The Road to Success

 “The road to success is always under construction.”  Lily Tomlin

( American Comedian. Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2003, b. 1939)

 The floor in our classroom is always under construction. This time, the masters have chosen the tools and they are expressing their ideas in the language of blocks. While a few days ago the cars were going on ramps and the focus was speed and altitude, today the focus was building a road that is soooooooooo long.

We started adding block after block. We were curious about how long the road was going to be and the answer came right away: we started on the carpet, went under the sand table all the day the door.

The children said: 6 feet, 18 feet, long, too long.

One thing we love about blocks is that there is no right or wrong response. Our imagination and creativity says it all. Building with blocks helps children in developing hand-eye coordination and, on the social level, it brings children together. We found our builders, and once the road was done it invited all the children to run their cars along it.

-Written by Illeana

From Scribbles to Pictures

Drawing progresses from scribble to first representational forms and later on to more realistic drawings. Around the age of 3 children make a gesture with a crayon and they decide to label it, few 3 year-olds spontaneously draw so that other can tell what their picture represents. When adults draw with children and point out the resemblance between the drawing and the objects, preschooler’s drawings become more comprehensive and detailed (Braswell and Callanan, 2003).

A drawing is simply a line going for a walk.”
Paul Klee

 In the class, everything starts with the joy of making marks and lines. Slowly the lines become a story.

Language is our most effective means of mental representation. For children the first dot reaches the line, the line becomes a shape and the shape is the language children use to represent their ideas. The lines do not stay on the paper. The lines move, jump, talk, have colors and feelings. Without asking the child about the image (s)he created, the meaning and the soul of the drawing remain unspoken.

-Written by Illeana

Volunteer Sign Ups now edit-able

Dear Families:

The settings have been changed so that you can (hopefully) add your name to the volunteer sign up sheets in the previous post .  Many apologizes for the faulty system!  Thank you for you patience!

FYI:  A Gala Crew meeting will be called shortly to begin imagining our main fundraising event.  Although the date will be confirmed, the plan is to host the event in the late fall just prior to the Christmas season.  The visioning team is busy working hard on enhancement plans for both the inside and outside learning spaces that will include a detailed budget.  More details to follow in the next few weeks.  Stay tuned 🙂

Volunteer Sign Up Sheets

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”~Dr. Seuss, The Lorax

The enhancements to Sunflower Preschool have attracted the attention of parents and community members.  Some of us have even Tweeted or Face-booked our friends because we “just can’t stop thinking about it”.  All of those enhancements were done by volunteers.  That’s incredible!  We hope to keep the momentum going…

“I always wondered why somebody doesn’t do something about that. Then I realized I was somebody.” 
~Lily Tomlin

Please review the volunteer opportunities and sign up if/where you can.  Thank you to all of those families who have already put names forth!  Involvement does not have to be limited to these ideas; they are just a start.  The “contact” portion of the sign up has been left blank as have last names.  Please add knowing that this information is then public.

A Yummy Lunch with Heart

It was a heart-filled potluck lunch today at Sunflower Preschool.  The air was filled with appreciation, reconnection, and the forging of new friendships.  We had a brief presentation to acknowledge the support of all stakeholder groups and to inform the community of our plans to attend to the garden enhancement next.  This does not mean that we won’t continue to work on the classroom space; however, our next big (and main) fundraising event, a Gala Night, will target the enhancement of our secret garden into a beautiful playscape.  More information on that event to come.  In the meantime, check out these inspiring resources that are informing our vision and hopeful collaboration with outdoor designer, Phil Adams.

Thank you all of those families who have volunteered to support the preschool via the sign up sheets today. I will post those sign up sheets on Wed in a Google Doc so that you can sign up or check your commitment at any time.  What a powerful introduction to the year and to this wonderful community!