12Apr
2017

Branching Out Theme of the Week: Opposites!

What is the opposite of up? Left? Under? We will experience opposites with our bodies, in the art center, and with blocks. We will look for opposites inside and outside the building and try to find new things we didn’t know before. Can we find opposites in the stories...

05Apr
2017

Branching Out Theme of the Week: Community Helpers

There are so many people around us helping others. This week we will investigate who those people are and what they do. From doctors and nurses, to firefighter and policemen, construction workers, mail carriers, bus drivers and bakers; people in our community go to work every day to make...

29Mar
2017

Branching Out Theme of the Week: The Tools We Use

We are fascinated by the things we can do with hammers, screwdrivers, wrenches and saws. Children like to make things and can do so much using tools! This week, we will explore lots of different tools and use unique tools to make new things. We will use every day...

28Feb
2017

Branching Out Theme of the Week: Eating Healthy

Good habits start young. This week we will explore health foods and do lots of fun activities with them. We will spend lots of time exercising and using our bodies in healthy ways. We will learn where some of our foods come from and play matching games too. We’ll...

23Feb
2017

Branching Out Theme of the Week: Dental Health

Our pearly whites make our smiles so bright! If we take care of them, they will last our whole lives! This week we will practice brushing and flossing and play with the tools to be sure we know how to use them. Some of us will have a visit...

15Feb
2017

Branching Out Theme of the Week: Feelings

February is a month of love – Children need to explore and learn how to handle emotions in a natural way…but often can’t apply the skills unless they have observed and practiced them. This week we will practice strategies to manage our emotions and keep calm. We will practice...

08Feb
2017

Branching Out Theme of the Week: Silly Stories

This week we are exploring several different story books that give us lots of opportunity to be SILLY- From making crazy hair grow (grass seed) to trying to walk upside down like Silly Sally. We had a blast and learned tons! We played games with the alphabet while reading...

31Jan
2017

Branching Out Theme of the Week: I Take Care of Myself

We get stuck indoors more often in the winter and sometimes are less active because of it. This is a great time of year to remember the importance of being healthy and incorporating healthy habits into all aspects of our lives. From good hand-washing habits, remembering to cough into...

25Jan
2017

Branching Out Theme of the Week: Like to Make Believe

Children learn about the world by playing! The role modeling children do during play helps many things in their environment make sense. This week we will celebrate that critical developmental step. We’ll try out some real and fantasy scenes this week! From Where the Wild Things Are to our...

18Jan
2017

Branching Out Theme of the Week: Music & Instruments

We make music so many ways! This week we will listen to music from around the world! We will hear words we don’t normally hear sung to music we hear often! We also make music with our classroom instruments and things we don’t normally make music with! We will...

11Jan
2017

Branching Out Theme of the Week: Winter Games, Activities

While nature sleeps, we can still have tons of fun outside! We dress warmly and head out to enjoy the snow and cool temperatures. What is more wonderful than making snow angles and snowballs? We play games throwing snow at targets and making snow obstacle courses! Let’s play!

28Dec
2016

Branching Out Theme of the Week: A Fresh Start

As one year ends and another one begins, we reflect on what we learned and what fun we have had. Each year we talk about what plans we may want to make for the coming year and what we hope to do. We do this more simply with the...

14Dec
2016

Branching Out Theme of the Week: In the Spirit of Giving

Children learn so much from how parents and other adults in their lives behave, talk and interact with others. Children watch everything the adults around them do and say. During this season, we nurture a spirit of giving in the children by role modeling this action and teaching them...

09Nov
2016

Branching Out Theme of the Week: Forest Animals

We love learning about animals! Throughout the year, we learn to differentiate between zoo animals, pets and forest animals. When we talk about animals that live in the forest, we discuss what their house looks like and where they sleep. Birds sleep in nests, squirrels build homes in holes...

02Nov
2016

Branching Out Theme of the Week: My Family

Families come in all shapes and sizes!  Each of us have a family that is unique and very special!  This week we will talk about all of the people we call family and graph how many brothers, sisters and grandparents we all have.  We will sort family members tallest...

25Oct
2016

Branching Out Theme of the Week: Harvest/Fall Foods

Fall brings us once a year foods to enjoy.  If you planted flowers and vegetables this year as some of our classrooms did, you may have enjoyed beans or tomatoes grown by your own hand.  Home grown foods are so very nutritious and tasty.  We should all experience the...

19Oct
2016

Branching Out Theme of the Week: Ways We Communicate

Especially when interacting with young children, we quickly become aware of how children who haven’t developed language skills yet, can still tell us what they need.  We can tell from their facial expressions, body movements and sounds or cries when things are good or not so good.  When we...

