Students in Tim Tegarden’s Preschool 5 class at the Day Nursery State Government Center got a hands-on lesson about the geography of Hawaii last week. Using plaster of paris, bowls and toilet paper rolls they created volcanos after discussing what life is like on the islands. This project was a lesson in 3D art as well as a science project.
IMA lobby by Hanneorla on Flickr
Looking for something to do this weekend with your young child? Why don’t you visit the Indianapolis Museum of Art and play I Spy an Eye. I recently stumbled onto a website of a business called Birdcage Press. They specialize in games that make learning fun for children. What caught my eye (and lead to today’s post) is their Go Fish for Art card games. Their website said they have sold over 150,000 sets of this beautiful series which has been honored with Parents’ Choice Gold Medals. Their products can be found in many museums (locally at the IMA and The Children’s Museum) and toy stores or you can always ask an independent bookstore to order it for you. These would make a great gift for a teacher!
Getting back to my reason for sending you and your child to the IMA this weekend…I Spy an Eye. The Birdcage Press website has a learning center with a wealth of ideas for fun games to play at museums. Here’s why they suggest playing the I Spy game with your child: Nothing is as fascinating as eyes. They can say so many different things. Even very young children are captivated by a person’s eyes. Make a game of finding the paintings with the best eyes and hunt for as many different kinds of eyes as you can find. When children select a painting, ask them what the eyes tell them about the person. Or notice how many brush strokes it took to paint the eye.
If you need one more reason to wander the Indianapolis Museum of Art with your family this weekend…admission is free!
Miss Candice tries to get these two-year-olds in the party spirit
Lots of hula dancing, fresh fruit and fun at the Day Nursery Federal Center luau this afternoon. Center Director Sarah Parks reported man parents, grandparents, and even family friends came for the fun. Children made grass skirts and leis to wear at the luau today. Miss Gayle, the cook, made special fruit bowls out of watermelon to make the event look even more festive.
PreK students enjoy the party
Selena's Mom made sure she was dressed for the occasion
Preschool teachers Diane Taylor and Brittany Walton spread out fresh fruit for a snack
Making a lei
Thanks to the staff at the Day Nursery Start Smart 4 Children for sending me these fun pictures of Hula Week at their center. Several centers are having a family luau this Friday. Guess I will have to go dig out my grass skirt.
We've got it now
Hula lessons in the Preschool 5 classroom
Ashylnn was surprised when given a coconut and a pineapple to play with
FC Tucker volunteers at the Day Nursery center in Avon
This week, corporations and individuals across our city are holding a Day of Caring in conjunction with United Way of Central Indiana. At our Day Nursery Avon Center in Hendricks County, we were fortunate enough to have several volunteers from FC Tucker help us prepare the decorations for the family luau this Friday. Teacher Matt Millerand the FC Tucker volunteers did a great job with the artwork on this fishing game.
The children loved it, the parents loved it, the staff loved it. Yesterday was a great opening day at our new Day Nursery Northwest Center in Pike Township. Here are a few pictures from our ribbon cutting and open house.
The Day Nursery Association Board of Directors combined a regularly scheduled meeting with the open house
This mom said all her children had a great day
At the end of the day, many students lead their parents on a tour of the building
The children discover a new learning center in their classroom
The ribbon cutting
Look for Marsha Lindsey, Day Nursery Director of Operations on WRTV6 (ABC) tonight on the early evening news. She will be talking with reporter Derrik Thomas about preventing the spread of the H1N1 virus in child care settings. Marsha tells me that they got a lot of great footage at our Day Nursery Clarian Center showing the procedures we use every day to prevent the spread of germs (including singing “Happy Birthday” during handwashing to make sure children wash long enough). Here is a great resource on what parents should do to protect their child from the flu from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Here are a few pictures I snapped at the end of the day yesterday at our new Northwest Center. As I post this at almost 7am this morning, our new center is open. Can’t wait to see it full of children when I go to the ribbon cutting this afternoon. See you there!
Pre K room
Three year old room
Tomorrow is opening day at the Day Nursery Northwest Center, 5735 W. 73rd Street. Over the weekend a lot of people worked very hard to set up the classrooms and get everything ready for Tuesday. Although I am not afraid to use power tools, the Operations team told me that I could do the most help by staying out of their way and working on the advertising, press releases, photos, blog and tweets that the marketing dept. does best. I didn’t take it personally. This afternoon I will be out around our neighborhood in Park 100 putting up some temporary signs directing people to the center. Tomorrow afternoon I hope to see you at our Open House from 3:30-6:00 pm. We will officially cut the ribbon at 4:00 pm, however the center will be open and full of children starting at 6:30 tomorrow morning. If you can make it to the open house tomorrow, look me up. If you mention you read our blog, I will give you a free set of four Day Nursery greeting cards which feature the artwork of Candice Hartsough McDonald. Here are a few pictures I took last Thursday when the Day Nursery management staff from all our locations had a little preview.