Our Preschool children are fascinated by the light table. They experiment with various types of “blocks” such as lace or other textured material as they place the fabric on the surface. The children watch wide-eyed as different shapes emerge through the darkness and into the light. For those of us

The phrase “a balancing act” was first used for circus artists performing jugglery. It is also a term used as a figure of speech to describe a situation in which one must accomplish simultaneous tasks while trying to please two or more peoples or groups who want different things. At Apple Hill Academy childcare center, we want what the children

Pattern blocks are a great way to practice recognizing and comparing shapes, learn about angles, and strengthen visual discrimination skills. The children at our childcare center love exploring the different colored shapes and filling-in patterns. The process of geometric exploration helps children understand patterns, sorting and classifying. The wooden pieces

Tall activity centers encourage older infants to stand. At Apple Hill Academy, we sometimes use these activities to encourage our daycare center children to stand tall. This can be a “tall order” for infants, as it helps in the physical development process. Tall is a word that is not only

Young children love to imitate the important adults in their lives. Our children at Apple Hill Academy childcare center often imitate their parents when typing on the “computer.” As they mature, knowing how to use computers will be an essential skill for kids to learn. It is important to familiarize

Our preschool students recently enjoyed learning how to put on a puppet show for their friends. Their imaginations were stirred as we developed storylines and created the puppets by hand, using construction paper, brown lunch bags and glue. Everyone made their own puppet character and painted it in their favorite

There is an old proverbial phrase that tells us to “make lemonade when life gives us lemons.” This advice is used to encourage optimism and a positive can-do attitude in the face of adversity or misfortune. At Apple Hill Academy, during one of the coldest weeks of the year, our

Kinesthetic is defined as “relating to a person’s awareness of the position and movement of the parts of the body by means of sensory organs (proprioceptors) in the muscles and joints” and is used in the scholastic field as “learning through a physical activity.” For over twenty years, Apple Hill

Transporting children through a world of discovery is part of what makes Apple Hill Academy so interesting for kids. For toddlers, we use snap bead toys to teach them hand eye coordination. Sometimes they like to sing along with the lessons, and we use songs such as “Wheels on the Bus”