A Note From Our Principal
Fall is in full swing and our students are enjoying the extra outdoor time, nature walks and seasonal curriculum activities. Our After School Specialty Classes will be starting next week! We are looking forward to watching our students learn and grow in their extracurricular activities. We will begin planning for our annual holiday giving community support initiatives soon, so stay tuned for more information! As always, please reach out if you have any questions or concerns.
Fall Clothing Refresh
Our teachers have many fun outdoor activities planned for our students this month. Please check your child’s extra clothing bin and ensure that their extra set of clothes is weather appropriate so that your child can participate in everything planned for their class.
October 4th—Check extra clothing bins for weather appropriate clothing!
October 11th – SCHOOL CLOSED – Professional Development Day
October 21st – Northwest Harvest Food Drive begins
October 31st—HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
From Our Education Department
Early Math Exposure Adds Up to Later Success
Hands-on experiences help children understand foundational math concepts, such as number and shape recognition, patterning, sorting, and addition and subtraction. The activities below provide your child with valuable early exposure which will help him gain confidence for additional math skills presented in kindergarten and beyond.
Toddlers (ages 1-2)
- Take a walk with your child to look at leaves. Talk about their size, shape and where you found them. Encourage him to repeat the words back to you.
- Tell the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Count each of the bears, bowls, chairs and beds mentioned. If you have the book, point to each item as you count.
Beginners (ages 2-3)
- Place one cracker and a group of three crackers in front of your child. Ask him to point to one cracker. If he answers correctly, ask him to point to many crackers.
- Look through a book or magazine together. Ask him to find and point to various shapes, including squares, circles and triangles.
Intermediates (ages 3-4)
- Look through a magazine with your child. Encourage him to find and circle numbers from 1-40. Help him count how many numbers he found.
- Give your child two groups of toys or snacks. Ask him to count the total number of items.
Pre-K/Pre-K 2 (ages 4-5)
- Place five socks in front of your child. Ask him to count how many socks he sees. Take a few socks away and have him recount them. Repeat the activity by varying the number of socks you remove.
- Provide your child with two piles of small items (i.e., carrots and grapes, crayons and markers, rocks and leaves). Ask him to compare the number of items in each group. Listen for words such as more than, less than and equal to.