Thanksgiving playdough

Playdough is an excellent fun activity for preschoolers. It strengthens little hands and prepares them for printing.
Instead of buying playdough, you can make your own no cook playdough. Adding different additives increases the fun factor. Your child can roll long ropes and use scissors to snip off pieces.

This particular playdough keeps well in ziplock bags and doesn’t necessarily have to be refrigerated. Here’s our Think Sun Thanksgiving pretend pumpkin pie recipe.

2 cups flour
1 cup salt
4 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp cloves
Orange gel colour mixed in 2 cups of boiling water
1/4 cup oil
Pour boiling water and oil over dry ingredients and combine. I have used a food processor or a mixmaster and even just mixed by hand. It will look liquidy but keep mixing until it forms a dough. Cool. Give the child rolling pins, and foil tart tins. Enjoy! They always giggle when I tell them to tell their mommy or daddy that they can’t eat it even though it smells yummy🦃😊

HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE🦃🌞

Preschool for English Language Learners

Kindergarten is not the best place for five year olds to start learning English. Unfortunately, too many English language learners (ELL) preschoolers are not getting the head start in learning that they need. Some parents have a belief that preschool is an expensive luxury and not necessary for children whose first language is not English. There is a belief that these children will somehow “pick up the language “ quickly. While this may be true, enrolling these children in preschool gives these children a better advantage. These same children who have been given the benefit of English Language Learning in a preschool setting are much more prepared for a kindergarten classroom. Too many families who don’t speak English do not realize or know that select approved licensed preschools like Think Sun have Alberta government approved agencies that provide free assistance for English Language Learners. Further there are subsidies available for stay at home parents that will enable these preschoolers to have a head start on English Language Learning.

This is not to say that preserving first language is not important. It is saying that giving all children a head start for kindergarten is something that shouldn’t be missed.

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Parents are fed a daily avalanche of fear through their devices. Every day there seems to be stories of children dying from bizarre or even every day activities. This fear has parents cutting up their childrens’ food into tiny little pieces and avoiding all food that is considered to be “chokey”. By not allowing children to cut their own meat, etc. their hands are weak. Jaws are not developing because they are sucking applesauce out of pouches instead of biting into an unpeeled apple. Children need hard crunchy food to develop strong jaw muscles which enable speech sounds to develop correctly.

What to do? Start putting a knife and fork at your child’s place setting. Children as young as three can begin cutting deli meat, etc and then graduate to cutting their own beef/pork/chicken as they grow. Get those whole apples, carrots and hard raw vegetables into their snacks. Get your children helping to prepare meals. It might help with picky eaters to enlist them in making meals. Enforce eating at the table and no talking with food in their mouths. It may take awhile to get your child to enjoy eating hard crunchy fruit and vegetables, but persevere.

Why Preschool?

Preschool is sometimes viewed as a luxury.  However, the first five years are key to a child’s development. With the increasing use of technology, preschoolers are lagging in cognitive, fine and gross motor skills. Preschool classes are an important part of assisting in the development of key skills needed for kindergarten. Yes, quality programs are expensive, and, for ten months, it seems like all you do is rush to drop off and rush to pick up your child. However, those ten months of sacrifice ensures that your child is ready to tackle kindergarten and beyond with confidence.

The Think Sun Preschool prepares preschoolers who will be attending John Costello Elementary, St Joan of Arc Elementary, Battalion Park Elementary, Olympic Heights Elementary.

Think Sun Preschool prepares children for private school kindergarten.

Are you considering private schools such as Masters Academy, Rundle College, Webber Academy or Calgary French International School?

Calgary parents are blessed with a variety of private school options. However, some, not all, private schools have entrance tests for prospective kindergarten students.

Think Sun graduates are prepared for a variety of classrooms and are more than prepared for any type of learning situation. Through our cross curriculum, we ensure that our students are familiar with phonics, letter and number recognition. Further our graduates are able to follow oral and visual directions as well as creatively and independently problem solve. We are proud of our proven program and are confident in our graduates’ preparedness for Masters Academy, Calgary French International School, Webber Academy and Rundle College.