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

Our Little Multi-taskers

Kids love painting and kids love tap dancing.  How could either of these get any better?  Our daycare teachers found a way.  They put on music, dropped a tarp on the floor, painted the kids’ feet, and let them go wild “tap dancing” in pairs on a big sheet of butcher paper. The kids’ delight was palpable all morning.  They were captivated by the feeling of paint between their toes and they had a great time learning new dance moves from their painting partner. Afterwards, each kid followed their performance with an encore: dancing in bubbles, swishing soapy water around with their feet to help get the paint out from between their toes. When the painting was done,  Miss Dawn picked it up to let it hang to dry and one child said: “We make that? It so beautiful!” It was a great reminder of how the arts are not only fun, but a great way to build a child’s self-esteem.

Daycare Dialogues

 

…in the midst of a class conversation about the zoo….

Boy, 2.5 years old: Miss Emma, how about you ask me if I’ve been to the zoo?

Miss Emma:  Have you been to the zoo?

Boy: Nope, but I have been to the museum.

Miss Emma: What was that like?

Boy: You have to be very quiet, (whispering) because people are sleeping.

Let it No, Let it No, Let it NO!

The Daycare Dialogues:
Outside, the first snow of the year was falling.
The daycare children were mesmerized by the mysterious substance, but one 2-year-old boy was getting particularly vocal about it.

Boy: (directed at the falling flakes) NO!
Teacher 1: It’s alright, Buddy, it’s just snow.
Boy: (emphatically) NO!! NO!!
Teacher 1: Don’t worry, it won’t hurt you.
Boy: (very loudly) NO NO NO NO NO!!!
Teacher 1 (worried, to Teacher 2): He’s taking the snow so personally, he keeps telling it to stop!
Boy: No!
Teacher 2: Oh, do you think maybe he’s trying to say suhh-no (i.e. snow)?
Teacher 1 (laughing): Oh. That would make a lot more sense!

Happy Holidays!

America’s Favorite *Holiday* Pastime

The dress up bin at Studio Daycare has an assortment of options for the children to try on, including grown-up sized baseball hats.  Last week one of the girls picked out a hat, put it neatly on her head, went into the corner, and started singing to the wall, “O come all ye baseball!”  She proceeded to make up new baseball-themed lyrics for the entire song!  It never ceases to amaze us how differently kids experience the world and how enchanting their unfiltered creativity can be.

A Squishy Experience

Every parent knows it’s not easy to get kids to try new foods.  But one thing they do enjoy is making a mess!  Letting kids be part of preparation, especially a messy one, is not only fun but can make them much more likely to eat something new.  For the holidays we guided our Studio Daycare kids in making mashed sweet potatoes, and we made enough so they could take some home as well.  They loved using the big smasher to squish the potatoes up and were so excited to have made food their families would eat at home too.  It built self-esteem and gave them an opportunity to feel like they could contribute to the family just like their moms and dads!

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