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Movement in Water’s Edge

November 26, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Throughout the day, the children in Water’s Edge are busy moving their bodies in many ways.  We are fortunate to have a variety of spaces and equipment to support this development.  For instance, the gym has mats, balls and obstacle course materials and our playground is filled with swings,a sandbox, the climber and lots of space for running.  While engaged in these movement activities, we see the following Key Developmental Indicators: Initiative (opportunities to choose what to do), Building Relationships with Others, Listening and Responding, Cause and Effect, and Pretend Play.

Moving down the slide on the playground

Moving down the slide on the playground

Climbing into the pool in the gym

Climbing into the pool in the gym

Scooping sand together in the sandbox

Scooping sand together in the sandbox

Railroad I/T: Weather Appropriate Clothing

September 24, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

In a matter of a few days, we went from sunny days with 90 degree weather to cloudy days with temperatures in the 60s!  Please be sure to bring in weather-appropriate outdoor and indoor clothing for your child.  We ask that you label everything that you bring to Gretchen’s House so we can help everyone find their belongings.  Thank you!

-Megan

Chessie Room Literacy and Communication Photos

September 19, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

(Note to parents who are reading this in email digest form: this is a photo-heavy post. If you can’t see the photos, you may need to log your device into the Dhu Varren myhouse page to see them. We understand this is an extra step, but this is to protect your families’ privacy. Go to dhuvarren.gretchenshouse.com. In the login that pops up, the username should be myhouse and the password should be homeagain07. If you still have trouble viewing pictures, you may want to take a look at our tech faq. Please ask us for help if you still have trouble viewing pictures or myhouse after looking at the tech tips! We know families love the pictures.

 

Betsey Room Language and Communication

September 19, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The Older Toddlers in the Betsey Room are often engaged in activities that include using their language and communicating.  If you listen carefully throughout the day, you will hear meaningful conversations taking place between the children and the teachers.  Sometimes words are used and other times, phrases and even sentences are spoken!

-Megan

Railroad Infants Sensory Exploration

September 19, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The Railroad Infants have used many different senses to explore this week!  They have been engaged in art activities using different materials such as sand and paint, and even used their feet for painting in the Jumperoo!  Out on the playground, the sprinkler gave the children a chance to feel the cool water on their hands and feet.  The ribbon mobile hanging in the classroom gave them the opportunity to reach for the colors above their heads. Take a look at the pictures below!

–Megan

Betsey Room Painting Project

August 21, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

After many months of flying over the changing table in the Older Toddler Room, the butterflies began to fall apart!  They needed to come down so that they did not break any further.  In the meantime, the childen have been working on a project to replace the butterflies.  They created large paper mache balls, then cut them in half. Most recently, the children came together to paint the paper mache pieces, which will soon hang above our changing table.  Be sure to look for our new decoration!

–Megan

Chessie Room Visits the Garden

August 21, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The Young Toddler Room has taken advantage of the weather and ventured out to the garden.  While out in the garden, the children have been spotted running up and down the hill, climbing on the bike rack, observing the landscaping crew in the condos, and exploring the water while giving the plants and sunflowers a drink.  The children are full of smiles during their time at the garden!

–Megan

Railroad Infants Communicating

August 21, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

We observe the Infants communicating in a variety of ways each day.  This is easy to notice  when a pair of older Infants babbles back and forth to each other as they explore the classroom.  Communication between our younger Infants is not as easy to spot, but still happens throughout the day.  They communicate non-verbally, using their actions to interact with the other children and teachers.  We frequently see the little ones reaching out for each other, which can result in a big smile or a lot of tears!  Either way, they are communicating with each other!

–Megan

Railroad Infants Explore Pond Climber

June 13, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The Infants went for a walk around the center and ended up at the Pond Climber. The children were able to crawl up the steps and the ramp to the climber, and move through the tunnel. A wooden steering wheel at the top was turned around as well. We look forward to spending more time at the climber as the Infants become more mobile!

–Megan

Chessie Room Decorates Wooden Blocks

June 13, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Brenna and Kit discovered an abundance of wooden blocks hidden in one of our cupboards. They took the extra blocks and encouraged the children to decorate them with paint!  Once they were dry, the blocks were put in a basket and added to our manipulatives shelf.  The children use the blocks frequently to build, and also to “cook” in the House Area.

-Megan

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