Thursday, March 14, 2019

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Happy St. Patrick's Day from us to all of you!

We love to celebrate all the different holidays and enjoy the cultures that bring them to us! Our Preschool One class participated in a thematic photo booth to really make their day not only special, but to be a teachable moment for what the day means to us as well. Needless to say they had a BLAST and all have future modeling careers in our eyes! 

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Happy Mardi Gras!

Laissez les bon temps rouler (let the good times roll)! Today we learned all about Mardi Gras! The children had a blast learning about king cake and listening to traditional Mardi Gras music! They also had a chance to participate in a Mardi Gras photo booth! What fun! 

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Polar Bear Water Play!

Today, at the Academy of Powell Place, the children engaged in "polar bear water play"! They had a blast learning about the icy cold waters of the polar bear's natural habitat! They also learned how polar bears stay warm in the bitterly cold arctic! Below are some polar bear fun facts
 1. Polar bears can swim constantly for days at a time! 
2. Scientists can extract polar bear DNA from their footprint
3. There are as many as 19 sub-populations of polar bears
4. Grizzly-Polar bear hybrids exist
5. Due to climate change, the polar bear population is set to decline by 30% by 2050

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Soapy Scientists!

When children conduct science experiments it activates their critical thinking and reasoning skills. Today, the children in our Preschool 2 class made bubbles during a soapy science experiment! They had a blast using their critical thinking skills to figure out how to change the size of the bubbles! They also increased their communication skills while talking to the teacher about how much dish soap to add! What fun! 

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Take and Make Valentine's Day Boxes

Today our friends here at The Academy of Powell Place enjoyed a take and make station to get everyone in the mood for Valentine's Day! We had templates available for magical unicorn boxes, love bug monster boxes, and feel the love EMOJI boxes! Everyone was so excited and talked all day about what kinds of boxes they were going to make for our parties on Thursday! We have some friends making kitty cats, Elmo, Paw Patrol, SING!, and so many more inspired works of art! We love days where our friends can get crafty and make things their own! 

Monday, February 11, 2019

Infant Puppet Time!

When children engage with puppets it can stimulate their imagination, encourage creative play, and improve language and social-emotional development. Using puppets during song or story time can help children connect to the song or story on a deeper level! Today our Infant 1 room enjoyed puppet time while their teachers sang "Five Green and Speckled Frogs"! The infants loved watching the puppets during puppet time! What fun! 

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Happy Chinese New Year!

When children expand their cultural awareness, they gain a better understanding of the world around them. Expanding cultural awareness can also help children gain a sense of community. This week at the Academy of Powell Place, we expanded our sense of cultural awareness while learning about Chinese New Year! The children had the chance to eat pot stickers for lunch and learn about China's rich culture and traditions! Below are some facts about Chinese New Year and some ideas to celebrate at home!

Chinese New Year Fun Facts:

1. The festival date changes every year
2. It is also called spring festival
3.The celebration last for 15 days until the lantern festival
4. one sixth of the world's population celebrates Chinese New Year

Ideas to Celebrate at Home: 

1. Eat traditional Chinese foods
2. Create your own paper lanterns
3. Do yoga to traditional Chinese music (a school favorite)
4. Create a paper dragon