Welcome Back to Preschool

We are kicking off our new Preschool year for 2017-2018

It will start up September 5, 2017.  The kids are excited to get the new preschool year underway.   We are also  excited to introduce our new Mascots for this year. 

Here is our cheerful group so far this new preschool year.

Our Whole Class:

Back row.  Madison, Victor, Olivia and Landon

Middle:  Zoe, Morgan, Andrew and Daniel

Front: Caroline, Amani, and Olivia 




Landon, Madison, Victor, and Olivia, 


POLLIWOGS, our preschool group

Morgan, Zoe, Andrew and Daniel



 TAD POLES,  Our Early Learners group,

Olivia, Caroline, and Amani. 


Farewells and Welcomes

This summer we said farewell to the 4 boys who graduated out to kindergarten

Mason, Mikey, Landon, and Dylan. 


We also said good bye to Ava,  who is now in first grade and in school all day


We also would like to Welcome to our Group,  4 new kiddos that

joined us this summer

Andrew, Amani, Olivia and Caroline. 

(picture up in the group photos)


Introducing the Berentain Bears

Welcome to Bear Country

Where the bear family lives in a big tree

house down a sunny dirt road!


Stan and Jan Berenstain published the first Berenstain Bears book in 1962, and the series has gone on to capture the hearts and minds of children across generations and across the globe.  In the 50+ years since "The big Hone Hunt"  The Bear family has grown from three to five members: The Berenstain Bears have been translated into over a dozen languages: and over 3200 million books have been sold worldwide.

This Preschool year our Mascots will be Ma and Pa Berenstain Bear, and the famous book bag will continue to go home nightly with the kids.  IN the Book bag will be Ma and Pa Berenstain to help keep your child company for the evening and during story time.  Along with one of their story books.  Don't forget about the Journal, it will also be traveling along with the bag, and we expect you to write down your child's adventure each time he takes the bag home along with a new book to read.  PLEASE TAKE PICTURES and include them in the journal.  If you can't print out be sure to email me the pictures. Only by email.  I will add them to the page.

The book bag will start sometime in September. 



5 most common Discipline Strategies for Child Behavior Problems


Just because the “terrible twos” are over, don't think you're on the downhill slide when it comes to preschooler behavior problems. In fact, as your preschooler gains more independence, she'll likely exhibit a whole new set of behavior problems.

But that's a normal part of growing up. Kids need to know what happens when they break the rules. And they need to learn that there are real consequences for their actions.


With consistent discipline, you can turn each misbehavior into a wonderful learning opportunity. And over time, your preschooler will grow wiser and better prepared to make good decisions. Here are the most effective ways to handle the most common preschooler behavior problems:

1. Lying

 After all, most preschoolers engage in surround themselves with books, movies and TV shows where people can fly and pets can talk. So sometimes, they have a little trouble deciphering between the real-world and fantasy. 

They also have great imaginations too. So don't be surprised when your preschooler says that missing cookie must have gotten picked up by a space alien because he certainly didn't eat it. 

While far fetched tales may not be harmful, it's important to teach your preschooler the difference between lying and telling the truth.

If your child tells a lie, ask, “Is that something that actually happened or something you wish happened?” Most children will then explain that it is just something they’re making up.

Over time, your preschooler will learn language that will help her tell you it's a pretend story. 

If your preschooler lies to get out of trouble, give him a consequence for not being honest. Take away a toy or a privilege and tell him you expect him to tell the truth.

2. Whining

Preschoolers think if you say no the first time, begging and whining will force you to change your mind.

And in many cases, they're able to successfully annoy people into submission. 

But giving in when your child whines is a bad idea. It'll reinforce to your child that he has the power to get what he wants by whining until you can't stand it any longer.

Give your child the message that “No means no.” If you waiver at all, she’ll likely keep whining. Stick to your guns and eventually, she'll learn that whining isn't effective. 

The only thing worse than a whining 4-year-old, is a whining 14-year-old. Put in some extra effort now to make sure that whining doesn’t become a life-long habit for your child.

3. Baby Talk

Baby talk is near the top of the list of annoying behaviors in most people's homes. But, reverting to baby talk can be a normal part of preschool behavior. 

