Thursday, August 25, 2011

Easy Does It

Hello Families,

The first days of school are approaching. For some, this means a happy return to a beloved routine. For others, it means starting a whole new way of life. Either way, it's a transition, and a biggy, especially for the littlest ones.
It's an adjustment for parents too, but our main job is to do everything we can to help the children (and parents) feel secure and supported during this important time. Separation anxiety, new teachers, new spaces and routines... it's a lot for a small person to take in. So Mallory and I are getting ready to do our part to make the transition back to school as seamless as possible for everyone.

For help with separation anxiety please read this article from Savvy Source.

Our classroom and play yard will look a bit different than it has over the summer camp weeks. New things have been added and during these first few weeks of school, more changes to the outdoor space will take place. Our play yard is an ever evolving natural play scape.
We would like to say a special thank you to everyone who has helped build this space.  From the veggie garden to the fence, flower gardens and tree cookies; it's because of everyones joint efforts that our children have such an inviting space to play in!  Thank you.

It's going to be a wonderful year!  Reminder: OPEN HOUSE for new and returning students is September 3rd. Also please spread the word that our new after school program has openings.  Thank you!
Jennifer, Mallory and Ian

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Ocean Week

Together we made this underwater world....

These lovely water folk and these two adorable whales.   

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Saturday, August 6, 2011

Circus Week was a Ball!

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"Sit down Teacher, have a cup of tea..."

We all know and love her and now it's official.  Mallory accepted the position of full time Assistant Teacher beginning September 6th.
Words can not express how happy we are to have Mallory, who has been in the classroom every Wednesday since Helping Hands began, transition from part time to full time!


Tea Time

 Our youngest summer camp friend LOVED chopping fruit to make fruit kabobs for the Alice in Wonderland Tea party.  Many helping hands worked together prepare the tea refreshments. 

During outside time a homemade dandelion tea was made and enjoyed.  It was said to be "powerful" because it allowed the children to hear butterflies speak!