Playing with Your Food

By Amanda Johnson

One of the things that sold me on Bothell Family Cooperative Preschool when I visited last year was the creative play station. I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it and could instantly imagine students having a ball playing shoe store and post office.

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It is well documented how important creative play is for preschool age children. Through play, kids learn how to share responsibility, take turns and problem solve. When a child engages in creative play, they build imagination and cognitive skills. It can also serve as a way for young children to work through their emotions and act out the grown up stuff they see their parents do on a daily basis. Because we all know being an adult is a non-stop blast. ;)

Creative play also is a great tool for relationship building and learning about inclusion. Children pick up the concepts of inclusion and exclusion from adults easily. It can be difficult to navigate when a child experiences exclusion and we tend to celebrate when they exercise inclusion. Especially if their particular brand of play aligns with our values. I read about this lately on Teacher Tom’s blog. Tom Hobson, of Woodland Park Cooperative Preschool, is the speaker for our all school parent meeting on November 15. Teacher Tom is an advocate of play based curriculum as a way to teach kids to learn and grow in a healthy way. I love what he has to say regarding inclusion and teaching our children how to navigate the often scary world of making friends. You can read more about his post here.

This month the creative play station will be a restaurant and pie shop. I can’t think of a more perfect choice for the season of thanksgiving and pumpkin pie. But in all preschool seriousness, what Teachers Beth and Kathy have done here is pretty brilliant. Weaving the month’s themes of food and tradition into the creative play station enriches our tiny students’ minds in ways they won’t even realize.

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While casually serving a platter of turkey and mashed potatoes they may meet a friend for a lifetime. Slaving over an apple pie in the make believe oven may spark a love of baking that turns into a career as a pastry chef. Purchasing a meal at the restaurant can teach kids how we use math in our everyday lives. Sitting down to a meal with your class ‘family’ at the restaurant can help enforce the traditional importance of Thanksgiving.

Or not. Maybe (most likely) none of that will happen. And that’s okay too. In fact, that’s the beauty of creative play. It doesn’t have to be all that serious. Chances are your child will never remember selling a pecan pie to a cash strapped three year old when he was in PreK.

What they may remember is they had a lot of fun at preschool. The details will most likely be fuzzy.

Trick or Treat: A Brief History of Halloween

By Amanda Johnson

One of my favorite things about writing a blog is that I get to research subjects I find interesting but know little about. One of my favorite things about writing a blog for the preschool is that I get to relate my findings back to our children in a really fun way. Today I’m going to take a closer look at Halloween since it’s just right around the corner.

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Halloween is a big deal. 600 billion pounds of candy are bought each year. ‘What are you going to be for Halloween?’ is often a question people ask as early as August. Serious thought and creativity goes into Halloween costumes. It can be overwhelming. But can we all agree there is nothing more adorable than a gaggle of mini Supermans and Moanas shouting ‘Trick or Treat’ on your doorstep?

Yet a lot of kids grow up thinking Halloween is all about dressing up, trick or treating, eating candy and carving pumpkins with no understanding of where the tradition came from. I know I did. And I had a blast. But as a parent, I find myself wondering what the meaning behind All Hallows Eve is, in part so I can give my son more context about the celebration as he grows up. I recognize two years old is a little young to start a history lesson, but it’s never too early to educate myself.

In brief:

Halloween has always been a holiday filled with mystery, magic and superstition. It began as a Celtic end-of-summer festival nearly 2000 years ago during which people felt especially close to spirits of their ancestors. Usually celebrated at the end of October when the prosperous summer months turned dark and cold as they entered winter. The Celts left food at their door to welcome good spirits and wore masks to scare off the bad ones.

Halloween was slow to start in America. By the end of the nineteenth century new immigrants, especially the millions of Irish fleeing the Potato Famine, helped to popularize the celebration of Halloween in America. Borrowing from these traditions, Americans began to dress up in costumes and go house to house asking for food or money, a practice that eventually became today’s “trick-or-treat” tradition.