Sometimes, preschoolers use baby talk to gain attention. At other times, they regress due to stress or anxiety. For example, a child may begin to use baby talk right before he enters kindergarten because he’s nervous about the transition.

You can handle baby talk in a similar way that you respond to whining. Set limits and remember, it’s likely a phase that should pass quickly. Just make sure you don’t accidentally encourage baby talk by giving it too much attention.

4. Defiance

Although preschoolers often want to be helpful, they also like to assert their independence. It’s common for them to say, “No!” when you tell them to do something just to see how you'll react.

Establish a list of household rules and make the negative consequences for breaking those rules clear. Be consistent in your discipline, because preschoolers will likely to try to get away with misbehavior as long as they think there’s a small chance they won’t get in trouble.

Use positive reinforcement to encourage compliance. Praise and reward systems, such as a sticker chart can increase the likelihood that your preschooler will follow directions.

5. Aggression

Most preschoolers have gained a little mastery over temper tantrums but still haven’t gained enough impulse control to prevent the occasional aggressive behavior. Hitting, kicking, and biting may still be a problem.

Respond to aggressive behavior with consistent discipline. Time-out teaches children how to calm themselves down. Taking away privileges can also be an effective consequence for aggression.

Teach your child problem-solving skills so she can resolve conflict peacefully. Also, teach your child about feelings so she can express her emotions with words, instead of by acting out how she feels. Aggressive behavior should subside as your child masters those skills.

10 Ways to Teach Children Impulse Control


A Word From Verywell

It's normal for young children to be physically impulsive. Hitting, jumping off furniture, or running in the grocery store are common impulse control problems.

By the tween and teen years, most kids have gained control over their physical impulses but they may still be verbally impulsive. Your child may blurt things out without thinking about how her words may be perceived or she may say unkind things when she's angry.

With practice and consistent discipline, impulse control should improve over time. If, however, you have concerns about your child's ability to make healthy decisions, or your child seems to be struggling more than other children his age, talk to your child's pediatrician

Underlying conditions, like ADHD, may interfere with your child's ability to manage impulsive behavior. So it's important to get your child assessed if she's struggling to develop self-control.

A lack of impulse control is at the root of many behavior problems. An impulsive 6-year-old may hit when he doesn't get his way and an impulsive 16-year-old may share inappropriate content on social media without thinking about the potential ramifications.

The good news is, impulse control can be learned. But, it's important to invest time and energy into teaching your child a variety of skills and impulse control techniques.

With consistent reinforcement and discipline, your child's self-control will improve. And that means he'll be less likely to grab things out of your hand and he'll be more likely to think twice about accepting that dare from a friend.

A lack of impulse control is at the root of many behavior problems. An impulsive 6-year-old may hit when he doesn't get his way and an impulsive 16-year-old may share inappropriate content on social media without thinking about the potential ramifications.

The good news is, impulse control can be learned. But, it's important to invest time and energy into teaching your child a variety of skills and impulse control techniques.

With consistent reinforcement and discipline, your child's self-control will improve. And that means he'll be less likely to grab things out of your hand and he'll be more likely to think twice about accepting that dare from a friend.

1 Teach Your Child to Label Feelings

Kids who don't understand their emotions are more likely to be impulsive. But a child who can recognize she's feeling angry or bored can find healthy coping skills.

Start by teaching your child to label emotions, like angry, sad, or scared. Then, talk about the difference between feelings and behavior.

Make sure she knows it's OK to feel angry, but it's not OK to hit. When she can talk about her emotions in a meaningful way, she'll be less likely to act them out.

2 Ask Your Child to Repeat the Directions

Sometimes, kids behave impulsively because they don’t listen to the directions. Before you’ve finished your sentence, they are up and moving without any idea what you said.

Teach your child to listen to directions by asking him to repeat your instructions before he takes action. Ask, "OK, what did I just tell you to do?" When he can correctly repeat back what you said—whether it's clean his room or put his homework in his backpack—let him take action.

3 Teach Problem-Solving Skills

Although brainstorming solutions sounds simple, problem-solving can be one of the most effective impulse control techniques.

