Our Teachers at All-Star Kids Company
Ashelyn Ross tells us a little bit about All-Star Kids Company Preschool

Easter Egg-stravaganza

Easter is a little over a week away, but we celebrated a little early at All-Star.  The kids really enjoyed learning all about Easter through stories like “Happy Easter Mouse” and “An Easter Gift For Me”, as well as several fun activities including egg decorating, carrot ball, egg relays and egg “dancing”.  We ended our celebration with a gigantic egg hunt in Funland (our indoor playground).  The kids had a blast and it took quite a while to hunt down each and every egg that had been hidden.  Props to the teachers for crawling through the slides and tunnels to hide the eggs in extra tough spots!

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Donuts With Dad

This week we hosted a pseudo-Father’s Day event called “Donuts With Dad”.  All-Star provided donuts, drinks, and activities for the dads to work on with their kids.   We had coloring pages, puzzles, games, etc., but more importantly they just got to spend a little quality time together.  There was a huge turnout both days-and the kids LOVED having their dad/grandpas/uncles at school! Thanks to all who participated!

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Rain, Rain, Go Away!

This week in the Little Dippers class we had some great activities planned to support what we have been learning about weather and seasons.  Last week we learned about clouds and rain.  We made a cloud craft and even did a science experiment with shaving cream, water and food coloring to demonstrate how rain works.  The kids loved seeing the “rain” falling down below the shaving cream “clouds”.  Today we learned about thunderstorms!  We read “Buster’s First Thunderstorm” and discussed what causes thunder and lightening.  We made a lightening craft with shaving cream and paint, and used pots and pans to make our own thunderstorms.

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Finding Rainbows

On Thursday we continued talking about rainbows in the Twinkles class, as well as the first day of spring! Our weather topic for the day was clouds/rain. We made an umbrella craft where the kids got to make umbrellas out of construction paper and pipe cleaners.  We also played in our water table with rainbow bubbles!  I put a little bit of food coloring in the water along with bubble bath.  The kids LOVED playing in the soft bubbles!  We got to see how rainbows form in bubbles as well.  Our other center activity was finding colored objects in the rice table.  The kids worked as a team to find colored objects, and it was a great way to integrate a sensory activity into the day. We also got to take a little trip outside to observe the weather for ourselves; thankfully, Seattle is pretty reliable when looking for clouds and rain! 

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Let’s Catch The Leprechaun!

 

 We had a lot of fun celebrating St. Patrick’s Day here at All-Star.  Lots of leprechaun mischief, starting with green footprints in the bathroom!  The Big Dippers devised a  plan to catch the leprechaun and get the pot of gold by building a special green house for him to live in.  They worked as a team and came up with all kinds of  original ideas-including a green T-Rex pet and a mini cupcake to lure him in.  During  recess, the leprechaun snuck into each of the classes, making a huge mess and leaving behind a trail of shamrocks.  The kids followed the shamrock trail, which led to a pot of  gold coins (chocolate of course) and a note from the leprechaun.  Needless to say it was a blast and the kids all have a new favorite holiday!

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ASKC Summer Camps 2014!

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All-Star Kids Company will be offering summer camps again this year!  We will be running 8 weeks of camp during June, July, and August.  Each camp will have crafts,  games, music, snacks, etc. centered around the weekly theme.

The cost to enroll will be $25; tuition will be $175 per week of camp or $40 per day.

Although summer seems a long way off, we know that families are going to be busy  this summer and we want to give you information as soon as possible. For more    information, check out the flyer below, or email ashelyn@allstarkidscompany.com with any questions!

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Valentine’s Day Parent’s Night Out!

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FREE BABYSITTING FUNDRAISER! This Valentine’s Day All-Star Kids Company is hosting a “Parents Night Out” event for kids of all ages at Ballard Church!

PARENTS NIGHT OUT! Have fun on Valentine’s Day! Take the night off and your kids are sure to have a fun filled night as well at Ballard Church.   We are hosting a “kids night in” and “parents night out” on Valentines Day, February 14th from 5:30-9:30pm.