It’s pretty interesting to learn how Halloween has shifted over time to become more of a children’s celebration of costumes and candy. Sure, it can still be a dark and mysterious occasion, but for the most part it’s a lot of fun!

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We can’t talk about Halloween without mentioning pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns. The preschoolers learned about pumpkins earlier this month with their visits to Oxbow Farm and at the Fall Family Fun Event. There are many stories pertaining to the origins of jack-o-lanterns, but the most popular one comes from Ireland. The Irish used to carve radishes and light a candle in them to ward off bad spirits. Can you imagine trying to carve a radish? Dad would have a hard time with that one!

At BFCP, each class will have its own Halloween celebration, starting with the Toddler PM class on Wednesday. Check your October schedule to find out when your preschooler gets to join in on the fun.

Just like in ancient times, children – and parents too! - are encouraged to wear their costumes. Remember to bring a change of close for outdoor time. And please nothing scary and no weapons!

Here’s a quick rundown of the Halloween Party dates:

Wednesday, 10/24: Toddler PM

Thursday, 10/25: Toddler AM

Friday, 10/26: Parent and Baby and 2/3’s

Wednesday, 10/31: ¾’s and PreK

What are you going to be for Halloween?

Happy Harvest!

By Amanda Johnson

October is an exciting month at the preschool! We’re getting the hang of the school year, leaves are falling, and pumpkins are popping up on doorsteps. And at BFCP, we’re gearing up for our first excursion for the older classes and Fun Family Party for the younger classes.

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If you’re anything like me, and this is your first year with a preschool aged child, you may be wondering what the kids do at Oxbow Farms. I reached out to our Excursions Coordinator to find out more.

The Fall Farm Adventure at Oxbow Farm is a 75-minute program where students experience the beauty of the autumn harvest – in terms preschoolers understand. An Oxbow farmer introduces the students to their favorite fruits and veggies and explains how they are made up of six different plant parts each with a special job to do. The kids are then led on a scavenger hunt to find those six plant parts. As they find each part, they get to harvest and eat them in the process! How delicious does that sound? Kiddos get to take home a sugar pie pumpkin.

For more information on the program, click here.

Directions should be arriving in your inbox soon, if they haven’t already so keep a look out. The schedule for the older classes is as follows:

* 2-3's will meet at 9:30, Thursday, Oct 11 at Oxbow Farm

* 3-4's will meet at 11:00, Tues, Oct 9 at Oxbow Farm

* Pre-K will meet at 12:30 Tues, Oct 9 Oxbow Farm

That covers the older kid classes, but what about the toddlers who may be too young for the pumpkin patch just yet? The answer: a Fun Family Day hosted at the preschool! Teacher Beth has a lot of fun things in store.

The Family Fun Day is scheduled for Saturday, October 13th from 10-11:45 am. It will be a combined day for both the Toddler AM and PM classes. It is an alternative class date for missing the AM October 11 class while Teacher Beth is at Oxbow Farm with the 2-3’s and the canceled PM October 31 class because of Halloween. I have to say, the Family Fun Day sounds excellent so I don’t think our toddlers are going to be too upset over the canceled classes.

At the party there will be lots of pumpkins and harvest themed activities in the giant outdoor space at the preschool. Possible activities may include a mini-maze made from bales of hay, pumpkin rolling on big paper and pumpkin painting. Yes, please! I’m all for hay mazes and fall themed events. Coming together for circle time to sing some favorite songs is also part of the plan. We will also have a potluck lunch.

Welcome Back

By Amanda Johnson

Hi there. Welcome to the beginning of the preschool year! My name is Amanda and I’ll be joining you this year as your blog writer. This is my first year with the school and I’m very excited about what the year has in store.

I was recently asked if I was nervous about my son starting preschool. I answered truthfully that I am looking forward to it! I know that he is in excellent hands with Bothell Family Cooperative Preschool.

