Screenings and Assessments: Update!
The teachers of A Child's Academy have been assessing each of the
children (excluding VPK). We were very proud of the results.
These assessments check for any obvious developmental delays or
concerns that may need to be further evaluated and of course, we
are also looking for advanced mastery of skills.
We will be sending these results home the first week in December.
There will be an opportunity to discuss these findings and ways
parents can partner with teachers to further develop these
During parent-teacher conferences, please ask questions and feel
free to request meetings throughout the year whenever you need to
talk with your children's teacher. Building stronger partnerships
with parents, helps better prepare us for caring for your child.
Thank you for all of your support!
Our Book Fair is Coming!
The whole school is excited about our upcoming Book Fair. An
selection of books is headed our way!
At the Book Fair you will find the latest and finest titles for
kids, as well as books of interest to parents. Mark your calendar
for our Cuddle Up & Read Event where the whole family can
join in the fun. And, you can contribute books to your child's
The Book Fair is a great way to get everyone excited about
See you there!
Cuddle Up & Read Program
Our first Cuddle Up & Read was a huge success. The parents
read stories with their children individually. We then all joined
together and listened to the story Turkey Trouble. The children
thought it was so funny when the turkey tried to disguise himself
as all the other farm animals to keep from being the main course
at Thanksgiving Dinner. It ended with the turkey ordering and
having delivered a pizza to the farmer and his wife. Awesome
problem solving skills! We finished up the night with an
"I'm thankful" craft. Make sure and take a peek at the
pictures from that night!!
The date for the December Cuddle Up & Read will be on
December 15, 2011 and we will have a special guest...Santa!!
There will also be a photographer here to take pictures. Please
plan on attending!!!!
ACA Christmas Caroling
To finish out the night after our Cuddle Up & Read program,
we would like to invite everyone to join us in going Christmas
Christmas Caroling is a dying tradition. And let's face it; it's
almost fair to officially call it dead.
But even though Christmas Caroling is not an activity regularly
undertaken anymore, it's still a fun one and has roots in the
You see, Christmas Caroling is all about the joy that Christmas
brings and the love of sharing that joy with others. So what
makes it American? The sense of community it brings. Singing
Carols for your neighbors isn't just about sharing a holiday
song, it's about being neighbors. It's about knowing the people
who live around you and setting out into the night with some
friends to offer up some cheer to all within ear shot.
Christmas Activity: Handprint Family Tree Skirt
You will need stretch velvet, glued-on trim, and gold glitter
paint for this project. However, there are countless fabrics and
paints your fmaily can use to make your own handprint creation
(see website for some other easy suggestions).
Whatever you choose, this handmade project is sure to be the most
treasured gift underneath your tree each year.
See website for futher
A Child's Academy "Giving Tree"
We have a Christmas Tree in the lobby with star ornaments
containing the name, age and wish list for a child that is
involved with the Partnership for Strong Families located here in
Gainesville, Florida. This organization deals with families that
have been thru an ordeal of some kind where the child was removed
from the home. These children are in foster care waiting to be
adopted or the Partnership is working with the family on services
to help reunite the family.
Please help by choosing a star (child), purchasing the requested
items and placing them under the tree by December 9, 2011, so
that the Partnership can pick up and deliver the items to the
Jimmy Wayne, country music star, and author of Paper Angels knows
how it feels to be a child "in the system." In this
feature story, he discusses his life and his reasons why we
should all participate in this method of giving. Check it out!
(Click Image Below)
ACA Parent's Night Out
How would you like to go to dinner and a movie? Maybe catch up
with some old friends? Babysitters are hard to find - especially
ones that you can trust. ACA heard parents and their concerns. We
are offering the opportunity for parents to enjoy an evening out
or just relax. Every 3rd Friday of the month, from 6:00pm -
10:30pm, we will care for your children, feed them dinner, create
a special craft, and then watch a movie until you arrive. The
cost for this service is $25 per child with a discounted rate of
$65 for a family of 3. Look for the sign-up sheet in the office a
week prior to the event. (Note: We are hosting the shopping day
in place of Parent's Night Out in December).
We are implementing a change in our style of teaching. In
addition to the A Beka program we have always used, we will also
be teaching using a theme based approach. We feel that this
change will give the parents a chance to be more involved in
their child's education by knowing what exactly is being taught
and having something to discuss and expand upon at home.
We also wanted to extend activities to continue the learning
process throughout the day. With activities to complete in the
afternoons and giving the children more freedom to be creative
and explore concepts child directed with the teacher available to
offer assistance and ask open-ended questions, we shall
accomplish this task.
The themes for December are Christmas and Winter. Look for a
calendar depicting the month's themes.
"The Outdoor Classroom"
ACA has inspired to create an Outdoor Classroom.
The Outdoor Classroom responds to a pressing need to rethink past
and current approaches to early care and education by providing
an approach that effectively and comprehensively addresses the
changed landscape and reality of childhood today.
This reality, accelerating rapidly over the past 30 years,
includes such challenges to children's physical and mental
health, learning, and socialization as obesity, diabetes,
hyperactivity, and limited skills in communication and peer
relations "? challenges that are interrelated and
The Outdoor Classroom provides for physical activity, hands-on
learning, social learning through peer interaction, and
multifaceted approaches to cognitive development that maximize
children's learning success. It can be utilized with nearly any
curricular model and is appropriate for any population of
Thirty-One brochures have been sent home and orders are due
December 9th (for Christmas delivery). We will make a percentage
of each item sold. Funds raised will be put towards this project.
Also, please feel free to make a monetary donation or a donation
of your time to help make this project a success. Thank you!!
Websites of Interest
http://www.toddler-troubleshooting-tips.com/ Potty training
Parenting tips, etc.
Holiday menus and cooking tips.
Thanks and we are looking forward to the New Year!!