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Favorite Stories for Preschoolers

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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Think: Novelty

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

Keeping kids entertained on cold or rainy days Oh, those long, cold days of winter! It can be so hard to think of ways to keep our children entertained while they’re cooped up inside, especially when many of us just want to curl up with some hot chocolate, a book, a blanket, and no interruptions… Beyond inviting them to join us on the couch with hot chocolate and a movie (always a good plan!), here are some ideas of things to engage their wonderfully active minds and bodies.  Keep in mind that you can (and should!) change any of this up...

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Winter Activities and Outing Ideas

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

Two words can strike fear into parents everywhere. Permanent marker? Nope. Finger paint? No, again. Winter break. Seventeen consecutive days with no school, no routine, and, often, very cold weather. What is a parent to do? Since running away from home or locking oneself in a closet with a pack of Oreos doesn’t work (not that I’ve tried, of course), I’ve found that doing a little pre-planning, while requiring up-front work, can alleviate the stress and pressure of creating an activity or outing each day to keep kiddos occupied and engaged and...

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Kindergarten Readiness

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

Sending your child off to Kindergarten can be a daunting task, especially after having been a strong presence in his or her academic career here at Annandale Cooperative Preschool! Many parents want to know how to prepare their child for Kindergarten but what they often do not realize is that being prepared is more than academics; it additionally means being ready physically, socially, and emotionally! However, let’s tackle academics first. While academics are obviously a large part of the kindergarten experience, I want to begin by...

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The Importance of Being Outside

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

The Importance of Being Outside

Children are better able to make sense of their world when they spend lots of time outside. They can see how things grow and change over time. They are more fully able to experience the world in which they live in. This can be so powerful. They are able to stretch their imaginations as they create worlds and scenarios that are larger than themselves.

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2016-2017 Update

Posted by on Sep 28, 2016 in Changing Tykes | Comments Off on 2016-2017 Update

Field trips, hours of play, conversations over snack, and fun movement in the Activity Room… we are ready for a wonderful new year at ACPS! Melissa Kuhn is returning from last year and will be teaching both 2’s classes, the MTW Bees class and ThF Fireflies class. Dawn Volk joins us from Fairfax County Public Schools as our TThF Grasshopper’s teacher and Anne Ford comes back to preschool from time as a Kindergarten teacher to round out the 3’s team as the MWF Ladybug’s teacher. Sue Ann Craig and Amy Quigley round out the classroom...

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Food Allergy Fundamentals

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

In this “FROM THE TEACHERS” post, we discuss the fundamentals of food allergy and how to address this in a group setting like the co-op. Even if your child is not one of the estimated 15 million Americans affected by food allergies, she will undoubtedly share a classroom at some point with children who are. The prevalence of food allergy has risen dramatically in the past decades. Today, nearly 8% of children in the U.S. under the age of 18 have a food allergy. That’s about two kids per classroom across the country. Because of the...

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5 Reasons to Attend Annandale Cooperative Preschool

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

It is hard to believe that the school year has so quickly come to an end. It seems like just a few short months ago we were making a big fuss over starting a new preschool. That old saying time flies when you’re having fun is so true. Not only did my child have fun, he learned and grew more than I could have ever hoped for this last year. Since he is new to Annandale Cooperative Preschool (ACPS) and I thought his last preschool was good, I would like to highlight the top five things that set ACPS apart from the other preschools in the area....

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Get outside and play

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

Spring has sprung in Northern Virginia. The kids have been tiring themselves out while enjoying the nice weather. It is never more apparent when a spring cold snap arrives for parents to remember how important going outside to play really is. In between raindrops and frost this week, we’ve been riding bikes, swinging and playing in the school sandbox. One opportunity to get outside to play is the upcoming Fun Run. This annual run by Annandale Cooperative Preschool will be held on Saturday, April 30. Register...

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Manners at the Table

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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