Last week was Slow Start for our kiddos at BFCP. Before Preschool Orientation, I had no idea what that meant. This is my first experience as a parent of a preschool aged child and there are a lot of new things for me to learn. I know some of you parents might be feeling the same way. At least, I hope I’m not the only one! I found comfort in talking to our teachers and board members – our local experts leading the way to a successful year. Orientation Night was a great learning experience. We got loads of information about the school, found out September’s class schedule, met other parents in our class and my personal favorite: we were treated to a spirited enactment of what a day in the life at the school looks like.

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So, what is Slow Start? It is a brilliant concept where our kids are eased into the routine of school with an unstructured first day. A day to explore the school’s environs, meet the teacher and play with new classmates. I think this is important when your child is used to being at home and suddenly is thrust into an unfamiliar environment where he’s expected to finger paint on command. While parents know that BFCP is stock full of fun, imaginative activities, try telling that to an anxious two year old who’s never worn a smock in his entire little life.

Anxieties aside, I’d say the Slow Start week was a success if my toddler’s smile is any proof. Sure, he was unsure at the beginning of the day as he often is in new experiences. So were a few of his classmates. But by the end of outdoor play he was rocking the sand pit.

Speaking of outdoors, this past weekend was the Fall Work Party. Neil Devlin, the preschool’s Facilities Chair, organized the event. They pruned. They painted. They fixed up. I can’t wait to see how good the school looks! There are two work parties throughout the year so if you didn’t get a chance to go on Saturday, we’ll see you in the spring! Each family is expected to take part in one work party per school year as part of the cooperative curriculum. Part of being a member driven preschool is that the members, us parents over here, take part in maintaining, beautifying and running the preschool. It’s a pretty cool way of getting involved. Not to mention a great way to meet other parents in your community.

There are some pretty fun things coming up in October. The older classes will visit Oxbow Farm to learn about pumpkins. The younger classes will have a Fun Family Event at the preschool. I plan to talk more about those more in my next blog post. I’d say we’re off to a great start!

Creating a Summertime Routine

by Julia High

All right, so, I hate to break it to you, but this is really happening: we're reaching the end of the preschool year. And that's kind of hard and sad, right? After 9 months together, you've gotten used to the weekly routine, to those 1, 2, or 3 trips to the preschool each week. One of the nice things about school is that it does provide a predictable schedule around which one can create a routine for their kids. Then, suddenly - *poof* - it's gone. But your kids still benefit from a routine! So, how do you create a routine without the externally imposed structure of school? Here are some quick tips to make it easier to create a sustainable summer routine for your children:

  • If possible, get your kids involved in planning: Even older toddlers might have an idea they are really excited about sharing with the family! Call a family meeting, and create a list of daily activities - things like mealtimes, tidying up, outside time, etc. that you know need to happen every day, as well as a bucket list - things that would be fun to do during the summer (whether that's a big family trip or making sure that you play with playdough at least once, this is a good time to honor all of your family members' contributions). Don't worry about whether your list sounds crazy to anyone else - this is about you and your family, and what is most important to you!
  • Make sure you plan in rest times: whether this looks like one day each week of free choice/downtime, or whether your kids still nap regularly, it's good to make sure that you make time for those slower moments.
  • If you know in advance that there will be breaks in the routine (for camp, family trips, etc.), it might help your kids if you have some visual reminder of when those things will occur. If your kids know numbers or have some pre-reading skills starting, a calendar might work for you. Younger kids sometimes like paper countdown chains to help mark how much time there is until a special event.
  • If it works for you and your kids, make an easy visual reminder for what a "typical" day looks like. There are about 1 bazillion of these on Pinterest, so pick one you like (though I did quite like this flip-up chore chart, which uses pictures to help show what the task is, and has an easy visual/tactile element of flipping each task closed when it's done).
  • Don't hold too tightly to that daily schedule. You have kids, so you know that things can get unspeakably pear-shaped pretty quickly. If you have an off day, that doesn't mean the schedule is broken, or that you are a bad caregiver (though if you have lots and lots of off days, that might mean that it's time to call another family meeting and rethink that daily routine...and that's okay, too!).

