Kath’s Blog


Together again!


Posted By on Aug 12, 2020

On August 3, our Oak Lane family came together again. We were all a bit nervous. What would it be like to wear a mask all day? Would the kids know when we were smiling at them? How can we be together and still stay apart?Just like when we were doing online Morning Meetings, we figured it out. And, added our own special Oak Lane twists. For example, around the time of our online graduation in early June, one of our four-year-olds...

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To tech or not to tech


Posted By on Mar 26, 2020

At the end of the day, it wasn’t even a question. In the face of a situation that none of us had ever anticipated, Oak Lane has gotten technical. We intentionally keep technology on the down-low at school, believing that face-to-face time is of primary importance to our kiddos. Additionally, hands-on experience has always been considered to be the backbone of early childhood development.I know there are lots of apps designed to...

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I wonder…


Posted By on Mar 16, 2020

So, all day cares in Chester County are closed for at least two weeks to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus and families are wondering how to educate their little ones at home. Is there an equivalent to the online/distance learning that other schools & universities are planning?Certainly, there are online resources for activities for early childhood education and I’ll post a few another time. (If you are really craving a...

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So, I’m still reflecting on the thought of a daycare as home. I’m actually kind of entranced at the thought. Can a school be a home?I recently hired a couple of new teachers. One of the references was so spot on with the description of the person that I emailed a few weeks later to say thank you for the most accurate recommendation I had ever received. The recommender responded that by hiring the teacher, I had made a difference in...

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A home for everyone


Posted By on Feb 28, 2020

One of our parents recently ended an email with this line: Thanks for all you do to create a great home for everyone! Wow. That’s the goal, isn’t it — for everyone to feel at home in this space, not just our kiddos, but our faculty, parents, older/younger siblings, and visitors. People in all walks of life, all ages, ethnicities, genders, etc. Some of our kiddos have what are recognized as ‘special needs’...

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Why not?


Posted By on Feb 20, 2020

Ever notice that a typical response to a new idea is often “Why?” I once worked with a wise daycare director who helped me to instead ask “Why not?” Try it — it opens up a whole new world of possibilities.I was explaining this philosophy to a family on tour yesterday, and I could see their eyes light up at the thought. Most times, there’s not a ton of risk in trying something new. And, a lot of good...

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