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January News

Happy New Year!
A New Year always brings new changes or initiatives. We have many new families and new staff joining our Chesterbrook Family!   We are so excited to be growing together.
Monday, January 11th will be the first ‘Coffee with the Principal’.  I will be available from 7-9:30 am.  Feel free to stop in and say hi, ask a question and we will all get to know each other.  The next ‘Coffee with the Principal’ will be Monday, February 1st.
Whacky Wednesday’s will begin Wednesday, January 20th.  We will do the third Wednesday of every month.  We will have some crazy fun day! Our first one will be backwards day.  Everyone will wear their clothes backwards!
We will continue to make changes here at school as well.  We will be receiving a new Infant/Toddler playground on the back of the school.  THINK SPRING!

Thank you for being part of the Chesterbrook Family!

Warm Regards,

Jen Elliott, Principal



January 1st – New Year’s Day – Chesterbrook Closed

January 8th – Bubble Bath Day

January 11th – Coffee Talk with the Principal 7-9:30am

January 13th – Rubber Ducky Day

January 17th – Popeye Day

January 18th – MLK Day Chesterbrook Open

January 20th – Whacky Wednesday – Backwards Day

January 21st – Get to Know Your Customer Day

January 23rd – National Pie Day
January 27th – National Geographic Day
January 28th – National Kazoo Day
January 29th – Fun at Work Day  _______________________________________________________________________

The Value of Visual Art Activities for Your Preschooler

Visual art experiences help children develop skills such as critical thinking, self-expression, problem-solving, communication and collaboration. Our teachers focus on process-based art education, in which the experience of creating art is valued over the end product.

In our classrooms, teachers integrate art into many aspects of our Links to Learning curriculum. After reading a book about polar bears, teachers might ask students to create their own polar bears using sponges, paint, markers and paper. They encourage students to talk about their art, providing a great opportunity to learn new vocabulary, particularly words related to colors, shapes,textures, and emotions.

Our students are also exposed to and inspired by famous artwork. In order to cultivate that fascination, we discuss famous artists and art works and ask students to create replicas of well-known paintings and sculptures. For example, after learning about Michelangelo’s painting on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, teachers mimic the activity in the classroom. They tape paper underneath tables, and students practice painting a masterpiece while lying down.

Below are visual art activities you and your child can do at home, as well as recommended reading.

At Home:

  • Provide your child with finger paint, a large piece of paper and a smock. Let him create a masterpiece. Talk about how the paint feels and what colors and shapes he creates on the paper.
  • Start a journal with your child. Have him draw a picture of something that happened during the day. Avoid giving direction. Instead of saying “Draw a picture of your teacher and classmates,” encourage him to experiment using different colored markers or crayons. If age appropriate, ask your child to write a few words to describe the picture.
  • Give your child a piece of paper and a box of crayons or markers. Show him how to use the materials to make dots, lines and swirls on the paper. Let him take over and have fun. Encourage conversation about your child’s art by saying, “Tell me about what you made” or “I see you used a lot of blue in your picture. Why did you choose that color?”
  • Ask your child to decorate a sign for his bedroom door using various art materials. Have him write his name on the sign.

Recommended Reading:

  • The Dot by Peter Reynolds
  • Beautiful Oops by Barney Saltzberg
  • Art by Patrick McDonnell
  • Not a Box by Antoinette Portis
  • Mix It Up by Herve Tullet

It is wonderful to share the joy that children naturally take in using art materials.  Giving children extra opportunities to connect art to the world around them, contributes to happiness and future success in elementary school and beyond.

– Lauren Starnes, PhD – Director of Early Childhood Education


For Parents
Chesterbrook Academy Elementary School News
Did you know that we had an elementary school in Naperville? The elementary school services Kindergarten-8th Grade. If you are in need of more information or enrolling your child in our elementary school please contact the school at 630-527-0833. You can also visit their website at http://Naperville.ChesterbrookAcademy.com.

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