Heartworks Stowe Studies Cultures

Our monthly theme during the month of February was “Cultures.” Both classrooms were extremely excited to use their imagination to build an airplane and fly to another country! The upstairs classroom learned about Kenya. Children were very engaged in making flags and discovering safari animals.

The downstairs classroom learned about Mexico. Highlights include paper weaving art, making sombreros, sunset and cactus still life paintings, Mexican dancing and movement, and the fascination over lizards.

This month the overall theme is Science. The upstairs class will learn about the Solar System, and the downstairs class will focus on Weather. 

STEAM Highlights

Science - We experimented with snow and melting ice. Children observed and documented the changes in the river on the Stowe bike path over a week time period. It was amazing to see the reactions amongst the children. 

Technology - We explored shovels and learned how it is an important tool to move snow around. Children extended this by building snow plow trucks and literally helped us clear out 2 feet of snow on our playground!

Engineering - Children have been busy constructing homes out of toilet paper rolls and straws, discovering ways on how to make a stable and strong base and roof.

Art - Children have been very curious to see the cause and effect of rolling marbles into paint throughout the process of Marble Art!

Math - Children learned about the process of changing a solid to a liquid through making wax crayons. Everyone collected hollow sticks that they were able to bring back into the classroom. They were eager to save their sticks to use to make crayons with. Children took their time to carefully grate crayons. Next they melted the crayons and then poured them into their hollow sticks. What a fabulous project this was!
 

January in Pictures! Heartworks Stowe

Class with Britta and Annabelle

This month the Pre-kindergarten class chose to learn about Fairytales! The children made canvas backdrops and puppets and used their imaginations to put on puppet shows to create their own magical fairy tale scenarios. 

They discussed the differences between real events and fantasy situations and compared the two. A castle mural was designed and after each story, characters were added to the scene. The children took an adventure on the bike path and collected sticks which were brought back to the classroom and transformed into magic wands. It was a month full of creation, planning, and imagination!

Class with Megan and Amanda

Children in the three year old class were fascinated to learn about the Five Senses. They explored all the ways to experience the world around us. The sensory table was transformed by bringing in different mediums such as snow and pine branches. The children created binoculars and made sound amplifiers and cup and string telephones. The class experimented with different smells, guessing what was in the container using only their nose. Peppermint oil, popcorn, cinnamon, and citrus were a few of the mystery smells.  The children enjoyed making and exploring play dough, oobleck, and modeling clay and discussed the differences between how they felt. The children took a lot away from this unit and would discuss amongst themselves what senses they were using!

STEAM news

The children look forward to STEAM each and every day! They have been exploring simple machines and learning how to be safe using real tools. Children created paper beads, baked mini pumpkin muffins, and brought nature into the classroom by observing and documenting the changes of ice and snow over time in the classroom sensory table. 

February's Theme is Cultures

  • Children with Britta and Annabelle - Kenya
  • Children with Megan and Amanda - Mexico
     

December Highlights

We had an incredible holiday season at Heartworks! December's theme was Celebrations Around the World. The upstairs and downstairs classes explored the different traditions of St. Nicholas, St. Lucia, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas, and the Winter Solstice. They were all eager to create new traditions with friends and families here at Heartworks. It was so amazing to have families volunteer to share a tradition with our class. Thank you for taking the time to come in and share these experiences with the children. It means so much to us!

This month the downstairs class’ theme is The Five Senses. Children will explore the five senses through various, hands on, engaging activities. The upstairs class took a vote on what they were interested in learning about and chose Fairy Tales. They are all so excited to read, act out, and create skits on classic fairy tales. 

Sick Policy

Put those tissue boxes to good use!

Put those tissue boxes to good use!

It is our goal to keep our entire school population as healthy as possible. With the guidance of the Childcare State Regulations, Vermont Department of Education and Vermont Department of Health, we have the following health policy.

