Author Archives: Evelyn Whiteside

About Evelyn Whiteside

I have been teaching for close to 30 years. Most of that time has been spent in early childhood education. I have a BS in education from Millersville State College and a MS in education from Cabrini College. I hold teaching certifications in both early childhood and special education. Many years ago I worked for the Devereux Foundation and the Owen J. Roberts School District. When my oldest daughter was born I began my journey into early childhood by opening a registered home day care. I then worked for several years at St. Andrew’s Nursery School in Audubon. Before starting at Little Acorns I worked at Easter Seals in Kulpsville, PA where I taught an inclusion model preschool. My passions and experience are with the little people, I continue to learn and gain so much energy and excitement from them. I am looking forward to partnering with The Green Tree Church of the Brethren in getting a quality preschool environment started in this beautiful, child friendly facility. Little Acorns Preschool will quickly become a great addition to the surrounding local communities.

November-December 2015

We have been enjoying talking about families and homes along with a variety of holiday traditions.  The children worked on learning phone numbers and addresses.  We shared pictures of our families on our classroom family tree.  During December we were busy with activities related to Christmas, Hanukkah, Diwali, and Kwanzaa.  Special emphasis was placed on the sharing and caring part of the holiday season as we made ornaments from toilet paper rolls for the members of Green Tree Church.

Making houses with marshmallows and spaghetti

Making houses with marshmallows and spaghetti


Making our own houses with boxes

Making our own houses with boxes

Playing house in the dramatic play area

Playing house in the dramatic play area

October 2015

We have been enjoying lots of time outside during the beautiful fall days.  The children in both classes enjoyed learning how to play tug of war.  Wonderful for developing core strength which ultimately leads to strengthening all those small muscles used for cutting, coloring, and writing.  We so appreciate our visits from Black Rock Fire Company in October.  We work hard to reinforce fire safety during play time in the classroom.IMG_1271 IMG_1299 IMG_1283

September 2015


September has just flown by and we are already into October.  Our classes have already developed into such nurturing communities. We are learning to communicate, cooperate, and resolve our conflicts!  Such important social and emotional skills for life.  We have been enjoying the great weather.  A favorite game this month in both classes has been “tug of war”.  What a great way to have fun while developing language, social, and gross/fine motor skills!

Our Garden

Garden Growing

Our classes enjoyed the spring months at school.  It was wonderful to be outside again!  Early in the spring we planted some vegetable seeds in the classroom.  We decided to try to grow and maintain a garden here at our school.  Since we will be having summer camps we have plenty of helpers for weeding, watering, and hopefully picking some fresh vegetables.  We are growing string beans, cucumbers, and squash in our little garden.  Just another example of the hands-on learning fun we have here at Little Acorns!