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COVID-19 and Your Child’s Care

COVID-19 has created new household juggling acts as we navigate remote work schedules, virtual school for older children, and the closure of thousands of child care centers across the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia area.

Using the Project Approach for Learning at Home

Perhaps you sometimes ask yourself—as I do—how can I really support their learning at home?

How to Start a Garden with Kids

Gardening gives kids great opportunities to learn about their environment and basic biology, and to take on responsibility by planting, watering and weed picking.

A Teacher’s Words

These are unprecedented times–to say the least—with so many sudden questions.

Nurturing Empathy in Toddlers

Empathy is the ability to imagine how someone else is feeling in a particular situation and respond with care. Helping young children to develop a strong sense of empathy is beneficial because…

Online Resources – Part 1

We’ve created some categorized lists so you can easily access educational resources that your family might enjoy the most during this unique time.

Online Resources – Part 2

Here is Part Two in our series of online learning resources for children and families to explore at home: Geography, Art/Museums and Science.

Online Resources – Part 3

Welcome to Part Three in our series of resources you can find online to keep your kids busy at home! The lists below include resources for: Reading, Math, Foreign Language, and Crafts/Games.

Facts and Myths! About St. Patrick’s Day

How many St. Patrick’s Day facts do you know? Probably that it falls on March 17th and honors the Catholic saint who legendarily chased snakes from Ireland.

Award Winning Books

The prestigious Newbery, Caldecott, and Coretta Scott King Book Awards have long served as a guide to those looking for some of the best original and creative content published for young readers.

Preventing Illness

This time of year, we are frequently faced with the challenge of preventing and containing illnesses such as the cold and the flu in our campuses.

What to Do When You Have a Picky Eater

If “picky eating” happens in your household, you’re not alone. Many parents worry about what their children eat — and don’t eat.

Keeping Kids Healthy

The cold virus can live for 30 minutes on hands, clothing, and toys, so when these things are shared, the germs can spread. Having lots of sniffles early in life may protect kids later on.

Winter Crafts

Looking for some creative ways to spend time while you’re home for the holidays? Here are 3 easy projects to try!

Community Service Projects for Kids

The spirit of ‘giving’ is all around us at this time of year—which makes it is an excellent time to teach even very young children about the benefits of giving back to others.

Bedtime Podcasts for Kids

At my house, we are always looking for new ways to calm our little ones as they get ready for bed.

Teaching Gratitude

As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, there is no better time to teach young children about the concept of gratitude. Here are 8 ways to encourage more grateful kids

Woodley Gardens Update, 8.6.19

Dear GH Woodley Gardens Families,

We would like to give you the latest update on the situation at the Woodley Gardens property.

Yoga for Kids!

More and more kids in the U.S. are practicing yoga each year. In a 2017 study, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that more than 8 percent of 4- to 17-year-olds had practiced yoga in the past year

Head for the Hill

40 years ago Ellen Cromwell founded Georgetown Hill Early School. It has since become a thriving non-profit with 10 campuses, 300 employees, and serving 750 families.

What is STEAM?

The term STEM was developed by the National Science Foundation in the early 2000’s as an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics education.

Life is Better Barefoot

Also called “grounding”, the simple act of walking barefoot offers many benefits that get overlooked by society telling us we “need to wear our shoes”.

May Theme: Water!

In May we are introducing our final signature unit of the year—Water! Each age group will explore different bodies of water and the amazing scientific properties of this precious resource!

5 Things to Know about Music and Early Literacy

Did you know introducing kids to music helps them develop early language and literacy skills? Here are five ways music helps prepare kids’ brains to read and write.

Rethink Playdough

Take it up a notch, make your own playdough! This is a simple recipe for homemade playdough; your kids will love making this with you.

Do you know about phonemic awareness and why it’s important?

If you are not an early childhood educator, chances are you are not terribly familiar with the term ‘phonemic awareness’. However, you may be aware that the spoken word fly is made up of three distinct sounds: /f/-/l/-ī/. This ability to hear and manipulate sounds in spoken words is known as phonemic awareness. ‘Phonemes’ are [...]

