11 November 2011

Halloween 2011

What a day, what a day!!!
I'm going to let the photos speak for themselves, but here is a little bit about what we did:  We started the day with our regular open play time. We always have a craft every morning, on Halloween it was potato stamps and Halloween stamps. We also have a magnet table where there are all kinds of magnets, robots made out of tin cans that the kids can build, and pipe cleaners inside a jar of water the kids can move with magnets.

At snack time, we all shared a snack! We had some yummy apples with cinnamon, some apple mouths with almond teeth, a vegetable platter, and I made homemade pumpkin soup from scratch! (And the kids actually ate it!!)

Later, after outside playtime, we had our Halloween party. We played with "moco" (gak), had a beanbag toss game, made pumpkin spider votives and had a table to make recycled Halloween monsters. WOOOOOOO!

At the end of the day, we had a special treat - frozen ghosts!! (frozen bananas on a stick coated in shredded coconut. Another big hit! All in all, it was quite a day. Muy muy divertido!!

12 October 2011

En un Mes...

There´s still some Room!! ¡Ven y disfruta con nosotros!

We still have a few openings, if you know anyone else who may be interested in sending their 3-5 year old on Mondays and Tuesdays. As of now, I am only offering class on these two days.

We are having so much fun at El Gato con Botas!!  The first month was a time to get to know each other, the school, learn the basic daily vocabulary, and just learn how to be a preschooler. Sometimes that takes some getting used to!  Listening to your teacher speak another language takes a bit of getting used to too!

Now that we are a month in, I am getting to spend much less time speaking in English which makes the school much more beneficial and fun for everyone. (I speak in English when there are conflicts between children so they can learn how to "solucionar sus problemas".)

We spent the first month learning some basic vocabulary:
hello : hola
goodbye: adios
my name is: me llamo
what's your name: ¿cómo te llamas tú?
what´s her/his name?: ¿cómo se llama ella/el?
good morning: buenos dias
good afternoon: buenas tardes
good night: buenas noches

Body Parts
el dedo: toe/finger
el pie: foot
la rodilla: knee
la cadera:hip
el codo: elbow
la mano: hand
el hombro: shoulder
la cabeza: head
los ojos: eyes
la boca: mouth
la nariz: nose
el pelo: hair

"What´s your style of teaching?", you may ask.

I believe in play and in doing and in having fun!!!

I don´t teach with specific vocabulary lists. I don´t drill, and I don´t stress. We sing songs like, "¿Hola, cómo estas?", we dance to "Juanito" and we say each child´s name when we sing: "¿Cómo te llamas tú?"  We do things together like arts and crafts. This week we made stained glass pumpkins "calabazas" and stuffed pumpkins. They painted and stamped leaves (hojas). We also learn through discovery. This week we had a new magnet table (mesa de imanes) and in another space in the room they learned how to use a dropper to make different sized drops (gotas) with colored water (agua). And of course, we play... in the kitchen, with play dough, building with blocks, doing puzzles, outside in the mud pie kitchen or in the sandbox.

That´s it. I don´t sit down and test them on their vocabulary words.

We talk. We play. We have fun.

I believe children need to thoroughly enjoy school to make learning something they will enjoy and look forward to throughout their entire lives. I feel we have a pretty laid-back approach to participation. If we are doing an organized activity,  the kids are always welcome to come over and partipate, or they can play quietly. I invite them to come over and meet our new puppet friends, Rita la Araña (the spider), and Mari Carmen la Bujo (the owl), and sing songs, or read stories but sometimes they decline, and that's ok too.

I am so impressed with these kids. They have learned so much vocabulary already just by being in class. They know things like "lávate las manos" (wash your hands)and ¨"hacer pipi" (go potty) and "ven conmigo" (come with me), and they play well together. I am so excited to see where this year leads us.

31 August 2011

EEEK! Wrong Email Address!!

I just got a call from the second person who said she's tried to email me and I haven't gotten back to her. What?! I promise I'm not that flaky!! I took a look and realized that my email address was wrong on the website!!! The correct email address is:

If you know anyone who has tried contacting me to no avail, please pass this memo along! ; )

Oh, and feel free to email or call. This time I promise I will get back to you!

17 August 2011

¡Al Cole! School Starts September 12th!!

What FUN we had this summer!!!
We spent a lot of time playing inside, playing outside, playing in the water table and the sand table, and then making big huge mud pies. We created, we painted, we made gigantic, monster bubbles, and we sang songs. We danced and wiggled and jiggled and could hardly sit still. Oh yes, we had some good times together. I´m so happy I had the chance to meet these wonderful kiddos! So lovely!! Such enthusiasm! Such sweet hearts.

And now, it´s ready to get going!! School starts September 12th!! WAHOO! My in-laws are here at the moment, helping us with some pretty big projects including a new sand box!!  I'm busy planning and playing and working on the parent handbook (admittedly not nearly as fun as playing in the sandbox will be, but someone's got to do it!)

