Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving...

So, we all made it through the feast happy (most of us, Grayson) and well fed (all of us)! I want to again send a shout out to Ms. Sally and Ms. Carly for all of the hard work they put into today's shindig. I really was not up to par, and they totally just picked up and ran with the whole thing. THANK YOU GUYS! I don't know what I would do without you!!

The kids were so great in their little performances today. In the red room, all of the children said that they were thankful for their mommies or daddies, except Jay...who is thankful for the zoo. You gotta love it as a parent when you get overlooked thanks to the likes of a couple of baboons and some overly sing-songy lorikeets! Sorry, Chad and Holly...better luck next year!

Once all of the parents and grandparents left today, the kids were still very wound up and excited. They were all running around and talking and all of the sudden, Kian said, "You guys, we were so great! That was a great practice!" I'm not sure what he thought the true performance was going to entail, but apparently you all weren't it. Maybe he thinks it's all a big rehearsal for Thanksgiving '09...

Once we finally got everyone calmed down, and we were sooooo close to having the lunch mess cleaned up, Harrison said, "What's for snack?" Sally and I both froze in mid table wipe, blew our sweaty hair out of our faces, and looked at one another. I said to Harrison, "Are you kidding me??" He goes, "Well, I never had any lunch." Like it's my fault!!! Don't worry, Cristi, we fed the little angel and all of his friends. They all should have left that school today stuffed like the little turkeys they are!

Lots of cute moments today...true to form for the little cuties they are.

And one more...from last week. We were in the computer lab, and I was helping Cooper log onto his computer. The game he was playing lists all of the children's names, and they have to click their name to log into a saved game. I was doing this for Cooper...only I was clicking on Owen's name (in case you don't know Cooper and Owen, they are IDENTICAL twins). Cooper didn't say anything to me, just placed his little hand over mine on the mouse, drug the cursor to his name, clicked, and very quietly said, "There you go, Ms. Lori." It was almost like he felt bad for me! Bless his heart, I do it to them all the time, and they are both so patient with me. But in Owen's own words, "We are twins...and twins?? They look alike." Simply put.

Hope you all enjoyed today as much as we did. Have a wonderful holiday break and enjoy your little ones. We'll be anxiously awaiting their return on Monday!!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

From the mouths of babes...

Just some cute things I've heard from little people recently:

On Tuesday, I was doing a tour with a potential family. I walked into the Blue room and was just telling them some different things the children do in there. At that time, the children were at the water table, which I pointed out to the family. Suddenly from the water table I hear these words, directed at not me, not the other children, but the family following along behind me: "Oh yeah. I'm the fabulous one!" I look over, and a "certain little girl" has both hands up in the air, both fingers pointing at the top of her own head, and one hip cocked out to the side. I thought the mom touring with me was going to pop! Would anyone care to guess who said it?

Today (Wednesday) the AM Pre-K was in the Green room working on a top secret project. Cooper and Owen were both using a turquoise color of paint. I commented that I really liked it, and Ms. Sally concurred, "I just love that blue! And Cooper and Owen, you're both using it." Owen piped up and said, "We call it 'Kleinmaier Blue'!"

Last week (or maybe the week before) I was talking to Harrison when his dad came in to pick him up. I grabbed Harrison as he walked past me and squeezed him and said, "I love seeing you everyday." Harrison pushed me away, looked at his dad and said, "See what I have to put up with all day?"

They certainly keep us laughing! More cute stories to follow regularly...I feel sure of it!

On a more serious note, we had our inspection from the State of Indiana today and passed with NO noncompliances. WOO-HOO for us!!! Lori (our consultant) was very happy with our program, and was especially impressed by our FABULOUS teachers!! And why wouldn't she be...they ROCK!

And HOORAY for these children who have achieved special milestones recently:
Ashlee can write her first AND last name!
Oliver, Cooper, and Owen completed all of the levels on one of our Clifford computer programs.
Riya and Nadia can say the Pledge of Allegiance.
Grayson is POTTY TRAINED! (WOO-HOO for Ms. Carly on that one!)

I know there's more, and I could go on and on. We're so proud of how quickly the kids are moving along! We're so excited for Parent/Teacher conferences to share more with you about what your child has done so far...and where we're going from here!

Thursday, November 13, 2008


Every single day at Little Explorers, something funny or cute or amazing happens that I want to share with at least ONE of you! So here I go! This blog will be a place where we can just share great things that happen at LEP. Look for updates periodically...I'll update as often as I can!