Back in March, Building Dreams Child Care Centre, held a fundraiser and successfully raised $310.00 with the help of Jennifer MacDougall and Epicure Selections. Big Thanks to you Jennifer and to Epicure for a great product. The funds have all been used to help offset some of the costs of our backyard renovations. Since the completion of the fundraiser and over the months of April and May we have added a riding path, 2 gardens and some new ride on toys.
The Month of May also brought about a staff shuffle as one of our teachers has left to have a baby. We have reunited Darlene and Kaila in the toddler room and created a new pair in the preschool room with Jelisa and Ellie. Both teams are fitting well together and the classrooms are having a great time. Finishing out our team is, former student teacher and recent graduate of the Nova Scotia College of Early Childhood Education, Jennifer, who has taken on the challenging role of Mentor, Confidant and Authority figure in a school-age classroom. Jen has confidently and successfully joined our team and this classroom and I can only see good things in her and our future.
Our world has been filled with learning about worms, salamanders, flamingos, volcanoes (we even built one, yet to erupt) black bears, colours, letters and letter sounds, baby ducks that we discovered at the pond down the road and turn taking with our new outside ride on toys. The preschoolers are taking in lots of “helper” roles within their classroom. We have “line leader”, “snack and lunch helpers”, “back pack carrier”, “clip board helper”, “light person”, “circle helper”, “loft tidy-er” and “music helper”. These jobs give them a sense of responsibility and importance. We have also welcomed a few new family members over the past few months and we are all getting to know them as time goes on.
One of the biggest highlights was a surprise visit from a police officer. He was just driving by one day and we were in the front yard so he stopped to chat. He showed us the inside of his car, let us listen to the car sirens and watch the lights. This visit served as a great springboard for conversations around safety, community helpers and good types of strangers. Thank you officer for taking the time to let us get familiar with you.