Last week theme was Movin' and Groovin' and the children enjoyed the Kid's Rock entertainment show. It was very interactive and the children enjoyed participating in all the activities.
For this week's theme of Innovation Imagination the teachers will be conducting various educational experiments in the classroom. The children will become inventors, making architectural creations using blocks, etc.; they will also be using their imagination to create make-believe stories.
Summer Chapel lesson for this week from the book "Zero to Hero" is focusing on the number "7" and we will cover The Seven Helpers (Acts 6:1-7. The teachers will also cover Dip Seven Times (2 Kings 5:1-14).
Fun activities and scheduled events for this week through early September are listed below:
- On Thursday, August 13th we will have Kaydee Puppets at 9:45 AM.
- We will resume having Parent's Night Out starting with Saturday, August 22nd. It will be from 4:00 to 8:30 PM. The cost will be $40 per child or $55 per family. The sign-up sheet is at the front desk.
- On Thursday, August 27th at 9:30 AM we will have Pam the Kindersinger.
- LOA will be closed for Labor Day, Monday, September 7th.
- For Full and Enrichment Kindergarten we are having a "Back to School Night" on Tuesday, September 8th, from 7:00 to 8:00 PM.
We will be stripping and waxing our floors for the next 5 weekends. Please pardon our disruption to the classrooms during this time.
- We would like to thank Ms Jody-Ann for her service and commitment to LOA for the last two years. She is building a home and moving to Delaware. Her last day will be Friday, August 14th. We wish her all the very best.
- We would like to welcome Ms Danielle who will be Floater for our classrooms, Ms Zunilda who will be working with Ms Kathy in the Lambs Infant Room, and Ms Rachel who will be morning Floater for our classrooms.
And lastly, I'm very pleased to announce that Leesburg Open Arms has received another recognition of excellence. LOA was voted "Best Daycare" by the Posh Seven Magazine for Modern Women Best of Suburbia 2015 issue. This is a magazine covering Northern Virginia which is available free in many local establishments, including Wegmans. Check out page 39/40.
Why You Should Have a Child-Like Imagination
We all seem to have an instinctive sense that kids are more creative than adults. We don't question it; we all intuitively just know it's true and we view it as a natural state for children. And it is. According to Dr. Stephanie Carlson, an expert on childhood brain development at the University of Minnesota, kids spend as much as 2/3 of their time in non-reality, in imaginative play. Other experts have also noted children's aptitude for creativity. Albert Einstein famously said, "To stimulate creativity, one must develop the childlike inclination for play." And even Pablo Picasso said, "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up."