Have you been thinking of transitioning your toddler to preschool but aren’t sure if your child is ready? Even though you are your toddler’s first and most important teacher, it may be time for your little learner to explore the world, meet new friends, and gain knowledge that will be with your child forever.
Why is Preschool Important?
Preschoolers must explore, experiment, and make discoveries for themselves through playful interactions with the environment as well as with other people in order to make sense of their world. With a preschool that promotes STEM and STEAM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Arts-Math) curriculums, allow children to engage in fun hands-on activities at a very young age. With an early start your little one will be well prepared for the many years of learning to come.
Here is a checklist to see if your little one meets the criteria for starting preschool.
Is Your Child Potty Trained?
Your child can attend most preschools sometime after their second birthday. Potty training is an important step toward being preschool-ready. Check with the director at school for guidelines and tips on toilet training readiness or plan to attend a local potty training workshop.
Problems With Separation Anxiety?
Has your child had the opportunity to spend time away from you? It’s natural for a preschooler to initially cling to parents in a new setting, but most learn to quickly let go and enjoy joining the group. When choosing a new preschool, consider taking a tour of the facility with your child. This will help to introduce them to the new faces and surroundings they’ll be experiencing on a daily basis and help you look for signs that the preschool is a good fit.
Does Your Child Engage in Routines?
It’s no surprise that a preschool curriculum is set up with daily routines. Daily routines are important for helping to support your child’s sense of security and understanding of their world. If your child is used to routines at home, then this transition will be most likely be an easy one. Most children are resilient and will easily adapt to new routines.
When you’re considering whether your child is ready for preschool, next ask yourself - does your child play well with others and are they able to share toys? Practicing these skills at home and in a public setting, like out at parks, is a great way to prepare.
Is Your Child Practicing Daily Living Skills?
Can your child wash their hands alone? Are they attempting to dress themselves? These are skills a good preschool will support in partnership with parents. Ask if your prospective preschool curriculum includes a focus on autonomy skills.
Is Your Child Ready for Exploration and Discovery?
Preschool is an amazing time for a young child, full of rich learning experiences, meeting new friends and socialization. All children are eager to learn at this young age. An ideal preschool will provide your child with a world of new learning opportunities intended to connect them to their unique interests and abilities.
If you have answered yes to most of the questions above, then your youngster is most likely ready to take on preschool. As part of our commitment to the future of our youngest generation, Stratford School provides a balanced STEAM curriculum starting in preschool in order to instill a lifetime love of learning. To learn more about Stratford School go to www.StratfordSchools.com.
Faithful to Catholic values, The Parish School at St. Edward the Confessor Catholic Church sustains an evolving schoolwide learning environment that inspires each learner to achieve his or her God-given potential inside and outside the classroom. Always learning, The Parish School graduates are confident and compassionate young men and women who will make a difference.
Our Parish School is #AlwaysLearning. Our learners don’t just memorize math equations or recite spelling words. They ask questions. They explore. We want them to love not just school – but the process of learning. And learning comes not just through doing things right, but through doing things wrong. We develop resilient, innovative learners who try, grow and achieve.
The Parish School utilizes a standard-based curriculum aligned to the Roman Catholic Church teachings which prepares our learners for high school and beyond. Our faculty and staff continually expose learners to meaningful hands-on experiences, resulting in thoughtful risk-tasking, problem solving and collaboration.
SMALLER CLASSES - IN-DEPTH LEARNING
Not only do we boast an impressive 11:1 instructor-to-student ratio, but we have a unique classroom format. The Lower School is the first in the Diocese to use Departmentalized Platooning. Each class moves as a unit between three classrooms, with a teacher focused on just two subjects. The result – a richer learning experience and expert teachers.
In the Upper School, each learner has eight periods daily on a Waterfall Schedule, the standard for many high schools. The classes are integrated, yet small groups and individualized instruction ensures learners’ needs are met and challenged.
Through our art and music classes and after-school activities like chorus and the Spring Musical, we build creative and confident leaders. And we are one of the only schools to offer Makerspace – a hands-on studio that integrates technology, engineering and creativity with project-based solutions to real-world situations.
Each day, we pray, we serve and we grow in our relationship with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. It is present in the books we read, the history we teach, and the music we sing. Our learners attend weekly mass, provide mentorship through Prayer Partners and participate in service projects and retreats.
Nurture with care. Teach with creativity. Embrace life. Treasure faith. These are the guiding principles that shape St. Anne School, an independent Catholic school, in Laguna Niguel. The school delivers unparalleled academics and broadening extracurricular opportunities designed to challenge, educate, and nurture the whole child in an atmosphere of support and close personal attention, in partnership with parents. St. Anne’s mission is to develop future generations of creative thinkers, innovative problem solvers, effective communicators and emerging leaders, guided by the Catholic faith, to influence our local and global communities for the greater good.
