Oak Lane Day Care

located at Westtown School


Pushing the Reset Button


Posted By on Dec 6, 2019

Some days, my head feels like it’s going to explode with all the login and password information needed to operate both a business and a personal life. Over Thanksgiving, someone mentioned that we’re about to enter the “Roaring Twenties”. Really?! When I think of that decade in history and compare it to the upcoming decade, I wonder what our ancestors would have thought of our use of technology. Has it really...

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So, one of last week’s forts has evolved into a cozy corner in our toddler room, complete with a low-to-the-ground futon covered with an Elmo sheet. (For some reason, our kiddos love Elmo! They don’t seem to identify as much with the other characters, but they are excited to see Elmo every time he shows up in a book or on a t-shirt. Or a sheet.) Our teachers used the fairy lights they put up last week and transformed the...

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No matter how much time goes by, or what country I’m in, certain activities remain perpetual favorites with children. I see an empty box and think about the work of breaking it down and putting it into the recycling bin and did that little tiny thing really need to be delivered in a giant huge box. Our kiddos see a big empty box and think — fort!In spite of all of the many toys here at Oak Lane, big brown boxes are a...

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Last week, a toddler resisted putting on his coat to go home. Did he a) not want to go home, b) not want to put on his coat, or, c) did he just want to do it himself? (The clue is in the word “toddler”.) His mom wisely gave him the opportunity to show what he could do. He didn’t mind putting on his coat at all — as long as he could do it himself.It has become a cliche, how toddlers want to do things themselves,...

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Thankful for Pizza Day!


Posted By on Nov 6, 2019

Wednesday is Pizza Day here at Oak Lane. Our kiddos start announcing it to us and each other long before lunch time: “Today is Pizza Day!!!” Yes, triple exclamation points — that’s how excited they are, every week.This morning, our kiddos came inside after their morning adventure and sniffed the air. “The pizza is here — it smells so good!” (A couple little ones even pointed to their noses to...

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A Thousand Little Things


Posted By on Nov 1, 2019

A parent who usually arrives at the very beginning or end of the day, when only a few children are here, arrived mid-morning today. She expressed a sense of awe and gratitude for the wonder of toddler friendships, seeing first-hand how happy her little one and his friends are to be at school together. A classmate had warmly welcomed her child, sharing a cookie cutter to play with play-dough. Her son was delighted with his welcome, and...

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But I don’t want to…


Posted By on Oct 25, 2019

How many times have you heard your child say that? And, how many times have you wanted to say that yourself? A child’s list of “I don’t want to” clean up the toys, sing that song, let my friend go first even if she’s the line leader today and I know I’ll get my turn tomorrow could easily be translated into my list of figure out next week’s schedule, clean out the stroller shed that the...

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Last week, we had a couple of drills — fire, shelter-in-place. (You know the kind of thing, typical for this time of year at a school.) It’s a curious situation for a child — and a teacher — to be in. We always want our kiddos to feel safe. Yet, in order to keep them safe, we sometimes need to practice with our students what we would do if there were an unsafe situation. During both drills, our kiddos...

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Teacher with a capital T


Posted By on Sep 25, 2019

The first couple of times I was called Teacher Kath felt a bit strange. Students had always called me Miss Houlahan, Miss Kath, Kathy, or simply Kath. (Or, in the case of babies, variations on Kath/Kathy, like Cass/Cat/Ka-ki.) Being called Teacher with a capital T felt…special. Especially coming from a tiny little toddler who had only met me once a few days before. I was sure that the older child sharing the tire swing was the...

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You end up having more.


Posted By on Sep 18, 2019

Yesterday evening, during our Potluck Supper, we shared a meal together with our Oak Lane families. It was a really fun time to celebrate our community, made all the more special by the participation of older brothers and sisters. At the same time, teachers from Westtown Monthly Meeting were preparing their lessons. It was an unexpected opportunity to blend our family-friendly missions and share our space. Oak Lane is a unique...

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