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11/20/2013

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Today was project time day. This was the last project time for this term. The before snack buddies finished up their curriculum area of science. I love this curriculum area because I see so many fun experiments happening. I love seeing the preschool students learning about hypothesizing!

The after snack buddies finished up their curriculum of cutting. Many of the preschool students have been struggling with their cutting skills so I decided to continue the fine motor skill activities to the end of this term. I have seen a great deal of improvement as their hands have gotten stronger. I would encourage all of you to work with your children on cutting at home as well. The more practice they get the stronger those hand muscles will become. Magazines and catalogs are great items to let them cut away on.

For snack today the students had Animal Cookies and Pretzels. They also had their choice of Apple juice, Grape juice, milk or water to drink. You would be surprised how great the kids are about cleaning up their own messes when they are done eating. They all know that is an expectation!

We had a fire drill at school today too. The kids did great, even though we were all freezing. Because of the fire drill we did not have time for all of our skill building activities that we normally do on Wednesdays.

Don't forget that tomorrow is the last preschool day with the current buddies. School will resume on December 10th with their new buddies. If a current buddy returns to the classroom in the same class period then they will continue to have that same buddy.

Let me know if you have any questions, Robyn
 
 
Good Morning!

 I wanted to let you know that I am going to attempt to update this blog everyday in order to let you know what is happening at school. I have tried to send home newsletters but I really am not that good at keeping up with a weekly newsletter. My hope is to spend a few moments after the kids go home to type my update and post it daily. Let me know if you ever have any questions.

Robyn

 
 
Today our big buddies spent the day getting to know their preschool buddies. I saw many towers being built out of blocks and marble toys. We got to play a lot outside on the playground in the sunshine. The afternoon class had a great time playing in the shaving cream.

Tomorrow we will spend some more time just getting to know each other. Next week our regular schedule will start with circle time, craft and large motor activities. My goal is to post here at least twice a week letting you know what was done each day.

I look forward to hearing stories from you as your child shares their day with you.
 
 
Today was a great day. The preschool students were so brave as they took their first steps as students. I really enjoyed starting to get to know them. That is not to say there were not a few tears shed by preschoolers and parents but those that did shed tears did not for very long. Each school day will get better for them. The returning students were great role models as they helped the new students with classroom routines. I'm really looking forward to tomorrow and the coming days. This school year will go faster than you expect so take some time to savor each day. Ask your student what they have done at school. Next week we will dive into circle time so you will start hearing songs and hearing about other things they learn at school.

Let me know if you have any questions or thoughts. Remember I am here to make this experience the best it can be for your child.

Robyn
 
 
Love this idea! I cannot wait to try this out with my preschool students. I did something very similar when working in the child development lab at Portland Community College - I loved it then but had forgotten about it until I saw this post http://www.teachpreschool.org/2013/04/ten-tips-for-keeping-a-journal-in-preschool/.
 
 
At this time Preschool Palace has five openings left for the upcoming school year. All five openings will be in the afternoon class.  Contact Robyn Grabhorn at rgrabhorn@scappoose.k12.or.us and she will send you a registration form. Don't delay - this class will fill fast once the school year begins.
 

Welcome

08/15/2012

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Dear Parents,
    Thank you for enrolling your children in the Preschool Palace Program. I know that in our community you have many choices for your child's education. Your continued support of this program will not only benefit your child as they learn and grow, but will also benefit the high school students as they to learn many skills that will help them as they complete college level skills, learn employment skills and find a desire to have an occupation that works with children. Many of my students go on to become educators, nannies, work in the medical field and even the community helpers field. Really if you think about it almost every occupation there is comes in contact with children somehow! 
    I look forward to this amazing school year ahead of us. Please take the time to share your thoughts when you can. Here or in person ~ your thoughts and ideas are important to the success of the child development program at Scappoose High School. This website is also a great place for you to see the expectations of my high school students. Feel free to roam all areas of this website!
    I have a goal of weekly updates here this school year! So check back often to see what is happening in our preschool!
Robyn Grabhorn
Preschool Palace Director
Scappoose
 
 
We had such a fun week at preschool this week. We made Indian corn art which is making spectacular corn stalks in the hallway. Today we painted pumpkins and they are being added to the corn in our fall harvest area. I am going to attempt to make a tree for our apples we painted last week. 

