The art table is always open (and quite popular) at Albany Preschool. Every day an art project is announced at circle, and as soon as circle ends, our preschoolers rush to grab an empty seat. We make art with paint, tape, balls, fabric, cars, recyclables, yarn, sticks, rocks, our own hands, and so much more. You name it, we can make something with it.
We know that kids love art, but why do we love art so much? Art stimulates both sides of the brain, boosts self-esteem, strengthens hand-eye coordination, teaches open ended thinking, and helps children exercise their creative problem solving skills.
Next time your child brings home their masterpiece, further the learning experience by talking to them about it. Say things like – How did you make that? Tell me about your picture. I see you mixed paints to make new secondary colors. I see different shapes, line patterns, brush strokes. And if you can, try avoiding value judgements such as – That’s beautiful, I like it, etc.
You can have fun at home with art too. It can be as simple as dipping an old toothbrush in paint, stamping with rocks, cutting and gluing toilet paper tubes. Get creative – there is no wrong way to do it.
Our Stone Soup celebration this Fall was a ravishing success. Each child brought in their favorite veggies to add to the community pot – carrots, broccoli, carrots, potatoes, turnips, and yes, more carrots. But the real stars of the soup were the vegetables and herbs we grew from our very own garden. We planted, watered, watched and waited until the day came to pick. The herbs the children harvested were the perfect finishing touch to our stone soup.
Along with gardening our own vegetables, our preschoolers made their very own bread from scratch. We ground wheat berries into flour using a mortar and pestle -and it was SO hard! – so we switched to a french stone grinder.
From berries, to flour, to bread, and from seeds to vegetables, our preschoolers experienced a true farm to table meal – a yummy one too!
Measuring, cracking, stirring, sharing, pouring, clean-up, waiting – cooking – a tasty learning experience for both you, and your preschooler. By handing off the kitchen spoon to your child, you are introducing them not only to cooking, but to introductory math concepts around measuring, new vocabulary, the science of food changing forms, and so much more. Embrace the mess and watch as your child learns through doing.
We made pumpkin muffins during snack time this week – a perfect recipe for fall, and an easy recipe to bring your preschooler into the kitchen. Yum.
-1 1/2 c. sugar
-1 c. oil
-1 lb can pumpkin
-1 1/2 c. flour
-1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
-1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
-1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
-1/2 tsp salt
-1 tsp vanilla
Measure all ingredients in a big mixing bowl. Beat together well for 5 minutes. Pour into cupcake pans (fill more than half full). Bake at 400 degrees for 17 – 20 minutes. Recipe from cooks.com.
Reading is an important part of our day at Albany Preschool. We read about space ships and fire trucks, plants and animals. We read to learn. Reading improves a child’s imagination, vocabulary, attention span, sound structure, and more. When we apply dialogic reading, our preschoolers become active listeners, and reading becomes fun.
- Completion prompts: The itsy bitsy spider…what did it do?
- Recall prompts: What happened to the spider?
- Open-ended prompts: How do you think the spider felt?
- Why prompts: Why do you think the spider was climbing up the spout, anyway?
- Distancing prompts: When have you been caught in the rain?
Albany Preschool proudly presents: Transforming Your Yard to a Native Garden: Community Talk and Home Garden Tour w/ botanist Leslie Zander
Sunday, June 2, 2013
1025 Pomona Avenue (cross street is Marin)
Topics will include converting a yard to native plants, native California plant communities and habitat restoration techniques. Light refreshments will be served.
ABOUT Leslie Zander
Leslie has a degree in botany with an emphasis on systematics. Her botanical career has spanned three decades, focusing on native California plant communities and habitat restoration. She has worked throughout the Sierra Nevada, surveying rare plants, and recently orchestrated the conversion of forty acres of iceplant to native coastal scrub for the Monterey Peninsula Country Club. She is found in her Albany garden most weekends, now, focusing on nurturing her fruits and vegetables.