12Oct
2016

Branching Out Theme of the Week: My Five Senses

How do we experience the world around us?  We use our five senses!  Senses are a young child’s biggest source of information to learn and grow.  Children have to experience things very concretely and do so by seeing, hearing, smelling, touching and tasting!  This week will explore some brand...

06Oct
2016

Branching Out Theme of the Week: Fire Prevention & Safety

Each year, we dedicate a few weeks to learn about community helpers that are so invaluable in our neighborhoods.  This week, in conjunctions with celebrations around town, we recognize Fire Safety Week.  It’s never too soon to start talking about safety and how to protect yourself.  This week we...

30Sep
2016

Branching Out Theme of the Week: Fall Fun!

The leaves are changing colors!  It’s one of the first things we notice as the season flow from summer to fall.  What else do you notice?  The nights are cooler, and the sun is setting sooner at night.  We see fall flowers around and lots of fall vegetables.  Looks...

28Sep
2016

Branching Out Theme of the Week: My Home & Neighborhood

When you travel by the same buildings and things every day, you almost forget to notice them.  This week we will talk about important things in our neighborhood that help us and each other.  There are fire companies, schools, churches and hospitals as well as stores, libraries and doctor’s...

21Sep
2016

Branching Out Theme of the Week: My Friends – Old & New

The children are quickly forming friendships with classmates and telling stories about all of the fun things they do.  Have you heard new friend’s names at home?  This week are all learning all about each other and what it means to be a friend.  Friends help each other and...

14Sep
2016

Branching Out Theme of the Week: My School

The new school year has begun and the children are settling into the routines and feeling comfortable with their classroom and teachers.  Ask your child what their favorite thing to do each day is.  We have seen lots of fun painting, playing with playdough, playground fun and lots of...

07Sep
2016

Branching Out Theme of the Week: Getting To Know You

Each September brings new beginnings.  Children often move to new classrooms, meet new friends and new teachers.  Families may have changes and adjustments as well.  This week we focus on getting children familiar with everything new around them.  We learn special traits about our friends, classroom, routines and environment. ...

25Aug
2016

Branching Out Theme of the Week: My Pets

Families that have pets (whether real of stuffed, imagined or living) know the joy they can bring.  Some people would attest that their home is more complete with their cat or dog or rabbit.  We will share those extra special parts of our families this week!  Some may have...

10Aug
2016

Branching Out Theme of the Week: What’s Up In The Sky?

During the school year we talk about air transportation as well as birds and other things that fly.  This week we will investigate some more and discover what we haven’t yet seen.  We will look at what new birds, bugs and flying vehicles we can see.  While we see...

03Aug
2016

Branching Out Theme of the Week: Keeping Cool!

The summer sun has been happily warm this year and the children have been enjoying water play, bubbles, sidewalk chalk, hula hoops and many other memorable summer activities.  This week we talked about how people, animals and plants cool off when they are too hot.  We compared how hot...

20Jul
2016

Branching Out Theme of the Week: Wheels Make Things Go…

Wheels are a simple machine and make so many things easier! This week we will look in our neighborhoods and in our books to see all of the things wheels help us with.  Around the center wheels make things easier as well…our kitchen carts, mop buckets, etc. Where else...

13Jul
2016

Branching Out Theme of the Week: Summer Games

This year we got to enjoy the World Cup and see the US team put out an awesome effort.  In recognition of these efforts, our children will be playing soccer and learning about the sport to continue to grow the love of the game.  What other games do we...

06Jul
2016

Branching Out Theme of the Week: From The Garden

We planted all kinds of seeds in the spring.  When the seeds sprout, we can move them outside and watch them grow flowers and vegetables.  This week we will look at what we’ve grown or learn about what farmers grow for us.  We will try foods that grow in...

14Jun
2016

Branching Out Theme of the Week: Going on Vacation

Its summer time!  Time to enjoy the outdoors and everything growing around us!  Many people enjoy extra family time or seeing someplace new in the summer.  What will you do to enjoy the warmest season of the year?  We will make predictions and graph our responses.  Whatever your plans,...

09Jun
2016

Branching Out Theme of the Week: Polka Dots & Patterns

So many things around us are based on patterns and things that repeat.  We can learn how things grow, how buildings are built and how songs come together by looking at patterns.  We are also building math and reading skills by learning to recognize and repeat patterns.  We will...

01Jun
2016

Branching Out Theme of the Week: Rivers and Lakes

Our area is so lucky to have access to many water ways that we can enjoy.  We can play on the water and learn so much from it.  Our lakes and rivers are also a wonderful means of transportation that brought us goods from far away and allowed our...

