Featured Project: Transportation

Ms. Rolina’s Pre-K class explored the world of transportation by way of land, water and air. The children thoroughly enjoyed playing with the different means of transportation and continue to identify them while on the playground. “Look at the airplane in the sky!” or “the big kids ride the big yellow bus to school!” are just few of the comments made that proved all the more this was a journey we were going to travel!

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During morning meetings, Ms. Rolina asked students the following questions to check for background knowledge; “What different ways can people travel from place to place?” “Have you ever rode in a plane, boat or train?” “What vehicles travel on land?” “Which travel in air?” Ms. Rolina wrote the questions down and each day we explored and investigated to find the answers to those questions. Students learned about the different modes of transportation through song, informational text and short educational videos. They then applied their learning through working in collaborative groups to build a city with emphasis on road signs. We then weighed our different vehicles at the math station.

The children were especially excited about making their own vehicles out of clay with Ms. Stacey during art class! Students also created and designed their very own race cars using toilet paper rolls. We then drew out racetracks and included necessary signage. We had a blast and their creations turned out great!

Featured Teacher: Sara Sanderson – Venning Road Curriculum Coordinator/Lead Preschool B Teacher

Ms. Sara is a Massachusetts native and has lived in the Charleston area for about 4 1/2 years now. Her favorite part about working at CDC is seeing the children progress throughout the year. One of her students couldn’t spell his name, but really wanted to. After working diligently with him, he was finally able to spell his name! This memorable moment has been one of her most rewarding experiences.

In her spare time, she enjoys camping, fishing on her boat and hanging out with friends and family. One thing you may not know about her is that after college, she moved to Alaska for a year! She sold her car, packed up 3 boxes, bought and a laptop and became a nanny in the rural town, Tok.

We’re glad she is part of our team! If you haven’t already met Ms. Sara, introduce yourself next time you are at CDC!

Meet Ms. Alli- Park West Center Preschool Lead Teacher and Department Coordinator

unnamedMs. Alli was born and raised in Southern Maryland. She received her bachelor’s degree in exercise and sports science from Frostburg State University while playing and attaining the roll of captain on her college’s varsity field hockey team. Ms. Alli knew she needed to be at Children’s Discovery Center when she stumbled upon the school online. The professional, yet lively ambiance is what inspired her to be a part of the “CDC family.” She began her journey at CDC as a lead teacher for the toddler department and was asked to be the preschool lead teacher and department coordinator for our Park West location within the year. Aside from working at CDC, Ms. Alli loves to bike ride, play intramural sports and tending to her energetic rescue puppy, Maddie. Ms. Alli is focused, passionate, and driven to work hard for all of the greater things in life.

Welcome to Our New Park West Assistant Director, Jennifer Grainger

Dear Parents,

We are pleased to announce that Jennifer Grainger has been hired as our new assistant director.

She received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Clemson University and a masters in christian education from Pfeiffer University. Her experience includes working as a teacher of the gifted and talented class for the Dorchester School system. She has been director of children and youth at Trinity United Methodist Church in Blythewood, S.C. and Bethany United Methodist in Summerville, S.C. She has been employed with Kiawah Island Golf Resort most recently.

Jennifer brings a blend of education and business skills to her new position. Her warm and gregarious personality makes her an excellent fit for the assistant director position. We anticipate her joining us within a week.Thanks for your support and understanding as we transition to a new assistant director. I know she will do her best to get to know each of you as quickly as possible.

Katie Moore
Park West Director

Prayers, Donations and Cards for Max

Dear Parents,

We would like to notify you of a sad circumstance that has occurred with one of our Preschool B families. Over the past few months, many of you have met one of our students Max. Max is a curious, clever and caring boy that usually wears a tie and a baseball cap each day. He holds these endearing qualities while dealing with the illness of his father.

Max’s father (‘Reg,’ short for Reggie/Rugero) had an emergency surgery to remove a brain tumor the day before Max was born. The cancer is an aggressive form (glioblastoma multiforme) and Reg was given 6-9 months to live. He has undergone radiation and has been on aggressive chemo Max’s entire life. Max doesn’t really know anything other than a life where his daddy often ‘doesn’t feel well,’ and ‘needs to rest.’

As a result of treatments, Reg has spent about 3-5 days in bed every two weeks, for Max’s entire life. So Max’s world has sort of been heavier on the ‘mommy time,’ his whole life.

Max’s father took a turn for the worse earlier this week and passed away this morning at home with his family. His mom emailed me this morning and said, “It was the most peaceful, beautiful ending to these past days. It was a gift to me, to be present in that moment and to know he’s passed on into the presence of Jesus.” As I read her email, I am reminded how short life can be and how we handle ourselves during times of trouble is a testament to our character.

Now with the task of being a single mother and dealing with medical and funeral expenses, she hopes to find a way to secure funds for Max to come full time for a transition period. Currently, Max is a Monday/Wednesday/Friday student and CDC will be helping in sending him full time until the funeral. If you would like to donate gift cards for restaurants, Target/Wal-Mart, or towards his tuition, his mother would greatly appreciate it. I will have a basket in my office where donations will be accepted. We appreciate your grace and generosity.

God’s Peace,

Katie Carter
Children’s Discovery Center
1110 Venning Road
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
843-388-6700 (PH)
843-388-6728 (FX)