A Note From Our Principal
For the past few months our teachers and camp counselors have been busy planning special activities to make this summer fun and memorable. This month marks the beginning of our Connect to Summer curriculum enhancement camp for our preschoolers, and our Summer of Discovery full-time camp program for our school-agers. These programs feature activities that support learning outcomes aligning with your child’s developmental level. Please keep an eye out for special communications about activities and events, and about how you can support your child’s learning at home. As always, we are here with any questions or concerns you may have. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us!
In our infant program, we start using baby sign language from the earliest months. Baby signs are common terms that have been modified and simplified from American Sign Language. This months baby signs are “dog and “cat”. To sign the word “dog,” tap your hand flat against your thigh repeatedly. To sign the word “cat,” pinch your thumb and index finger together by the side of each cheek, while keeping your remaining fingers straight.
This month, toddlers will learn problem solving which is an essential skill that is developed at a young age. Stimulating your child’s curiosity will motivate her to find solutions to everyday puzzles. Hide a rattle behind your back. Let your child listen to the sound of the toy for a few seconds, without seeing it. See if she will go around you to find the toy. Give the toy to your child to play with before hiding it again.
This month, your child will identify events that occur in the beginning and at the end of stories, continue naming shapes, and discuss summertime activities.
This month, your child will compare and contrast objects by using physical attributes (color, shape, size, weight), explore rocks in nature, and express her own wants and needs.
This month, your child will compare characters in stories, practice writing uppercase and lowercase letters, and explore the postal mail process.
This month, your child will attempt to sound out unknown words in text, count by tens up to 100, and identify various forms of transportation.
Read Together, Talk Together
A Summery Saturday Morning by Margaret Mahy
Beach Day by Dani Mogstad
Zigby Camps Out by Brian Paterson
Please let us know in advance if you are planning on using your vacation credit to ensure that your account is not charged incorrectly. Thank you!
Summer Cubby Clean-ups
Our students love spending time outdoors and we want to make sure we take ample advantage of the summer weather before it gets too hot. If your child is in the Toddler classroom and up, please make sure they have the following items in their cubby at all times:
- Labeled bottle of sunscreen. If you send the aerosol kind, please send an additional cream version for your child’s face.
- Reusable water bottle with your child’s name on it
- Summer appropriate change of clothes
Summer of Discovery Camp Update!
We officially kicked off our school-age camp on May 28th and could not be more excited to spend the summer with our campers! Each school-age parent should have received a copy of our summer calendar listing all field trips and approximate departure and arrival times. Changes will be communicated through Links 2 Home.
On field trip days, campers should arrive at school wearing their camp t-shirt with sunscreen already applied. Campers should have a reusable water bottle at camp each day. Closed toed, comfortable shoes are required for all field trips except those involving water.
From Our Education Department