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Seeds are Super! The Grasshoppers have been very interested in seeds. These days, we look forward to finding seeds in our foods during snack and lunch times. Part of our interest began as the Grasshoppers participated in preparing and making our community snacks in the classroom. Many children are...
More Than Just Play Play-dough is a staple around PIC, but parents may not realize just how valuable a learning tool it can be, hitting just about every developmental area. The magic often begins first thing in the morning, when a teacher and the earliest arriving children take a few simple...
Written by Roadrunners Teacher Danny Galpern Using Laughter to Resolve Feelings Children are naturally joyful and excited. But if something scary or painful happens, they can feel alone with powerful emotions. As Preschool Program Coordinator Tamara Clark wrote in her recent blog post , children...
Spring has Sprung! With the season of spring upon us, the Caterpillar room has a lot more energy. What we have come to realize is that we all love the outdoors. We learned this during an exploration of our senses: hearing, taste, smelling, sight, and touch. While exploring the senses we have made...
Does putting your child down for a nap or to bed at night seem a little challenging? Are some days more challenging than others? Do you feel like you’ve tried everything? Few families get through the early years without sleep struggles. Surely, there are no one-size-fits-all or easy answers for...
Powerful Peanut Performances As 3- and 4-year olds grow, the exploratory and experimental curiosity that defines early childhood development turns to family, teachers, and friends. Both bio-ecological and constructivist models of development posit that children’s cognitive ability to think about...
For the past month the Bumblebees have been exploring the five senses: seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, and touching. All of these senses help children get to know and understand the world around them. For the sense of sight, we added bright water colors inside of a squeeze bottle and placed a...
Varied and Unusual Clubs A recent series of clubs gave the Startlights some interesting hands-on opportunities for learning. During a club devoted to Egypt, we looked at timelines of interesting events and studied maps. We brainstormed a list of words pertaining to Egypt and talked about their...
Senses and Sensibility We know that our children learn about the world through their senses. The Rainbow teachers were excited to study the five senses as a way to build upon what our toddlers had already discovered in their young lives. We also planned to explore literacy and numeracy through books...
For the fifth year in a row, the Mott Campus Clowns have come to PIC to put on a show. This year, they entertained the children in our After School Center with sing-along songs, classic clown skits and comedy magic-- all with an anti-bully message . But, these are no ordinary clowns! These clowns...