All set up and ready to play. The Rainy Day Event, planned and set up by two of our senior students Chelsea Ronek and Jaymee Yamanoha, was a huge success. The room emptied of most furniture, other than tables, was then filled with a blanket fort, tons of boxes, and tables of fun and creative ways to engage children using basic materials you would find at home.
As our parents and children came in, we simply told them what materials were available, and to have fun figuring out what to do with them all! I was so amazed at some of the creations created by families and friends working together. Parents REALLY got into these projects and helped their children bring their visions to life. Our boxes turned into "flyboats" (is that right girls?), spaceships, clubhouses, and cars. Parents, siblings and friends all worked together throughout the night, making this the most popular station of all.
Other projects for the night included painting on foil, creating marble rolls out of cereal boxes, playdough in a baggie, cotton round and coffee filter art, grocery bag skating (which actully never really happened because the boxes took over the room!), a "My Little Pony" toy scavenger hunt, and a "No Paint Brushes Allowed" station in the hallway. We took tons of wonderful pictures, and it really was a fun evening. We had Little Jags families, present and future, here as well as some staff members. Thanks to all who participated and helped make this senior project a success.
Hello families and visitors! I may not be new in teaching, but I am sure new in website creation and blogging, so please bear with me as I continue to discover new ways to keep my families and students connected.
A little bit about me.....I am in my 9th year of teaching here at Century, and I am so very proud to be a part of this school. I am married and have two young daughers, age 5 and 3. I love working with high schoolers and preschoolers both in this special program. I am very passionate about the subject that I teach and feel that all young people benefit greatly by learning about children, families, and parenting.
This is definitely a unique environment where learning on both ends is neverending. I am grateful to be here amid budget reductions, and I am also so grateful to have our preschool teacher, Anne, on hand with me to help out and lead the preschool. She joined me three years ago and our program has grown even more in what we can offer because of that.
I have created this blog with the hope that I can keep my preschool families posted on the happenings here in class, with a bit more timeliness and detail than our newsletters provide. We will see how capable I am at keeping up with it on top of everything else going on around here. I also hope that I can create a way for parents to communicate with each other! Feel free to ask questions, comment, make suggestions, or just share some thoughts. I am excited to make our community and family connections even stronger.
Please note that I have set comments to "approve first." This is not to filter out any negative comments, but more to ensure that the language and content added is safe and appropriate for all viewers who might visit.
Alia Laack is a high school Family and Consumer Sciences teacher who runs the Early Childhood Education program at Century High School, including the Little Jags Preschool.