17Jul

June was quite an exciting month for Tivoli!

We kicked things off with our 10-year anniversary party. When ​Tivoli Rainbow Garden P​reschool first started we had 6 children in Ilka’s program. We have since grown to over 20 families and relocated to a site in Mar Vista. It was a wonderful evening of sharing memories over live entertainment and catered food. The night finished with a fire dancing performance by one of our very own Tivoli Dads – what a treat!

Two weeks later, on June 15th, we celebrated Father’s Day at Mar Vista Park. To say thank you for all their love and care the children learned a little dance to invite their Dads to. They also made sandwiches for a picnic in the park. Pretzels, ball games, and a tug of war with a rope and the Dads was sooo much fun.  And to top things off the firemen from station 62 swung by! The children got to explore the firetruck and together with a fireman they could spray water out of the hose! What more could one ask for on a Friday afternoon?

Looking ahead we have the projects from our 4- and 5-year olds coming up. The projects are chances for the children to pursue an area of interest and to share their excitement with the rest of the children. So far we have seen wonderful experiments ranging from color mixing to homemade aquariums and play with textures and density. We are excited to see what else the children have in store for us!

 

17Jul

As the school year is slowly coming to a close, we hosted our last parenting workshop before the summer break: “Feelings and mindful limit-setting“. Uff- that‘s quite a big one!

Chrys Masey Rhodes, our in-house consultant, was there to help guide us through the topic. As typically her style, Chrys made room for everyone to chip in with their own questions, comments, and experiences. Jumping from one situation to the next, we covered quite a bit: the importance of validating feelings, setting boundaries within the perimeters of what we are comfortable with, and honoring the children’s focus on their play are just a couple of examples. The parents were very involved and happy to receive information on how to handle challenging interactions with their children.

Thank you so much to everyone who came! It is invaluable to have such an open and supportive community here at Tivoli! And of course thank you to Chrys for breaking down such a complex topic in such a relatable way!

12May

We hope all mothers had an amazing Mother’s Day weekend and everyone here is looking forward to our Mother’s Day Tea this Thursday, the children are very excited to be celebrating you! We just finished up our parent-teacher conferences and thank you to all for participating; we have an amazing group of children and families here at Tivoli!

Our butterflies all hatched this week and we let the last of them fly free today, the children had a great time holding them and letting them go.

The May Faire Celebration is only a few weeks away , we are starting to sing our songs and practice the Maypole dance with the children, please find attached the lyrics so you can sing along with them at home.