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Class Openings

Do you have a child ready for preschool? Are you interested in joining a family-focused organization? Check out Chelsea Children’s Cooperative Preschool! We have spaces open in our afternoon 3s and 4s preschool class. Visit www.chelseacoop.org or email membership@chelseacoop.org for information.

Summer Family Fun

Chelsea District Library Summer Reading Program Kick Off

June 15 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Try our fitness activities at the Summer Reading/Summer Learning Kickoff! Test your self-defense skills with ATA Martial Arts! Conquer the Laser Maze! Enjoy games, crafts, a bounce house, giant volleyball, karaoke, and snow cones on the library lawn.

 

Playdates at Pierce Park

Tuesdays at 10:00 AM

 

Sounds and Sights on Thursday Nights

Runs June 9 – August 18 from 6:30pm – 8:30pm

*We’ll need volunteers to help at the CoOp table this year!

 

Sounds and Sights Festival

July 28 – July 30

Come Visit the Co-Op at the KidZone!

Board Members – Out with the Old, In with the New

2015-2016 Board Members

President:  Brenda Fineman
Vice Presidents:  Jenny Bollinger and Shannon Longe-Hodges
Treasurer:  Cathy Kattula-Klink
Assistant Treasurer:  Amy Danielson
Membership Chair:  Amanda MacDonald
Ways & Means:  Anne Seyferth

Auction Chair: Katie Wyss
Secretary:  Casey Lindstedt

Room Manager:  Garry Klink

Publicity Chair:  Shasta Grifka
Session Reps:
AM 3s:  Kellie Steele
AM 4s:  Susan Adam-Rita
PM 3/4s:  Caleb Coon
Y5s:  Anne Dell

 2016-2017 Board Members

President:  Casey Lindstedt
Vice Presidents:  Stephanie Wolff
Treasurer:  Kellie Steele
Assistant Treasurer: Melanie Arleth
Membership Chair:  OPEN
Ways and Means Chair:  Sarah Garot

Auction Committee Chair:  Katie Wyss and Meghan Nemeth
Secretary:  Brittany Miller

Room Manager: Jarrod Sandel

Publicity Chair: Shannon Longe-Hodges
Session Reps:
AM 3s: Sarah Walther
AM 4s: Jaime Nicholson
PM 3/4s: Susan Orlandi-Johnson
Y5s: Brenda Fineman

Kids’ Quotes

Here are my favorite kid quotes from the past year:

Elise is remembering that on soccer/hockey day I borrowed my son’s soccer jersey to wear.  On her Mother’s Day lunch day she sees me wearing a blouse and skirt – not my usual get-up – and asks, “Did you sneak that out of your son’s closet?

 

Sometimes the kids have a hard time thinking of teachers as having a life outside of preschool.  While having a conversation with Ranger, I mentioned one of my kids.

Ranger: Are you the mom in your family?

 

Greta: Do you have any kitties?

Mrs. Hubbard:  Yes, I have two kitties.

Greta:  I don’t have any kitties.  My mom is afraid of animal poop.

 

Alec is on the playground wearing a snowsuit that is most definitely pink.

Willow:  Why are wearing pink?

Alec:  It’s not pink it’s RED!

 

We are all enjoying books on the carpet after snack when I announce we will be reading the teacher’s book soon.

August: Dammit!

Mrs. Hubbard: Whoa August! I’d like you to pick a different word at preschool.  Like maybe “Rats!” or “Darn!”

Meanwhile, the children nearby have realized that this word gets a reaction out of Mrs. Hubbard.

Tabitha: Yes, I would never say ‘Dammit’!

Tenn:  I would never say ‘Dammit’ either!

Mrs. Hubbard:  Storytime everyone!

 

Hunter is getting his art project, the dinosaur skeleton buried in wet plaster, out of his cubby to go home.  He’s thinking the plaster must be dry by now.  “I think my dinosaur is stoned!”

 

The year wouldn’t be complete without a quote about my hair:

Elise: “You have flat hair like my grandma’s!”

 

Alec knows the sign language for “friends” and is proudly showing it to me.   “It’s Spanish!” he says.

 

The names in this story have been changed to protect the innocent!

