A Day In the Life of the Garden Room


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Ms. Kristen!!! Ms. Ayesha!! Ms. Kristen!!! Ms. Ayesha!! Ms. Kristen!!! Ms. Ayesha!! Ms. Kristen!!! Ms. Ayesha!!

Imagine hearing this from 19, 3 to 5 year old’s every single morning as you enter your place of work. Did it bring a smile to your face? I hope it did. This is a common occurrence here at The Day Nursery in the Garden Room. The children exclaim our names, and run clamoring for a hug and to share with us what they had done the night before. Soon all that can be heard is a mixture of words that even the best listener couldn’t decipher. We calmly ask the children to wait and hold their thoughts as we give each child their hug as we enter the room. Ms. Ayesha and I then join the children in the dining room as some are finishing breakfast and others are rummaging through books.

Once settled, the conversations begin, and fascinating stories of trips to the park, the diner, and a friend’s house are shared between friends. Breakfast ends, and we are on our way to the playground. Children run, jump, climb and dig on our large inviting space for the next half hour. Once our time here is done it is time to truly start our day. We wash hands and as a class discuss the weather and what day it is. Are you exhausted yet? No? Good, because this was just the first hour of the day. There is a lot more in store for these precocious learners.

“If your name begins with Sssssssss, you may stand up!” Children follow the direction for one of these transitions and are then allowed to start the area/small group portion of the day. Would you like a slice of pizza? If you said yes, then you are going to love the dramatic play area. A pizza shop was just started there. If pizza isn’t your thing, what about building a tower? An entire city was just built over in the construction area. Would you like to get your hands dirty instead? If this is more your style, you will enjoy our art and writing areas, which boast various mediums in which the children can write and create with.

This is just a sampling of the amazing and educational areas within our classroom. We also work on math, science, fine and large motor skills throughout the morning and rest of the day. Don’t worry though, the children aren’t too exhausted after all this learning, we make sure that they are full of fuel with our meals and snacks. The children and teachers gather around two large dining tables and share a family style meal with each other. Conversations are had and connections are made.

After this refuel we head back downstairs to The Garden Room. As the children enter the soft sounds of instrumental music can be heard as they prepare their spaces for rest. After a short relaxation period, any children that do not sleep are invited to look at books or attend to a quiet activity.

So I must ask one more question…Would you like to join the Garden Room?




Incorporating Literacy into Art Projects

Some parents have asked me how they can incorporate literacy into the various activities that they partake in with their child. This is one of my favorite activities to do with my students. Letter art is a quick and easy way to help your child learn their letters. It incorporates 3 different senses into the activity: touch, sight, and smell.

Materials Needed:

  • Small canvas boards
  • Masking or painters tape
  • Finger Paint (colors of choice)
  • Scents (we use cinnamon or ginger, check for allergens!)
  • Trays
  • Smocks or old shirts

First with the help of your child cut the tape into strips. Then place the tape onto the canvas in the shape of the letter you choose to work on. For our project we started with A.

Tapeletter a plain
Next I prepared our paint colors. If you are not using finger paints add two drops of dish soap to the regular paint being used. It helps to remove the pigment from clothing and skin.

It also helps to keep a wet towel or a package of wipes in arms reach as well!

The next step is to paint your child’s hand. I allow the children to choose the pattern of colors.Not sure

After painting your child’s hand let them loose on the canvas board. While the paint is wet carefully peel the tape away. You can wait until it is dry as well. Once peeled set to the side and this is what your final product will look like.

Letter A

Our First Blog Post

When it had been decided that it was time for the Day Nursery to begin blogging as a means of communication, offering words of encouragement and providing informational resources; I was all in. It was practically one of the best ideas I had heard.

But my excitement and enthusiasm quickly shifted to fear and trepidation when I was asked to submit the inaugural post. I started to think about how I had never done anything like that before. I didn’t know where to begin. What I was going to be required to do? And worst of all, what if I failed miserably? What would others think? The excuses flowed, and continued to flow until I stopped, caught my breath, and took a moment to reflect.

I was being asked to step outside my comfort zone and consider doing something that was unfamiliar. That’s all. By letting go of the excuses, and realizing it wasn’t about success or failure. I needed to allow myself to be curious, learn from mistakes, give it my best and take great pride in the processes.

That is exactly what we, as parents and educators, ask of our children every day. The numbers of skills children acquire and transitions children experience in their first five years of life are extraordinary. They must learn to walk instead of being held, express their feelings through words instead of crying, and even taste new or different foods that are not what they are used to. As adults, our life experiences have given us the tools to work through our emotions and discover the coping mechanisms we need for success. It is in our partnership with families, that we, The Day Nursery, are able to provide children with some of those life experiences through play and curious discover. Setting the stage for the ultimate goal of giving every child what they need to flourish.

So I channeled the courage of a three year old, grabbed a cup of coffee, closed my office door and sat down in front of the computer. I said to myself, “Let’s give it a try!”

I welcome you all to The Day Nursery blog! Over the next several weeks, we will begin to roll out a comprehensive, one-stop shop for news, information, resources and feedback!

But for now, I leave you with this:

“Around here, we don’t look backwards for very long… We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things because we’re curious… and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”           Walt Disney

Hey, this blogging thing wasn’t as difficult as I thought. I might even try it again soon.

Thanks for being a part of The Day Nursery family, Cari

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