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Show ‘N Tell School West Chester Welcomes New Director | Show ‘N Tell School

Show ‘N Tell School West Chester Welcomes New Director | Show ‘N Tell School

 

The Show ‘N Tell School has appointed Dina Lombardi to be its new director at the end of January 2019. Our school is honored to have her joining us, and we’re looking forward to working together.

“Dear Parents of Show & Tell Children,

 My name is Dina Lombardi, and I am very excited to be a part of the Show ‘N Tell family as your new Director! Working with and caring for children has always been a passion of mine! I decided to turn this passion into a career by pursuing degrees and certifications from West Chester University. In 2011, I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Health and Physical Education for grades K-12. Additionally, I graduated with a minor in Health and Adapted Physical Education. Post-graduation, I completed many certifications to continue my education for grades K-8. Over the years, I have coached many youth sport teams – both mainstream and Special Olympics. Coaching has given me the opportunity to work with many children and to teach them the importance of teamwork, social skills and sportsmanship. 

 Since graduation, I decided to work as an individual contractor with several families as their children’s caretaker. Most of these positions were with high-profile clients -professional athletes, professional coaches, etc.- which allowed me to work and live on both the East Coast and West Coast for an extended period. Before taking the Director position here at Show ‘N Tell, I have had the pleasure of being the nanny for two little girls for over seven years in South Jersey. I loved caring for them, assisting in their learning, watching them grow and becoming a part of their family. Now, I look forward to joining my new family at Show ‘N Tell, and hope to have a great start to the next chapter in my career.

My husband, Mike, three month old daughter, Giada, and our boxer-lab mix, Leo, live in West Chester. When I’m not working, I love to stay active through sports and fitness. In the Fall, Winter and Spring, I play on a women’s ice hockey team. Crossfit is also part of my daily early-morning routine. In the Summer, I greatly enjoy boating and various water sports. Wintertime is when I catch up on my sewing projects and scrapbooking. Walt Disney World is a favorite place of mine, and my favorite vacation spot. 

Each day is a new and fun adventure here at Show ‘N Tell, and I am enjoying every minute of it! I am loving getting to know each one of your children more and more each day!

Sincerely,

Dina Lombardi

Remind App | Show ‘N Tell Schools

Remind App | Show ‘N Tell Schools

Courtesy of Remind

 

As you’ve been informed, the Show ‘N Tell School of Paoli is going to launch use of the Remind APP next week, starting on February 4, 2019. The overarching goal of the program is to streamline communication and keep information in one easily accessible location. For instance, our staff will be able to share item reminders, special event information, daily activity review, Infant Daily Sheets, and photographs of your children throughout the day – the best part.

Please be patient with our staff as we onboard this system into our routine. Throughout February, we’ll be establishing the content, send times, and viewers.

In order to register for the Remind App, you will need to fill in the permission slip that was provided in our email and return it to Miss Liz. It is the only way that you will be able to register for the program, as Miss Liz needs to register your phone number and applicable classrooms into the app.

From there, you’ll get a text message to add the app’s number to your contact list and another to confirm notifications for the proper classroom.

Once those texts are received, you’ll be able to download the app. It’s a FREE app, and can be found in the Apple/Android store. Full instructions can be found on the email that the school sent out, or, feel free to connect with a teacher for more information.

Christmas Eve Traditions | Show ‘N Tell Schools

Christmas Eve Traditions | Show ‘N Tell Schools

 

Here at the Show ‘N Tell School’s, we’re all about creating memories that your children will cherish forever and spending time together. We wholeheartedly believe in the magic of the holiday season, and look forward to this exciting time year round. With Christmas taking place next week, we wanted to be sure to share some ideas for how to spend your day or night as a family here in the suburbs of Philadelphia. It’s never too early (or late!) to begin a new tradition!

  1. Create a hot chocolate bar.

One of the most exciting things for a child is to have the opportunity to make decisions on their own and exert independence… especially when it comes to something like dessert! Whether you’re whipping up a gourmet version yourself or adding water to a powder mix, it’s the fixings that make all of the difference in this situation. Grab whipped cream, marshmallows, peppermint sticks, etc. For an added bonus, pop in The Polar Express and make sure to raise your glasses high when they sing that infamous song on the train!

