Category Archives: PRESCHOOL BLOG

Bake Sale Day

By Nora

At the end of every school year, the students take part in a culminating activism project that builds off of what they have passionate about throughout the year. As many of you know, one of the biggest themes that emerged this year has been babies. Holding them, changing them, feeding them, keeping them safe, what it means to be a midwife, babies in our own lives. This year, for our activism, we have decided to host a donation-based bake sale to benefit the PDX Diaper Bank. This organization provides disposable and cloth diapers to low-income Portland residents. Since diapers are not covered by SNAP or WIC, it can be a tough expensive for many families. They also offer free workshops on how to use cloth diapers. We thought that the diaper bank would be a good fit for what the children are passionate about and add to our social justice curriculum.

Leading up to the bake sale, the children did skits to demonstrate how a bake sale works. This helped clarify who the the stakeholders were and how the money was going from our bake sale customers to us and then eventually to the diaper bank to help families. This monetary exchange is tricky for children to comprehend, but acting it out helped them see it in action. Additionally, we had two women from the Diaper Bank come and talk to the children about what they do. The children had collaboratively made a song about the Diaper Bank with Katee and performed it when the Diaper Bank representatives came.

When it came time for our first bake sale, we made thumbprint cookies, black bean brownies, and lemon bars. Katee made chocolate cupcakes at home. The children had a lot of fun baking, knowing that their hard work in the kitchen would eventually help some babies be healthy and safe. We made signs for our table and several of them stood behind the table the whole time explaining to parents who came by what the Diaper Bank was, which baked goods were gluten free, and what “donation-based” means. I was so impressed by their excitement for what we were doing and their knowledge of why it was important. And this was just the first one! We will be having another bake sale next Thursday, May 18th from 3:30-4:30, so make sure to stop by for that one as well.

Family Huddle

by Alisha

“This is our family!”

Cardboard and Bubble Wrap

 

by Alisha

Amber saw some big boxes and bubble wrap on her way to school this morning,  so she had some children go pick them up with her.  We continued playing with these materials all throughout morning. Ah the joy of versatile materials! There are many ways to use cardboard and bubble wrap including but not limited to….

Fort building

Diaper Bank Visits Tulip Tree

By Katee

We had two very special guests come to circle today from PDX Diaper Bank!  They brought lots of different diapers to look at and practice diapering dolls with and came prepared to answer any questions.  First they asked the children about what babies need, what a ‘diaper bank’ might be, and why diapering is so important.  Our guests were surprised to find that the children already knew about the needs of babies and diapers, and that we had already talked a lot about how the diaper bank helps the community!

Our guests told us further about non-profit organizations and that they started this company all on their own.  The children asked questions about different sizes of diapers, what cloth diapers are made out of, how someone could make a diaper, and where the diaper bank stores all the diapers they receive.  So they told to us about absorbent and waterproof fabrics, and disposable materials ending up in the landfill.  They also told us that diapers need lots of storage space while waiting to go to the families that need them, and that they are actually in need of more storage right now!

We ended our circle with them by singing them the song the children wrote about the Diaper Bank.  They were touched and excited to hear it and would like to put it on their website! (recording to come after we get a few more practices in)  We took a video recording of the circle and will be projecting on the wall of our classroom for the children who missed it today.

The Diaper Bank also left us a big donation box in our cubby room with a list of acceptable drop-box donations.  Come check it out- you cant miss it!

Graduate Costume Designs

by Alisha

Each year, during our graduation celebration, the graduating class puts on some type of performance. It gives the older children of the group a chance to work together on something special the last couple months of the school year.  This year we are doing a play. We have been busy planning for the past month and we will continue to work on the play weekly until our graduation in mid June. We have written the script, picked roles, practiced our lines and stage placement, tested different lighting. Our most recent work has been on designing costumes… Here are the costume designs of our 2017 graduates!

She would like an apron that is brown or pink.

She would like to be very fluffy

OE would like to paint his skin green and have brown cut off shorts.

ASY really wants a red hat!

This is FM set design of the bridge.

ER really wants this type of striped dress and hat.

LFC wants to be super fluffy

CW actually decided she wants grey instead of blue