25May
2016

Branching Out Theme of the Week: Insects & Bugs

Spiders, ants, caterpillars, lady bugs and so many other things are neat to observe and examine.  This week our miniature scientists will be using their bug viewers and magnifying glasses to learn all they can about bugs!  We will earn how many legs are on a spider and look...

10May
2016

Branching Out Theme of the Week: Farm Animals

Now that we know about all what lives in the sea, let’s compare animals that live on the farm!  What do animals on the farm eat?  How do they help the farmers?  What does a farm look like compared to where we live?  Farmers grow things that make the...

04May
2016

Branching Out Theme of the Week: Ocean Life

Things that live in the sea are fascinating and spur lots of interest in investigation.  This week we will explore the difference between regular water and salt water.  Do things float easier in one or the other?  We will practice counting “fish scales” and match octopus legs.  We will...

28Apr
2016

Branching Out Theme of the Week: At The Zoo

Animal babies arrive in the spring just like all the new plants and leaves.  We will look at animals that live in the zoo and match adult animals with their babies.  Where do the zoo animals come from?  Look at the globe and see how far away some of...

19Apr
2016

Branching Out Theme of the Week: Exploring Colors

As spring comes alive, it is amazing the colors nature brings to our world.  More than the primary colors of red, blue and yellow, nature mixes them together to make so many new colors!  We will look at color in all aspects of our world, inside and out.  We...

12Apr
2016

Branching Out Theme of the Week: Planting & Gardening

Spring has sprung and we are getting ready to move the seeds we planted last month, outside.  We will work outside to find the perfect place with sun and water good ground to plant our vegetables and flowers.  We will replant inside plants that need more space and talk...

05Apr
2016

Branching Out Theme of the Week: Opposites!

What is the opposite of up?  Left?  Under?  We will experience opposites with our bodies, in the art center, and with blocks. We will look for opposites inside and outside the building and try to find new things we didn’t know before.  Can we find opposites in the stories...

31Mar
2016

Branching Out Theme of the Week: Community Helpers

There are so many people around us helping others.  This week we will investigate who those people are and what they do.  From doctors and nurses, to firefighter and policemen, construction workers, mail carriers, bus drivers and bakers; people in our community go to work every day to make...

22Mar
2016

Branching Out Theme of the Week: The Tools We Use

We are fascinated by the things we can do with hammers, screwdrivers, wrenches and saws.  Children like to make things and can do so much using tools!  This week, we will explore lots of different tools and use unique tools to make new things.  We will use every day...

10Mar
2016

Branching Out Theme of the Week: Birds Fly!

When we look up in the sky what do we see?  We see planes and other air crafts and lot of neat birds!  There are so many different kinds.  We’ll look at books and talk about what makes a bird a bird.  They have wings and beaks – what...

01Mar
2016

Branching Out Theme of the Week: Transportation

Transportation – by land, sea – We are often mesmerized by boats, cars and trucks…well that fascination likely started in childhood!  Our classrooms will look at different types of boats and vehicles this week and build many of their own with legos, blocks, popsicle sticks and other tools.  How...

24Feb
2016

Branching Out Theme of the Week: Eating Healthy

Good habits start young.  This week we will explore health foods and do lots of fun activities with them.  We will spend lots of time exercising and using our bodies in healthy ways. We will learn where some of our foods come from and play matching games too.  We’ll...

17Feb
2016

Branching Out Theme of the Week: Dental Health

Our pearly whites make our smiles so bright!  If we take care of them, they will last our whole lives!  This week we will practice brushing and flossing and play with the tools to be sure we know how to use them.  Some of us will have a visit...

12Feb
2016

Branching Out Theme of the Week: Feelings

February is a month of love – Children need to explore and learn how to handle emotions in a natural way…but often can’t apply the skills unless they have observed and practiced them.  This week we will practice strategies to manage our emotions and keep calm.  We will practice...

02Feb
2016

Branching Out Theme of the Week: Silly Stories

This week we are exploring several different story books that give us lots of opportunity to be SILLY- From making crazy hair grow (grass seed) to trying to walk upside down like Silly Sally. We had a blast and learned tons!  We played games with the alphabet while reading...

26Jan
2016

Branching Out Theme of the Week: I Take Care of Myself

We get stuck indoors more often in the winter and sometimes are less active because of it.  This is a great time of year to remember the importance of being healthy and incorporating healthy habits into all aspects of our lives.  From good hand-washing habits, remembering to cough into...

19Jan
2016

Branching Out Theme of the Week: I Like to Make Believe

Children learn about the world by playing!  The role modeling children do during play helps many things in their environment make sense.  This week we will celebrate that critical developmental step.  We’ll try out some real and fantasy scenes this week!  From Where the Wild Things Are to our...

