From the Desk Of Mrs. Christian...
Over the course of the last week, I have said many times that I cannot believe that we are at the end of another school year, however, it truly is so hard to believe!
At this time of year, many parents ask what they should do over the summer to maintain the academic and social growth their child has experienced over the course of the school year. There are several simple steps parents can take to ensure the retention of skills and knowledge:
- Read every day. Let your child choose books that are of interest to them, but also use your local library as a resource for choosing quality literature for your child.
- Provide opportunities for your child to socialize with other children their age. If possible, set up a playdate with another ICD preschool family so your child can maintain the friendships they made over the course of the school year.
- Turn everyday experiences into learning opportunities. No matter where you are - the grocery store, the zoo, the park, in your own kitchen - talk about colors, count, sort items, ask questions, and allow your child to explore.
- Give your child the opportunity to write and draw using many different materials (crayons, markers, paints, chalk, etc.)
- Provide sensory opportunities when you can (water play, dirt, rocks, sand, play dough). As your child plays, they will naturally question, problem solve and learn.
- Encourage gross motor skills through lots of outdoor play.
- Encourage fine motor development through the building of blocks and legos, scissors, writing materials, and play dough.
- Help your child to feel capable and confident by giving them a few simple chores that they can do independently.
- Most of all, have fun! They are only little once!
The end-of-the-year program for 4-year-old preschool students will be held on Tuesday, May 17, 2022. Students in Mrs. Ellis’s and Ms. Ragsdale’s classes will perform at 5:30. Students who are enrolled in Mrs. Jacobi’s, Mrs. Wagner’s, or Mrs. Wilson’s classes will perform at 7:00. Both performances will be held in the Parish Hall. All family members, including grandparents, are welcome to attend!