Friday, September 24, 2021

Johnny Appleseed Week

This was a super fun week for learning about apples! The fall weather went right along with the theme too! Below is the most asked question about Johnny Appleseed from the children of AoHV. 

Why did Johnny Appleseed plant apples?

Planting apple or pear trees was a way for settlers to have their land claim recognized by the government (an orchard demonstrated they intended to stay permanently). By selling seedlings to people arriving in the wilds of Ohio and Indiana, Johnny Chapman (Appleseed) made creating an orchard with at least 50 apple trees a lot easier.

The children enjoyed making apple pies, apple cinnamon playdough, apple art, and examining different types and tastes of apples. Our Pre-K 2 class conducts a Johnny Appleseed parade throughout the school every year that imitates that of a "senior walk". It was a fabulous week and we can't wait for October festivities!

Friday, September 17, 2021

It's Football Time in Nashville!

 We had an incredible football spirit day! The children love dressing up and showing each other their favorite outfits! We can't wait to talk about Johnny Appleseed next week! Fall is in full swing and we can't wait for all the fun Fall activities. Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Fall Parent Dip Contest!

 We were so excited to have our annual Parent Dip Contest today! We had everything from sweet, salty, savory, crunchy, rich, smooth, spicy, tangy, creamy, and zesty! Our educators were so grateful for so many delicious entries! Way to go AoHV parents, you all rock the culinary department! Thank you so much for participating! What a wonderful day to ring in the football season, don't forget to wear your favorite team apparel on Friday!

For the staff: Mrs. Hailey in PK1 with her Chicken Buffalo dip
For the Parents: The Kruciak Family with their Beef rotel dip!

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Get Set For School! Handwriting Without Tears

     At AoHV our preschoolers begin pre-writing skills as early as a year old. Every day we incorporate and encourage open center time that includes art of various types for free writing and art learning. Once developmentally ready a child is instructed on correct pencil grip, and introduction to intentional wrist movements. Here are some facts about the Get Set For School Program:

"Handwriting Without Tears helps students build essential skills for emergent writing and handwriting success. Children who master handwriting are more likely to succeed in school, writing with speed and ease in all subjects. But without a strong foundation, bad habits take root. Our unparalleled curriculum nurtures writing automaticity through direct, explicit instruction along with guided and independent practice."

Handwriting Without Tears' pedagogy guides students to success with:

  • -Developmentally appropriate sequence of instruction
  • -Consistent guided practice to develop automaticity and fluency
  • -Multisensory components engage visual, audio, and kinesthetic learners
  • -Hands-on manipulatives for developing fine motor and phonics skills
  • -Simple, student-friendly, step-by-step language for letter formations on student practice  pages AND teacher's guides