ABOUT Albany Preschool
Albany Preschool (APS) is a place where kids play, learn and love school. Parents and teachers work together to create a nurturing community of life-long learners and friends. APS’ commitment to parent education and support makes this event possible. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. For more information about this event contact email@example.com
Be there by 10am to see the Spring Bunny Arrive on an Albany Firetruck!
2013 ALBANY PRESCHOOL SPRING FAIR
50 Cents per ticket
Egg Hunt – 4 Tickets
Maze – 2 Tickets
Baked Goodies – 1 to 3 Tickets
Pizza, Drinks, Sweet Treats – 2 to 6 tickets
TRY A PACKAGE DEAL:
BASIC – $10 (20 tickets)
Gets you egg hunt, slice of pizza, drink and at least 5 games!
DELUXE – $20 (42 tickets, 2 FREE!)
Great starter pack for a family with 2 children!
BONUS – $30 (65 tickets, 5 FREE!)
You can all have lunch and play for hours!
Joy Knott and current and past board members, Tamara Keller, Corrie Winnacker, and Rochelle Donovan were on hand at the May 7 Albany City Council Meeting to accept the proclamation from Mayor Farid Javendel. Joy accepted the award and noted that about 3000 children have gone through the doors of APS. Mayor Javandel added his own proclamation: “My kids loved going there when they were little. They had these same teachers and were very fond of them.”
Watch the video of the proclamation here.
This is a City of Albany proclamation in honor of Albany Preschool’s 75th Anniversary; 75 years of powered by play. Whereas Albany Preschool is a place where kids play, learn and love school. Parents and teachers work together to create a nurturing community of lifelong learners and friends. And whereas Albany Preschool was established in 1937 during the Depression with funds from the Work Progress Administration (WPA), enrolled 15 children when the program began and the Preschool moved to its current location on Masonic ave due to a quick increase in attendance. And whereas the committed teachers had decades of experience nurturing children and their familiies, including the current directors and teachers Tara Gray, Susie Bernos, Cindy Lee and Naghat Nessim, who continue to be a source of guidance comfort and love. And whereas, while years have passed since the School’s start in 1937, the Preschool’s cooperative spirit, strong sense of community, and commitment to play remain the same. And whereas the success of the PreSchool has depended upon staying true to the values of cooperation, community and commitment to play. And whereas the PreSchool depends on 100% participation from families to help run lead and grow the School investing time and resources to foster early childhood education and lifelong learning. And whereas the Albany Preschool is deserving of special recognition for its continued service to generations of preschoolers and their families. Now therefore, be it resolved that the Albany City Council wishes to honor the Albany Preschool’s 75th anniversary, and associated celebration scheduled for Sunday May 20th at the Preschool from 1-4 in the afternoon.
Spring Showers or in yesterday’s case, a Spring Storm, couldn’t stop the fun! It was a clear reminder that some of the most important life skills — flexibility, adaptability, and cooperation — we start learning in preschool. Yesterday our fearless APS families rolled with it and rocked out another spectacular event. There were so many happy faces painted with beautiful butterflies, heads donning newspaper bonnets, arms full of new beloved stuffies, and big hugs and smiles for the Bunny. The cardboard maze was a huge hit and so was the amped up egg hunt! And the food! We had amazing food from Boffo Cart, Peter’s Kettle Corn, Holy Cow Coffee, and the baked goodies from our very own families.
Thank you to our friends who helped make this event happen: our wonderful alumni volunteers, local Girl Scouts, Teacher Josh, Meyer Sound, Ah-Lan Dance, Realtor Diane Verducci, Holy Cow Coffee, Boffo Cart, Peter’s Kettle Corn, Gioia Pizza, Natures Express, Albany High School Key Club, ECPC, AUSD, and the City of Albany
We won with 55 votes, eight reviews and several comments such as “a great learning environment”, “a great way to get to know the community” and “Being part of a cooperative preschool truly provides parents with the foundation and opportunity to be involved in their child’s education.” Read more on the Albany Patch