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Words of wisdom (and a fond farewell) from our beloved Activity Room Teacher, Samantha Galui

Howdy from Texas!

Annandale Cooperative Preschool, to say I miss you is an understatement. I miss seeing your smiling faces whether in the parking lot, the hallways, our classrooms, and especially the activity room. I know that, for some parents, the activity room was a loud, scary, place where kids could possibly get injured, but, for me, it was our learning lab.

The activity room is an unconventional way of learning, through games and fun. We used our listening skills to know what direction to go and body awareness when we played our lane games. The activity room is a place where we try to use phrases like “notice where your body is” and ask “how close you are to your friends” and focus on where your feet are. We refrain from the classic “No” and “Be Careful.” Putting your feet on the wall and your hands on the floor changes how you look at things, changes your mindset, and literally flips your perspective, all while working on your arm and core muscles, which are so important to help you sit up nice and tall for story time.

The halls of ACPS had the most authentic conversations, loudest laughter, genuine tears, real struggles, and we sure knew how to celebrate! I know those conversations will continue, maybe in the parking lot or virtually, but they will go on.

ACPS was the most loving environment I have been a part of and I thank you for allowing me to be a special part of your child’s life and education.

Gratitude & Giggles, Samantha Galui

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Posted by on Jul 9, 2020 in Changing Tykes | 0 comments

A conversation with Rachel Bailey By Jen Greanias, ACPS Social Media Coordinator July 2020 Wow, what a year! You can’t log on, tune in, or step inside a store without the reminder of the all-encompassing threat of COVID-19. So we thought it our Disney ballad-belting, La Croix-guzzling, Mo Willems-obsessed, Baby Shark-humming, minivan-driving duty to relaunch our ACPS blog by interviewing our favorite breath, nay GUST, of fresh air, the ever-enlightening Rachel Bailey. Rachel is a mom and Parenting Specialist who specializes in offering...

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Posted by on Feb 20, 2018 in Changing Tykes | 0 comments

If you’ve ever been asked to read a novelization from a second-rate kids movie at bedtime, you might be forgiven for thinking that 2018 is well past the zenith of the golden age of children’s literature. While we are certainly in a glut of middling children’s media, there are some gems out there deserving of a place on your family bookshelf. Here are a few recommendations to help you break free from the book-movie-merchandise feedback loop. The Love Monster Series This kitsch series by Rachel Bright follows the only (and...

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Posted by on Jan 21, 2018 in Changing Tykes | 0 comments

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Posted by on Nov 21, 2017 in Changing Tykes | 0 comments

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Posted by on Nov 2, 2016 in Changing Tykes | 0 comments

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Posted by on Oct 20, 2016 in Changing Tykes | 0 comments

The Importance of Being Outside

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Posted by on Jul 14, 2016 in Changing Tykes | 0 comments

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Posted by on May 26, 2016 in Changing Tykes | Comments Off on 5 Reasons to Attend Annandale Cooperative Preschool

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Posted by on Apr 7, 2016 in Changing Tykes | Comments Off on Get outside and play

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Posted by on Jan 9, 2016 in Changing Tykes | Comments Off on Manners at the Table

I feel like meal time manners have their ups and downs at my dinner table. Oftentimes my preschooler is a gem while at the table – sitting up straight, using silverware, napkin in lap, etc. The other times, I feel as though a tiny Neanderthal has joined me. It is those times where absurd sentences spew from my mouth, such as “it is never ok to poke the dog with your fork” or “please stop finger painting on your brother with ketchup”.  I have found myself more often than not referring back to the Managing Meal Time post. There are fun little...

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