15Jan
2016

Branching Out Theme of the Week: Music & Instruments

We make music so many ways! This week we will listen to music from around the world!  We will hear words we don’t normally hear sung to music we hear often!  We also make music with our classroom instruments and things we don’t normally make music with!  We will...

05Jan
2016

Branching Out Theme of the Week: Winter Games

While nature sleeps, we can still have tons of fun outside!  We dress warmly and head out to enjoy the snow and cool temperatures.  What is more wonderful than making snow angles and snowballs?  We play games throwing snow at targets and making snow obstacle courses!  Let’s play!

30Dec
2015

Branching Out Theme of the Week: Hibernation

When it’s cold outside, we want to burrow inside where it warm!  Animals and the rest of nature want to do the same!  Our children will spend time outside looking at the trees, the ground and other evidence in nature to talk about how things change in the winter. ...

23Dec
2015

Branching Out Theme of the Week: A Fresh Start

As one year ends and another one begins, we reflect on what we learned and what fun we have had.  Each year we talk about what plans we may want to make for the coming year and what we hope to do.  We do this more simply with the...

16Dec
2015

Branching Out Theme of the Week: Sun & Snow

The cold weather feels so much different than the summer sun.  As the season develops, we talk about how the air feels on our face and skin compared to the summer warmth. We also look at the changes in how we dress and what clothes we wear.  Then, we...

09Dec
2015

Branching Out Theme of the Week: In The Spirit of Giving

Children learn so much from how parents and other adults in their lives behave, talk and interact with others.  Children watch everything the adults around them do and say.  During this season, we nurture a spirit of giving in the children by role modeling this action and teaching them...

24Nov
2015

Branching Out Theme of the Week: Giving Thanks

As we prepare for one of the most celebrated family holidays this week, the classes will reflect on what we are all thankful for both at home and at school.  It is important to pay attention to all of the good in our lives and appreciate it!  Each class...

13Nov
2015

Branching Out Theme of the Week: Forest Animals

We love learning about animals!  Throughout the year, we learn to differentiate between zoo animals, pets and forest animals.  When we talk about animals that live in the forest, we discuss what their house looks like and where they sleep.  Birds sleep in nests, squirrels build homes in holes...

03Nov
2015

Branching Out Theme of the Week: My Family

Families come in all shapes and sizes!  Each of us have a family that is unique and very special!  This week we will talk about all of the people we call family and graph how many brothers, sisters and grandparents we all have.  We will sort family members tallest...

28Oct
2015

Branching Out Theme of the Week: Harvest – Fall Foods

Fall brings us once a year foods to enjoy.  If you planted flowers and vegetables this year as some of our classrooms did, you may have enjoyed beans or tomatoes grown by your own hand.  Home grown foods are so very nutritious and tasty.  We should all experience the...

27Oct
2015

Read for the Record 2015

Generations participated in Jumpstart’s Read for the Record® on Thursday, October 22, 2015.  This annual celebration highlights the need for early education by mobilizing adults and children to read the same book on the same day. Early language and literacy skills set children on the path to school success.  This year we read, “Not...

20Oct
2015

Branching Out Theme of the Week: Ways We Communicate

Especially when interacting with young children, we quickly become aware of how children who haven’t developed language skills yet, can still tell us what they need.  We can tell from their facial expressions, body movements and sounds or cries when things are good or not so good.  When we...

14Oct
2015

Branching Out Theme of the Week: My Five Senses

How do we experience the world around us?  We use our five senses!  Senses are a young child’s biggest source of information to learn and grow.  Children have to experience things very concretely and do so by seeing, hearing, smelling, touching and tasting!  This week will explore some brand...

08Oct
2015

Branching Out Theme of the Week: Fire Prevention & Safety

Each year, we dedicate a few weeks to learn about community helpers that are so invaluable in our neighborhoods.  This week, in conjunctions with celebrations around town, we recognize Fire Safety Week.  It’s never too soon to start talking about safety and how to protect yourself.  This week we...

01Oct
2015

Branching Out Theme of the Week: Fall Fun

The leaves are changing colors!  It’s one of the first things we notice as the season flow from summer to fall.  What else do you notice?  The nights are cooler, and the sun is setting sooner at night.  We see fall flowers around and lots of fall vegetables.  Looks...

24Sep
2015

Branching Out Theme of the Week: My Home & Neighborhood

When you travel by the same buildings and things every day, you almost forget to notice them.  This week we will talk about important things in our neighborhood that help us and each other.  There are fire companies, schools, churches and hospitals as well as stores, libraries and doctor’s...

