Monday, November 23, 2015

Westmoreland's New Outdoor Space!

<FullSizeRender.jpg>Welcome to Westmoreland’s Natural Play-Space! This is a beautiful space located across the street  behind  Merritt Health and Wellness. We are so excited to utilize the outdoor space for games such as scavenger hunts, hide and seek, and duck-duck -goose! As well as exploring plants, like the Rosemary bush or taking our magnifying glasses outside and closely examining the leaves, sticks, tree stumps or ladybugs we find! 

The outdoor space gives the kids a great place to work on their gross motor skills as well as get some fresh air! This is a great way to teach children about their environment and how to care for it!  It is also a beautiful spot to take curriculum outside! Right now our PK/PS class is learning all about “Trees”. They are SO excited to get outside and collect samples!  

We will be outside playing and learning soon! Watch for upcoming pictures on Facebook and our blog!!


Thursday, October 22, 2015

Positive Teacher = Positve Students

Metaphors, examples and illustrations always rise to the occasion when I am trying to explain why a particular choice was a sad choice to a kiddo that seems to really not care. This can be very time consuming. It can also be very exhausting.

It hit me a few years ago, that I was spending a lot of time drilling into my kiddos the “don’t’s” of life, rather than simply showing and teaching them a happier way to live. I became further convinced of this when I came across this amazing example from a tribe in Africa:

I decided to start incorporating this kind of guidance in my class, but in a quicker manner. For example, one day a kiddo had pushed another friend...rather than using my old routine of expounding upon the unkindness of their recent act, I pulled the child aside and said:
    “What I saw made me sad, but you know what makes me happy? When I saw you help a friend get up earlier because they fell. Also, when I saw you helping your friends pick up their toys even though you had already picked all of yours up, I was very happy to be your teacher. I loved those choices. Can I see more of that?”
My Pre-k kids' face lit up and my heart swelled. Thus, started the beginning of a very different teaching approach.

A few days ago we had cooking class. We have this saying as we pass ingredients around: take a sniff and a peek and tell me what you think. Well, when it came to the pumpkin, everyone agreed that it smelled like: garbage. Giggles commenced. I remember grabbing it and making a silly face myself.

Then...lightbulb!!! I stopped everything and asked them, “this pumpkin smells bad, right”? More giggles and references to garbage. Then I held up the sugar and cinnamon and cream cheese and asked, “do you think it will smell better when we add these in?”. I got some skeptical faces and only a few agreed it might. So we continued our cooking class. Mixed everything in. I could see their faces getting more and more curious. Finally, I let them smell it once more. Everyone smiled and one girl shouted, “it smells like heaven!”.

I couldn’t help myself and asked, “But, how could garbage smell like heaven?” They all piped up “sugar” or “cinnamon”. I could hardly wait to pounce with my “life lesson”, but waited and had them all try it with their wafers.

“Yummy”, “delicious”, and “good” were the words coming out of their mouths filled with the pumpkin dip. It was my moment:

“Do you know that I think all of you are amazing and good? Just like this pumpkin, there may be a few things that you do that are a little stinky or sad, BUT, there is so much more that you do that is good, kind and sweet. These nice things you do are what I see when I look at you. You guys are my daily pumpkin dip..delicious even though you make mistakes.”

As CMLC teachers, we already know to incorporate Love and Logic concepts in our classrooms. However, this can be hard to do at times when our natural tendencies fight against us. Sometimes actually forcing ourselves to practice these concepts with an open mind and inspiration (in this case a story about an African tribe) allows for moments of brilliance when we can really make a difference, despite ourselves. 

Teacher Jamie- Gateway location

Teacher Jamie and her Pre-K Kiddos (plus a couple toddlers)!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Continued Education and Training for our Team is Highly Valued at CMLC!

A Thank you to our CMLC Families!

All of us at Creative Minds would like to thank you for supporting our CMLC team in our continued education and training! Our Teacher Development Day was a huge success with a great team turnout! Child Care Resource and Referral instructors facilitated highly educational courses with helpful techniques that our teachers can apply to their classrooms and with our kiddos. We enjoyed learning about fostering independence and helping to develop critical thinking skills for children!

