Canterbury will open at 9:50am on Wednesday, January 17, 2024 – There will be NO Early Morning Drop-off.
Afternoon Enrichment – Our children two years and older are eligible to participate in our afternoon enrichment programs, extending our school day beyond noon. Offered Monday through Friday. This program provides children with additional time to have lunch and explore all of our learning opportunities with creative activities. Children may stay until 2:00 pm or 5:00pm.
Canterbury teachers will offer a developmentally appropriate mix of physically active and quieter activities. We will begin each day by welcoming one another in friendship and sharing lunch & conversation. Then, we will stretch and move our bodies with “movement and music” or motor development activities to include play on our fabulous playground. We will stretch our curious young minds as well with topics ranging from science, nature, changes of season, the Animal Kingdom and geography. Once a month, our Junior Detective Series will investigate curious cases such as “Mysterious Math”, “Awesome Astronomy” and “The Case of the Missing Letters. Also included in our Afternoon Enrichment …celebratory sessions such as “Pumpkin Patch Bash”, “Gobble Gobble Good Times” and “Happy Hearts & Other Shapes”.
Children who attend after 2:00 PM will also have a storytime and rest period. This will be followed by a snack and additional opportunities to enjoy physical fitness and classroom activities.
Lunch & Snack Time – Nut and Seed Free
Parents are responsible for packing a nutritious lunch for their child. Canterbury is a nut free school. Do not send any lunches that have been made with peanut butter, nuts, or nut oil in any form.
Creating enjoyable mealtimes and snacks in a preschool will help young children learn healthy eating habits and develop positive attitudes toward food. Consider the following tips to make the meal experience positive for your children.
Remember that eating is a social time.
Children are seated around a table so they can talk with and observe one another. Important social learning happens during mealtime as children learn new vocabulary and practice skills such as taking turns and sharing. Our teachers sit with children during meals and encourage conversation.
Help children learn self-help skills.
Starting in the toddler years, children can help set the table, serve themselves, spread jam or butter on bread, or pour water from a small pitcher.
Make mealtimes pleasant.
Show your enthusiasm for healthy foods. Children will feel more comfortable if you sit with them and share the same meal. Spend time in positive conversation, and make mealtimes relaxed.
Parents can make snack time fun at home.
Children love to help. Let them be involved in preparing their snack for school. Getting children involved in food preparation will boost self-confidence, and may encourage them to try a new food they helped create.