TerraNichol Academy Of The Arts

Weekly Blog April 4th-8th

Learning Labs

Lights, Camera, Action students have really enjoyed seeing our school play come to life. The audience is a great support system to our actors and they are learning so much of the play and choreography! Students have been researching the artists in the show and all of our students have found a new interest in looking at art appreciation books! Learning labs have been bustling with students exploring shape and number concepts, sensory exploration, fine motor development with focus on tweezers, opening and closing clothespins, and manipulating tongs, writing about Stella Bunny during writing workshop, exploring eco-village and our school garden too!
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Thank You To The VanBlarcom Family!

When the teachers are away in trainings the parents come and play! We are so thankful for the VanBlarcom Family. We arrived this morning to our signs being touched up with new paint and creative art, wind chimes painted with glitter paint, our old picnic table upcycled and turned into benches for the playscape area and a cute little pretend campfire. Bonus: Frank put together our new picnic table for the parent area. Thank you so much! We are so thankful for awesome parents. It means a great deal to us. We hope Emmagrace enjoyed making her school a beautiful, whimsical, and inviting preschool.

Empowering educators and families in the pursuit of a better education for our children.


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10th Annual School Play 2016

Preschool Students- Audience for 2016 School Play How does this prepare them for next years school play?

Lights, Camera, Action! Being on stage is a huge Deal and an experience that our young actors will remember for years to come. Each year, as a part of our Visual and Performing Arts program, Pre-Kindergarten students participate in a performance at Lemon Bay Playhouse. The experience is so very exciting for students but also offers multiple learning experiences that will lead the way to success in years to come. Being in front of an audience takes time to get accustomed to, as well as all of the many facets of putting on a live show! This experience prepares students for future performances in elementary school building confidence and a willingness to participate and enjoy. Our Nido and Preschool students although not in the show, watch the rehearsals and even learn some of the songs and choreography preparing them for their time to shine in the upcoming years. We encourage all of our students to attend the performance as many help to make the show what it is by adding to the excitement!

Play Parent Letters

Pre-Kindergarten students!
Play Parent Letter and music Cd was sent out on Thursday April 7th in the student's school folder. Please read carefully. Mark Your Calendars! We will be sending out a Play Smore Newsletter as a follow up to all the important play information. See sample costume T-shirt in the parent rock room area as well as the parent play book with information.

Artist Project Boards will be due on Monday April 11th for each actor to share with their directors, audience and fellow peers. (project board directions included in SMORE blog and parent letter.

Costumes Due on April 15th.

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Our flourishing school garden

Wow our garden is looking amazing! It must be all of the little green thumbs we have around here. Students enjoyed watering and sampling some of our herbs on Thursday afternoon!
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Celebrating "The Week of The Young Child" April 11-15, 2016 10th Annual Art Gallery Showcase

Celebrating "The Week of The Young Child" April 11-15, 2016 during school hours.

The 10th Annual Art Gallery Showcase is coming up. Next week TerraNichol Academy will celebrate “Week of The Young Child 2016” The Week of the Young Child is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) celebrating early learning, young children, their teachers and families. Parents will have the opportunity to view their child’s masterpieces they have worked on throughout the school year.

Help spread the word and support the visual and performing arts programs in schools. “Art For Our Sake”

The teaching team will be working hard to transform the Rock Room Parent Area into a whimscal Art Gallery. We are so excited and so are the artists.

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Co-Op Volunteer Hours

The new benches and pretend campfire on the playscape has provoked a camping project. So much Fun! We have added some camping props to our school wish list on Amazon. If you are still in need of volunteer hours for this school year you can donate props off the wish list for volunteer earned hours.

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Through a Child's Eyes!

This was a conversation had between Emmagrace and Gia during learning labs!

Emmagrace: "Miss Terra was talking to my mom like they were best friends"

Gia: "She was"

Emmagrace: "Yeah and Miss Terra talks to me like we are too, We are friends"

Gia: "Well of course you are best friends, she is your teacher!"

Let's hope for our children that they will always look at their teacher as a best friend and let's hope that they will always be made to feel that way by their teacher!

Mark Your Calendars!



22nd Earth Day Celebration


2nd-6th Teacher Appreciation Week

26 & 27th School Closed School Play

25th Last Day of School for VPK only Students (8:30am-11:30pm)


3rd School Closed Teacher Professional Day-Department of Education Training.

17th Last Day of School

TerraNichol Academy Of The Arts Private, Progressive, and Innovative Preschool

TerraNichol Academy of The Arts School is the kind of school parents expect, educators celebrate and children adore. Our approach to learning celebrates the great potential of young children, with the goal of nurturing self-motivated, life-long learners. The learning labs are guided by our Master Teachers as well as the Founder of TerraNichol Academy of The Arts Preschool with low teacher-to-child ratio to allow for one-on-one engagement and thoughtful observation. Join our small community school for a backstage tour and be inspired by our thoughtful team of Early Childhood Educators here at TerraNichol Academy.

Next up coming Tour Monday April 11th, 2016 @4:30.

RSVP Click on the link to submit an letter of intent prior to the tour.


Pretend Campfire

What is a Provocation? Reggio Inspired Learning

What is a Provocation? Reggio Inspired Learning--

Put simply, provocations provoke! They provoke thoughts, discussions, questions, interests, creativity and ideas. They can also expand on a thought, project, idea and interest.

Ultimately, the intention of provocations is to provide an invitation for a child to explore and express themselves. It should be open-ended and provide a means for expression where possible.

The new playscape benches and pretend campfire provoked an inspiration for camping project, pretend play such as roasting marshmallows and setting up tents. To be continued...

Play Practice 2016

10th Annual School Play

We are thrilled to present to you the 10th annual school play. The play is titled "A Night At The Art Museum." This year’s play is perfect for TerraNichol Academy and represents one of our most important tenets: focusing on the arts and providing an art-enriched environment! Students and audience will take an artistic adventure to the art museum where the artists come alive such as Salvador Dali, Vincent Van Gogh, Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, and Marilyn Monroe. This is an interactive play with students and audience joining in on the songs, dance, and a comedical play that will have you filled with joy and laughter. Art For Our Sake!
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