16Sep
2015

Branching Out Theme of the Week: My Friends – Old & New

The children are quickly forming friendships with classmates and telling stories about all of the fun things they do.  Have you heard new friend’s names at home?  This week are all learning all about each other and what it means to be a friend.  Friends help each other and...

08Sep
2015

Branching Out Theme of the Week: My School

The new school year has begun and the children are settling into the routines and feeling comfortable with their classroom and teachers.  Ask your child what their favorite thing to do each day is.  We have seen lots of fun painting, playing with playdough, playground fun and lots of...

02Sep
2015

Branching Out Theme of the Week: Getting To Know You

Each September brings new beginnings.  Children often move to new classrooms, meet new friends and new teachers.  Families may have changes and adjustments as well.  This week we focus on getting children familiar with everything new around them.  We learn special traits about our friends, classroom, routines and environment. ...

19Aug
2015

Branching Out Theme of the Week: My Pets

Families that have pets (whether real of stuffed, imagined or living) know the joy they can bring.  Some people would attest that their home is more complete with their cat or dog or rabbit.  We will share those extra special parts of our families this week!  Some may have...

04Aug
2015

Branching Out Theme of the Week: What’s Up in the Sky?

During the school year we talk about air transportation as well as birds and other things that fly.  This week we will investigate some more and discover what we haven’t yet seen.  We will look at what new birds, bugs and flying vehicles we can see.  While we see...

29Jul
2015

Branching Out Theme of the Week: Keeping Cool

The summer sun has been happily warm this year and the children have been enjoying water play, bubbles, sidewalk chalk, hula hoops and many other memorable summer activities.  This week we talked about how people, animals and plants cool off when they are too hot.  We compared how hot...

24Jul
2015

Summer Camp: Superhero week!

This week our campers became Super Heroes! They designed their own capes, shields and masks. They even created masterpieces by painting super hero emblems. Several centers held lemonade sales, with the proceeds going to Joining Hearts and Hand, the organization Generations has been supporting for several years. We are...

22Jul
2015

Branching Out Theme of the Week: Wheels Make Things Go

Wheels are a simple machine and make so many things easier! This week we will look in our neighborhoods and in our books to see all of the things wheels help us with.  Around the center wheels make things easier as well…our kitchen carts, mop buckets, etc. Where else...

16Jul
2015

Branching Out Theme of the Week: Summer Games

This year we got to enjoy the World Cup and see the US team put out an awesome effort.  In recognition of these efforts, our children will be playing soccer and learning about the sport to continue to grow the love of the game.  What other games do we...

15Jul
2015

Summer Camp Theme: The Great Outdoors

Our theme this week for summer camp is, “The Great Outdoors! ” Our campers enjoyed a field trip to a wild life refuge.  Wild Wings is a not-for-profit educational organization that cares for permanently injured birds of prey or “raptors” which are unable to survive on their own in the...

08Jul
2015

Summer Camp: CSI

Our Summer Adventures 4 Kids is in full swing.  This week the theme is CSI:  Camp Scene Investigations. Our St. John’s kids had to maneuver through a “laser” obstacle course without getting touched by a laser (red yarn which criss-crossed through the room).   Stenson campers showed off their own detective licenses,...

07Jul
2015

Branching Out Theme of the Week: From the Garden

We planted all kinds of seeds in the spring.  When the seeds sprout, we can move them outside and watch them grow flowers and vegetables.  This week we will look at what we’ve grown or learn about what farmers grow for us.  We will try foods that grow in...

01Jul
2015

Branching Out Theme of the Week: Bubble Mania

Imagine if you could float like a bubble on the breeze!  We all wish we could to help cool off!  Rather, we enjoyed bubble art and making new kinds of bubbles to see how big we can make them.  We watched them float and pop and made art with...

01Jul
2015

Congratulations Grads!

Over the past two weeks, Generations Pre-Kindergarten and Universal Pre-K classes held graduation ceremonies and celebrated our children who are ready to move on to Kindergarten.  We have worked to teach our children to be problem solvers, work independently as well as together, to build language, literacy, math, science, and...

17Jun
2015

Branching Out Theme of the Week: Going on Vacation

Its summer time!  Time to enjoy the outdoors and everything growing around us!  Many people enjoy extra family time or seeing someplace new in the summer.  What will you do to enjoy the warmest season of the year?  We will make predictions and graph our responses.  Whatever your plans,...

10Jun
2015

Branching Out Theme of the Week: Polka Dots & Patterns

So many things around us are based on patterns and things that repeat.  We can learn how things grow, how buildings are built and how songs come together by looking at patterns.  We are also building math and reading skills by learning to recognize and repeat patterns.  We will...

