Thursday, October 20, 2016

We Are Learning About Pumpkins!

A pumpkin is really a squash?
It is! It's  a member of the Cucurbita family which includes squash and cucumbers.

That pumpkins are grown all over the world?
Six of the seven continents can grow pumpkins including Alaska! Antarctica is the only continent that they won't grow in.

That the "pumpkin capital" of the world is Morton, Illinois?
This self proclaimed  pumpkin capital is where you'll find the home of the Libby corporation's pumpkin industry.

That the  Irish brought this tradition of pumpkin carving to America?
The tradition originally started with the carving of turnips. When the Irish immigrated to the U.S., they found pumpkins a plenty and they were much easier to carve for their ancient holiday.

Fun Facts About The Pumpkin!

  • Pumpkins contain potassium and Vitamin A.
  • Pumpkin flowers are edible.
  • The largest pumpkin pie ever made was over five feet in diameter and weighed over 350 pounds. It used 80 pounds of cooked pumpkin, 36 pounds of sugar, 12 dozen eggs and took six hours to bake.
  • In early colonial times, pumpkins were used as an ingredient for the crust of pies, not the filling.
  • Pumpkins were once recommended for removing freckles and curing snake bites.
  • The largest pumpkin ever grown weighed 2,230 pounds.
  • The Connecticut field variety is the traditional American pumpkin.
  • Pumpkins are 90 percent water.
  • Eighty percent of the pumpkin supply in the United States is available in October.
  • Native Americans flattened strips of pumpkins, dried them and made mats.
  • Native Americans called pumpkins "isqoutm squash."
  • Native Americans used pumpkin seeds for food and medicine.

    Our Academy children are learning so much about pumpkins this month! The preschool 3 class is doing an observation on what they think is inside the pumpkin. Their answers are very cute! They think there is: eggs, candy, snacks, a lot of candy, and chocolate. They will get to help cut open the pumpkin to find out what is in it. Children love exploring hands on to learn about pumpkins. They will also be using all their senses to learn as well.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Mr. Bruce Amato Visits!

We always have a great time when Mr. Bruce comes to visit our school! He has new material, and makes the children laugh everytime! He has such a positive and joyful personality and it fills our children with pure happiness and laughter. Thanks again Mr. Amato for doing the best job in the world sparking interest and wonder in the minds of our youth!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Apollo the Guinea Pig Visits the Kids

The school age children are on fall break this week and they decided to share their class pet Apollo. They organized a fun fact sheet about what he eats and what he likes to do. They read the facts to some of the classes and even took his bath spray and sprayed it on a bear so they could see what he smells like. The children got to sit in a circle and each brush him. We hoped to teach the kids about responsibility with taking care of a family pet. They enjoyed his company.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Tummy Time!

Academy schools are known for excellence in academics, over the top entertainment, and inspiring playful fun and physical development in the minds of young children. Whenever we have someone new come to tour our facility they say it has whimsical and magical properties that they are always impressed by. We take them first to our infant hallway where we explain how early the curriculum begins at 6 weeks of age. We use an amazing program in the infant classes called frogstreet baby. We begin their developmental learning in that first room and tummy time is part of it! There are many benefits to helping the babies develop this skill such as: preparing them to explore their world, muscle development, and cranial structure. Our infant babies have had some fun doing this exercise, have a look at these happy faces!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Imagination Station Week

We have had such a fun and creative week with imagination station at AoHV. On Monday the children explored their senses through artistic development using ice art. We played visually stimulating classical music while they blended paint with their hands and frozen paint sticks. On Tuesday, we had our friend Mr. Ken come to put on a ventriliquist show. He had a great story about the children using their imaginations, they laughed so much! We had the kids and teachers dress up as what they want to be when they grow up! We had doctors, teachers, artists, princess, pirates and more! The academy schools strive for mental, social, & physical growth, academic achievement, and play using all their senses and most importantly expressing their young imaginations!

Friday, August 19, 2016

Cooking up some summer fun!

We have had such a fun week with our cooking theme! The toddlers used their fine motor skills to make sprinkles artwork, the Preschoolers enjoyed decorating muffins, making chef hats, whipping butter and mashing potatoes! The TASK kids made cookies and spread on the icing! On Wednesday, we hosted a pancake making breakfast bar with chocolate chips, blueberries, bacon and the rest of the works! It was delicious and the kids loved seeing it cook right in front of them! Thursday, we had a superior dip tasting contest that 18 of our parents participated in. It was such a hard decision, and we had several close runners up! Congratulations the Marchak family for the win! We rounded out our delicious week with a visit from the  Kona Ice Truck! Now thats what I call a great week at AoHV!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Decades Week

We have had so much fun with decades week at AoHV. On Monday we had a photo booth and the kids got to pick out fun things to wear from certain decades. On Tuesday we had a disco music train with disco lights and speakers that visited each class. The kids got to learn about music from various artists and decades such as Elvis, The Jackson 5, Dolly Parton, Prince, and Taylor Swift. The kids got to listen to fast and slow songs and learn dance moves from those eras. On Wednesday everybody got to dress up in their favorite deco attire, our students and teachers looked amazing! It is so important that these kids learn how their world has been evolving in so many ways so they know where their ancestors and culture came from. As we look back at the "Good Ole Days" we can appreciate the funny outfits, big hair, wild make-up and the overall decor of the past 70 years.