From the Principal’s Office
Summer is in full swing. Hopefully you are enjoying your summer as much as we are at Enchanted Care! We only have six more weeks of super summer fun planned. It’s going to be a slashing good time!
Links to Home Communications
I want to make sure that everyone is receiving fantastic photos and daily sheets through our Links to Home communication system and important emails from the office as well as reminders and notes from the teachers. This has become our main communication source so please be sure to read over the daily sheets for important reminders from the teachers and check regularly for emails from the office.
Water Play Days!
Monday – Intermediate & Toddler 1
Tuesday – Beginners
Wednesday – Toddler 2
Thursday – Pre-K
When it is your child’s designated Water Play Day please bring them to school dressed in their swimwear. All children need to have water shoes in order to participate in Water Play Day. Be sure to apply sunscreen at home before coming to school on Water Play Days. Also, please send a change of clothes and a towel in a water resistant bag so that at the completion of water play we can get your child in dry clothes and place the wet ones in the bag. If the weather is not cooperating on your child’s water play day still send them in their swimwear, we will try to go out if the weather breaks and if it doesn’t then we will have a beach party in the classroom! This is one of our favorite summer time activities! I’m sure that everyone will have a wonderful time playing in the water!
Please keep in mind that the safest shoes for children to wear at school are tennis shoes. Sandals, open-toe and slick-soled shoes may not be worn to school. This policy is stated in our Parent Handbook under the Personal Belongings/Clothing section. Please do not allow children to wear flip-flops or open-toed sandals to school. We do apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but our main objective is to protect the children.
* Don’t forget to check your child’s cubby each day for important information from their teachers and the office.
* Please check the extra clothes kept in your child’s cubby to ensure they have at least two changes of clothing appropriate for the season and in the correct size.
* Please make sure that you are signing your child in every morning and out every evening. Thank you for your consistency with signing the book!
* Parking Lot Safety – Remember to drive slowly and cautiously through our parking lots. There are several small children and their families in the parking lot throughout the day and we want to be sure that everyone is safe! In addition, please so not leave children in the car unattended. It is also important that you do not leave your car running while in our school.
* Referral Program – Enchanted Care offers a wonderful parent referral program. Refer a family to one of our schools, and you will be eligible for a FREE week of tuition. For more information, please reach out to the office.
* Tuition Due – Tuition is due on Monday. 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 Tuesday at noon on the week that tuition is due. If you are interested in our automatic withdrawal program please stop by the office to pick up an authorization form.
Important Dates to Remember
July 4th – Enchanted Care will be CLOSED for Independence Day
July 28th – Intermediate and Pre-K Sports Ohio Field Trip
From the Education Department
Introducing Democracy & Patriotism to Preschoolers
The Fourth of July and election season are upon us, and political communications are becoming more and more present in our lives.
Your child probably has begun to notice campaign stickers, television commercials, and news coverage about the election. He might already be asking questions such as, “Who is the president?”, “What does the president do?” or “Why do people vote?”
With all this going on, now is a great time to engage children in age-appropriate discussions and activities about democracy and patriotism. They will begin to appreciate that people may have different opinions, but we all have a voice in our country’s future.
As our preschoolers progress through our curriculum, they will learn about similarities and differences among countries and cultures. Below are some of our classroom activities that focus on specific U.S. traditions, as well as activities you can do with your child at home.
BEGINNERS (ages 2-3):
- In the classroom: Our Beginner students sing patriotic songs and learn that the Fourth of July is America’s birthday. They practice recognizing and naming the colors and shapes on the American flag.
- At home: Take a drive or walk with your child. Point out the American flag and ask him to name the colors of the stars and stripes. Ask him to teach you a patriotic song that he learned in class.
- Recommended songs: “Yankee Doodle” and “You’re a Grand Old Flag”
INTERMEDIATES (ages 3-4):
- In the classroom: Voting is a common practice in our Intermediate classrooms. Students learn that everyone has an opportunity to vote, and that the choice with the most votes wins. They vote to determine songs to sing, books to read, and games to play.
- At home: Allow your child to vote on family decisions, such as what to eat for dinner or what to do on the weekends. Remind him that everyone in the family gets to vote.
- Recommended songs: “My Country Tis of Thee” and “America the Beautiful”
PRE-K/PRE-K 2 (ages 4-5):
- In the classroom: Our older preschoolers recognize national symbols such as the White House, the American flag, the Statue of Liberty, and the bald eagle. They also learn the meaning of freedom, talk about the roles of the president, and identify patterns on the flag.
- At home: Reinforce to your child that the president is in charge of our country, just like a principal is in charge of a school. Encourage him to write down what he would do if he were president. Ask him to share his ideas with you.
- Recommended songs: “The Star Spangled Banner” and “This Land is Your Land”
By exposing preschoolers to U.S. government and traditions, they gain a sense of pride in their country and a better understanding of the world around them.
– Lauren Starnes, PhD – Director of Early Childhood Education