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Showing posts from September, 2015

The Arrival of Autumn

A bit of a spartan newsletter this week, below you'll find classroom updates, and a few of our favorite photos from the summer months, as we say so long to one season and usher in another.

From "September Midnight," by Sara Teasdale, 1914

Lyric night of the lingering Indian Summer,
Shadowy fields that are scentless but full of singing,
Never a bird, but the passionless chant of insects,
Ceaseless, insistent.

The grasshopper’s horn, and far-off, high in the maples,
The wheel of a locust leisurely grinding the silence
Under a moon waning and worn, broken,
Tired with summer.

Let me remember you, voices of little insects,
Weeds in the moonlight, fields that are tangled with asters,
Let me remember, soon will the winter be on us,
Snow-hushed and heavy.
Classroom Happenings Infant I:We've seen an uptick in a variety of social interactions. The children are imitating each other and their teachers. Examples of this include mimicking laughter, babbling similar sounds and clappin…

Taking in Every Sunny Moment!

Could it be? Shorter days? Changing temps? With fall just around the corner, it's not a bad idea to take stock of cool and cold weather clothing you have on hand. That first all too cold and rainy day could certainly sneak up on us, and you'll want to be sure your child is prepared and comfy. Please remember we are outside in nearly all conditions. If you are new to school and have questions about what kind of clothing your child may need, please let us know, we are happy to help and even have some great "recommenced retailers" for MVS approved gear. 

Nature Corner
Activity: Come outside with me on a day with big fluffy clouds in the sky. Sit down next to me and watch the clouds. Talk with me about the different shapes we see. We could even pick a different cloud and see which one moves faster.

Why?: Nature helps my brain relax and restore itself after I have been feeling stress or negative emotions. 

Classroom Happenings
Infant I:We welcomed a new baby to the classroom t…

Weekly Wrap Up and Car Seat Safety

Be Seat Smart: Child Passenger Safety Week
This week the Vermont Department of Health is sponsoring Child Passenger Safety Week. This is a time to take a look at your child's car seat to evaluate if the seat is both properly installed and fitting your child correctly. But how do you know? There are events going on in the area where you can drop in to have a trained eye look over your car seat set up. OR, take a look at the info posted here, which includes installation tips, links to recall notices, and and answers to other car seat questions. 

Tomorrow you can stop by Appleseed Pediatrics in Morrisville from 1:30-4:00 for a seat check, contact 802-888-7337 with questions. Another option is to head to the Williston State Police Barracks from 7:00-3:00 on 17th or 18th. They are doing walk ins on both days at that location. 

Nature Corner
Our summer segment is nearing it's end...hope you enjoy the last few...if you'd like to see this continued into the cooler months, let us know!

Summer's Last Dance (We hope not!)

Happy Labor Day Weekend!
We hope you enjoy the long weekend. We are closed on Monday, and will reopen Tuesday, 9/8.

Blocks, Glorious Blocks
We've observed the students in Toddler II taking off with a lot of block play this week. They were found building roads, bridges, houses, even sandcastles from their classroom blocks. They also incorporated other materials to provide depth to their creations: people, cars, yogurt caps, rocks, etc. (I spy some dominoes that made their way into this structure). 

Why is block play SO important? According to Jean Schreiber, M.S. in Early Childhood Education, blocks are a complex and multifaceted type of play that children engage in, with tremendous benefits. Schreiber states: "Block play is fun and engaging. Unit blocks offer children experiential learning in the real, physical world. The smooth feel of the wood is satisfying to the touch; the sturdiness of the blocks allows the child to use them freely without breakage; and the open-ended quali…