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)
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.
Swim shoes/sandals (not necessary though).
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 🙂
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).
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
The Show ‘N Tell Schools of Paoli and West Chester are hosting their final 2016 school fundraiser with an effort that will continue to give back to the local community. Three Winners’ goal is to encourage the #ShopLocal effort and strengthening local commerce.
The schools will be selling Three Winners Discount Cards for $15 each from December 12-January 20.
As adults, we’re grateful for so many things every day, and it’s up to us to teach and instill gratefulness in our children. Many children experience gratitude, but they don’t actually understand what they are feeling and it’s important to encourage those behaviors and feelings. Here are a few ways that we can show our young children how to express their gratitude this holiday season:
Count your blessings. Thanksgiving is the perfect opportunity to have your children share what they are grateful for. It’s inevitable that material objects will come up here, but encourage your little ones to talk about family and friends too or special memories from the year that they feel lucky to have experienced.
Give back. The Main Line offers plenty of opportunities to volunteer with your fellow community members; however, there are plenty of ways to teach your children the importance and meaning of giving back without even leaving your neighborhood. Perhaps you have an elderly neighbor that would appreciate their leaves getting raked or snow shoveled in a few months? Are there any neighbors that might be feeling under the weather and would appreciate a hot bowl of soup delivered, or holiday cookies?
Our own school works hard to give back to the community year-round, and this holiday season Paoli is partnering with the Delaware Valley Children’s Charity 2016 Holiday Program. In our newsletter, we provided information on a local child being sponsored by each of our classes and we’re looking forward to providing these children with a new gift to unwrap on Christmas morning. You’d be surprised at how willing your child might be to get involved in helping select a special gift!
Teaching gratitude isn’t a tricky task, but it’s one that is so incredibly important.
On November 16, 2016 our Show ‘N Tell School of West Chester celebrated National Button Day. Founded in the 1930s, the National Button Society recognized collecting buttons as a hobby, and today, there are plenty of folks who are still collectors.
In class, we encouraged our students to wear clothing with buttons to school that day, and we saw one student with a total of 14 buttons on… wow!
Additionally, our Toddler and Preschool groups both made projects with all kinds of buttons varying in color, shape, and size. Do you have any button collectors in your household?