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Movin’ On Up!

It’s one of Staples’ best — and most underrated — programs.

The Child Study class is an actual, legit play school. Students not only study child development — they put the theory they learn into practice.

Led by Linda McClary, the teenagers plan age-appropriate lessons and games. Over the year, they watch a dozen 3- and 4-year-olds grow. And — because they’re only a decade or so older — they understand and bond beautifully with the pre-schoolers.

Two proud pre-schoolers, with a Staples student, at today's moving-up ceremony.

Two proud pre-schoolers, with a Staples student, at today’s moving-up ceremony.

Today was the “moving up” ceremony. Staples musicians played; a slide show offered highlights of the year; snacks were served.

And of course, photos were snapped.

Pre-school grad 2

The pre-school has been in operation since the 1970s. That’s long enough for their own kids to attend — and their kids’ kids too!

So congratulations to this year’s pre-schoolers. We look forward to seeing you as proud parents of your own toddlers, sometime around the year 2046.

The Thankful Tree

One of the coolest courses at Staples is Child Study. Under the direction of the very talented Linda McClary, high school students oversee an actual play school.

Little kids love holidays. At Halloween, teenagers lead toddlers on trick-or-treat missions through the halls. Next month, they’ll sing carols.

For Thanksgiving, they’ve prepared a “Thankful Tree.”

It’s set up in the hall outside the play school. Children, Staples students, teachers and parents are invited to write a line of thanks, and stick it on the tree.

The tags make intriguing reading.

Here’s a sampling. All begin “I am thankful for…”:

  • …my dog Hudson.
  • …family, friends and a good education.
  • …chocolate.
  • …my daddy taking me on a roller coaster, and my mommy taking me to birthday parties.
  • …the food I get to eat.
  • …my toys.
  • …love.

Out of the mouths of babes (and teens)…