  • It is best to keep children home who do not seem well enough to participate in the regular activities or to be cared for fully within the classroom; this may include lethargy, severe coughing, difficulty breathing, severe sore throat, earache or abdominal pain.
  • Children who have a fever of over 99.0 degrees are asked to remain home until the fever is less than 99 degrees for 24 hours, without ibuprofen or acetaminophen. 
  • Children with a known communicative condition (such as, but not limited to strep throat and conjunctivitis/pink-eye), are to remain out of school until they have received antibiotics for 24 hours. Please inform us of any illnesses so we can inform other families of symptoms to look for in their child. If a student comes to school and is suspected of having a communicative condition, the parent will be called and asked to pick up the child for further diagnosis from a doctor and treatment, if necessary.
  • Children who have had two or more incidents of vomiting or diarrhea, are required to not return until their symptoms have been fully resolved for 24 hours and they are able to resume normal dietary habits and activities.
  • Children with an unknown rash will be asked to see a physician to confirm that it isn’t a communicative condition. Students with a rash and a fever will need to stay out of school until confirmation of the rash and the child is fever free for 24 hours. 
  • Children with head lice and/or nits, can be in school after receiving a first treatment with a product that will kill head lice. Parents are asked to pick out the small nits (eggs) each day for at least ten consecutive days. We will also be checking all of the children at school. Whenever head lice are found, the parent will be called and asked to pick up their child and apply treatment.     

If your child has any of these conditions, please care for them at home. We will miss them while they are ill, and this will hopefully enable all of the students to remain healthier and in school. If your child becomes ill at school, you will be called to come and take him or her home. If we are unable to contact you, we will reserve the right to call the emergency contact on your child's application. 

 

November at Heartworks Stowe

November Highlights from Stories from Around the World Theme

Class with Annabelle and Britta - Greek Mythology Stories
The friends in the upstairs class learned about many Greek gods and goddesses. They were especially interested in Medusa and were all eager to design a snake to add to her hair. They were also fascinated to learn about how Greek temples were constructed. 

Class with Megan and Amanda - Native American Stories
Megan and Amanda led children on a nature walk to collect sticks and materials to build teepees. They learned about where Native Americans live and how they hunt to get food. Children created dream catchers and Totem poles. They even used their imaginations to dance around campfires waving rainbow ribbons!

STEAM Highlights

This month the children were engaged in making a sound machine. They experimented with different sounds by adding materials with trial and error. Their sound machine was a huge success and is now used as a freeze signal! The children also created a snow maze in the field outside and engineered animal dens as well. It was very exciting to examine the snow and watch it melt. 

 

 

Celebrations from Around the World

The schools will discuss many of the wonderful traditions, customs and celebrations from around the world. We will share the traditions, purpose, and reasons that some celebrate a certain holiday; we leave out the commercialization of the holiday. This may include:  

  • St. Nicholas Day (December 6) 
  • St. Lucia Day (December 13)
  • Las Posadas (begins on December 16)
  • Winter Solstice (December 21) 
  • Hanukkah (begins on December 24)
  • Christmas (December 25)
  • Kwanzaa (begins on December 26) 

We believe that this is a wonderful opportunity for the children to learn that it is perfectly fine that we may have different traditions to celebrate. This also encourages children to accept each other as individuals and not to base acceptance on what we do or what we celebrate or what we have in common with each other; being open to accept each other will continue to create harmony, peace and happiness in the children and community. Through the discussions, we help children see that light (candles, sunlight) is a commonality through all of these celebrations.  

If your family celebrates a certain holiday or tradition during this month that you would like to share with the class, please speak to your child’s teacher.   

Throughout this month, children from various classes will join together on many days for Story by Heart. The stories will be told by the School Director and will focus on the various holiday celebrations. 

Story by Heart time is so very special and magical for the children. Having so many “friends” from various classes and ages together to share in the tradition during this time of year simply enhances our community commonality between the classes while also learning about various cultural traditions, diversity and ways to help others.

School Closings or a Delay in Opening Due to Weather

In the event of snow or another form of inclement weather, the schools may close for the day or delay opening. Here are a few places to look or listen for school closing information.

  • The School Directors will send out an email. This will typically be between 6:30 and 7:00.
  • Our Facebook pages will have a notice added, here are links to each school's page: Heartworks, Renaissance, Endeavour
  • Many radio and television stations broadcast this information on an on-going basis.
  • Many TV and radio web sites have a link on their home page that says “closings and delays” – all schools in the area are listed there. We are located under: Chittenden County, Heartworks, Renaissance, Endeavour Schools (when all schools are cancelled). 

In the event of a “two hour delay” in opening, we will open to receive children beginning at 10:20.  The time is calculated from when the morning program begins (8:20) and early care is not available on these days.

