One of our 2.5yo girls has been showing real promise as a future teacher. She has adopted the teacher “we” language when speaking to her friends, telling them, “We share our toys at school,” or, “We are quiet at naptime.” It doesn’t produce the same results as when it comes from the teachers – perhaps its just not as convincing coming from a 2.5yo – but it’s ok, she’ll get there. Sometimes kids get too wrapped up in the actions of their classmates, and not focused on their own behavior. In these moments the teachers remind the kids to worry about themselves, not their friends. Mom told us that recently Dad was instructing our budding teacher to put on her coat and head out the door. She responded to him, “Don’t worry about me Daddy. Worry about yourself.”
Kerry McGuire, our admin/bookkeeper has worked for Sitters Studio since last July, but her workday includes more than just us. After leaving Sitters Studio headquarters she heads over to the Upright Citizens Brigade, where she writes for a house sketch team and teaches sketch writing.
Last week one of our 3yo boys came to daycare with his new Valentine’s present, a Superman action figure. His family watched the original movie with him a few weeks ago and he’s been crazy for Superman ever since. As he was showing off his new gift, he explained to Miss Emma, “I see real Superman on TV. Real Superman know how to fly and he rescue people. This no a real Superman, it my toy Superman. He no can fly.”
Guiding the workings of our office by day, designing lighting plans by night, our Director of Operations tells us what satisfies his artistic itch:
“Everyone needs lighting. As a Lighting Designer, I work on projects ranging from theater and dance performances to architecture and events. One of my regular projects is the Consumer Electronics Show, held each January in Las Vegas. I’m part of a team responsible for putting all the lights, sound, video, and staging up the day before, rehearsing the show, running the show without a hitch (we only get one shot at it) and taking it all down again. For these kind of shows my job is about the art of time management.
On our first day of a new unit one of our 3.5-year-olds went to the inspiration board very excited to check out the new pictures. She observed for a moment and then declared, “Well, this is very interesting.” Miss Emma asked what she was looking at and she pointed to a Picasso work and said, “Hmm…it’s a half woman!” Impressive evaluation from a 3.5 year old!
Having trouble planning the menu for a picky toddler this week? One of our daycare 3-year-olds weighs in with, “Cats are yucky to eat and pigs are made out of bacon.”
Besides admin work at Sitters Studio, our Office Manager Jaimie works as a freelance Stage Manager for Off-Off Broadway productions. Her latest venture? Touring Kosova (Albanian spelling), Macedonia, and Albania with a bilingual play about gender and cultural issues in modern Kosova. Here, Jaimie tells us about the experience….