January 2014

“Of winter’s lifeless world each tree
Now seems a perfect part;
Yet each one holds summer’s secret
Deep down within its heart.”
–  Charles G. Stater


We have returned from holiday break and although the weather has been cold, we have been enjoying all that winter has to offer!

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We even went on a field trip to the North Carolina Arboretum to see the Lego sculptures!

 Inside the classroom, kids have been busy making lots of warm snacks like roasted veggies and homemade bread! We have also been playing with ice and observing the effects that salt and warm water have on it.
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We’ve had a busy month, but perhaps everyone favorite activity has been acting out, “The Mitten” where each child pretends to be an animal that hides inside a little boy’s lost mitten!

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December 2013: Celebrating the Light Within

Lighting a candle:

Deep in the ground of the human soul, 

Of victory assured,

The Spirit-Sun is living.

All through the winter of the inner life

The faithful heart divines it.



December has been a busy month at Grow With Me and we have been celebrating all that the season has to offer.

A chill was in the air for our forest day at Shoppe Creek, but a warm campfire warmed our hands and spirits!




Inside the classroom children have been happily making seasonal crafts like colorful lanterns made from mason jars!




We also had a special Winter Soltice celebration at our school. Past and present families were all invited to participate in our solstice spiral and enjoy the warmth and light of friendship on the darkest day of the year.


November 2013-Helping Hands and Thankful Hearts

“The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even hear, but must be felt with the heart” Helen Keller


November reminds us to be thankful for all that we have, and at Grow With Me we have lots to be grateful for! At the beginning of the month, Grow With Me had our semi-annual volunteer day. Children and families worked together to build new cubbies for the classroom and even constructed new stairs and a bridge for our outdoor play area! 




Inside the classroom children have been learning the concept of gratitude and sharing stories about things they are grateful for in their own lives.



 We have been busy cooking lots of warm and hearty snacks as the cold weather sets in! We have also had lots of little hands making crafts like turkey centerpieces made from natural materials! 


October 2013

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” 
― L.M. MontgomeryAnne of Green Gables

Autumn has settled in and we here at Grow With Me have been enjoying all that the season has to offer!

We enjoyed another forest day at Shope Creek where the kids observed the crisper air, brightly colored leaves and the changing of the seasons.


We have been enjoying all that autumn has to offer inside the classroom too! We have been incorporating local, seasonal ingredients into our snacks. The kids have enjoyed making pumpkin muffins and seasonal vegetable soup! 



On Halloween the Grow With Me families went on a special field trip to Hickory Nut Gap Farm. We sampled different varieties of apples, played on swings, slides and haystacks, and got to meet some special farm animals- each kid even got a chance to hold a baby chick! After a picnic lunch we went through the corn maze and played it the creek. It certainly was a Halloween to remember!


September 2013

“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.”― Aristotle

As the cooler air settles in a new school year has returned to Grow With Me. We are starting off strong this year with full enrollment for the 2013-2014 school year, but if you are interested in signing up for the wait list, or joining our mailing list to learn more about the program, please feel free to contact us!


As we return for the 2013-2014 school year, we have been spending lots of time outside in the beautiful weather! We have been busy planting our fall vegetable garden. Once the vegetables are fully grown we will harvest them to use in our snacks!


This month we also held our first forest day at Shope Creek. Once a month, we hold school in the forest  to spend the day hiking, listening to nature, and observing the changing seasons.


We are all looking forward to what this school year will bring!

The Little Red Hen

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Last week our kiddos finished making masks for their performance of the Russian folktale “The Little Red Hen.” Too cute! After the masks were finished, they decided to spend the morning using classroom items to build themselves a barnyard and act out their roles. It was sweet to watch them so engaged with each other in imaginary play.

This is the last week of class this year for our little east Asheville preschool. We will end the year in grand style tomorrow with a day of water play, a potluck lunch with parents and a ceremony recognizing the children who are graduating from the program and moving on to kindergarten. Look for photos of the festivities!

Caterpillars, Artwork, May Faire and More!

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Every day there is so much creative play at our little east Asheville preschool. This spring, activities have had us preparing for the recent Waldorf May Faire celebration that we participated in at Azalea Mountain School, getting our spring garden in the ground and honoring all the wonderful creatures of spring (including our classroom’s living caterpillar friends).

Besides all the painting and drawing and recycled sculpture creations, the children have also made and flown their own kites and made artistic stepping stones for Mother’s Day gifts (shhhh! that’s still a secret!).

On May 23, our school will have a booth selling healthy treats at the Oakley Farmers Market’s Spring Fling event. If you’d like to meet some of our families and enjoy live music, baby goats, a puppet show and children’s gardening activities at one of our community’s most kid-friendly farmers markets, stop by between 3:30 and 6:30 pm at the market located behind Oakley United Methodist Church at 607 Fairview Road in Asheville. http://www.oakleyfarmersmarket.com.

We still have slots open for fall 2013, so please let us know if you’re interested!

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Grow With Me is on Google+ now!

Spring Fun

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Spring has finally arrived for real and our Grow With Me family is taking full advantage of the lovely weather. A couple of weeks ago, the children began planting seeds for their spring garden and today everyone pitched in to dig up some fresh earth for the planned bean and pea teepees which will grace our lower play area.

During indoor time, Ms. Katy has been helping the students make kites out of paper and wood and everyone has tried their hand at finger painting with soft spring colors.

Our next Open House is scheduled for 10:30-11:30 a.m. April 27. Bring your little ones to get a taste of what a day in our classroom is like, enjoy some fun stories and activities and share some healthy snacks. Please contact us to RSVP.


Friendships & Family

Friendships & Family

It’s hard to believe but there are only three more months left of our school year! Despite our first snow day of the year yesterday, we know that Old Man Winter is shuffling away and spring is right around the corner.

By now, we are noticing that the Miss Katy, the children and the parent volunteers have all formed strong bonds with each other. We are, as the song says, a “family under one sky!”

We look forward to welcoming new members to our little family, too. Our first Open House of the spring takes place 10:30-Noon this Saturday, March 9. If you would like to see what it’s all about, stop by for some play time with Grow With Me children, a yummy snack and more! RSVP to Katy Estrada at 828-337-4710.

Birthday Treats

Birthday Treats

When Grow With Me friends have birthdays, everyone celebrates. In this photo, Ms. Katy and the children celebrate a classmate’s birthday with a “Birthday Rainbow.” The birthday boy’s mama also brought in some yummy, gluten-free sweet treats for everyone to enjoy.

Here’s her recipe — it’s super-easy:

Crispy Rice Treats

1/2 cup dark Karo syrup (or subsitute molasses, honey or maple syrup)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup SunButter (I used peanut butter)
3 cups rice crispy cereal (be sure to get the GF kind if you want to keep this recipe GF)
1 cup dairy-free, soy free chocolate chips

1. Grease 8×8 inch pan
2. Mix dark Karo syrup and sugar in a heavy saucepan over medium heat – stir frequently until sugar dissolves
3. Remove from heat, stir in SunButter. Add rice crispies and mix. Press mixture into pan, set aside.
4. Melt chocolate chips in microwave-safe bowl stirring in 30 second increments (or on stovetop). Spread chocolate over rice crispy mixture let cool until the chocolate layer sets.
5. Cut into 16 squares