Daycare Diaries: Mission Name That Agent

The family of one of our 4yo girls has recently been playing an imaginary game where they are all secret agents. The little girl was Agent 003 (double-oh-three) until her birthday, and now she is Agent 004. And not only did her name change on her birthday, she also decided to bestow secret agent names to her teachers.  Miss Dawn is now Secret Agent Cupcake and Miss Emma is Secret Agent Muffin Man. And our office staffer who comes by from time to time on administrative missions is now known as Secret Agent Meg-a-loo.  Don’t you think it’s time you got a secret agent name too?

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 Dining: Green Beans, A Prize In Every Pod!

At lunch last week, one of our kiddos made an unexpected discovery, “There’s a pea in my green bean!”  It was actually just the bean inside the green bean pod, but it was a cute interpretation and a delightful surprise for him.  We feed our daycare kids lots of fresh fruits and vegetables.  A big hit lately has been raw green beans.  Maybe that’s because it’s a food with a prize inside!

Art Appreciation: Father-Daughter Portrait Project

We adore this father-daughter photography project by a family from Australia.  Dad is a self-taught photographer and is sharing his appreciation for art with his daughter.  They’ve created an entire collection of portraits like this one, replicating or inspired by great masters like Vermeer and Velasquez.

To see more portraits in this series and learn about what went into this amazing collection, check out his website and blog:

http://www.billgekas.com/p1014938437

Daycare Diaries: Need a hero?

One of our little boys was recently playing dress-up and he put together an outfit of a bright yellow reflective safety vest, an orange tutu, and a plaid hat with a flower sticking out.  When Miss Dawn asked him who he was being he proudly announced, “Superman Princess.”  What a great idea!  Imagination without limitation.  Don’t you miss being a kid?

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.”

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.

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