What Mappened In January?
Mappy New Year MAP Families! Our first project week of the year allowed kids to reflect on themselves, literally, during Nicole’s “Self(ie) Portrait” week. Kids made several portraits of themselves using styles inspired by artists like Andy Warhol and Roy Liechtenstein. During this week, MAP teachers also got in on the fun, bringing in artwork of their own which varied from digital illustration to sculpture to music! During Leah’s storytelling week, Leah read classic children’s books such as Corduroy” and “Make Way for Ducklings”, each book perfectly paired with a project relating to the book that was read that day. Kids were able to make pom-pom bears and adorable sculpey ducks!
On our first half-day of the year, we had “Kid Invention” day, where MAP kids created incredible inventions from recycled items; some of the inventions included battle-bots, a kitty carrier and a trash sculpture. We were also fortunate enough to have Professor Von Vuttenheimer Schmitten present his awesome invention, the Frappe-o-Trash which turned trash into a healthy frappe! Desiree continued with her project week, “Year of the Rat”. During this week, kids made rat-shaped origami, adorable fuse-bead rats, and learned fascinating facts about the evolution of the Chinese zodiac calendar.
Katelyn ended this month with
which gave the kids the opportunity to observe and experiment with candy. They made hot cocoa slime, rock candy and experimented with magnetic pixie stick dust.
The month was educational and filled with so much beautiful artwork.
4th Round of Clubs
Kid Run Community Club
w/ Leah: Community Club started off with a meeting. Kids gathered together ideas about what mattered most to them. They have chosen to focus their attention to the homeless. They also brainstormed different kinds of people who may be in need and ways to fulfill those needs in a realistic and meaningful way!
“Mardi Gras” Club
w/Nicole Mardi Gras started off with a bang with kids having the opportunity to bake a traditional king cake from scratch. Fun fact: Many king cakes have a small plastic baby hidden inside which symbolizes luck and prosperity. Mardi Gras club kids can look forward to participating in other fun Mardi Gras traditions and getting actual Mardi Gras swag (Stuff We All Get or freebies) from New Orleans.
Marvelous Mini Models Club
with Eric: In the first round of “Marvelous Mini Models” club, kids selected their choice of miniature sculpture to work on. They washed and primed their pieces while talking about the benefits of primer and removing dirt/dust from the sculpture they’ll later be painting. Because sculptures are intricately designed kids can look forward to painting each detailed part and gradually bringing it to life!
w/Des. Desiree introduced her club through Leah’s last day of project, making incredible prints of scenes from “Harold and the Purple Crayon”. Kids have the opportunity to learn and use basic printmaking materials such as foam boards, embossing tools, ink, and brayers. MAP kids who’ve joined Supersized Stamps club can look forward to making some amazing art that they can reproduce over and over again.
MAP is already planning and preparing for 2020-2021!
Please share this information with any friends who have children entering Kindergarten in the Fall.
MAP registration materials will be available for incoming Jump Start & Kindergarten children at the end of February.
To get on our list, please email
and in the subject line write JUMP START 2020-2021 or KINDERGARTEN 2020-2021.
In your e-mail, please provide: your name, your child’s name, phone number and your preferred email address. Families with children currently in the program will have enrollment priority over new families. MAP will be sending out re-enrollment forms to our current families at the same time.
Re-enrollment for current families for 2020-2021 will happen at the same time.
Snow and Cold:
Please try everything to get your child to prepare themselves to play in the cold and snow. Although they love playing in the snow we realize they don't want to bother with snow gear. Nevertheless, we love the opportunity to build forts and snow sculptures when we can.