November 29, 2015

2015 Thanksgiving Get Together

Oh how I miss those little ones from the bay area.  Our most recent get together with my PattyKakesKidz' graduates from about a week ago.  I had to share here on our blog just to show how grown up and beautiful they all are.
Here they are enjoying some Thanksgiving Holiday crafts at Round Table Pizza in Campbell.  
Another Great shot of these great kids.

Girls chatting and enjoying a good crafting time. It was great hearing them reminisce about the times when they were little at PattyKakesKidz.

Check out our little one here, who is a sibling of one of our boys. 
 Boys, Boys, Boys!

Who's this little cutie pie?

Intense concentration. 

The question was asked, "who has lost teeth this year and started growing their adult teeth"?

Here's an adorable pic of a handful of little ones.

After pizza, crafting, reminiscing and playing, the mama's got a chance to get in a selfie.  I missed out on a couple of mamas though who had to leave early.  Missed you two.  
This little guy looks at his hand and wonders where all the marker mess came from.  He didn't realize trying to trace his hand could be so messy. 
Out of all the little ones, I only had a chance to get this one picture of us together.  I'm sure some of the moms got one with their cameras somewhere.  Share moms!

Love you little ones. Can't wait to have you all over to see our new home in Sonora Cali!

July 26, 2014

Grooving to Sean's Music Factory

What do you get when you combine 30 plus children, a dozen adults and Sean's Music Factory?  A rock'n and groove'n morning of music and dancing.
Two glorious hours with our friends from several preschool and childcare homes.  Thank you all for accepting our invite to support our local talent.  
Sean's Music Factory!
 Love the face painting
 Rock it Steph!
 Right up in front, PattyKakesKidz
 Wow, great group of kids.
 Getting up and dancing!
 Toot Toot says the train.  
Hey, you wanna be my new friend?
How many scarves can I put over your heard until you cannot see through it? What, is this science too LOL?
 The stroller parking lot LOL.
Waiting to fill in the batman mask.
 With face painting, music, sandbox play, painting, play-doh table, sticker art table, trike riding, train table, and an over-all abundance of laughter, running, singing, dancing and making new friends, we all had way too much fun.  Thank you all again and thank you Sean Mendelson for your wonderful performance from Sean's Music Factory 

Love that quirky lil smile Sean.

♥ PattyKakesKidz

July 15, 2014

We Are.....Eclectic Learners!

So the question that always comes up is: "What is your teaching style?"  I so dislike having to place a label on our teaching styles here at PattyKakes Kidz, but I understand the need to know if you identify with the educational choices offered within our community.  Yes, I said community.  I think of our little family of children here as our own community of thinkers, innovators, learners and teachers too.  I learn everyday from our children as I hope I open many doors for them to ponder life and absorb thoughts to help them engage in their world.  So, in thinking this through, I would have to say, we are a group of Eclectic Learners.  We offer what is needed to create a thriving learning environment that evolves as the children's needs change.  This is offered as academic opportunities as well as play opportunities.  Each child learns in a different way through their unique styles.  I honor those differences by offering many "eclectic" opportunities. During the summers we are fortunate to take a multitude of field trips since I believe the best way to learn about our world is to actually "be" in our world.  For instance check out today's fieldtrip:
Curiodyssey-San Mateo

As we enter Curiodyssey, for an environmental education, we first happen upon the water features:

We then explore endangered animals like:

the Badger...

the Fox...

The Otter...

The Bobcat.... 
and so many more animals. 

We then move onto experiential science...completely hands on!


 Air Pressure..




 And the not so hands on..."steam"...
 Once the exploration was complete, we venture outdoors to explore the bay...
                                         The Bay Bridge
                                          San Francisco
                                     Coyote Point Harbor
There is definitely one thing we have all learned.  The respect for our world and the definition of a lifelong friendship.  
Whatever your learning style or philosophy is, here's to you,
Happy Learning!
♥ PattyKakes Kidz