Have you ever made a daily routine for summer? What were your favorite parts? Which elements just didn't work?

Here Comes Summer Fun!

by Florence B.

This is it—my last blog post for the school year (looking forward to next year’s posts from Amanda, your new BFCP blogger!). I hope you all enjoyed the 2017-2018 school year as much as we did! While we’ll miss our days at BFCP, with the beautiful summer weather comes the fun mystery of what to plan each day! With so much daylight, there’s so much time to play!

Here’s a list of a few of my favorite activities if you need some inspiration:

* U-Pick Strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries,

* Visit local splash pad parks,

* Visit the beach (including the mysterious Jetty Island that’s only open in July and August)!

* Visit a park we haven’t been to yet,

* Visit an indoor playground when it gets a bit *too* hot,

* Go hiking!

For more detailed ideas for things to do, you can look back at some of my previous posts that I have summarized below!

1) Get your busy bag party going with “Busy with Busy Bags.” Rain or sun, this is still a fun activity with a great excuse to hang out with friends!

2) Go explore your kitchen with “Kitchen Science.” Exploring how ice melts is extra fun on hot summer days!

3) Continuing on the theme of the kitchen, focus on food with “Playing with Your Food.” What’s extra nice is you don’t have to worry as much about messes if you set up a play table outside! Plus, you’ve got the hose outside already for extra messy messes!

4) Don’t forget to read with “Let’s Read: Three Ways for You to Find Books.” Most of the library story times listed in that post will be on hiatus for the summer, but there are still plenty of other events that the libraries have scheduled! As an added bonus, you can tie in library visits with park visits since the library is a great place to cool off after some outside park play!

5) And finally, it’s summer so we can’t leave out the best part: playing outside at parks! If you don’t want the craziness of tracking your kiddo in a large park, explore some fenced ones in “Outside Fun at School and Fenced Playgrounds." Also, here’s a tip: you’ll probably find many large groups of kids with summer camps out in full force! Stick to the early morning or after two if you want to avoid most of them. Also, smaller parks will most likely be summer camp-free, and if you find a tot-lot area (like the one in St. Edwards Park), campers are very respectful of the age suggestions!

There you have it! Enjoy the summer!

May You Have a Marvelous May

by Florence B.

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We’ve reached the home stretch with May! Time sure flew by…you know, with all the having fun and all that! What do we have in store for this month? Well, look forward to some under the sea fun with ocean animals (btw, isn’t that such a cute jellyfish in the dramatic play area?!), beach days (literally!), and reading some favorite books from your teachers! With so many gorgeous days coming up, be prepared for some sunny outdoor play and possibly some picnic snack fun!

On May 7th, the older two classes will have an in class Opera story time with visiting teaching artist Liz Frazer! You can learn more about her at https://www.lizfrazer.com/bio.html. Then, on the week of the 16th, get ready to go to the beach with some fun beach excursions! Each class will meet at the beach (check the Weekly Squeak or ask your class coordinator to find out where!) so bring boots, buckets, shovels, sunscreen, and lots and lots of excitement. You may want to leave your bathing suit behind, because at this time of the year—eek!—that’s some cold beach water…

Since the end of the school year is fast approaching, please keep track of all these important dates and read the Weekly Squeak carefully for locations!

May Class Meetings:

May 16 - Toddler Class Meeting and Pre-K Class Meeting

May 17 - 2/3 Class Meeting

May 22 - 3/4 Class meeting

Last Days for Class:

May 24 - Toddlers and 2/3 class

May 25 - 2/3 and Parent/baby class

May 29 - 3/4 and Pre-K classes

Note: 2/3 class last day with Teacher Beth will be on the 24th and will decide what to do as a class for fun on the 25th

No School:

May 28 - Memorial Day

School Deep-Clean:

5/30 - 3/4 and Pre-K

5/31 - 2/3 and Toddlers

What’s up with the deep-clean? This goes deeper (hah, pun!) than the regular weekend cleaning, and you’ll have your classmates as cleaning buddies! Well, half the class, since the other half will be watching the kiddos at another location. This will happen during class time on those dates and each class will focus on two areas of the school. If you have alternative child care options, feel free to use them since that means more parents for cleaning!

