A September Gift

Our New England summer was a little wet this year.  Seemed we never strung a whole week of warm dry weather together, however, as happens so often in NH, we've been given a wonderful September to make up for it!  Though rain was in the forecast last week, we escaped with just a little misting and had plenty of fun together outside.  

These are the years filled with big accomplishments.  Some of the children who could not pump the swing when they arrived are now masters.  A few have taken on the challenge of the monkey bars.  This constant sense of accomplishment spills over into the classroom as I watch the children take new risks with their work as their confidence and independence increases.

Working on number recogintion and quanities to 10.

Number recognition and quantities with playdough.

Parts of a fish puzzle.

Exploring at the top of Inspiration Point.




Practicing Routines

We spent the week getting to know each other, learning routines, and setting the tone for our classroom.  We decided on rules for how to be in our classroom.  

Be Kind,

Be Calm,

Be Safe.

The HCMA Way!



Happy Labor Day Weekend!

Practicing using a work rug.  Every child can take a work from the shelf to the table or the floor to work.  If the child chooses to work on the floor, they must lay out a work rug.  Work rugs help designate each person's personal working space.

Working at the table with an art mat.  We looked at all of our beautiful new supplies and talked about what we needed to do to keep them beautiful all year long.  Snap the caps all the way on the markers, put items away where they belong, etc.  We will keep working on this for many weeks to come.

Learning the routine of the day is a huge piece of the first few weeks of school.  Learning that you must complete one work before starting another.  Learning to put the work back on the proper shelf and choosing work that you have already had a lesson in are huge pieces of the first weeks of school.

At morning meeting this week, we talked about kindness for our classroom, teachers, and friends.  We read several stories about children learning to be kind at school and being good friends.  We talked about Mean Jean the Recess Queen (a perenial favorite) and the Monsters who were worried about going to school but soon found out that school was a lot of fun.  We read Diane the Turtle's New Found Joy and talked about all of the kind folks in our community that make our school and town so special.

We also have spent some time discussing germs.  As you can imagine, germs are a big deal with little folks running around with their fingers into everything!  We talked about the importance of hand washing and coughing into your elbow.  We will continue the germ disscussion throughout the school year.

We hope that you are all having a wonderful holiday weekend and look forward to welcoming everyone back on Tuesday.


Back to School Shopping - Gear for the Adventurous Child!


It is that time of year again - back to school shopping is in full swing!  HCMA parents often ask me what school supplies they need to purchase for their children.  HCMA purchases all traditional supplies for the children.  We take care of pencils, crayons, markers, etc.  We ask that our parents supply their children with a backpack that fits them well, as well as a lunchbox and water bottle, on the first day of school.

As the weather changes, gear becomes very important to our children.  We spend a large amount of time outside and gear makes all of the difference!  Back in 2015 I wrote this blog post about items that make our days easier.  The list has been updated but the tried and true items like Bog Boots remain.  Please have a look at that post and start planning for cooler days.  Do not become overwhelmed by the list.  You are not expected to purchase the name brands mentioned or get the items new.  We have a wonderful HCMA community that shares gear that  alumni have grown out of!  Let us know if you are looking for something specific and be sure to share with the group if you find a deal on an item.  

Please take a moment to review the gear list here!


2017-2018 School Calendar


School Calendar 2017 - 2018

August 28th First Day of School Pre K, K, 1

September 1st - –  4th Closed Labor Day

September 5th First Day of School Nature Preschool                       

October 9th Closed Columbus Day Holiday

October 26th Closed for Teacher Workshop Day*

November 10th Closed Veteran's Day Holiday

November 22nd – 24th Closed Thanksgiving Holiday*

December 25th - Jan 1st Closed Holiday Recess

January 15th Closed Civil Rights Day

February 26th – March 2nd Closed Winter Recess

April 23rd - - April 27th Closed Spring Recess

May 28th Closed Memorial Day

June 7th Last Day of School Nature Preschool

June 8th Last Day of School Pre K, K, 1*

*Schedule differs from that of SAU 4

Heart Centered Multi-Age will close in inclement weather following Newfound Area School District.  Please watch the School’s website and tune into WMUR Channel 9 for closings or delays.  Snow days will be made up at the end of the year.

Should Newfound Area School District call an early release, due to weather, the school will close at 3:00. There will be no extended day.

Approved 5/7/17

Updated 8/1/17