Message from the Principal:
Woohoo! Its finally March, which means that we will be seeing springtime soon. We have lots of fun stuff going on during this Month. March is Dr. Suess’s birthday and we are celebrating all week long with different activities and fun books.
This Wednesday, March 4th is our Pre-k/kids campus art show from 6pm-7pm. This will be held over at our kids campus. It’s a great opportunity to see the art work your children have been working on and also check out our Kids campus for your kindergarten needs next year. Light refreshments will be served!
Picture Day is approaching. March 18th and 19th we will be taking our spring pictures. An email will be sent out next week letting you know what day your class will be taking their class pictures. Our hope is that if it is on a day that you are not scheduled to be here that you can maybe make arrangements to come in and be part of the picture. You can also take your individual pictures on that day as well so you are not dressing your child up twice.
Wear Green – March 17th we will be having a St. Patty Day Party. More information to come.
- Open House: Our next open house is Saturday, March 21th from 10am – 1pm. Help spread the word about how wonderful our school is and tell a friend to come by for a tour. If they register you may be eligible for a free week of tuition.
- Facebook: “Like” us on Facebook to see posts of all the great things happening at Enchanted Care! We post pictures every week from different classrooms. Like us to see what we are doing.
- BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS: Though we know it is important to celebrate your child’s birthday with their classmates, we would like to remind everyone that you may not give out candy or edible treats of any kind, per our company’s Parent Handbook. We certainly invite you find alternative ways to make your child’s birthday memorable. Please speak with your child’s teacher or administration staff for creative ideas.
- NO OUTSIDE FOOD: Please remember, children should not be bringing ANY food into the classrooms. Please throw away or leave in the car any food before entering the classroom.
- When dropping off or picking up your child, you must enter and exit through the front doors only. Please do not allow other families to “piggy back” in after you, even if you recognize them. As a safety precaution, this will help us to monitor who is coming and going from the building at all times. Though you may be tempted to use the playground gates or side kitchen door, please refrain from doing so. Thank you for your immediate attention to this matter.
- Late Pick-Ups: Just a reminder, per our company’s Parent Handbook, late pick-ups are charged at $1.00/minute/child. If you are late, you will receive a late statement with the amount owed and can be paid to us by check or withdrawn from your ACH account with permission. We can not accept cash.
- Don’t forget to check your child’s folder and cubby for important information from their teachers and the office. Please make sure to change your child’s back-up clothing as the seasons change. Also, we do plan to go outside even in winter so plan accordingly with hats, gloves, and a heavy coat.
- Parking Lot Safety – Please make sure that you are not leaving your child in the car unattended. We have a very busy parking lot and we do not want anything to happen to your child while on the school grounds. Please make sure you are following these guidelines. If you see parents leaving children in their cars, then please notify the Administrator. Please remember Handicapped Parking is reserved for those properly identified for use.
- Tuition Due – Tuition will be due on March 4th and 18th. Please make sure that your account is current with the tuition cycle. There will be a $25 late fee assessed to all payments made after Wednesday of the tuition cycle. If you are interested in our automatic withdrawal program please stop by the office to pick up an authorization form.
From the Education Department
Developing Confident Future Readers
March is National Reading Month, so it is a great time to reinforce how important it is to expose children to books from an early age. We engage all of our students in language and literacy activities every day throughout the school year.
Research has shown that reading aloud to children has a profound influence on their speech development and listening skills. Reading allows children to experience the wondrous world depicted in books, and thrive on the interaction with adults.
Below are age appropriate activities that we implement in our classrooms to get children excited about reading, as well as recommended books to read with your child at home.
INFANTS – Linking sensory and reading experiences
In the classroom: We introduce language and literacy beginning with our infants, by consistently speaking, reading and singing to them. Teachers choose interactive books with bright colors, different textures and pop-up designs to help stimulate infants’ growing sensory awareness.
Books to read at home: Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt, Fuzzy Yellow Ducklings by Matthew Van Fleet and Baby Danced the Polka by Karen Beaumont
TODDLERS – Rhyme and repetition
In the classroom: Toddlers enjoy hearing the same books read over and over again, because they are able join in as the stories become more familiar. Teachers read books with rhyme and repetition, such as Goodnight Moon, and vary their voice each time they tell the story. The change in tone gives children a chance to hear different sounds, and encourages them to practice making the sounds themselves.
Books to read at home: All Fall Down by Helen Oxenbury, Where is the Green Sheep by Mem Fox and Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown
BEGINNERS – Engaging the imagination
In the classroom: Around age two, children begin to develop a love for the world of imagination. It’s important to engage children’s imaginations and encourage them to participate in shared reading experiences. A picture walk motivates children to rely on pictorial clues to decipher the story’s plot and make predictions. Before reading the story, the teacher and student flip through the book, and the child is encouraged to make predictions about the characters and plot. The teacher then reads the book aloud with the student. When finished, the child is asked to relate his predictions to the actual outcome of the story. For example, “Now that you know what happened, why was the elephant wearing a tutu?” or “What would you have done if you were the elephant?”
Books to read at home: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff, Corduroy by Don Freeman or Bark, George by Jules Feiffer
INTERMEDIATES – Exploring the wider world
In the classroom: As our Intermediates are introduced to the Citizens of the World component of our curriculum, they read about different places, cultures and traditions in books. Books help children understand and enjoy learning about the diversity of human experience. During circle time for example, we may read a story about children living in another country, in a different type of house and wearing different types of clothes. Afterward, the teacher connects the story back to what the children know by asking, “What does your house look like?” and “Who lives in your house with you?”
Books to read at home: Abuela by Arthur Dorros, So Much by Trish Cooke and On Mother’s Lap by Ann Scott
PRE-K/PRE-K 2 – Nonfiction Adventures
In the classroom: Children are naturally fascinated by the lives of real people and the world around them. Our teachers cultivate this fascination by exposing students to nonfiction books. For example, the class may read both a fiction and nonfiction book about animals. Afterward, they are encouraged to compare and contrast the two books and discuss what was accurate in the fiction book.
Books to read at home: Stellaluna by Janell Cannon (fiction) and Bat Loves the Night by Nicola Davies (non-fiction)
By experiencing a literacy-rich environment, both at school and at home, we instill a love of reading and provide the foundation for our students to become successful, confident readers in elementary school and beyond.
– Lauren Starnes, PhD- Director of Early Childhood Education