My Life As An Artist

If you’ve met any of our artisitter® caregivers, you already know how dedicated they are to their artforms.  But we’ve also got quite a few working artists in our office as well!  Jaimie spends any time she’s not with us working as a stage manager, Jason also does lighting design for dance and theater productions, Robby moonlights as a lyricist-librettist, and Kerry is pursuing a career as a sketch-comedy writer.  Every Tuesday during the month of February we’ll feature a recent project from each of these artistic staffers.  Check in to find out how Jaimie enjoyed her theater company’s tour of Kosova and learn about Robby’s latest children’s musical project with one of our favorite artisitter® caregivers, Nick.

Letters to the Editor

Our daycare kids have been reading a wonderful children’s book on visual art, I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More, by Karen Beaumont.  They all love it and ask for it “by name,” except there is no consensus on the exact verbiage of the title.  Perhaps the publisher might want to consider a few of their suggestions in an upcoming print run.  Several of them prefer something more concise – they call it, “No More Paint.”  Our most articulate two year old refers to the big yellow book as “I Am Not Going to Paint Any More.”  He seems to be just a touch concerned by the grammatical errors.  But don’t let this controversy deter you. Even with the title as published, this book comes highly recommended by all of our 2- and 3-year-olds!

 

You can buy the book on Amazon here:

http://www.amazon.com/Aint-Gonna-Paint-More-board/dp/0547870353

Fashion Shoot

One of the ways we support our artisitter® caregivers in their professional, artistic pursuits is providing them with free studio space at our office.  We love to support all the art forms, though this benefit is most frequently used for theater and music rehearsals.  So we were delighted when one of our artisitter® caregivers requested the space for another art form – she wanted to use it for a fashion shoot!  The sitter brought in her entire team, complete with models, a professional photographer, and a rack of garments.  Each time one of our office staffers would pass by, they’d come back excitedly saying, “Do you know? Do you know what’s going on out there? It’s a FASHION SHOOT.”  We are so happy to have been a part of this project!

Ted Talk Tuesdays

Our office has started a habit we call Ted Talk Tuesdays. Every Tuesday, we set up the projector, gather our staff and any artisitter® caregivers who happen to be hanging out here, and settle in to expand our minds.  We’ve watched talks spanning subjects from how the brain works to making room for creative thought.  Afterwards, we sit for a few minutes and discuss what we thought was interesting or what we disagreed with. Sometimes the ones we like the most, that are the most thought provoking, are actually the ones to which we have biggest objections!  We appreciate Ted Talks for making us think, for challenging our views, and for providing an opportunity to connect with our co-workers.

To check out a Ted Talk on a topic of your choice, visit http://www.ted.com/talks.

Our Little Multi-taskers

Kids love painting and kids love tap dancing.  How could either of these get any better?  Our daycare teachers found a way.  They put on music, dropped a tarp on the floor, painted the kids’ feet, and let them go wild “tap dancing” in pairs on a big sheet of butcher paper. The kids’ delight was palpable all morning.  They were captivated by the feeling of paint between their toes and they had a great time learning new dance moves from their painting partner. Afterwards, each kid followed their performance with an encore: dancing in bubbles, swishing soapy water around with their feet to help get the paint out from between their toes. When the painting was done,  Miss Dawn picked it up to let it hang to dry and one child said: “We make that? It so beautiful!” It was a great reminder of how the arts are not only fun, but a great way to build a child’s self-esteem.

Stress: A Child's Perspective

One of our artisitter® caregivers was recently faced with a child in distress, but never one to accept defeat, she came up with a creative solution.  The evening started out as a celebration when he lost his first tooth.  He couldn’t wait to leave it under his pillow for this Tooth Fairy he’d been hearing about.  But alas, tragedy struck; the tooth disappeared!  The little guy was now obviously distraught.  So our artisitter® caregiver came up with a clever artistic solution and proposed a Tooth Fairy Reminder Card to put under his pillow in place of the missing tooth. One side was titled, “Tooth Fairy Reminder” and they wrote his name and date, and the other side he decorated with a silly face.  He was so relieved and could now go to bed confident that the Tooth Fairy wouldn’t forget him!

Stress: A Child’s Perspective

One of our artisitter® caregivers was recently faced with a child in distress, but never one to accept defeat, she came up with a creative solution.  The evening started out as a celebration when he lost his first tooth.  He couldn’t wait to leave it under his pillow for this Tooth Fairy he’d been hearing about.  But alas, tragedy struck; the tooth disappeared!  The little guy was now obviously distraught.  So our artisitter® caregiver came up with a clever artistic solution and proposed a Tooth Fairy Reminder Card to put under his pillow in place of the missing tooth. One side was titled, “Tooth Fairy Reminder” and they wrote his name and date, and the other side he decorated with a silly face.  He was so relieved and could now go to bed confident that the Tooth Fairy wouldn’t forget him!

Daycare Dialogues

 

…in the midst of a class conversation about the zoo….

Boy, 2.5 years old: Miss Emma, how about you ask me if I’ve been to the zoo?

Miss Emma:  Have you been to the zoo?

Boy: Nope, but I have been to the museum.

Miss Emma: What was that like?

Boy: You have to be very quiet, (whispering) because people are sleeping.

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