We have had a great start to our school year here at CMLC and are looking forward to all of our exciting and fun Fall activities and events! We have our Zoo Critter In-House Special Guests, Harvest Party Celebrations and our School Family Potlucks coming up just around the corner. Please see your school's Director for more information and details on our upcoming Fall activities and programs.

We look forward to seeing you all at our Fall events and to the many memories to come at Creative Minds this school year!

Again, we appreciate all of your support and are so fortunate to have you and your kiddos as a part of our Creative Minds family!


Brittany Galego
Chief Operations Officer
Creative Minds Learning Centers

Friday, August 14, 2015

On behalf of the entire CMLC family, we can't wait to have you all back and see you guys for a brand new school year. Not only is that exciting, but we are also going to be opening our new school located in Tualatin. We are having an open house tomorrow on August 15, 2015, a ribbon cutting with the mayor on the 22nd, and the grand opening on the 31st. We are offering $100 off your registration fee if you sign up before 8/31. This is an offer to all Tualatin families and we are looking forward to seeing our CMLC families back and some new CMLC families.

The art program that we offer is incorporating Reggio Emilia Art into your child's art class every day. Reggio Emilia was started in Italy after WWII because people thought that children needed a new way of learning. It  using a lot of light and creativity. It is used a lot for young children because it helps them use their imagination and it is commonly used. If you check out our pinterest you can see many art ideas and other ideas in general. 

We are going to blog more often and let you know what is going on to keep you in the loop! We will let you know what is going on, if there are important events or just about our schools in general! Thank you all so much for being a part of the Creative Minds family and supporting us! 

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Sign Language in WM Jr. Toddler class

Welcome to Westmoreland Creative Minds Teacher Amika!
Teacher Amika is our new Jr. Toddlers Teacher! We are very excited to have the wonderful opportunity to have Teacher Amika as part of our staff. Today in Jr. Toddlers we learned some Sign Language, check out how smart we are!


T. Amika teaching cracker!

T. Kelsey teacher cracker





Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Summertime at CMLC

What a HOT but beautiful sunny summer we are having! It is so wonderful to hear about the trips to the park, zoo, farmers market and the camping trips that our families are taking together!
On a walk with my friends!


When school lets out for the summer we are so excited to "Go to the park!" Our mornings are spent sharing with one another during circle time and station time. Then we have art and snack, next it is time to sunscreen up! We get our shoes on and head to the park!

Our Toddlers,Jr. Toddlers and Infants have had the opportunity to get out and run on the playground! They love the sunshine and watching the big kids run around! The infants favorite thing to do is walk and        explore with bark chips!

At QFC, our first walking field trip!!!
Our Westmorland PK/PS has been doing something new and exciting this year! We have been exploring our community by taking walking field trips to local businesses. so far, we have visited QFC,  we have had a field day at the local elementary school followed by a picnic where we were able to bring our own lunch to school! And we are going to visit our local Post Office this week! This has been a great experience we have learned a lot about our local community, different jobs that people do plus we get to get out and explore!

 We have a few more things to do this summer. Penny's Puppets will be at Westmoreland on July14th to perform a puppet show for our Older Infants through PK kiddos on the WIld ,Wild West. We will also be visiting the zoo! This is our BIG field trip and we can't wait

Thank you parents! We appreciate the sunscreen that you put on in the morning before school, the hats and tennis shoes that you bring for the playground and all the volunteering and extra help that you do for your child!
Thank you families!

Monday, April 28, 2014

Eco - System collages at Westmoreland!

On Friday April 25th we held a Show - n - Share that summarized and review our study of the Eco - Systems! We had our parents help our PK/PS kiddos work on a homework assignment! We gave each one of them a week to come up with a collage about one or more eco - system and bring it toschool for show - n - share and talk about it! They all did a great job on their collages and the ocean was the most popular, however we had several wonderful themes! Take a look below!