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November 2015 News


November 2015

Have you seen all of the amazing learning and activities happening at Chesterbrook Academy Pembroke Pines? It’s great to walk the halls and see how much fun all of our students are having each day. They have already changed so much from the start of the school year. Be on the lookout, Report Cards are going home on Friday. This report will share with you your child’s progress so far. If you would like, you are always able to schedule a private meeting with your little one’s teacher to discuss their report card and learning goals. Please always remember that our Links to Home center in the front lobby has activities for you to reinforce skills at home.

Mark your Calendars, November is another busy month. Here are some dates for you to keep in mind. Please make sure you are also checking your child’s Parent Board for other important dates. We do not want anyone to miss out!

  • 11/6: Pre-K field trip forms are due.
  • 11/7: 2nd Annual Cultures Around The World event 10am-12noon
  • 11/9: Scholastic Reading Club orders are due
  • 11/10: Last day to drop off food drive items for the City of Pembroke Pines
  • 11/11: NO SCHOOL: Staff Professional Development Day
  • 11/13: Pre-K Turkey Trot field trip
  • 11/19: Silly School Spirit Dress Up Day: Medieval Times
  • 11/25: Non-VPK Day
  • 11/26-27: Thanksgiving Break- NO SCHOOL

From our Education Department:

4 Ways to Instill Thankfulness in Young Children

It’s never too early to teach your child about thankfulness. By learning concepts of generosity and compassion, children strengthen their connection to their community and become sensitive to the feelings of others.

The holiday season is quickly approaching, so now is a great time to reinforce the importance of thankfulness and giving back to those in need.

Below are age appropriate activities that we implement in the classroom, as well as activities for you and your child to do at home.

TODDLERS: Be a good role model

In the classroom: Our teachers introduce “please” and “thank you” to our toddlers by using sign language and verbal communication. Students practice good manners with their dolls, stuffed animals and each other.

At home: Modeling positive behaviors is a great way to teach your child good manners. Say “please” before asking him to do something, and always follow with “thank you.”

Recommended reading: Little Critter® I Am Helping by Mercer Mayer

BEGINNERS: Share your gratitude out loud

In the classroom: Our teachers encourage our Beginner students to name a few of their favorite toys and games, and bring one in from home to share with friends. By sharing their belongings, children nurture connections with their classmates, and build necessary problem-solving skills.

At home: Talk with your child about the things in your life for which you are thankful, and ask him to name a few as well. Extend the discussion beyond physical possessions. For instance, if he is thankful for a favorite toy, say “Grandma bought you that toy, and we are thankful for her.”

Recommended reading: Spot Helps Out by Eric Hill

INTERMEDIATES: Show appreciation through actions

In the classroom: By age three, children begin to understand the concept of appreciation. They create birthday cards for their teachers, make art projects for friends, and write thank you cards for classroom visitors.

At home:  Go shopping with your child, and buy a small token of appreciation for a friend or family member. Ask your child to draw a picture or write a thank you note to accompany the gift.

Recommended reading: Clifford’s Good Deeds by Norman Bridwell

PRE-K/PRE-K2: Give back to those in need

In the classroom: During the holidays, many of our schools host donation drives for organizations in need. Our older preschoolers discuss why they are participating, count the items donated, and sometimes have the opportunity to deliver the donations.

At home: Donate canned goods to a local food pantry, and allow your child to choose the food that he would like to donate. Explain to him that you are thankful to have good food to eat, and that you want to make sure that others have the same.

Recommended reading: The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

We provide many opportunities for our preschoolers to develop thankfulness and show gratitude towards others. By setting this positive foundation, your child will be more appreciative and generous as he enters elementary school and beyond.

– Lauren Starnes, PhD – Director of Early Childhood Education


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