Tuesday, December 5, 2017

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

We are super excited about this time of the year. We have lots of decorations going up and tons of activities for this Christmas season. Make sure to review our December Calendar of events to stay abreast of it all. We will also make sure to send out weekly notifications for activities as well. This week we made ornaments to hang on our school tree! Our little ones were so excited about being able to put the ornaments in the tree.  We would also like to take the time out to once again thank you for voting The Academy Child Development and Preschools your best of Parenting. It is really an honor and our pleasure to service so many outstanding families in the Nashville area and community.

Toddler One exploring the Christmas Tree

Hmmm...Where should I put mine??

He had to put in on the very top!

Hanging Ornaments.......

I have to find the perfect spot. 

Wow, this tree is so beautiful. I almost don't want to touch it.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Reasons to be thankful.....

This past week was pretty busy. We were super excited to welcome AOPP into our building and were more than happy to help them while they had repairs done to their building. Friday, they made the transition back which means our Prek classroom will go back to the Prek room at the end of the back hallway, and we will gain an infant classroom back. The enrichment room will be converted back for our family continental breakfast and the gross motor room converted back to an open space for the toddlers. Please bare with us as we make the necessary changes to get everything back to normal. We are thankful for this time of the year for many reasons.

This week our Prek classroom were busy, busy bees with art and deco. They went on a leaf walk to gather feathers for a turkey. Shaving creme and food coloring made trees. The holiday seasons brings tons of deco! We cant wait to showcase it all.

Look at our leaves!!!

Getting ready to make art with shaving cream!!

Friday, October 27, 2017

Pumpkin Contest

This week we started our Halloween festivities by having our pumpkin contest. It was so much fun  and we were extremely proud of how creative all of the pumpkins were. The Academy has some of the best teachers on the planet and it's times like these when we are glad to showcase it. There was Oscar the Grouch, A witch, the galaxy, Poppy the Troll, Popcorn Cinema, an Emoji, an ice cream cone, A Zombie Cookie Monster, and many more. We look forward to what we can see from these award winning teachers the rest of the school year.

Friday, October 20, 2017

This week has been JAM PACKED with tons of activities and awesome things to learn and do. On Monday, we surprised Ms. Michele with goodies for Boss's Day! She really enjoyed and appreciated our kind gesture. Then, we had 2 gentlemen from the Brentwood Police Department come and teach us about being safe with our parents and stranger danger. We also had an Ollie the Otter representative tell us about safety in the car. Ms. Michele was great volunteer and put on the otter costume. Most of the children actually thought it was a bear. LOL. On Tuesday, our friends made friendship bracelets to share with each other. On Wednesday, we made a cool Halloween Trail Mix for the families to take home during pick up. It was a BIG hit. On Thursday, the Brentwood Fire Department stopped by to help us learn about fire safety and of course can't forget about being able to view the inside of the truck! Today, is our very first Football Friday! Being from the south means being all about football. Pee wee, high school, college, professional....... we love it ALL! We can't wait to show off all of our expert decorating skills for our Pumpkin contest next week. Be on the look out for pictures to come and help us join in on the judging fun! Have a great weekend! 
We appreciate you Ms. Michele! You ROCK!

Some of Ms. Michele's favorite things. 

Police officers teaching about safety. 

The attention that children give to men is astonishing. 

Ms. Michele as Ollie the Otter. 

Halloween Boo Mix

"Hey guys, can I get a high five?".........."But mister, we don't know you." LOL

Muffins for our awesome community helpers!

"Hey mister, you're pretty big!"


Friday, October 13, 2017

October Happenings

The month of October has been filled with tons of activities. This month is all about Health and Safety. Last week we sent home Family Emergency Packets. Having a game plan for emergencies isn't just for school situations. Also, we had a pink out Friday. Our entire school dressed in pink to help celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This week we practiced an emergency intruder. Our teachers did so well! We were super proud of them! Today, Doug Sparkman, The Magic Man came and gave our children a magic show.  We handed out pumpkins for our pumpkin decorating contest. Some of the classrooms have already started to decorate theirs. We are looking forward to the police and fireman coming to our school next week as well as Ollie the Otter. Because we have such awesome teachers here we make sure to show them how much we appreciate them! Each Friday we have a cart with tons of snacks and let them go shopping. Snack Cart Fridays have been a HUGE success!

Pink Out in Infant 3

Pink Out in Prek 

Pink Out in Preschool 

CandyCorn Snack 

Our teachers LOVE Snack Cart Friday! 

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Business As Usual

The Academy of Maryland Farms is proud to host our sister location The Academy of Powell Place as they undergo reconstruction after being damaged by wind and rain on last week. We love working for a company where family is so important and the impact of family is appreciated. The theme Fall is For Family has an entirely new meaning for us all. We were able to convert our Enrichment, KBC, and Gross Motor rooms into classrooms. The teachers have been awesome and the kids even better! Continue to be patient with us as we host them until further notice. 

Business as usual even in new spaces. 

Ms.Farah teaching our PreK friends during circle time.

Prek2 from The Academy of Powell Place living the dream!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Monthly Theme Focus: All About Me; My Family and Me

Our teachers are working busy as bees teaching about our senses and our bodies. Today there were a lot of "hands on" activities. Some of them were using our sense of smell to smell and finger painting. We've been having so much fun!

Fingerpainting in Toddler 1

Can I have a Hi Five?

Using our noses to smell.

Bean Bags on our heads. 

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

September Happenings

The month of September started off with a BANG! Our fall in service training was just what the teachers needed to get them jumpstarted back into curriculum. Our partnership with Frogstreet to celebrate togetherness was awesome!!!
Our newcomer Toddler and Preschool teachers were ready to soak up the info given to them.

Taking a break with a little lunch. We didn't let a little rain get us down!
Our teachers were great at pulling our children back into full on learning mode. We each took a Mystery Bag home. The Mystery Bag was filled with one of their special items from home and then returned to school. The children then gave their friends 3 clues to help them figure out what their mystery item was. It was tons of fun!
Grab a Mystery Bag to go!

WOW!!!! I forgot I put that car in there!


Is it my turn?

We were extremely excited about the fabulous turnout we had during our Grandparents Social on Friday, September 8, 2017!  There were snacks, a take home poem and handprint keepsakes as well as tons of play on our playgrounds. Thanks again to our wonderful families for getting the word out to their loved ones and making it a success.

Reading a story

Making our handprint keepsakes 

Even our infant grandparents came out to socialize.

We would like to take the time to thank all of our Families for adding such lovely leaves to our school family tree! It really is a pleasure to service you and your children. Fall is definitely for your family!

Leaves of a different color. 

Thursday, August 10, 2017

We are so excited that you have been able to join us during our summer camp. This year's theme The Power of Play has been one of the best ones yet. It has been filled with stories, projects, and learning to match. Research has shown that children learn the most in these essential years through play. It is quite amazing how powerful we think something so small is for development. We couldn't wait for this week's theme. The Power of Nature has been super exciting especially with the gorgeous weather that we have been having here in the Nashville area. There has been tons of outside time with art projects to match. 
Our PreK classroom gathered lots of items from nature to make a fabulous collage! We were really proud of them!!!

The Toddler and Preschool classes enjoyed playing under the shade of our gorgeous trees. We love the backyard feel our playground creates.

The Toddler 2 classroom enjoying painting while in nature.