Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Top o’ the mornin’ to ya. Yes, once again the wee little folk in the Teddy Bear class have our traditional Irish music playing and are wearing our personally crafted shamrock headbands for our ultra-green party. Unfortunately we didn’t catch a leprechaun this year—those little rascals are just too darn quick. They also made a big mess in our play room and left us some rather delicious green candy treats, which made us all a bit giddy. We began our green celebration by playing a scintillating shamrock match game and earning treat bags and tossing a magic gold coin to win a leprechaun hat and a shamrock necklace. Then we crafted together an adorable leprechaun door hanger and listened to the stories: “Lizzie the Lazy Leprechaun, The Luckiest St. Patrick’s Day Ever and Green eggs and Ham.” Then we feasted on green cream cheese celery sticks, green Jell-O, green chips with green dip, Lucky Charms cereal, frosted shamrock cookies, scrumptious festive cupcakes and green punch—Then we enjoyed a special St. Patrick’s Day movie: The luck of the Irish. Happy St. Patrick’s Day! May the luck of the Irish be with you all today!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY EVERYONE—may it be extra sweet!
Once again we celebrated our pinkalicious affair with pizazz. We began by playing a riveting valentine match game, and then sang “I Love You” with Barney and checked out our special valentines from our classmates. Then it was on to devouring sweethearts, heart shaped sandwiches, Valentine cupcakes, heart gummies, pink marshmallows, frosted cookies, sprinkled M&M pudding, fruit punch and strawberry smoothies. And then we proceeded to enjoy watching a valentine movie: Madly Madagascar, after heading outside to play “Find the Valentine.” Thank you to all the kids and their parents, the Valentines were spectacular this year! And a special thanks for my unexpectedly cute gifts—Dove chocolates (my favorite!) and violets from Violet—how apropos. I LOVE EVERYTHING! Have a Beary Happy Valentine’s Day all you love-bugs out there. Love, the Teddy Bear Class.



Merry Christmas and Feliz Navidad!

Game on! What an outrageous celebration we had—the best! We started out by putting on our Santa hats & creating a Holiday Cup Craft. And then off to hear the “Little Christmas Elf” story and sing the Winnie the Pooh version of “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” And then we switched to our bell adorned Reindeer antlers to sing and perform Jim Reeves “Jingle Bells”, which encouraged us to dance around the tables to “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer”. Then we sang Raffi’s “It Must Be Santa.” And then we let the games begin. We first played THE PIZZA WALK (earning a present), and then a HOLIDAY MEMORY GAME (earning a yummy sweet treat) and then a BEAN BAG TOSS HOPSCOTCH (earning a holiday bag of fun). Then we had fun getting involved in a CHRISTMAS COOKIE DECORATING contest (winning a chocolate Santa). Then it was time for our HI PIZZA MAN story to prepare us for our surprise delivery person—who wasn’t a Pizza Snake like we suspected. And then on to our huge feast of; Pizza, chicken nuggets, fresh apples, raisins, fruit gummies and tortilla chips with dips, strawberry applesauce, chocolate pudding and fruit punch. Our bellies were more than satisfied. To wound down the day’s festivities we watched “Olive the Other Reindeer” opened our stockings that Santa filled last night and then heard the adorable story SIX SNOWY SHEEP and then finally took a long hard winters nap. As the big man in the red suit says, “Merry Christmas to all…and to all a good night.” P.S.
*A special thanks to Sharyn & Nick Belkofer for the outrageously delicious cookies, so fancily decorated—they were a HUGE hit. Thank you for making our party extra special.

Happy Turkeys

20161123_115809.jpgHappy Thanksgiving to all you little turkeys out there. After we created our own little Cookie Turkeys using Oreo cookies, a Rollo, a malt ball and candy corn we enjoyed our interactive Five Little Turkey Felt Magnet Board Song. And then we gobbled to the table and began our feast after singing our Gobble—Gobble Song. We savored turkey, olives, cranberries & raisins, mixed nuts, brownie bites, blueberries, juicy apples, dried fruit, pretzel crisps, cheddar cheese cubes, cherry tomatoes, baby carrots, muffins, Bugles, pumpkin pie with whipped cream (of course), cranberry juice and eggnog. And then we got to relax our little turkey bellies by watching A Charlie Brown’s Thanksgiving and The Mayflower Voyagers. This year I am thankful to have a lovely new dream house, to live near my mom, to have a remarkably generous friend (Terry Schimke) and amazing brothers ( Christopher Phipps in particular) who have gone above and beyond to help my dream come true. And I am also thankful for my unbelievable wonderful conscientious parents who have raised such adorable, funny and intelligent little turkeys. I am in Chico where I belong, and I couldn’t be happier. Thank you!!! Happy Turkey/Tofurkey Day Chico and Orland!