Exploration! We will read The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson. We will talk about exploring the world and how seemingly small actions can make a big difference. M is for Museum participants can make a colorful paper plate snail.
Poppets is at 9:30am - 10am, for 18 months through age 3. M Is For Museum is at 10:30am-11:30am and for ages 3+. Please RSVP for this program! Admission is FREE with registration via the Early Childhood Partners office! RSVP HERE!
Friday it was Boxes and Boxes and the children who attended M Is For Museum at Wenham Museum got creative. M Is For Museum meets the second Friday of each month, for children ages 2.9+, and it is FREE if you register through Early Childhood Partners/CFCE, your local Massachusetts Coordinated Family & Community Engagement grantee. Each month the children visit an exhibit, attend a story time, and participate in an activity lead by a museum educator. We are Brain Builders! #IAmABrainBuilder
Our M Is For Museum (THIS FRIDAY!) and Countdown To Kindergarten partner, Wenham Museum, has three events going on this week.
Big Summer Fun Week!
The American Travelling Morrice is coming to town, and you'll definitely know it when you see it! This group of Morris dancers has appeared each summer for 40 years in various locations on the East coast, performing vigorous traditional village dances from the English Cotswolds.
This summer from August 7 to 13 they will perform in more than twenty locations in Essex County. Tuesday, August 9, they will be at the Wenham Museum at 1:30 for a FREE show outside the museum.
Baseball and Books, Thursday, August 11 from 5-7pm, Summer Reading Ambassador, Author Illustrator, Matt Tavares will draw & talk about his award winning baseball books. Get books signed by Matt Tavares, Pre-game for the Red Sox – Yankees game, with selections from Street Treats Ice Cream Truck. Event free with museum admission
“M is for Museum”
August 12th 10:30 at the Wenham Museum
Boxes and Boxes
We will read some books about buildings and then construct a city of boxes. Add signs and elevators and swimming pools… whatever you can imagine.
Make sure you register through the CFCE office for this program. Simply click on the Online Registration tab on this blog under Playgroups & Enrichment.
Tomorrow, July 8th, is is M Is For Museum at Wenham Museum and it is all about pollinators! Bees and Birds and Butterflies! Learn about who makes our flowers bloom and our plants grow food. Children will get to check out the pollinator garden and make a pipe cleaner pollinator to take home. This program is geared for children ages 3 and up, but there is always something for younger siblings to enjoy. It is from 10:30am to 11:30am at Wenham Museum, 132 Main Street, Wenham.
Entrance to the museum and this program is FREE with registration through the Early Childhood Partners/CFCE office. Register online or email firstname.lastname@example.org to be on the list.
Psst....you heard it hear first...a new M Is For Museum offering for infants and toddlers will be starting in the fall. More information coming soon.
Early Childhood Partners/CFCE or Hamilton-Wenham & Manchester
Celebrates Brain Building in Progress Week
Our 3rd Annual Brain Building In Progress Night provided resources to families in Hamilton-Wenham & Manchester
to support families and promote early learning
Hamilton – Early Childhood Partners/CFCE of Hamilton-Wenham & Manchester is joining communities across the state in hosting special events this month to recognize the importance of young’s children’s healthy development and learning. April 10-16 is “Brain Building in Progress Week” in Massachusetts, celebrating the importance of enriching and engaging environments that offer learning opportunities for young children.
Brain Building in Progress is a statewide campaign led by the Department of Early Education and Care and United Way to raise awareness of the critical importance of fostering the cognitive, social and emotional development of young children by emphasizing its future impact on the economic prosperity of everyone in Massachusetts. Brain Building in Progress Week also occurs during the national Week of the Young Child.
Early Childhood Partners and the Hamilton-Wenham Library hosted a Family Fun Night on Tuesday, April 12th, from 6pm-7:30pm bringing families together to offer information on how to foster healthy child development, fun activities, as well as opportunities to learn more about programs in the area that support young children and their families. Peter Stewart, of Wenham, provided live music and local partners provided activities and games; Acord Food Pantry, Department of Children & Families, Northeast Arc Early Intervention-Cape Ann, Evalyn Lawnsby Counseling. Girl Scouts, Hamilton Fire Department, Magic Years Nursery School, Peer Projects Therapy from the Heart, Tracey Hutchinson of SEPAC and Keller Williams, Wenham Museum, & WIC.
The Brain Building in Progress Campaign promotes the important role everyone can play in building young children’s brains.
“Brain Building in Progress Week celebrates the businesses, local organizations, elected officials and early childhood programs that are coming together to give young children the best possible foundation for their future learning,” said Michael K. Durkin, president at United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley. “Together, we can do more than any of us can alone to ensure the educational success of all children.”
The campaign’s website, brainbuildinginprogress.org, has resources for parents, caregivers, organizations and businesses to use throughout the year. These include “Brain Building” activity guides for families and educators, a searchable calendar of “Brain Building” activities across the state, a “Brain Building” Zone Finder that lists places that support “brain building” such as museums and libraries, and marketing resources for organizations to hold a Brain Building event or for businesses to create their own Brain Building Zones.
Early Childhood Partners of Hamilton-Wenham & Manchester serves families with children 0-8 and is your local Coordinated Family & Community Engagement grantee. Funded by a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care and held by Hamilton-Wenham RSD, we provide free playgroups, parent workshops, developmental screenings, community resources, and child care referrals. For more information visit www.EarlyChildhoodPartners.weebly.com.
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Have you heard about the Teal Pumpkin Project™? Have you seen teal pumpkins around town? If you see a teal pumpkin on a porch it means that a non-food treat is available for trick-or-treaters!
Per the website, it was "Launched as a national campaign by Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) in 2014, the Teal Pumpkin Project™ raises awareness of food allergies and promotes inclusion of all trick-or-treaters throughout the Halloween season." It is estimated that 15 million Americans have food allergies and that 1 in every 13 children has a food allergy.
I promised several parents that I would find out more and provide a list of nut-free/wheat free candy, but the goal is to provide non-food treats. Here is a link to non-food treats.
Trick or Treat in Hamilton-Wenham is on 10/31 from 5pm-8pm. The Hamilton-Wenham Police Department shared a blog post on Wicked Local with Halloween Safety Tips. and it is in Manchester starts at 5pm and some road will be closed until 9pm for safety reasons. Here is a link for detailed information on road closures.
Finally, here is a great article put out by the National Association for the Education of Young Children called
What's Too Scary?
If you end up with too much candy, the Wenham Museum is hosting a Switch Witch. You can turn in your candy at the museum for a discount 10% discount (15% for members) in the museum shop.
Have a Happy and Safe Trick Or Treat!
Lisa Cheney, CFCE Coordinator, Hamilton-Wenham RSD.
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