We are at gathering time.  Susie has a short skirt on and is sitting in the front row, bouncing up and down to the song.  After a time, one of the moms crawls across the carpet to me and whispers, “Susie is not wearing any underwear, and we are getting quite a show!”  I take this fact in for a minute and then crawl over to Susie.  “Susie, I think we need to go to the bathroom and get some underwear on!”  Susie would really rather not miss gathering time, so she smooths her skirt over her legs and says, “It’s fine, I can cover up like this.” I decide not to make a scene.  “Okay, but RIGHT AFTER gathering time we are going to take care of this in the bathroom!”

 

Drew:  How old is your son?

Mrs. Hubbard:  18

Drew:  Does he have a girlfriend?

Mrs. Hubbard:  Yes

Drew:  Does he kiss her on the lips?

Mrs. Hubbard:  Um, I really don’t know…I’ve seen them hold hands…

Drew:  Yeah, because when you’re 18, you get a girlfriend, and you don’t throw a fit.

 

Henry needs a hole punch.  “The clipper thing that makes holes”, he explains.

 

The four-year old police squad has cornered me on the playground.  I am about to make my escape when Tenn points at me menacingly and says, “I have a Taser!”

 

Beck is protesting that I am reading to Elise when he clearly asked me first.  I really can’t remember that he asked me, but he insists.

Mrs. Hubbard:  Did you ask me particularly?

Elise (giggling): Oh Mrs. Hubbard, his name is not “particularly”, it’s Beck!

 

I am asking August how he liked Dad’s Day.

August:  I think we should switch it up and have Mom’s Day like Dad’s Day.

Mrs. Hubbard:  Don’t you like having lunch with your mom?

August:  Yeah that was okay but I didn’t like getting up so much.

 

Elise: Can you feel my forehead?

Mrs. Hubbard:  Sure.  Are you not feeling well?

Elise:  I think I’m sick.

Mrs. Hubbard:  Hmmm.  It feels normal to me. (Note:  she does not appear unwell at all!)

Elise:  I think I am sick. (holding her stomach).  I just haven’t thrown up yet because it’s still being made.

 

Some conversation with Ranger has led me to say, “Yeah, I know, I’m no fun to play with.”

Ranger (quickly): You’re fun to play with.

Perhaps I didn’t look so sure.  Ranger looks concerned I don’t believe him.

Ranger (very seriously): Mrs. Hubbard, you ARE fun to play with!

 

And, finally, a thought I would like to leave with you, from Magda Gerber:

 

Please let me grow as I be, 
And try to understand why I want to grow like me.


Not like my mother wants me to be,
Not like my father hopes I’ll be,
Or like my teacher thinks I should be.


Please understand and help me grow
Just like ME!

 

Your children, just as they be, make me laugh and smile every day.  Thank you for sharing them with me!

Mrs. Hubbard

Family Field Trip: Museums

As summer break approaches, parents often wonder: What will I do to keep my child meaningfully entertained?  How will I support their curiosity and keep them engaged in an age-appropriate way?  What will we do with all this free time?!?!

 

One suggestion is to take a family field trip to a museum.  There are several available in the Chelsea, Ann Arbor, and Jackson areas (see list below).  Visiting museums and other local sites can be a great way to learn something new, explore interests, and have fun.  Don’t let museums overwhelm you.  You do not have to be an expert in art, science, or history to take advantage of all that museums offer.  They are places for looking, learning, and instilling a sense of wonder.

 

Here are some suggestions for an enjoyable museum trip with your preschooler.

 

  1. Check out the museum online and choose a focus – an object or exhibit that speaks to your child’s interests: fire fighting, space exploration, art, nature
  2. Ask open-ended questions and encourage careful looking. A great starting point – “Look closely.  What do you see?”
  3. Bring a toy related to the focus you select – a train car to a transportation exhibit or a T. Rex when visiting reconstructed dinosaur skeletons.
  4. Make movement part of the fun – suggest that your child strike a pose or move like the item they are exploring. Ask her or him to imitate a sculpture or painting, rotate like the Earth, or fly like an airplane.  Be sure to catch it on camera for sharing later!
  5. Bring paper and colored pencils to the exhibit – most museums allow visitors to sit and draw, so your child can draw items they find. A clipboard may be handy as well.
  6. Use your imagination. The meaning of many objects is subjective, so you and your child can make up your own story about what you see.
  7. Suggest that your child make his or her own collection! He or she can search for rocks, bottle caps, seed pods, or other objects of interests, and create an at-home display.

 

Local museums: