Day Nursery Federal Center teacher Nina Woodbury is known for going the extra mile to present a hands-on learning opportunity for the two-year olds in her classroom. Today she didn’t have to travel any further than her driveway at home to find some special visitors for her class. On her way to work, Miss Nina scooped up a handful of earth worms to bring in to celebrate Earth Day today. While our downtown Federal Center has a beautiful playground, it doesn’t have much dirt on it to explore so Nina imported the visitors. The chatter around the earthworm table has been punctuated with giggles this morning as the children have worked up the courage to touch the worms and marvel at their mobility. Hope you and your little ones have a chance to dig into the dirt today. Happy Earth Day!
Post update 11:15 am-Just got this photo emailed to me by Day Nursery Federal Center Director Sarah Parks. She wanted to share this picture of the worms being released on the grass in front of the Federal Building. She thought some grownups might be concerned about the worms spending the entire day with two year olds. Rest assured, the worms have been safety returned back to the earth.
All week the Day Nursery Federal Center has encouraged families to come read to their child’s class as part of our Week of the Young Child celebration. Fatimah’s father came to read The Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle to the Toddler 3’s class today. Fatimah wore her Hungry Caterpillar dress yesterday for Book Character Day, and the pair passed out Hungry Caterpillar stickers to the class as well. The class was very engaged in the story, and wanting to know if the Caterpillar’s tummy hurt, sharing what things they like to eat, and counting the number of things he ate.
The toddlers at the Day Nursery Hendricks County Early Care and Education Center are exploring the color red this week. Here are a few pictures of them ”painting” with ketchup. Activities like these are planned as links to the foundations of the Indiana Academic Standards for Young Children (Science-using 5 senses to learn about the environment and Visual Arts-delight in the touch and feel of materials rather than what is being produced).
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Ms. Syretta and Ms. Shelly’s toddlers at the Day Nursery IU Health Early Care and Education Center enjoyed their day of green and search for gold in honor of St Patrick’s Day.
Day Nursery teacher Matt Miller shares with his peers his reflections of the morning session
Six of our staff members, Marsha Lindsey (Chief Operating Officer), Shannon Garrity (Ruth A. Lilly Center Director), Sara McHenry (Lilly Center teacher), Jeannette Wrightsman (Lilly Center teacher), Matt Miller (Avon Center teacher) and Shanna Nowosielski (Northwest Center teacher) are in Kentucky today for a professional development opportunity: Building Continuity of Learning through Reggio Approach: Creating Excellence in Education. While we wish we could have sent representatives from every center, we know these six will bring back great information to share with our teachers. The Reggio approach to education isn’t an early childhood method or set curriculum, but rather a deep knowledge in theory and community-constructed values that have been and are continuously being translated into high quality early childhood practices.
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Any parent who has been through the toddler stage knows how little ones have the urge to climb and jump. Toddler teachers know that (times 10)! Ms. Syretta and Ms. Shelly at our Day Nursery IU Health Early Care and Education Center have given their toddlers the control they want and need to “get their wiggles out.” The teachers created an “oh so low stage” in their classroom which gives the children an area to safely climb up on top, stomp around, and jump down! Thanks to Assistant Center Director Amy Cavin for passing along this picture.
Too Cute Tuesday-Part II features infants from the Day Nursery Ruth A. Lilly Center. Enjoy!
Happy Independence Day! The kindergarten class at Day Nursery Northwest enjoyed learning about the colors in the American flag today. They searched through many magazines to find this beautiful display of red, white and blue.
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