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!

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: 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.”

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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