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! 

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.

Fruit salad, yummy yummy!

October 2, 2017 by  
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The pre-kindergarten class made a fruit salad using some new fruits many children had never tried before. They used grapefruits, kiwis, plums, reds, blackberries, and Mexican papaya. The children were able to touch, smell, and taste the fruit. Many did not like the smell of the Mexican papaya at all!  They talked about the texture of the fruit used in the fruit salad and described the outside of the fruit and how it differs from the inside of the fruit. The children also talked about safety and how to use a knife safely.  The best part was eating the fruit salad!

National Playdough Day!

September 20, 2017 by  
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September 16th is National Playdough Day! In celebration, the children made playdough using flour, salt, oil, water, and Kool Aid mix. They carefully measured and mixed the ingredients. Some friends checked to see if the playdough was ready by feeling its texture and consistency. They also helped knead the dough after mixing all of the ingredients together, and best of all, got to play with their newly made playdough!

Tanaka Farms Field Trip 2017

April 14, 2017 by  
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We had a fun and educating visit to Tanaka Farms! We were able to take a wagon ride through the fields and taste various vegetables like baby Maui onions, bok choy, spinach, carrots, and celery. Our last stop were the strawberry fields where we filled our containers and our tummies at the same time! We made sure to pick the reddest and juiciest strawberries that we could find!


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