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Spring into Spring!

crocus in snow

March 20th is the first day of Spring! After this long winter, we are all ready to get out there and enjoy the outdoors.  Below are 5 books that I call “oldies but goodies” to get you in the mood for Spring.  The Happy Day by Ruth Krauss—Snow is falling. All the animals are fast asleep in their animal homes. They awake. They open their eyes. They sniff. They run. What will they find?  1950 Caldecott Honor… Read More

In Like A Lion Out Like A Lamb

In like a lion

“March Comes in Like a Lion and Goes Out Like a Lamb” As folklore goes, this phrase, passed down from generation to generation, may be traced back to ancient times and those who watched the stars. March begins as the Constellation Leo is crossing toward the meridian. Leo is the Lion. Towards the end of the month, the Constellation Aries begins to rise. Aries is the ram. Scholars have also traced the phrase back to the… Read More

Fun Read Alouds by Ms. Beth

Book Staircase

Parent’s Guide To “Read Alouds” by Ms. Beth 1. Pick a book that YOU love! Here are some that I love: Kindergarten – Grade 1 Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin That is Not a Good Idea! by Mo Willems Grades 1-2 Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin The Dog Who Cried Wolf by Keiko Kaszka Are You A Horse? by Andy Rash Grades 3-4 I Wanna Iguana by Karen Kaufman Orloff What’s With This Room? by Tom Litchenheld… Read More

Books That Go Zoom-Vroom-Choo

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Zoom! Zoom! by Robert Burleigh is a busy, colorful, comic-feeling picturebook that would make a fantastic storytime piece. I expected a CD to accompany the book since the rhymes are so sing-songy that they could be, well, a song. There are lots of details and colors that would keep any toddler occupied, though it might not entice those with a refined sensibility for picturebook illustrations. They are fun, yes, but do not offer anything unique or… Read More

Fairy Tales and Cardboard Castles by Ms. Diane

Princess Hyacinth

Fairy Tales and Cardboard Castles by Ms. Diane   The Woodsies have been very active designing castles that would delight the Royal Families of Europe! We used large and small paper towel tubes for turrets and recycled cardboard packing material for the castle.  Add some color with crayons and glitter and you have a sparkling palace fit for a King or Queen! Princess Hyacinth by Florence Parry Heide is one of the picturebooks I read during our… Read More

Yee-Haw!

TEXAS-TX-FLAG

Last Friday night, the Children’s Room hosted our semi-annual Family Dance Party… the theme this year: Go Texan Day! We had ourselves a real good time. With refreshments, crafts, and plenty of dancing, our Family Dance Parties are the perfect way to spend a cold winter night or a hot summer evening. Thanks for dancing, y’all! ~Ms. Mary     

Got Pancakes?

from maple trees to maple syrup

Did you know it takes 40 gallons of sap from a sugar maple tree to make just 1 gallon of maple syrup?   Connecticut’s maple sugaring season is finally underway, and there are dozens of maple sugar shacks across the state ready to show families how the sap is tapped, collected, boiled and turned into tasty maple syrup. View a complete list of CT sugarhouses here and get ready for a sweet road trip! If you bring home some local CT maple syrup, try… Read More

Snow Much to Do with the Little Ones-By Ms. Joleen

Snowball Fight

The recent snowstorms have reminded us that there is still more winter left to come, and sometimes it’s not easy finding things to do while stuck inside. Use your imagination–and whatever craft supplies you have on hand (and even the snow itself!)–to have fun with your children. In a future session of Countdown to Kindergarten we’ll be making “bird feeders” out of pine cones and peanut butter. Get out the binoculars and watch the different birds… Read More

The Year of the Horse

Year of the Horse

Chinese New Year technically may be over, but that doesn’t mean we can’t learn a bit more about it! Chinese New Year is the most important of the traditional Chinese festivals. It is a time of family reunion. Families thoroughly clean their house in order to sweep away any ill fortune and to make way for good luck. Windows and doors are decorated with delicate red paper cutouts and poems. People wear red clothes and give… Read More

Can You Solve the Mystery? By Ms. Beth

Blizzard

Check out “CAN YOU SOLVE THE MYSTERY?”  our reading list of Mysteries for grades 2-3! Lots of great suggestions for mystery lovers there! One of the ‘best’ on our list is  Blizzard of the Blue Moon  by Mary Pope Osborne The Magic Tree House carries Jack and Annie to New York City in 1938 on a mission to rescue the last unicorn. In this exciting new Merlin Mission, Jack and Annie go back in time to New… Read More

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