02Nov
2016
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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 to smallest and put their names […]

25Oct
2016
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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 joy of growing and eating our […]

19Oct
2016
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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 know children well, we can predict […]

12Oct
2016
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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 new tastes, smells and sounds as […]

06Oct
2016
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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 will practice to get low under […]

30Sep
2016
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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 t the colors you see around […]

28Sep
2016
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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 offices.  When you walk, ride or […]

14Sep
2016
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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 great books being read.  There have […]

07Sep
2016
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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.  Take a few minutes to talk […]