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Field Trip to Farmer John’s Pumpkin Patch in Half Moon Bay


Field Trip to Farmer John’s of Half Moon Bay

Tuesday, October 19th

850 N. Cabrillo Highway, Half Moon Bay, CA  94019

(650) 726-4980

Cost is $7 per child, it includes a hay ride and a small pumpkin to take home.

Below, please find a map and directions to this location.

Dress in layers, the weather is unpredictable.  Wear old clothes and comfortable shoes.

The 2y – 3y Class and 3 y – 4y

Our classes must arrive at the farm by 9:30 a.m. that day.

Please be at school NO LATER than 8:45 a.m.  We will leave school promptly at 9:00.  If you are late coming to school, please meet us at the pumpkin patch.

The PreK Class

Our classes must arrive at the farm by 1:00 p.m. that day.

Please be at school NO LATER than 12:15 p.m.  We will leave school promptly at 12:30 p.m.  If you are late coming to school, please meet us at the pumpkin patch.

Directions from Millbrae to Farmer John’s via 92
Get on 101 S (toward San Jose) at Millbrae Avenue
Take exit 414B for State Hwy 92 W toward Half Moon Bay (stay right at the fork)
Go over the hills, over 280 past the lake and onto the small winding road
At the intersection with Hwy 35 at the top of the hill, go straight and down to Half Moon Bay
In Half Moon Bay, turn RIGHT onto CABRILLO HWY (CA Hwy 1 northbound)
About one mile North of Highway 92 the lanes merge into one and Farmer John’s is on the frontage road immediately on the left.

850 Cabrillo Hwy N
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-1513

A Parent On Praise

I wrote this as a parent of one of the school kids, these are my personal views.

I have often been confused about praise. My parenting style can best be described as lovingly applied Behavior Modification – which relies heavily on positive and a bit on negative reinforcement. I have heard child psychologists views on it, but to me it seems the parenting style of choice because I can see it is working (and maybe because at the bottom of my heart I am still an engineer).

So my most used positive reinforcements are stickers on her reward chart, “privileges” (watch a movie, extra playdates, sweets…) and by far the number one – praise. I have very alternative friends, who did away with praising almost entirely and explained the reasons to me in a way I could not understand. has an article about praise that shows how and why praising for the effort rather than the accomplishment will make a difference.

If your child shows you a drawing, and you respond with “You’re so talented! That picture is so pretty!” (“Praising the accomplishment”) The result? Your child could become afraid of trying hard in the future (“My next drawing might not be so good”), feel misunderstood (“It’s not pretty! I drew an ugly witch!”), and — kids being masters at spotting a con, even a well-meaning one — doubt your sincerity (“Come on, it’s not that pretty”).

Some examples:

The situation: Without you asking, your kid got her socks and shoes on and comes right down to breakfast.
Praising the accomplishment: “You got your socks and shoes on! What a good girl.”
Praising the effort: “You found socks to match and got your shoes on without any help. That was a lot to do on your own.”

The situation: Your child has built an elaborate block city.
Praising the accomplishment: “Wow! That’s the most amazing block structure I’ve ever seen! You’re going to be a world-famous architect.”
Praising the effort: “Look at how many blocks are in your city! I can tell you worked really hard on it, but it must have been a lot of fun to build.”

Pre-K May Curriculum

Theme/Focus: Animals that live in the water and rhyming words.

Parent Activities: Provide a sign that says your kiddos’s whole name. Incorporate games to your family time together.

Special Skills: Writing names with upper and lower case letters. Using full sentences in conversation. Participating in activities from the beginning to the end.

VISITOR: Story Teller Olive

Letter Bingo

Combining three letters


An Extraordinary Egg

Fidgety Fish

Commotion in the Ocean


The Gas We Pass


White board

Cutting along a line

Writing names (upper & lower case letters)

Red, green, and white triangles

Mother’s Day Gifts


Turtle Shell Collage

Rainbow Fish


Dance Freeze

Instrument Parade (Friendship March)


If You’re Angry and You Know It!

Under The Sea (Little Mermaid song)

Slippery Fish

Number Bingo

Checking on our seeds (Are there sprouts?) 2nd try. What happened to our seeds?

Ten Little Fish

Bead Patterning


Car and Toy Wash

Dress for weather (Why do we need sunscreen?)

Fire drill

Traffic Signs

Making fresh tortillas

It’s Much Too Hot!

Dressing for the Weather

Lucky Glasses

Changes to the Environment:

Themed books in quiet and reading areas

Whales Passing, I Wonder Why Fish Don’t Drown, I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean, The Shark Who Was Afraid Of everything, A House For Hermit Crab, Ellen And The Goldfish, Baby Whale’s Journey, Swimmy, The Rainbow Fish, Under the Sea

Observations/Notes: Look at Desired Results Measures

1 & 2 Identity of Self & Recognition of own skills and accomplishments

7 & 8 Conflict Negotiation & Awareness in self and others

16 & 17 Curiosity and initiative & Engagement and Persistence

19 & 20 Cause and Effect & Engages in Problem Solving

22 & 23 Number sense: quantity, counting and math operations

30-33 Letter & word knowledge, concept of print, phonological awareness

35 Fine Motor Skills

Why We Like Our New School.

Leilani has been attending Millbrae Nursery School since July, and all of us love it.

Although our previous preschool was very expensive and prestigious, Leilani had cried often about not wanting to go, now it is the opposite, I have a hard time getting her home.

The playground is awesome. Indoors, additionally to the educational toys there are dolls, plastic dinosaurs and animals as well as trains; There is dressup and pretend play, free play, creative play, and after having had Leilani in a school for a year that did not have any of these makes me really appreciate the difference. Leilani loves the loft area, a special area that gets opened occasionally, they climb up on the ladder, and play with the “special” toys that are up there.

The teachers are all super nice. They know all the names of kids and family, and they work with kids socially and teach them not to only play with their friends and within their cliques, but also play with others. I am so impressed how they work with behaviorally challenged kids and integrate them within a short time, I could not believe the change in behavior I have seen in at least 2 kids within a short time.

Leilani made huge progress, her communication and conversation skills I find impressive, she shows much more empathy and is able to listen longer (unless of course we preach or lecture her…). She writes her name in upper and lower case letters, and now starts reading the regular way. She does beautiful artwork, drawing, painting, that was an area she had regressed so much in within the previous year, and I am so happy that she developed that interest again.

I was a little scared of the co-op experience at first, but it is a real community, and very enjoyable, and educational for the parents. Leilani loves my workday, then I am teacher Sonja, and I often get to do art projects with the kids, that’s a lot of fun for me almost as much as for the kids.