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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

February 6, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

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!



Railroad Infant/Toddler February Calendar

January 30, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

A child can ask questions that a wise man cannot answer. ~Author Unknown

February 2015-2

Think Spring!~Denise


Fun with Friends in the Little Traverse Room!

January 21, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The infants have been keeping busy exploring the room and each other.  The movers are constantly visiting the non-movers.  A new activity center has been the center of many of the children’s attention.  The children are already learning about playing with others and group participation.  ~Denise, Betsy, and Hillary

New faces in the Little Traverse room!

January 15, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

We would like to welcome Julia and Edison (EJ) into the baby room.  The twins join their big sister, Ali at Gretchen’s House.  Julia and EJ are always ready to give a huge smile whenever you talk to them.  Come on in and welcome them!

Denise, Hillary, and Betsy

Little Traverse-What’s this?

December 23, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The little guys explored something very new to them–snow.  For them, this is probably their first experience with the cold snow.  Obviously, the coldness did not stop them from exploring–tasting, looking, and feeling.  What a great start to the winter season.

Denise, Betsy, and Hillary


Railroad I/T January Calendar

December 15, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

January is right around the corner.  Time sure does fly when you’re having fun!  Gretchen’s House is closed  December 24 through January 4, 2015.  We will reopen Monday, January 5th.  The railroad wing teachers hope you have a wonderful and safe holiday break.

January 2015

Denise, Sarah, Deb, Betsy, Hillary, Ashley, and Megan

Railroad Infants Explore Boxes

November 29, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Following a diaper delivery, the Infants showed an interest in the empty boxes in the classroom.  Betsy and Hillary gave them the option to sit in the empty boxes, then opened one up as a painting surface for the children.

Cole and Norah paint the inside of a box

Cole and Norah paint the inside of a box

Rebecca explores an empty box in the classroom

Rebecca explores an empty box in the classroom

Railroad I/T December Calendar

November 28, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Happy Holidays!  Wow!  This year went fast.  It was so great to spend the last year with all of you.

Here is the December calendar. December 2014

Denise, Sarah, Debbie, Betsy, Hillary, Ashley, and Megan



A Little Trouble in the Little Traverse Room!

November 10, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The Little Traverse room enjoyed a visit from Trouble, the Betsey room’s pet gerbil.  The babies watched him run around in his ball and were able to see him up close while a teacher held him.  The babies were very interested in the little critter.  Hopefully, there will be more visits in the future.


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