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Garden Preschool: Tammy Holley

March 6, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Garden Preschool Families,

This Thursday, March 5, Garden Preschool had the privilege of a visit with Tammy Holley in the gym. There we explored the word ‘opposite’ and used our large muscles. We used balls to demonstrate opposites through different motions such as up & down, under & over, high & low. Below is a picture from our day that I thought you would enjoy.

Bethany

Gym Time with Tammy Holley

Garden Preschool: News and Reminders

March 6, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Hello Garden Preschool Families!

Here are the reminders for the week of March 8:

  • Daylight Savings Time is Sunday, March 8.  Don’t forget to set your clocks an hour ahead.
  • We will be having Tammy Holley gym time on Monday, March 9.  Please send gym shoes.

Please be sure to check your child’s cubby for extra clothes.  During winter thaw time our playground can be a little messy, so spare clothes are sometimes needed (especially socks.)  Please let me know if you have any questions!

~Marie

Garden Preschool: News and Reminders

February 27, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Hello Garden Preschool Families!

Here are the reminders for the week of March 2:

  • We are so excited to welcome Breno back to Garden Preschool!  He has been staying home with his new brother the past few months.  He will be rejoining our class on Monday, March 2.
  • We are saying goodbye to Mahya this week.  She is going to take a break from Gretchen’s House to stay home with her new brother.
  • We have Tammy Holley gym time on Thursday, March 5.  Please send gym shoes.

Just a reminder that we go outside every day unless the wind chill is below zero.  We have had a long stretch of time that we have been unable to go outside, but looking forward we hope to resume our outdoor activities.  Thank you for sending your child’s winter clothing each day.  Please let me know if you have any questions.

~Marie

Garden Preschool has a Camp Out

February 25, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Garden Preschool Families,

Last week we decided to have a camp out in our classroom due to No Public School Days in the Young 5’s and School Age Room! With older siblings wearing pajamas to Gretchen’s House, we decided to have an event where Garden Preschoolers could do the same.

With their pajamas on the children all enjoyed exploring their creativity through pretend play. In the room we had many tents set up, flashlights available and some children even brought their own camping gear (ie. sleeping bags, tents, lanterns). We went on a bear hunt while reading We’re going on a Bear Hunt, by Michael Rosen, and we ate yummy s’mores for snack. Below are some fun pictures from our eventful day.

I hope you enjoy them!

Bethany

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Garden Preschool: March Calendar

February 25, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Hello Garden Preschool Families!

Attached below is the March calendar.  We are looking forward to having a visit from the fire department in March.  We are also looking forward to welcoming Breno back to Garden Preschool.  The Tammy Holley dates are a little different this month because she will be unavailable at the end of March.  Please let me know if you have any questions.

~Marie

Garden Preschool March Calendar

Garden Preschool: News and Reminders

February 20, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Hello Garden Preschool Families!

Here are the reminders for the week of February 23:

  • Bethany will be the opener on Monday, February 23.
  • We will have a fire drill on Thursday, February 26, at 4:15.
  • Tanya Grace will celebrate her 3rd birthday on Friday, February 27.  If you see her, please be sure to wish her a very happy birthday!

Please let me know if you have any questions.

~Marie

Garden Preschool: News and Reminders

February 13, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Hello Garden Preschool Families!

Here are the reminders for the week of February 16:

  • We will be saying goodbye to Anya on Wednesday, February 18.  We hope to see her back in the summer.
  • We are having a camping day on Thursday, February 19. Your child is invited to wear their pajamas to school that day. They are also welcome to bring a pop up tent, sleeping bag/blankets, and a flashlight. We will turn down the lights and pretend to be camping under the stars. I will take those interested on a bear hunt, and we will be having smores for snack. Please label all items so they will make it back home safely.

Have a great weekend!

~Marie

Outdoor Gear

February 6, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

This past snow storm has left some remarkable snow piles for the children to explore! We ask that you please continue to send in hats, waterproof gloves, boots and snow pants during the snowy season! Extra socks and a full set of back up clothes are also helpful. As this most recent snow begins to melt, we will be in the messy season. These items will help to keep your children dry and comfortable as we explore the outdoors!

In addition, please remember to label all of your child’s extra gear. As teachers navigate through the day, we want to ensure we are able to keep track of all the gloves, hats, boots and snow pants to return to you each day. If you happen to find yourself with any extra items that you may no longer need, we gladly accept donations that allow us to have extra items on hand!

Thank you for your cooperation!

 

Valentine’s Day at Gretchen’s House

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Many of us have fond memories of elementary school Valentine’s Day parties and celebrations. The majority of the Ann Arbor Public Schools still celebrate with cards and parties. For the young children in our programs, Valentine’s Day is a very abstract concept. They are just learning about feelings of love and friendships. The idea of writing their name on a card 20 or 30 times is likely a skill they have yet to master, and that even as school age children we didn’t much enjoy!

Our approach to Valentine’s Day here at Gretchen’s House, is in line with our philosophy for all curriculum; meet the needs and follow the interests of the children. We will focus on children’s interests and age-appropriate activities that promote healthy social interactions. Teachers will be tuned in to see if children are interested in making cards, writing names and talking about friendships. We will have new and interesting materials available for children who want to create pictures, cards and other creations.

Like most things with young children, the interest may surface more after the big day. It is hard for younger children to remember a year ago and what the holiday is about. Often children receive cards and treats from relatives or hear about their sibling’s big day in school. It’s possible the children may talk about Valentine’s Day here at the center, long after the day has passed! Teachers at Gretchen’s House will be ready and happy to continue to support the interest as long as it lasts.

Although, we won’t be having a classroom exchange of Valentine’s – if your child is interested in making Valentine’s, we ask that you utilize the parent mailboxes for your exchange rather than bringing them into the classroom. We want to remain respectful of all children’s feelings. As we know not all families celebrate, it can be difficult for the children if they don’t receive as many as the other children in their class. Opening them at home will ensure it’s an experience they are able to enjoy in the comfort of their own home! In addition, please remember that we are an allergy aware center – for this reason, we ask that if you decide to bring in Valentine’s you limit it to cards only.

We appreciate your cooperation and understanding as we work together to ensure Valentine’s Day is a positive experience for the children. Please let me know if you have any questions and/or concerns.

Thank you!

 

 

Garden Preschool: News and Reminders

February 6, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Hello Garden Preschool Families!

Here are the reminders for the week of February 9:

  • The Lion’s Club will be here to do vision screening on Monday, February 9.  They will begin at 9:00.  If Monday is not a regular attendance day for your child, you are still welcome to come for the screening.  You should plan on arriving at 9:00.  Please check in with the front desk, and wait for your turn in the lobby.  They will be screening drop in families first.

Please let us know if you have any questions!

~Marie

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