For more than 25 years, St. Anne has stirred a passion for learning in preschool through grade 8 students with stimulating, engaging, and rigorous academics. The learning environment for students is intimate with ideal student/teacher ratios and a commitment to fully developing each child in mind, body, and spirit. The school is dedicated to providing a wide range of educational opportunities to cultivate each student’s individual passions, strengths, character development, and ambitions for the future. St. Anne School’s core curriculum provides students with the knowledge and foundation to succeed in high school and far beyond. With the guidance and dedication of its exceptional faculty, students gain a solid foundation rooted in problem solving, creative expression, leadership, faith, technology, and global citizenship. Imaginations are sparked through hands-on collaboration solving real-world problems. From art to robotics to music to religion to foreign language to athletic classes, there’s something to engage every inquisitive mind both in and outside the classroom.
St. Anne welcomes Preschool – starting at two years of age – through grade 8 students of all faiths.
Preschool – Pre-Kindergarten: 949.276.6783
ST. ANNE SCHOOL
32451 Bear Brand Road
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
Capital Bank, a division of Seacoast Commerce Bank, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Seacoast Commerce Banc Holdings wecolmes Donald L. Solsby as Senior Vice President and Orange County regional commercial banking manager. Mr. Solsby is a 40+ year financial services veteran with an extensive background in all aspects of banking including business development, commercial lending, middle-market banking, and executive management, for several Orange County banks.
“We are extremely honored and excited to have Don join us at our Capital Bank division,” says Richard M. Sanborn, President and Chief Executive Officer. “He is an accomplished senior banking executive with a proven track record of getting results. His strengths in team building, attracting top talent, developing new business, managing key relationships, and representing the company in the community are second to none. There is no better banker to have on your team than Don and we are fortunate to have him with us.”
Mr. Solsby is a member and former Treasurer of the Newport Harbor Yacht Club, and is Treasurer and Board Member of the Cystinosis Research Foundation. Past affiliations include the Orange County Boy Scouts of America Council; The Executive Committee (TEC); former Board President and Treasurer of the Orange County Council on Aging, California Bankers Association, and a founding member of the Pacific Club in Newport Beach.
About Seacoast Commerce Banc Holdings: Seacoast Commerce Banc Holdings is a bank holding company with one wholly-owned banking subsidiary, Seacoast Commerce Bank, which includes Capital Bank, a division of Seacoast Commerce Bank. Both the holding company and the bank are headquartered in San Diego, California, with the Bank having full-service banking branches in Encinitas, National City, San Diego and San Juan Capistrano, California, and loan production offices in San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles, Sacramento and San Ramon, California; Phoenix, Arizona; Denver, Colorado; Portland, Oregon; Las Vegas, Nevada; Austin, Dallas and Houston, Texas; and Bellevue, Washington.
Soka University is a private, four-year liberal arts college and graduate school located on 103-acres in Aliso Viejo, California. Soka is ranked in the top 10 liberal arts colleges in California by USA Today and Top 10 Best Value among national liberal arts colleges by US News and World Report’s “Best Colleges 2018.”
The mission of Soka University is to foster a steady stream of global citizens committed to living a contributive life. About 60% of Soka University’s students come from the U.S. and 40% have come from more than 45 other countries. Admitted undergraduate students whose annual family income is $60,000 or less may be eligible for Soka Opportunity Scholarships which cover full tuition. Additional scholarship opportunities are available for higher income levels.
All undergraduate students study a non-native language, and everyone studies abroad for a semester during their junior year (included in tuition and required for graduation). Undergraduate students may choose from concentrations in Environmental Studies, Humanities, International Studies or Social and Behavioral Sciences -- with a new Life Sciences Concentration to open in Fall 2020.
Where can a Liberal Arts degree take you? Many places!
Founded upon the Buddhist principles of peace, human rights and the sanctity of life, SUA is open to top students of all nationalities and beliefs.
Four year old Alder is a sweet, little guy ready to make new friends. He loves playing the yard and going on jaunty walks. With his friendly personality and happy smile, Alder can brighten any day!
Armani is a happy little guy with loads of energy. He just loves to greet you with a wagging tail and tons of kisses. Only 1 ½ years old, Armani is sure to bring lots of fun into your life.
Ruby is a ten month old spayed female mini-lop who just loves to jump and play. She is very treat motivated and hops up to visitors in hopes of getting a little snack. Ruby will make a wonderful house bunny in a loving home.
Eight month old Peach is a playful kitty looking for her purrever home. Quite affectionate, Peach loves a good snuggle and a scratch behind the ears. You can’t go wrong with a sweetie like Peach.
