Monday, February 2, 2015

Groundhog Day

We are celebrating Groundhog Day by making shadows of animals in a shoebox under the table. 

The children also watched a video of groundhogs and talked about hibernation. Then we voted on whether or not the groundhog would see his shadow by writing our names and drawing a groundhog. 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Letter Knowledge

Our preschoolers have been exploring the alphabet in many ways!  We have made letters with Wikki Sticks, playdough, Legos, and blocks. We have practiced skywriting our letters and tracing them in sand. We also sorted letters by whether they have straight lines, curved lines, or both. 

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Way Down Yonder In The Pumpkin Patch

What's been happening on our playground?  We have our very own pumpkin patch with gourds and pumpkins of different colors. The children have loved trying to pick them up, lining them up by size, and rolling them across the playground. 

We have also planted some lettuce and cauliflower and we are hoping to have them for lunch once they are full grown. 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Catching Up

I have a bunch of photos that were intended to be shared on the blog, but time has gotten away from me. 

On Friday the preschoolers made a fall color collage. We started with squirts of paint and blew on them with straws. Next , we drove cars all over the paper and finally we made prints with Legos and pegs. After the paint dried, we started gluing leaf-shaped paint samples and magazine cut outs. 

Here is the final product (although the process was so much more fun). 

We love Cole!

Many of you have probably met Charlie (just graduated preschool) and Cole (in the Ladybug Class). Some of you may know that Cole has epilepsy and has been working through seizures for the last year.  In one month he will undergo two brain surgeries to stop the seizures.  He will be in the hospital for two weeks and will stay home for two months to recover. 

We'd like to support the family by wearing a purple (for Epilepsy Awareness) or "official" shirt on the date of his surgery (reminders will come later).  If you'd like to purchase an "I Love Coleman" shirt, follow the link below.  You can also share this link on Facebook.  Please let me know if you have any questions.

Joy and Cathy

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


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.