Meet our Bates advisor, Karen Patjens

Did you know that South Hill co-op is affiliated with the Home and Life Department at Bates Technical College? Among many other benefits, our school is assigned a Bates Instructor with whom we work closely and who provides: –  Assistance, consultations and parent education classes. – Referrals to community resources. – Monthly parent education opportunities and teacher education workshops. – Board training and advisory assistance to help the preschool board officers administer the school’s non-profit organization business. The Bate’s instructor who oversees our school is Karen Patjens. When asked her to share a an article on the importance of play in Early Childhood Education, this is what she had to say: This is the time of year that adults often ask lots of questions about what children are learning at preschool and why there is so much “free play time”. Free play time is essentially time where children are allowed to choose whatever activity they wish from all which are available in the classroom. It is unstructured time, but not time without rules. The children are still expected to learn how to take turns, treat the materials with respect and use appropriate indoor voices. Still, adults sometimes mistake free play time as time better spent “learning”. In a segment on National Public Radio featuring Howard Chudacoff, a cultural historian at Brown University, discussed how play has changed. Up until recently children played outdoors, unsupervised and engaged in freewheeling and imaginative play. However, today, children’s play is more scripted by their toys, more directed by the media, and more protected by anxious parents. In the NPR interview, Chudacoff talked about how these changes in how children play also results in changes in their cognitive and emotional development. “It turns out that all that time spent playing make-believe actually helped children develop a critical cognitive skill called executive function. Executive function has a number of different elements, but a central one is the ability to self-regulate. Kids with good self-regulation are able to control their emotions and behaviors, resist impulses, and exert self-control and discipline.” “We know that children’s capacity for self-regulation has diminished. A recent study replicated a study of self-regulation first done in the late 1940s, in which psychological researchers asked kids ages 3, 5,...

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Welcome to the 2016-2017 School Year!

Hello South Hill Coop families! I hope everyone has had a great start to the year. I was able to attend all three classes on the first days of school and I’m happy that our school is filled with wonderful families and beautiful, smart kiddos! A little about me, this is my third year at SHCP. My oldest son, Sawyer, is now in first grade and was in our pre k class three years ago. Last year he took Kindergarten by storm! Most likely because of his time at SHCP Kel was in Green Class last year and is loving Red Class this year. If you’ve met my boys, you know we’re a soccer family. Go Sounders! One thing I love about SHCP is the cooperative nature of our school. I love that my sons have not only made incredible friends in class, but have met wonderful parents as well. As a full-time single dad, I understand the importance of the saying: “It takes a village to raise a child.” South Hill Coop Preschool is our village. I thank you all for the positive impact you’ll have on my family, and I hope that we will do the same for your family. As the president, I’m here for you to answer any questions or concerns you’ll have. If I can’t, I’ll find out who can. Please reach out to me for anything. I’m excited to get to know all of you more. Here’s to a great year! Andrew Monson SHCP...

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2016 Summer meet ups at the park

Come join us for some super fun play time this summer….schedule coming soon!

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2016 Spring Qtr Fundraiser – Family Fun Walk – Saturday April 30th!

We are so excited about our Spring Qtr fundraiser – our Family Fun Walk & Walk-A-Thon on Saturday April 30th!  There will be lots of fun stuff for the kiddos – games, prizes, food – we hope to see all our families there!  Pre-registration runs thru April...

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6th Annual Silent Auction and Raffle – Bunco & BBQ! Saturday February 27, 2016

THANK YOU to everyone who attended our 6th Annual Silent Auction and Raffle fundraiser – A Fun night of Bunco & BBQ! on Saturday February 27th, 2016.  This year’s event was a smashing success with over 100 attendees raising more than $3,500 for our school! A HUGE thank you to the Tacoma Sportsmen’s Club for donating their venue for our event and to all of  the businesses who donated their services and wonderful products to our silent auction .  It is only because of the generous support we receive from donors and sponsors such as you that we are able to do this year over year! We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your generosity and helping to make this year’s event a huge success! Art Studio 27 Bob’s Burgers & Brew – Puyallup Wa Casper Babypants Costco Daffodil Bowl – Puyallup Wa Disneyland Resorts EMP Museum Green Mountain Keurig Hands on Children’s Museum Olympia Korum Automotive Group Lemay America’s Car Museum McClendon Hardware – Puyallup Wa Mrs Pickles Gourmet Pacific Grill Pacific Science Center/Imax Point Defiance Zoo Portland Trailblazers Recess Monkey Seafair 2016 Seahawks Seattle Shakespeare Co Seattle Sounders Seattle Storm Tacoma Children’s Museum Tacoma Comedy Club Tacoma Glassblowing Studio Tacoma Musical Playhouse Tiffany’s Skate – Puyallup WA Total Wine & More University of Washington Athletics Woodland Park Zoo YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties Zoo...