DROP IN ANYTIME: Parents are welcome to drop off and pick up their kids anytime between the hours of 5:30-9:30pm. Please feed your kids ahead of time as we will only be providing snacks and entertainment at this event.

WHAT TO EXPECT: Your kids will have a blast at this fun-filled evening.  Our indoor playground “Funland” will be open as well as a giant inflatable obstacle course and slide! Activities will include organized games, crafts, and great snacks.  Slushies, popcorn, and a giant Disney movie on the big screen will also be provided. We will have a full staff on hand to make sure that your kids are having fun in a safe environment. All ages are welcome and encouraged to attend.

INFANTS AND TODDLERS WELCOME! This event is safe for infants and toddlers as well.  We will have our nursery open with qualified kids workers and age appropriate activities for the younger ones.  You can trust that we will work extra hard to create a safe, loving, nurturing environment for your babies and younger kids.

DONATIONS GLADLY ACCEPTED: All the money raised during this babysitting event will go to the preschool to help provide scholarships, fund an outdoor play area, and continue to grow and support the Ballard community.  There will be a donation table set up the night of this event – cash or checks welcome.

HELP SPREAD THE WORD! This event is open to all families in the Seattle area. Please feel free to forward this information or post this link to all your friends, families, schools, or anyone you think would benefit from this fun event.

IMPORTANT! In order to adequately staff this event with the right ratio of kids to volunteers we need to know if you are coming and how many kids will be joining us from your family.  Please RSVP to this e-mail: ashelyn@ballardchurch.com

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Penguins & Polar Bears, Oh My!

We have into another exciting week at All-Star Kids Company! Here is a sneak peek into our week:

Tuesday we read the book “The Mitten”, made our own mittens and hat for craft, sang a lot of winter songs, and I sent home a retelling activity of “The Mitten”. During centers we did a “match the mittens” activity, built an igloo, played in snow land (with play dough), and water colors. Throughout the day we talked about dressing for the weather.

On Thursday we revisited penguins. We had a “waddle like the penguin” race, talked about the letter P and made a penguin using the letter P.  We also talked about how penguins eat fish and went ice fishing in our kiddy pool. photo

Some of the songs we are singing in class at you can practice at home are:

Penguin Family

One royal penguin . .feeling very blue (hold up one finger)
Called for his brother then there were two (hold up two fingers)
Two royal penguins. . .swimming in the sea (swimming motion)
Called for their sister then there were three (hold up three fingers)
Three royal penguins waddle on the shore (waddle)
Call for their mother, then there were four (hold up four fingers)
Four royal penguins learning how to dive (Make diving motion)
Call for their father, then there were five (hold up five fingers)

Are You Sleeping Little Bear

Are you sleeping,

Are you sleeping, little bear

You will sleep all winter

Through the cold, cold winter, little bear

Are you sleeping, are you sleeping, little bear,

You will wake in springtime, in the warm, warm springtime

Little bear, little bear

 

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Arctic Living!

This month our theme is “Arctic Adventures”.  On Monday & Tuesday, learned about Arctic Living. We talked about igloos, Eskimos, and animals. We read the story, “Curious George Builds an Igloo”. We also learned a new song called “On top of an iceberg.”

During craft time, the kids made Eskimos out of construction paper and add their picture. During learning circle time, the kids learned about the letter I. We made an igloo and letter shape craft from construction paper and glue. We also read the story, “Who am I? Snowy Animals”

During small group time, we did a Northern Lights science experiment. Each student got a tray of milk. The teachers added drops of food coloring. Then, the kids used q-tips dipped in dish soap to touch the food coloring. They watched as the colors swirled around in the tray.   During center time, the kids used the ice table and chipped away ice with spoons to find frozen penguins.  During closing circle, we reviewed all of our arctic living knowledge. We talked about the letter I again and read the story “The Mitten.”

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