As the days get shorter and the weather gets cooler we all start to miss summer a little. We also miss all the fun and learning that happened this summer. We went on field trips, had our end of the year play, learned about space and dinosaurs, explored watermelon, and said goodbye to our butterfly friends and those friends going off to Kindergarten! We aren't sad though because we are all excited for the new adventures we have begun!
Here is a look back at all the fun we have had this spring and so far this summer! It has been filled with family, friends, fun, and of course lots of learning! We had field trips, celebrated NAEYC Week of the Young Child, Earth Day, and of course celebrated our parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles!
Our Easter Egg Hunt was a success! It was a perfect day for the children to find hidden Easter Eggs on the playground. We also made Easter Baskets, baked special treats, and had Egg on a Spoon races! Many families came to join us for the make-and-take and Easter Celebration that we had after hunt! It was a fun afternoon for all!
For the month of March, the children at VCC, Inc. learned about collections and museums. As a part of this curriculum, which supports skills such as classification, sorting, and individual creativity, the children made their own museum collections. It was debuted when all the parents came in for St. Patrick's Day and continued to be a hit with all of the children's reading buddies! When they grow up to be famous artists we can say we have original work!
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” -Dr. Seuss
VCC, Inc. celebrated Crazy Hat Day as a part of our author study of Dr. Seuss. Every year the children bring in (and make) their hats! It is a fun day for all.
We wrapped up 2016 and our month long study on how children celebrate the holidays around the world at VCC, Inc. with a look at Christmas and New Years. The children had fun learning about these traditions and having families in for a Christmas celebration!
For the month of December the children are learning about how children celebration the traditions of their cultures and how they celebration being together with family. It is a very engaging unit as the cultures are rich with stories, songs, and vocabulary that are new to the children. Some of the traditions we are learning about include St. Nicholas Day, Hanukkah, St. Lucia Day, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and others in between! Keep an eye out for new pictures of what the children are doing in their classrooms as they become truly immersed in the learning.
Yesterday we were all bundled up and ready to go! The snow finally came down so we could play in the snow outside! Parents - please remember your snow gear as we get more snow so all the children can go out and play!
We began learning about how children all around the world celebrate traditions with St. Nicholas Day. We have been exploring how different cultures celebrate family, togetherness, and giving thanks. The traditions we are learning about include Hanukkah, St. Lucia Day, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and others in between! The children really enjoy learning about the traditions other families and children take part in during this time of year!
Ever looked at your shoes and wonder what makes them unique? At VCC, Inc. we do a Project Approach Study on shoes. We explore different types of shoes, compare different sizes of shoes, sort them by color and style, examine why some have laces and others do not, we open up a shoe to see what it is made of, and even measure ourselves with shoes! It is a way for the children to be creative and become explorers! Take a peak at us measuring ourselves with shoes! We have been continuing our study and exploring shoes in other ways, see what else we have been up to!
Thank you to all the parents, sibling, grandparents, and aunts and uncles that joined us to celebrate what we are thankful for. We are certainly thankful for all of you! It was a fun event had by all and the children enjoyed having everyone in their classrooms to celebrate together!
Happy Halloween from the children of Victory Child Care, Inc.! The costumes this year were creepy, cute, and creative! All the children dressed up and said "Trick-Or-Treat!" in their best spooky voices around their building or marched proudly in their Halloween Parade! Afterwards, parents and children joined us for a party with lots of treats to celebrate Halloween. Thank you to all the parents that participated in and provided snacks and candy for the spook-tacular Halloween event this year! The crafts each parent made with their child was also fantastic! It was a fun event for all!
We had a busy October over in Guilderland. We explored the outside as the leaves changed, had fun learning about pumpkins, and continued our curriculum on Community Helpers and the Community around us. We did a study on pumpkins and the children had a fantastic time exploring the pumpkin. They have seen and felt what's inside, painted with pumpkin tops, made Jack-O-Lanterns, and even created science experiments with the pumpkins! It has been a month long fun learning unit! With our unit on Community Helpers we had fire stations come to some schools and show the children the equipment the fire fighters used, we had Otto the Auto come visit the children to teach them about traffic and overall car safety. Otto the Auto is sponsored by AAA, thank you to Mike Sweeney who is the voice of Otto and brings him to life! The curriculum really came alive in the classrooms this month!
We do not just have classrooms within the Guilderland School District but also do fun events with them! The children had a blast testing their running endurance at the Altamont Elementary School Fun Run!
Miss Julia is a dance instructor who has been teaching ballet for many, many years. She danced in the Hungarian Ballet as a principal ballerina and has a true passion for the art. She now teaches dance to people of all ages.
As our classrooms continue to grow we are excited about the learning and fun that is happening!