A Letter from Lisa: August Edition

Dear Friends,
It’s almost school time again! Starting a new school year is always full of mixed emotions. You’re probably feeling excited and maybe a little sad that summer is winding down. Some kids (and parents) feel nervous or a little scared on the first day of school because of all the new things: new teachers, new friends, and maybe even a new school.

Luckily, these “new” worries only stick around for a little while. In September, many children will be “leaving the nest” and going off on their own for the first time. No, we are not talking about going to college. We’re talking about little ones going to Kindergarten! For many kids, this will be the first time they spend away from their parents for an extended period. At Explore & More, we’ve created a fun and educational program to help ease the transition for the youngest learners.

At Together to Kindergarten, young campers are set up for success by providing fun and educational activities based on the following Kindergarten Readiness Skill-Builders:

  • Fine motor skills (cutting, writing, using manipulatives for small motor tasks)
  • Large motor skills (large group games, balancing, climbing)
  • Social/emotional skills (socializing, making new friends, taking turns, sharing, good manners)
  • Language skills (speaking in a whole group setting, asking for assistance)
  • Reading skills (rhyming, recognizing patterns in stories, print awareness)
  • Math skills (counting, patterning, measuring)

Children will get used to “school” routines and separating from parents while playing and learning in the various Play Zones at Explore & More. Register today online at www.exploreandmore.org. Spaces are limited. Don’t miss out on the fun and learning!

AGES: 4 – 5 (entering Kindergarten in September 2022)
DATE: Monday, August 22nd – Friday, August 26th
TWO SESSIONS: 9:00am-11:30am / Cost: $150 OR
12:30pm-3:00p / Cost: $150

There is no doubt about it: COVID-19 presented a significant challenge for public education. However, as we have witnessed time and time again throughout history, our teachers are resilient; they are qualified; and they are doing one of the most crucial jobs in the world: preparing future generations of citizens to engage in an everchanging and evolving society. If you are a teacher, please know this: your community supports you. If you aren’t a teacher yourself, make sure a teacher gets the message: we have your backs, and we are in this together.

I hope to see you soon at Explore & More.

Best regards,

Lisa Chrapowicz
Director of Strategic & Community Initiatives