June 1

Preschool Trike-A-Thon

The children had an absolute BLAST during our trike-a-thon today!
We spent time having races, trading bikes/scooters, washing our bikes/scooters, and finished our morning with popsicles. The pictures say it all!


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May 30

Summer Activities and Apps

I have had many parents ask me for ideas of activities to do with your children this summer.  During our home visits last week, I gave every family a calendar that is filled with activities for each and every day for all of June, all of July, and all of August.  This calendar is a GREAT place to start!  Here is a list of 100 additional ideas for families to do together:

1. Jump rope

2. Play hop scotch

3. Build a sandcastle

4. Go swimming

5. DIY popsicles

6. Catch lightning bugs

7. Go to the beach

8. Play baseball/softball

9. Visit your local fair

10. Make soda floats

11. Create a music video

12. Build an obstacle course

13. Outdoor family game night

14. DIY a no-sew blanket

15. Camp outdoors

16. Walk the neighbor’s dog

17. DIY sidewalk chalk

18. Fly a kite

19. Have a water fight

20. Try squirt gun painting

21. DIY ice cream in a bag

22. Have a bonfire

23. Bake cookies for local firefighters

24. Try a nature scavenger hunt

25. Play ultimate frisbee

26. Paint cement with water

27. Bike ride

28. Start a garden

29. Try an outdoor science experiment

30. Go hiking

31. Grow seeds (science)

32. Stargaze

33. Attend a free concert (Downtown Plymouth has some great ones!)

34. Go alphabet-photo hunting

35. Sign up for your library’s summer reading

36. DIY no-churn ice cream

37. Have a picnic – in your own yard, at the park, or even at the beach!

38. DIY shaving cream painting

39. Make homemade pizza (let your child choose the toppings and help put the pizza together)

40. Host a garage sale

41. Try something new (a new food, a new place to visit)

42. Go geo-caching

43. Have breakfast for dinner

44. Play Scattegories

45. Make paper airplanes

46. See an outdoor movie

47. Blow bubbles

48. Make a bird feeder

49. Attend a free local event

50. Try mini golf

51. Cuddle up for a classic movie

52. Take a one-day road trip

53. Play charades

54. Make no bake cookies

55. Help a neighbor with lawn work

56. Tie dye a shirt

57. Visit a farmer’s market (22100 Michigan Ave., Dearborn, MI (313) 584-6100 – Open on FRIDAYS from 9:00 – 2:00)

58. Have a family movie night

59. Make friendship bracelets

60. Do a random act of kindness

61. Make homemade play dough

62. Watch fireworks

63. Build a LEGO castle

64. Collect rocks

65. Go garage sale-ing

66. Have an indoor spa day

67. Learn a new game

68. Try a new food

69. Get a pen pal

70. Read a bedtime story

71. Face paint

72. Try frisbee tic-tac-toe

73. Make sock puppets

74. Eat outside

75. Build an indoor fort

76. Try brain puzzles

77. Play “guess that song”

78. Start a book club

79. Have a car wash

80. Have a BBQ

81. Play pictionary

82. Make a time capsule

83. Go swinging

84. Make a calming jar

85. Take a nap outdoors

86. Set up a lemonade stand

87. Play soccer

88. Volunteer

89. Try a new sport

90. Run through sprinklers

91. Make smoothies

92. Visit the park

93. Host a sleepover

94. Visit the zoo

95. Make a fairy garden

96. Take a free local class

97. Play with finger paint

98. Climb trees

99. Have a treasure hunt

100. Have fun!


You will notice that NONE of these activities include playing video games or being on the iPad/tablet.  I personally recommend limiting your child’s time on these devices to 30 minutes in the morning and 30 minutes in the evening.  If you need ideas of educational AND age-appropriate apps for your children for the summer months, please visit this website:


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May 13

Survey for Parents of Preschoolers

Dear Parent/Guardian,


Cotter Early Childhood Center and all Dearborn Schools are involved in an ongoing continuous improvement process, of which parents and guardians are an integral part. Cotter Early Childhood Center is using the AdvancED Parent Survey as a means to elicit your opinions to help target areas for the school system to improve and areas to continue to be effective. Your opinion is important to us, and we ask that you take the time to complete this survey. The online survey will be available from 5/9/17 to 5/31/17. In order to complete the survey, please click on this link: https://goo.gl/gZl7de

Please be assured that your responses to this survey will be anonymous and your honest opinions are appreciated. If you have any questions about this survey, please contact your school principal at lambern@dearbornschools.org.Thank you in advance for supporting Cotter Early Childhood Center improvement efforts.