March Theme: Transportation, Community Helpers, and the Universe

At Georgetown Hill, the scope of learning is huge in March as children explore both the neighborhoods around them AND the great expanse of the universe.

Woodley Gardens Update

Hello Woodley Families, It has been two weeks since we last saw each other, and I had hoped my next check-in would be to provide you some longer term solutions.  I must admit, however, that I do not yet have those answers today. What I do want to tell you though, is that we are [...]

Love Notes 

Last week was a profoundly sad and nerve-wracking week for the families, staff and leadership of Georgetown Hill following the devastating fire on the evening of January 27. We have lost our physical home- our quirky, cozy, not-too-fancy home of thousands of children and teachers since 1998. Indeed, the loss has hit us more than we could have imagined.  

Fire at Woodley Gardens

There has been a fire at our Woodley Gardens Campus on the evening of January 27th. We are not yet sure of the extent of the fire, but the damage has been significant, No one was hurt in this fire. Woodley Gardens school will be closed on Monday, January 28th, 2019.

Extreme Makeover: Classroom Edition

The physical space is a crucial piece of the quality child care picture. A purposefully-designed classroom is perhaps second only to the human being who is setting up each day! At Georgetown Hill, we have transformed our classroom environments over the last two years.

Parents and Teachers: Collaboration for Success

It is important for parents and teachers to work as a team so home and school can feel more connected. Antidotally, teachers see amazing success when learning from school is reinforced at home and vice versa. Your child will certainly feel the impact and reap the benefits.

December Theme: Literature Across the Ages!

Georgetown Hill will be immersed in fairy tale worlds and folk tale traditions during the month of December!

Ellen Cromwell
The Mother of Georgetown Hill

Ellen Cromwell is a mom of four and a grandmother of seven…but to all of us…she is the mother of Georgetown Hill Early School. Georgetown Hill is proud to continue the legacy of Ellen Cromwell and her loving, play-centered and content-rich curriculum.

November Signature Unit – FOOD!

We introduced Georgetown Hill’s first signature unit—FOOD– in November! Our three signature preschool units (November, February, and May) immerse the entire school in an in-depth exploration of the same topic.

No, Seriously. Eat Breakfast.

Fueling our kids for the day is perhaps the most important thing we can do for them before 9am, second only to making sure they are loved and treasured just the way they are. You might try these nutritious and (even more important for busy weekdays) quick and easy breakfast solutions.

Teacher-Child Interactions and Preschool Quality

For the past few decades, early childhood researchers across the county have been investigating what makes a preschool classroom “high-quality.”

What did we even do on our days ‘off’?

Last Thursday, we got together for our Annual Staff Meeting – that’s right, over 200 Georgetown Hill employees got all together in ONE PLACE! The energy was outstanding, and we are SO EXCITED to start our 2018/2019 school year.

How am I supposed to discipline my young child?

Disciplining your child can be tricky, you want them to learn from their mistakes and to understand why they are being disciplined. Conscious Discipline is a great method to help your child self-regulate.

Tips to Ease the Transition to Preschool

The start of preschool is an exciting and joyful milestone in your family’s life, but certainly, it can come with anxiety and even some fear for both parents and kids. Here are some more tips about making it through those early weeks of school as tear-free as possible.

Are you busy?? Go outside!!

You may be asking yourself how you can spend more time outside, by yourself or with your little one. Here are some of my favorite activities to do, especially now that summer is here!

Director Spotlight – Megan Jackowski

Megan is the Assistant Director at our Darnestown preschool and helps inspire teachers globally at Georgetown Hill.

Director Spotlight – Breanna Voorhees

Breanna was promoted from an incredibly loved preschool teacher to Assistant Director for Apple Ridge back in January!

Play-Based Learning

At Georgetown Hill, Play is the first component of the PLAN Curriculum (Play, Learning, Arts, and Nurturing). Our classrooms are designed to stimulate children’s natural curiosity, exploration, and play through engaging materials and supportive interactions with teachers and other adults.

What do we know about STEAM in early childhood education?

