Welcome to the first month of our new program. Your children seem to be adapting well to the new changes and longer hours. We are asking parents to bear with us as this is new to us as well and we are assessing and adjusting the program so as to meet the needs of all of your children.
We are encouraging independence in your children having them take off boot and jackets and find their own indoor shoes. We will assist if necessary.
Please send your child in boots. These are not only easy for your child to take off and put on they are necessary for our daily outdoor play as the yard is very wet and muddy. Label all boots preferably on the outside as we do have doubles of the same style.
If we could get all muddy buddies (and rain gear) to be labelled on the outside so as not to have confusion as to which one belongs to who we would appreciate this.
Water bottles are to be brought to the preschool on Tuesday and will stay at the centre until Friday when they will go home for a good wash. We will fill them up as necessary throughout the week.
Thank you to all parents sending snack in labelled reusable containers. It is really cutting down on garbage! A reminder that we are a peanut and nut free centre as we do have children with allergies.
Our goal is to build our program around the interests of the children. We have always ascribed to the value of play and learning through play while introducing a variety of concepts to the children.
In keeping with our philosophy of not focusing on specific themes, especially around the holidays, we will be basing our curriculum around the four seasons. An example of this would be emphasizing more on the colour orange, pumpkins and circles rather than jack o lanterns and Halloween. As Halloween falls on a Thursday, we ask that parents not send their children in costume. We will be doing games, face painting and have a special treat for snack.
Finally, we will be dismissing from outside, on a trial basis, on Tuesday and Thursdays and from inside the centre on Fridays after handing out all artwork and returning water bottles.