04Jun
2015

Branching Out Theme of the Week: Insects & Bugs!

Spiders, ants, caterpillars, lady bugs and so many other things are neat to observe and examine.  This week our miniature scientists will be using their bug viewers and magnifying glasses to learn all they can about bugs!  We will earn how many legs are on a spider and look...

14May
2015

Cupcake Benefit

The St. John’s kids held a Cupcake Sale to benefit Joining Hearts and Hands.  They made chocolate cupcakes with vanilla frosting and sold them for 25 cents each.  The total donation was $29.25!  Great Job!

14May
2015

Branching Out Theme of the Week: Farm Animals

Now that we know about all what lives in the sea, let’s compare animals that live on the farm!  What do animals on the farm eat?  How do they help the farmers?  What does a farm look like compared to where we live?  Farmers grow things that make the...

28Apr
2015

Branching Out Theme of the Week: At the Zoo

Animal babies arrive in the spring just like all the new plants and leaves.  We will look at animals that live in the zoo and match adult animals with their babies.  Where do the zoo animals come from?  Look at the globe and see how far away some of...

21Apr
2015

Branching Out Theme of the Week: Exploring Colors

As spring comes alive, it is amazing the colors nature brings to our world.  More than the primary colors of red, blue and yellow, nature mixes them together to make so many new colors!  We will look at color in all aspects of our world, inside and out.  We...

14Apr
2015

Branching Out Theme of the Week: Planting and Gardening

Spring has sprung and we are getting ready to move the seeds we planted last month, outside.  We will work outside to find the perfect place with sun and water good ground to plant our vegetables and flowers.  We will replant inside plants that need more space and talk...

01Apr
2015

Branching Out Theme of the Week: Community Helpers

There are so many people around us helping others.  This week we will investigate who those people are and what they do.  From doctors and nurses, to firefighter and policemen, construction workers, mail carriers, bus drivers and bakers; people in our community go to work every day to make...

24Mar
2015

Branching Out Theme of the Week: The Tools We Use

We are fascinated by the things we can do with hammers, screwdrivers, wrenches and saws.  Children like to make things and can do so much using tools!  This week, we will explore lots of different tools and use unique tools to make new things.  We will use every day...

09Mar
2015

Branching Out Theme of the Week: Birds Fly!

When we look up in the sky what do we see?  We see planes and other air crafts and lot of neat birds!  There are so many different kinds.  We’ll look at books and talk about what makes a bird a bird.  They have wings and beaks – what...

03Mar
2015

Branching Out Theme of the Week- Transportation

We are often mesmerized by boats, cars and trucks…well that fascination likely started in childhood!  Our classrooms will look at different types of boats and vehicles this week and build many of their own with legos, blocks, popsicle sticks and other tools.  How do they move?  How do they...

23Feb
2015

Branching Out Theme of the Week: Eating Healthy

Good habits start young.  This week we will explore health foods and do lots of fun activities with them.  We will spend lots of time exercising and using our bodies in healthy ways. We will learn where some of our foods come from and play matching games too.  We’ll...

17Feb
2015

Branching Out Theme of the Week: Dental Health

Our pearly whites make our smiles so bright!  If we take care of them, they will last our whole lives!  This week we will practice brushing and flossing and play with the tools to be sure we know how to use them.  Some of us will have a visit...

10Feb
2015

Branching Out Theme of the Week: Feelings

February is a month of love – Children need to explore and learn how to handle emotions in a natural way…but often can’t apply the skills unless they have observed and practiced them.  This week we will practice strategies to manage our emotions and keep calm.  We will practice...

05Feb
2015

Generations Winter Newsletter

We hope you all had an enjoyable holiday season and are staying warm in this winter weather.  As we look forward to great things in the final winter weeks, we wanted to share our seasonal newsletter with you.  Please Click Here to view our Winter Newsletter.

04Feb
2015

Branching Out Theme of the Week: Silly Stories

This week we are exploring several different story books that give us lots of opportunity to be SILLY- From making crazy hair grow (grass seed) to trying to walk upside down like Silly Sally. We had a blast and learned tons!  We played games with the alphabet while reading...

02Feb
2015

National Kazoo Day!

We celebrated National Kazoo Day on January 28th.  The Kazoo is a musical instrument that has a buzzing sound when you hum into it.  It can be made of metal, plastic, wood and other materials.  It was invented in America in the 1840’s by Alabama Vest, from Macon, Georgia....

