Summer has finally arrived and our summer camp is in full swing. We have enjoyed fun field trips, water play days and hands on activities including animal adventures, science experiments and more. There have been several new faces in our school as well. It is always nice to welcome new friends to Chesterbrook Academy! Now is the best time to refer a guest to our school and to take advantage of the Parent Referral tuition discount. This incentive offers $500 off tuition to current families who refer a new student to our school.
We would like to remind our families that the new tuition rates are effective beginning June 29th, 2015. If you need a copy of the fee schedule, please stop by the front desk for more information. Fall registration fees are also now due for the new 2015 – 1016 school year, unless you paid during the early bird registration in March.
During the summer months, the children will spend time outside each day. Please be aware of the following precautions to keep your child safe at school:
- Apply sunscreen to your child’s skin each morning. If you would like to have sunscreen reapplied for the afternoon, it may be brought to school (authorization form must be filled out by parent).
- Children should wear close toe shoes at school to protect them from falls or injuries.
- Notify your child’s teacher of any allergens to insect bites or bee stings.
We provide water throughout the day and when the children are outside on the playground. The heat index is monitored daily as well to limit the children’s exposure to the elements.
Fun Ways to Keep Your Child
Engaged in Learning this Summer
Summer offers unique opportunities for children to learn through fun, multi-sensory experiences. Our teachers continue to use our Links to Learning curriculum to help children develop new skills throughout the summer.
Here are some examples of types of activities we will be doing this summer, as well as ideas for you and your child to do at home.
In the classroom: Our teachers provide numerous opportunities for multi-sensory exploration. Infants spend tummy time in the grass, splash their hands at the water table and feel and taste summer fruits.
At home: Fill a small bowl with water and place it in front of your child. Allow him to splash his hands in the water. Practice hand-eye coordination and fine motor skill development by adding toys and encouraging your child to retrieve them.
TODDLERS (ages 1-2):
In the classroom: In the toddler years, children begin to play together with their peers. They practice sharing toys and cooperating in learning centers. Research shows that by nurturing connections with others, toddlers learn how to form friendships, communicate their emotions and deal with challenges.
At home: Encourage sharing skills by taking turns blowing bubbles with your child, doing the Hokey Pokey, or drawing pictures using sidewalk chalk.
BEGINNERS (ages 2-3):
In the classroom: Our Beginner students use math and science while participating in fun outdoor activities. For instance, they predict and test the buoyancy of toys at the water table, and count how many will float and how many will sink.
At home: During bath time or in a baby pool, continue the exploration of what sinks and what floats. Bring a small assortment of toys and ask your child to guess which items will sink or float.
INTERMEDIATES (ages 3-4):
In the classroom: Intermediates take advantage of the warm summer weather by strengthening their gross motor skills. They practice pedaling on a tricycle, throwing and catching balls, playing hopscotch and walking on balance boards.
At home: Play follow the leader around your neighborhood or at a nearby park. Have your child try skipping, galloping, hopping, marching and jogging.
PRE-K/PRE-K 2 (ages 4-5):
In the classroom: Teachers make reading and writing more engaging and fun by moving learning outdoors. For example, our older preschoolers go on a nature walk, write about their experience in their journals, and share their journal entries with the class.
At home: Increase your child’s interest in writing by bringing various writing materials outside, such as crayons and paper or colored sidewalk chalk. Ask your child to draw and label what he sees.
During the summer months, we provide many opportunities for students to explore their interests, learn to their full potential, and express themselves creatively. These hands-on experiences lead to growth in all areas of development as children transition into elementary school and beyond.
– Lauren Starnes, PhD – Director of Early Childhood Education