From the Office of the Principal
The summer is almost over, which means that before we know it, it will be Back-to-School time! We hope everyone is having a wonderful summer so far. We’ve had lots of summer activities for the preschoolers and field trips for the school-agers in the month of July, and they will only continue throughout the month of August. Let’s first recap July though… we hope everyone had a wonderful Independence Day holiday. The preschoolers enjoyed water play days every Tuesday and Thursday, a visit from Hightouch Hightech science experiments, made their own milk chocolate with Chocolate Bar in a Car, Music for Little Ones music class, Jumpbunch sports classes, Fish the Magish magic show, Ice Cream days, and more! The school-agers got to go on field trips to Stallings Park water playground, Extreme Ice, Petsmart, Home Depot, and Sports Connection! We were so proud of our graduates during our graduation ceremony on Friday, July 22!
August is shaping up to be a busy month as well with plenty of activities for the children during the month! The preschoolers will enjoy water play days every Tuesday and Thursday, Jersey Day, Zootastic animal show, Chocolate Bar in a Car, Music for Little Ones, and much more! The school-agers will get to go on field trips to Kate’s Skating Rink, Sky High, Stallings Park water playground, and Krispy Kreme! Finally, Links to Learning folders go home on Wednesday, August 31, and September will start the new school year!
As always, we will always be here to help you in any way possible if you have any questions or concerns.
William Gordon, Principal
Candi Staines, Assistant Principal
***Don’t forget that we are closed on Monday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day!***
Chesterbrook Academy is on Facebook!
We wanted to remind everyone that the Chesterbrook Academy group of schools is on Facebook. We invite you to facebook“like” our page at www.facebook.com/ChesterbrookAcademy where we’ll be providing our fans with regular educational tips for children from preschool to 8th grade and the opportunity to network with fellow parents. We would love to have your participation and encourage you to continue to check our school website for more local updates specific to our own school.
We look forward to having you as part of our Facebook community!
Automatic Draft Program
“CHECK” IT OUT… No checks necessary! Enroll in our Automatic Payment Program and never write another check for your monthly tuition or pay another late payment. Tuition can be automatically deducted from your checking account. You can find more information about the ACH program here in the office. Let us sign you up today!
Chesterbrook Academy Parent Referral Program
If there’s one thing parents love to do, it’s talk about their children’s successes. When friends ask you about your child’s experiences at Chesterbrook Academy, what type of success stories do you share? Do you mention the personal and educational discoveries your child is making thanks to our advanced curriculum? Do you talk about the new levels of self and social confidence your child has gained thanks to our encouraging atmosphere? Whatever glowing reports you deliver about how your child is growing with his or her education, we couldn’t be more appreciative. In fact, we’d like to show you just how thankful we are for your endorsements. Now when you tell other parents about our school, you can become a Chesterbrook Academy Ambassador.
For every new child you refer who enrolls at our school for three months, you’ll receive one FREE week of tuition for your child.
It’s our way of saying thanks for doing what comes naturally – singing the praises of your child and sharing your experiences with the Chesterbrook Academy difference. If you have any questions about how you can become a Chesterbrook Academy Ambassador, please contact an administrator.
From the Education Department at Nobel
How to Handle “I’m Bored”
Children today are more scheduled than ever before. Their days are filled with activities such as camp, sports, dance classes and music lessons. When there is nothing else scheduled to do, many children find it challenging to fill up their spare time.
This summer, you’ve probably heard your child say “I’m bored” at least once. You may have responded by giving her a game, turning on a movie, or taking a trip to the park. Although you meant well, frequently guiding your child from one activity to the next can actually be counter-productive.
Below are three ways you can manage boredom at home.
Evaluate the situation. The word “bored” means different things to different children. Some children might be bored because they need activity suggestions. Instead of providing a solution right away, ask your child “What could you do that would not be so boring?” This enables children to build deductive reasoning skills and think of a solution on their own. Younger children might be bored because they crave attention or a social companion. Invite your child to help you cook dinner, feed pets, water the garden or put away groceries.
Suggest a wacky solution. Sometimes children need an out-of-the-box suggestion to fill their time. You can do this by saying, “Why don’t you make up a song about a crazy ostrich dancing in the rain?” or “Why don’t you build a castle only using items that are red?” While the child may not take the wacky suggestion, it’s often enough to get her to think of her own creative solution.
Read books with your child. While it’s not something that your child is doing independently, shared reading experiences are great ways to spark her imagination and creativity. Read the book Not a Box by Antoinette Portis with your child. The book tells the story of a rabbit who uses his imagination to transform a cardboard box into anything he wants, including a rocket, robot and racecar. When you’re finished reading, give your child her own cardboard box and let her imagination run wild. Other fun books that focus on imaginative play include The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires, Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson and Lines that Wiggle by Candace Whitman.
Our classrooms give students the opportunity to visit centers, and decide the activities that they’d like to explore. This unstructured time encourages children to engage with their classmates, to be creative, and to establish important self-regulation skills. By fostering creativity and imaginative thinking in the preschool years, children will be better able to structure their time and problem solve on their own as they enter elementary school.
– Lauren Starnes, PhD – Director of Early Childhood Education
From the Education Department
Summer is a time to relax, go on vacation and spend time outdoors. However, it also provides great opportunities forfamily-reading1 shared reading experiences with your child. As you begin planning picnics, beach trips and barbecues, don’t forget to bring a book along!
Nursery rhymes, for instance, are a great choice for summer reading. They have stood the test of time for their ability to naturally teach children language, rhyme and rhythm. They develop imagination and critical thinking skills, while also instilling important morals and lessons.
Below are some nursery rhymes and other fun books to read with your child this summer.
Usborne Very First Nursery Rhymes by Usborne Books
Peek a Who by Nina Laden
Go! Go! Go! Stop! by Charise Harper
From Head to Toe by Eric Carle
BEGINNERS (ages 2-3):
Nursery Rhymes by Kate Toms
Ribbit by Rodrigo Folgueira
Welcome Home, Bear: A Book of Animal Habitats by Il Sung Na
You Are Not Small by Anna Kang
INTERMEDIATES (ages 3-4):
Mary Engelbreit’s Mother Goose: One Hundred Best-Loved Verses by Mary Engelbreit
Waiting by Kevin Henkes
Pet Show by Ezra Jack Keats
Dot by Randi Zuckerberg
PRE-K/PRE-K 2 (ages 4-5):
Little Golden Book Fairy Tale Favorites by Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen
The Book with No Pictures by BJ Novak
I’ll Follow the Moon by Stephanie Tara
The Dot by Peter Reynolds
The Bear and the Piano by David Litchfield
– Lauren Starnes, PhD – Director of Early Childhood Education