Classroom settings are environments that reflect our community in a meaningful way. At the start of a new year, we take time to explore classroom learning areas together as children are developing friendships with one another. We introduce ourselves to each other and learn each others names.We establish, review, and implement practices that keep us healthy and safe, such as classroom expectations, the daily routine, pedestrian safety, [...]
As part of our family services, we offer a variety of training such as the Family Economic Success Series that provide training to parents on workforce development topics such as job readiness, career counseling, and job placement. At our recent workshop, we were filled to capacity with parents participating, asking many questions and taking detailed notes. Family Advocates were present to greet and support parents during the training. We [...]
The holiday season welcomes a time of reflection and gratitude. Expressing thanks goes a long way to show appreciation and nurture relationships. Michelle Obama once said, "We learned about gratitude and humility - that so many people had a hand in our success, from the teachers who inspired us to the janitors who kept our school clean, and we were taught to value everyone's contribution and treat everyone with respect." [...]
As children are growing, so is their curiosity and desire to learn. They are curious about their surroundings and are beginning to develop an awareness of themselves. Our preschool curriculum is relationship based where teachers build relationships with each child and provide opportunities for children to build relationships with each other and discover more about themselves in a rich classroom learning environment. We adopt The [...]
A parent-teacher knitting group was formed at Kai Ming Head Start Richmond Center. On Tuesday afternoons across 10 weeks, interested parents and grandparents came to join this fun and creative workshop with our teachers at Richmond Center. Group member's experience ranged from beginner to advanced. In our first meeting, group members determined the level of experience each one had with knitting. Parents and grandparents also decided on [...]
Once a month Evelyn hosts a Family Literacy Day in her classroom where parents are invited to participate in storytelling with the children. Parents take turns sharing a story in their home language and then the teachers lead an extension activity related to the book or story shared. Word spread about Evelyn's idea which became so popular that other Kai Ming preschool classrooms have also begun incorporating [...]
January 27, 2012 was Kai Ming Head Start North Beach Center’s Family Literacy Day. A lot of parents came to our center and participated in this exciting and meaningful event, reading books, and interacting with children and teachers. Also, ING Bank staff representatives, CJ and Stephanie, joined the event and provided parents with a brief workshop on banking services. Also, ING Bank donated electronic money savings machines [...]
National Education Association's Read Across America Day is on its 2nd year. The main goal of Read Across America Day is to share a love of reading and build a nation of readers. Research shows that children who are motivated to read and spend more time reading have better performance at school. On March 2nd, 2012, Kai Ming TKL Center celebrated the day with parents and [...]
Recently, children in Kai Ming Sunset Center conducted an experiment to investigate what kinds of beverages are best for our teeth. We used eggs to represent teeth, because eggshells are made of calcite, a crystalline form of our calcium carbonate. Children placed an egg in each container and added in different drinks or liquids: water, Coke, Sprite, Caprisun, orange juice and vinegar. Hypothesis: Children predicted that [...]
Richmond Center had a special event--Math Afternoon in April. This event was about getting parents involved in everyday math activities with their children at school. Various games, which could foster children’s learning of math, were provided. For instance, one game was shooting and counting hoops, another was bowling and counting how many pins got knocked over. Other activities included measuring, concepts of larger and smaller and [...]
On October 15, 2012, we were very excited to be invited to visit ING Bank Cafe in downtown San Francisco. They invited us to join them for story time and provided children with snacks and activities for the children as well. Denise and Matt both read us stories about the five senses and after the story time, they provided us with sandwiches and casino great britain fruit salad [...]
On Monday, December 10, eighteen children and their teachers from Broadway's FD1 class took a walk to San Francisco's Bar Association to perform for Jane Salinger, the Bar Associations Diversity Pipeline Programs Director. Jane has been a coordinator for law firms that sponsor gifts for Kai Ming's children for many years. Children from Broadway Center arrived at the law firm and each child gave a hand [...]
The holiday season welcomes a time of reflection and gratitude. Expressing thanks goes a long way to show appreciation and nurture relationships. Michelle Obama once said, "We learned about gratitude and humility - that so many people had a hand in our success, from the teachers who inspired us to the janitors who kept our school clean, and we were taught to value everyone's contribution and treat [...]
This month, children at our North Beach Site learned about the human body's digestive system.Teacher Shelly Leshin in FD2 did a great job using hands on activities to teach children the process of digesting food and how it gets from your mouth into your stomach and colon.What a wonderful science project!
On January 30th, Site Managers of Kai Ming six centers and five members from the management team attended a workshop on nature schools. This workshop was held in Vallejo starting at Dan Foley Cultural Center and then moving to McIntyre Ranch also in Vallejo for a hands on afternoon session out in a natural space.
Our local public library is a wonderful community program that provides access to free events and resources for children and families to promote literacy and language. We visit the Public Library each month for the Children’s Film Program, and Preschool Storytime. We encourage and welcome parents to join us to the library, and if you don’t have a library card for you or your family, we would be happy [...]