Easter "baskets"......

Monday, March 22, 2010

Welcome Nico!

Such a happy boy!!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Spring has sprung!!

What can I nice to be able to get outside now! We went to the playground and I definitely need to do some work! Soooooooooo inviting you all to a work party this Saturday! NO, just kidding! BUT, I am in need of chips and new equipment and would like you all to let me know if you see a great sale, or garage sale, or hear of someone wanting to sell equipment, etc...they don't have to be new but in great condition. Also, anyone know of a good place to get playground chips? I usually get them from Dew Gardens but would love to find another resource.
Ali and Grady getting verrrrrry close to something they really wanted to play with!
Scarlett and Grady playing on the horse and boat, then they would switch, and switch, and switch, LOL!
Scarlett trying to decide if it's ok if she picks up the
stick! :-)

We had so much fun outside we lost track of time and rest time was LATE -- thinking the children didn't mind one bit:-)

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

February is Dental Health Month...we've talked about brushing our teeth and what kind of food is good and not so good to keep our teeth healthy.

Our color for the month is pink and the children had fun just creating their own collage with pink paper, glue and yarn.

Pictures of our Chinese New Year Celebration

The children enjoyed learning about Chinese New Year. Here are some pictures of our celebration. Thank you to the Stebbins family for providing a fun snack - the children thought the chocolate coins were "awesome!"

Friday, February 12, 2010

Information to help parents claim valuable tax credits...

The working families, whose children you care for, may be eligible for federal tax credits worth thousands of dollars when they file their taxes for 2009. These credits are more valuable than ever so make sure your families don't miss out! Here are the credits:

Federal Tax Credits:
• Earned Income Tax Credit, which helps provide a wage supplement for low and moderate-income families. This credit is worth up to $5,657.
• Child Tax Credit, designed to help families offset some of the costs of raising children. This credit is worth up to $1,000 per child for families who earned at least $3,000 in 2009.
• Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit, designed to help with child care costs that families pay in order to work. This credit is worth up to $2,100, but can't be more than the family's federal tax bill.
• Making Work Pay Credit, designed to increase families' take-home pay. This new credit is worth up to $800 for couples.
Oregon Tax Credits:
• Oregon Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit, designed to help with child care costs families pay in order to work. It is worth up to $1,800 but can't be more than the family's state tax bill.
• Oregon Working Family Child Care Tax Credit, worth up to 40% of
qualifying child care expenses.
• Oregon Earned Income Tax Credit, worth up to $339 for low income families.

Even if a family doesn't owe income taxes, it may still be eligible for a refund check!

Families can get FREE help with their federal taxes by calling the IRS toll-free at (800) TAX-1040 or (800) 829-1040. Or go to . For help with state taxes contact the Oregon Department of Revenue at (800) 356-4222 or .
Families can also contact the AARP Tax-Aide toll-free at (888) AARP-NOW or (888) 227-7669. To find AARP Tax-Aide help in your area, .

Monday, February 8, 2010

Scholastic Book Orders

Dear Parents,

I have exciting news. You can now place your Scholastic Book Clubs orders online!

Browse all the great monthly Book Club selections at low prices and order online. Plus, our class earns a FREE Book every time a parent orders online.

Here's how it works:

1. Use the information below to access the Scholastic Book Clubs Web site.
2. Browse the titles with your child and place your order with your credit card.
3. Your order will come to me, and your credit card payment will go directly to Scholastic's secure server. There's no need to send money to school.
4. After I submit the entire class order to Scholastic, your order will be delivered to our
classroom for your child to take home.

To get started, go to the Web address below and enter our class’s personalized user name and password in the sign-in fields on the right side of the page. Note: You do not need to create your own user name and password.

Scholastic Book Club
User Name: Juliaschildcare
Password: reading4fun

Ordering online is the most convenient way to use Scholastic Book Clubs. You can order anytime, right up until the online order due date. You'll also get instant access to over 500 additional titles plus online-only specials and discounts. Currently, you will find the February Firefly and Honeybee catalog available.

And don't forget: Every time a parent places an order online, we earn a FREE book for our classroom library!

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.


Hearts and Hearts and Hearts

Pictures of the children working on their heart is very, very serious business...

Just because they are cute!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Polar Bear, Polar Bear

Our literary focus this week has been the book Polar Bear, Polar Bear What Do You Hear. The children decorated a bag with a polar bear and inside are the animals from the book...have your child "read" their story bag to you!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Monday, Monday

Have you ever seen such serious faces?! They are working so hard on their icicles! As I was explaining what we were doing today they all said "Oh, like we did last year!" I guess I need to write things down so I don't duplicate year after year. I told them we could do something else but they were ready to tear and glue - two of their favorite activities!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

The Snowy Day

Our activites this week have included one of my favorite books "The Snowy Day."

Kiley, Nolan and Ali cutting their snowflakes. Notice they are "posing" - such hams!

Nolan mixing the blue food coloring.
Ali dipping the snowflake (coffee filter) and watching the blue color spread.

Ta Da!

Catching up....

The Littles coloring...

Scarlett showing the process of drawing circles:-).....

Grady explaning the results of using red and blue together:-)......

Taylor proving that tongue placement is so important to creativity.....