Our little friends are chemists this week! Thank you, Alyssa, for doing science experiments with us!
Our friends Aiden and Jason, varsity soccer players, came in and taught us how to play soccer. Thank you, Aiden and Jason!
Alpine Academy hosted naturalists from Metamore-Hadley State Recreation Area who taught us how to set up a tent and identify the animals we may see in the woods. Thank you, Justin!
At Alpine, all children love to learn Spanish with Senora Krishna. They look forward to seeing her walk in the classroom ready to sing and dance.
This week's theme at Alpine was "Instruments and Guest Musicians," and had the pleasure to sing and dance with our wonderful guests, Ann Strubler and Mr. Jim.
Last week we celebrated our preschool graduation followed by a fun-filled family picnic. We all enjoyed a wonderful performance! We wish all our preschoolers the best of luck in Kindergarten. You will be missed!
The preschool children in Ms. Patti's class organized a lovely tea party for Mother's Day. The children dressed up their moms in tiaras, pearl necklaces and feather boas. They spoiled their moms with handmade gifts and handwritten cards. It was such a happy family event!
Spring is the perfect time to learn about birds as we can hear and see them all around. The preschool children at Alpine have been studying birds and concepts such as food chain, nesting, and migration. In this video you can see how engaged they all are as they are dissecting owl pellets.
In this video you can see how the students in Mrs. Patti and Mrs. Laura's class learned about the weather through a variety of fun activities.
At Alpine, we welcomed the first day of spring with lots of fun arts & crafts. Watch this video to see how creative we are!
Last week, we had a visit from some Michigan swam creatures. Carol with Dynamic School Assemblies came to share her love for frogs, salamanders, turtles and snakes. She taught us some fun facts and let us pet and hold some of her animals!
Preschool children learned so many interesting facts about the state of Michigan. They learned that Michigan is famous for its cherries and white pine trees, and that the red robins like it here, too. They studied the map of Michigan with the upper and lower peninsulas, and the surrounding lakes. Their favorite was learning about the lighthouses and how they help the sailors find their way in the dark.
The children in Ms. Patti's class read the story of The Three Little Pigs, and they loved retelling the story while practicing their math skills. For the pig houses they counted out 20 pieces of straw (shoestring potatoes), 8 sticks of wood (pretzels), and 2 bricks (KitKat minis). The best part was snacking on the pig houses!
It's a great question. For starters, children behave differently when they are away from home and in a group setting. But there’s more to it. After years of working with kids, I have come to believe in a philosophy of conscious discipline, which means just that – managing children in a purposeful way. For example, I have learned that the teacher's role is not to list a bunch of rules, spend the day policing errant behavior, or hold privileges over kids' heads so they will behave.
Instead, when a child takes cuts in line or grabs somebody else’s Legos, this is a chance for a teacher to do her thing: teach! This is when we slow down, present options, talk about the best language to use with our friends, and help children practice the skills of solving conflicts.
Alpine Academy is a private school for toddlers and preschoolers during the school year and children up through 2nd grade in the summer. Our teachers, administrators, and families are welcome to add to this informative and fun blog. Email new blogs, photos, and videos to firstname.lastname@example.org. Enjoy!