Fall explorations and an emerging interest

  • 12 October 2015

October seems to have brought a sudden change with fall apparently arriving overnight, or is it just us who feel like summer was only yesterday!? This is of course a wonderful time of year to get outside and observe nature, and our Crown preschool explorers have been enthusiastic about venturing out every day to see what is happening in our world. Trips to the park and the playground at ICS, which is bordered by big, beautiful maple trees, have given plenty of opportunities for stomping in the leaves, finding interesting ones to bring back to preschool, holding smooth, solid chestnuts and being inspired by all the colours of fall.

Of course this time of year also brings Thanksgiving and in the classroom children made cranberry sauce to enjoy at home with their holiday meals. They measured, poured, and stirred and learned that Miss Barb's secret ingredient was orange zest! Careful grating yielded a beautifully-scented plateful of zest which went into the pot. The children were proud to be given the opportunity to use all of this proper kitchen equipment, and were interested in the smells, the look and the feel of all the different ingredients. Once it was ready each child got to take home a jar of the sauce to share with their families.


As well as being busy with these seasonal activities the children's play has been revealing a strong interest: construction. Since the start of the year the open-ended construction resources have been extremely popular, and the explorations are becoming more focused on buildings that have specific purposes. The talk as they are built and re-built is about what they are for: houses with patios and garages, zoo buildings for housing animals and zoo vehicles, tracks elevated in the sky and, recently, whole towns. The theme has extended beyond the blocks and lego as well with drawings of tall condos and conversations about underground parking lots! We will be supporting this interest more fully in the coming weeks with different resources and activities, but we began with a walk up to the huge construction site on Dunbar. We observed how deep the excavation is and wondered why the crane has a criss-cross pattern. We spotted all the shapes we could see and watched concrete being poured out of the huge pump. As well as the purpose of various buildings there seems to be fascination with their actual structure, wondering about how to make buildings stable and the steps involved as they go up.


This is such a rich area for exploration and we are excited to see which elements capture the children's imaginations, as we reflect on how to support and extend their thinking.

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October GM and Parent Education

  • 04 October 2015

A brief reminder that our October GM will be this Wednesday, October 7th, followed by our first guest speaker of the school year for Parent Education.The speaker for the evening will be Bridgett Miller of the Neufeld Institute who will be speaking about "The Importance of Play" (spoiler: it's really important!). Speakers from the Neufeld Institute are always fantastic so it should be a very interesting talk. We are teaming up with Tom Thumb and Dunbar PPPs to offer this session, and guests from outside the preschools are also very welcome for the small fee of $10. Please spread the word to friends and family and let our Parent Ed coordinator Kim Tuttle know of any guests who would like to attend.

Prior to the GM we will be holding a tasting session with Gayle McLeod of The Soup Solution. Gayle will be bringing us two flavours from the fabulous Serious Soups range to try and we will then be offering these delicious, healthy, all-natural soups and sauces for sale as a new preschool fundraiser. Please join us at 6:45 at Crown to get a taste!

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A Successful Start to the Year

  • 27 September 2015

It's hard to believe that September is nearly over already! Our first few weeks of preschool have been busy ones, with the children spending their time exploring the classroom, forming new relationships and renewing old ones, and settling in to our routines and activities. Both our new and returning children are having new experiences: for some it has been their first time without parents or carers. Our returning 4s are learning about their new role as "big kids", and the Toddlers are enjoying the novelty of group play and some structured activities. For the teachers it has been a time to get to know all the children, learn about their interests and observe the dynamics of this year's classes. Everyone has settled in beautifully and some exciting interests are emerging for us to take forwards.

In the preschool class we started the year with some "All About Me" provocations. Booklets were sent home for families to complete about each child, and we encourage you to fill these in together with your children and send them back to preschool. We will begin reading them together with the children to support their thinking about their identities and place in the world, and to strengthen their relationships with one another. Stories, art and songs have also tied in with this theme. In the children's play we have noticed particular interests in family and food, and there has also been a recurring theme of size and height. We will be taking these interests forward by adding resources and activities to the classroom that will allow the children to explore these ideas further.

In October we are looking forward to another busy month which will include some more traditional activities for the season such as making cranberry sauce with Miss Barb for Thanksgiving, Halloween fun and observing the changes outdoors as fall sets in. We are excited to go on a field trip to the UBC Botanical Gardens to discover more about plants in the fall. Please see our calendar below for a schedule of October's events.

Thank you to all parents and carers for helping make gradual entry a success. We hope you have all settled into our new school year as well as the children! We are looking forward to a wonderful year together at Crown.

Thank you!

Miss Nina and Miss Barb

October 2015 - Themes: Family, Food & Fall!
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Cranberry sauce-making


GM & Parent Ed

Cranberry sauce-making






















Thanksgiving - no class


UBC Botanical Gardens field trip



























Exec meeting








Pumpkin Carving with dads








Halloween party & parade






Toddlers mini pumpkin decorating









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Crown Is Ready For A New Year

  • 07 September 2015

Crown Preschool is ready to embrace our new and returning students for an exciting new school year. Our classroom has been arranged to create a wonderful blend of familiar and fresh ideas. It will be a busy week of welcoming each family and helping the students adjust to the classroom and schedule. We look forward to sharing our ideas and classroom expectations with you at the Orientation/General Meeting Tuesday evening (Sept 9).

See you there!
Miss Barb and Miss Nina

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