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In the Classroom

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...
A happy and healthy winter It’s the time of year when we watch the leaves change, take out warmer clothes, and watch football on the weekends. It is also the time when various cold and flu viruses start making their way through classrooms. The Blue Jay room is no exception, and we have had lots of...
Friends and Families Fall is full of fun, friends and family for the Rainbows. We often experience children announcing the arrival of their friends' parents at pick up. Rainbows even join in giving a "PIC push" to parents as they leave in the morning. Children are so happy to share about their...
Exploring fallIts fall and the perfect time for exploring nature! During this season we can explore the changes in the plants, weather, and animals. The green leaves that once provided us shade on hot summer days are now turning into beautiful hues of red, orange, yellow, and brown before gently...
Teaching IndependenceIt has been a busy month, with all the changes that go on in September, but we are settling into another fantastic year with the world’s best kids. In class we are working on our self-help skills. The Fireflies are learning to help themselves to the water pitcher in the fridge...
A PIC Push GoodbyeAt PIC infants spend almost two years in the infant/young toddler classrooms. They build a loving, trusting relationship with their teachers and get used to the routines in their classroom. It is around the age of two, that children move to a toddler room, like the Sunshines. They...
Life and DeathThe Grasshoppers went through some really wonderful and new experiences this summer. We helped to care for another classroom’s pet hamster named Dragon. It was exciting, heartwarming, fun, entertaining and became the topic of a study of rodents. What was not so fun, was having Dragon...
Engineering their own futureThe first session of clubs down at the Aviary is off to an exciting start as we ring in the new school year. In the Engineering Challenge club, Hawks and Eagles are learning to engage with scientific processes and solve problems creatively, collaboratively, and...
Little and LooseThe Doodlebugs are exploring loose parts in our classroom and outdoors. The teachers have been thinking of many ways to add loose parts to our Reggio inspired infant and young toddler classroom. Some may ask, what are loose parts? Loose parts are materials that can be moved, carried...