New Beginnings

The new school year started last week and we thought you might like to see how we welcomed our students, old and new, back. Lots of adventure, discovery and exploration for our little people to embark on. We can’t wait to share our new stories with you!

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When life gives you lemons…

… you make lemonade! Or even, just on a summer’s day, lemonade is a great idea.

The Elements students had such fun making lemonade in out kitchen, with lots of ice and an extra dose of happiness.

We then set up a table within the premises of the school and spent an afternoon offering passers-by a free, refreshing drink.

Of course this was a fun activity, but the students also learnt the importance of sharing, of being compassionate – a cool drink on a hot day is something people appreciate – and of being able to make conversation with those who stopped by.

It really was a successful day and everyone was very pleased with how well it went.

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A Friday tradition

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“I don’t know why, but the meals we have on picnics always taste so much nicer than the ones we have indoors.”

– Enid Blyton

Weather permitting, we love our Friday picnics. The kids get finger foods from home. We head out into our custom-designed yard to eat lunch al fresco. It’s a wonderful way to end the week. Spending time outdoors, of course, has its benefits. What we love even more is just watching the kids soak in the sun, in the company of their friends, being comfortable in the natural world. It is one of our key endeavours at Elements Preschool, as an urban nature school, to help children reconnect with nature. A Friday picnic is one of the nicest ways to do that.

If you’re inspired to host a picnic for your kids, or with friends and family this weekend, here are some great resources:

12 Secrets for the Perfect Picnic

13 Quick and Easy Recipes for Picnics

8 Outdoor Games for a Picnic

Cooking With Kids: Pizza

We made pizza for lunch and it was delicious. As always, the kids helped out, and if you’d like to try this at home with your children, here’s the recipe we followed. The steps in bold are for adults only – the kids can help with everything else. Have fun! We sure did.

Ingredients:

Pizza dough
Peppers
Pepperoni,
Cheese
Olive oil
Back pepper
Olives
Onions
Tomato sauce.

Pre-heat oven to 550 degrees.

Slice all the vegetables.

Sauté the peppers and onions with olive oil and black pepper.

Roll out the pizza dough.

Spread the tomato sauce and top with the vegetables and meat. Sprinkle black pepper, cheese and olives.

Bake in the oven for 5-10 minutes.

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Summer fun with crafts & plants

We spent a fun summer day at a neighbourhood garden. The kids were greeted warmly by the staff there. They then learnt how to trace, cut and sew teddy bears and pillows. It was such a fun activity, and the kids loved decorating their crafts. To end a lovely morning, the kids walked around the garden and helped water the plants. While leaving, they were given the bears they made and with loud “thank yous”, we were on our way back to Elements. Take a look at some pictures from our fabulous day!

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More classes: After-School & My Grown-up and Me

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My Grown-up & Me Classes

For Discoverers, aged 13 – 22 months

As an urban nature preschool, Elements believes in introducing children to the outdoors, encouraging them to engage with the natural world.

Apart from lots of fun outdoor free play, kids spend time in our garden, helping care for our organic produce.

This program engages the growing curiosity of the child, and helps develop important emotional and physical skills.

Every Tuesday from 10 to 11am
For 7 classes from 3 May to 14 June, 2016: $350

For Explorers, aged 23 to 32 months

Children in this age group are very curious and eager to run around, engaging with the world and people around them.

We build on the curriculum for Discoverers, adding in yoga and cooking to channel the child’s energy. There will be lots of time spent outdoors, learning about the natural world through each activity.

In the module on cooking and food, kids will also spend time in our organic garden, learning about the life of plants, and where food comes from.

Every Friday from 10 to 11 am
For 7 classes from 5 May to 16 June, 2016: $350

After-school classes

For Adventurers, aged 2.5 to 4 years

For our little Adventurers, classes outdoor free play and creative projects.

Aside from learning and playing in our beautiful backyard, classes will include time spent in the kitchen, helping prepare snacks using our home-grown produce.

Every Monday & Thursday from 3.30 to 4.30pm
From 12 May to 30 June, 2016: $50 per class

For more information, and to register for these classes, please contact us on: info@elementspreschool.com

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The Elements Summer Program

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As the warmer months approach, we at Elements Preschool have created the perfect programs for kids to spend time learning, playing and having fun.

Whether you choose to send your child to our Summer Program, After-School Classes, or My Grown-Up and Me Classes, we guarantee muddy fingers, curious minds, and full hearts.

Summer Program

Summer at Elements offers kids a chance to learn and play in a unique woodland at the heart of Manhattan. We have a custom-landscaped backyard in which kids dig, climb, farm and do yoga.

The gardening and cooking modules of the program introduce children to tending for plants in our organic garden. They will then use the produce to make yummy snacks and meals, following our farm-to-table philosophy.

And of course, there will be lots of water play, and time spent outdoors, learning as they have fun.

June 27 to August 26, 2016
8:30am to 3.00pm: $450 per week
Add 3:00pm to 6.00pm: $100 per week

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