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Our New Fish

February 24, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Our class has been very interested in wanting a new fish for our classroom.  We decided to take a vote on what kind of fish to buy, a beta fish or a goldfish.   After a week of voting,  the beta fish WON!!!!

Our beta fish is adjusting well to his new home.  Now we have to name him!!!

At message board time we took four names that the kids decided on.  Reddy, Lemur, Veda, and Sparkles.

Let the voting begin…..

Next week we will tally them up to see which name won.

During this process we have talked a lot about math while using the language less, more than, and equal.  The kids have loved being apart of the new addition to our room.


Large Group – Parachute Play

February 7, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

At large group time we used the parachute to move objects.  We brought out the big ball and put it on the parachute and predicted how fast or high it would move.   Some children said, “It’s too big and heavy to move.”  After experimenting by waving the parachute up and down they found that it didn’t move very fast.  We brought out a smaller ball and put that on the parachute.  Children were predicting that the small ball would move fast because it was not heavy.  After waving the parachute up and down we found that the ball went really fast and high.

This activity was a fun way to talk about experimenting, predicting, and drawing conclusions.

— Jessica

Fall Housekeeping Reminders

September 11, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

This post was written by Laura Griswold, Director of GH-Dhu-Varren. Her reminders are applicable to all the centers so we thought we’d share!


Fall brings a lot of exciting changes to our centers. We have returning families and new families joining our classrooms. Here are a few things we need you to know or be reminded of regarding health and safety at Gretchen’s House.


Recently we noticed that many children are finishing their breakfast from home as they arrive at the center. It is important that all food from home be eaten before your child comes in the door. This matters not only because of the many children attending with food allergies, but also it shows respect to the other children who may find what your child is eating desirable.

Snacks at pick up time can also be a problem. Please be sure to offer your child their afternoon snack after you are out of the building. Finally, please do not store the snacks intended for pick up in your child’s back pack or cubby. We have found some ‘sneaky cubby munchers’ that just couldn’t wait!

Parking Lot

It is dangerous:

– To leave your car running unattended in the parking lot

– To leave children in the car unattended (car running or not)

– To allow your child to ride in the car without a properly installed cars seat or booster in the back seat of the vehicle

The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office has stated that if they are patrolling parking lots and see any of the above scenarios, they will ticket the driver.

Local authorities have also reported incidents of thieves targeting child care centers. They break into cars to steal purses, lap tops, etc. when parents are dropping off their children. There have been instances where children were in the car when the robbery happened. In some cases, where older children were involved, the police asked the child to describe the thief! That is scary. We want everyone to be safe.

Contracted Times

Upon enrollment, families choose their contracted times to have their child(ren) at the center. This 9 ½ hour time frame aids us in determining the teachers’ schedules. We need to maintain safe ratios that allows us to provide the quality care you should expect from Gretchen’s House. If there is an occasional situation that requires you to deviate from that schedule, please let the teacher know so we can make adjustments as necessary for that day.

Emergency Cards and Health Insurance info

Many of you have already filled out the new Emergency Cards required by the state of Michigan. Thank you. One of the things that they omitted on the new card that is still required for us to have is the Health Insurance Number. We are asking parents to bring a copy of their card to the front desk so we can make a quick copy. If you haven’t filled out the new Emergency Card or provided us the insurance card, please do so by the end of the month.

Thank you for partnering with us in our mission to keep children healthy and safe.

Lake PS: Wide World Field Trip

March 22, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

On Monday we went to Wide World and played soccer. There were lots of nets, cones, hula hoops, and balls set up for us to explore. The kids had so much fun kicking the balls around the field. Some kids pretended to be the goalie while others tried to kick as many balls into the net as possible.


Lake Preschool: Class Experiment!

March 22, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

We thought it would be fun to do a science experiment with the kids. We brought a plastic crab that grows in water into our classroom. He is supposed to stay in the water for two weeks.  We made a chart with the kids and had everyone predict how big he will get. The kids have had so much fun measuring him every morning at message board time. Be sure to check him out by the sign-in and -out sheet.


Lake PS Curriculum night 10/11/2012

October 4, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Hi everyone!

I just wanted to remind Lake Preschool parents to join us for Curriculum night on October 11th from 6-7:30.  We will be talking about our daily routine and also be doing a question-and-answer at the end.  I hope to see you there!


Lake PS October 2012 calendar

October 4, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Here is your Lake Preschool October calendar.

Happy Fall!


Lake PS September calendar

September 12, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Here is the Lake PS September 2012 calendar.


Lake PS August 2012 calendar

August 4, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Hi everyone,

Here is the August calendar: Lake PS August 2012 calendar


Visitors from High Scope and China

July 20, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The High Scope Foundation will be bringing a group from China to our center on Thursday, July 19th and Friday, July 20th.  Most of the visitors will be experiencing Michigan and the U.S. for the first time.  This group of educators will be visiting Oak Valley as well as Perry Nursery School in Ypsilanti.  They are here to learn about the High Scope curriculum model and see it demonstrated in the early childhood setting.  They will be accompanied by a High Scope representative and a translator.  In common areas throughout the center, you may see a group of 25, as I explain how our center operates and how High Scope is implemented in our classrooms.   When they observe in the actual classrooms, they will be entering in smaller groups. Their visits will last approximately 2 hours each day.

We are proud to share our center with the international early childhood community.


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