Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! The wee little folk in the Teddy Bear class once again had our traditional Irish music playing all morning, and proudly wore our personally crafted shamrock headbands most of the day. Unfortunately, we didn’t catch a leprechaun this year—I know! But boy did we try. Those little rascals are just too quick. And, like last year they also made a big mess in our playroom—Ugh! But they did leave us some rather delicious green rainbow candy treats, which made their antics forgivable. Our festivities included a wild shamrock match game, earning treat bags, and a find the Shamrock search game, winning blinking necklaces. And then after that we watched Green Eggs and Ham and earned cute leprechaun stickers. We also listened to the story, “The Luckiest St. Patrick’s Day Ever.” And then we feasted on green cream cheese celery sticks, green apples, green pears, green guacamole chips with green dip, green snowballs, green gummy frogs, Lucky Charms cereal, frosted shamrock cookies, scrumptious festive shamrock sprinkled cupcakes and green juice.


May the luck of the Irish be with you all!

 

 

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Once again we are celebrating our pinkalicious affair by reading the stories: “Pinkalicious Flower Girl “ and “Valentine Cats”. And then we decorated Valentine Craft Bags and Heart Cookies earning a Mailbox full of treats. We also played a riveting Valentine Match Game; earning a special Monkey Friend! Afterward we sang “I Love You” with Barney and checked out our special valentines from our classmates. Then it was on to devouring sweethearts, sprinkled cupcakes, heart cookies, blue Jell-O, red juicy apples, fruit roll-ups, and fruit punch. And then we proceeded to enjoy watching a valentine movie: Madly Madagascar! Then we headed outside to play “Find the Valentine.” earning a Treat Bag! Thank you to all the kids and their parents, the Valentines were spectacular this year!

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas & Feliz Navidad from the KidsFirst LearningCenter Teddy Bears!
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WOW! What an outrageous celebration we had. We started out by creating an adorable Holiday TOTE BAG. 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 added our Santa hats to sing Raffi’s “It Must Be Santa,” which motivated us to put on our bell adorned reindeer antlers and perform Jim Reeves “Jingle Bells.” This encouraged us to dance around the tables to “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.” And then we were motivated to let the games begin. We first played THE PIZZA WALK (earning a gift bag present), and then a HOLIDAY MEMORY GAME (earning an over-sized Candy Cane) and then a CHRISTMAS BEAN BAG TOSS (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, oranges, pears, raisins, peanuts, Cheetos, and tortilla chips, applesauce, Danimal Smoothies, holiday cookies, and apple juice. 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 always says, “Merry Christmas to all…and to all a good night.”

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Turkey Day, little turkeys! We created PINE CONE TURKEY CENTERPIECES to take home. For our events; we played a TURKEY MATCH GAME, winning a TREAT BAG, and then we sat down to savor a yummy feast of turkey, cranberry, corn on the cob, olives, raisins, mixed nuts, blueberries, juicy apples, oranges, cheddar cheese sticks, cherry tomatoes, baby carrots, cookies, muffins, fruit roll-ups, chips, cake & pumpkin pie (with whipped cream), 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 once again thankful for all of my preschool parents (past and present) who have supported me on my relocation to Chico, their kids who I miss every day and to my new preschool parents who have been super supportive and conscientious, raising incredible, funny and intelligent little turkeys; full of character and charm. I am grateful to all of you and look forward to the year ahead. Thank you!!!

 

 

 

HAPPY HALLOWEEN

Nailed it. HAPPY HALLOWEEN to all you sweet little monsters out there! We had another fabulous HALLOWEEN BASH in the KIDS FIRST Teddy Bear Class. We created Spider Magnets and delicious, spooky Grave Digger Treats. A special thank you to Elizabeth Porter, who provided the craft idea and the adorable shovels! We also heard our hilarious Skeleton Hiccups book, and then danced to the Monster Mash at our Pumpkin Walk contest, winning a Pumpkin Light Stake, played a Witch Hat Ring Toss Game, earning a Treat Bag, and then spun around in circles for our Pin the Nose on the Big Orange Pumpkin, earning an adorable Mini Pumpkin! The Purple People Eater, Witch Doctor and Walking Through the Cemetery songs brought us into the Halloween spirit while we feasted on our Halloween appropriate snacks; red delicious fall apples w/peanut butter, candy corn pineapple, red vampire chips, ghost pretzels, Halloween cupcakes, fruit roll-ups, chocolate milk & purple people eater juice. And then winding down the activities with Alvin & the Chipmunks meet the Wolfman made it all that.

PINK HOUSE PURPLE COW

I did it…finally! I created a Yearly Preschool Curriculum Book. It is available via amazon.com (all proceeds benefit Kids First Learning Center). https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1693413779/ref=ox_sc_saved_image_1?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&psc=1

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Happy 4th of July!

We celebrated Independence Day with pizzazz! After we engaged in a rollicking patriotic cupcake Memory Game and a festive patriotic Balloon Toss game (earning a treat cup of fun, patriotic pinwheels, wands and headbands) we celebrated by decorating a patriotic flag cake for our traditional Independence Day picnic to enjoy along with submarine sandwiches, barbecue chips, watermelon slices, and blueberry punch. Have a fabulous 4th of July everyone! 🙂

Teddy Bear Class Graduation 2019

Congratulations KidsFirst LearningCenter 2019 Teddy Bear Class Graduates! Now THAT was one amazing ceremony. Well done. Thank you, everyone. And a special thank you to Christine Hagedorn for the cool Graduation cookie appetizers, and to Heather Waddle for the thoughtfully worded (made me bawl) card, flickering candle lantern, and generous Amazon gift card. Hello kids, this means new toys!!! Yay!!!! Here’s to a fabulous summer and an exceptional upcoming new school year.

YouTube Video of the Teddy Bear Class of 2018-2019

 

 

 

Hawaiian Luau!

Aloha! Our annual—HAWAIIAN LUAU—for all children who’ve earned their “Pin of Honor” was a tropical blast! With traditional Hawaiian music playing in the background we began our festivities by playing with Beach Balls and then creating fabulous looking Sun Visors earning a Treat Cup of Prizes and a Beach Drink Cup. And then we participated in a Limbo event & performed our Hula Dance routine. After that, we sang our wonderful Humuhumunukunukuapu’a song about the famous Hawaiian fish while wearing our Fish Hats earning a Flamingo and Pineapple friend. This led us to our feast of Hawaiian Pizza, Submarine Sandwiches, Barbecue Chips, Colorful Jell-O, Crunchy Rice Rolls, Danimals Yogurt, Fruit Kabobs, Sprinkled Cupcakes and Hawaiian Punch. YUM!