Your cooperation and support in completing the parent survey will be greatly appreciated. Sincerely,

Nadra Lamberti, Principal

أولياء الأمور الكرام ،


مدرستنا وجميع مدارس ديربورن في عملية تطوير و تحسين مستمرة و دائمة ،يعتبر خلالها الأهل  والأوصياء جزء لا يتجزأ و جوهري لسيرها. نستخدم استطلاع رأي متطور و خاص بالأهالي كوسيلة للاطلاع على آرائهم التي من شأنها المساعدة في استهداف المناطق الفعالة والمؤثرة على سير العملية التطويرية للمدرسة. رأيك مهم بالنسبة لنا،لذا نرجو منكم الاجابة على الاستطلاع  لإتمام هذه الدراسة. يتوفر استطلاع الرأي عبر شبكة الإنترنت من 5/9 _5/31 . من أجل إكمال الدراسة، يرجى الضغط على الرابط التالي : https://goo.gl/gZl7de  

نؤكد أن مشاركتكم و اجاباتكم حول هذا الاستطلاع سرية و لن يتم معرفة شخصية من قام بالاستطلاع، و أن آرائكم الصادقة هي موضع تقدير. إذا كان لديكم أي أسئلة حول هذا الاستبيان، يرجى الاتصال بمكتب المدرسة عبر البريد الالكتروني التالي <<lambers@dearbornschools.org شكرا لكم مقدما على مساندتكم ودعمكم  لعملية تطوير و تحسين المدرسة .

نقدر تعاونكم ودعمكم في إكمال هذا الاستطلاع و لكم جزيل الشكر.
مدير(ة) المدرسة

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May 12

Preschool Picnic

This week on Thursday May 18th – all preschool children and parents are invited to join us at Lapeer Park.

We will meet at Lapeer Park at 9:00 am on Thursday, May 18th.  All preschool children MUST have a parent attend in order to come.  Younger siblings are welcome to join us outside as well. 🙂

We will have snacks available in the morning and would like to invite anyone who would like to bring something to share, to please bring food/snacks.  NO NUTS IN/ON ANY OF THE FOOD- THERE ARE LIFE/DEATH FOOD ALLERGIES!

Please also be sure to bring any chairs/blankets to sit on during lunch time.


May 11

Lunch Time

As we draw closer to the end of the current school year, we have begun learning how to do things the way the children will be doing them when they enter Young 5s/Kindergarten.

One of the transitions we have started this week is lunch.

In preschool, we eat lunch “family style” where we set the table, pass the food around to one another, serve ourselves, and have deep and meaningful conversations.

Once your child goes into Young 5s or Kindergarten, they will be going through the lunch line and eating in the cafeteria.

This week, the preschoolers began this process.
Step #1 – Get your utensils

Step #2 – Choose a milk

Step #3 – Choose lunch choice 1 or 2 and slide it down

Step #4 – Slide (and add fruits/veggies!)

Step #5 – Carry everything into the cafeteria

Step #6 – EAT!

Step #7  – Empty any leftover milk into the milk buckets

Step #8 – Throw away all of your trash

As you can see, it’s a pretty detailed process… but so far, your children are doing GREAT!  Here are a few snapshots of our class eating like the big kids do!

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April 12

Teacher of the Year Nominations

Please see the information below from the District website.

Teacher of the Year Nomination Deadline Extended

It’s time for students to nominate their favorite Dearborn Public Schools teacher for the 2017 Alberta Muirhead Teacher of the Year Award, sponsored by the Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce, and presented by LaFontaine Automotive Group. The deadline for submitting applications has been extended to Thursday, April 13, 2017.
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March 30

Read, Read, READ!

