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

Family Focused Ted Talk

During one of our recent Ted Talk Tuesdays, we watched an interesting talk by Bruce Feiler on a new strategy for decreasing stress in families.  Originally developed to improve software programming, the strategy of agile programming can give children a stake in the rules and decisions of the family, yet still leaves parents in charge.  After implementing it within his own family, everyone felt less stressed and stronger as a family unit.  Check out the link below for the complete Ted Talk.

Ted Talk: Bruce Feiler

Family Friendly Travel: 14 Child-Centric Hotel Rooms

Red Tricycle compiled this list of 14 fun, family friendly hotels that have guest rooms and suites specifically designed with the little ones in mind.  This one in Orlando has kid rooms filled with Dr. Seuss-inspired furniture and decor.  And for parents who might feel overwhelmed by all the wacky colors, the adults’ room – seen just through the door – is much more traditional.  To see the complete hotel list, click here: http://redtri.com/cool-kids-hotel-rooms/

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 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.

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

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