Many thank you's to those that brought snack this week. In the morning class today we had apples with caramel dip and in the midmorning class we had apples with peanut butter! Very yummy. Yesterday in the midmorning class we had great little bags filled with small bags of sliced apples, fishy crackers and cheese sticks. Continue to think of those fun and yummy healthy snacks for us to eat. 

We learned the letter "C" this week. Catina Cat is her name. You should ask your child if they know the sound and signal for Catina Cat. She lays her paw (hand) on her cheek and curls her fingers as she swipes forward like she is cleaning her whiskers as she says the "c" sound. It would be something like "ca" just like the c in Catina. Next week we work on the letter "D" and Dee Dee Deer! 

We are continuing to sing the same songs so your child should be able to sing at least parts of them to you now and maybe even do the movements we do. Our current songs are "Way up high in the apple tree", "Welcome, Welcome, Everyone", "I have a ball" and "Two little feet". 

I sent home a letter today with information regarding our activities next week. It is going to be a busy week at Preschool Palace. Also make note the the following week October 31 to November 4 I will be out of the state at a conference. I am going to Indianapolis for some training. I am very excited to go, but I am nervous about leaving the kids. I am leaving them in good hands though so I know better than to worry. And if you have ever been to Indianapolis and know of something I should see while I am there let me know!

Thank you for sending your kids to our preschool. I know you have many choices in our area and I appreciate you making Preschool Palace your preschool! I am truly enjoying this school year and the amazing preschool students that have come my way. The smiles, hugs and kind words I get every day from them makes my day!

As always if you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask!

 
 
How well children will learn and develop and how well they will do in school depends on a number of things, including the children’s  health and physical well-being, their social and emotional preparation and their language skills and general knowledge of the world.

Currently in the child development course the high school students are learning how a child’s interaction with the world helps the child learn.

Interactions with the world = firing of the synapses in the brain = the neurons linking = learning.

From birth through the age of five children are developing the language, thinking, physical, emotional and social skills, that they will need for the rest of their lives.

As a parent, you can help your child want to learn in a way no one else can. That desire to learn is a key to your child’s later success. Enjoyment is important! So, if you and your child don’t enjoy one activity, move on to another. You can always return to any activity later on. At Preschool Palace we will do the same thing. Your child will never be expected to do an activity they do not like. We want your child to have fun; we want school to be fun!

Tell us what your child tells you about school ~ this will help us know what activities are fun!

 

Welcome!

10/01/2011

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Dear Parents,
    Thank you for enrolling your children in the Preschool Palace Program. I know that in our community you have many choices for your child's education. Your continued support of this program will not only benefit your child as they learn and grow, but will also benefit the high school students as they to learn many skills that will help them as they complete college level skills, learn employment skills and find a desire to have an occupation that works with children. Many of my students go on to become educators, nannies, work in the medical field and even the community helpers field. Really if you think about it almost every occupation there is comes in contact with children somehow! 
    I look forward to this amazing school year ahead of us. Please take the time to share your thoughts when you can. Here or in person ~ your thoughts and ideas are important to the success of the child development program at Scappoose High School. This website is also a great place for you to see the expectations of my high school students. Feel free to roam all areas of this website!
         I have a book in my library called "Helping your Preschool Child". This book was printed in 2002 by ther U.S. Department of Education as part of the "No Child Left Behind Act" .  I really like the information in this book as it has information in it for parents with children from infancy through age 5. My goal is to post something out of this book at least once a week, more often when I have the time! Please feel free to make any comments to my posts that you would like to. I believe as parents we can all learn from one another.

Have a great weekend! I'll see you and your children on Tuesday,
Robyn