Friday, August 29, 2014

4 Stars!

Hip hip hooray! It is official!  Sonshine Kids CDC is a Four Star Rising Star Provider!



What does that mean?
Texas Rising Star Provider certification is a process for improving the quality of child care services available in Texas. A Texas Rising Star Provider is a child care provider that has an agreement to serve Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) subsidized children and that voluntarily meets requirements that exceed the State's Minimum Licensing Standards for child care facilities. The Texas Rising Star Provider certification system provides graduated levels of certification as providers meet progressively higher certification requirements. 

Our staff attended trainings over the spring semester and had multiple observations by our mentor. In August we had our final observation and were assessed on our learning environments, ratios, parent participation, and staff training and education. In the end we received four stars... The highest rating!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Slime!


Today was nice and slimey!  I found a simple recipe for slime that the children loved!  You just need one bottle of Elmer's glue and you empty the whole thing into a bowl. Then you fill the glue bottle 2/3 with liquid starch and dump it in. Add food coloring or liquid watercolor and mix. Tada!  It thickens and gets to the right consistency as the children manipulate it. 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Who Let the Letters Out?


Preschoolers LOVE the song "Who Let the Letters Out?" by Dr. Jean!  This is pet week so I set up a dog house on our magnetic board. The children choose a magnetic letter from a dog bowl then sing the song and letter sound. 

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Dog Wash

A dog wash station is one of the classes' favorite sensory activities!  We set up trays with a bowl of soap, a toothbrush, a  "bubble bath" (shaving cream), a rinse bowl, and a pipette. The children each got a turn and spent at least 20 minutes scrubbing the dog, then rinsed and repeated. This was serious work!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Pizza! Pizza!


Little Nino's Piizzeria was the center of our unit on pizza last week. Pizza was everywhere you looked!  In the science center were smelling jars of basil, rosemary, and garlic. There were all types of pasta in the sensory table, and Italian seasoned playdough for "baking". 

We took the opportunity to make pizza (real and pretend). A pizzeria was set up in the dramatic lay area with small, medium, and large felt pizzas. The children loved adding the toppings... Yellow foam cheese, green pipe cleaner peppers, and red checker pepperonis. 

A large pepperoni pizza was on the magnetic board and each pepperoni had a letter on it. The children practiced matching magnetic letters to the pepperoni. 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Pancake Week


We spent the week reading about pancakes and baking. We read Pancakes! Pancakes! By Eric Carle and Pancakes for Breakfast by Tomie DePaola. In our sensory table there were whisks and flour mixed with coffee. It smelled great!  The dramatic play center was filled with felt pancakes, eggs, chef hats, pans, and butter containers. Pancakes were everywhere and the children enjoyed learning how to make them and shared stories about trips to IHOP.

On Friday we made our own wheat pancakes. The children got in teams of four to mix ingredients then I cooked them on the griddle. The children got to decorate their pancakes with whipped cream, honey, raisins, maple syrup, and cinnamon sugar. They made some interesting combinations, but they were proclaimed to be "the best pancakes EVER"!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014