St. Stephen Preschool

Our Preschool is a child centered, developmentally appropriate, anti-bias program that focuses on all areas of your child’s development

St. Stephen Preschool, located in Chatsworth, opened its doors in September 1972 and is sponsored by the St. Stephen Presbyterian Church. Our Preschool is a child centered, developmentally appropriate, anti-bias program that focuses on all areas of your child’s development. We provide a safe and nurturing environment while promoting the physical, social, emotional, spiritual, and intellectual development of young children.

Mission: Recognizing that children grow in predictable stages, we treat each child as an individual by allowing him/her to work and play at his/her own level. We teach a love of learning by allowing children to fully experience their own stage of development without pressure. Both our indoor and outdoor environments are carefully planned to encourage independence and provide choices. A wide variety of activities are offered in the areas of creative art, math , science, cooking, tactile play, music and movement, large motor, practical life, dramatic play, language arts, fine motor and manipulatives.

5 Minutes Peace

We hope all our preschool moms—present, former, and future moms and grandmothers get five minutes peace and lots of love on this Mother’s Day! We love and respect you all for everything you do, especially in these uncertain times.

Looking for something to do this weekend?

Looking for something to keep your child active and involved? If you have painter’s tape and/or thin plastic streamers (can easily be cut from an inexpensive plastic tablecloth), or use crepe paper streamers and set up at indoor obstacle course for your child. Get their bodies moving, work those large muscles and get them laughing! Have fun!

You can do this experiment with a couple of ingredients you have on hand at home. The children love to do it when we are in the sandbox; we build a big mountain and then proceed with the ingredients. If you do this, please share your photos with us!

Read to your children today! Read everyday! And one day soon, when things return to normal, we will be reading our favorite books to your children!

Happy Earth Day! A family from Room 1 shared a photo of their child painting his paper plate world. He had fun creating and mixing the colors. If you have paint, it’s a fun idea to do. Let’s celebrate this wonderful earth. Thank you for sharing the photos.

We love and miss you all so much!

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Helping Kids Cope with the Coronavirus Pandemic

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fantasticfunandlearning.com Licensed mental health counselor shares tips and activities for parents and teachers helping kids cope with the coronavirus pandemic.

Looking for something easy to create for your child while “staying at home”? This is an easy shape board and you could use your creative self to make for your child. Grab part of a cardboard box, cover it, then let your creative juices flow. You could make a number board, a color board, alphabet, or an animal match. We used stick-on Velcro and laminated the pieces for endurance. Use what you have in your home.

[04/10/20]   The building may be closed, but we are still your teachers.

Wash! Is a cute song to ding with your children

Here is a simple song to sing with your children to help them wash their hands for the allotted 20 seconds.

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Counselor's Simple Activities to Help Kids Cope with Big Emotions

https://www.fantasticfunandlearning.com/simple-activities-to-help-kids-cope-with-big-feelings.html

fantasticfunandlearning.com Try these simple activities from a licensed mental health counselor to help kids cope with big feelings related to COVID-19 and the coronavirus pandemic.

Here is photo of two sisters; one in the Mommy and Me Program and the other a former preschooler, exploring the outdoors. The teacher put together activity packets for her toddlers. A nature scavenger hunt (photo below) was fun! You can make the binoculars using two toilet paper rolls, glued or taped together, add a string and voila, it’s time to explore!

We hope you are all well. Although our school is temporarily closed, we are here for you! Looking forward to our next Zoom meeting(s).

Let’s go on a bear hunt! Let’s go on a bear scavenger hunt! Read previous FB posting to see what communities are doing!

Something your neighborhood might consider doing for children. Please read link below.

https://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/teddy-bear-hunts-add-bit-of-fun-social-distancing/2338579/

Phone conferences today. We are looking forward to touching base with you about your wonderful children! Talk to you soon!

