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Thanksgiving Traditions for Families

Thanksgiving Traditions for Families

As a family with a young child, it’s possible that you’re starting to shape new traditions together. If you’re looking for some fun ideas, we’re sharing below some that are easy to implement into your busy schedule. 


The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

At 9:00AM on Thanksgiving morning, NBC broadcasts its annual parade showcasing balloon floats that are sure to mesmerize and most importantly, the arrival of Santa Claus!


Many families in our area are struggling, and we do our best to help our local community. Participate in our adoption/collection (connect with us for more information) or volunteer as a family this season at a shelter or kitchen. Even if you can’t volunteer on Thanksgiving itself, locations like this are always in need of donations and extra hands.

Make a Gratitude Tree

In the spirit of the harvest and also acknowledging gratitude, why not combine the two and make a Gratitude Tree wall art for your dining room? Just get a piece of poster board and draw a tree and its branches. Then, cut out construction paper leaves that everyone can write what they are most grateful for this year. Even though your little ones might need some prompting, you’ll be surprised what they come up with … time to melt hearts!

Collect Family Recipes

We all have a relative whose recipe we look forward to each holiday season… why not document those? Have your little one help with the artwork for the recipe book, and put together a little composition of family favorites.

Pumpkin Picking around The Main Line | Show ‘N Tell School

Pumpkin Picking around The Main Line | Show ‘N Tell School

Ah, Fall is here and we love celebrating this season with little ones. Crunching leaves, baked treats and family outings. What’s not to love? One of our favorite outings this time of year is picking out pumpkins at the local patch and carving them later to leave on the doorstep (or painting, a more kid-friendly alternative).

We’ve compiled a list of some of the hot spots to visit this season with your family. We can’t wait to hear about your adventures!

Highland Orchards

We go for the apple cider donuts. The pumpkins are an added bonus, ha! Highland Orchards in West Chester has Pick Your Own Pumpkin weekends where you can take a shuttle out to their fields (10AM-4:45PM). While it does cost $6 to take the shuttle to the patch, that is applied to the pumpkin that you choose! While you’re there, make sure to feed the animals on the farm, participate in their ongoing Harvest festivities and burn some energy (you’re welcome parents) on the playground! Don’t forget to take home apple cider from their market!

Milky Way Farm

On specific Pumpkin Harvest weekends, families can gather at Milky Way Farm/Chester Springs Creamery for complimentary hayrides (10AM-5PM) that go to their 7 acre pumpkin patch. Not interested in the hayride? You can take their walking path too! You can pick pumpkins in the patch or purchase in their shop.

Sugartown Pumpkin Patch

From 10:00AM to 6:00PM, you’ll find the Sugartown Pumpkin Patch in Malvern ready for picking. Be sure to check out their hayrides, hay bale maze and more while you’re there and stop into the Country Store for your festive decor and fresh jams and jellies.

Linvilla Orchards

Linvilla’s Pumpkinland in Media brings the Fall season alive with life-size scarecrows, toys and local history guides. Indulge in candy and caramel apples while strolling their Jack-O-Lantern Exhibit and make sure to visit the annual Costume Parade!

The Benefits of Yoga for Young Children | Show ‘N Tell School of West Chester

The Benefits of Yoga for Young Children | Show ‘N Tell School of West Chester

We all remember being young and feeling overwhelmed by the distractions, problems and peer pressure that cropped up in our lives. As adults, we’re dealing with so many issues of our own that we sometimes forget that children are experiencing stress too and in many cases, they don’t know how to deal with it.

One stress-fighting modality that we pride ourselves for introducing our students to is Yoga. Not only does Yoga help to provide young children with an outlet for stress management, but it’s also teaching them healthy habits and the importance of wellness in their lives.

As children get older, Yoga can help to boost confidence, focus less on electronic devices as an ‘escape’ and can even help with concentration and focus.

We found this great example of some easy Yoga poses you can do in the yard this Summer!

If you ask a young child about yoga, you’ll often get one of two responses: 1. What’s that? or 2. An elaborate depiction of what we can only image must be the Buddha as they cross their legs, close their eyes and start humming with their hands curled into balls by their side. The thing is, many young children look at Yoga as a purely physical movement associating it with humming “Om” and stretching and it’s up to us to instill in them a true understanding. Below, you’ll find a couple of simple practices to start explaining to your little one’s as we begin our Yoga journey:


Breathing is so important for helping us to calm down and relax but it also allows us to focus better in school and at home. When we’re experiencing emotions like anger, sadness or confusion, we can use special breathing techniques to eliminate those feelings.


In order to balance well, you need to focus on what you’re doing. By practicing Yoga poses that utilize balance and core strength, we’re allowing children to focus entirely on the task at hand instead of having the mind wander or feel overstimulated.


Not only is stretching physically good for your body, but when you do Yoga you learn to associate certain poses with certain stretches and breaths. By practicing stretching with breathing as a combination, we’re training our bodies to associate the two with one another so that it becomes intrinsic for us.


Ah, meditation. It’s like nap time, but you’re awake! For children who are younger, it’s easy for the mind to bounce around and can sometimes be difficult for them to calmly rest in silence – guided meditations can be read aloud to encourage a focal point and less anxiousness.

