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Creating in Clay It started with a box of air-dry clay. The kids loved it. They made all manner of things--from doughnuts to turtles, to colorfully-painted beads. They had such a good time working with the clay that we knew we had to go deeper. Fortunately, right across the street from PIC is the...
Our Pet Dragon When we brought our new hamster into the classroom in March we spent a week or so brainstorming names at morning meeting: Hamster, Hairy, Prince, Softy, Pillow, Carpet, Speedy, Princess, Dragon, Cat, Cow, Fluffy ..and so on. We took a secret ballot and settled on Dragon (with Prince...
written by Fireflies teacher Michael Roach . All summer long, the composition of PIC classrooms has changed. Many students transitioned to new classes, which means that they had to navigate new environments, learn new routines, catch up on established rules and get to know lots of new people. This...
We were thrilled to be able to welcome the Fireflies back to a newly renovated classroom. They arrived to find it lighter and brighter and with updated cabinets and countertops. In fact, it took them no time at all to make themselves at home! Lead teacher Joanne Schock says, "My favorite element is...
When feelings show At PIC, summer is full to the brim with transitions. In our classroom Roadrunners from the last year are moving up, and new children are joining our class. As parents and teachers know well, transitions can be challenging for children. For your child, leaving their familiar...
written by Assistant Teacher Latosha Green What's happening in the Caterpillars? Change! Well, it’s transition time throughout the Center and there happens to be many changes in the Caterpillar room. The older Caterpillars are moving up, new Caterpillars are coming in and we have some coming back...
Taking trips near and far The Starlights were super busy this summer taking trips both near and far. Locally, we saw wildlife, masterpieces, mummies, and real history when we visited the Bio-Pond, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archeology, and the Woodlands. At...
Playing in modern times Keys, phone, and a wallet full of cards…these are the ubiquitous tools of modern times. The Moonbeams are aware of their importance in the lives of adults, and that awareness has trickled into their play. The teachers have amassed a collection of expired bus passes, zero...
Summer is upon us! This summer, I am thrilled to be back at the Parent-Infant Center PIC for my second year as the Summer Camp Leader. we are already in the third week of camp having survived our first heat wave; it’s official: summer is upon us! And what a summer it’s shaping up to be! Last week we...
written by Michelle Gueco Babies caring for babies Summer has been a time for many transitions in the Bumblebees. We are saying goodbye to older toddlers that are moving up or moving away, and we are also welcoming many new children to our classroom. This month we welcomed four new babies - Hannah...