Tuesday, December 31, 2013

From Waldorf to Montessori, Reggio to Nature...It's all Learning

Stacks of supplies, packed in tight.


Ready and willing, eyes so bright. 


Colors galore and tools at hand, 


Just grab me a handful right from the land.


Learning to mix, stir and bake,


Ready to dress up and play - I'm awake! 


Learning is easy and learning is fun.


The day is quickly over, just as its begun.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Halloween Walk Saturday Oct 26th -Harvest Time in the City-

Apples, pumpkins and harvest time fun. 
Watch us turn this urban preschool into a hay ride, hoe-down, 
happily ever after harvest Halloween season!
Come in costume if you dare.


Saturday, October 26th from 10am-2pm

Join us all yea
pirates and buccaneers 
search for loot and other treasures.

Preschool appropriate activities that may be CORNY but will make you say HAY!
as you make your way through 
mid town Sacramento's costume parade.

Stop by and take a peek, bring a friend, play a game.

It's all free!

Only at Caring Connection 
Midtown Campus
2100 J Street
(Go to the rainbow fence)

Monday, August 12, 2013

Safe, Kind & Clean KID'S FEST is a Second Saturday Success!

With biodegradable balloons (Clean) going out to the community, 
Caring Connection Children's Center- J Street Campus 
was full of fun, frolicking families on 2nd Saturday. 

Thank you to WellSpace (formerly the Effort) 
for their information on dental and medical care. (Safe)

Thank you to the teachers Rose Sathe, 
Kellie Lynch, Linda Luck.

Thank you for your amazing support Tammy Tanner.

Recognizing ecology (Clean) we created a 
Litter Garden where children could pluck out recycle-able materials to create works of art.

Litter Art table ready for the kids. And here they are!!!!

Look at the pay off with all of these happy children and involved parents!

Mister Cooper was, as usual, a highlight to the event! Thanks, Ken.

Everybody loves "I'm a Little Teapot".

"Tip me over and Pour me out!"

Thanks to Kellie Lynch owner/breeder from Hopscotch Buns 
for bringing her hand-raised bunnies to teach us to be Kind at our Petting Zoo. 

Every little chick-a-dee in the place had fun.

Thanks to all the parents, grandparents and friends who joined us.

... sometimes you were left holding the bag (or robot)...

...just hold a hand...

...and just plane holding down the fort-in this case, the dock!

Caring Connection Children's Center is new to midtown. Please visit our website www.caringconnectionchildrenscenter.com 

or call us 916 261-0796

for enrollment information.

A wonderful occasion for family and friends.

Here's a great view of the entire yard on a beautiful, breezy summer day.

Seeing first time visitors, 
especially the children experience our Natural Playscape was wonderful.

Come join us where Learning and Fun are Naturally One.

 Thank you to Orcutt Family Dentistry, 
Ken Smalley Insurance and the
 Downtown Business Association, 
Julie Jenkins Sathe and Enlightened Discipline (the Safe, Kind and Clean Philosophy).

Friday, July 12, 2013

Keeping Life in Balance

We all know it is tough.
We all try to keep it going. 
Here are 8 tips for personal balance. 

It's hard work: Parenting, working, shopping, cooking, cleaning and partnering. So here are a few reminders of how to keep all the parts of your life in balance.

1. Take 15 minutes before or after the children are asleep to be alone. (This must be awake time). Sit, relax, contemplate nothing. Don't plan the shopping list or schedule tomorrow. Just sit still. Breathe. Light a candle or sip a cup of herbal tea.

2. Walk outside. Just 5 minutes. Not exercise. Just breathing.

3. Delegate. (It's hard for me, too). Ask for help, ask for a break from something you are not as good at. Don't criticize those that have picked up what you have asked them to do. Just say, 'thank you.'

4.  Read something that heightens your awareness, makes you ponder or gives you comfort. Affirmations, positive quotes, etc.

5. Clean just one area each week that is making you uncomfortable. You get to decide how much. Perhaps it is one drawer that is frustrating. Maybe it's the car or the bathroom counter. Then congratulate yourself.

6. At the end of the day, everyday list off 10 things that you are grateful for. (I use my fingers to count while drifting off to sleep). My health, my children, the phone call from a friend, enough money to pay the bills....

7. Make your sleeping area beautiful in a new way. Clip a flower and place in a vase, light a candle before bedtime, change the sheets long before bedtime so they are clean and crisp, spray linen spray on your sheets or scented talcum. Whether you are in a partnership or alone, you deserve pleasant sleep.

8. Find reasons to celebrate. The bills are completed! Celebrate with a cool drink. The floor is vacuumed!  Celebrate with 15 minutes of your guilty pleasure reading. The kids are in bed on time! Celebrate with hand holding with your partner. You decide.

These are a few reminders to help you keep your life in balance. By being more kind to yourself - you will be a more effective employee, a better parent and a more loving spouse - and more in balance for the rest of your fabulous life.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

NATURES BUILDING BLOCKS ...Leave it to the children.

Two boys, both 2 years old, with very little speech still managed to communicate in their own fashion as they lifted and stacked very large rocks from our dry creek bed.  

The teachers did not help, intervene or rescue them from what they were intent to do. 

One child lifted, while the other stacked, both with extreme intensity. 

We called them inside for morning circle time and left their work untouched.

When they next returned to the yard, with little delay they were back at their task. 

This was an amazing display of cooperative play and teamwork for children of this age. 

This was such a joy to watch and experience. No toys, no blocks, no guidance was required. 

This is Natural Playscape learning at its peak.

Caring Connection Children's Center
J Street location

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Dads, Dudes and Dogs!

Heating it up!

Matrim is transfixed by the fire, a heritage that we all share.

Time to Eat.

Karmin offers to help Owner Julie Jenkins Sathe roast a hot dog as teacher Kellie photo bombs!

Daddy Brian cautions Matrim to be 'safe' near the fire 
as they prepare their dog.

Daddy Trey meets Fiona at preschool (thanks to 'kind' Grandma for helping transport).

Teacher Kellie enjoys a bit of a break as the dads take over.

Owner Julie Jenkins Sathe hams it up while eating her dog. 
Fiona takes a bite - yep out of the middle!

Cooling Down. 

Daddy Trey and Fiona operate the water on the slide.

Teacher (and Mom of Sam) Kellie braves 
the slide while Trey and Fiona spray her.

Mama Nikki braves the water
slide as daughter Karmin operates the water.

Fiona made it through the slide, with dad at the ready.

Slowing it down.

Taking some time out of their afternoons a few of our Dads joined 
Caring Connection Children's Center- J Street 
for a hot dog roast and afternoon play. 
Letting the children lead the way is Brian Williams, 
offering a bit of shade time and book reading.

Wrapping up.

Thanks to all the dads, moms, stepparents, grandparents, godparents, aunts, uncles and friends 
who make up the village that helps to raise a child.