All Programs Closed 1/25

SNOW DAY! All Friends Together programs will be closed tomorrow (Mon, Jan 25), as the Port Washington School District will be closed. We will see you on Tuesday. Have fun making snowmen and snow angels, having snowball fights and drinking hot cocoa!

Here are some fun ideas to help pass the time:

Have Snow Much Fun with these 15 Snow Activities for Children!

My kids live for snow days. The second the cold white stuff hits the ground they start their planning. (Heck, the second the weatherman predicts the cold white stuff will be hitting the ground they start their planning!) Will they sled before or after lunch (or maybe even before breakfast!!!)? Where will the snowman go? What is the best way to make a snow angel? How can they make snowballs that stick together and fly the farthest (think: Buddy in the movie Elf!)?

Winter Enrichment Classes

This winter, we’re excited to offer a variety of classes designed to help children explore their individual interests and have fun. They are encouraged to design, create and expand their knowledge base in a small group.

Class descriptions are on our Enrichment classes page. Enrollment forms have been sent home.

Here’s the schedule:

  • Mondays – Karate at 2 PM. 7 weeks 1/25 – 3/14
  • Tuesdays – Yoga at 2 PM. 7 weeks 1/12 – 3/1
  • Wednesdays – Mandarin at 4 PM. 5 weeks 1/13 – 2/10
  • Thursdays – Soccer Shots at 2 PM and 2:45 PM. 7 weeks 1/7 – 2/25

Please join us!

A Time To Share

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We have a very special tradition of collecting food for our Thanksgiving Sharing Box. The children help to decorate the box, and the donations will be delivered to St. Peter’s Church.

It’s not too late to contribute. The Pantry Director at the Church said that items like cereal, rice, cooking oil, juice, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, beans and toilet paper would be especially appreciated by the families. Thank you for helping to brighten the holiday for others in our community!

Sharing Gratitude

Now that the frenzy of costumes and candy surrounding Halloween is over, we turn our attention to Thanksgiving and the importance of gratitude. This month we will do lots of great crafts and gather food for a local food pantry.

Here’s a great activity you can do at home!

Gratitude Stones – Fireflies and Mud Pies

Many families use Thanksgiving as an opportunity to teach children about gratitude. A sense of gratitude, or feeling thankful and appreciative of the good things in one’s life, is an important social-emotional skill that can increase happiness and improve health.

 

This is a wonderful list of books about Thanksgiving and gratitude that you can share with your preschoolers at home.

10 Gratitude and Thanksgiving Books for Preschoolers

Thanksgiving is a perfect time to start teaching your little ones about gratitude and being thankful. One of the best ways I have found to teach this concept is by reading books about thankfulness. Here is a collection of the 10 best Thanksgiving books focused on gratitude that will appeal to toddlers and preschoolers!

Halloween Fun

We were so thankful it stopped raining and the sun shone on our Halloween Parade! The children showed off their very creative costumes. We had animals, superheroes, princesses, astronauts, witches, fire/police and more! The teachers impressed with their costumes, too – the Where’s Waldo crew and an array of life-size crayons were very cute and creative.

The children recited some favorite Halloween and fall poems and songs. A favorite is always “5 little pumpkins sitting on a gate”.  If your child likes to color, here is a very cute printable. Recite the story as you color the pumpkins in!

5 Little Pumpkins Coloring Page

Hi Everyone! Today, I have another FREE coloring page for you. This one was a request by my daughter who has been head over heels for pumpkins ever since she could talk. She asked me if I would create a coloring page based on one of her all time favorite books, The 5 Little Pumpkins….

Soccer Shots Begins

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We are excited to offer Soccer Shots as an Enrichment Class this fall, for 7 weeks starting tomorrow. Sessions will take place on Thursdays at 12 PM and 2 PM. All children 3-4 years old are invited to join.

Soccer Shots is a nationwide leader in non-competitive youth soccer development for children ages 2-7 yrs. Using creative and imaginative games, weekly sessions focus on basic soccer skills like dribbling, passing, and shooting. We also highlight a positive character trait each session such as respect, teamwork, and appreciation. Soccer Shots will expose your child to the fun of soccer and provide the foundation needed to get started in the sport.

First Day of School

The children have had a great start to the school year!  We are so excited to welcome both new and returning friends to our nursery programs.  In case you didn’t get a chance to take a “First Day of School” photo with your child – it’s not too late!  We’ve created a cute printable sign for you to use in your photos.

First day of school printable sign

You can download it by clicking here: Friends Together First day of school Printable Sign.

We would LOVE it if you share the photos you take on our Facebook page!

Orientation Meetings

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We are gearing up for a wonderful new school year and are excited to welcome new students and see returning friends!

To start the year off, parents and children are invited to an orientation to meet their teacher, see their classroom and get introduced to their classmates.

  • Parent/Child Orientation will be in our nursery school building at 4 Manhasset Avenue
  • Incoming THREES – Orientation is September 9, from 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
  • Incoming FOURS – Orientation is September 10, from 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

There is also a Parent-Only Orientation scheduled for parents of incoming Three & Four year olds. During this meeting, teachers and staff will review school policies, hand out documentation and answer any questions.

  • Parent Orientation will take place on Thursday, September 10, at 7:30 sharp
  • Incoming THREES – Meet at 21 Yennicock Avenue (Enrichment Daycare Building)
  • Incoming FOURS – Meet at 4 Manhasset Avenue (Red Nursery School Building)

We look forward to seeing you!

Thematic Learning

We are enjoying immersing ourselves in our weekly themes at camp this summer! Teachers use themes to get kids excited and engaged, and when kids are having so much fun, they don’t even know they’re learning!  Our teachers are having a blast, too.

Thematic exploration is a method of teaching by building learning activities around a fun and interesting theme – read this article for more insights and ideas for what to do at home.

Thematic exploration: Learning ideas to love

It’s awesome to see that the author’s list of favorite exploration topics lines up with our favorites here at Friends Together!

Happy July 4!

We hope everyone has a great 4th of July weekend! Did you enjoy the holiday crafts your children brought home? The children loved making American Flags with their hand and foot prints  🙂

American Flag with Hand and Footprints

Here’s a link with some other great July 4 crafts you can do with hand and foot prints at home:

The Cutest 4th of July Handprint/Footprint Crafts – Crafty Morning

Enjoy and have a fun and safe holiday!

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