Lumbering for Letters!

Boys playing

              Our preschool friends in Canandaigua love to be active, so we find creative ways to get them moving.  In the activity, “Lumbering for Letters,” our friends would lumber like a bear to find “food,” which was a letter, to bring back to the cave. During this movement center, the preschool children are practicing …

Toddler Food Art!

Toddler playing with food

Art is always a favorite of our toddler friends at the Henrietta Center!  Since we do art every day we like to be creative and keep it interesting.  When our theme was Healthy Food, why not paint with fruit and vegetables instead of brushes?  We used broccoli with green paint, carrots with orange paint, apples with red paint, grapes with …

Future Olympians!

The infants at the Canandaigua Center love practicing their balancing skills! They will climb on the mats and stand on different materials to practice balancing. One of the infants’ favorite activities is creating a wide balance beam out of giant wooden blocks. They will step up on the blocks and practice walking across them with the support of a teacher, …

Snack Helpers!

Miss Gina, our Kitchen Manager at the Henrietta Center, occasionally chooses a child or two to help pass out the afternoon snack!  The children love helping and get very excited if they are chosen to be the helper!  They even get to wear an apron! The children learn so much while doing this activity!  Miss Gina discusses what the snack …

Going on a Bear Hunt!

              The song “Going on a Bear Hunt” is a hit in one of the toddler rooms in Greece.  After paying attention to what the teacher was doing, the toddlers were quick to catch on in doing the movements and singing the song.  Listening and following directions are acquired skills.  Sing-a-long songs are fun …

Playing Uno!

The Greece preschool children enjoy playing Uno with their teacher.  It is during this time that they engage in conversations; they discuss the rules of the game, settle disputes, talk about colors, and focus on counting.  Children are very competitive in the preschool room and like to see their teacher draw two or more cards from the middle stack!  This …

Ball Pit Fun!

The Canandaigua infants love playing in the ball pit. They will dive in and have fun. They love to swim and crawl through the balls. They even have fun tossing the balls around. Ball pits provide children with a number of opportunities to foster learning. Playing in a ball pit allows the children to strengthen their muscles. Throwing and rolling …

Summer surprise!

Every August Miss Shannon, our Director, plans an end of the summer surprise. This year she rented a bounce house with a slide! The children are amazed when they see the large, colorful bounce house come to life on the playground (they also like watching it deflate)! We’re so happy we have a large grassy area that can accommodate it. …

Infant Painting!

Our infants in the Greece program show how exploring paint can engage their interest and stimulate learning!  Their teachers cut pieces of construction paper and drop dabs of pain on them inside of zip-lock bags.  This provides the babies a safe way to explore and manipulate the paint. The children squeezed, squished and swished their bags of paint with their …

Under the Sea!

  While learning about what lives under the sea, the Canandaigua preschoolers talked about  fish, whales, starfish, mermaids, and scuba divers. There are a lot of living creatures in the ocean!  On the last day of ocean week, the teachers helped to dress up the children who were interested as mermaids and scuba divers! The children practiced ‘swimming’ with a …