A Place to Grow Learning Blog

  • Preschoolers Protect Our Planet One Worm at a Time

    Posted by on May 24, 2016

    A Place to Grow (APTG) nurtures a child’s innate desire to connect with nature. An important part of our curriculum is spending as much time as possible outdoors – observing seasonal changes, leading discussions around habitats, and bringing the outside world inside for the learning to continue. This year, our spring curriculum commenced with the introduction of a worm composting bin. And, rather than present the classrooms with stocked containers, the children were asked to create their own from scratch. This all-encompassing project offered a number […]

  • New Technology Offers a Window into Your Preschooler’s Day

    Posted by on April 13, 2016

    “Hey kiddo, what did you do in school today?” “Umm, I don’t know.” (or) “I don’t remember” (or the dreaded) “Nothing!” If you’ve ever had this exchange with your preschooler, you’re certainly not alone. In fact, you’re in good company because a majority of parents will tell a similar story – equating trying to learn about their child’s day to pulling teeth in a dentist’s office.  Like many parents who have young children in daycare or preschool, you long for that window into your child’s world. […]

  • Preschool & PreK Learning Through Theme Study

    Posted by on March 17, 2016

    What makes a house a home? Ask a group of preschool children this question and you’re likely to get a million different answers. And not one will be wrong. So how do you help children understand a complex question with a lot of moving parts to the answer? Theme study. Facilitating preschool learning requires unique and creative techniques that help young children break down intricate concepts. Immersion into theme curricula helps them to really think about topics of discussion and better understand subjects as a whole. […]

  • Community Building through Special Parent/Child Events

    Posted by on February 25, 2016

    Building a sense of community is at the core of our philosophy. A Place to Grow (APTG) believes that the participation in school and family events allows us to develop deeper friendships, and create a more nurturing childcare community for ourselves, and our children. Throughout the year APTG holds several family events, open houses, and special days for families. Parents, children, and teachers can join together and engage in fun activities. We showcase talent with special performances, hold meet and greets with parents and our providers, […]

  • 7 Indoor Activities You Can Do with Your Toddlers

    Posted by on February 10, 2016

    7 Indoor Activities You Can Do with Your Toddlers Winter weather often means having to stay indoors for extended periods of time. And for parents of small children, that quickly translates into a panic of dealing with cabin fever. But, there is hope for weary New England parents trying to keep their little ones active and entertained. A Place to Grow offers inventive suggestions that can keep toddlers engaged and entertained for hours on end. 1)      Establish the “Imagi Nation” – Children are naturally creative, and […]