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In the Classroom

Parent Infant Center infant and young toddler classrooms are mixed-age groups. Working with mixed-age groups can be challenging, but also extremely rewarding. In the Bumblebee classroom our children range from 2-months old to 21-months old. Whew! That is a vast difference! Sometimes older children...
Sig image: MBs with magnatiles Two-year-olds often begin their third year of life playing independently much of the time, but as time goes by, they learn that playing with peers can be rewarding as well. This shift tends to occur naturally as children gain emotional maturity as well as linguistic...
Sensory is science! With sensory learning there is always more than what meets the eye. Children use their senses to play, to engage, and to explore with the unknowing intent to make sense of the world around them. Sensory learning is crucial to brain development and a natural occurrence for infants...
Loving reading The Fireflies are quickly getting to know the language associated with books. They are developing their attention span, their love of reading, and the knowledge that comes with comprehension. We talked about the characters in some of our favorite stories then quickly moved to the plot...
Much ado about music! The Sunshine teachers watch our children for signs of budding interests. We began to notice that they were really into making sounds/music. They would use forks, spoons, sticks, and the pots, pans and shelves would become drums. So we decided to explore sounds, music and...
So many clubs. So many choices. The After School's club curriculum offers children an ever-changing selection of interest-based activities to pursue. Excitement can always be found at the Dungeons and Dragons club ! Children take on the roles of fantasy-themed warriors and work together to defeat...
No right or wrong answers Every morning, Roadrunners are invited to answer questions at drop off. Questions are opportunities for parent and child to discuss learning in the classroom. No answer is right or wrong; questions are simply a chance for children to have their opinions heard. It may be...
What are hay slides? With all the loose hay still around the playground from our Family Fall Festival in November, the Moonbeams have created a new game we like to call Hay Slides. This twist on sliding incorporates lots of new teachable moments for the ‘Beams. Since most of the hay is still baled...
Mixed age. Many benefits. When new families join the Caterpillars, they may be concerned with the classroom being a mixed-aged room, as are all the infant/young toddler classes at PIC. The present age range in the Caterpillars is 4-21 months. Families may wonder whether it’s best to leave their...
Why China? Why now? Last Thursday the Dragontail classroom took some time to talk about a place we don’t know a lot about—China(中国). Why is our class learning about China? One of our former Dragontail teachers, Paul Graff, has moved to China. Mr. Paul, as he is known to the children, has worked at...