December 19

Slime Time!

We have been noticing the children need more activities to help them gain strength and muscles in their hands and fingers. This week, our repeated read aloud story is The Gingerbread Man – so we decided to make brown slime to make our own gingerbread with!

We pounded the slime with hammers…


Cut the slime with scissors….


Rolled the slime with rollers…


And cut the slime with plastic knives!

We LOVE slime!

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December 6

Santa came to Salina!

Today the children had the opportunity to see Santa up close and even received a special gift, straight from the North Pole to take home with them!

Here are a few pictures from today:



If you want your child to be able to see Santa and spend some more time with him, and snap a few pictures of your own – remember – Santa will be at Cotter for our Winter Fair on December 13th!  There will be a bus available to take Salina preschoolers and their parent/adult on that day too!

December 6


Attention: Families with Preschool age children who are 4 years of age by December 1, 2017.
There is an immediate possibility of free full day preschool beginning in January 2018 in the Dearborn Public Schools (next month). The family must be eligible based on risk factors and not currently enrolled in a GSRP program.  If interested, families may pick up an application at the Cotter Early Childhood Center, 13020 Osborn or call Nadia Berry at 313-827-6150.
Please respond immediately as slots are limited.
Families must live in the city of Dearborn.

انتباه : إلى من لديهم أطفال بسن مرحلة الحضانة / الروضة و سوف يبلغون من العمر أربع سنوات في الأول من كانون الأول ٢٠١٧ . هناك فرصة فورية للتسجيل في برنامج حضانة روضة بدوام يومي كامل مجاني مع بداية كانون الثاني ٢٠١٨   في مدارس ديربورن الرسمية ( الشهر القادم). سيتم قبول العائلات تبعاً لعوامل الخطورة و عدم كون الطفل طالباً في برنامج الاستعداد لبداية عظيمة. بإمكان العائلات المهتمة الحصول على طلب التسجيل من مركز كاتر للطفولة المبكرة ، الواقع على ١٣٠٢٠شارع أوزبورن. أو الاتصال بالسيدة نادية بيري على الهاتف رقم ٦١٥٠ – ٨٢٧- ٣١٣.

نرجو منكم الاتصال بنا بأسرع وقت ممكن فالاماكن محدودة .

نرجو منكم تمرير هذه الرسالة لجميع أولياء الأمور مع أطفال بعمر الرابعة.

Current GSRP preschool families, please help us spread the word to your friends and family members. Let me know if you have any questions.
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December 4

Parent Talk Workshop

Last week I sent home a flyer about a workshop called Parent Talk.  This is a series of dates (9 weeks) where parents attend a workshop with Margaret King Ahmed to get information and skills to help your children with their independence, social skills, how to discipline at home and help your child be a safe, responsible member of the school. Please let me know if you’re interested in going to Cotter Early Childhood Center to take part in this session.

Click below to see more information:

Parent Talk Arabic

Parent Talk English

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November 13

Critter Guy!

Here it is! The iBlog post you have ALL been waiting for!  I’m not even going to give a big description because these pictures tell you everything!

The first animals we saw were Ring-Neck Doves named Squib and Squab.

Next, we met a Tree Frog named Woody!


We also were able to see a Chocolate Chip Starfish – her name was Cookie – up close & personal!

After that we met a pet mouse named Oreo! She tickles!


Then we briefly met a chinchilla named Cotton! Her name is perfect since she is SUPER soft!

The very last animal we met was a corn snake named Pretzel!


What an AMAZING experience for everyone!


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November 3

Apples & Pumpkins

This is the time of the year when the children begin to notice many changes in their environments.  As the weather gets cooler, the leaves begin to change colors and fall to the ground. Some houses add fall/autumn decorations such as pumpkins, leaves and apples.  The children talk about these changes throughout our Daily Routine in the classroom. To support their observations –  we enhance the learning by bringing in pumpkins.  The children used their sense of sight and touch to explore the pumpkins and to make scientific observations about the pumpkins. We created a list of the observations and then gave the children time to paint their pumpkins as well.


We used apples to do a bit of math and science in the classroom as well.

First we again used our senses of sight and touch to make scientific observations about the apples. We generated a list about the apples as well (check out the display outside of our classroom!).

