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 …

Water Play!

Young children find great pleasure in water play on warm days! At the Henrietta center, the teachers plan it for them at least once a week in the summer months! To encourage creative play, a variety of toys and materials are put into the water, including plastic animals, feathers, pouring/squirting toys, boats and sometimes pretend food! Pouring the water back …

Carnival Fun!

The Greece toddlers enjoyed a week themed ‘Carnival Week’ over the summer!  A variety of new and different activities were offered.  These included taking funny pictures at the photo booth, playing games of toss the ball, and making homemade lemonade snow cones!  Great fun and many laughs were enjoyed by all!   

Marble Painting!

In the toddler room at the Canandaigua center, marble painting is a favorite art experience!  Marbles and paint are put into a low plastic pan with a piece of paper on the bottom.  The children then practice their shaking as they all say “shake, shake, shake” together!  When the shaking is done, a unique design is left on the paper …

Outdoor Play!

All children thoroughly enjoy and benefit from outside play!  The Henrietta toddlers are no exception as outside play is one of their favorite activities! While outside, the toddlers are not only having fun, but working on their gross motor skills.  They are running, jumping, climbing, playing with balls, “mowing the lawn”, and pushing big trucks around.  Little legs and arms …

Summer Reading!

Reading is important any time of the year, but especially during summer when school is out of session for the older children!  After a busy morning of active games, cooking projects, outdoor challenges, water play, competitions and art projects, there is a time for the school-agers to engage in quiet activities, like reading, in the afternoon. Sometimes the school-agers have …