Saturday, February 28, 2009

Folktales at Lupine Lane!

On Monday, we will begin a session on Folktales!  We will do a separate Folktale for each class of the day, since some kids will attend all of the classes.

This week's Folktales will involve chickens and hens, and I will bring a special surprise!

Absolutely Art will use "Chicken Little" as the inspiration.  We will start the class with circle time, sing a song to get to know one another and read "Chicken Little."  We will talk about the moral of the tale: spreading rumors.  Then, for our project, we will decorate wooden bird houses, just in time for the start of spring!  I will provide bird seed, so the bird house will be ready to be hung right up!

In Kinder Cooks, we will use "The Little Red Hen" as our focus.  We will also begin this class with circle time, sing a song to get to know one another and then read "The Little Red Hen."  We will discuss the importance of helping others, as "The Little Red Hen" illustrates.  In my version of the story, the Hen makes corn muffins.  We will begin by making some scrumptious corn muffins and then finish up with making some strawberry jam.  Everyone will take home their very own jar!

Family and Friends Playtime will only involve the theme in limited ways, if at all.  Since there are some very young children in FFP, we will stick to basic songs, games and free play.

Also, check out Lupine Lane's display in the lobby at the Clay Madsen Center!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

New Curriculum

Lupine Lane will now use a theme for each session (in recreation centers where classes are organized into 4 week sessions).

Each session will maintain a theme for the duration (4 classes), where aspects of the theme are tied into each class in a unique and meaningful way. For instance, this past session, we focused on a different geographic area in each class and created art projects and food influenced by the specific place. Now, we will use a general theme and develop it fully over 4 classes such as the Wild West, Folk Tales or the Rainforest.

I am eager to begin teaching this way. The kids will be able to get a better grasp on concepts since the themes will be fully developed over the 4 classes. We will read books, sing songs, listen to music, create projects and delicious food based on the theme for each session. This will be a great preparation for school since it will require the kids to recall and associate information from different classes to put together the bigger idea. I'm looking forward to this!

I will create a post with information about the next session's theme soon!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Laissez Les Bon Temps Roule with Lupine Lane!

This week Lupine Lane will celebrate Mardi Gras!  We will learn about New Orleans, Louisiana and French Creole culture.  We will listen to some authentic music, sing songs and read some wonderful books about the celebration.

In Absolutely Art, we will be making our own Mardi Gras Masks.  Here is my example.

In Kinder Cooks, we will be stewing up some delicious Jambalaya using Mrs. Boles' recipe for one of Meg and Reese's favorite dishes!  Beignets are also on the menu, with a recipe straight from Cafe du Monde in the French Quarter.

Family and Friends Playtime will run as usual.  But, we will play some Creole Tunes and try some parachute games incorporating the Mardi Gras theme!  Those of you who would like to give it a try, Family and Friends Playtime begins at 10:00 am in the gym.  We'd love to see you there!
Looking forward to tomorrow!  See you all then!

Lupine Lane Offers Custom Cards and Small Gifts for Everyone!

At Lupine Lane, we also offer custom cards (more on this as we move closer to Christmas) and small gifts, including hand-crafted soap and candles.  We can do anything with pictures and handmade cards that you wish.  We can create announcements, invitations or thank you notes of any sort.  Just let us know what we can create for you!  The possibilities are endless!  Coming soon...project kits for kids!  I will post more examples as they are made, but here is a small sampling of what we can do for you.

Now, on to class projects, recipes, songs, etc....

Sing Happy Birthday and Let Lupine Lane Do The Rest!

Lupine Lane has just begun to offer birthday parties!  The menu of services is completely a la carte, meaning we can do as little or as much as you need.  Are you creative and just need some help putting your ideas together or managing the kids at the party?  Lupine Lane can help make your thoughts a reality and come to the party to be an extra set of eyes, legs, arms and hands.  If you love your children dearly but feel like you would like to leave everything concerning the party up to a third party, Lupine Lane has you covered!

We will do everything from coming up with a theme, to creating, addressing and mailing unique invitations,

 to dressing up as your child's favorite cartoon,

 to constructing a nifty and delicious cake,

 to bringing the food, 

to coming up with and conducting the activities,

 to creating the party favors, 

to keeping track of the gifts, to creating addressing and mailing the thank you cards.