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Spring Festival Is Here!!!

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February: Healthy Bodies

Our February theme was Healthy Bodies. We explored the theme through a variety of activities, including: A doctor’s office in the dramatic play area A field trip to a dentist office Discussing many different aspects of keeping your body healthy, such as healthy foods, playing outdoors, exercise and movement, and learning to listen to our bodies Height and weight charting An eye chart and color blind chart Sensory experiments like smelling different scents or walking blindfolded to see what it would be like to be blind Discussing their 4 and 5 year old check-ups Using glitter to watch how germs spread. Discussing healthy habits when you have a cold (such as “catching” your cough in your elbow) We worked with parents to support the Curriculum at home by discussion the following: Children don’t always understand what they are feeling. It is important to talk to kids about listening to their bodies, and to help them do some detective work to interpret their feelings. If they are feeling out-of-sorts, is their body telling them that they need something? Are they hungry? Are they tired and need to take some quiet time? Are they restless and need to “get their wiggles out” and play outside? Do they need a hug? Do they need to talk to someone? Help them to stop and think about what their body is feeling and help to vocalize what they need. We focused on the following vocabulary: Stethoscopes, otoscopes, blood pressure cuff, thermometer, scale, vaccines, bandages, doctors, nurses, dentists, hygienists, X-rays, etc  ...

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January: Discovery: The Scientific Method

Green & Red classes explored science in January! We had a science lab in the dramatic play area, took a trip to the Olympia Hands-On Children’s Museum, and experimented with mixing Mentos & soda, cornstarch and water, making pickles, and mixing colors. It was an exciting month!   Ideas that helped Support the Curriculum at Home: Building Vocabulary: Discussed a variety of science terms: science, scientific method, hypothesis (guess), chemicals, reactions, elements, periodic table, gravity, magnetism, flask, test tube, beakers, autoclave, etc. Talked about cooking: When you are cooking or baking, chemical reactions occur when different ingredients are put together. If the items are cooked separately, the same changes may not occur! Tested hypotheses: When your child has a question about something, talk to them about making a hypothesis—or a guess–as to what will happen. How long does it take for ice to melt in the fridge vs. on the counter? Can you run faster uphill or downhill? After they make a guess, decide how you can test the hypothesis to see if you were...

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Fundraising Appreciation

Thank You to All of Our Bunco Supporters! Our Holiday Bunco fundraiser was a smashing success! We could not have done it without the businesses, organizations, and families who supported the event. We would once again like to thank the International Association of Machinist’s Local Lodge #297 for sponsoring the event! Thank you to the Kohl’s Cares program which sent volunteers to help work at the event! Thank you to all of the businesses who donated to our silent auction: Barnes and Noble Booksellers: http://www.barnesandnoble.com Bentons Twin Cedars Florist: http://www.bentonstwincedarsflorist.net BJ’s Bingo: http://bjs-bingo.com Bob’s Burger and Brew: http://www.bobsburgersandbrew.com Disneyland: https://disneyland.disney.go.com GourmetGiftBaskets.com Green Toys: http://www.greentoys.com H&L Produce: hlblproduce@gmail.com Highlights Magazine: https://www.highlights.com Lourdes Ann Photography: http://lourdesannphotography.blogspot.com/ Massage Envy: http://www.massageenvy.com/clinics/WA/Puyallup.aspx Melissa Springmann Photography: http://www.melissaspringmann.com/ MOD Pizza: http://modpizza.com/locations/puyallup Organic Valley: http://www.organicvalley.coop Original Pancake House: http://www.originalpancakehouse.com/phloc_wa.html Round Table Pizza: www.roundtablepizza.com Seattle Symphony at Benaroya Hall: http://www.seattlesymphony.org/symphony Seattle Shakespeare Company: http://www.seattleshakespeare.org Seattle Thunderbirds: http://www.seattlethunderbirds.com Volkswagen of Puyallup: http://www.vwofpuyallup.com White Pass: http://skiwhitepass.com WSU Cougar Athletics: http://www.wsucougars.com Yoga Soleil: http://yogasoleil.com And finally thank you to all of our wonderful families who donated to and worked at the...