26Jan
2015

Branching Out Theme of the Week: I Take Care of Myself

We get stuck indoors more often in the winter and sometimes are less active because of it.  This is a great time of year to remember the importance of being healthy and incorporating healthy habits into all aspects of our lives.  From good hand-washing habits, remembering to cough into...

23Jan
2015

Guest Reader!

Gates Town Supervisor, Mark Assini, visited Generations this week and read to our UPK children.  Mr. Assini was very pleased that the Gates community is able to benefit from this innovative grant from NYSED and heard about the many aspects of the UPK program.  Mr. Assini was also able to...

21Jan
2015

Branching Out Theme of the Week: Make Believe

Children learn about the world by playing!  The role modeling children do during play helps many things in their environment make sense.  This week we will celebrate that critical developmental step.  We’ll try out some real and fantasy scenes this week!  From Where the Wild Things Are to our...

13Jan
2015

Branching Out Theme of the Week: Music & Instruments

We make music so many ways! This week we will listen to music from around the world!  We will hear words we don’t normally hear sung to music we hear often!  We also make music with our classroom instruments and things we don’t normally make music with!  We will...

07Jan
2015

Branching Out Theme of the Week: Winter Games

While nature sleeps, we can still have tons of fun outside!  We dress warmly and head out to enjoy the snow and cool temperatures.  What is more wonderful than making snow angles and snowballs?  We play games throwing snow at targets and making snow obstacle courses!  Let’s play!

30Dec
2014

Branching Out Theme of the Week: Hibernation

When it’s cold outside, we want to burrow inside where it warm!  Animals and the rest of nature want to do the same!  Our children will spend time outside looking at the trees, the ground and other evidence in nature to talk about how things change in the winter. ...

22Dec
2014

Branching Out Theme of the Week: A Fresh Start

As one year ends and another one begins, we reflect on what we learned and what fun we have had.  Each year we talk about what plans we may want to make for the coming year and what we hope to do.  We do this more simply with the...

19Dec
2014

Branching Out Theme of the Week: Sun and Snow

The cold weather feels so much different than the summer sun.  As the season develops, we talk about how the air feels on our face and skin compared to the summer warmth. We also look at the changes in how we dress and what clothes we wear.  Then, we...

11Dec
2014

Branching Out Theme of the Week: In the Spirit of Giving

Children learn so much from how parents and other adults in their lives behave, talk and interact with others.  Children watch everything the adults around them do and say.  During this season, we nurture a spirit of giving in the children by role modeling this action and teaching them...

26Nov
2014

Branching Out Theme of the Week: Giving Thanks

As we prepare for one of the most celebrated family holidays this week, the classes will reflect on what we are all thankful for both at home and at school.  It is important to pay attention to all of the good in our lives and appreciate it!  Each class...

12Nov
2014

Branching Out Theme of the Week: Forest Animals

We love learning about animals!  Throughout the year, we learn to differentiate between zoo animals, pets and forest animals.  When we talk about animals that live in the forest, we discuss what their house looks like and where they sleep.  Birds sleep in nests, squirrels build homes in holes...

06Nov
2014

Branching Out Theme of the Week: My Family

Families come in all shapes and sizes!  Each of us have a family that is unique and very special!  This week we will talk about all of the people we call family and graph how many brothers, sisters and grandparents we all have.  We will sort family members tallest...

29Oct
2014

Branching Out Theme of the Week: Fall Foods

Fall brings us once a year foods to enjoy.  If you planted flowers and vegetables this year as some of our classrooms did, you may have enjoyed beans or tomatoes grown by your own hand.  Home grown foods are so very nutritious and tasty.  We should all experience the...

20Oct
2014

Branching Out Theme of the Week: Ways We Communicate

Especially when interacting with young children, we quickly become aware of how children who haven’t developed language skills yet, can still tell us what they need. We can tell from their facial expressions, body movements and sounds or cries when things are good or not so good. When we...

13Oct
2014

Branching Out Theme of the Week: My Five Senses

How do we experience the world around us? We use our five senses! Senses are a young child’s biggest source of information to learn and grow. Children have to experience things very concretely and do so by seeing, hearing, smelling, touching and tasting! This week will explore some brand...

10Oct
2014

Branching Out Theme of the Week: Fire Prevention & Safety

Each year, we dedicate a few weeks to learn about community helpers that are so invaluable in our neighborhoods. This week, in conjunctions with celebrations around town, we recognize Fire Safety Week. It’s never too soon to start talking about safety and how to protect yourself. This week we...

01Oct
2014

Branching Out Theme of the Week: Fall Fun

The leaves are changing colors! It’s one of the first things we notice as the season flow from summer to fall. What else do you notice? The nights are cooler, and the sun is setting sooner at night. We see fall flowers around and lots of fall vegetables. Looks...