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Finally, I want to end today’s blog post with a shout out to the awe-some, AWESOME members of the 3/4 class that got together over spring break to make sandwiches for the MORELove project! They made 160 yummy pea-nut and jelly sandwiches for the organization's weekly sandwich deliv-ery to our local homeless population! Go 3/4 class!

Teacher Feature: An Interview with Teacher Beth

by Florence B.

Florence: I have an extra special blog post today, because I have an extra special person joining me: our amazing co-director, toddler, and 2/3 educator *starts drumroll* Beth Ed-wards *throws confetti*! The 2017/2018 school year marks Beth’s first year at the school, and if you’re one of the lucky parents who have her as a teacher, I’m sure you’ve got a huge smile on your face right now! If you’re in one of the other classes and haven’t had a chance to meet her yet, don’t forget to say hi at one of the parent meetings, because she’s awesome! Well, shall we start our interview with our fabulous educator?

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Beth: Thank you, Florence, for your awesome blog posts! You keep us all "in the know" for the exciting things happening at preschool. You are appreciated!

Florence: Aww, thanks Beth! From reading your biography, I absolutely love that you’re so involved in early childhood education! Was there a tipping point where you just knew that’s what you wanted to do?

Beth: I have always worked with children. I started babysitting when I was 12. I paid for college by lifeguarding and teaching swim lessons. Kids are amazing!

Florence: I see you’re focusing on mindfulness and meditation with children and fami-lies! Do you have any favorite tips we can use for our own families?

Beth: My hope for all families is to have some peace and time to reflect each day. We are so busy being busy and stressed out. I hope parents can take a few minutes to take a deep breath, feel grateful for the children in their lives and have some fun! Parenting is joyful!

Florence: Tell us more about your volunteer work at Sorenson—do you have a favorite moment that sticks out?

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Beth: My most enduring "take-away" from volunteering at Sorenson is that there are so many dedicated educators working wonderful magic on behalf of all children. I love the idea of enjoy-ing the child in front of me and letting go of notions of who they are and just getting to know them and connecting with them on an individual basis.

Florence: Switching focus to the school, you’re almost through your first year! If you could go back in time back to September and give newbie you a tip, what would you say?

Beth: Enjoy the journey! You don't have to know everything on the first day. Every time I think I have this school down, I learn something new. I love the traditions at BFCP. I love that I have been given the gift to rely on traditions and rituals embedded in the school but also the freedom to create something new and add something of myself.

I would also add that the more your put into it, the more you get out of it. I am continually im-pressed by how many members are thinking deeply and working hard to make this the best place for children and families. We have amazing people working together!

Florence: Yes, yes, it hasn’t been a year yet, but I’m sure you already have a favorite mo-ment at the school! What is it?

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Beth: Anyone who knows me well, knows that I revel in the small moments. I have an observ-er's heart. I love to watch how the children play, how the parents communicate with the children and with one another and how the community forms a bond. I feel grateful every day that I get to be a part of that experience and journey. It is a gift.

Florence: I noticed that next year, BFCP will be having a Toddler PM class! How involved were you in that decision (and how excited are you about it!)?

Beth: I am so excited! I appreciate that the board accepted the proposal for the Toddler PM class and that we will have the opportunity to reach out to families that may not otherwise have the time or flexibility to join a parent education program. It is going to be awesome! So much fun!

Florence: OK, enough about schools, let’s talk about what makes you you! From your bi-ography, you clearly love the Seattle area since your UW days! What about growing up—were you born and raised in the area, too?