If you are planning on sending your child to El Gato con Botas, please make sure to contact me ASAP to request a registration form and to let me know which days of the week you would like your child to come, so I can get the schedule all worked out. We still have some space left, so let me know soon! We'd love to have you!
As always, please contact me if you have any questions at all! I am always down for a good chat! Sarah: 473-0445.

Enjoy the rest of the summer!

26 May 2011

Open House June 4th!

Come visit us!!! We are having an Open House on
June 4th 
from 10am  to 2 pm. 

This will be the perfect time to come see our cozy space, meet me, and chat about the school.

I will also open up fall registration on June 4th. You can either stop by the open house to pick up a registration form, or request one via email, and I'll send it to you. sarahbunch77@gmail.com

We don't have a sign up yet, so just look for the balloons!

The address is:
10745 sw 110th st
Vashon, Wa

I am really looking forward to meeting you all! 
If you have any questions, please call me! 206 473 0445 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            206 473 0445      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

16 May 2011

Postponed. Progress Made.

Hello all!  Yes, you may have already guessed, I am not as far as I wanted to be by this point. Therefore, I am postponing the open house, and the grand opening of the preschool. : ( Boo!

The open house is now scheduled for Saturday June 4th. The summer program has morphed a bit as well. Instead of two months of "summer school", I will be opening up on Monday, June 27th, and will be offereing 5 weeks of summer camp-like programs with some very exciting themes including La Playa, El Circo, and Fiestas!  I will give more details about the camps soon, but here is a quick run down:
  • Children may choose one week to come, and attend every day, just like a standard summer camp, or they may come a couple days a week for a month, as they would during the regular school year. The choice is yours.
  • I will open registration up during the open house for both the summer program and for the school year.
  • During the summer, El Gato con Botas will be open from Monday to Friday.
  • Keep checking back. I will continue to update with details.
In other news...

Last Saturday I had a work party to set up the play structure and clear out some blackberry bushes from the property. I want to send out a huge huge THANK YOU to all of you who helped out!!! Thank you to my lil brother, Geoff Bunch for helping me all week long! I am going to miss you so much! Come back soon. Your nieces adore you and so do I.
I also want to take this opportunity to thank my mom, Diane Jurgensen and step dad, Roy Jurgensen for constantly helping me out and supporting me throughout this very challenging time. You have no idea how much I appreciate it! Thank you to Jenny and Marty Mickelson for helping me out nearly every single day. You two are incredible. Thank you for recruiting Ed and Tony (I don't know thier last names, but these two AMAZED me. I was awed by their generosity and willingness to help) And thank you SO SO MUCH to all of my friends who came and helped and who make my life so much better by being a part of it: Hailey and Mike Thompson, Jesse and Elicia Johnson, Claudia Campbell and Melody Zavis. Anyway, thank you all!  You all rocked my world and my heart. I can not tell you how much it meant to me.

24 April 2011

Schedule / Your Opinions - El Gato con Botas Spanish Immersion Preschool, Vashon Island

Hi All!

I just wanted to keep everyone up to date on the progress of El Gato con Botas.

I am planning an Open House for the end of May... sometime between the time we get the play structure up and the fence in! We are busy busy busy!!! I'm thinking of doing it on Friday, May 20th in the afternoon/evening. All of my weekends in May are booked up, otherwise I´d aim for the weekend.

I am also playing with the idea of running the preschool until 1pm instead of 12. This will obviously change the tuition and would mean that children would need to bring a sack lunch to school, but it would give us more time for art projects and more outdoor discovery time.  Any thoughts about this? I´d love to hear what you all think. Please leave me your input in the comments area below, or contact me directly:
(206) 473 0445

I will keep you all updated.

The other change I have already made is that I will not be opening up on Mondays. We are members of The Vashon Maury Cooperative Preschool, and I just love it soooo much, that I can´t imagine Bella not being a part of it.

Keep the calls and ideas coming! I love hearing from you.

19 April 2011

Summer Program Plans

Hello everyone, and welcome to El Gato con Botas, Spanish Immersion Preschool!!!  We are ECSTATIC  to be here.

At the moment I am working on getting the preschool space all set up,  the back yard all landscaped and beautiful with a new play structure, and getting all my ducks in a row! If all goes according to plan, I will be offering a summer program starting in June. This program will be an introduction to the preschool, to Spanish, and to me and is really meant for those children who are interested in carrying on with the program next year.  Like the yearly program, we will spend our time together engaged in self-guided play, music,arts and crafts projects, puppet shows and outdoor free play as well as some organized games and other activities - all in Spanish.  Summer is a great time to do this because we can take advantage of the sun (I hope!!!) The summer program will run just like the yearly program. It is not a summer camp, so the hours, tuition, and all that other jazz will be exactly the same.

I will be opening registration up around the middle of May, and it will go on a first come, first serve basis. Spaces are very limited, as I already have my daughters in the class, and will only be taking five more each day, so keep that in mind. I will post the details here when I have them! : )

I am very excited to get to know all of you, and really hope this program will be a success. I promise I will give it all I have, and I'm confident I have a lot to give.  Please contact me if you have any questions.

Thank you!

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