If you would like to know more about the animals listed here, please call the San Clemente/Dana Point Animal Shelter at (949)492-1617, or visit with them at 221 Avenida Fabricante, San Clemente.
Jan. 13th, Jan. 27th, Feb. 10th and Feb. 24th & 25th
Featuring more Monster Jam® events than any other city in the country, the 12,000 lb. Monster Jam trucks are ready to roar full throttle back into Angel Stadium of Anaheim with a newly added 5th weekend event – marking the first-ever Sunday event for Southern California fans! Now the most adrenaline-charged motorsports experience for families on the planet returns to Anaheim in 2018 with more action and bigger trucks than ever before ready to battle it out in the ultimate event of speed, racing, stunts and demolition for another season of high-octane weekend events between January 13 – February 25, 2018.
This year’s massive truck lineup features appearances by Monster Jam super-truck icons Grave Digger® and MAX-D™, along with World Finals Champions El Toro Loco®, Son Uva Digger®, Overkill Evolution, Avenger, Bounty Hunter and VP Racing Fuel’s® Mad Scientist. The season is highlighted by five trucks making their Anaheim debut appearances including all-new 2018 season trucks BroDozer (inspired by the popular Discovery Channel TV show “Diesel Brothers”) and Whiplash, along with Mutant and Rammuntion plus the newest member of the Monster Jam beasts family – the menacing giant shark Megalodon.
Tickets now on sale – all seats are reserved; tickets available for purchase online at Ticketmaster.com or charge by phone at 800-745-3000; tickets also available for purchase in-person at the Angel Stadium box office.
Winter Wonderfest Offers Kids the Chance to Learn About the Science of Snow with Interactive Exhibits Featuring Real Snow
WHAT: Discovery Cube in Orange County is hosting their annual Winter Wonderfest, beginning December 16-17, 2017 for the opening weekend and open daily from December 22, 2017 through January 7, 2018. This snowstorm of thrills and excitement will offer kids the opportunity to experience a lesson in physics, insulation and how snow is formed through hands-on activities. The holiday exhibit will include sliding down a 75-foot long ramp on inner tubes, a snow play area and real snow sledding. Kids will be provided with tools to play with the snow and build snow castles, snowmen, snow angels, “snow meets science” learning stations and all kinds of other frosty creations. Winter Wonderfest creates an entertaining way to approach education through a day of family bonding during the holiday season.
WHEN: Saturday, December 16, 2017 through Sunday, December 17, 2017 and December 22, 2017 through January 7, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.(Open daily except December 18-21, and Christmas Day)
WHERE: Discovery Cube Orange County Campus: 2500 N Main St, Santa Ana
For more information, call (866) 552-CUBE (2823) or visit discoverycube.org.
Free Performances, Events, Music and Family-Friendly Activities Marked Day-Long Celebration
Segerstrom Center for the Arts opened its new Julianne and George Argyros Plaza and Center for Dance and Innovation on Saturday, October 28 with music, dancing, performances, family activities, bands and more from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. More than 10,000 people and families from around the neighborhood and throughout Orange County explored the 56,100-square-foot plaza designed by Michael Maltzan, with its spectacular fountain entry, the grand spiral staircase that wraps around the new Center 360 outdoor café, leading from the Segerstrom Hall terrace to the plaza, shaded seating and dining areas, groves of trees for picnicking and permanent stages for year-round entertainment. The new plaza is named for Julianne and George Argyros, who provided funding for the transformation to the Center’s campus.
The Center for Dance and Innovation and Judy Morr Theater are now reached through a garden-like entrance at street level or from the Segerstrom Hall terrace by a sweeping circular ramp that encircles a fully- grown jacaranda tree and leads to a muraled outdoor terrace. The Center for Dance and Innovation is also home to the American Ballet Theatre William J. Gillespie School and the Center’s School of Dance and Music for Children with Disabilities.
Certain things in life I am very grateful for. These things include chocolate, wine, soul music and places like the Doheny Clothing Exchange in Capistrano Beach.
Picture this: racks and racks of men and women’s name brand or designer clothing and accessories, all gently used or sometimes new, at way, way less than the original price. And the beauty of it is I can bring in my own gently used clothing, and trade in for something different and better tting. The owners, mother and daughter team Pamela and Caia take the time to truly inspect each item and because they get new merchandise every day, their store stays fresh and new.
Personally, I love the fact that I can buy jeans here and I don’t have to spend the next few weeks trying to break them in. Plus, I can pick out a funky out t and know it’s not something everyone is wearing. That fact alone makes this place fabulous.
The Doheny Clothing Exchange is located at 34276 Doheny Park Road in Capistrano Beach. For info, call (949) 240-4800.