Daycare Diaries: Bonkers for Birthdays

One of our little girls is determined to make sure everyone gives their birthday the attention it deserves.  On her teacher’s birthday, she insisted that Miss Emma wear a crown every minute of the day.  When one of her friends had a birthday, she serenaded her with the birthday song over and over, every chance she got.  It’s so sweet to have a friend that makes an even bigger celebration of your birthday than you do!

Artwork by B Keks

Daycare Diaries: Bathroom Buddies

True friends are there to support you in everything you do!  Two of our daycare girls have found such a friend in each other as they both make their way through the process of potty training.  Every day at potty time they go to the bathroom and sit side by side on the training potties.  Whenever one of them is successful, the other tells her good job and offers a high five.  Not only is it hilarious, but also evidence of a fantastic friendship!

Daycare Diaries: My New Baby Brother

One of our 3yo girls just got a new baby brother and she couldn’t have been more excited.  During art class she asked to make a birthday card for him.  She drew him a picture, dictated a note to him, and put it in an envelope to take with her when she would finally get to meet him in a couple of days.  She told Miss Emma she was going to hold him very gentle.  She’s clearly going to be an amazing big sister and we’re all very happy for her and her family!

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.”

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.

Daycare Diaries: When I Grow Up…

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.”

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