Friday, July 24, 2015

Space Explorers

Enjoying our last few weeks of Summer! 
We have had such a fun time during our space explorers week! 
We learned about constellations, the solar system and even what it feels like to walk on the moon.

                         Our visit from Buzz Light year was definitely the highlight of the week.

Splatter paint solar system in PS2

Marshmallow constellation, anyone? 

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

How do we prepare your child for kindergarten?

At AoMF all areas of development are of equal importance to young children!

  Gross motor and social development tasks are just as important as cognitive and pre-reading tasks at this age.   

Here is a list of what we work on throughout the year and during our Kindergarten Boot Camp to have your child ready to enter the world of kindergarten. 
  • Follows rules and routines
  • Manages transitions (going from one activity to the next)
  • Demonstrates normal activity level

Interactions with Others

  • Interacts easily with one or more children
  • Interacts easily with familiar adults
  • Participates in group activities
  • Plays well with others
  • Takes turns and shares
  • Cleans up after play

Conflict Resolution

  • Seeks adult help when needed to resolve conflicts
  • Uses words to resolve conflicts

Language and Literacy


  • Listens with understanding to directions and conversations
  • Follows one-step directions
  • Follows two-step directions


  • Speaks clearly enough to be understood without contextual clues
  • Relates experiences with some understanding of sequences of events

Literature and Reading

  • Listens with interest to stories read aloud
  • Shows interest in reading-related activities
  • Retells information from a story
  • Sequences three pictures to tell a logical story


  • Uses pictures to communicate ideas
  • Uses scribbles, shapes, and letter-like symbols to write words or ideas

Alphabet Knowledge

  • Recites/sings alphabet
  • Matches upper-case letters
  • Matches lower-case letters
  • Identifies upper-case letters
  • Identifies lower-case letters

Mathematical Thinking

Patterns and Relationships

  • Sorts by color, shape, and size
  • Orders or seriates several objects on the basis of one attribute
  • Recognizes simple patterns and duplicates them

Number concept and operations

  • Rote counts to 20
  • Counts objects with meaning to 10
  • Matches numerals
  • Identifies by naming, numerals 0-10

Geometry and spatial relations

  • Identifies 4 shapes- circle, square, rectangle, triangle
  • Demonstrates concepts of positional/directional concepts (up/down, over/under, in/out, behind/in front of, beside/between, top/bottom, inside/outside, above/below, high/low, right/left, off/on, first/last, far/near, go/stop).


  • Shows understanding of and uses comparative words (big/little, large/small, short/long, tall/short, slow/fast, few/many, empty/full, less/more.
  • Physical Development

    Gross-Motor Skills

    • Pedals and steers a tricycle
    • Jumps in place, landing on two feet
    • Jumps consecutively- 7 jumps
    • Balances on one foot for 5 seconds
    • Hops on one foot 2-3 hops
    • Hops on one foot- 6 ft.
    • Throws a ball with direction- 5 ft.
    • Catches a thrown ball with arms and body
    • Climbs a playground ladder
    • Skips smoothly for 20 feet

    Fine-Motor Skills

    • Stacks 10, one-inch blocks
    • Strings 4 1/2″ beads in two minutes
    • Completes a seven piece interlocking puzzle
    • Makes a pancake, snake, and ball from playdough
    • Grasps pencil correctly
    • Copies:  vertical line, horizontal line, circle, cross, square, V, triangle
    • Copies first name
    • Prints first name without a model
    • Grasps scissors correctly
    • Cuts within 1/4″ of a 6″ straight line on construction paper
    • Cuts out a 3″ square on construction paper
    • Cuts out a 3″ triangle on construction paper
    • Cuts out a 3″ circle on construction paper
    • Uses a glue stick appropriately
    • Uses appropriate amount of glue for tasks
    • The Arts

      Creative Arts

      • Identifies 10 colors:  red, yellow, blue, green, orange, purple, black, white, brown, pink
      • Uses a variety of art materials for tactile experience and exploration


      • Participates in group music experiences
      • Participates in creative movement/dance

      Creative Dramatics

      • Makes believe with objects
      • Takes on pretend roles and situations

Summer fun!

Check out all the fun stuff we have been doing this summer! 

Friday, July 3, 2015

Little firecrackers!

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!