From Jill's Desk
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June 18, 2020
Interested families can now schedule tours for Fall 2020 enrollment! Please call (860)349-0202 to schedule a time to see our facility and speak with the director.
We do ask that only one parent come for the tour (no children at this point) and please plan to wear a face mask.
MCC remains closed during the Coronavirus Pandemic. Our first priority is the health and safety of every child, family and teacher at MCC. We will be posting ideas on our Facebook page to help parents while we are closed. Teachers will stay in contact with their families as well. Please check our calendar for any updates on when we will re-open.
Within our nature and play based approach to early childhood education, we have been working on adding "Loose Parts" materials to both our classrooms and our playground space. We would like to dive even deeper into this approach!
Loose parts play involves using a wide selection of everyday objects and materials to create, build, invent, experiment and play with. Research has found that loose parts play has a significant number of benefits for our children including;
Fine and gross motor skills
Concentration in class (just to name a few)
Although at times our playgrounds will begin to look like a building site or scrap yard, rest assured that there will be a tremendous amount of learning involved, not to mention fun! For this exciting new venture, we need your help. We would be extremely grateful if you could search your home/business for any unused objects or materials to donate. The beauty of loose parts play is that it involves up-cycling and recycling unused objects and basically anything goes – the stranger the better! All we ask is that the objects donated are not sharp (including if broken) or treated with any toxic chemicals. Attached is a list of suggestions of the sorts of things we are after. These might seem unusual play items, but they can be used endless different ways, allowing children to make anything from an obstacle course, racing car, palace or cubby! Many thanks in advance for your contributions. Bring on the endless play and learning opportunities!
Here is a list of the sort of items that can be used in a loose parts area. These might seem unusual play items, but they can be used endless different ways, allowing children to make anything from an obstacle course, racing car, palace or cubby!