News & Current Events: September - October, 2011
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Barrington Academy would like you to brag to your friends about what great preschool and child care services your family is receiving. Print and bring your reviews to the Academy and enter a drawing to win a Scholastic Book Coupon for $20. Parents can enter on any or all of the websites mentioned below, once per month. If you enter reviews on all five websites you will have five entries in the drawing for that month. The coupon will be honored at the Academy by ordering books you like through Scholastic.
September 5th - Barrington Academy closed for Labor Day .
September 12th-16th – Time for Fall Break Already! Our State funded GA Pre K program is on break this week along with the Henry County Schools. Barrington Academy, on the other hand, will be open for your child care needs. Our Private Pre K program will also be in session.
September 19th -23rd -- Scholastic Book Fair is here ! We are celebrating the National Read A Book Month by giving all parents the opportunity to enhance their child’s literacy abilities. These books are carefully chosen for each age group and reading levels so as to make it easy for the child to read. You will see the rewards of learning as you read more books with your children. Remember …Books are the Best Gift .
September 22nd – Private Pre K4 Field Trip to the Atlanta Zoo. Want to jin in on the fun with your children, come on in as a chaperone. Children love the whole environment and being near animals and birds . They don’t realize we will be sneaking in some learning along with the fun at the Zoo.
September 21st - Grandparents day in the morning to celebrate the National Better Breakfast Month. Although we might be serving muffins and coffee, we are just trying to get our children to enjoy the love of grandparents in their school . Children will be making small crafts with their loved ones.
September 27th -28th -- Picture days ! Lets find out how cute the babies and toddler can look under flashlights. Dress up your pre-school child for this fun day and you will reap the rewards when you see the proof in printed pictures. More details will be in your child’s Friday folder.
October 14th – 21st – Our State funded GA Pre K program is on break this week . Barrington Academy, on the other hand, will be open for your child care needs. Our Private Pre K program will also be in session.
October 28th – Fall Festival is coming here. Can you imagine the fun with Jump-A-Thon and games and candy and popcorn? Make sure your child is in school and has a band for that day to celebrate fall with us.
Featured Craft ---- Super Self-Portrait
A life-size collage shows off your child's special traits.
What you need
- large mural paper
- child safety scissors
- fabric scraps
- glue stick
- non-breakable mirrors
What to do
- Roll out mural paper and encourage your child to think about how he would like to position his body for the portrait. Does he want his legs and arms straight or bent? Out to the sides or close to his body?
- Invite him to lie in his desired position on the paper as you trace the outline of his body.
- Have your child begin fleshing out the portrait by making his face, hair, and clothes, using the art materials. Place a mirror nearby so that he can observe his face. Let his imagination soar as he comes up with new ways to represent his unique look.
- Ask him to tell you about what he is depicting on his body portrait. You might even want to videotape your conversation!
- Promotes self-awareness and discovery
- Encourages creativity
- Fosters fine-motor skills
Cooking"Outside the Box"
"The red pepper is so pretty!" — Abby, age 3
"The sausages are looking at me!" — Sam, age 5
You can invite your child to use his creative-thinking skills by inviting him to looking at a common food in a new way.
- Take a favorite boxed food, such as macaroni and cheese.
- Ask, "How can we make macaroni and cheese better? What can we add to make it taste great and look good, too?"
- Set up a selection of add-ins for your child to experiment with: fresh or frozen peas, diced carrots, red peppers, sliced chicken, ham, or tofu.
- Have your child experiment with small batches in paper bowls. Encourage him to notice how the different combinations look as well as taste. "How did the macaroni change?"
( Courtesy : Scholastic )
Themes For September / October
Leaves and Trees
Spiders and Bats