Teach your child there is always more than one way to solve a problem. And it's important to evaluate several potential solutions before springing into action.

So whether your child is trying to fix the chain on her bicycle or she can't figure out her math problem, encourage her to find five potential solutions before taking action.

After identifying possible solutions, help her evaluate which solution is most likely to be effective. With practice, she can get used to thinking before she acts.

4 Teach Anger Management Skills

Low frustration tolerance may cause impulsive outbursts. Teach your child how to manage his anger so he can deal with his emotions in a healthy way.

Show him specific strategies, like taking a few deep breaths or walking around the house to burn off some energy. You can even create a calm-down kit filled with tools that will help him relax. 

Send him to time-out when necessary, but teach him he can place himself in time-out before he gets into trouble as well.

5 Establish Household Rules

Use an authoritative approach to parenting. Create clear rules and explain the reasons behind your rules. 

Make your expectations known before your child enters new situations. When he understands he needs to use an indoor voice in the library and walking feet in the grocery store, he'll be less likely to misbehave. 

Explain the negative consequences for breaking the rules ahead of time as well. Then, he'll be able to make better informed decisions about his behavior.

6 Provide Structure and Be Consistent

Keep your discipline consistent and your rules consistent. Offer reminders like, “You need to hold my hand in the parking lot when we get out of the car,” each and every time you go to the store. With enough practice, your child will grow accustomed to your rules.

Whenever possible, keep your child's routine the same. Less chaos can  also reduce impulsive behavior.

7 Practice Delayed Gratification

Kids need opportunities to practice delaying gratification. Make delayed gratification fun by creating a reward system. 

A token economy system can be a fun way to do this. Reward your child's good behavior with tokens. Then, allow him to exchange tokens for bigger rewards, like a trip to the park.

Create small incentives that only require one or two tokens as well as big rewards, that require 20 tokens. Then, encourage him to save up his tokens for bigger ticket items, like going to the movies.

Saving up for bigger rewards will help him practice delaying gratification. That's an essential skill that will help him resist temptations that may lead to impulsive choices.

8 Be a Good Role Model

Your child will learn a lot about impulse control by watching you. Model appropriate ways to wait patiently and tolerate delayed gratification.

Point out impulse control techniques that you're using by saying things like, "I'd really like to buy that new laptop but I'm going to save my money for our vacation next summer."

Researchers at the University of Toronto found that self-talk plays a major role in helping kids manage their impulsive behavior. Role model healthy self-talk by saying things like, "This is a long line but we have to wait patiently for our turn."

Talking to yourself out loud will teach your child how to develop an internal dialogue that will help him manage his impulses.

9 Encourage Plenty of Physical Activity

Encourage your child to play outside and ensure that she gets plenty of exercise. A child who has had an opportunity to run, jump, and climb will be better equipped to be more self-disciplined

10 Play Impulse Control Games

There are several simple games that can help your child practice impulse control techniques. Games such as Simon Says, Red Light Green Light, and Follow the Leader require impulse control, so play them often.

With practice your child can train his brain to have better self-control. But make sure you make practice fun. If you force him to sit still or pay attention to boring tasks too long, your efforts may backfire. 

Easy Kid Snack

  Your child can do this

Sliced Turkey

Sliced Turkey

Option 1: Top celery with vegetable cream cheese and turkey.

Option 2: Wrap pretzel rods with turkey and serve with mustard for dipping.

Option 3: Top multigrain crackers with turkey and dollop with ranch dressing.

September Curriculum

Pre-K group (Froggers) ages 4-5

Preschoolers (Polliwogs) ages 3-4

1st theme : School Days Letters: S & T

Numbers:  1 & 2

Colors: Yellow

Shape:  Circle

Writing skills for the Froggers

Early Math skills for the Froggers.

All About Me. 

2nd Theme:  Apple Tree

Letters:  A & O

Numbers: 3&4

Color:  Red

Shape:  Rectangle

Extended skills for Froggers. 