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December: Colors, Shapes, and Sizes

December was a short month but we didn’t let that stop us from fitting a lot into our short schedule, including: Field trip: An adventure in a planetarium to discuss the sizes, shapes, and colors of the planets! Dramatic Play Area: We’ll create a “planetarium” of our own go along with our planetarium field trip. Shape hunt: We’ll look for different shapes in our environment. Cooking day: Making “Shape Kabobs,” which will explore the different colors and shapes of food. Group activities: We’ll use everyday objects to make different patterns, in small and big groups. Learning to recognize patterns is an important skill to develop before learning to read!   We introduced Children’s Journals for the Green, Red, and Little Bear 2 classes in the writing center this month! Each child received a journal of their own with their name on it. The children drew pictures in their journals for the working parents to write down stories they felt went along with their picture. Working parents also use journals to write down any particularly memorable moments, milestones, or funny comments that the child had during that day. Having a journal—even if it is primarily used for pictures–is a great way to encourage an interest in writing. These will be great to look over at the end of their school year.   We helped to support the curriculum at home by: Drew attention to the shapes, sizes, and colors of everyday objects: produce at the grocery store, road signs while driving, dishes at the dinner table, etc. We Pointed out the differences between squares and rectangles, which can be especially tricky. Counted the sides of triangles vs. rectangles, vs. hexagons, vs. octagons. Practiced identifying basic colors with the younger children, and start naming “in between” colors or shades with older children, such as blue vs. aqua, and brown vs. tan. Painted with our children and experimented with combining primary colors to discover what new colors they could...

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November: Farm Animals

This month we learned about farm animals through a farm in the dramatic play area, a field trip to Left Foot Farm (www.leftfootfarm.com), cheese tasting in the classroom, and our cooking projects: making butter and grinding wheat to bake bread. It was a fun month! We helped build vocabulary by discussing a variety of farm terms and concepts: Terms for groups of animals: a herd of cattle, a gaggle of geese, a flock of chickens, a litter of puppies, etc. Terms for male/female/baby animals: bull/cow/calf, rooster/hen/chick, billy/nanny/kid, boar/sow/piglet, ram/ewe/lamb, etc. Farm terms; farm, ranch, corral, barn, homestead, farmstead, barn, tractor, combine, plough, harvester, bailer, etc. Where does food come from? At the grocery store or during meals, discuss where different foods come from. Do they come from animals, or plants? How is it raised, grown, and processed? Can the same food come from different animals? People can eat chicken eggs, but also duck and goose eggs. People may drink milk from cows, goats, or...

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October: Fall Harvest ~ Apples, Spiders, Pumpkins, and Leaves

Fall is a time of preparation and gathering. We are harvesting the last of our crops before the frost, and animals are gathering stores of food to last them through the winter. This month we will be learning about the fall harvest through a farmer’s market in the dramatic play area, a field trip to Terry’s Berries Farm, apple taste-testing in the classroom, and weighing and comparing pumpkins. We have also constructed Spider Island again this year!   Ideas we’ll use to Support the Curriculum at Home Fall: Discuss the words “autumn” and “fall” and what the signs of fall are: leaves changing color and falling, colder temperatures, animals gathering food, shorter days, etc. Apples: Instead of buying your favorite apple, buy several different types to taste and compare. Pumpkins: Compare the size and shapes of pumpkins at the store or pumpkin patch. Guess the weight and measurements—can you tell which pumpkins are heavier? Spiders: Hunt for spider webs outside; compare the sizes and shapes of webs. Are the webs in the same spot every day? What happens if something breaks the web? Does a spider rebuild in the same...

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