Rocky Hill Cooperative Nursery School
Oct 23

Come visit our classroom today from 10 to 1!

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Oct 23

What activity prompted that description? Our visit to our “Grandfriends” at Stonebridge Assisted Living! Both our four day and three day groups have had their first visits. I’m not sure who could have possibly enjoyed our visit more, our Grandfriends, the children, or the parents and teachers!

We all bowled together in the Stonebridge living room. We also sang songs together, had snack, and visited “Walter the Dog.”
It’s truly one of the wonders of our program, bringing the generations together!

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Oct 14

Interested in CPR/First Aid certification? We’ll be offering classes on from 6 to 9 PM on Thursday, October 22 and Friday, October 23. Cost is $85 per person.
Email if you’re interested!

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Oct 14

Come to our Open House on Saturday, October 23rd from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.
Meet the staff, see our classroom, learn about our curriculum! It’s almost time to register for next year!

Oct 04

Little Miss Muffet, sat on a tuffet…
Typically once a month we feature a nursery rhyme. Today we introduced “Little Miss Muffet.” The children thoroughly enjoyed acting out the rhyme. One child sat on the tuffet, (which is a small stool) and another either pretended to be a spider, or used a pretend spider on a string to scare our Miss Muffet.
Eating her curds and whey…
What is curds and whey? We found out by adding vinegar to warm milk and stirring and stirring. The resulting clumps of milk and thin, greenish watery whey did not appeal to the children! One child remarked, “Curds and whey? More like curds and NO WAY!” We did have three brave children who were willing to taste the resulting cheese. (It wasn’t bad! A bit bland, but interesting!)
Along came a spider…
We read a book about spiders today. We learned that spiders have two body parts, eight eyes and eight legs! They use the hairs on their legs to taste and hear, and smell through small holes in their legs!
It was also GREEN day! We looked at our trees painted on our walls in the classroom. I asked the children if they looked like the ones outside. No, ours didn’t have leaves. Hmmm…. What can we do? “We can make leaves!” Great idea… but… we only have blue and yellow paint. Those leaves are going to look very strange! “We can MIX the paint! Blue and yellow make green!” (Earlier in the morning, we had out small bits of blue and yellow playdough for the children to blend, and blue and yellow paint at the easel.
We also sang, “The Itsy Bitsy Arachnid went up the water spout!”

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Jul 15

There are some questions that we are always asked.

“How do you handle a child that has difficulty separating from their parent?”

Being a parent co-op, parents are often in the classroom. If your child is truly distraught at the idea of you leaving, you are welcome to stay and help the transition. That being said, if a parent says, “She’ll be fine once I leave,” we will certainly comfort a crying child and try to engage them in play, read to them or just sit quietly, perhaps looking at the fish.

If the PARENT however, has difficulty separating… 😉 we gently suggest you go for coffee, and we make sure we have your cell phone number!

When my son attended, I was in the classroom for three weeks!

Each child is different, with different needs. Our goal is to make school a wonderful place to be!

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Jul 15

Happy Summer! What goes on behind the scenes at RHCNS when school is not in session for the summer?
Plenty! I’ve got some really exciting ideas in the works for the upcoming school year! Right now I’m in the “investigation” stage… stay tuned!

I’m also reviewing the curriculum, rewriting and revising it in a more parent-friendly version. I try to vary the literature and author study units from year to year. For example, this past year we did a whole month tying Dr. Seuss’ books into our activities. In 2011, we’ll revisit Jan Brett in January!

Last year we started adding sign language to some of our daily and thematic songs. This year, we’ll incorporate sign language into all of our learning!

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Jul 01

I’ve made DVDs for everyone highlighting the school year. It’s over an hour long! Check your mailbox!

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Jun 19

Register your child for the 2010/11 school year by July 1, 2010, and we’ll waive the $75 registration fee!

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Jun 09

Every year we offer “camp” sessions in June!

The children love playing in the wading pools and sprinklers! This week we’re offering “The Wild West!” Our “stable” is full of stick horses, there’s a saddle to straddle….Yeee Haw!!!

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