If your child did swimming this past session you know that Mondays and Wednesdays were the weekly "fun days"! We had a group of sixteen preschoolers who opted in for swimming lessons, and what a blast it was! Not only did the children learn basic and new swimming skills, they got the opportunity to play in the pool with their friends...and with Ms. Patti too! Whether it was playing in the pool, doing an assembly line of little girls hair, herding a group of bouncy boys through the shower, or walking from UMD back to preschool, the teachers were in for the task and will enjoy a small respite and be recharged and ready for the next session! Sign-ups to come.
Farmers' Market Field Trip
It's always a treat for the preschoolers to go to the Farmers Market each fall. This year the weather was perfectly sunny & crisp, and the kids got to enjoy an afternoon venture to the market. With our monthly theme being Fall, Harvest, and Nutrition, the children got to get up close and personal with all the fresh fall veggies and other fun products the vendors at the market had to offer. The farmers were thrilled to see the kids and some even went as far as to let us touch, taste and try their products. In the end we purchased a variety of vegetables and even a big orange pumpkin!
Duluth Fire Hall Field Trip
October is Community Helpers month at preschool and this year we had the awesome opportunity to tour the UMD firehall. The children always have fun pretending to be firefighters, so what a treat it was to meet some real firefighters and experience their daily life up-close and personal. The guys at the firehall were delighted to have their space filled with all of our cute little preschoolers and showed us all where they eat, sleep, work, and even play. At the end of our tour the firefighters even went as far as to let each student try out the cool big firehose, and I have to say, some of these kids were naturals!
After we brought our big orange pumpkin home from the farmers market, we let it ripen up a bit more and then we did what some preschoolers consider to be the most fun part of Halloween: carve jack-o-lanterns! This year we had two pumpkins to work with, and one of them was lop-sided and wouldn't stand up, but instead only laid on it's side. So we decided to work with it! We turned the stem from the top into the nose, and voila! A pumpkin elephant! Which the kids named Ellie. This was especially nice for the preschoolers who prefer to have not-so-scary options on Halloween. Here we are working away.
Trick or Treating
For those of you who know CCP, you can attest to the fact that we love Halloween around here! The decorations. The crafts. The activities. And most of all, the trick-or-treating. For some of the preschoolers, this is their first time trick-or-treating. Because of this, the teachers really like to break things down, and teach the children what to do on Halloween night. From walking with a grown-up, to crossing the street, and even using polite manners when ringing the doorbell, the teachers took the preschoolers around the neighborhood for an afternoon of fun.
Halloween Costume Carnival
It's always a blast to end the Halloween season with Ms. Patti's annual carnival. This year we had halloween-themed games galore along with some most ever fun prizes and even a light dinner. Families loved being able to show off their costumes because we all know that Halloween for Minnesota kids means hiding your costume under a coat! And we even had the UMD woman's softball team volunteering at the games and the preschoolers just loved them. Check out all the cute costumes and the fun!
Stay tuned for more fun updates and photos to come!