A Note From Our Principal
Happy April! Now that spring has arrived, we’re looking forward to spending even more time exploring the outdoors. Taking advantage of the beautiful weather helps children learn and grow as they discover new things in their environment. Our teachers are planning outdoor games, lessons and picnics to celebrate spring. Please bring in sunscreen and bug spray. The authorization forms are on Tiffany Harrell’s desk. Please apply some in the morning and the teacher will apply again the afternoon. We can’t wait to share these activities with your child.
Week of the Young Child
Week of the Young Child, April 4th-8th, is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) celebrating early learning, young children, their teachers and families. We have many fun activities planned for Music Monday, Tasty Tuesday, Work Together Wednesday, Artsy Thursday and Family Friday.
We will have our spring celebrations on Friday, April 15th. We will enjoy our annual Egg Hunt and Spring Parties. We ask for the parents to please donate candy and empty or filled eggs by Friday April 8th. Sign-up sheets for parties will also go up by April 8th. We will share pictures via Links 2 Home.
On April 22nd our classes will be celebrating Earth Day, by releasing ladybugs. Dress your child in black and red or anything with ladybugs on it that you may have. We can’t wait to share photos with you via Links 2 Home.
Parent Survey Reminder
Our enrolled parent survey closes April 15th. This survey provides the opportunity for you to give us feedback anonymously on our strengths and areas we can work on. Please let us know if you haven’t received it. You can also contact me if you have any question or concerns, via my email: Tiffany.Simmons@chesterbrookacademy.com
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April 4th-8th – Week of the Young Child
4/4 Music Monday – Music Matt Zoom Concert
4/5 Tasty Tuesday – Chef’s Choice
4/6 Work Together Wednesday – Plant Seeds with Classmates
4/7 Artsy Thursday – Create Butterfly Craft
4/8 Family Friday – Butterfly Parade in Cul-De-Sac @ 3:30 p.m. Family members may attend
April 15th – Egg Hunt (during classroom’s morning recess) starts @ 10 a.m.
April 15th – Spring Parties @ 3:30 p.m.
April 22nd – Earth Day – Ladybug Release (wear red & black or lady bug attire)
April 29th – End of Month Folders go home
New On Our Preschool Blog
4 Educational Activities to Do with Your Child in Spring
Spring is a great time to get outdoors, take advantage of the nice weather, and explore the change of the season. Being outside provides numerous benefits for your child’s developmental growth and physical and mental health.
Below are some activities to do this season that are not only fun, but also educational.
- Create a Nature Journal
Start a new routine by taking walks with your child. Look for signs of spring, such as flowers, birds, and green leaves. After each walk, provide your child with a notebook and writing utensils. Encourage them to draw pictures or write about the things they saw. This fun exercise fosters creativity, writing, fine motor, and memory skills.
- Fly a Kite
Did you know that April is National Kite Month? Enjoy the breezy weather with your child! Find a wide-open field or park without trees or power lines and let your kite soar high in the sky. Use this opportunity to practice gross motor skills and hand-eye coordination and discuss concepts, such as wind and directional vocabulary.
- Make Nature Prints
Provide your child with a small bucket or basket and go outdoors. Ask them to collect a few favorite flowers or leaves. Roll out play dough or clay and encourage your child to gently press the item into the dough. Carefully lift the item to reveal a beautiful print. Ask your child to describe what they see. Roll the dough again and continue the fun.
Gardening is a hands-on activity for children of all ages. Start small with a few pots or planters. Discuss the importance of sunlight and water for growing healthy plants and flowers. Each day, ask your child to help water the garden. If you’ve planted seeds, encourage your child to measure the plant’s size and track using a chart or graph.