We will even take all of the photographs and video of the day and provide you with a hand-made, keepsake album after the party.  We can do it all or any combination of anything in between, so you can sit back and enjoy the festivities with your little one.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Lupine Lane's Private Classes

After this post about private classes and a post about birthday parties, I will begin to post what we are doing in our classes each week and any other important information about what is going on with Lupine Lane (party pictures, new classes or when I finishing learning how to use Dreamweaver and update with all new and wonderful information).  For now, I'd like to talk about our private classes.

At this point, Lupine Lane is offering private classes to individuals or groups of children.  These classes are completely customized.  So, we can come for one class for one child or a collage of classes for a group of children.  For instance, one might wish to schedule an hour and a half and combine Absolutely Art and Kinder Cooks into 45 minute classes.  Or, we can come for a playgroup in the morning and conduct Family and Friends Playtime and Lil' Music Makers with the younger siblings and then hold a 2 hour Fun With Photography with the older siblings when they return from their days at preschool.

Also, we are available for Kids' Night Out on a private basis.  We will bring karaoke, a disco ball, lots of music, toys, books, projects, and even dinner for the kids.  Do you have a group of parents hitting the town?  Finding childcare for everyone's little guys will be a snap, and the kids will have as wonderful of a time as the adults!

Lupine Lane can do this at someone's home or arrange for a location, perhaps the children's school or a recreation center in the area.  We will arrive equipped with all of the materials needed for each child in each class.

Lupine Lane is elated to offer private classes, since this allows parents to completely customize what they wish to do.  Call (512-565-1501) or email ( Lupine Lane today to set up your child or playgroup's private classes!  We can't wait to hear from you!

Classes at Lupine Lane

I'd like to explain the classes that Lupine Lane offers.  As I explained in the last post, if there is a "Lil'" in front of the class name, that indicates a "Mommy and Me" class.  The exception is Family and Friends Playtime, where parent or guardian participation is always encouraged.  If there is no "Lil'" and just the class name, the class is considered a "Drop Off" class.  Not all classes have a "Lil'" counterpart.
Alright, now on to the class descriptions.

Lil' Absolutely Art and Absolutely Art
Children will create unique and meaningful art projects with their parent or caregiver's help in Lil' Absolutely Art and independently in Absolutely Art. The creations will be showcased and celebrated. The projects will be enhanced with music and children's literature.

Lil' Kinder Cooks and Kinder Cooks
Children will learn about the process of cooking and baking, as well as about nutrition, manners and clean up alongside of their parents in Lil' Kinder Cooks and independently in Kinder Cooks. When time permits, children's literature and music will enhance the kitchen experience. Children will try new foods and have the opportunity to share their creations with friends and family.

Lil' Music Makers and Music Makers
Children will learn about music by using different instruments and their voices to make their own music. The class will also involve in creating instruments and encourage movement. Lil' Music Makers requires parent participation, Music Makers is a "drop off" class.

Fun With Photography
Fun With Photography participants will begin by learning some of the history of photography. Children will learn about pictures before the digital age. Then, each week, children will work on specific assignment, where they are free to utilize their personal creativity. The pictures will be developed digitally, and participants will create unique ways to preserve their photographs.  Each class will involve the students’ showcasing their work for friends and family.

Writer's Workshop
Each class of Writer’s Workshop will consist of a different aspect of writing.  Children will first explore the non-fiction genre by composing an autobiographical piece. Next, the aspiring authors will try their hands at fiction. Additionally, children will have the opportunity to try their pen at poetry. Each meeting will consist of a workshop period, where the writers will learn the importance of editing. Finally, writers will illustrate their written work and then organize their pieces into a bound book that they will be able to take with them at the end of the session.

Imagination Theatre
Imagination Theatre participants will begin by brainstorming story lines and composing a script.  Costume and set designers will be at work, while the actors work with the director and producer to learn their roles.  As the individual facets of the play come together, children will rehearse and perfect their personal responsibility of the production. Then, the preparation will culminate in a performance for all of the participants’ friends and family.  A DVD of the performance will be available for purchase.

Family and Friends Playtime
Children will meet new friends and enjoy the old as they play to their hearts' content. All play will encourage gross and fine motor development, as well as social interaction. The class will begin and end with "circle time," full of songs and parachute games. Parent or guardian participation encouraged.

Kids' Night Out
On select weekend evenings, kids can join their friends for a night of movies, munchies and activities while their parents hit the town. This will be a wonderful way for kids to meet new friends, hang out with old friends, participate in some fun and creative projects, enjoy some delicious munchies, and take in a flick.