Parents who may have a challenging commute to or from school during inclement weather are welcome to arrive late in the morning or choose to have their child stay home.  During the school day parents are welcome to pick their child up at any time that best suits their needs.  We try to remain open as long as possible in the day and if the weather becomes increasingly difficult during the day, we may close early at 4:30 or 5:00.

October at Heartworks Stowe

Highlights in the Upstairs Classroom:

The Pre-K class shows a lot of excitement for outdoor days on Thursdays and Fridays with Annabelle when they spend almost all of the morning outside from drop-off until pick-up or lunch. While most of the indoor routine is maintained outside, the order and some tasks are slightly different. For example, after arriving children find their name cards hidden around the playground and compare the letters and sounds with peers before moving to the grassy area for circle. At midmorning, children combine a bathroom break with choosing jobs and updating the school day counting jar.

During free play outside, children often choose to play cooperative games (e.g. House, School, Doctor) and spend a significant amount of time deciding which roles each child will have (e.g. father, teacher, patient), and what props are needed (e.g. sticks, leaves, clipboard, paper, pencils, bowls, chairs). They work hard listening to others’ ideas and feelings, and speaking up to advocate for their own needs and feelings.

On October 28th, a special guest visited the upstairs classroom. Melody Walker Brook, a citizen of the Elnu Abenaki Tribe, shared traditional Native items like clothing, games, baskets, beads, and musical instruments. The children showed a lot of interest in feeling a mink fur, a leather dress, a dried gourd water bottle, and a sculpted wooden stick used in Snow Snake games. Children jumped up to dance when Melody unpacked her drum. During the Mosquito Dance, children stepped to the beat of the drum and waved their arms in the air as if swatting mosquitoes. They were keen to move more quickly as the rhythm of the drum beat faster!

Highlights in the Downstairs Classroom:

We spent the month of October learning about Water. The children enjoyed creating rivers and streams with the hose and gutters on the playground. They were especially excited to transform our sensory table into a river. Art projects included water droplets on coffee filters and blowing blue paint from straws onto wax paper.  The children also explored the different effects that water temperatures have on food through making applesauce; they also enjoyed cutting up a frozen pumpkin.

We took advantage of the pumpkin season by utilizing donated pumpkins for sensory exploration, carving, baking seeds, and much more! Children went on nature walks to collect Fall leaves to bring into the classroom. They loved doing leaf prints and watercolor tissue paper leaves.

The cold weather gave us the opportunity to perfect our self-help skills and learn to independently get into our Winter gear. 

STEAM Highlights:

The outdoor classroom, trail and field environments are ideal for scientific exploration and discovery. Children turn over logs and use animal tracking guides to identify bugs crawling underneath. They count the number of legs a critter has and notice the shape of its body to determine if its a match on the guide. They also step carefully to observe (with eyes only!) different kinds of scat on the trail. Their current hypotheses from looking at scat size and shape include: rabbits, deer, bear, fox, and squirrels. We are looking forward to finding footprints in the future and using measurement tools outside to help narrow down the identities of the animals in the area.

November Themes:

The upstairs class is looking forward to learning about Greek Mythology throughout the month of November. The downstairs class is eager to learn about Native Americans! 

HRE Reaches Out

On October 4, seven Heartworks staff members attended the Gubernatorial Candidate Panel Discussion on Early Education. HRE was a sponsor of this event that was held at UVM. Many other educators also attended to learn more about the candidates’ thoughts and plans about addressing early education in Vermont.

On October 25, HRE hosted a panel discussion at Champlain College for Education Majors. Nine HRE members attended along with the college students, a Champlain Faculty Member and someone from Let’s Grow Kids program. Paul Zengilowski led the panel discussion by asking questions that would be helpful to the students in their planning and preparation for securing a job in education.

The questions ranged from how best to be prepared for working with young children, tips for when children may decide to do something other than the lesson, how best to make decisions with always the focus on the best interest for the children, working with parents, and so much more. The panel consisted of Lia Barnes; Danielle Harris – Renaissance School Director; and Directors of Heartworks – Joanne Pillsbury, Kathleen Schaffner, and Ashley McKinley; and Georgia Morris, a teacher at Heartworks Williston and a recent graduate of Champlain College.

