Route #2 --- Patches -- Jennifer Miller --- Pennsylvania
A Step Ahead Family Child Care & Preschool

Departing September 11, 2012

The Stops

1. Lynn Nelson - Concerned Parents for Head Start - New Jersey

2. Patricia Patrick - Discovery Kid's Daycare - Ontario

3. CeCe Holman - Someplace Special Family Child Care - Virginia

4. Ellen Hensley - Meshe's Preschool and Day Care - North Carolina

5. Kimberly Stanton - Kimba's Daycare & Preschool - Pennsylvania

6. Kiley Frana - St. Peter Little Lamb Preschool - Nebraska

7. Jennifer Miller (home) - A Step Ahead Family Child Care & Preschool - Pennsylvania

    A Step Ahead Family Child Care & Preschool - Pennsylvania
    Tuesday, September 11, 2012

    Well, the children and I said our good-byes and I"m ready to go. I think. I'm excited to meet my new friends! I can't wait to ride in the mail truck with the mailman. There should be a lot to see on the way to New Jersey. I've never been out of Pennsylvania before. I hope that my new friends will show me around and be nice to me.

    Concerned Parents for Head Start - New Jersey
    Thursday, September 13, 2012

    Hi all Friends of the Teddy Bear Exchange,

    Patches has arrived in New Jersey. She arrive late last night. We opened her at circle time and she was well loved thru out the day.

    Lynn and her Pre-K Head Start students....

    Friday, September 14, 2012

    The children arrived and one boy went over to housekeeping and woke Patches up. Joshua then proceed to take Patches to wash his hands and pretend to wash Patches hands..... He then proceed to eat breakfast as he shared his breakfast with Patches.... The other children began to arrived and Patches had a full breakfast, so much that Patches need to leave the table. She couldn't possibly have anymore..... Patches finish the day with us... All the children told Patches bye.....

    Saturday, September 15, 2012

    Patches spent the weekend at Ms. Lynn's house..... On Saturday night, Patches went to Hawthorne NJ Cubs football game. She was cheering for #5. He made a touchdown and intercept a pass the night. We won 14-13.. After that game we watch the senior's cheerleaders.... Go Cubs....... That is why Patches has a new cheerleading outfit.... She loved watching the cheerleaders..

    Monday, September 17, 2012

    We started our daily routine and Patches was include as always..... During circle time, Patches told his friends all bout the football game and the cheerleaders.... The other children shared their weekend's with Patches..... We read the kissing Hand and all the children took turns giving Patches kisses. We also had parent's sign permission slips to take Patches back to the Post Office...

    Tuesday, September 18, 2012

    We woke up and it was raining really bad so no bad.... No trip to the Post Office. Patches watch the rain today....

    Wednesday, September 19, 2012

    The children wanted to go to the Post Office today but I didn't want to spend the trip trying to Avoid puddles...

    Thursday, September 20, 2012

    The day to pack up Patches and walk to the Post Office. The children were thrilled to go but very sad to say Goodbye to Patches.... We all gave her one last group hug!!!!! We got the wagon ready and off we went. The Post lady was very nice and came around the window and said hi to us... Bye Patches and have a SAFE trip to Canada.....

    Discovery Kid's Daycare - Ontario
    Tuesday, September 25, 2012

    Patches has arrived the children were so excited to meet Patches. She was are wrapped up nice and snuggly in blanket sleeping. The children could not wait to unwrap her and play with her. The children could not wait to hug and kiss her up.

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

    Today was a day off from school and we had two older school kids with us. James brought in the movie Yogi Bear to watch, he thought Patches would like to watch a movie about another bear. Patches thought the movie was funny. She really enjoyed the popcorn and movie snack with juice.

    Thursday, September 27, 2012

    Today was music class Patches enjoyed playing with the rainfall rattles and the rhythm sticks, she also had fun dancing with Anderson.

    Friday, September 28, 2012

    Today was the last for learning about forest animals, Patches choose the raccoon as her favorite forest animal, she likes how cute they look. The children all think Patches is sooo much cuter then any raccoon.

    Saturday, September 29, 2012

    Today we took a trip to the build a bear workshop. Patches got meet many new friends, Three of her new friends came home with us, Midnight, Starry and Pumpkin Pal. Patches had her pawsport signed and she got a special gift just for her a pair of pink sunglasses to match her pink dress.

    Monday, October 1, 2012

    Patches joined all of the children in our Monday morning "what did u do" she listed as the other children talked about their weekend and what they did and then Patches very excitedly shared all about her trip to build a bear.

    Tuesday October 2, 2012

    Today was teddy bear picnic day, everyone brought in their teddy bears from home. We played teddy bear hide and seek and learned a new teddy bear song. Patches was so excited to meet a traveling bear from last year Cooper. Cooper told Patches all about his travels last year and shared his pictures and told him how fun it is to go and make new friends, that made Patches feel better about having to leave soon.