Milky Way Farm Field Trip | Show ‘N Tell School

Milky Way Farm Field Trip | Show ‘N Tell School


On June 16, 2017 the Show ‘N Tell School students headed to Milky Way Farm in Chester Springs to see what farm life is all about.

Owned by the same family for four generations, the farm is both a home and a destination. Situated on over 100 acres of land, the farm got its name back in 1947 when the farmer looked up at the stars in the Milky Way Galaxy and thought it’d be a fitting name for the dairy barn as well.

Our day could hardly get started without getting to know the animals that live there, right? We saw cows, sheep, chickens, pigs and even farm cats! While we were there, we had a chance to take a hayride, learn about all of the jobs of the animals on the farm and even taste some of the ice cream that the cows there help to make. Fun fact: most of the milk from their cows actually goes to the Land O’ Lakes Cooperative to be processed into various dairy products.

After our hayride and tour of the farm, we walked down to the creamery to have lunch before heading back to our school.

We learned so many fun farm facts on our visit, be sure to ask your little ones about them to encourage story sharing from the trip!

  • The average cow on the farm can produce 8-12 gallons of milk per day
  • The chickens on the farm lay one (1) egg each for all but one day out of the week (they take that day to rest!)
  • Cats on the farm have an important job, and that’s to keep the mice population down to a minimum
  • Ducks, pigs, and chickens don’t sweat so they manage to cool down in other ways such as digging and laying in the dirt (chickens/pigs) and swimming (ducks)

Interested in visiting the Chester Springs Creamery this season?

Summer Hours: Tuesday-Sunday from 1:00PM to 9:00PM

Water Day’s Return to the Show ‘N Tell Schools

Water Day’s Return to the Show ‘N Tell Schools


This week, both of our Show ‘N Tell Schools (in Paoli and West Chester) will kick-off the beloved summer tradition of Water Day!

What you need to pack:

  • A full change of clothes (including socks and shoes)
  • Swim Diaper (if your child wears diapers)
    • Please do not send your child to school with the swim diaper already on. We need to be able to put a fresh swim diaper on them prior to the water day activities commencing to ensure that they aren’t getting into the water with a dirty diaper.
  • Towel
  • Swim shoes/sandals (not necessary though).
  • Sunscreen
    • Please send your child to school with sunscreen on already. Sunscreen may be reapplied during the water day activities.
  • WEST CHESTER: A non-heat lunch

We look forward to all of the fun we’ll have this season with our Water Day’s! Stay tuned for pictures 🙂


Sun Protection for Children | Show ‘N Tell School

Sun Protection for Children | Show ‘N Tell School

With the sun peeking out more and the days getting warmer, we continue to ask all of our parents to send their children to school with sunscreen on. For adults, sunburn and poisoning can be annoying and painful, but for young children it can be threatening and cause serious illness. Keeping children indoors isn’t the solution to this problem, and so we’re sharing ways to encourage sun safety in your little ones.


  • Shade: Shade is key, especially for infants. Taking a walk? Make sure that the umbrella on your stroller is covering them. Sitting outdoors? Aim for a covered pavilion or awning to keep your infant out of direct sunlight. A spot often overlooked is the car – make sure that in the warmer months, your baby is positioned in the middle of the back ,away from the side windows. A UV-blocking film that can be applied to any windows is also a great tool to have in the car, without reducing visibility.
  • Sunscreen: The use of sunscreen on children under 6 months old is actually not recommended (unless the only ingredient is zinc oxide), it’s best to just keep them out of direct sunlight.
  • Clothing: Sun-safe clothing is important for babies too, such as sunglasses and wide hats that will cover their ears and necks.


  • Sunscreen: It’s always important to put on sunscreen, even if the sun doesn’t feel all that hot. Remember the acronym BEENS (Back of knees, Ears, Eye area, Neck, Scalp). Reapply every two hours, or more if your child has been swimming or running through the sprinkler (even water resistant sunscreen!). Aim for a sunscreen SPF 30 or higher, and try to go with as many natural ingredients as possible to avoid irritation on sensitive skin.
  • Clothing: Avoid white – if you can see through it, so can the sun. Go for darker colors in a breathable fabric. Headed to a water park? Search for a swim shirt with a UV protection built in (it’ll at least last a couple of visits).

Treating Sunburn

  • Aloe gel should be applied to sunburnt skin. If you can place it in a fridge for a few minutes prior to use, it’ll feel better.
  • Ibuprofen (check with your doctor to see what the recommended amount would be).
  • Fluids!! For children, dehydration is an even scarier and more urgent issue when they play in the sun so make sure to keep them hydrated throughout the day and especially if they’ve gotten a burn.
Earth Day | Show ‘N Tell School

Earth Day | Show ‘N Tell School


It’s only fitting that Earth Day (April 22) is celebrated in Spring… everything is finally coming alive and after months of Winter we can all appreciate and welcome the warmer season.

The very first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970, and was the start of the modern environmental movement. Today, we work hard to continue that movement and to show our Show ‘N Tell School students the importance of loving our planet.

