Meet the Artisitter- Hannah B.

Hannah B.

Name: Hannah B.

Hometown: Shawnee, KS – A suburb in the Kansas City area.

How long have you lived in NYC? I moved to NYC in early October.

What is your favorite children’s book? Without a doubt, “The Best Loved Doll” by Rebecca Caudill.

What is your artistic focus? Musical Theatre!

What is your go to activity/craft? I love to make up stories. It’s fun to be playing with a toy that a child has had for a long time, and then ask all about the adventures it might have had. Before you know it, this toy has relatives, best friends, and has saved the world two times over!

What is your favorite food to serve the kids? I love a good PB&J – It’s a classic, and kids always have fun helping make it.

What is your fondest childhood memory? Growing up, my parents had a core group of friends that all got together a couple times a month. So, I have magical memories of these fairly large gatherings with homes full of people I love talking, laughing, and making music together.

When did you know that you wanted to be an artist? I was an incredibly shy, and fairly serious child. That being said, when I was in the fourth grade my family went to see a production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamboat.” During the opening number, I saw that there were kids on stage and apparently, I leaned into my mom and said “I want to do that. I don’t need a friend to do it with, I’ll do it by myself.” Needless to say, I was signed up for a theater summer camp before intermission was over.

If your dreams were to come true today, what would that look like? That’s a tricky question. Right now I’ll go with the fact that everyone I love is healthy and happy, and I’m in pursuing something that I love to do – dreams come true every day!

Meet the Artisitter- Talia M.

Talia M.

Name: Talia M.

Hometown: Lancaster, PA

How long have you lived in NYC? 1 year

What is your favorite children’s book? Is Your Mama A Llama?

What is your artistic focus? Drawing and Painting

What is your go to activity/craft? Reading books!

What is your favorite food to serve the kids? Grilled cheese with broccoli.

What is your fondest childhood memory? One of my favorite things to do as a
kid was draw characters from my favorite books on the driveway and side
walk.

When did you know that you wanted to be an artist? I have always loved
making art and knew I could never be happy doing anything else.

If your dreams were to come true today, what would that look like? I would
have a job that allowed me to travel the world making art and experiencing
new cultures and people.

Meet the Artisitter-Sara S.

Name: Sara S.

Hometown:
Cooper City, FL

How long have you lived in NYC/CHI/DC?
9 months

What is your favorite children’s book?
The Giving Tree

What is your artistic focus?
Graphic illustration and design

What is your go to activity/craft?
Play dough is my go to activity, or coloring. Sometimes if there’s a favorite movie/show/book that the kids want to watch or read we’ll look at it while making the characters out of Play dough or drawing pictures of them.

What is your favorite food to serve the kids?
I like making PB&J sandwiches together or pancakes with fun stuff in them like blueberries or chocolate chips.

What is your fondest childhood memory?
Going on family trips to Poland to my uncle’s house in the country and exploring the land with my little sister and picking fruit off trees and playing with cats in the grass

When did you know that you wanted to be an artist?
For a long time I had no idea what I wanted to be at all, but I always enjoyed making things with my hands and playing with color and shapes and started seeing that as a sign of what I wanted to do with my life when I was finishing highschool.

If your dreams were to come true today, what would that look like?
I have a large studio space where I am free to experiment with any kind of material I want while also having time to design and publish some kind of magazine or monthly publication of drawings and stories. And people pay me for my Play dough creations. I would also love to write and illustrate a children’s book someday.

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: 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: Real or Pretend

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.”

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