Wednesday, July 1, 2015

It's music maniacs week! Check out these up and comers!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Nashville Zoo visits Academy of Maryland Farms 

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Potty training tips!

This article from provides a fairly comprehensive overview toilet training, from timing, to types of potties, training pants and problems.   Click on “print” in the upper right and the article transforms to a 4-page layout for printing.

Toilet Teaching Your Child 


This short article in from the American Academy of Pediatrics, written for parents, is more clinical in nature.  It focuses on readiness. Scroll down to the print icon past the bottom of the article.

Psychological Readiness and Motor Skills Needed for Toilet Training 

Monday, June 8, 2015

It's summer and it's HOT! Look before you lock!


Kids in hot cars are a deadly combination. Whether intentional or accidental, these deaths are preventable, which makes it all the more tragic. Here are some helpful tips to make sure it doesn’t happen to you.

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seat next to the car seat, so that you’ll always check the back seat before you leave the car.

Call your spouse after you drop the child off to make sure you didn’t forget.

Have daycare call you if your child doesn’t show up.

Write a note and place it on the dashboard of the car. Or set a reminder on your cell phone or calendar. You can also download the Baby Reminder App for iPhones.

  • Never leave a child alone in a parked car, even with the windows rolled down, or air conditioning on. Children’s body temperature can heat up 3 to

    5 times faster than adults. A core temperature of 107 is lethal.

  • Always look in both the front and back of the vehicle before locking the door and walking way.

  • Heatstroke can occur in temperatures as low as 57 degrees. On an 80-degree day, temperatures inside a vehicle can reach deadly levels in just 10 minutes.

  • Never let children play in an unattended vehicle. Teach them a vehicle is not a play area.

  • Always lock your vehicle doors and trunk and keep the keys out of a child’s reach. If a child is missing, quickly check all vehicles, including the trunk.

    Is dropping a child off not part of your normal routine? Come up with some ways to remind yourself that the child is in the car.

    • Place an item that you keep on you, like a briefcase or purse, in the back

If you see a child alone in a hot vehicle:

  • Always make sure the child is okay and responsive. If not, call 911 immediately.

  • If the child appears okay, you should attempt to locate the parents; or have the facility’s security or management page the car owner over the PA system.

  • If the child is not responsive and appears in great distress, attempt to get into the car to assist the child, even if that means breaking a window.

    Remember: kids in hot cars are a deadly combination. Don’t take the chance. Look before you lock. 

Pre-k prom...There's no place like AoMF!

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Mud Day 2015!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Gross motor and physical play

According to,   Physical play includes activities that use physical movements to allow children to use their energy, and it gives children the chance to develop gross and fine motor skills, learn new things and socialize. Physical play also benefits a child’s health. Understanding the importance of physical play is vital to your child’s development.

Indoor Play for those rainy days 

Many children lack indoor physical play because many environments are not conducive to indoor physical play. However, indoor physical play provides a safe, supervised way to incorporate learning. If space is lacking, move furniture, use a hallway or use a covered outdoor area (like a covered porch, pavilion area or awning) to provide space for guided physical play. These areas provide the perfect environment for gentle games of catch, Duck-Duck-Goose, bowling, Simon Says, dancing or various other physically active games.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Outdoor time

Enjoying the Outdoors!
   It’s a great time of year to enjoy many activities outside but when we are enjoying the outdoors, so are the bugs.  
   Here are some ways that the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends we keep those bugs off of the children.
  • Use a repellent with DEET but no more than 30% for children
  • Spray in open areas to avoid children breathing them in
  • Use just enough to cover the child’s clothing and exposed skin
  • Do not use products that contain both DEET and sunscreen.  The DEET  might decrease the effectiveness of the sun protection factor (SPF).
More information can be found at

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Handwriting Without Tears in Pre-K 

Children who have mastered handwriting are better, more creative writers. The earlier we teach children to master handwriting, the more likely they are to succeed in school.

Our Pre-K teacher, Ms. Sarah is working with students on handwriting 

Children learn to print using hands-on materials and developmentally appropriate activities.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

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