Activities and Updates
Please check your boxes for an annual enrollment update. Paperwork, including tuition agreement, updated contact information and USDA form, needs to be returned to Tracy by August 15, 2012.
Music with Mr. Ben
Did you know that every Friday we enjoy music and movement with Mr. Ben? This is a wonderful enrichment to our curriculum, and the kids and teachers just love it!
The children and teachers sing, dance, play, and make music together. The emphasis is on having fun while experiencing and making music in a positive and predictable environment. The Singers and Stompers curriculum is designed to make musical terms and concepts approachable for children, to demystify music and musical instruments, and specifically to always relate back to the four properties of music: Pitch (low / high), Timbre (Tonal quality — rough / smooth or bright / warm), Rhythm (fast / slow), and Dynamics (loud / quiet).
Research consistently shows that language acquisition and literacy skills, especially for very young children, are greatly enhanced through a music curriculum, utilizing singing and sing-a-longs, musical instruments, dancing to familiar songs, and other activities concentrating on connecting language with rhythm, cadence, and active participation. We are so pleased to offer this special feature of our program to children and families at no extra cost!
Check out Free Fridays at the Portland Children's Museum
Another great way to foster age-appropriate development with and among children is through art! Our partners at the Portland Children's Museum are offering free admission every first Friday from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. The museum is closed for the first week of September, but be sure to take advantage of this program, generously sponsored by Target, in the months of August, October, November and December.