2. Bake cookies for Santa.

Everyone is proud of cookies that they make themselves, so let your littles ones experience this firsthand! Take some time in the afternoon (in between tracking Santa’s location, of course) to bake something new together. We hear that our teachers are happy to be taste-testers should anyone be unsure about how Santa might feel about your creations 😉

3. Don’t forget about the reindeer.

We don’t know about you, but the idea of flying around the entire world in one night sounds exhausting. Don’t forget about Santa’s furry companions! From reindeer dust to carrots … there’s plenty of options to whip up.

4. Pajamas and a movie.

If you have Instagram or Pinterest, then your holiday-loving hearts are bursting with desire to outfit the entire family in matching pj’s, snuggle up on the couch and watch a festive favorite. Make it happen!

5. Go caroling.

An elf that we all know and love once said, “The best way to spread Christmas cheer, is singing loud for all to hear.” He’s not wrong. Not only is caroling nostalgic, but it’s such a good way to spread a little holiday magic to your family and friends. Get a few families together and take the kids around the neighborhood to sing a few tunes. You might pick up some extra carolers along the way!

Christmas Lights Main Line | Show ‘N Tell Schools

Christmas Lights Main Line | Show ‘N Tell Schools

 

Here in the Chester County-region, we’re surrounded by plenty of neighborhoods and businesses that go all out for the holiday season, making for a fun tradition to start as a family … driving around to see all of the lights and festive adornments of our neighbors!

Christmas Around The Farm

Our students are already big fans of Linvilla Orchard, and this favorite destination of ours transforms into a family-friendly holiday must-see! You can cut down a Christmas tree of your own, look at all of their lights, visit with Santa and can even go on a festive hayride featuring carolers. www.linvilla.com

Longwood Gardens

Only about a fifteen minute ride from our West Chester-based school, you’ll find Longwood Gardens. It’s one of our favorite holiday traditions and we love how they incorporate a different theme into their decor each year. Fountains, lights, holiday music … there’s something to see around every corner! We’re partial to the Conservatory, where you can warm up and still see some of the most beautiful Christmas displays. www.longwoodgardens.org  

Brandywine Christmas

If the Conservatory at Longwood lured you in with its indoor-centric display, then you’re sure to be a fan of the Brandywine River Museum’s setup which features a 2,000 track model train and lots of fun events throughout the season, including sensory-friendly experiences for little ones. www.brandywine.org

Christmas Snacktacular 

While this one isn’t in our own backyard, it’s a fun occasion celebrating one of our region’s most iconic snacks … Herr’s Potato Chips! On Monday, December 17 in the evening, Herr’s is going to be offering hayrides through their impressive light display. Word on the street is that Santa and his reindeer will be making an appearance (and you can take your own picture!).

World Kindness Day 2018 | Show ‘N Tell School

World Kindness Day 2018 | Show ‘N Tell School

Photo taken from www.awarenessdays.com

As many know, our schools celebrated World Kindness Day yesterday, November 13, 2018. Here’s the thing … we encourage our students to be kind everyday at the Show ‘N Tell Schools in both West Chester and Paoli, but loved the idea of shedding a little extra light on it on this special occasion.

Every year, on the thirteenth of November, World Kindness Day is celebrated in an effort to make the world a better place by promoting, pledging and participating in good deeds and acts of kindness.

First launched in 1998 by The World Kindness Movement by a Tokyo-based organization, World Kindness Day is now celebrated in over 28 nations. It’s overall mission is to create a kinder world through inspiration. That’s an annual tradition we can get behind!

We highly encourage you and your family to take some time this week to think about what you might be able to pledge. With little ones, we know that this can often be a struggle, but no act is too small! Perhaps it’s pledging to hold the door open for someone, or smiling at someone new each day. Maybe you can all take time at the table at night to give one another a compliment, which in turn could begin to translate into your child’s world outside of the home.

With the holidays quickly approaching, you may also consider volunteering. Give an extra $1 in the grocery line if you can spare it for an organization the shops might be supporting, or let your little one put some change into a red bucket this holiday season.

