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Author: Nicole Sipe

  It’s official! Meridian Hills Cooperative Nursery School & Kindergarten has earned national recognition as a Certified Nature Explore Classroom! Our unique outdoor classroom offers interactive elements, such as musical instruments made of natural materials, a sensory garden, pathway areas, and natural materials for building and creating art. Research consistently shows that children who learn and grow in Nature Explore […]
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Hi Parents, Welcome to a new school year! I know you have already begun with class playdates and your little ones are eagerly anticipating a new routine. Perhaps you are, as well! The Reimagined Playground is taking shape nicely and being readied for submitting the certification application to become a Nature Explore Classroom. Thank you to Shane Grotjan, James Halleck, Jaime Robles, Jenn and […]
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Eric Carle is a long-time favorite author and illustrator for both children and adults. One of my recent reads to my 2 ½ year old grandkids is a well-worn The Grouchy Ladybug. In it two ladybugs meet one early morning on a leaf covered with aphids. The one who arrived first invited the second one to partake, but the Grouchy Ladybug […]
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  When we visited our son, Jason, in Hawaii last December, we met a very special young woman who shared a family custom of hers when saying goodbye was difficult. She learned it from a favorite uncle and shared it with us because we were all having a hard time letting go after a wonderful two weeks.  While there were […]
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This week I’m writing about dictionaries and spatulas.  We’ll circle back to that. I want to write about the stories and jokes that make the nuclear family ‘one.’ The March 2017 blog called “Grandma Says” centers on this topic and made me think about my family: Every family has a story. It is this story that unifies us, gives us […]
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It was my pleasure to attend several of the Group Meetings in February and at two of them, the topic of “exclusion of friends” came up. Hence my topic for this month. This behavior very often surfaces in preschool. It isn’t easy to watch especially with your own children, whether they are being excluded or the other way around. I […]
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It is certainly no news to co-op parents that reading to your children must be a daily occurrence, but these two stories should be eye-opening for you. As a grandparent, my interaction with little children has changed from the other teaching stages in my life. No longer am I the primary parent, nor am I the teacher in the classroom. […]
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“…and Mom and Dad can hardly wait for school to start again!” I used to hear this familiar line in the holiday song and ruefully think, “No kidding.”  Now I smile in remembering that feeling and know that many of you are in that same boat this week. With a brand new year and perhaps new resolve, we all are […]
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Long ago and far away when I was a young girl, my parents often praised my sister as the “smart one” and me as the “pretty one,” or at least that was my perception. Early on, I had braces on my teeth. My pre-teen sister was given a choice to have her teeth straightened, but she didn’t think it was […]
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We’re so excited that an article about our kindergarten was included in the November 2016 issue of The Life in Meridian Hills magazine, a publication distributed to residents of Meridian Hills and Williams Creek! Pick up an issue to read more about our forest kindergarten, and about our kindergarten teacher Malkah Bird.  
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