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Beth: I grew up in Kirkland. My parents live in my childhood home. I am the youngest of six children. All of my family lives locally. I love learning about where our members come from...from those who also were born and raised on the Eastside to the far-flung corners of the globe.

Florence: What are your favorite Seattle places?

Beth: My current favorite Seattle place is Frankie and Jo's ice cream shop on Capitol Hill. Yum!

Florence: What is your favorite thing about Woodinville (*cough* aside from your awe-some BFCP-blog-writingtastic neighbor *cough*)?

Beth: I adore my Woodinville neighbors! I love to walk. You can often find me on the trail with friends. Terry and I often walk down the hill "into town". When the girls were little, we would wander Molbaks. (You can’t push too many plants up the hill with two girls in a stroller!) We have a green belt in our backyard so you can't beat the Location, Location, Location!

Florence: What about your free time? What books to you like to read and what kind of ex-otic delicacies do you like to cook?

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Beth: I just finished reading Elantris by Brandon Sanderson. Terry and Kelsey love fantasy and sci-fi so I often read what they put on my bedside table. I am also reading The Year of Living Danishly. Anna passes on books from her college readings...lots of great reading on social is-sues. I always have a professional book as well. Some of the SCC educators are excited about Howard Glasser's Igniting Greatness and the Nurtured Heart Approach so I am diving in to learn more.

I also love to read cookbooks and cooking magazines. I only read cookbooks with beautiful photographs...pictures speak to me! I must be a preschool teacher!

At home, we mostly eat vegan. I am learning amazing new things all the time. I was recently introduced to aquafaba. Magical! One super fun thing about cooking is that Kelsey loves to bring friends home to eat our food. It brings people together. Love it!

I love my gym buddies! Another awesome support system. I love surrounding myself with peo-ple who make me a better person. People who let me care about them and they care about me. Fabulous!

Florence: And of course, I have to save the best for last: Tell us about your family! How did you and your husband meet?

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Beth: Terry and I met at the UW. We were running buddies. He was my pal and all-around good guy. Here we are married for 25 years with two amazing girls, a beautiful home and a cat. So much gratitude for my family!

Florence: Who is mysterious Mindy—a friendly feline or a warden watch cat?

Beth: Mindy is our almost 16 year old cat that loves to snuggle and be cozy. She has a terrible habit of waking up at 4am but she is the best cat ever! she seems to know if you are having a hard day and she will come and give you some loving.

Florence: How are your girls enjoying college (and how does it even feel knowing you made it and your kids are now adults?!)?

Beth: Anna is ready to graduate from St. Olaf in May. She is working hard to figure out what is next. She is realizing that being an adult is "hard".

Kelsey is thriving at school! I am so proud of both of them for how they handle the challenges and difficulties of moving into adulthood.

Florence: Thanks so much for the interview, Beth! Any last thing you’d like to share from your own parenting journey?

Beth: Have fun! Rely on your support systems! Be kind and generous.

P.S. In reading through this interview, I realized I used a LOT of exclamation points and the word love and some form of gratefulness. That sums me up!

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Resources for school breaks

by Julia High

Here are some helpful resources to help you get through the change in routine that comes with the school break:

Fun inside activities:

Fun outside activities:

  • Egg carton garden

  • Build and fly your own kite

  • Make a simple scavenger hunt

  • Teacher Angela's famous bubble cups: punch a hole in the side of a paper or plastic party cup. Secure a paper towel over the top of the cup, then dip the paper-towel-covered top of the cup into bubble solution. Insert a straw into the side of the cup, and blow gently to make foamy bubbles.

And don't forget - play is good for grownups, too!

Have something to say? Send us an email and your question may be answered in a future Squeak!

Springing into April!

by Florence B.

