December 16, 2016

Hello Parkside Families,

This week we have done one of my favorite activities…making gingerbread cookies!  As many of you may know, making gingerbread cookies with Jen M-R has been a tradition for us for seven years.  Watching the kids help make the dough and their excitement when it is time to decorate and taste their cookies are moments that I appreciate seeing every year!  Thank you to all of who donated their time helping us make the cookies as well as donated decorations!

2017 Tuition Agreements:  Please remember to pass in your 2017 agreements to the office.  If you need a new copy please stop by the office.

Tuesday, December 20th:  Parkside Holiday Concert!  Our Preschool classrooms are eagerly waiting to show you what they have learned with Mr. Aaron!  Our Yellowstone, Big Sur, Yosemite, and Olympic rooms will have their concerts in their rooms.  The schedule will be as follows: 9:00: Yellowstone; 9:30: Big Sur; 10:00: Yosemite; 10:30: Olympic.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Friday, December 23rd:  Pajama Day! 

*Monday, December 26th and Monday, January 2nd: Parkside is CLOSED!

As the month of December continues to move quickly, I thought the following article is a helpful resource to give us literacy based activities which may be common activities in your home.  You will see reading a recipe is one of the suggested activities, this is another reason why we find cooking with the kids not only a fun activity but an educational one too.  You can find this article at

Dec 05, 2016

Season’s Readings!

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Hot chocolate? Check! Decorations? Check! Reading? Check! Winter holidays are the perfect time to help kids develop reading skills in fun ways. Download our fun winter reading activities and calendars for free and check out these ideas:

  • Making a list and checking it twice. Whether it’s their own wish list or a list of gifts they’d like to get for others, make sure they write it down (even if “write” actually means “draw”). Let little ones “read” to you what they wrote. Urge the older ones to be as descriptive as possible!
  • Following the recipe. From the family feast to a batch of sugar cookies, working with young readers in your life to follow a recipe is a great way to develop essential skills, including talking and listening. What letter does chocolate begin with? What words rhyme with flour?
  • Greetings. The kids don’t have to simply be subjects in your holiday greetings. Encourage them to get involved. If you write a newsletter-style update for family and friends, give them space to contribute. If you go the photography route, they can include a handmade sign in the shot.
  • Counting down the days. Let little ones can practice writing numbers with a do-it-yourself countdown calendar. The special day doesn’t need to be a holiday, it can be the day grandma lands to visit or the school holiday pageant takes place!
  • Remembering traditions with your own books. Encourage your children to tell stories, draw pictures and write about their favorite family traditions over the holidays. Each year, you can pull out books from years past and reminisce.
  • Reading treats. Even if you read aloud regularly as a family, you can make the experience special by including some holiday favorites. Hot cocoa and marshmallows, anybody?

Remember, reading with your child is about more than sitting down and sharing a book. The opportunities really are endless. Have other ideas? Share them in the comments area!

Enjoy your weekend,

Jen V.