Next, we did a taste test. We were able to use our sense of taste to try out both red and yellow apples.  We then put our data analysis skills to work as we voted for which apple we liked the best.  We then counted the number of votes and explored different ways to write numbers.  We learned that we can write numbers using numerals such as 1, 2, and 3… or we could write the number using dots or lines as tally marks. We compared which apple had more and less.  (These charts are also on display outside of our classroom.

During work time, most of the children helped Mrs. Laurus peel and cut apart the apples, add some water, sugar and cinnamon & then let everything cook inside of a crock pot to make our very own applesauce! (A special thank you to all of the parents who brought in cinnamon when Mrs. Laurus ran out!!)

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November 1

Firefighter Visit

Last week the Dearborn Firefighters from Unit 3 came to visit all of the preschoolers.

The children were beyond excited to see all of the equipment a firefighter wears on their body and how they put it all on.

They start by jumping into their boots that are ALWAYS already attached to their pants.

Next, they put on their jacket and their oxygen tank.

After that comes their hood, mask and their hat.

Last, they put on their gloves. Now all of the parts of their body are covered and protected so the fire and smoke can’t hurt them.

We also learned about how to crawl down low on the floor if there is smoke in our house so we don’t breathe in the dirty air that could hurt our body.  We also learned we have to get OUTSIDE and to get their quickly to stay safe. The firefighters reminded us to NEVER hide… even if we are feeling scared.  They also told us that if we get stuck in the house, to yell as loud as we can so the firefighters can find us quickly to help us get out of the house.


At the end, we all got to go outside to see the fire engine and see all of the special tools on the fire engine the firefighters use to help them put out a fire.

At the very end, we also were able to see the ambulance… and even go inside of it!

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October 24

District Survey

This survey consists of two questions to collect parent feedback on the possibility to pilot year-round school concept in one or two elementary schools. One of the arguments for year-round schooling is that children will have better knowledge retention versus having too much of a mental break in the summer. School calendar would be extended to include additional four weeks in the summer. Please click on the link to share your feedback:


يتألف هذا الاستقصاء من سؤالين لجمع آراء أولياء الامور بشأن إمكانية تجريب مفهوم المدرسة على مدار السنة في عدد صغير من المدارس الابتدائية. إحدى فوائد التعليم المدرسي على مدار السنة هي أن الطلاب يحافظون على متابعة التحصيل العلمي خلال الصيف. إذا قمنا بتنفيذ هذه
الخطة سيتم تمديد التقويم المدرسي ليشمل أربعة أسابيع إضافية في الصيف
   :يرجى النقر على الرابط لإكمال سؤالين حول مفهوم المدرسة على مدار السنة
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October 20

The First Month of Preschool

Hello families!

During this first month of preschool, we have been focusing very heavily on learning our classroom routine.  Routine is especially important in your child’s development as this helps them build upon understanding the concept of time later on in their education. You may be hearing your child use words to describe what they are doing at school as “play”, “work time”, “planning time”, “recall time”, “outside time”, “small group time”, “large group time”, etc…

Here are some pictures of the children engaging in various parts of our daily routine.

This first group of pictures are from “Work Time”.  During Work Time in the preschool classroom, your child is learning to make choices about what materials to use, where in the classroom to do their work, who they would like (or not like) to work with to accomplish their plan as well as solving problems with other children when conflicts arise.



The children have also been very interested in our classroom pet, a guinea pig named Stella!  Stella is very mild mannered and sweet… and quite old at the age of 5 years. Stella helps the children learn about taking care of living things – what they need to live (food, water, love, shelter) and also teaches them about kindness towards all living things.



Rest Time is a time of day where the children lay on their cot, with their favorite blanket from home so that their body has time to relax (and sleep if they need/want to).  So far, our friends are TIRED and have been falling asleep with a quickness!


Outside Time is a favorite for everyone! We have been running, balancing, climbing, jumping, swinging, digging and even unearthing worms!



Small Group Time is when we do the most directed learning.  We are still learning how to safely and appropriately use the materials we have in our classroom environment. This past week we learned how to independently paint using washable water color paints as well as practiced using child-safe scissors.

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