The Importance of Play

Play is a vital part of a child’s overall development. Through play children can learn many skills that are important in later schooling and in life. At Small Hands Big Dreams we encourage play as much as possible! Here are a few examples of learning through play: Example 1: A child plays dress up with…

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5 Tips to Transition to Kindergarten

Back to school season is here! We want to give you and your child a head start in transitioning to kindergarten. Here are our top 5 back to school tips! 1. Make a practice packed lunch. See if your child can open everything independently and finish everything in only 20 minutes (which is typically the…

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Shaky Plates

Shaky Plates (or Shaky Eggs) Day 1 Week of the Young Child: Music Monday   Supplies Needed: Paper Plates Or Plastic Eggs Sand, Rice, Pebbles, or other small materials (Try a variety for different sounds) Duct Tape (Whatever colors or patterns you would like) Stapler (If using paper plates) Crayons or markers (if using paper…

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Teacher of the Month – July 2016

July 2016 Teacher of the Month Our Teacher of the Month is Ms. Lauren! Ms. Lauren has been with Small Hands for 8 months and is currently the Infant 2 co-teacher. Ms. Lauren has a boyfriend of 5 years and a beautiful 2 year old girl. They have an American Bulldog/Rottweiler mix named Brooklyn who…

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Free Summer Activities

Summer Activities At Small Hands Big Dreams, we encourage community fun and family events. If you have a spare couple hours, we encourage you to gather the family and drive to these free local hot spots. Our preschool is all about being family focused, so here are some fun ideas. Make sure to stop in…

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Paint Marker 4th of July Flags

What you need: -Paint markers/Bingo markers in red and blue -Paper -White paint -Cotton swab   Directions: On the top left hand side of the paper, use paint marker to draw a blue square. Allow to dry. Dip cotton swap into white paint. Make dots or “stars” throughout the blue square. Using a red paint…

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Teacher Of The Month – June 2016 (Mentor Preschool)

Mentor Preschool Teacher Of The Month Our Teacher of the Month for the month of June is Ms. Kelly! Ms. Kelly has been with Small Hands Big Dreams since 2009 and is the Infant 1 teacher. Ms. Kelly lives in Mentor with her husband, Matt. They have been married for two and a half years….

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Popsicle Houses

Children work on their fine motor skills while creating this imaginative art project. What will be in your house? Materials: 1. Craft Sticks 2. Glue 3. Paper 4. Crayons and Markers Directions: 1. Have children build a house using the craft sticks and glue together. 2. Once dry, cut out a piece of paper big…

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