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Get Out: 7 Indoor Activities to Do With Preschoolers This Winter

At this time of year, it can be very hard to keep the kids happy and busy when they just can’t run outside whenever they please. Especially after last week’s snowstorm, school closings, and the long, slo-o-o-o-w dig-out, everyone in my house has been getting on each other’s nerves. There are only so many movies . . . read more 

Family-Friendly Ways to Handle Holiday Stress

I was really looking forward to putting up the tree this year, but things went wrong quickly. We had brought up our boxes of Christmas ornaments from the basement. While my husband and I strung lights on the tree, Emma, our four year-old, quietly unwrapped each ornament and piled one after another into a little . . . read more 

Teacher Feature: Meet 2 New Members of Our SSDS Team

After my return from several weeks of international travel, my three-year-old son, who is in Beth Clawson’s class, told me, “Mummy, I love you…and I love Ms. Beth.” In my child’s mind, SSDS has become a part of the extended community of love, care and fun that will shape his earliest childhood memories. Having co-oped, . . . read more 

Director Richelle Meer on Modeling Values in Our Community

IT’S #GIVINGTUESDAY!  We know that members of our SSDS community give every day. But this #GivingTuesday, PLEASE DONATE TO SSDS—any amount makes a big difference to our kids. (At the bottom of this page, please see giving opportunities that highlight how you can fulfill current needs of our SSDS community.) “Your beliefs become your thoughts. Your . . . read more 

Our Nature-Based Playground Inspires Kids and Adults

One of the most unique and busy spaces of Silver Spring Day School is its playground. Whether it’s visiting with parents after school, running around with children during a co-op shift, or hanging around the fence to spy on the Pre-Kers after drop-off, SSDS families spend a lot of time on the playground. It’s probably . . . read more 

Field Trips Help Us Welcome Fall With New and Old Friends

The fall season is always a favorite in our house: the fresh, cool air, the colorful leaves; and, of course, the pumpkins! Since our twins were two years old, we’ve ventured out to local farms for pumpkin picking and races through the corn maze. But this year was special; we got to spend our annual . . . read more 

SSDadSpot: At-Home-Dads Build a Special Bond

“Really, there is a national dads’ convention? What do you guys do? That’s great!” Initial surprise, curiosity, then positive feedback, is the response when I tell someone, often a mom at school or in a park, where I was the last weekend in September.  Yes, there really is a dads’ convention. I was one of . . . read more 

SSDadSpot: A Dad’s Take on Preschool Community

I come before you a changed man. To be honest, I was unconvinced by the message I heard two years ago when Adelaide rolled into the 2s, the gushes praising the invaluable parent community at SSDS and foretelling that I would make friends for life with every other bleary-eyed baby-schlepper in the parking lot. Is . . . read more 

The Confident Drop Off

The transition from summer to school can be difficult for many children (and parents!), and now that October has begun it’s natural to think that everyone will have adjusted to the new schedule. Experienced teachers have a warning, however: it’s not uncommon that anxiety at drop-off surfaces after the first month of school. Just when . . . read more 

Introducing Spotlight: The New SSDS Community Blog

As parents at Silver Spring Day School, we don’t just stand outside the door to our child’s education: we walk right in. We wash the cups, wipe the tables, sit to read a book with three kids in our lap; we sing the songs, get the “sharing timer” when necessary and gently wipe noses and . . . read more