Tuesday, May 22, 2018

The Power of Play

Summer News 2018
The Academy of Maryland Farms is excited to reintroduce our summer program, The Power of Play. As quoted by the Department of Education in a Literature Review,” There has been an abundance of research around play and its positive effects on early childhood learning and development. In general, research shows strong links between creative play and language, physical, cognitive, and social development. Play is a healthy, essential part of childhood. Infants explore their world through their senses while adults in their world foster their development and learning through playing games with them. Toddlers engage in pretend play when they imitate actions and events they have experienced in their family life. As they grow into four and five year old, young children engage more and more in play activities that expand their knowledge of the world around them, develop their motor skills and focus on their peers.”

We are excited to be able to allow your children to grow and learn here at The Academy. Our weekly themes that we will focus on through play are as follows:  The Power of Outdoors, The Power of Nature, The Power of Sensory, The Power of Science, The Power of Reading, The Power of Connecting, The Power of Math, The Power of Blocks, The Power of Music, The Power of Movement, The Power of Dramatic Play, and the Power of Art. Each week we will have special activities implemented by our educators to assist each child while they learn through play about the items. Each child will be able to learn at their own pace and gain memories for many years to come.  

A new area of highlight of the summer program will be introducing Provocations through literacy for our Toddlers, Preschools, and PreK classrooms. These are open ended activities that don’t have a prescribed outcome, instead it is designed to stimulation ideas, initiative and imagination for the children. We know that this addition to the summer program will help grasp the curious minds of our eager to learn children and help them develop ever more.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Teacher Appreciation Week

This week has been over the top awesome with our Wizard of Oz There's No Place Like The Academy Teacher Appreciation Week theme. Each day has been filled with something exciting and new for the teachers. Monday, we provide breakfast from the Land of Munchkins. Tuesday, the teachers were given a Stress Relief can from the Tin Man, because it takes a lot of heart to be a teacher. On Wednesday, the Lolly Pop Guild stopped by and left a candy bar for the teachers to indulge in. On Thursday, the Cowardly Lion gave a little liquid courage and tomorrow we will provide lunch to end the week. Our teachers here are awesome and we hope that they see that they are appreciated. 
There's No Place Like The Academy 

Gifts from Toto and our lovely parents. 

Teacher Survival Kit 

Stress Relief Kit 

Lollypop Guild Candy Bar 

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Mother's Day Tea

Thank you so much to all of our awesome moms for coming out to help us celebrate you. No words could describe how fabulous we think that you are. We hope that this day and everyday you understand that you are appreciated and loved. Happy, Happy Mother's Day!!!!

My Mother, Ann Taylor, 1782-1866
Who sat and watched my infant head
When sleeping on my cradle bed,
And tears of sweet affection shed?
My Mother.

When pain and sickness made me cry,
Who gazed upon my heavy eye,
And wept for fear that I should die?
My Mother.

Who taught my infant lips to pray
And love God’s holy book and day,
And walk in wisdom’s pleasant way?
My Mother.

And can I ever cease to be
Affectionate and kind to thee,
Who wast so very kind to me,
My Mother?

Ah, no! the thought I cannot bear,
And if God please my life to spare
I hope I shall reward they care,
My Mother.

When thou art feeble, old and grey,
My healthy arm shall be thy stay,
And I will soothe thy pains away,
My Mother.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

The week of the Young Child

The Week of the Young Child is an annual celebration hosted by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) celebrating early learning, young children, their teachers, and families. This year's event is April 16–20, 2018! This week we planted flowers to help celebrate this. 

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Science Experiment

Mrs. Brooke and Mr. Zachary's class is currently conducting a science experiment. The classroom made jars with different color water and have placed white flowers in each color. Each student was allowed to make a prediction as to which color would show up in the flower first.

For young learners, science is just an extension of their everyday world. That's why it's so important to focus on working with them to learn how to create amazing experiences that encourage discovery through play, asking questions, explorations and using creativity to solve simple problem.