Filed Under (2's, 3's, 4/5's, Community) by jaruszewiczc on 30-10-2015

Oh my, it’s that bestest, funnest day ever,¬†again – how did the year go by so quickly as I thought we just did this? The ECDC kids showed up in their scariest, most beautifullest, or most powerfullest garb today (parents and teachers, too) and we were off on our annual prance around campus to show off. Lots of people came out, even a campus tour group of prospective families & students – hope they had as much fun as we did. Thanks to our parents who were so generous with their time and talents – the snack treats seem to get healthier and more creative every year!

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Filed Under (Uncategorized) by jaruszewiczc on 23-10-2015

We are keeping December 8 as a non-attendance day for children, even though the university is now using that day as a storm make-up day, as we need that day to schedule parent-teacher conferences. You will hear more about making appointments from your child’s teacher.

Filed Under (4/5's, Community, Health & Safety) by jaruszewiczc on 08-10-2015

Yesterday and today, some of the children in the Butterfly (4/5K) class have also been building a very large structure they call the “Safety Service” and/or the “Rescue Service.” I asked Tessa and Isabel to explain what they were doing and they told me that it was a very high, high tide – it would go up to the animals’ head or over them, so they needed to make a place where they would be safe after being rescued and could be treated for injuries. As you can see from the photo, it has many compartments, that have been constructed to keep water out and to provide a safe spot to stay in; for example, in the “manatee cage” (small chamber at due west [left] of photo, a place for hurt manatees to be treated) “there is a tiny, tiny, hole just in the top so that the water cannot get in – the whole thing is like a hotel, with lots of rooms so people can come and go in and out (notice the fireplace) when they go to find animals and bring them to the safety place.” The blocks at the bottom with blue centers are steps coming up out of the water for the animals to use. The snakes on the top are there because we saw images on TV of poisonous snakes swimming in flood waters as officials were warning people to stay out of it – but the children said they needed a safe place too, so they wouldn’t drown or bother people.


Filed Under (2's, 3's, 4/5's, Community, Families, Health & Safety) by jaruszewiczc on 08-10-2015

We’ve been back to school for 3 days since the extreme rains and flooding that came to our community. We’ve noticed the children processing this experience in many different ways.

Twos: On Tuesday, most of our two’s were very “out of sorts” – they seemed a bit disoriented, cried a lot, and wanted “mama.” We think they were definitely transferring/communicating feelings of anxiety and stress their families experienced in what was a very frightening time for many as they saw water rising in their yards, streets, or even homes.

The threes wanted to talk about it (non-stop), so they have been having conversations during morning meetings. Some of the things we have heard: “I couldn’t get across the sidewalk because my boots were too little – The water was a little bit high on the road and the sidewalk – I went on a kayak in a field that was a circle – There was water in the garage from the hole – My mommy had an umbrella – I paddled in a lake in my backyard – Across the neighborhood there was a lot of water – There was lots of water in the road – and, There was water in the road and it was THIS BIG!”

4/5K have been drawing water-themed pictures in their journals, including this one from Harrison that says it all – BIG, BIG clouds hovering over us small humans (I had to cut/paste the figure to get it all on one frame) –

2015 October Flood

As usual, the children provide us with all the information we need for considering how to meet their needs at this time and address their questions and interests. We just have to pay attention.

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