Monday, July 31, 2017
We have been learning about all things farm during the month of July here at SMART START. As an extended unit of study, a traveling petting farm came to school for an on-site field trip. This was the perfect field trip to experience animals first hand and learn a bit more from the experts! The children prepared for the animals arrival by putting on their SMART START field trip t-shirts and singing a SMART START favorite, "Old MacDonald Had A Farm."
SMART START friends behaved wonderfully and were eager to interact with the animals and learn more about them. The animal caretakers loved the enthusiasm from our young learners and spent time educating them about farming, farm animals, and the care involved. The children listened intently, asked questions and even provided commentary based upon what we have been learning during our focus on the farm for our July curriculum. It is refreshing to see them make connections. What bright students we have here at SMART START!
While the children loved learning about the farm, their favorite part was getting the opportunity to meet and spend quality time with the animals. SMART START friends pet, held and fed the bunnies, chicks and chickens, ducklings and ducks, a calf, and a goat. They also had the opportunity to ride a pony!
Our little farmers enjoyed this experience and it was a pleasure to witness. Once again we thank you for continuing to support our Field Trip Program here at SMART START. It allows us to provide your children with an extended learning experience on a intimate level in which they are learning and growing from these enrichment opportunities.
💙 Mary and Francesca 💙
Friday, July 28, 2017
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
SMART START has a new play structure that we are excited to tell you about! It is beautiful and highly equipped with a two story play house, twisty slide, glider, two toddler swings, two preschool swings, digging area with wood mulch, flower pots and rock climbing wall. We called in the best handy man in Andover to assemble our new addition to ensure that it was completely safe for our SMART START friends to play on and enjoy. The children had fun working together to complete the job and add on the finishing touches! They were eager to put on their yellow hard hats and use a variety of tools to get our play structure in tip top shape. SMART START construction workers hammered, screwed, drilled and planted beautiful flowers. Our young learners were so excited to be a part of the assembly process and were quite proud of themselves upon completion. We love watching them work together as a team and problem solve as they move from one project to the next.
SMART START engineers couldn't wait to play on the play structure after the assembly process was complete. The smiles were infectious and the laughter filled the air as the children played together in the play house, soared high on the swings, partnered up on the glider, zoomed the trucks around, scooped with the shovels, and twisted down the slide. They played well together and had a lot of fun! All their hard work and patience paid off and we were thrilled to see our newest addition come to life.
Not only are the children reaping benefits of physically challenging themselves on the equipment and perfecting their gross motor skills, they are engaging in imaginary play and working on their social and emotional skills as well. They are learning to take turns, include friends in play, use their manners and communication skills, problem solve, etc. While our students think they are simply having fun and just playing, learning is always at the forefront! Our new play structure is guaranteed to bring endless hours of fun to our young learners for many years to come!
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Snack time is a favorite for the children here at SMART START. What makes snack time extra special is "sharing snack"! Every week parents and children pack a snack to put in their child's backpack for the "sharing snack drawer" at school. Some of the children even go grocery shopping with their families and pick the snack out themselves! Our students look forward to picking their snack out from the "sharing snack drawer" and passing it out to all of their friends. The interactions during snack time between SMART START friends is adorable! It is a pleasure to hear the children using nice manners, saying "please", "thank you" and "you're welcome" as SMART START enforces appropriate social behavior.
Whether it be graham crackers, strawberries or cheerios, we thank all of you for contributing to "sharing snack" here at SMART START. You help support our nutritious offerings and bring smiles and conversations for our young learners.
Take a look at Kaylee, Nora and Theo getting their snack to share!
💙 Mary and Francesca 💙