Pumpkin Exploration!

December 5, 2018 by  
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Check out all the ways the children explored pumpkins in October and November including: pie baking, seed roasting, still life drawing, scrubbing, measuring, weighing, and the TK class even created a pumpkin tunnel into their block area! The infants/toddlers also got in on the pumpkin action too.

A word about academics from a passionate teacher

August 9, 2018 by  
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Academics can be explored in many different ways. In a play base hands-on curriculum, children explore academics by constructing their knowledge with the assistance and guidance of competent Early Childhood professionals who effectively plan and set up the environment in an attractive way. In our center, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) is an integral part of the children’s environment and routine. Children are exposed to STEM in a natural and stimulating manner. Literacy is an organic process that does not need to be forced upon humans with worksheets that take away children’s creativity and natural exploratory capacity.

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International Mud Day at Children’s Village Preschool in Orange

July 1, 2018 by  
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The preschoolers and toddlers had a fun time in the mud!

World Forum International Mud Day is a day for children and early childhood professionals all over the world to celebrate nature, the glorious earth beneath our feet, and the joy of making a mess by getting really muddy.

Best Buddy Ice Cream Social at Children’s Village Preschool with a special treat made by the PreK class

June 22, 2018 by  
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Each child was able to invite their Dads or a Dad’s representative to come and enjoy an ice-cream treat during the Best Buddy Ice Cream Social at Children’s Village Preschool!  Our Pre-Kindergarten class also made a banana pudding dish for all to enjoy! 

Pre-K Graduating Class of 2018

June 15, 2018 by  
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We proudly present the Children’s Village Preschool of Orange class of 2018 that will be moving on to Kindergarten!  Some of our friend have been with us from Infant/Toddlers all the way to Pre-K and the staff could not be more proud!

Happy Chinese New Year!

February 21, 2018 by  
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The preschool children celebrated Chinese New Year! Part of the celebration included making fried rice and sticky rice cakes (The children learned that in Vietnamese it’s called “banh chung”). The children helped make fried rice in the skillet and practiced eating with chopsticks. They also explored a dragon puppet while listening to Chinese music. One class made their own dragon and put on a parade for the other classes. Some children even got to take home a red envelope and a tangerine home at the end of the day.

Santa Ana Zoo Field Trip

January 29, 2018 by  
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The Preschool children took a trip to the Santa Ana Zoo! They saw lots of different apes, monkeys, birds (such as parrots and bald eagles), insects, amphibians, an ant eater, and even camels! Some children learned that the difference between apes and monkeys are their tails. Monkeys have tails, while apes do not. The children noticed a pattern on the lemurs’ tails—black, white, black, white. They saw camels and noticed the different shapes of their backs. They talked about nocturnal animals such as the ocelot and herbivores like the porcupine and were able to look at skeletons of crocodile species. They also got to ride on a train and see all of the animals from the barn!

Pre-K Learning to Sew

November 22, 2017 by  
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The Pre-k class participated in a sewing activity. The interest emerged into the curriculum when the children received new dresses that were donated to the class. Some dresses were too long, so the children talked about cutting dresses and using the cut fabric to create new dresses and clothing.
 
The children helped cut the fabric, then watched as the teacher put the machine, needle, and thread together. Some friends had the opportunity to press down on the pedal to start the needle and threading process. With several attempts at sewing, most friends joined in with excitement when we were able to sew a fabric onto a dress. Some friends also created collage art using scissors, fabric we cut from dresses, and colored glue.

 

Preschool Field Trip to Irvine Park Pumkin Patch

October 25, 2017 by  
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The Preschool children went on a field trip to Irvine Park Railroad and the pumpkin patch!   We rode a wagon around the park, and got to ride the train. During the wagon and train ride, we came across a few animals. We saw woodpeckers bathe in the bird bath, and peacocks and squirrels roam the land.  We navigated our way through an exciting, fun-filled hay maze and got to go inside a haunted house filled with spider webs, spooky portraits, and bats. We then all got to pick out a pumpkin!

California Mentor Program Director Conference

October 18, 2017 by  
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Our administration team attended the Director’s conference Joy in the Journey on October 13th. They presented a workshop for other directors, attended workshops, did some networking and collaborated with 80 other administrators from Orange county. The conference was organized and sponsored by the California Mentor Program. Two of our administrators are currently Mentor directors for the state of California. It was a day dedicated to professional growth for our administration team.

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