School will be closed the whole month of April...April Fools! One theory behind April Fool's Day dates back to the 16th Century in France when the new year was celebrated on April 1st. The Gregorian calendar was introduced changing the celebration of the new year to January 1st. News of this change traveled slowly, so many people still celebrated the new year on April 1st. These people were deemed "April Fools" and had tricks played on them. This harassment evolved over time into a tradition of prank-playing on the first day of April. The topic for most of our classes is the garden and the creatures that live the garden. Kindergarten students will also be discussing the five senses. The pre-k will finish the alphabet this month and learn letters U-Z. Our preschoolers are learning numbers up to 25. Our toddlers are including the triangle shape and the color brown in their lessons. Happy Birthday to Anisa (1 on 4/3), Sarah (4 on 4/10), Bridget (2 on 4/11), Charlynn (8 on 4/12), CJ is 7 on 4/12, Leah is 2 and Jude is 4 on the 17th, David is 4 on the 18th, McKenzie is 4 on the 20th, Achilles is 2 on the 26th, and Miss Jade and Miss Audrey also celebrate the birthday this month! We will have a lesson about Passover on the 11th and the Easter Bunny will visit the center on the 12th.
600 Route 130 North
Cinnaminson, NJ 08077
About Cinnamon Sticks Learning Center
The staff is made up of responsible adults sensitive to the needs of the children. The center provides juices, milk, and snacks as well as curriculum, specials throughout the school year, and clean bedding for naptime. Parents provide a bagged lunch, backpack with clean clothes, and if applicable diapers, wipes, formula, and baby food. A hot lunch may be purchased for an additional two dollars a day at the parent request.
The children are grouped according to age. The first classroom, the nursery (a.k.a. Sweet Peas) is comprised of children ages 6 weeks to eighteen months. The ratio for teacher to child is 1 to 4. The atmosphere in the nursery is cozy and warm allowing infants to participate in a curriculum that is geared towards their ability and interest. They engage in various a ctivities such as finger plays, outdoor play, and many large motor skill games. Naptime, playtime, and meal times are on an as needed basis.
The second room, Honey Buns, consists of toddlers’ ages nineteen months to thirty months old. Ratio for teacher to child is 1 to 6. Toddlers are introduced to colors, shapes and important social skills such as sharing, taking turns, and good table manners. The children in this class participate in whole group activities and are introduced to “Circle-time”. When the children
show an interest in potty training they graduate to the next room; the Cinnabun room, which is comprised of children ages thirty one months to three years old. Ratio for teacher to child at this age is 1 to 10. Besides potty training the children continue learning their shapes and colors and get introduced to numbers.
Placement in the last three classes is similar to traditional school guidelines. Children that are three before September 30 enter our preschool program (a.k.a. Lemondrops). The child are introduced to a longer circle time to help them get ready for the pre-kindergarten class, and also have more activitie s to choose from to build-up their independence. Ratio for teacher to child is one to ten. This group of children is introduced to concepts such as numbers, letters, and age-appropriate social skills.
The pre-kindergarten class (a.k.a. Blueberries) is for students that are four years of age before September 30. The ratio of teacher to student is one to twelve. Letters and numbers will be integrated in their lessons to help the child be familiar with concepts that are a major focus in kindergarten. Most lessons in this class are taught in groups of five to six children allowing plenty of time for discussion in addition to increasing social skills necessary to make a smooth transition to Kindergarten.
Our Kindergarten classroom is for students five years old by September 30. The ratio for teacher to student is one to fifteen. Students focus on letter and sound recognition, math concepts such as geometry, measurements, and number sense, social studies topics concerning citizenship, history, and geography, and science subject manners including Earth and Space systems, matter, and life processes.