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Children’s School gets messy with tactile exploration

Children’s School gets messy with tactile exploration

In their penultimate week this season, Children’s School is getting down and dirty with an “ooey gooey” theme. Three-, 4- and 5-year-olds will explore their tactile sense while having fun and making art.

In the Red and Green rooms, 3-year-olds will explore artistic mediums, turning from paint to much squishier, foamier, bubblier forms of expression. They will make prints using slices of fruits and vegetables and marble shaving cream and use corn starch goo to paint. Experimentation with color blending will also include shaving cream, and a chance to play with slime.

Summers at Chautauqua energize Children’s School teachers

Summers at Chautauqua energize Children’s School teachers

Tina Jeffe began her relationship with Chautauqua’s Children’s School after her retirement; Cyndi Smith started hers at age 3. As head teachers in the Purple and Orange rooms, Jeffe and Smith use their summers at Chautauqua to generate energy for the rest of the year.

“A lot of the experiences of working with the other staff members are very educational and reenergizing in terms of my career during the rest of the year,” Smith said. “Every day is filled with an influx of ideas, creativity and a love for children and education. It’s a very rewarding place to work. It’s energizing because of that. It carries through the year until next summer.”

Children’s School’s Borg, Szabo find 3-year-olds’ personalities refreshing

Children’s School’s Borg, Szabo find 3-year-olds’ personalities refreshing

Between Joann Borg and Kathie Szabo, Chautauqua Children’s School head teachers for 3-year-olds, rests experience equal to 11 times the lifespan of their students. Borg has taught the 3-year-olds for 15 years, Szabo for 18.

Borg, a fourth-generation Chautauquan, began working at Children’s School as a college intern in the 1970s, moving to Newport Beach after college to teach first grade. But living on the West Coast has not prevented her from returning each summer. Borg teaches in California until the Friday before the season begins, boards an eastbound red-eye flight and is in Chautauqua to welcome the 3-year-olds Monday morning.

Time travel, exploration, fairies, pirates: Children’s School hinges on imagination

Time travel, exploration, fairies, pirates: Children’s School hinges on imagination

This week, Children’s School focuses on the imagination. Kids ages 3, 4 and 5 will go on adventures to various places and times every day from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., and storyteller Jay Stetzer, from All in a Story Productions, will return.

Stetzer, who will spend the whole week with the children, believes stories compel through their combinations of spoken word and willing imaginations.

“A good story will always carry a meaningful message,” Stetzer wrote on his website, “something of value that can be employed in the listener’s daily life. My job is not to point that meaning out, but to simply tell the story. Then the listener can discover what he or she can take from the tale and cherish as life goes on.”