Children’s House Expands Afternoon Programs


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Children make paper to create caterpillars just like those in Eric Carl's "Very Hungry Caterpillar" book. (Photo Courtesy of TCH)

The 2010-2011 school year is  underway and has gotten off to a great start.  The Children’s House nursery school is no exception.  Enrollment is up this year, due in part to the sad news that another local Montessori school in Cedar Grove has had to close its doors after many years of service. What this means is that The Children’s House is now in a position to add two additional afternoon classes.

The first class is a 3-6 year old class with three-day and five-day sessions available.  The hours are from 12:30 to 3 p.m. with lunch as an option for an additional fee. The cost is $3,490 for three days and $4,869 for five days, both paid monthly.

The second class is an afternoon Kindergarten Enrichment program. We first told you about Kindergarten Enrichment in May of this year. This class provides an opportunity for children to make friends with others who are not in their current school and an environment to enhance and build on skills being taught in their kindergarten classrooms.  It is open to any child in kindergarten in any Verona elementary school.  The program was developed with the collaboration of and input from both kindergarten and first grade teachers. Kindergarten Enrichment is offered on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons from 12:45 to 3 p.m. Children eat lunch first and then participate in class.

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This year’s theme for Kindergarten Enrichment is “Beauty is Everywhere.” Children will learn to see beauty in music, art, language and diversity. Christopher Columbus has already been incorporated into a geography study with continent boxes that have items representing the culture of a particular region.  In art, children learn to make their own paper while following along with Eric Carle’s book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. As the year progresses, they will participate in hands on visual math projects like cutting and sharing food to learn fractions and cooking to learn measurement.  There will also be an in-depth study of the human body that involves a puzzle that looks challenging even to me, and I’m supposed to know these things already. Additionally, through special projects and a lot of patience, the children learn to embrace public speaking.

Both of these additional classes are beginning this week and space is still available. If you are interested in taking a tour of the school, or have any questions, call TCH at (973) 857-1234.

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