January 2019(January 15, 2019)
Themes for the Month of January are Snow and Ice, The Arctic, Penguins, Polar Bears. As you can see we are concentrating on the cold. Because we do not have any snow outside, the rooms have been making snow from different ingredients and exploring their uniqueness.
The staff is already working on the Art Auction/Spaghetti Dinner scheduled for Thursday, April 18th. This fund raiser helps us to raise the cost of transportation for our summer field trips.
October 20, 2017(October 20, 2017)
The center continued with it’s fall themes. The children in the Transition Room and Preschool went on a field trip the Country Mill Apple Orchard. Pumpkins were measured and decorated. The City of Eaton Rapids had the businesses decorate with scarecrows for the season and on Thursday the children went to view them. A chart is in the hall detailing the children’s favorites.
October 13, 2017(October 13, 2017)
This past week the children have been discovering fall and apples. Our preschool room has an apple store in its dramatic play area. Next week both the Preschool room and Transition room will be taking a field trip to the Country Mill Apple Orchard. The school age children had half days 10/12,13. On the 12th they visited the orchard and went through the corn maze. On the 13th they will decorate the pumpkins gotten at the orchard.
New Year(January 11, 2013)
The New Year at Small Blessings has seen a couple of changes during the 2012 year. The biggest change being the moving of the playground. This has been a long process started in August and still not completed. It has been challenging and exciting. We hope to have everything completed by May when the weather has turned nice.
Another change came in new staff. Cathie and Joy have joined our team of caregivers in the toddler room.
Kite Flying(April 24, 2012)
At the end of March the center took advantage of the March winds. We took a trip down to the Playground of Dreams with several kites and pin wheels. They are lots of pictures posted. Look them up to see how much fun the children had.
Birds(April 24, 2012)
Last week (4/16-4/20) and this week the children are investigating birds. For a fun activity the center took a field trip to Pruess’ in Lansing. The children enjoyed this tremendously. My camera was left back at the center, so I do not have any pictures of this activity. A couple of parents had their cameras. Their pictures will be posted in the hall for all to see.
Worms(April 24, 2012)
The preschool and transition rooms spent two weeks investigating worms. In one of their activities they put worms into glass jars so they could see what the worms ate. In one jar the children put broccoli, in another lettuce, in a third jar grass, and the fourth jar leaves.
The children also begun making a worm farm. This will be a project for both the preschool and school age children to care for through out the summer months.
For fun the children made “worms in dirt”.
Infant room activities(February 28, 2012)
The infants enjoy activities in their room also. Mrs. Sara reads stories to them, and the little ones play on the floor with the toys. I have posted pictures of these two activities for you to enjoy.
Archaeologist(February 28, 2012)
This week at Small Blessings the children are exploring the world of dinosaurs. Today they were archaeologist. Dinosaur and dinosaur bones were hidden in the sand tables for the children to dig and discover. They were also given a block of hard sand to chisel and find dinosaur bones inside. Parents you may look at the pictures to view the fun your child had. To continue the adventure next week the children are going to discover volcanoes.
Tractors(November 08, 2011)
On Monday, November 7, the Preschool Room and the Transition Room went to the Kunkel Farm to see up close some tractors. The week before both classes were learning about harvesting. The children enjoyed this activity very much. Mr. Kunkel allowed the children to climb into the cabs of two different tractors and started one for the children to hear. The children were also taken through the buildings to see where the harvest was stored, the other types of machinery used, and shown the planter with wheat seeds in it.
The staff and I would like to express out sincere thank you to Bill Kunkel for taking the time to share his farming equipment and knowledge with the children.
Pumpkins(October 05, 2011)
The investigative theme for the week of 10/3-10/7 is pumpkins. We did this theme a little early to take advantage of the pumpkins from our field trip to the apple orchard.
The children have investigated the different gourds and pumpkins. Some of them were smooth and some were bumpy. The children were able to see the inside of a pumpkin and feel it’s insides. Questions were asked about how to make a pumpkin pie (I think this came from baking the apple pie last week).
Later in the week the children will dry pumpkin seeds and do some art activities with the seeds.
Making Pie September 29(September 30, 2011)
The preschool and transition room made an apple pie from scratch. The children mixed the pie crust using a pastry blender. They also rolled the crust out using a roller and pastry mat. Apples were peeled with an apple peeler, then cut with an apple slicer. The apple pieces were seperated, put into a bowl, and the filling made. The children did all the measuring and mixing. Our afternoon snack was the homemade apple pie. The children and staff enjoyed this yummy snack.
Apple Orchard(September 28, 2011)
September 28 the Transition Room and Preschool went to the Old Mill Apple Orchard. We had nine children and just as many adult go. Fun was had by all. The weather cooperated this year, which meant the children had the opportunity to feed the small animals and fish in the pond. A tour guide taught the children how apples start on a tree and grow through the differents seasons. From there the children were guided through the store to the donut making area. They were able to go inside the apple refrigerator, learn how the apples are washed and sorted, and were shown a movie in the apple cider making room about how cider is made. Next the children were taken on a hayride into the orchard to pick an apple and a pumkin from the pumpkin patch. When we arrived back at the beginning, the guide gave each child and adult a donut and glass of apple cider. The rest of our time was spent feeding the animals and eating lunch.
Thank you to all the parent and grandparents who drove and participated with us. Also an apology for the red eyes in the image gallery.