Everyone knows that March is reading month. While we are always doing new and exciting things to help children find a love of reading, we have been especially lucky to take part in many additional reading activities throughout this month!

We kicked off March is Reading Month here at Salina by having an all school read-in. Many parents came in to spend quality time reading books with/to their child(ren).

We also got to ride on the school bus to go to the Henry Ford Centennial Library!

While we were at the library, we heard several stories, danced/moved our bodies like the animals in the book, and then made a craft about the stories we heard.

We also enjoyed a few different guest readers!  Officer Mockbill was our first mystery person. He came and read us “The Pout Pout Fish”.

Musaed’s sister Bedour also came to read to the class. She read “Where the Wild Things Are”.

Lastly, we took a small walk to the Salina library upstairs to visit Mrs. Alvarado.  She read us two stories, “Bubblegum, Bubblegum” and “The Three Pigs”.

We also have started ‘reading’ stories to one another.  In preschool the children memorize the story and sequence of events and then use the pictures to help them re-tell the story to another child.

We ended March is Reading month by going to the assembly with the rest of Salina Elementary school. During this assesmbly Mrs. Styles read us a poem from her slipper! One of the first grade classes performed a song about reading for the entire school! We also got to see some of the Salina teachers act out an all time favorite story called “Pete the Cat and his Magic Sunglasses”. We ended the assembly by rocking it out with the music teachers!


Thank you to everyone who helped us make March is Reading month a success!!

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March 22


The children have been engaging in many different types of experiments involving mixing during Work Time. Some of the things the children have been mixing involve paint + glue = sticky paint … paint + new paint = interesting colors/messes … paint + water = wet paint … chocolate milk + juice = they actually like this … ketchup + pancakes = GROSS! … dirt + water = mud.

I wanted to capture this interest and allow the children to see what happens when we mix vinegar + baking soda. (If you’re ok with messes, feel free to try this at home with your preschooler!)

To make it even more interesting, we added a few drops of food coloring to the vinegar first. The children were given red vinegar, blue vinegar and yellow vinegar.  They were also given a container of baking soda and then a spoon to use to scoop the colored vinegar into the baking soda to watch the colors bubble, fizz and mix to create new, secondary colors.

I apologize, but I only was able to get pictures of one group – the looks on their faces are the absolute BEST!

This is where it gets crazy – but FUN! And where the most learning ended up taking place.  This group decided to see what would happen when they poured the baking soda directly into the vinegar!  See the explosions – I mean results – for yourself below!

Also, I managed to capture a quick video as well.  Hopefully the link below will work for everyone so you can see the action & excitement!



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March 15


Since it has been so cold outside – we have decided to try to THINK SPRING!

We have had many children out sick this week (thank you parents for allowing your children time to heal and rest at home).

The children who have been at school have been disappointed that it has been too cold for us to get outside… so we decided to spend our lunch today having an INDOOR PICNIC!

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March 14

Critter Guy

The children were beyond excited to meet my long-time friend, Mr. Paul (also known as The Critter Guy) today!

Mr. Paul came to visit our classroom here at Salina and brought along several of his friends for us to learn about & interact with.

The first animal we learned about is a tree frog named Woody. Woody has dry skin on top that feels like wax – and a wet belly on the bottom.  He has four toes that work like suction cups to help him stick to things.

Next we were able to meet a Box Turtle named Oblio.  He is able to close himself up tight inside his shell if he becomes afraid. We also learned that Oblio LOVES to eat cantaloupe!

After Oblio we met a cockatiel named Pearl.  Pearl really enjoys climbing on and sitting on people – especially on their heads!

Mr. Paul recently got a new, furry friend – a lop rabbit named Buster.  This is one of Buster’s first times visiting a school, but the children enjoyed being able to hold him like a baby.

We also were able to meet a chinchilla named Cotton.  Cotton lived up in the mountains and has the softest fur you will ever touch.

The last animal we were able to meet was a King Snake named Cookies-n-Cream!

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