For families of students at Crescenta-Cañada Cooperative Nursery School (CCNS), typically one parent works regularly on school activities such as assisting the teachers in the classroom a few times a month and meeting with other parents on committees to manage the school, while another parent goes to a job to support the household. In honor of the parents who do not get a chance to participate regularly at the school, CCNS held a special event on Saturday, January 23, to give these working parents a chance to experience a school day with their child. Working parents and their children were warmly welcomed to school by Mrs. Michelle Reilly, director and teacher at CCNS.
Busy Bears (4-year-olds) and Darling Ducklings (3-year-olds), arrived at school and happily showed their working parents the playground where they play on a regular school day. The children enjoyed a snack and then were off to the classrooms, where they were happy to show the parents their favorite toys and activities. Looking around the classroom one could see parents and children playing dressup, as well as with blocks, toy castles, toy trucks and toy trains. After playtime, students and parents sang songs and danced and a great time was had by all. Next, parents and students worked on a number of projects together, including planting flowers to take home in a pot that the students had painted earlier during the school week, making picture frames to hold photos of the parents and children taken during the day, and making a keepsake with overlapping handprints of the parent with their child. After all of the projects were completed, students and parents sat down and listened to a special story read by the teacher before going home. The event was a great way to give the working parents a glimpse in to the types of activities that their children enjoy during a normal day at school. Everyone left with smiles on their faces.
On Monday after the parent event, the students went back to school and the working parents went back to their jobs with fresh memories of the fun that their children can enjoy on a typical school day at CCNS. Some of the picture frames and keepsakes made at school ended up making their way to workplaces where they continued to bring smiles to the faces of the working parents of CCNS.
The Crescenta-Cañada Cooperative Nursery School has been teaching and caring for preschool aged children for over 55 years. The goal of CCNS is to provide rich experiences and opportunities for children to develop sound relationships with their peers while providing a nurturing environment where children can develop good feelings about themselves, their abilities, and the world around them. For more information about CCNS, check out ccnsonline.com or the CCNS Facebook page.