September 25, 2016

From Review to New-Preschool 2016-2017 Has Begun!

There is never a dull moment here at PattyKakesKidz.  We are so actively learning on a day to day basis.  I'm so proud of all these little ones but better than that, they feel proud of themselves.  I went on vacation but before we left, here's what we did for the last of our summer days:
Getting ready for fall, they did some nature painting of leaves.
 A few rocks got painted along the way too.
We painted a large poster (drawn by yours truly lol)
We continued working on scissors and writing skills
We tackled more counting, shapes and reading
We danced and explored technology
We built new supplies and juiced for snacktime
And we PLAYED!

We only had a 2 day week this past week, 
but we are already 
Rolling In The New Preschool Year 2016-2017
The color Yellow for the month of September
 A is for Anteater 
(we also read about them first, and watched a Magic School Bus that introduced the anteater)

Well my friends, that is it for this week.  We are so happy to be back from vacation and spending our time with all your lovely children.  Thank you as always for sharing them with us!!
♥ PattyKakesKidz ♥

August 20, 2016

Just Holding Our Breath - First Big Fieldtrip

The talk on whether or not to take the children on a fieldtrip has come up in many discussion groups.  Some would rather not for the simple reason that it is scary to take a bunch of little ones away from the safety net of our back yards.  Some decline for the simple reason of costs associated with fieldtrips, such as; insurance rates, food, entry fees, gas.  
Then there are others like myself that love fieldtrips.  Normally in the Bay Area, we had dozens of places to take the children to, anywhere from a 5 minute drive to a local park to an hour or so drive to the zoos or museums.  Either way, we had the best times exploring our world outside of our home.  Yes, it was scary, and I often felt like I was holding my breath, trying to constantly count our little yellow shirts, but we always walked away a little more sure of ourselves and more knowledgeable of how to handle ourselves in public.  We also develop a respect for our world, not to mention, building strong relationships with our friends by helping care for each other.  
Again, there are many mixed feelings about fieldtrips, but I for one am excited at the prospect of exploring our world.  
Join me on my first Sonora fieldtrip with our little ones.  (just holding my breath)!
Pinecrest Lake & Campground
Rock climbing, we have 3 boys and 3 girls, what a great mix.

         Check out our scenery in the background.
Watch them play.

Our youngest was the first to venture a little out into the water.  Mr. A helped guide her and was ready to assist her while she found her footing inside the cool lake.

The group decided it was a blast gathering mud from shore and work together to create a mound.
The learning here far exceeds any learning we could have done at home.

You can see them here working together on the mound.  So much mud and no one to tell them no!  

I loved listening to them discussing what they were doing and how they used teamwork to decide how it could be accomplished.

It's hard to see, but in the background one of our 3 1/2 year olds was having a blast being tossed into the water.  He continued to ask to go again and again.  So, Mr. A continued tossing him and helping him get his footing each time.
See him jump into the water below and how much control he has to pop right back up! 


This is a cute picture.  The kids found a hollowed out tree and were pretending to be baby birds in a nest.  It was adorable.  I couldn't resist to have them pose for a picture, but they saw it as a bit of a distraction from their fun.  I grabbed my pic as fast as I could, then it was back to pretending.
 A little bit of rock climbing.  (God I love nature)

A little bit of tree climbing!

After sunscreen, swimming, bathroom runs, lunches had, rock and tree climbing, photo taking, playing chase, pretending and enjoying life, it was time to leave.  Back on the road we went.  The drive is normally a 35 minute drive away from our home, but with tree removal road construction, it took an hour.  Kiddos were falling asleep in van, Andy Z music was blasting and finally we arrived home one by one.  
The question I asked myself, "was it worth it?"  YES, it totally was.  More Fieldtrips coming soon to explore our world!
Here are a couple cute pics to share from home.

Getting ready for our morning stroll to the park across the street from our home.
Welcome to our two newest members of PattyKakesKidz.  Tristan and Conner.  Welcome boys!  Whoops, our group has just shifted in testosterone! ROFL.  Until our next post.
 ♥ PattyKakesKidz ♥ 

August 15, 2016

Summer Review at It's Best!

It's been a really fun week here at PattyKakesKidz.  To start, let's watch a cute video above.  The kids were exploring our vacation home and found a way to entertain themselves by riding a furniture dolly.  I know, not the safest to play on, but who am I to tell them no, LOL.

Next, we celebrated our first 5 year old in our group.  Happy Birthday Reed!

Now for some fun learning had by all.  As many who know me, summers are for fun and of course, review of the past year.  We take each day and pick something to review.  Sometimes it's colors, numbers, shapes, alphabet, position, manners, respect, and so much more.  
Check out some of their review here:

Kids gluing sun rays in order from 1-12.

 What comes next with Apples?

Following the lines!

 Match word colors!
After a week of learning, there was some misc. fun had too:
 Weeee, I'm an airplane!
Down the hill I go!
Girls make a universe together as friends!
Mr. A.  I can help you install your fan, let me help!

We are a "no gun" household.  Somehow they can always find a way to "make" a gun. LOL ROFL!

Sailing Away on a pirate ship.  
Dramatic play outdoors!
Have a great week all my PattyKakesKidz friends and family.  Until next week.

Had to share this scary bug.  Since I've moved to Sonora a year ago, there have been some really big bugs visiting me.  I'm not a big fan of bugs.