The term STEM was developed by the National Science Foundation in the early 2000’s as an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics education. The addition of the ‘A’ for Arts was made in recent years to promote the integration and use of the arts in STEM curriculum.

10 Things to Know about Family Engagement in Early Childhood Programs

It can be difficult to know the best way to engage in your child’s learning. check out these ten helpful tips to help you and your family be engaged in your childs learning.

Director Spotlight – Shelby Monsini

This is Shelby’s first year as a director – but you wouldn’t know it! We think Shelby was born to be a Georgetown Hill Director. Shelby leads our two-room historic schoolhouse in Clarksburg, Maryland. Both our building and Shelby are classic, timeless, and full of character and charm. Shelby encompasses our core values of Child-First, [...]

Director Spotlight – Kristen Raymond

Our next Director Spotlight is Kristen Raymond who directs our Darnestown Preschool location. Kristen is known around Georgetown Hill as our “Cheerleader”! Kristen is 100% “all in” and goes above and beyond her position each and every day. Kristen started her journey with Georgetown Hill as a parent while she worked in an elementary school. [...]

Director Spotlight – Melanie Morillo

Melanie Morillo has been with Georgetown Hill Early School for 16 YEARS!!!!!!!!!! Our infants, toddlers, twos, threes, fours, preschool, and trans-k all adore Melanie, and for good reason. Melanie is so much fun and definitely makes you feel like part of the family.

Director Spotlight – Liliana Winestone

Lil came to Georgetown Hill Early School as an experienced director, seven (7) years ago! There is really no one quite like Lil. She is an amazing leader and genuinely cares about each one of her team members, parents, and students.  Lil is a go-getter, has amazing follow through and is a fierce family advocate. [...]

Director Spotlight – Natalie Eades

Natalie Eades is one of our newest directors, and we couldn’t be more excited! Natalie comes to us from a broad background in child care and…. DANCE! We snagged her back in October and we feel like we won the director lottery! If you are around North Potomac, stop by our campus on Dufief Mill [...]

Director Spotlight – Lai Fan Zhang

Lai Fan has been with Georgetown Hill for 12 years. She started with us as an amazing PreK teacher and the kids still love her! Parents love her too! Lai Fan has a ‘get stuff done’ attitude and her institutional knowledge is beyond helpful. She witnessed our founder, Ellen Cromwell’s vision firsthand.

Director Spotlight – Shannon Moodie

Our first ever Director Spotlight is on Shannon Moodie who directs our Montgomery Village campus, Apple Ridge.

Is “Time Out” OUT?

Let me guess. You clicked on this link because you have it all figured out- the grocery store tantrums, the backseat wrestling matches, the refusal to wear shoes- these crises are a thing of the past in your household, right? If you are a parent of a preschooler, we know better! But, the good news [...]

Saying Goodbye: Drop-Off Tips and Tricks

Georgetown Hill is a soft place to land after a stressful morning, and you can count on the fact that your child will receive plenty of hugs and cuddles throughout the day

Ringing in the New Year with your Little Ones

Whether you go out or stay in, it’s fun to have New Year’s traditions with your littles.  The following list of ideas can be done on December 31st or January 1 depending on your grown-up plans.

Inside Activities to do with Your Child During Winter

Here are some ideas to make the most of your days, even if they’re darker (literally).

Cheese! Photography Basics for Parents of Young Children

I have seen your kids. They are cute enough to grace the cover of Parent Magazine. And, believe it or not, you can capture magazine-worthy shots with just a few tips.

Minimizing Material Gifts this Time of Year

It is just me or does Christmas, Hanukah, Chanukah, Solstice, whatever you celebrate, start to feel a little too material?

Book Nook – Children’s Book Award Winners

We are excited to share with you some of the 2017 book award winners that you might want to check out at your library or purchase for family’s book collection.

Glub glub…getting your child to drink water

Have you heard the news? Water is the body’s most essential nutrient. Water fuels more bodily functions than we can count, including regulating our body temperature, transporting oxygen and nutrients to cells, expelling waste, maintaining blood volume, and lubricating joints and tissues.

What’s in a Name

Have you ever wondered how Georgetown Hill came to be?