Interested in celebrating Earth Day at home?


You’ve heard this one time and time again, but that’s because it’s so very important. Not only does planting trees increase the aesthetic of our communities, but they provide oxygen and improve air quality, absorb and store rainwater, and act as a home for our furry friends in nature. Trees are essential to our ecosystem and by planting more, we’re helping to maintain that balance. Since we’re a growing population, we’re losing more of our forests even in our own neighborhoods. 


As humans, we create a lot of waste and that waste can have a negative impact on our environment. By recycling, and teaching your children to recycle, you can contribute to the reduction of pollution (and energy) caused by waste and they can carry those positive habits into their lives as they grow. 

Shop Local

Give your local farmer’s market a try this season! Not only will your purchases from a market support local business owners, but you’re helping our planet by cutting carbon emission pollution down which (in this instance) stems from the travel of food to our grocery stores.

Taking care of Mother Nature doesn’t have to be tricky, and we look forward to hearing how you celebrate Earth Day together this year!

St. Patrick’s Day at Show ‘N Tell School | Show ‘N Tell School

St. Patrick’s Day at Show ‘N Tell School | Show ‘N Tell School

Last week, our Show ‘N Tell Schools in West Chester and Paoli celebrated St. Patrick’s Day. While we didn’t catch any leprechauns, we saw quite a bit of evidence from their visit and enjoyed all of the fun activities in our classes. (Scroll down for images).

In West Chester, the students set out traps for the leprechauns that they had made in their preschool class and set them out with Lucky Charms and rainbows in hopes of catching a couple of leprechauns.

When we got to class on Friday morning, it was clear that the leprechauns fooled us again. Our traps were ripped and there was a mess of glitter all over the place… those silly leprechauns! We were excited to see that when they were running away they couldn’t bring their pot of treasure with them and it was full of necklaces and gold coins for us to enjoy. Our exciting day continued with snacks, music and a special movie showing of Inside Out.

Meanwhile, in Paoli….

Our Infant Class played ‘bobbin’ for gold’ with the kiddie pool ball pit. As it turns out, our little ones preferred to swoosh the balls around instead!

Our Young Toddler Class was dressed in lots of green and loved trying their Irish Milk which the leprechauns dyed green with food coloring overnight. What fun!

In the Older Toddler Class, we made Irish Potatoes with Miss Devon, Miss Staci and Miss Becca. We got to roll out our dough, put flaked coconut on them and then roll them up in the cinnamon. These didn’t last long once snack time came around!

Over in the Preschool Class, we spent some time investigating the mess of the leprechaun who visited us. He used our potty and made the toilet water green, put a spell on the milk and turned it green and even escaped our trap! We enjoyed reading his sassy note that said, “Better luck next year!”.

Challenge accepted Leprechaun! We’re going to be ready for you.

Paoli Launches Spring FUNdraiser | Show ‘N Tell School

Paoli Launches Spring FUNdraiser | Show ‘N Tell School

Photograph Courtesy of Claire's Gourmet
Photograph Courtesy of Claire’s Gourmet

Our annual Spring FUNdraiser with Claire’s Gourmet is back and will be kicking off on Monday, February 27. Families and staff members will be selling cookie dough, gourmet desserts, and pizza to their friends and families to support our Show ‘N Tell School. This year, all proceeds from the fundraiser will go first towards transportation for our Preschool Class Summer Field Trips.

If additional funds are raised, we hope to put them towards fulfilling teacher’s wishes for the summer (outdoor equipment/projects).

This year, the family that sells the most goodies (in dollar amount) will receive a $100 tuition credit for the month of April! 

All order forms will be due back to Miss Liz’s Office by March 20. Goodies will be delivered by April 10 – just in time for the Easter holiday.

National Children’s Dental Health Month | Show ‘N Tell School

National Children’s Dental Health Month | Show ‘N Tell School


Did you know that February is National Children’s Dental Health Month? Our Show ‘N Tell School’s have been talking to our students about oral hygiene so that they can practice healthy habits at home.


When should I take my child to their first dental appointment?

It’s recommended to take your child to their first dental appointment by their first birthday, even though they might only have a handful of teeth.

How should I handle oral hygiene for a baby that doesn’t have teeth yet?

Even when your little one doesn’t have their teeth, gum health is still important. You can take a damp cloth (or a wet toothbrush with soft bristles) and rub their gums after feedings. When they do start to show their first teeth, be even more mindful of cleansing to prevent tooth decay (those first teeth are susceptible!). It’s also important not to have them go to bed with anything other than water, because milk and juice can cause cavities and sometimes if they keep the bottle in their mouth for too long (often for comfort) it can cause problems.

When should I start brushing my child’s teeth with toothpaste?

After you start to notice that most of their baby teeth have grown in (usually around 1.5 or 2 years of age). You’ll want to start brushing twice a day, but only with a small bit of fluoride toothpaste (they say about the size of a grain of rice).

Oral hygiene isn’t just a practice, it’s an education. Talk to your children about the ‘why’ behind what you’re doing so that they understand the importance of keeping their teeth, gums and tongue clean and allow them to give brushing and flossing a try so that they can get familiar with the motions.