Rocky Hill Cooperative Nursery School
Nov 25

Thanksgiving is in three more days! At home and at school, we’ve been discussing what our traditions are and how we will celebrate. This morning, the children were able to “stuff” and “carve” a felt turkey!

Stuffing the turkey!

There is more than one way to stuff a turkey!

Egg beaters and basters helped in the cooking process!

Mixing the stuffing.

Basting a turkey leg!

There were herbs for picking and grinding! Ah, the smells of Thanksgiving!

We examined and experimented with cranberries.

Cranberries are fascinating!

Using tweezers to grab a cranberry.

Dinner is served! I was invited to eat "chicken stuffing!"

Stay tuned for more cranberry fun!

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Nov 06

Our playhouse in the classroom gets a LOT of use. Whether it’s a bear cave, post office, farm stand, house, rocket, or barn the “house” is occupied everyday. I can tell it was built to fit exactly between two sets of shelves. When my son started in 1995, it was a bright yellow. Years later, it was repainted with a Seuss-like feel. Our beloved house was starting to show signs of being over-loved, and needed a few touch ups. I could have painted it, or hired someone to paint it. Instead, I put out an invitation to parents. Would anyone LIKE to paint it?

One mom loved the opportunity!
Last Friday afternoon she came in armed with the red, blue and yellow paint we had in the basement, and brought white and black paint with her.

That evening, I received some amazing pictures.

The front is designed to be interactive! Children can draw and cut out pictures to add to the tree, aquarium (or desert or ocean) at the bottom, and the field and sky on the right!

Many parents didn’t realize that there was a slot on one side. When she spotted it, the mom was inspired to paint a happy mailbox!

(It also doubles as a ATM, as money spits out of the mouth!) Another parent, after seeing the photos I’d emailed, was also inspired!

Can you believe that? “Stamps” that match our mailbox!

These parents’ contributions have generated renewed interest in our writing center. Children are now motivated to mail letters and pictures to each other.

Walking to mail letters with a guinea pig, while Lady Bug girl works the cash register in the background.

Mail!

I’ve worked in many different schools, and my sons attended “regular” preschools before we discovered RHCNS. I loved being a parent in a co-op. I loved knowing what was going on in the classroom, who my child was playing with, who the other parents were. I loved helping when I could. As a teacher, I LOVE parent input! I encourage participation and sharing their talents.

A parent in the classroom makes a huge difference. Sometimes a sad child needs an extra lap, others need quiet time for a story. Here are a just a few moments captured:

Parents come back early to play!

Parents give encouragement!

Parents can teach us about the sport they coach!

Parents come to family nights for fun!

Most importantly, parents know they can bring their child into the classroom, stay a few minutes, and have their child show them what’s important. Here, a dad is reading his daughter’s story.

A parent co-op. Parents, teachers, children… and a lot of love!

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Oct 31

Moms, Dads, Grandparents, siblings, aunts and cousins joined us for some Halloween fun!

We went “trunk or treating” in our parking lot!

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Oct 06

What recipe were the very excited three-year-olds “doing?” Apple pie! I watched to see how it was made.

1. Pick apples from the tree.

2. Dig into the rice and gather all the mini erasers.

3. Don’t forget the elephant!

4. Fill your buckets with apples and erasers.

5. Add rice. Ta-da! Apple pie!

(Apparently most ingredients should stay in buckets.)

When you’re finished… put the apples BACK on the tree!

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Oct 05

Call us at 609-924-9521 or email us at info@rhcns for more information and to set up a visit for you and your child!

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Sep 30

Apple play dough, apple muffins, apple painting, and our own farm stand!

First, we washed and dried the apples we picked.

Then we used the fun corer/peeler/slicer.

We sold apples and other fruit and vegetables at our farm stand.

We made apple muffins!

This young man was determined to get ONLY muffin batter in his paper, no apples!

Cutting more apples!

Our helping mom and child made some yummy pretend apple treats!

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Sep 30

On Friday we our three day class went apple picking. I actually started cutting and pasting all of the NJ State Standards for this post that we were covering by going on the trip, but it became too long!

I wish more people realized how vital hands-on real experiences are for children! Without a single worksheet, the children developed language skills; followed multi-step directions (Find an apple, hold it, twist, then pull. Put it in your bag.) We counted our apples, discussed heavy and light, more and less. We talked about what our families do with apples; orchards vs. farms; the purpose of the fence.
We sang in the sunshine. “There is a fruit I really love and apple is it’s name-o! A-P-P-L-E….”

Families bonded.

We covered skills in the areas of Social/Emotional Development, Language Arts Literacy. Social Studies, Family and Life Skills, Mathematics, Health, Safety and Physical Education, and Science. I believe the only areas we didn’t cover are Visual and Performing Arts, World Languages and Technology!

When the first child successfully twisted, pulled and put his first apple in his bag, he shouted, “I DID IT! Yay for me!” (You won’t get THAT response with a worksheet!”)

The picture is a bit fuzzy, but the moment? Priceless! Even though the apples grew low to the ground, sometimes the best apples are found from Daddy's shoulders!

Following multi-step directions AND developing fine motor skills!

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Sep 27

We’re just completing our second full week of school and it’s time for apple picking!

Yesterday our Pre-K class went to Terhune Orchards. The weather was gorgeous, the children were happy, and all went home with HEAVY bags of apples!

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Aug 30

It’s almost here! The countdown to the first day of school has begun! In the meantime, here are some behind the scenes staff training from the spring: First Aid and CPR with the Rocky Hill Rescue Squad!

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Apr 23

Materials:
File Folder
Page protector
keyboard printable

Click on link for keyboard printable.

Paste keyboard onto file folder as shown.

Cut page protector to fit folder.

Glue onto folder to make computer “screen.”

I typed up the class names for the children to practice, and slipped it into the sleeve. You can change “screens” to practice family names, letters, etc. Children can draw pictures of loved ones and “Skype,” or draw pictures of their favorite games. The possibilities are endless! One group of children played Battleship on their “laptops!”

When we first made them, they didn’t prop up like “regular” laptops. After a little brainstorming, here’s the solution:

Using a piece of matching card stock (or another file folder) fold into quarters and cut out one section.

Crease one side:

Tape to the back of the folder as shown:

Ta-Da!

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