Monday, October 27, 2014

Fabulous Friends!

Philippians 2:4

"Let each of you look not only to his own 
interests, but also to the interests of others."

That's just what these special friends do!

We are very thankful for our friends at the 
Lion's Club (pictured above)! 
They payed us a visit and checked our vision.
This is a yearly event for us here at Holly Tree,
and we couldn't be happier to be involved with
such a fabulous organization. To find out more
about their valuable work in the vision 
field click the link below the picture:

For other areas of volunteerism involved in
 the work of the Lions
 Club check out: 


We're also happy to announce the winner of
our "How Many Candy Corn?" guessing
contest! The lucky lady is pictured with her
family below! Enjoy your gift Ms. Kristin!

For a fun and interesting guessing game 
for your older preschoolers, check out this link
from ZOOM (

It's fun for the family!

In fact, games are a great way to help 
children develop a variety of skills.
The article below gives some great 
information about the "hows' and "whys"
playing games with your preschooler
is not only fun, but valuable!


For more about our play-based learning program 
here at Holly Tree, click our link at:

Monday, October 20, 2014

Festive Fall Recipes

As promised in our last poll, we're posting 
favorite fall dessert recipes! There are two 
winners: Caramel Corn, and Easy Apple Pie.
We think Fall food is fabulous!
Also, in our center's classrooms, 
our teachers, students, and families will be 
creating "Family Favorites Cookbooks."
They'll be available in December, 
just in time for the holidays. 
Make sure to stop in and get yours!
In the meantime, enjoy today's recipes!

Caramel Corn Recipe:


3 quarts popped corn
1 c. firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 c. Karo corn syrup
1/2 c. butter
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
In the saucepan, combine butter, salt, Karo syrup, and brown sugar. Stir constantly until it starts to boil. Let boil without stirring for 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Then put in baking soda, stir. Pour over popped corn.

Note: Click HERE for some fun popcorn 
experiments to do at home!

Easy Apple Pie Recipe:


3 -4 medium apples, peeled, cored and sliced
1 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 stick unsalted butter, cut into bits
2 store-bought pie crusts
1 hr 10 min
Place bottom crust in pan. Add apples, sprinkle with 
sugar and nutmeg. Top with butter, 
place top crust over and vent with a few holes 
poked in pastry top. Bake 375 degrees for one hour.

For Money-Saving 
Coupons at your local
grocers click below:


Check back later this week for
more fall happenings at Holly Tree! And as 
always, find out more at:

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Family Relationships

Rain, Rain, go away...!

Come rain or shine, we take care
of our Holly Tree families! 
Forgot the umbrella...?
No problem, we've got you covered!
Literally :)

We love our families, and here at Holly Tree 
we know preschool is about more than just children; 
it's about everyone interacting and working together.
It's about families! That's why we take an inclusive 
approach; we know you are your child's first teacher
and that building strong relationships is the key to fun and
success for EVERYBODY!!! 

KidsMatter.Edu says it well:

‘Young children do best—now and later—
when they are nurtured within 
a tightly woven 
web of love.’

That's what we aim for at Holly Tree!

For a more comprehensive 
understanding of the benefits of positive 
family-center-parent-teacher relationships, 
click the Kids Matter link above. 

For a more comprehensive understanding of 
who we are here at Holly Tree, click the link below!

Many blessings to you and your family!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Building Muscle At Holly Tree

     We are so excited here at Holly Tree to have
a fabulous new Jesus And Me teacher!
her name is Mrs. Sandra and she comes
to us from our sister center, 

Mrs. Sandra will be exploring, with our new friend 
Peanut the Puppy (as you see below), the ways we 
can learn to help others, be thankful, and work together.
She will also focus on and emphasize our weekly and
monthly Bible themes in fun and meaningful ways!

We are thankful for Mrs. Sandra and Peanut! 

We are also thankful for fabulous and creative teachers
who provide wonderful opportunities for 
Holly Tree children to learn and grow!

The creative activities and processes you 
see at work below promote development in 
a variety of areas; one of the most important
being muscle building! Yes, that's right, these kinds of 
activities build both "mental muscle", but just as importantly,
they develop physical muscles--in fingers, hands, and arms!

This type of muscle development is called 
fine motor development and its importance cannot
be underestimated. When children develop fine motor skills
 they develop the ability to do things that require  
 precise motions and that are so necessary to life. 
One good example of this is writing! 
For a comprehensive look at fine motor development,
as well as gross motor development,
check out this link about
Physical Development in young children.

We love to learn in positive way here at Holly Tree, 
and we're never short on love! Have a blessed and beautiful day!

Find out more at: