A Message From the Principal
Summer is right around the corner! Hard to believe we are in the last few months of the official school year. We will have a fun filled month and soon will be sending out information about what you can expect for our summer program.
Our Month of April is action packed. Themes for the coming weeks include Bugs and Butterflies; Homes around the World; Taking Care of the Earth; and Funny Farm Animals. Visit our Calendar page to see more!
Other Monthly Details
We will have a Spring Fling Party on the 6th to celebrate Easter. There are sign-up sheets next to your classrooms for items to bring for our special day.
Week of the Young Child is April 13th to the 17th. We are asking parents to email or bring in a copy of their favorite photo of their children along with a special message about why their child is special so we can make a book for the children.
Our Intermediate and Pre-K Classes will be visiting the Franklin Park Conservatory on the 23rd. More details will be coming soon, but if you would like to chaperone please keep the date in mind.
If you have still not registered for the fall term please be aware that all families who still have not paid will be charged the $85 registration fee by May 31st automatically unless we receive a withdrawal notice for a date previous to the beginning of our Fall school year.
THANK YOU to those of you who have been trying very hard to make sure you are following these protocols:
- Please make sure you are driving slowly through our parking lot while families are dropping off and picking up small children.
- Please do not allow anyone to enter the building without their door code for the safety of all inside.
- Please make sure you are not leaving children unattended in vehicles.
- We do have children in the building with very severe peanut allergies. Please monitor items being brought onto school grounds for possible allergens.
- Please wash hands when entering classrooms and have your children do so also.
- Like us on Facebook to see all of the fun and exciting things happening at Enchanted Care!!
Tuition is due the weeks of March 30th, April 6th, and 20th . Please make sure that your account is current with the tuition cycle. There will be a $25 late payment fee assessed to all payments made after Wednesday of the tuition week. If you are interested in our automatic withdrawal program, please stop by the office to pick up an authorization form.
WITHDRAWAL/CHANGE OF SCHEDULE Policy
You must give us four weeks’ notice in writing prior to withdrawing your child from the school. If you wish to return after withdrawing your child, space is not guaranteed and you must pay a new registration fee and deposit applicable to new enrollees. You must also give us four weeks’ notice prior to reducing your child’s attendance schedule and two weeks’ notice prior to increasing your child’s attendance schedule.
From our Education Department…
Appreciating the Wonders of Mother Nature
Spring is here and Earth Day is right around the corner, providing a wonderful opportunity to connect children with nature and reinforce the importance of preserving and protecting the world around us.
Our Links to Learning curriculum uses hands-on activities to cultivate a deeper connection to the earth and foster academic, physical and social skill development.
Below are activities we implement in our classrooms to get children excited about nature, as well as activities and books to read with your child at home.
In the classroom: Our teachers provide natural objects, such as leaves, pinecones and flowers for the children to see and touch. We help children associate words with the concrete objects they represent.
At-home activity: Allow your child to experience different textured fruits, such as an orange, watermelon and cantaloupe. Talk about what he sees, smells, tastes and feels.
Recommended reading: Colors from Nature from PlayBac Publishing and The Earth Book by Todd Parr
BEGINNERS (Ages 2-3):
In the classroom: Around age two, children begin to understand interdependencies in nature. For instance, they learn that ladybugs feed on insects that are harmful to gardens, trees and shrubs. On Earth Day, many of our students have the opportunity to release ladybugs to help local gardens.
At-home activity: Take a walk outdoors with your child and play a game of “I Spy.” Ask him point out objects found in the springtime, for example a red flower, a blue bird or a colorful butterfly.
Recommended reading: Biscuit’s Earth Day Celebration by Alyssa Satin Capucilli & David T. Wenzel and The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
INTERMEDIATES (Ages 3-4):
In the classroom: As our Intermediates gain a greater understanding and appreciation for how living things grow, the class may adopt a pet such as a fish or bunny. Students develop math, science and language skills by measuring the pet’s food, observing the pet’s behavior and habitat, and learning new vocabulary. Research shows that when children have the opportunity to care for animals, they practice nurturing behaviors that help them interact in gentle ways with people also.
At-home activity: Create a small garden and allow your child to help you plant and water seeds, either outdoors or indoors. Ask him to predict what the plant will look like by drawing pictures in his journal. Check the plant regularly so he can observe and measure changes in growth. Discuss the importance of watering and caring for the plant.
Recommended reading: Our Earth by Anne Rockwell and the poem “Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout Would Not Take the Garbage Out!” by Shel Silverstein
PRE-K/PRE-K 2 (Ages 4-5):
In the classroom: Teachers encourage our older preschoolers to reuse recyclable materials in fun and unconventional ways. For instance, our students use cardboard boxes to create a castle, milk jug lids to sort and match, and plastic bottles to create beautiful, unique artwork.
At-home activity: Set up a recycling station using cardboard boxes, and label each box with the words “metal”, “plastic” and “paper”. Throughout the month, ask your child to help sort your family’s recyclables by placing the items into the correct box. Explain that recycling is just one way that we can be kind to the earth. Ask him to name a few other ways, such as conserving electricity, picking up litter and planting a garden.
Recommended reading: A Tree is Nice by Janice May Udry and The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
We create a path for lifelong learning by providing numerous opportunities for children to study and explore nature. These hands-on experiences lead to growth in all areas of development as students transition into elementary school and beyond.
– Lauren Starnes, PhD- Director of Early Childhood Education