The sky is the limit, and we hope that you take some time to share the joy and inspiration of this special occasion with your friends and family!

Chore Motivation for Children | Show ‘N Tell Schools

Chore Motivation for Children | Show ‘N Tell Schools

While we often sigh before pulling the vacuum out of the hall closet or before unloading the dishwasher for the third time in one night, these often mundane tasks seem electrifyingly exciting to our children. Though your child might not be old enough for a long list of chores, it’s important to give them the opportunity to help out around the home. We also know though that since so many of these activities are enmeshed into your brain as part of a daily routine that you do without even thinking, it can be hard to pause and include them or take the time to explain what you’re doing. Below, we’re sharing some simple tips that you can use to help get your children into a routine of their own, all while getting them to pitch in too!

 

 

 

  1. Make Cleaning Fun

As the kids get older, the chores become more of … well … chores! If your children see you sighing over these tasks, they’ll associate them with negativity or assume that they aren’t fun based on your behavior. Monkey see, monkey do, right? Create a different mentality for cleaning, even if it’s just on Saturday mornings. Turn on the music, grab your supplies and let them help with manageable tasks. The idea here is to shift the energy surrounding chores all while demonstrating the proper way to get things done.

2. Create an Experience

When I was a kid, my parents put chores on popsicle sticks and stuck them in a jar. It was exciting to pull one of those popsicle sticks out of the jar to see what I “got” to help with that day. Not only did this create an element of surprise, but it kept the routine from feeling stale and allowed me to focus on specific tasks each day which allowed me to get hands-on experience with a lot of different chores from folding laundry to seeing where all of our dishes and cups were supposed to go.

3. Start Simple

One of the big takeaways of chores is understanding responsibility and developing a routine. If your child is still too young to truly take on many chores of their own, start them out with our fun tooth chart that the Show ‘N Tell Schools created this year for dental health month.

4. Use Your Imagination

Kids will be kids, and that means that life isn’t always so serious … even when doing chores! Maybe part of their daily chore routine is having a two-minute prep time for putting together their silliest cleaning outfit. If you need a sous chef in the kitchen, let them pretend to be a chef (often this will result in them actually taking their job very seriously!) by choosing the dressing for the salad, helping to put the chopped vegetables into it and tossing it. Need the table set? Play restaurant!

Back to School Prep | Show ‘N Tell Schools

Back to School Prep | Show ‘N Tell Schools

Is it just us, or does it feel like we just celebrated Memorial Day and kicked off our summer? Here we are already, in the middle of August and gearing up for a new school year. Time really does fly when you’re having fun!

For those of you with preschoolers at The Show ‘N Tell School of West Chester or Paoli who are becoming a little more independent, we wanted to share some different ways that they can get in on the back to school preparations with you and simultaneously get them excited for their year.

The first order of business is one that your child might not enjoy as much, but it’s getting back into the habit of a routine bedtime and wake-up. In the summer, it’s easy to be more relaxed about this, but your morning is bound to be more smooth if you and your kids are well-rested.

On the mention of routines, begin to involve your little one in the preparation of a school day by allowing them to help pick out their clothes, snacks or lunches, pack up those book bags, set alarms, etc.

The first day of school is a great photo opportunity, and many families like to take a picture each year. If you fall into this category, let your kids pick out or give input into their outfits that they’d like to wear. Do you remember how much thought and effort went into doing this as a kid? It’s a lot of fun!

Let your child exercise their independence even further by having a say or helping with breakfast in the morning, even if it’s something simple like choosing a granola bar or yogurt flavor. What might seem like a mundane task to us can be really big and important in the eyes of a child!

Create a Lemonade Stand for Charity | Show ‘N Tell Schools

Create a Lemonade Stand for Charity | Show ‘N Tell Schools

With Summer here we’re experiencing a bit of nostalgia from our own childhood memories, and one of them is a classic … the lemonade stand! There was something refreshing (literally) about having an opportunity as a kid to embrace that independence and set up a shop for all of the neighborhood passerby.

 

As many already know, we’re big fans of encouraging our little ones to embrace their independence and try new experiences, but we’re also advocates of introducing children to the importance of doing good and making a difference in the community.