And here is another idea. One of our Room 1 preschoolers is enjoying sorting colors. Her parents used things that had at home for a quiet activity. Mom said she stayed on task for 15-20 minutes. Way to go preschool families! We miss you!

Looking for something to do at home? Here are some art/science ideas your children may like to do this week!

The Annoying Birdy

Just a few ideas to keep young children amused during the lockdown. Stay safe everyone

WeAreTeachers

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Audiobooks for preschoolers through teens. No catches, no credit cards.

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Coping with COVID-19 | NAEYC

https://www.naeyc.org/resources/topics/covid-19

naeyc.org We’ve compiled these online resources to provide information from NAEYC, the CDC, and other educational organizations.

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11 Music Activities to do With Your Family During Corona Virus Shut Down — mewsic moves: transforming lives through music therapy

Looking for something to do during the sheltering? Music and dance soothe the soul. Here are some ideas for you and your family. Be well
https://www.mewsicmoves.com/blogs/11-music-activities-to-do-with-your-family-during-corona-virus-shut-down

mewsicmoves.com Music Therapy: Make music a part of your families activities during this difficult time. Music can be an important part in your child's learning, family bonding, expressing and understanding fear and anxiety and overall creating beautiful memories together.

time.com

How to Manage Your Anxiety About Coronavirus

https://time.com/5791076/coronavirus-anxiety-cope/

time.com Cope with your nerves and stay calm

npr.org

Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus

https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/02/28/809580453/just-for-kids-a-comic-exploring-the-new-coronavirus

npr.org You may have heard the word "coronavirus" online or on TV. You probably have a lot of questions. Check out our comic to get some answers — and print out a zine version at home.

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Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus | Child Mind Institute

https://childmind.org/article/talking-to-kids-about-the-coronavirus/

childmind.org What parents and other adults can say to kids about the coronavirus COVID-19. How to answer their questions and keep kids feeling safe.

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Parents: Take social distancing seriously and limit playdates, other activities, experts say

https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/14/health/coronavirus-kids-social-distancing-wellness/index.html

cnn.com Coronavirus fears have locked us in our homes with our kids and loved ones for good reason, experts say. Parents need to practice social distancing and limit their kids' playdates and other activities.

During the Mommy and Me program today~
So what do you do when you cannot go outside because of the rain? You play freeze dance with foam balls. It may look like unbridled fun but actually there are some goals we were practicing; listening
skills, self regulation, large muscle movement, hand control. We played this for over five minutes and then the toddlers put all the foam balls away! Lots of laughter for us all!

parenting.nytimes.com

How to Prepare Your Kid for Daylight Saving Time

Some great ideas to help with Daylight Savings transitions.

https://parenting.nytimes.com/sleep/spring-ahead

parenting.nytimes.com The right plan can help ease the change.

It was picture day yesterday and today. Our smiles were big and bright and we all tried to be flexible with the “crazy” schedule. The children did not seem to mind! All the classes were on the yard together, including the Mommy and Me Program. It was crowded! It was loud! We saw older children giving the toddlers rides on bikes, observed some of the older children helping the youngest children up to the slide. We saw hand-holding and nurturing. We saw all ages cooking together in the mud-kitchen. The takeaway from this is that children are inherently caring and love to help! And the younger children emulate their older peers.

This would be fun to take your child/children to. Great hands-on experience and especially since our preschoolers love to search for insects and watch what they do! A perfect outing!

On this very warm February day, the children did their best cooperative work; building a river! They enjoyed deciding where the river would flow, what tools to use, how deep to dig, when to add the boats and, as an added benefit, felt the cool water. It was the best day doing the hardest work!

Yesterday in Room 3, they built a platform, it got knocked down and they decided to pretend they were walking on lava. At the the art table we used different shapes to make houses. Creative, engaged, using imagination and it was good day!

Exploring the power of wind (using pinwheels) on a “breezy” Chatsworth day!

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20121 Devonshire St
Chatsworth, CA
91311

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Tuesday 08:00 - 14:30
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