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Discovery Day programs at Chesapeake Academy are open to the public

Chesapeake Academy is gearing up for its annual Discovery Day programs, two exciting mornings of fun and learning for youngsters ages 4 to 7 living on the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck. Discovery Day programs are scheduled for 9:30-11 a.m. on Saturdays, January 25 and February 22.

Beth Clark, Division Head of Early Childhood at Chesapeake Academy, said the school created Discovery Day as a way to reach out to the community to promote literacy and give parents ideas about ways to help children become better readers. Led by Chesapeake Academy Early Childhood and Lower School faculty, this year’s Discovery Days will be built around two popular children’s books, David McKee’s “Elmer and Janet” and Allan Alberg’s “Each Peach Pear Plum.”

Clark said, “Each year we choose books that showcase the interconnectedness of the world and help students develop critical thinking and communication skills, creativity and character. Using material from these books, we create a series of activities involving the arts, sciences, social sciences, and technology, depending on the story. In the past, children’s favorites such as ‘The Mouse and the Apple,’ ‘Stop That Noise,’ ‘A House for Hermit and Many People,’ and ‘One Earth’ have given children a chance to explore and enjoy new ideas and experiences while developing and practicing skills.”

Kindergarten teacher Kenzie Manetz points out that children may come for the fun, but the program has a solid learning objective. “We want youngsters to discover what you can learn from a book beyond the story line. We design our activities to expose children to areas of interest that may be new to them,” she explains.

Clark said, “Children may attend either session or both, because the program for each day is based on a different book. We’ve had some students come for every session for several years.”

Attendance is free, as costs for the program are underwritten by Chesapeake Academy and the Wiley Foundation and parents are welcome to stay with their child to enjoy the activities or spend time learning more about Chesapeake Academy’s resources for helping children learn.

Parents interested in enrolling a child should call or email Hilary Scott at Chesapeake Academy at 438-5575 or .

Chesapeake Academy is a fully accredited member of the Virginia Association of Independence Schools (VAIS) and both its Preschool and Extended Day Program is licensed by the Virginia Department of Social Services.

Read the rest of this story in this week’s Southside Sentinel at newstands throughout the county, or sign up here to receive a print and/or electronic pdf subscription.

posted 01.15.2014

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