The education students had a chance to ask questions and share their thoughts followed by opportunities for the education students to socialize with the Directors and ask further questions. One highlight was when an education student said she worked at a summer camp this past summer where a Heartworks’ child was in attendance. It was shared of how the child had social, emotional, and life skills surpassing those of the other campers and how this three year old was quickly the leader of the campers and one who was looked to for learning to follow directions and making great choices. This was another testament to the wonderful educational Heartworks Preschool program that we provide, and to our teachers who are so dedicated to early education.  We look forward to additional collaboration with Champlain College and thank them for supporting this event.

 

Professional Development Day

Over 60 Faculty members of the Heartworks, Renaissance and Endeavour Schools gathered together on Friday, October 21 for a day of Professional Development.  The schools maintain an active schedule of staff development programming each year designed to meet the needs of the Faculty throughout the organization.

The Heartworks’ workshops included discussions about Smooth Transitions in the Classroom, Outside Time, Classroom Management and Strategies, Teaching Phonics, Theme Program Discussions, Career Growth through Professional Development, Character Development Curriculum and presentations from Mutual of Omaha and The Richards Group on our new employee benefits.

Workshops were led by Lia Barnes – Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Erin Hyer – a licensed and certified speech language pathologist, Andrea Beam – Director of Finance, Administration and HR, some of the School Directors and Lisa Zengilowski. The Faculty had opportunities to work in small and large groups, and collaborate with teachers from the other Heartworks Schools.  It was a highly productive, joyful and beneficial day for everyone!

 

Clothing and Winter Gear

In keeping with our belief in classical education and to minimize distractions, please do not send your child to school in clothing that includes any pictures or images associated with television shows, cinematic themes or commercialized toys, super heroes, games, or video games. We also believe that children should not wear hats indoors.  Thank you for helping to follow these guidelines. 

As the cold weather is upon us, it is very important that your child has a heavy fleece or warm jacket, hat, and mittens to wear outside.  Very soon it will be necessary to add snowpants, warm boots, heavy jacket and waterproof mittens.

Please label, with your child’s name, all clothing items with a permanent marker including hats, mittens, snow pants, boots, etc., since many of these items look alike.   Some items can become misplaced, and a labeled item finds its way home much faster.  The Heartworks, Renaissance, and Endeavour Schools cannot be responsible for lost or misplaced items.

September Highlights - Stowe!

September’s Morning Theme of Friends and Family was a perfect way to start the year…. Here are some highlights.

Children with Amanda and Megan
The children really enjoyed getting to know each other and making friendships.  They also enjoyed many enrichment projects with the following seeming to be some of their favorites  - baking muffins, sculpting people out of salt dough, making Flubber, painting, and singing new songs! 

Children with Britta and Annabelle
The children in this class really enjoyed learning about the community that they live in and are a part of. They loved walking to the police station and the library. Children were very creative constructing homes out of boxes and engineering roadways to connect neighborhoods.

STEAM: 

The Heartworks Preschools have an enrichment program in the afternoon that incorporates Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math  (STEAM).  Each day the focus of the afternoon curriculum is on one of these areas, combined with our traditional classrooms values of sharing, respect, courtesy, and listening. Through a broad range of fun and creative activities, the children are encouraged to make predictions, develop hypotheses, ask questions, explore, imagine, build and experiment. 

September STEAM Highlights

Some of the highlights included experimenting with magnets, playing with light tables, working with magnifying glasses to examine fingerprints, art projects, and movement counting. 

October’s Morning Overall Theme is Water

The classes will also be learning about and celebrating the beautiful autumn season. Below is the focus themes for each classroom:
Children with Amanda and Megan - Rivers and Streams
Children with Britta and Annabelle - Lakes and Ponds 

Rhythm Over Routine: A Work of the Heart at School and Home

Have you ever wondered how a Heartworks teacher can get ten preschool children to sit around a table for lunch or fall asleep for nap en masse?  From playing cooperatively with their friends to learning side by side, preschoolers peacefully follow the Heartworks “Rhythm of the Day.”  We’d like to share some of our philosophy here, so that parents who are interested can establish their own rhythms at home.

The foundation of the rhythm is speaking respectfully and also following through with children on expectations and directions. It is important to set such boundaries at home so a child will know how to have polite and respectful social behavior towards all adults and other children. It’s easy to assume that teachers have established a precise routine that children follow, arriving on a carpet square by 8:35, falling asleep on cue, and generally following the clock throughout the day. However, for a child, the numbers on a clock have very little to do with when they are hungry, tired, or curious. 

