A Note from Our Principal
The summer is not over yet, and we have lots of fun events still planned. Summer Camp has field trips to the movies, followed by lunch and time to play at Bell Tavern Park. We also have trips planned for the Davinci Science Center and the Philadelphia Zoo! The younger camp rooms will have In-House Visitors, such as Family Stages, Stubby the Helicopter, Bubble Party, and more!
We wanted to thank you all for your participation in our Kids Helping Communities initiative this summer! We are grateful for the opportunity to watch our students serve others these past few weeks. We are proud to announce that we collected $4,102! Thank you for your generous donations!
All my best,
Online Family Communication
Family Referral Bonus & Open House
Do you know a colleague who has recently had a baby, a friend in need of care who just relocated to the area, or a family member who is seeking a new preschool for their child? Invite them to our Open House on August 5. When you refer a friend and they enroll, you’re eligible for a free week of tuition. Ask us for details!
Don’t Miss Out on Re-Enrolling for September!
For those who have not yet registered, we urge you to complete the re-enrollment process as soon as possible to guarantee your child’s spot. Please let us know if you have any questions or need a copy of the Letter of Intent form. We look forward to another year of growth, learning, and fun together!
Did You Know?
August 16- Color War!
August 24- Last Day of Camp Carnival
August 25 – CBA Closed for Back to School Professional Development
August 28- First Day of School
August 30- Kindergarten Back to School Night
August 31- End-of-month folders go home
New On Our Preschool Blog
Thriving through Play: Gross-Motor Activities for Growing Preschoolers
Children grow tremendously from birth through age five, so it is vital that we are there to support them. At our preschool, we help children with balancing skills, hand-eye coordination, and how to stay healthy and safe. It’s all part of our comprehensive Links to Learning curriculum, designed to help every child thrive.
Our dedicated teachers promote wellness through daily learning experiences that encourage children to climb, run, hop, dance, and practice rhythmic movement. Games like Freeze Tag, Simon Says, and Red Light/Green Light help children develop gross motor skills while having a blast!
It’s not all about physical play – we know the importance of building social-emotional skills too. Following directions, teamwork, and taking turns are all part of the fun during our activities. Plus, we also introduce children to basic nutritional and safety concepts, setting them up for a lifetime of healthy choices.
Below, we have compiled a list of age-appropriate outdoor activities that you can do with your child to help continue the development at home.
1. Infants (0 – 1 year)
Grass provides a natural and forgiving environment for your infant to explore safely. Take your baby outdoors and allow them to practice movement and balance. Place rattles, soft balls, or textured toys a few feet from your infant, and encourage them to reach and grasp the items.
2. Toddlers (1 – 2 years)
Grab a bunch of colorful balls and head outside. Encourage your toddler to roll or kick the balls on various surfaces like soft grass, squishy sand, or smooth pavement. Watch their eyes light up as they discover the different textures and improve their coordination along the way.
3. Beginners (2 – 3 years)
Place a few hula hoops on the ground for a series of exciting jumping games. Ask your child to jump from one hoop to the next using both feet. Then, ask them to hop from one to the next on one foot. Lastly, challenge your child to hop from hoop to hoop alternating between their left and right foot.
4. Intermediates (3 – 4 years)
Provide your child the opportunity to demonstrate smooth body control through different yoga poses. Lay out a mat, and introduce poses named after animals they are familiar with, such as cat, cow, dog, and frog. Perform the pose first and encourage your child to mimic what they see.
5. Pre-K / Pre-K 2 (4 – 5 years)
Use chalk to write various numbers and letters in your driveway. Ask your child to perform a variety of movement by saying phrases such as, “Bear crawl to the letter K” or “Tiptoe to the number 5.” This activity not only fosters gross motor skills, but also encourages letter and number recognition and following directions.