December has been such an exciting month at Smarter Toddler. It is officially winter and although its warm inside we are now greeted by beautiful snowflakes hanging inside the building. The continuing toy and food dive with City Harvest has been in full swing. It’s so incredible to see the giving spirit of the many families at Smarter Toddler.
The girls have been so busy at school and I love hearing about their daily activities each day at pick up. The teachers and staff are so wonderful in communicating and letting me know exactly how my girls day was. I love hearing a quick synopsis of the basics such as what they ate and how long they napped. However, the teachers go above and beyond and take time to tell me special things a parent wants to hear such as “Harlow was so sweet today and had the best time in yoga”. Or, “Harper is super engaged in her daily actives and her personality has really come alive!
Every Friday our wonderful education director, Lisa Alvarez, emails an inclusive re cap including photos from the week. It’s my greatest joy to see snapshots of their days at school. Photos like the one below really melt my heart!
I can also read the daily communication sheet and see how my little one learned the letter “B” for blue or “C” for cube. Her teacher also writes down each new word she says which totally makes my day! The staff is so engaged and energetic and it’s very apparent how much they care.
My older daughter Harper has been learning how mail is delivered. They have been learning about the job of a mailman and even created their own mailbox, mail bag, and mail truck. They have also been writing letters to “pen pals” at the Smarter Toddler Williamsberg location.
December is also a time to celebrate the holidays and learn about traditions. The children haven been learning all about Israel and even had a guest speaker share her stories about Israel. Harlow’s class has been exploring photos of Jerusalem and The Dead Sea. They also created their own flag of Israel and learned how to say a few words in Hebrew. Harlow made her own hand print Menorah that will make a perfect Hanukkah gift for one of our family members!
The older toddler class has been learning about about Israel as well. Harper has been singing the dreidel song and also learning all about Hanukkah. Since our family is multicultural, I’m so thrilled that the girls are learning about all traditions and understand what a menorah and the helping candle represent.
2016 has been such an amazing year and I’m really edited to see what 2017 has in store. To learn more about Smarter Toddler please visit www.smartertoddler.net
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Wishing everyone the Happiest of Holidays and Happy New Year!