In fact, the term rhythm might be better understood as an order of experiences. The activities that children participate in throughout the day at Heartworks have an order that is repeated every day. For example, three-year-old class will begin with Circle upon arrival with the learning block starting at 8:35, this may be followed by Explore, Snack, Outside, Second Learning Block, Enrichment, and Story by Heart. Our goal is to create a predictable pattern to a child’s day, thus lessening anxiety as well as providing less instruction of what to do next as they already know.

Similarly, where to sit, where shoes go, and how to take turns is gently modeled by Heartworks teachers. Teachers are also attuned to the fact that children move through these experiences at a pace that they feel comfortable at. By sending the child who may need more time putting boots on to the shoe area first, children are in harmony in the classroom, with no undue attention to our friends who move more slowly.

The subtle difference between routine and rhythm makes all of the difference. Routines are set by clocks, rhythms by patterns. While we strive for snack to be eaten at approximately the same time each day, the expectation of what happens next is what comforts children. Routines can connote tedium, but rhythm is a pattern which can account for individual variance and life’s unforeseen delays.

The Heartworks’ rhythm includes traditions that reflect our values; we gather for a meal by singing a blessing, and we complete a meal by saying thank you. By planning a day’s rhythm, we have an opportunity to weave in what we value in a respectful way rather than rushing to stay “on time.” Similarly, part of our rhythm is to take a moment to rest and acknowledge the quiet.  

Our purpose in sharing our philosophy is to encourage interested friends and parents to reflect and create their own rhythm. Consider daily experiences such as giving thanks that may be important to you and activities that are necessary, such as washing hands or brushing teeth. Remember that each child or member of your family will generally move through an activity at a different pace, so taking that into consideration is helpful. Once you establish a rhythm, a flow chart with pictures is helpful for young children. Even though you may want your child in bed by 7:30, it’s important not to watch the clock. Consider adjusting the next day’s rhythm by eliminating activities rather than allowing the stress of being on time interfere with the enjoyment of each activity. Take bedtime, for example, sometimes bedtime routines can become too elaborate, creating stress the longer they go on and the later it gets. In order to establish an enjoyable rhythm, perhaps you and your child can pick three activities, as well as their order, to do each night before bed. A picture flow chart that you create can add an element of fun, too!

We hope this is helpful.  Heartworks is truly a work of the heart, just like your family!

Safe Lunches

Please be sure that there is an ice pack in the lunch box for any items that need to be kept cold, such as milk and yogurt. If you want your child to have something warm to eat, please be sure to provide it in an insulated thermos.

For infants, toddlers, and children aged two and three:
All food items need to be cut into pieces smaller than 1/2 inch in size. Grapes, tomatoes, and olives must be cut in quarters. If providing carrots, they must be cut in very skinny lengthwise strips. All food items should be cut no larger than 1/4 inch pieces for infants.

For all children
The following food items are not to be served according to NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) guidelines, which we must follow: hot dogs (whole or sliced), popcorn, hard pretzels, raw peas.

We are a nut free facility and do not serve items that contain, or may contain peanuts or tree nuts, or even those items processed in the same facilities. Cereal bars and granola bars often have these types of labels on them. Please check all labels before packing items in your child’s lunchbox, and if the packaged items do not list ingredients please indicate that it is free of all peanut and tree nut warning labels.

Thank you for following these guidelines as you prepare food for your child during their day at school.

Parent/Teacher Conferences

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A sign-up sheet for the parent/teacher conferences on Thursday, March 31 and Friday, April 1 is posted on the bulletin board at your child’s class. Please be sure to sign up for a 30-minute individual time with your child’s teacher. This is a wonderful opportunity to have the complete attention of your child’s teacher for 30 minutes to hear all about your child’s day as well as to ask questions and share your goals for your child.

On Thursday, March 31st school closes at 12 noon and on Friday, April 1st school is closed for the day. The Thursday conferences start at 1:10 and the Friday conferences start at 8:00. If your child has a different afternoon teacher from the morning program, you are welcome to sign up for a conference with that teacher too. If the available days/times do not work for you, please speak with the School Director who will arrange a time that is more suitable for the teacher and yourself. Thank you.