    Wednesday, October 3, 2012

    Patches and the children went for a walk in the neigbourhood looking for signs of fall. Patches and the children tried to catch leaves as they were falling off the trees.

    Thursday, October 4, 2012

    Boo Hoo Hoo, the children are sad today. They are spending their last day with Patches hugging him up and loving on him. They are happy that Patches has come to visit us and they are excited that Patches will get to make more friends at Some place special with Miss CeCe and her children. Patches has been a lovely guest bear, she taught the children about sharing, using kind words and taking your turn. We will miss Patches, we wish her well on her journey. Do not forget about us...

    Discovery Kid's Daycare

    Someplace Special Family Child Care - Virginia
    Saturday, October 13, 2012

    Patches arrived in Reston, VA today!

    Sunday, October 21, 2012

    Patches spent a night with Tori, she went shopping and had a Tea Party. Payton and Patches played with dolls, and stayed up a little too late "playing" after Payton's mom put them to bed. Shaela and Duncan took her home , they played outside and had a wonderful time. On her night with Jackson, she read books and had a quiet evening at home. Patches was relived she had been so busy he was tired.

    On Wednesday the daycare went to the pumpkin patch and Patches went on a hayride, went down a tall slide and through a maze. He helped everyone pick out pumpkins.

    Meshe's Preschool and Day Care - North Carolina
    Monday, October 29, 2012

    Patches has arrived safely in Asheville NC. I will wait till tomorrow when all the kids get here to open the box.

    Monday, November 5, 2012

    The kids were very excited to open the box and let patches out. They each took a turn and welcomed Patches with a great big hug.

    Saturday, November 10, 2012

    Patches had a real good time here at Meshe’s Preschool and Day Care. Our last day with patches was spent with just the little ones. We shared our last snack together, and she got to help pack up our Shoe Boxes for Operation Christmas Child. Patches left for Eddystone Pa, to Kimba’s Daycare and Preschool. We wish her safe travels and know she will have a new adventure in a few days.

    Kimba's Daycare & Preschool - Pennsylvania
    Tuesday, November 13, 2012

    The box arrived by our mailman but it was late to get to share with the kids.

    Wednesday, November 14, 2012

    The kids started coming in and so excited to see their friend Patches. We opened and where surprised. The kids wanted to paint right away but I said we have to wait a little. She is getting acquainted to the children at Kimba's. It is 43 degrees here she may need a coat.

    Thursdday, November 15, 2012

    We had a fun filled day. We had turkey sandwiches shaped like turkeys, and we painted a thanksgiving mat. We had patches help with our decorating of our Dc's tree for the holidays. Patches got to help put the lights on. Patches wanted to take a nap she was very tired from all her traveling.

    Friday, November 16, 2012

    We went shopping looking for Patches to get a hat and gloves and the kids wanted to get her slippers instead. The boys want the the Phillies hat instead. We also learned a lot about where she is from her home state and where she has gone. We learned so much.

    Tuesday, November 20, 2012

    Patches help decorated our Dc's tree. Miss Dee helped with our showing stuff out of Patches box while I read her journal. There's a dog named Shadow who was sniffing me when I was hiding from the kids. We made bread pudding. She wanted to put her pal prints on the wall lol. Starting a new wall they are.

    St. Peter Little Lamb Preschool - Nebraska
    Monday, November 26, 2012

    Good afternoon! Wanted to let everyone know that Patches has arrived to Nebraska today. We had our 1st real sight of snow today, but it didn't last too long. Its all gone now. But, I think Patches will need some warm clothes this week, here it is only suppose to be in the 30's-40's. Oh, and I think she brought her whole closet with her. She has more outfits then I do.

    Wednesday, November 28, 2012

    Patches met my 4 & 5 year olds. They all were excited to see where she all has been. The girls are excited to have another girl in the class. Patches helped celebrate the twins' birthday with them. Patches got to help with putting up the preschool Christmas tree.

    Thursday, November 29, 2012

    My 4 & 5 year olds brought in their teddy bears and we had a teddy bear party with her. We read going on a bear hunt, we sorted the bears by size, and by color. Then we played with our teddy bear counters.

    Monday, December 3, 2012

    Patches finally got to meet all the preschoolers. We have had a few preschoolers out with colds, so Patches is getting excited to head back to Pennsylvania, so she can get caught up on her rest. Patches sure enjoyed playing with the preschoolers. They made the town Bethlehem and used the nativity pieces to act of the story of how Jesus was born. Patches has been helping the preschoolers practice their songs for their upcoming Christmas program.

    A Step Ahead Family Child Care & Preschool - Pennsylvania
    Friday, December, 2012

    Patches has returned home safely. We want to thank everyone for all the wonderful gifts and outfits. We've had so much fun reading about all the adventures she has had and all the new friends she has made. THANK YOU!

    Jennifer Miller
    A Step Ahead Family Child Care & Preschool

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