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 www.aap.org andwww.healthychildren.org

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

Thank you Academy Families for choosing us!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Severe weather time is upon us.

Good Afternoon friends! 

We had an awesome week at the Academy of Maryland Farms learning about farm animals and celebrating the week of the young child! As we are gearing up for the summer I have been reminded that the season for severe weather is upon us. At the Academy we have established plans on how we handle severe weather such as tornado warnings, watches, and severe thunderstorm warnings. This type of weather can often cause stress and anxiety in children, and they do not know how to handle these emotions. First and foremost it is important for your family to have a plan of action in the case of a tornado, and that your whole family knows where the safe location. Typically it is the smallest room at the center of the house, or the basement. 

Now that you know everyone is safe, here are a few tips to help calm your little ones when the weather has them scared. 

1. Play some calming music.
2. Read them a story to take their mind off of the outdoors. 
3. Talk to them about what they are feeling, seeing, and hearing. 
4. Reassure them they are safe (But please do not dismiss or invalidate their fear).
5. To have a collection of toys at the safe location. 

I hope you find this helpful, and you all have a fantastic rest of the weekend. Stay safe! We look forward to seeing all of your faces on Monday morning!

Friday, April 3, 2015

A little bit of history!

I hope everyone has had a wonderful Friday out of school! We have had a great and exciting week at the Academy Maryland Farms with the Easter bunny coming to visit, and having an “egg”celent Easter egg hunt! The kids and staff really seemed to enjoy themselves! With all of the Easter festivities going on I became curious about the origins of these Easter traditions and wanted to share some of the interesting facts I found with you all!

The Easter bunny, Easter eggs, and Easter candy are all prominent customs in American culture today. After doing some research it was interesting to see that while Easter is predominantly thought of as a Christian holiday that the beginnings of theses traditions are quite pagan. The earliest accounts show that the Easter bunny came from German immigrants who came to America in the 1700s and settled in Pennsylvania. These immigrants told a tale of an egg-laying hare, and their children would make and leave nests for this hare to leave his brightly colored eggs. Over time the nests evolved into decorated baskets and the eggs into the chocolate and gifts that we have come to know today. The decorating of Easter eggs has been dated back to the 13th century. Eggs are viewed as an ancient symbol of new life and are celebrated at Easter in result of their association with the arrival of spring from pagan festivals. Easter candy often includes jelly beans, which coincidentally, are egg shaped and became associated with Easter in the 1930s. “According to the National Confectioners Association, over 16 billion jelly beans are made in the U.S. each year or Easter.”

Regardless of how you choose to celebrate this holiday I hope all of you are spending quality time with your families and making memories with your precious children! We are thankful that you are a part of our family at the Academy of Maryland Farms and look forward to seeing all of your bright smiling faces on Monday morning! Learn more at http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/easter-symbols

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Easter Egg Hunt 2015

We love hunting for eggs!

The children loved their surprise guest!


Hey, Mom!


Special memories for our Pre-K class, this marks their last Easter Egg hunt at the Academy. 










Friday, March 27, 2015

Pre-k loves to have their picture taken!

Magic Show Fun!

Thanks to magician Bruce for coming out to give our kiddos a great show! We even got to have some Magician Assistants! 

Monday, March 16, 2015

Bugs!

This month we have been learning all about insects and bugs! Last week we had a great special guest, who showed us wonderful pictures of a bee hive that was 6 feet tall! We even got to sample a taste of the honey from that hive! Take a look at our cute busy bees!