Thursday, October 31, 2013

Attention PRINTS Parents: Half-day Friday November 8th

Dear Parents,

As a reminder, November 8th, 2013 is a half-day Friday. All classes except those at the high school will end at 12:30 pm. Lunch will be served at 11:30. Childcare is available for those enrolled in the After-School Childcare Package.

Thank you for your attention.

A Day in the Life: Grandparents Day in San Mateo

In San Mateo, Grandparents' Day was a happy event. The children were very excited to welcome their grandparents to their classes.

In the Infant Community...

 We greeted our grandparents...

 ...served them water...

...and food...

 ...sang to them...
 ...and even gave them back massages!

In the Children's House..

...we showed our grandparents our many activities.

We served tea... well as baked goods we prepared especially for our grandparents.

We also sang songs!

In Elementary, it was business as usual. We showed our grandparents how we work and take care of our classroom...

 ...and we gathered, to give presentations we created especially for them!

 We had a great time having our grandparents with us...
...and we hope they had a great time too!

The Erdkinder visited Self Help for the Elderly in San Mateo...

We interviewed our elders in Mandarin, and learned about their lives.

Some had very interesting stories to tell. 

After our interviews, we joined them for lunch, and continued our conversations.

A Day in life: Emeryille Infant Community

We love taking care of the outdoor environment.

I'm collecting dried leaves to spruce up the garden.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Attention PRINTS Parents: San Mateo CIN November 7th at 5 p.m.

Dear PRINTS Parents,

Community Involvement Night, Thursday, November 7th at 5 p.m. for all levels 

Topic: Children and Media.

Childcare is available for $25 per child and $30 per child with a meal. If you need childcare service, please sign up on the daily sign-in/out board.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Attention PRINTS Parents: Parent-Teacher Conferences Friday, October 25th and November 1st

Dear Parents,

Just as a reminder, Parent-teacher Conferences will be held on two consecutive Fridays: October 25th and November 1st. Free childcare will be provided during your conference time.

Thank you for your attention.


Thursday, October 24, 2013

A Day in life: Emeryille Infant Community

I'm peeling this carrot with a peeler. 
I'll feed the peel to the bunny later.

 The buckle frame has lots of steps. 
I'm practicing each one by one.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

A Day in the Life: Grandparents Day in Emeryville

We were so excited to share the poems and songs we had learned in English, Chinese, and Japanese with our grandparents! Everyone laughed at the "Banana Song" we sang in Japanese.

We worked hard to make pumpkin muffins with pumpkin from our garden. Our "big brother" from Elementary helped us serve the muffins to our guests.

We were proud to offer our grandparents the treats we baked.

After our Grandparents Day celebration was over, we wanted to hold onto the feeling that the day was special, so we set a long table with tablecloths and learned a fancier way to fold our napkins for lunch.

A Day in the Life: Grandparents Day, Emeryville Infant Community

We baked "Chinese Cookies" for our Grandparents.

We roll the rolling pin, in order to flatten the dough.

We prepared food, and served it to our grandparents. And...

we enjoyed it together!! 
See how much we love to show our work to grandparents!
Thank you for coming to our class.

This week in the Erdkinder

This week in the Erdkinder

We are moving quickly into wrapping up all of the harvest at the farm. The class spent the day harvesting carrots, beets and potatoes. It was remarkably hot out at the coast, but stunningly clear weather. The class commented on how they were harvesting produce that they weeded multiple times, allowing the crops to grow healthy. It was a great day.

 A bouquet of carrots!
 Harvesting beets
 Chris and Kevin driving the tractor. They turn over the rows so we can get at the potatoes easily.
 Harvesting potatoes---working right behind the tractor.
 Picking Sun Gold tomatoes for market. We ate so many that one of us got a stomach ache!

Back in the classroom, we have been learning about the Roman Empire. It has been a very interesting humanities unit and the class was impressed with the Romans' ingenuity and skill in building, architecture and problem-solving. These two pictures show the power of older students helping younger students with their work - one of the most important characteristics of a Montessori classroom.