25Sep
2014

Branching Out Theme of the Week: My Home & Neighborhood

When you travel by the same buildings and things every day, you almost forget to notice them. This week we will talk about important things in our neighborhood that help us and each other. There are fire companies, schools, churches and hospitals as well as stores, libraries and doctor’s...

18Sep
2014

Branching Out Theme of the Week: My Friends – Old & New

The children are quickly forming friendships with classmates and telling stories about all of the fun things they do. Have you heard new friend’s names at home? This week are all learning all about each other and what it means to be a friend. Friends help each other and...

12Sep
2014

Branching Out Theme of the Week: My School

The new school year has begun and the children are settling into their new routines and feeling comfortable with their classroom and teachers. Ask your child what their favorite activity is. We have seen lots of painting and playing with Playdough as well as fun outside on the playground...

05Sep
2014

Branching Out Theme of the Week: Getting to Know You

Each September brings new beginnings. Children often move to new classrooms, meet new friends and new teachers. Families may have changes and adjustments as well. This week we focus on getting children familiar with everything new around them. We learn special traits about our friends, classroom, routines and environment....

04Sep
2014

The Last Splash

Where did the summer go? Summer Adventure for Kids celebrated the last days of summer camp with a party at the Stenson center. Dancing to music from a DJ, eating pizza, corn, and watermelon, and jumping and sliding in the Bounce House had smiles on everyone’s face! We hope...

22Aug
2014

UPK Classrooms at Generations

We are happy to announce that Generations is now offering State Ed funded FREE UPK programs in four of our locations within the Fairport School District, Gates-Chili School District and Rochester City School District! Generations is really excited for this opportunity and can not wait for the upcoming school...

21Aug
2014

Branching Out Theme of the Week: My Pets

Families that have pets (whether real of stuffed, imagined or living) know the joy they can bring. Some people would attest that their home is more complete with their cat or dog or rabbit. We will share those extra special parts of our families this week! Some may have...

05Aug
2014

Branching Out Theme of the Week: What’s Up in the Sky

During the school year we talk about air transportation as well as birds and other things that fly. This week we will investigate some more and discover what we haven’t yet seen. We will look at what new birds, bugs and flying vehicles we can see. While we see...

31Jul
2014

Branching Out Theme of the Week: Keeping Cool

The summer sun has been happily warm this year and the children have been enjoying water play, bubbles, sidewalk chalk, hula hoops and many other memorable summer activities. This week we talked about how people, animals and plants cool off when they are too hot. We compared how hot...

23Jul
2014

Branching Out Theme of the Week: Wheels Make Things Go

Wheels are a simple machine and make so many things easier! This week we will look in our neighborhoods and in our books to see all of the things wheels help us with. Around the center wheels make things easier as well…our kitchen carts, mop buckets, etc. Where else...

14Jul
2014

Branching Out Theme of the Week: Summer Games

This year we got to enjoy the World Cup and see the US team put out an awesome effort. In recognition of these efforts, our children will be playing soccer and learning about the sport to continue to grow the love of the game. What other games do we...

20May
2014

Branching Out Theme of the Week: Intergenerational

This week’s theme is Intergenerational Week to Celebrate Older American’s Month! Generations is committed to fostering relationships between the generations and is proud to celebrate our older citizens each May! This week, our children and seniors have special events planned to honor each other. We will also include all...

12May
2014

Branching Out Theme of the Week:Farm Animals!

Now that we know about all what lives in the sea, let’s compare animals that live on the farm! What do animals on the farm eat? How do they help the farmers? What does a farm look like compared to where we live? Farmers grow things that make the...

08May
2014

Branching Out Theme of the Week: Ocean Life!

Things that live in the sea are fascinating and spur lots of interest in investigation. This week we will explore the difference between regular water and salt water. Do things float easier in one or the other? We will practice counting “fish scales” and match octopus legs. We will...

23Apr
2014

Branching Out Theme of the Week: Exploring Colors

s spring comes alive, it is amazing the colors nature brings to our world. More than the primary colors of red, blue and yellow, nature mixes them together to make so many new colors! We will look at color in all aspects of our world, inside and out. We...

08Apr
2014

Bill Cala Visits Fairport

During the Month of the Young Child, our community is inviting elected officials and community leaders into child care centers to read to the children and experience first hand how we prepare young children for future success. These most valuable years are enhanced by ensuring these programs remain a...

02Apr
2014

Opposites!

What is the opposite of up? Left? Under? We will experience opposites with our bodies, in the art center, and with blocks. We will look for opposites inside and outside the building and try to find new things we didn’t know before. Can we find opposites in the stories...