Drop Off and Pick Up

-Drop Off-
Please walk your child all the way to the door. We ask that parents do not enter the classroom at this time, as it makes it difficult for the children to begin to connect to the environment and settle into an interesting activity. Be sure that you get direct recognition from a staff member that we are aware that your child has arrived before you leave.

Children enter the room independently and take care of their own things. Once their coats are put away, children may walk about freely in the classroom to find their first activity of the day.

If your child is crying at drop-off the best way to get her to calm down is for you to say a loving and confident goodbye, turn on your heel and leave. The Guide or the Assistant will be there to comfort her and get her settled in. Children almost always stop crying and calm down once the parent has left. Prolonging a tearful goodbye does just that; prolongs the tears and distress.

For your child’s sake, be on time! It is a lonely feeling to come in after all of one’s friends have settled in to an activity and there is no one available for a conversation. Late children must also enter independently.

-Pick Up-
We ask that parents do not enter the classroom at this time, as it makes it difficult for the children that are engaged in various activities to stay focused.

Your are welcome to come and observe the class at any time during the day through the reflective glass window located in our office. Please call or email the school to arrange a convenient time.

Playdough Recipe

1 cup flour
1 cup water
2 tsp. cream of tarter
1/3 cup salt
1 TBS vegetable oil
food coloring
**The above will make you a large ball of playdough. I usually make it repeatedly for however many colors I want (so if you want 6 big balls, know that you will need 6 times the ingredients listed above, but you need to make them separately).
1. Mix together all the ingredients, except the food coloring, in a medium saucepan.
2. Cook over low/medium heat, stirring. Once it begins to thicken, add the food coloring.
3. Continue stirring until the mixture is much thicker and begins to gather around the spoon.
4. Once the dough is not wet, remove and put onto wax paper or a plate to cool.
5. After cooling (30 minutes) knead playdough for a few seconds.