The Daycare Dialogues:
Outside, the first snow of the year was falling.
The daycare children were mesmerized by the mysterious substance, but one 2-year-old boy was getting particularly vocal about it.
Boy: (directed at the falling flakes) NO!
Teacher 1: It’s alright, Buddy, it’s just snow.
Boy: (emphatically) NO!! NO!!
Teacher 1: Don’t worry, it won’t hurt you.
Boy: (very loudly) NO NO NO NO NO!!!
Teacher 1 (worried, to Teacher 2): He’s taking the snow so personally, he keeps telling it to stop!
Teacher 2: Oh, do you think maybe he’s trying to say suhh-no (i.e. snow)?
Teacher 1 (laughing): Oh. That would make a lot more sense!
The dress up bin at Studio Daycare has an assortment of options for the children to try on, including grown-up sized baseball hats. Last week one of the girls picked out a hat, put it neatly on her head, went into the corner, and started singing to the wall, “O come all ye baseball!” She proceeded to make up new baseball-themed lyrics for the entire song! It never ceases to amaze us how differently kids experience the world and how enchanting their unfiltered creativity can be.
Our Sitter Studio® totes, filled with art supplies and games, are one of kids’ favorite things about having an artisitter® caregiver come for a sitting appointment. We start the totes off with a few fun supplies, and then each artisitter® customizes them with toys, games and art supplies selected for the season and the child.
One of our artistiter® caregivers recently posted this wonderfully cute picture of the supplies in her tote: String, paper, paint, crayons, a book and the coup de gras: Toilet paper tubes! It looks like she and the kids are going to have a great time.
The entire Sitters Studio family sends our love and support to the families affected by the horrible shooting in Sandy Hook, CT last Friday. Over the weekend we shared an article from the Fred Rogers Company on talking to children about tragedy with our Artisitters. They found it helpful to be prepared in case and of their charges brought up the subject.
Tragic Events In The News
We hope you find the article as helpful as we did.
-Sitters Studio HQ
We work hard and play hard at Sitters Studio, and this fall we played hard on a Zog Sports volleyball team! Our team, Team Cinnamint, was comprised of a rotating line-up of our office staff, artisitter® caregivers, and friends. We donned bright red t-shirts and set out to take the league by storm. Led by Kristina’s wicked serve and competitive volleyball background, we were pretty sure we were going to have to make time in our calendars for the finals.
How did it work out? Well… we ALMOST won a game… once. But, we did have a lot of fun and thankfully, babysitting isn’t a business that requires spiking a volleyball on a frequent basis.
As is common in many daycares and early childhood classrooms, each morning our teachers gather the kids for Circle Time where they lead the kids in songs, dances, and games. One afternoon during Free Play a little boy grabbed a teacher’s hand, led her to the Circle Time rug and demanded, “Sing ‘I’m a Little Daisy’!” Even though it was long past that portion of the day, how could she say no? So she began an impromptu afternoon Circle Time right then and there, and they sang his new favorite song through several more times!
It’s a common problem: the weather outside is frightful, but Baby just keeps pulling his hat right off. One of our families solved this problem with an adorable solution: a baby bear balaclava! A balaclava is a knitted hood that pulls all the way over a baby’s head; keeping it toasty warm, and hard for baby fingers to pull off. The “Baby Bear Balaklava” raises it from just useful to adorable by adding cute little bear ears. Now, not only is baby guaranteed to be warm and toasty, he’s the cutest kid at the playground.
Handmade balaclavas are available many different designs (from bears to dragons) at various price ranges, and are easy to find on sites like Etsy.
Every parent knows it’s not easy to get kids to try new foods. But one thing they do enjoy is making a mess! Letting kids be part of preparation, especially a messy one, is not only fun but can make them much more likely to eat something new. For the holidays we guided our Studio Daycare kids in making mashed sweet potatoes, and we made enough so they could take some home as well. They loved using the big smasher to squish the potatoes up and were so excited to have made food their families would eat at home too. It built self-esteem and gave them an opportunity to feel like they could contribute to the family just like their moms and dads!