If you are in need of child care, please speak in advance with the School Director as there may be someone at the school who can watch your child during your parent/teacher conference. We are currently unable to offer childcare at our Stowe campus. We are unable to hold a conference with a child present other than the little babies who are not mobile yet. Thank you.

We look forward to meeting with you, to answer your questions, and to share all of the wonderful work your child has been engaged in since the last conferences in November.

 

 

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

St. Patrick’s Day is another very special and fun tradition for the children. A few school days prior to St. Patrick’s Day the teachers will briefly share with the children about this special day in Ireland. A legend of a potential pot of gold at the end of the Rainbow along with Leprechauns looking for the pot of gold will be discussed – could it happen?

The children will design and build “traps” to see if they can catch any Leprechauns that might be looking for pots of gold. The traps are not to cause any harm, only to capture safely to see what a Leprechaun may look like. The children enjoy building various structures in celebration of this day. The Pre-kindergarten children enjoy thinking of ways to make their “traps” work – they become very scientific and imaginative in their work.

In past years the majority of the mischief typically occurs the night before and in the early hours on March 17; we never know what we will find upon arriving to school. Often there are notes left from “the visitors” for the children to read of various activities or mischief that took place. On Thursday, the 17th, the children will be amazed as the school is transformed into a wonderland of mischief and fun. If your child does not attend school on Thursdays, we encourage you to take the time to arrive at 8:45 and walk through the entire school. Some parents have described St. Patrick’s Day as one of their favorite traditions at Heartworks.

 

Washing Hands

Thank you so very much for helping your child in washing his/her hands upon arriving to school in the morning. This greatly reduces the amount of germs coming into our school and especially helps in preventing the spread of colds.

We are working on teaching the children the proper way to wash their hands as written by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. We would appreciate your help in practicing these techniques at home as well as when washing their hands upon arriving to school.  The goal is to teach older children to carry out the procedure themselves; for younger children the goal is to supervise them in carrying out the hand washing procedure, which is: 

Washing Children’s Hands

  • Moisten hands
  • Squirt a drop of liquid soap on children’s hands
  • Rub hands together for at least 20 seconds
  • Rinse their hands well in running water, directing flow from wrist to fingertips
  • Dry hands with paper towel
  • Turn off faucet with paper towel and discard

In this way, by turning off the faucet last and with a paper towel, the children’s hands remain germ free after washing.
 
Thank you for keeping these techniques in mind and teaching them to your child. Many, many people are more mindful to these techniques and are following them when in public restrooms.

A Heartworks, Renaissance, and Endeavour Tradition: Baking, especially at the Holidays!

Baking bread for family and friends grounds us in an important tradition this time of year:
a shared experience, following the rhythm of a process that is centuries old, and creating
sustenance with our hands that is made from local grains.

From the inception of Heartworks, baking bread has been a part of our tradition. At least twice a month, preschool students participate in a baking project, from apple cheddar biscuits to pretzels, the aroma of baking often fills the hallways. Baking holds many lessons for preschoolers, from the sensory experience of baking to reading instructions and measuring ingredients. Cooking their own baked goods can even help create a more adventurous palate!

This year, Renaissance students took baking one step further by participating in the Learn, Bake, Share Program sponsored by King Arthur Flour. In this program, students learn to make two loaves of bread from scratch, one to keep and one to give to those in need. Our students had to utilize math, science and reading skills as they learned to bake bread as part of a community service effort. We are very proud of the 4th and 5th graders who donated twenty homemade loaves to the Harbor House, a local shelter that provides temporary housing with 20 families currently in residence.

At Endeavour Middle School, our students are participating in an online MOOC course via Colgate University. They are connecting with Renaissance Elementary School alumna, Allison Zengilowski, who is currently a junior at Colgate. They are learning about production, distribution, and the culture of making bread around the world. They're also studying global food supplies, industrial farming, and water supplies. Using systems thinking, students have had the opportunity to explore the global network that’s often involved in producing this ubiquitous
staple.

This holiday season, we encourage you to spend time together as a family baking and consider all there is to learn. From measurement and math to the joy of filling the house with the delicious aromas of baking, we know it will be a fun, memorable experience. We hope everyone enjoys a wonderful holiday season, family togetherness, and the spirit of giving as you share your baked goods with friends, family, and those in need. Baking is truly a valuable experience!

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