Saturday, January 24, 2015

NDSouth: A Glimpse into the Playroom

Have you ever been curious what happens in our playroom?

If one day you happen upon us here, you would likely see Evelyn quietly playing.

Chloe checking out the new toys and seeing if they hold up to her teething demands.

Children learning how to share!

Bing Bing showing off her awesome balancing skills!

And of course, Thad would be entertaining everyone with his music.

"You can discover more about a person in an hour of play then in a year of conversation" ~ Plato

Friday, January 23, 2015

Getting to Know Josiah!

We’d like to introduce you to one of our new little guys. I’m sure you’ve seen his cute face appear in some of the newer photos. We are so happy to have him with us.

Welcome Josiah!

I recently had the opportunity to spend some one-on-one time with sweet Josiah. At first when I met him, he was very hesitant and resisted my advances to befriend him. But recently, I found that he opened up a bit as he watched me interact with little Jack. Children are usually pretty good at picking up on body language and I suppose when Josiah saw how much fun it looked being lifted up and tickled, he wanted to join in too! When Jack walked away, Josiah came right up and stood in front of me, lifting his hands up to signal he wanted to be lifted up too! So I carefully lifted him up into the air and back down, then tickled and cuddled him. What a delight it was for me to hear his precious, one-of-a-kind giggle for the first time! It must be such a scary experience for an almost 4 year old to move to a different place with so many strangers. Josiah is brave, learning the ropes and routines that the other children know so well by now. But more importantly, he is brave because even after so much loss in his short life, he is slowly opening his little heart to love and to be loved. And what an honor it is to love him! He is smiling more now and you can tell he is enjoying joining in with the other children’s activities in preschool. We are looking forward to seeing his personality blossom during his time here! We really hope his forever family will come for him soon!

This post was written by our intern, Sarah Margaret 

Thursday, January 22, 2015

NDSouth: Bing Bing and her Ayi

The job of an Ayi is like that of a Mother ~

And we happen to have some of the kindest Ayis around.

Bing Bing and Thad adore their Ayi who knows just how to bring a smile to their faces!

Our children learn about love from our wonderful Ayis.
Just look at the adoration in Bing Bing's eyes ~

High five Ayi!  You are indeed doing an amazing and so important job!
Bing Bing agrees ~

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

All the Motions

Annabel knows all the motions to a popular children's song, and it's not just impressive to watch... it's ridiculously adorable.


Monday, January 19, 2015

Let your Imagination Soar!

We've taken the kids to lots of different places for field-trips. Sometimes it's the Zoo, sometimes the pool, we've gone strawberry picking and peach picking and once some of the older children even got to visit the airport! 

Educational field-trips are great, but sometimes an adventure to toyland (aka: the Molly Fantasy Playground) is the best of all.

Annabel's buddy for the day was Yvonne, our current OT. Don't worry, Annabel didn't drive the bullet train too fast. 

Millie enjoyed the playground's play kitchen. We have a nice one in the preschool room at New Day, but this one was spotless and full of good food and clean dishes. 

While Millie did the cooking, Cora Jo and Zoe did some shopping... 

A ball pit and rope tunnel? This place had it all!

Something gives me an idea that we'll add the Playground to our list of regular field trips. What do you think?

Lots more pictures in our scrapbook!