Tuesday, July 31, 2018

First Annual HTB Book Exchange

THANK YOU to everyone who played a part in our first annual HTB Book Exchange!  It was a huge success and we are so thankful to everyone who donated a book!  

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Ms. Sara

In keeping with our teacher highlights this time we have decided to focus on Ms. Sara. Ms. Sara is our Toddler two teacher- she has been in that class for the last six months. 

She has been working at Holly Tree Christian Preschool for two and a half years- in that time she has been a transition teacher, Toddler one and Toddler two. The group that she is with now she has followed from Transition up! She loves these little kids so much. 

Sara is such a team player. She constantly lets everyone know that she will help out in any way that she possibly can. Her tone and attitude with the children is always amazing. Since she is just down the hall from my desk I can hear her interactions with the children all day long and her tone is always caring but firm. She makes sure that they know she's serious about something without ever upsetting them.

Sara is always looking for new and innovative ways to teach the kids in her class. I love walking past and seeing them working on different art projects, sitting and sweetly listening during circle time, or Sara coming up with fun ways to promote Gross Motor activities while it's too hot or cold to head outside with them. 

Sara is constantly asking questions, taking suggestions and working hard to make sure that her kids are challenged in all of the best ways! She is always trying to make sure that no one is bored, that they are receiving the best of everything she has to offer and even beyond that things that she hasn't yet offered but maybe one day could.

She frequently sends fun and creative ideas to other teachers or to Caroline and me! It's so much fun to empower her to move forward and watch her run with all of the inspiration she can find! 

Sara is a wonderful teacher and always works hard to make sure that her kids are ready to transition up to the next room! 

My favorite thing about Sara being here is how incredible she is at teaching- a very close second is her daughter Camille. She is as sweet as she could possibly be and is the cutest thing in the entire world. If you have gotten the pleasure of stopping by Preschool two she is the one with the perfect big brown eyes and golden hair. 

Caroline and I constantly talk about how lucky we are to have her and I'll never stop being thankful that she stays with Holly Tree! 

Monday, July 16, 2018

Pre-K Graduation

THEY DID IT!  Our Pre-K kiddos have Graduated!  They completed their Kindergarten Boot Camp and they are officially ready for Kindergarten!  Check out the photos from the evening below!

Monday, July 2, 2018

Teacher Appreciation

    I'm sure that most centers believe that they have the best group of teachers. Actually, I know this for a fact. We all talk about it all the time. However; I not only believe it, but I know it to be true. 

      Ms. Caroline and I have been talking- and although we find it effective to have every teacher's bio outside of their personal doors...we realize that not a lot of you have time to stop and read about every single staff member; especially when those teachers are not in your specific child's classroom. We would like to in some way rectify this! We want to recognize the amazingly talented teachers that we have working with your children. They deserve to be put on pedestal more often than just during teacher appreciation. With these highlighted teachers we hope to inform you about each one by the time all is said and done! I know anyone who knows these incredible people the way that I do will be equally as impressed! 

Ms. Bea 

      Ms. Beatrice Cochran is the transition teacher in our front building. In October 2017 she was working at the Academy of Powell Place, they had to close for renovations to the school for several months. All teachers and students were relocated to different centers while the repairs and renovations were being made. Ms bea happened to get sent to Holly Tree. Once the repairs were finished and Powell Place was back up and running- Ms. Bea had already fallen in love with Holly Tree. She has been a part of us since! We are so lucky to have her!

    She graduated with a B.S. from Oklahoma Christian University. Before her time at The Academy she was working with special needs children in the Nashville Public school system. 

   A bonus to Ms. Bea being here is that we also get the pleasure of teaching her beautiful and sweet daughter, Jane. 

   Ms. Bea loves her room. In my opinion Transition is one of the more difficult rooms to teach in. She takes children who have been in cribs and moves them to cots- in a gentle and easy way. They move from their own nap schedules and somehow all end up on the 12-2 schedule without her forcing anyone to stay awake at any point during the day! She takes babies who have been eating in high chairs and transition them to sitting at a table, feeding themselves (WITH utensils!). She takes little ones from bottles to sippy cups! It's truly an inspiration to see how effortless it seems for her! Keeping ALL of this in mind' it is nothing compared to how much she loves these kids. She is so patient and understanding with them. She is the first to call me back to have me check someone out to make sure nothing is going on with them, even if they just didn't eat like normal or sleep as long as they normally do. She memorizes schedules and each child preference for things and always lets me or Caroline know when someone seems even a bit off! 

   Ms. Bea is wonderful at easing anxious parents' minds. It's always diffuclt to watch your baby transition into being a toddler but Ms. Bea is constantly communicating with parents, she makes sure that they are a part of every single decision that is made and constantly checks in! 

    She is always friendly with new staff members and parents (even if they don't have a child in her class) and greets each one with a smile and never has a negative thing to say! We could all benefit from having someone like Ms. Bea working on our teams! Caroline and I count ourselves as extremely blessed that she chose to stay at Holly Tree and now calls it home! 

    If you ever get the chance to stop by and say hello to her; I promise you will not be disappointed!