Carmel Mountain Preschool Blog

Preschool

Nature Banners

Our sunny days lately have made for some beautiful mornings in the Glenn.

That‘s why we kicked off this school year with nature banners!

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The Glow Room

WIth the Glow Room I incorporated a black light to show the children how their creations could be brought to life through luminescence.

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Bubble Wrap and Loose Parts Play

“I had an idea” to put all that Tinker Hollow bubble wrap that we have been collecting since the fall to use and have some fun. Miss Marcy helped Miss Carole create bubble shoes for the children. They loved walking and popping and jumping and popping.

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Puffy Paint Cakes

Each child benefits from this form of role-playing in such a joyful manner, which is not only fun for them but also improves their social skills, confidence, creative communication, and problem-solving.

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Styrofoam Sculpture

Children love stuff that sticks together. These super cool and colorful pieces of Styrofoam can be used for making all kinds of interesting sculptures.

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Tinkering with Brads

Young Children are fascinated by creating things that can move. Using brads and cardboard is a great way to let children play and experiment with moving parts!

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Children Learning Through Nature

Here at Carmel Mountain Preschool, we support and encourage children’s interest of the natural world by engaging them in real, hands-on investigations and learning activities both indoors and outdoors.

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My child loves books, do you have any favorites for preschoolers?

Of course. I love books, too! While as parents we intuitively know that reading is beneficial for children, more and more research is being collected proving the significance of reading for the developing brain.

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Mr. Tom’s Guide to Surviving Preschool
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After 3 children and 7 ½ years of drop-offs and pickups, tears and laughs, field trips and splash days, I thought it might be a good idea to share some of the things I learned along the way.

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Hammer and Nail Butterfly Dot-To-Dot

This session in Tinkering the kiddos were given a refresh lesson on using a hammer properly and safely. Once we finished learning the correct way to hold and swing a hammer the children made “Hammer and nail butterfly dot-to-dot”.

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Hand-made Accordion Journals

This week our Kinder-Prep kids learned how to create their very own journals. This is such a fun and easy to make project. The children love to document their thoughts, ideas, memories and observations in this safe art-place. It is also a great way to utilize cross-curriculum by adding literature and numbers.

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Spring Inspired Mixed Media

Spring is in the air at CMP! We talked about flowers, birds, grass, and trees.  Then they drew pictures inspired by the book and this special time of the year. This is a very fun and colorful project.  Try it at home or in your classroom!

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A Very Special Mother’s Day

For the past three weeks, the children at CMP have been working very hard on a special project for their Mom’s for Mothers Day. Some drew pictures, others designs and most of them chose Mom’s favorite colors! The wood and photos dry clear and are a timeless piece of art that Mom can display forever!

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Building With Cardboard

This week up in The Studio we used cardboard to create a sculpture that resembled a place, a space and also a “huge” dinosaur!

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Interview with Tonya Torosian of Promises to Kids Toy Drive

By Arianne Bettazzi My parents, Dan & Pauline Condrick, have been involved in the Child Abuse Prevention Foundation (now called Promises to Kids) benefitting foster children since before I was born.  Both of my parents have served on the board and all three of us have been involved in numerous fundraisers throughout the years.  We […]

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Meet Ms. Erin our new Glenn Coordinator

Hi all! Introduction time! My name is Erin and I’m the new Glenn curator and science teacher. I’m so excited for this opportunity to teach at Carmel Mountain Preschool. I haven’t been here very long, but I know it is such a special place and I feel so lucky to be involved. I have a […]

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The Friendship Quilt

This project all started with a book that we read up in The Studio called “The Friendship Quilt”.  A story about a mouse that is very sad and her friends sew her a quilt to help make her feel happy.  The children talked about friendship and how to make friends feel happy, loved and comforted. […]

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18 Helpful Hints for Back-To-School Success

I attended Carmel Mountain Preschool. I’ve worked at CMP since 2007, and I know the teachers are amazing. The first day of school is still hard.  Leaving my baby boy, Finn, at school for the first time brought tears to my eyes…even though I was across the office from him.  For the last eight years, […]

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The Importance of Music Education for Young Children

“LISTEN, LEARN & PLAY” These are the three components of the My Music Workshop at CMP. This extracurricular activity is designed specifically for preschool students and gives the students firsthand experience with musical instruments. We sat down with My Music Workshop founder Miss Lianna and she shared with us what inspired her to get into […]

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The Benefits of Yoga for Kids at Carmel Mountain Preschool

Here at CMP we’ve worked closely with master yoga professional, Claire Cafri, to develop and implement a special yoga program for our students. She is a master yogi and certified to teach both children and adults. Claire is originally from South Africa and is a full-time dance teacher. She has always had a love for Yoga […]

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“Cool Tools” — Creating Art with Hardware

I was organizing my studio last week and came across my husband’s old toolbox. I started tinkering around, looking for interesting objects that could make different shapes and textures when printed. I found all kinds of interesting hardware and immediately thought that the kids at CMP could use these objects to create shapes and textures […]

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What is the All The Buzz About Essential Oils?

Here at Carmel Mountain Preschool we strive to be environmentally conscious. We have made a lot of changes this past year and are excited to share our reasons for using essential oils in most of our classrooms. We use Young Living Thieves Essential Oil Household Cleaner in all of our classrooms to help kill germs […]

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