Thursday, September 30, 2010

A is for Alphabet!

We are starting our one letter a week program! Children are asked to bring in one or more items from home that start with the letter "A" and share about the item.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Summer Review at Tree Top

One of our teachers Emily supervising the "artiste!"

Monarch butterfly that we grew at Tree Top! Started as the chrysalis below inside protective tenting and grew into a beautiful butterfly. The kids were all so excited to arrive one morning and see it had transformed!

Fawns on a hike that Carla took.

Splashing around at Tree Top on a hot Summer day.

Carla took a trip to Newfoundland and had all kinds of adventures! She had to wear a survival suit for a boat ride in the frigid North Atlantic.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Fall is here at Tree Top!

Lots of fun fall themed activities at Tree Top this year!

Spades take up leaves
No better than spoons,
And bags full of leaves
Are light as balloons.

--an excerpt from Robert Frost's Gathering Leaves

Make these beautiful leaf sun catchers for your windows.

Check out all these fun fall crafts for children of all ages!
Thanks to Martha Stewart Crafts.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Week of Apples at Tree Top!

Johnny Appleseed's birthday is September 19th. Read all about this famous American with your children!

Apples in the attic,
Apples in the hall.
Apples in the summer,
Apples in the fall.
Apples make you healthy.
Apples make you tall.
I will eat some apples.
I will eat them all.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Reading List Recommendation

This recommendation was from a mom of a student at Tree Top. To quote Bruno Bettelheim, from his 1976 book, The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales: "fairy tales are in fact the best tools to teach young children how to handle the basic, underlying fears, problems and questions in their lives." Finding age appropriate ways to introduce fairy tales such as the beautifully illustrated version by Mary Engelbreit can enhance your bedtime story experience.