Welcome to Little Lions- St. Paul Site!
A little taste from home, from Miss Rosa's kitchen to yours.....MAY DAY CELEBRATION CAKE
BANANA CAKE WITH CREAM CHEESE WHIPPED CREAM FROSTING
- 2 sticks butter, melted (1 cup)
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/4 cup milk
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 1/2 cups mashed banana's
- 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
In a mixing bowl beat the cream cheese with the sifted powdered sugar and vanilla until soft and creamy. Transfer to a small bowl. In another mixing bow, beat the heavy cream until soft peaks form. Add cream cheese and beat until stiff peaks are formed. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes. Frost cake. You can cut the cake in half and make into a layer cake.
~Enjoy Ciao~ Miss Rosa
April & May in the Infant Room:
"Sweet may hath come to love us, flowers, trees, their blossoms don; and through the blue heavens above us, they very clouds move on."~ Heinrich Heine
At the end of April we started our indoor herb and flower garden, the children each loved digging in the soil and planting; basil, cilantro, chives, mint, and an interesting "candy stripe" flower seeds. All the children anticipate and really love tending to our little garden, and we've already had to transplant most of our herbs into bigger pots! I am hoping we will be able to "break ground" in our garden outside in our yard this month, and then we will be able to transplant everything we have grown!
We have been singing our May Day songs during circle times in preparation for our May Day celebration, the children love to hold hands as we twirl around the circle together. Some children enjoy twirling around on their own in the middle of the circle and they love to laugh when they get a little dizzy! We are also really enjoying singing "Old McDonald Had a Farm", the children often can be heard lately singing "ee ii ee ii o" on their own during their play.
Please join us for our Annual May Day celebration on Monday May 8th, 2017. We will meet in the gym of St. Paul school @ 4:30 to sing songs as we dance around the May pole, followed by a delicious banana cake made by Miss Rosa!
IMPORTANT DAYCARE CLOSURE DATE:
MONDAY MAY 22nd, 2017 (VICTORIA DAY)
Warmly, Miss Chantel
The month of May in the Preschool Room
"Rest nurtures creativity, which nutures activity. Activity nurtures rest, which sustains creativity. Each draws from and contributes to the other."~ Kim John Payne
Welcome to May, preschool families. We would like to remind parents that we will be closed Monday May 22nd for Victoria Day, we hope you enjoy your long weekend. We would also like to remind parents to please have an extra pair of clothes in their child's cubby as well as outdoor gear for play in rain or shine!
This month the preschool children will continue to explore the neighbourhood and Centennial Park through walks and exploration. In morning circle we will be singing a "Pirate Ship", which is a movement song. In the afternoon we will be listening to the wonderful story "The Shell", which takes place in the ocean. We also hope to be preparing our garden for the planting of vegetables and flowers.
We would like to take this time to welcome Miss Paris to the preschool program. She is a Registered Early Childhood Educator and will be working full time with Miss Nicole as of Tuesday May 23rd. We look forward to getting to know her and glad she is a part of our Little Lions family.
Happy Birthday to Luke who will be 4yrs old this month!
Sincerely, Miss Nicole
January & February news from the Kindergarten Program
Our time in December has come and gone as we embrace the joys and triumphs that the New Year will grace us with. December was filled with much Christmas joy as the children cheerfully sang their favourite Christmas carols almost every day and took pride in crafting their very own handmade gifts to place under the tree. Many of our mealtimes together centred around conversation about past, present, and future time spent with our families in the spirit of the holiday season.
Time spent outdoors was mainly focused towards gross motor development through the construction of snow forts, giant snow balls, the odd snowman, as well as sliding down the hill into the forest! The snow was greeted with enthusiasm evident through the children's smiles and rosy cheeks.
As the New Year has initially presented us with some frigid temperatures we have had to spend time inside working on our cooperation skills through play in the gym with our school aged friends. We are also engaging in more movement based activities which includes engaging in play that requires more hand-eye coordination. As temperatures rise we will be moving back outside to continue our outdoor exploration and play!
On February 2nd some of the children took part in Candlemas Day by hand rolling beeswax candles. Candlemas is known as the festival of light that celebrates the mid point between Winter and Spring.
School Age Program for April & May:
"If a child is too keep alive his inborn sense of wonder...he needs the compainship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in."- Rachel Carson
April has come and gone so quickly, it's amazing how close we are to summer. Some days Mother Nature tries to trick us into believing that the heat is here to stay. That being said, with this on off weather it is so important that children have the proper rain gear for those chilly days. We are still going outside even during the light rain so please ensure the proper gear is here for your child, this includes splash pants, hat, mitts, rain jacket and boots.
During the month of April we really enjoyed seeing the green colours rejoin the forest area as the snow began to melt. The grass has slowly made it's way back and we also helped to clear up the pine needles that were hidden under the snow for so long!
Every week we have also incorporated joining up with the Kindergarten Program to collect loose trash that has made its way into our play area. By doing these simple tasks it shows the children that we all need to take care of our environment and that together we can make a difference. We have also worked hard to clear out the old weeds and dirt in our garden area. We have plucked some of the old milkweed to help make room for the new sprouts. Our hope this season is to plant and grow beets, carrots, green beans, and cucumbers. We have just started a mini greenhouse which will later be transplanted into the large garden area. In the mornings some of our before school friends have already been enjoying the chives that have re-sprouted from last year.
A big Happy Birthday goes out to Olivia and Nate this month! I would also like to invite our families to join us for our May Day celebration on May 8th @ 4:30 in the St Paul gym.
Have a wonderful month of May. Happy Mother's Day to all the special women in our lives! (Sunday May 14th).
~ Kindly Miss Cassandra
We also started reading a novel, "The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe" from the Chronicles of Narnia. All of the children enjoyed relaxing during their "rest time" which after reading for awhile would turn into fort building. The children worked together to lift and build huge forts out of the heavy blue mats in the gym.
Thankfully the weather is warming up and it would appear that spring is upon us. With all the warm weather, the snow is melting in the forest, giving the school agers time to get messy! Please ensure that your child has proper attire so they can explore and get messy comfortably without worry.
Have a wonderful month of April and Happy Easter.
- Kindly, Miss Cassandra