When you are going through your garage or shed this season, take a peek and see if there are any materials you could lend to your children for their seasonal operation: a homemade lemonade stand!

With just some boxes/crates or a plastic picnic table from the backyard, they can be in business. Get those creative juices (are we punny yet?) flowing and have them create their own signage too – the more color the better!

At home, you’ll be able to hop online or look into your old recipe books for plenty of homemade lemonade recipes … so many people swear by recipes that have been in the family for years (or cabinets … powdered mix is not disqualified)! Feel free to jazz the traditional lemonade recipe up by making a watermelon or strawberry version too and maybe even infused sweet treats, like cupcakes.

In a digital age, you can even share your lemonade stand entrepreneurs on Facebook to your friends and family and can encourage them to swing on by. Not only does the face-to-face interaction help children to develop their social skills, but they’ll be thrilled with the business!

One of the key parts of this concept is that they take their earnings and do something kind with them for someone else. It’s never too early to encourage fundraising!

 

Rainy Memorial Day (or Weekend!) Ideas

Rainy Memorial Day (or Weekend!) Ideas

On a day that we will be taking time off from the grind of our daily lives to remember those who died in active military service, we also like to spend quality time with loved ones and cherish the time and memories that we make together.

A weekend that is often spent outdoors and signals the beginning of a new season for many, Memorial Day 2018 might be wet and keep us indoors instead of out. If you’re already working to come up with some ideas to pass the time this weekend, or any rainy day really, we’re here to provide some inspiration.

  1. Forts.

We’re not sure this needs much explanation, but go ahead and get silly building a fort together as a family! Not only is it the perfect cozy spot to snuggle up on a rainy day, but if you have any little ones that are afraid of thunderstorms, it’s a great safe space to hide out and get away from it all. Bonus points if you pretend that you’re camping!

2. Indoor Picnic

Picnics and BBQ’s are some of the quintessential traditions that we conjure up when we think of Memorial Day, and the rain shouldn’t put a damper on that! Spread out the blankets, use the plastic cutlery and feast (without the itchy grass!).

3. The Devon Horse Show

A tradition along the Main Line, our infamous Devon Horse Show kicks off today (Thursday, May 24). While it might be a little wet, there’s plenty of places to walk around when there’s a lull in rain showers and the old-fashioned fair can’t be beat! Can’t make it out this weekend? It runs until June 3, 2018!

4. Longwood Gardens

We’re big fans of the Conservatory when it’s gross outside because it feels like we’re strolling around on a tropical vacation. Over the long weekend, Longwood Gardens will be putting on fountain shows (some of which you can peek at through the windows of the Conservatory) and will also have some performances. It’s always a great family-friendly location in Chester County to check out.

 

 

Celebrate National Superhero Day | Show ‘N Tell Schools

Celebrate National Superhero Day | Show ‘N Tell Schools

 

Working with children, we hear our fair share of stories about beloved superheroes regularly, and we can’t wait to let our little ones know that April 28 is National Superhero Day. Since we’re sure you hear about these friends just as much (if not more) than we do, we thought it would be fun to shine a light on this celebration. We love an opportunity to show children that there are heroes in real-life too, not just fiction.

If ever there was a time for dress up, it’s today.

That’s right. On Saturday, whip out those capes, masks and cuffs and allow your child to step into the shoes of their favorite character! It looks like we might be getting some rain this weekend, so use this opportunity to have your child do some indoor Superhero Training. Lay out an obstacle course in the basement (or ask them to set one up) and have them do some special skill testing to stay sharp!

After testing their skills and reflexes, have them move onto brain training where they can do some arts and crafts to create their own special gadgets and gizmos. Finally, ask your superhero to help with chores … we mean … strength training.

Not only is it important for your child to feel like a hero, but take some time to encourage them to be a hero in real-life by doing acts of kindness for those you care about, or even for a stranger (with your supervision of course). Maybe a neighbor is out gardening and could use a little help planting, or perhaps a grandparent could use a special visit to put a smile on their face.

The key to this day for little ones is that they understand that while superheroes are a lot of fun, they are also doing things to help keep their community happy, and that they can be superheroes in our community too!