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Wow; is it really April already? This must be a case of time flies when you’re having fun, because we’re certainly having fun over here at BFCP! By the way, slow clap and approving nod to the curriculum team for sneaking in a surprise week-ish long, sneak attack-ish (and I get the memos for both months so I should be surprise-proof!), super fun, dramatic play area makeover! Our airport turned into a little shoe store that was a HUGE hit! Kiddos had fun trying on different types of shoes and showing off their stylish footwear on a little stage. Soccer cleats, tap dance shoes, boots, fun socks, and more…these kiddos got to do some feet measuring and decorating!

After that short surprise, the curriculum team proved they still have the magic touch by transforming our dramatic play area into a little farm house and garden! Make sure you check out the chicken coop for some eggs, pick some vegetables from the garden, and whip up something tasty to eat in the kitchen area. As one budding BFCP chef commented, “I’m going to make egg soup for everyone!” Some familiar costumes from Halloween are back, including overalls for farmers, a bumblebee dress for…umm… two-legged bees, and butterfly wings for the little butterflies who can’t resist picking the flowers in the garden! Also, make sure the sheep don’t escape their pen, but do take the horses on a stroll!

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Well, the farm house and garden dramatic play area should give you a hint for some of the other themes to expect this month. Look for Spring, Eggs and Chickens, and Gardening themes throughout the month. For the older two classes, get ready to share interesting seeds or plants and then also anything alive like plants, insects, or eggs!

Speaking of the 2/3 and PreK classes, get ready for a double-dose of excursion fun in April! The older two classes already got to enjoy the first excursion at Adventure Children’s Theater in Country Village on April 2nd! If that sounds familiar (this is actually a make up excursion from January). The second excursion will happen at the end of the month; the kids will go on a Spring Farm adventure over at Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center. Their mission statement says the center “inspires people to eat healthy, sustainably grown food and to steward our natural resources for future generations.”

Aaaaaaand what a great way to transition into the All School Meeting since our speaker, Julie Miller, will be discussing strategies for raising lifelong healthy eaters! You can get a sneak peek by checking out her site here: harmonioustable.net or you can just read this little quote from the site: “At this table, children and adults sit down to savor mealtime, together. Everyone here is genuinely present, eating with appreciation, talking peacefully and sharing the highlights of their day. The food is whole, clean, appetizing and delicious. There are no cell phones or tablets. No one is rushing to move on. The people are engaged as their bodies and minds are nourished.

This is The Harmonious Table. Pull up a chair.” This will be at Inglewood Presbyterian Church at the end of the month. Also, this meeting will be the last chance to turn in committee job preference for the 2018/19 school years, so don’t forget!

Phew, those are the big items for the blog, buuuuut there are still so many important notes to note! So, here we go:

1) April 9 - 13 is Spring Break; there is no school this week! However, the fun doesn’t stop if the school’s closed so make some class playdates!

2) April 20 is shopping day! Umm… I mean, the BFCP online auction starts up, and the link will be available through the Member’s Only page of the website. This is like a triple of BFCP awesomeness since you get to get a great deal on an item, raise money for BFCP, AND use a percentage of your winning bid towards your fundraising obligation total. See? Triple. Awesomeness.

3) April 21 is party time!!!!! Well, Spring Work Party, but still fun, right? For a blast from the Fall past, here’s the blog post about that Fall fun. It’ll be from nine to noon in the morning, so see you there (unless you already went to the Fall Work Party already or paid the $75 buy-out fee)!

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4) April 28 is the day to hang out at The Hangar in Kenmore for the BFCP Screen Free Week Kick Off Event *throws confetti*. And I quote from the amazing organizers: “The goal of this event is to give families with children 0-5 some tools to understand the benefits of turning off their devices, along with some tools to make it easier to do so.” So come on out from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm to help spread the word about going screen free (and maybe learn some new strategies as well)! If you’re free to volunteer that day, check the Weekly Squeak for the signup link!

Well, there you have it! Our penultimate school month is packed with fun (and by the way, how often do we get to use the word “penultimate”?! Score!)! Feel free to shout out in the comments below or email me at blog@bothellfamilycoop.org if you have any feedback!

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