Daycare Diaries: They're Growing Up!

We just launched our Kindergarten Readiness Program (KRP) and our older kids are rising to the occasion of the more difficult work. They sit very tall and proud at the table.  They take their new worksheets and other big kid business very seriously.

3.5yo Girl: “It’s time for big kid work so now we really have to listen.”

4yo Girl: “We are the biggest kids so now we have some harder stuff to do.”

Daycare Diaries: They’re Growing Up!

We just launched our Kindergarten Readiness Program (KRP) and our older kids are rising to the occasion of the more difficult work. They sit very tall and proud at the table.  They take their new worksheets and other big kid business very seriously.

3.5yo Girl: “It’s time for big kid work so now we really have to listen.”

4yo Girl: “We are the biggest kids so now we have some harder stuff to do.”

Why We &#9829 Art: Reasons 136 & 137

136: Art can take an ordinary object and escalate it to inspirational.  137: Art speaks to children and to our inner child.  Here are two experiential projects that exemplify both, using a universal favorite – balloons!

Martin Creed invited Chicagoans last fall to immerse themselves in rooms filled with balloons:
http://www2.mcachicago.org/2012/1351/

Christo and Jeanne-Claude built a monumental balloon that can be entered and experience from the inside:
http://www.christojeanneclaude.net/projects/big-air-package

Why We &#9829 Art: Reasons 136 & 137

136: Art can take an ordinary object and escalate it to inspirational.  137: Art speaks to children and to our inner child.  Here are two experiential projects that exemplify both, using a universal favorite – balloons!

Martin Creed invited Chicagoans last fall to immerse themselves in rooms filled with balloons:
http://www2.mcachicago.org/2012/1351/

Christo and Jeanne-Claude built a monumental balloon that can be entered and experience from the inside:
http://www.christojeanneclaude.net/projects/big-air-package

Daycare Dining: Green Beans, A Prize In Every Pod!

At lunch last week, one of our kiddos made an unexpected discovery, “There’s a pea in my green bean!”  It was actually just the bean inside the green bean pod, but it was a cute interpretation and a delightful surprise for him.  We feed our daycare kids lots of fresh fruits and vegetables.  A big hit lately has been raw green beans.  Maybe that’s because it’s a food with a prize inside!

Art Appreciation: Father-Daughter Portrait Project

We adore this father-daughter photography project by a family from Australia.  Dad is a self-taught photographer and is sharing his appreciation for art with his daughter.  They’ve created an entire collection of portraits like this one, replicating or inspired by great masters like Vermeer and Velasquez.

To see more portraits in this series and learn about what went into this amazing collection, check out his website and blog:

http://www.billgekas.com/p1014938437

Daycare Diaries: Need a hero?

One of our little boys was recently playing dress-up and he put together an outfit of a bright yellow reflective safety vest, an orange tutu, and a plaid hat with a flower sticking out.  When Miss Dawn asked him who he was being he proudly announced, “Superman Princess.”  What a great idea!  Imagination without limitation.  Don’t you miss being a kid?

Daycare Diaries: All Together Now

One of the greatest things about daycare is that it’s often the first place where kids make friends. A 3.5yo girl at Cassatt Studio recently discovered this and, gesturing to the rest of the kids in the class, declared, “Look how many friends I have!”  Not only was it adorable, but also an important developmental step. Learning to make friends means learning how to share, to work together, and to get along with others; tools that will serve our daycare kids well for the rest of their lives.

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