Early Learners (Tad Poles) ages 2-3

Alphabet practice,

numbers:  1

Shape:  Circle , rectangle

Color: Blue , yellow, red

Friends, sharing means caring,

All About Me.  


This age group, follows along in circle time, coloring

painting, music, story time, learning to recite ABC'S and counting,

open play, enhanced with some letters

and numbers, shape sheets of the week. 

Our Curriculum comes from

1-2-3- learning curriculum


Preschool Palace

This will be mixed in with 1-2-3- learning curriculum


What will my Child Learn...



There are 33 research-based skills through monthly activities and discovery projects. As children participate in our program  they are naturally exposed to skills which support their on-going social-emotional, physical, language and cognitive development. 

These skills, when combined with a nurturing environment, intentional teaching practices, learning through play, and meaningful relationships support a child’s school readiness.

Learn more about Development and Theory here: 


Social Emotional

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Language and Literacy

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Mathematics and Reasoning

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Social Studies

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Second Language

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2017  updated Schedule for closures, and events

This is our 2017 schedule.  It includes closures/holidays special events, things to remember, in order to help you remember our schedule.  Everyone was given copies to keep at home.  And we have one under the sign in sheets as well.   



CLOSED   Mon.  Jan.  2nd 


Music Man Mon. Jan  16th 



Valentine Party Tues   2/14

Bring goody bags to share 

Parent night out.  2/14   $35

Music man   Mon.  2/ 27


CLOSED   Mon.  Feb. 20th Presidents day


Wear Green March 17th


Music man Mon.  3/20

 Parent night out.  3/17   $35



Annual Egg hunt Fri.  4/ 14

Bring goody bags to share. 


Music Man   Mon.  4/ 17

 Parent night out.  4/21    $35



Fri May 12th Provider appreciation day

 Sunday May 14th Mother’s Day

 Parent night -last one out.  5/19      $35

Music Man   Mon.  5/15

CLOSED Fri May 26th 

CLOSED Mon.  May 29th Memorial day


Fathers day  Sun  6/18

 Music man Mon.  6/19

Friday   6/23 Parent hooky day- Micke Grove Park & Zoo

Saturday 6/24 Preschool graduation and family picnic 10 a.m. 

Miwok Park 

Summer Fun Begins


Closed July 3rd and 4th

4 day weekend.


Music man   7/17



7/24 to  7/28   1 week

Summer fun continues



Music man Mon.  8/21


Summer fun program continues








Back to Preschool


Music Man   Mon  9/ 18






CLOSED Mon.  10/9 Columbus Day


Music man Mon  10/16


PUMPKIN PATCH field trip  10/20  10 am Kemmar farm in Elk Grove. 


Parents back to school night



Halloween party  Tues.  10/31  bring goody bags,  and costumes. 



Music man Mon.  11/20


CLOSE early Wed.  11/22 Harvest luncheon at 12:30   bring pot luck dishes. 


CLOSED Thru/Fri 11/23,  11/24  Thanksgiving


Parents night out.  Friday 12/ 15

Free…..5:30-10 p.m.   

Music man on night out.


Close early Friday 12/22   5:00 p.m.


Christmas Party   Friday 12/22    6 pm.   Round Table Pizza


CLOSE winter break  12/25/2017 – 1/1/2018    1 week  plus New Years

 Provider reserves the right to change dates if necessary, take a personal day off when necessary for Personal reasons, illness,  work related trainings etc.  Provider will give as much notice as possible. 

 All fees are due and payable on Friday in advance.   ALL FEES are due and payable before Closures and must include the week of closure. 

 All fees are payable 52 weeks a year.  There are no deductions for absences of any kind, and no deductions for closures and Preschool breaks.



September Birthday's



Dates to Remember

Music Man fee due at the beginning of each month:   $5.00 per child. 

NOTE:  Music man is now coming third Monday.  The dates for Summer Music Man days are 

Monday September  18th      


Upcoming Events

Monday, Sep 4 All Day
Tuesday, Sep 5 at 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Monday, Sep 18 at 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Friday, Sep 29 at 9:30 PM - Saturday, Sep 30 2:00 AM

Kids Health

Taking care of your child's teeth


Nutrition Newsletter

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