At the Children’s garden, students get to know some very special “teachers.” While they do not have formal teaching degrees, our puppet friends are very helpful at reinforcing concepts, expanding language, modeling listening skills and manners, and encouraging creative thinking. They help us all remember that learning is a lot of fun and the children come to love them all.
Belle Amie is a sweet and gentle grey mouse. She deeply cares about how children are feeling, and is always up for making a new friend. She magically appears when someone looks like they might need to talk.
Chat-O is Belle Amie’s dearest friend. Chat-O is a very worldly cat who speaks with a French accent, and loves to teach the children how to say “hello” in many languages.
Parsley Flakes is our special unicorn who comes to celebrate birthdays and graduations. Although Parsley doesn’t speak, he will whisper in the teachers’ ears and the children love to hear the sound of his bells ringing, signaling his arrival!
“Baby” Burpee sometimes joins the group at circle, where he re-enacts inappropriate behavior (that the teachers have witnessed that day with the children). The children help identify the inappropriate behavior as a group. Mostly Burpee just cries, and needs to go back to the shelf for a nap–we all agree that he isn’t ready to come to school yet! But we always give Burpee another chance on another day.
Gloria is our sweet and soft spoken giraffe who loves to come to circle to read stories and to get advice and encouragement from the children on how to make friends. The children love to help Gloria, and ask for her to join the circle when they have a great idea!
Scaredy Squirrel is a very sweet flying squirrel from West Virginia. His real name is Marvin. Scaredy wears a parachute and pilot helmet because he doesn’t know he can fly. Although he is afraid of many things, he is learning to be brave, try new things and take risks! Scaredy is here to help the children to learn to do the same!