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March News

A Message From the Principal:

Dear Chesterbrook Academy Parents,

Spring is almost here! I know we are all ready for the warmer weather! We have a very busy month ahead of us here at Chesterbrook. Everyone should have received the Priority Registration Paperwork for the upcoming school year. Please be sure to fill out the papers and return to the office with a check to take advantage of the half off registration fee. All paperwork must be received by March 20th to receive the discounted rate. If you have any questions regarding this feel free to stop in office.

Please be sure to have your child’s physician fill out the new Universal Health Record Form (that was handed out a few weeks ago) at their next visit. It is very important that we have these update forms as well as the most recent immunization records on file for each of our students.

Our Teacher of the Month for March is Miss Karin. Karin has been with us for about a year now. She is our Lead Teacher in the Beginner B classroom. Karin is always so happy and full of energy! She has a great relationship with all of the children and parents not only in her classroom but throughout the school. If you see Karin in the hallway, congratulate her on a job well done!

Please see below for a list of important dates in March:

  • March 18th: Picture Day for Infants, Toddler A, Toddler B, and Beginner A.
  • March 19th: Picture Day for Beginner B, Intermediates, Pre-K and Kindergarten. **Please note that if you child does not attend on Wednesday but attends on Thursdays, (or vice versa) we can switch their picture day. **
  • March 20th: Last day to hand in paperwork and checks for Early Bird Priority Registration.
  • March 21st:  Open House from 10am-1pm. Remember if you refer a family and they enroll, you will receive one week free tuition!

Have a wonderful month and thank you for all of your support!


From the Education Department

Developing Confident Future Readers

March is National Reading Month, so it is a great time to reinforce how important it is to expose children to books from an early age. We engage all of our students in language and literacy activities every day throughout the school year.

Research has shown that reading aloud to children has a profound influence on their speech development and listening skills. Reading allows children to experience the wondrous world depicted in books, and thrive on the interaction with adults.

Below are age appropriate activities that we implement in our classrooms to get children excited about reading, as well as recommended books to read with your child at home.

INFANTS – Linking sensory and reading experiences

In the classroom: We introduce language and literacy beginning with our infants, by consistently speaking, reading and singing to them. Teachers choose interactive books with bright colors, different textures and pop-up designs to help stimulate infants’ growing sensory awareness.

Books to read at home: Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt, Fuzzy Yellow Ducklings by Matthew Van Fleet and Baby Danced the Polka by Karen Beaumont

TODDLERS – Rhyme and repetition

In the classroom: Toddlers enjoy hearing the same books read over and over again, because they are able join in as the stories become more familiar. Teachers read books with rhyme and repetition, such as Goodnight Moon, and vary their voice each time they tell the story. The change in tone gives children a chance to hear different sounds, and encourages them to practice making the sounds themselves.

Books to read at home: All Fall Down by Helen Oxenbury, Where is the Green Sheep by Mem Fox and Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown

BEGINNERS – Engaging the imagination

In the classroom: Around age two, children begin to develop a love for the world of imagination. It’s important to engage children’s imaginations and encourage them to participate in shared reading experiences. A picture walk motivates children to rely on pictorial clues to decipher the story’s plot and make predictions. Before reading the story, the teacher and student flip through the book, and the child is encouraged to make predictions about the characters and plot. The teacher then reads the book aloud with the student. When finished, the child is asked to relate his predictions to the actual outcome of the story. For example, “Now that you know what happened, why was the elephant wearing a tutu?” or “What would you have done if you were the elephant?”

Books to read at home: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff, Corduroy by Don Freeman or Bark, George by Jules Feiffer

INTERMEDIATES – Exploring the wider world

In the classroom: As our Intermediates are introduced to the Citizens of the World component of our curriculum, they read about different places, cultures and traditions in books. Books help children understand and enjoy learning about the diversity of human experience. During circle time for example, we may read a story about children living in another country, in a different type of house and wearing different types of clothes. Afterward, the teacher connects the story back to what the children know by asking, “What does your house look like?” and “Who lives in your house with you?”

Books to read at home: Abuela by Arthur Dorros, So Much by Trish Cooke and On Mother’s Lap by Ann Scott

PRE-K/PRE-K 2 – Nonfiction Adventures

In the classroom: Children are naturally fascinated by the lives of real people and the world around them.  Our teachers cultivate this fascination by exposing students to nonfiction books. For example, the class may read both a fiction and nonfiction book about animals. Afterward, they are encouraged to compare and contrast the two books and discuss what was accurate in the fiction book.

Books to read at home: Stellaluna by Janell Cannon (fiction) and Bat Loves the Night by Nicola Davies (non-fiction)

By experiencing a literacy-rich environment, both at school and at home, we instill a love of reading and provide the foundation for our students to become successful, confident readers in elementary school and beyond.

– Lauren Starnes, PhD- Director of Early Childhood Ed

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