Wednesday, January 25, 2017
(Snow date: Tuesday, January 31, 2017)
Come see our classes in session!
~Toddler, Nursery, Pre-Kindergarten & Kindergarten classes
~Meet our school Administrators
~Meet our Certified Teachers
~See our Spectacular Classrooms
~Learn about our advanced curriculum
~Receive a Personal School & Camp Tour
~Early Bird Rate still available for any new families who attend our Open House
Please Call 631-692-6361 to RSVP
Still enrolling for summer 2017, please call the office to schedule a tour.
Back by popular demand this summer, Camp Kennybrook will host Crestwood's campers again for a fun-filled Sleep-Away Week. Crestwood campers entering 3rd - 6th grade will have the opportunity to spend a week (5 days & 4 nights - Monday to Friday) at one of the premier sleepaway camps in the Northeast, Camp Kennybrook, located in the Catskill Mountains.
Since availability is limited in this program, enrollments will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. Children must be enrolled at Crestwood for a session that includes July 31st-August 4th to be eligible to attend. The fee for this optional program is $395 per child.
Please click here to download the sleep-away week enrollment form.
Dear Crestwood Families and Friends,
Happy New Year! It’s hard to believe that it's already 2017. It seems like only yesterday that we were all here at camp learning to swim, perfecting our moves on the athletic fields, conquering one of our adventure courses, shining like a star on our stage and creating a “masterpiece” in one of our many art activities.
Many of you have been with Crestwood for years (some of you were campers yourselves) and we appreciate the continued confidence that you have in our staff, program and facility. Every year we invest in all these areas so that Crestwood remains the clear choice for those seeking the ultimate camp for all ages.
We have already begun a few new projects for the 2017 summer:
New Mini & Junior Day Bunk (building) is now under construction and will be a beautiful home for our youngest campers and give them convenient access to their own pool and many of our camp pre-school facilities.
New Hockey Rink – We may have lost the Islanders to Brooklyn, but Crestwood is putting in a brand new rink for all of our hockey fanatics. We start floor hockey for campers entering kindergarten with “pillow” sticks and move up to more realistic equipment and game play under the guidance of our instructors as the campers age increases. The rink will replace what used to be “Hockey 2”.
New Basketball Court – The New CSG (Crestwood Square Garden) is currently under construction. This new outdoor court will be similar in size to our “Knicks Court”, which is our largest outdoor court. It will also have a few rows of tiered bench seating and benefit from lots of natural shade. With our indoor gym, 2 pre-school courts, 1 mid-size court, plus new CSG and professional instructors, we truly have basketball covered.
New Playground – We are planning a new playground for our pre-school age campers. It’s still too early to give more details but rest assured it will become a new favorite activity for our youngest girls and boys.
You can likely expect a few more announcements and new surprises for the 2017 summer that we will share with you over the next few months.
This year is just flying by and the children are becoming little scientists and having a lot of fun in Science class. It was great to see everyone on on Back to School Night, and I hope you all enjoyed hearing about the Science Program, and meeting some of our critters!! I can hardly Believe it's December already!! The Science Program is child-centered, inquiry based and all activities are presented in a fun atmosphere that encourages the development of cognitive skills, and speech, introduces and reinforces vocabulary, and of course presents many scientific concepts and facts about the natural word. The children are encouraged to develop their skills by predicting, observing, classifying, hypothesizing, and communicating during science lessons.
The toddlers needed some time to get used to coming to the science building, and they all seem very comfortable now. We have experimented with many child-friendly scientific tools such as plastic test tubes with screw-on tops, 'squeezey' tweezers and pom-poms, fizzy color tabs in water, ice, balloons, straws, and soap to introduce the children to experimentation. So far, we have experimented with air, space and volume, floating and sinking, pouring, filling , and emptying, water and ice, freezing and melting, magnets, and primary and secondary colors. We also looked at and talked about many different animals and their babies. We saw which animals are pets and which live on a farm. The children also met and interacted with our guinea pigs, crabs, bunnies, turtles, and lizards. All of the toddlers seem to enjoy their science time. Some of their favorites were ice and water, air and balloons, bubbles, and using test tubes.
The nursery classes have been using their senses to explore and discover many different science concepts. We started out with an exciting lesson on buoyancy. The children experimented and learned that some objects float and some sink. Next we worked with some of child-friendly scientific tools like test tubes with screw tops, 'squeezey' tweezers, magnifying glasses, and various types of magnets. Some of their favorite lessons were about air and pressure. We talked about what is inside balloons and bubbles. The children were able to blow bubbles using shallow bowls, straws and water. We also used test tubes with pom-poms and learned how to pour them back and forth filling and emptying the test tubes. We counted how many fit and what colors we used while working on communication and following directions. Another directed fun lesson involved using different sized and shaped beakers, graduated cylinders, and measuring cups with Pom poms, and then marbles. The children identified which they thought held the most and the least then confirmed their guesses by counting the them.
In October the children finished a unit on bones. We looked at some skeletons and bones. We talked about the major bones in our body and what they do focusing on the skull, femur, rib cage, and funny bones. They they made a skeleton using Q-tips.
In November the children looked at my feather collection, and learned that "a bird is a bird if it has feathers". We also looked at many photographs of birds as well as looking at our duck and two Cockatiels. Next, they learned about the different parts on a turkey's body and the terms tom, hen, and poult.
More recently, the children did an experiment with milk, primary colors and dish soap. They saw as the colors mixed during the experiment they created secondary colors. They got to explore magnetism with many different types of magnets and items to see which substances magnets "like" and which they don't like. They are just finishing a measurement investigation using water and many different shapes and sizes of measuring containers. In this investigation the children learned lots of science vocabulary while they predicted and estimated how many cups of water fit into the containers.
The pre-k classes began the year with a unit about living and non-living things. They learned the characteristics of living things and compared them to non-living things. They identified similarities between the two groups using our live animals and the numerous natural history collections at science. The next unit we covered was "feathers, fur, and scales". The children were introduced to four familiar classes of animals mammals, reptiles, birds, and fish using our live animals and Ms. Fro's collections of bones, teeth, feathers and other animal artifacts. Then, the children learned that some animals have bones and some do not. We studied the major bones in the human body and the children were able to identify the bones and their functions. We culminated the unit by making a skeleton out of pasta.
For Halloween we talked about our sense of touch and the many words we can use to describe how something feels. The children put their hands into four 'feely' boxes and had to use sentences to guess what they felt and to describe it.
The kindergartners learned about living and non-living things. Using the inquiry method they were encouraged to identify the needs of living things. They also worked in the garden preparing it for spring planting. They compared plants and animals and saw how they are alike and different. They learned the major bones in the body and their functions and did a scientific drawing of a skeleton with white pencils on black paper. They do many of the lessons the 4's do but in much more depth.
The full day nursery have used the scales with rocks, pom-poms and other items learning about measurement and weight. They have used magnifying glasses to look at different types of rocks seeing similarities and differences. They interacted with our rabbits and learned how to treat them. They experimented with test tubes filling and emptying them and using them to make patterns. They also used fizzy tablets to make different colors in the test tubes. They combined ingredients to make atomic slime.
The full day pre-k have used scales and experimented with the concepts of heavy and light. We learned about farm animals and why farms are so important. They met the rabbits and learned how to brush them and saw their nails get clipped. They used test tubes with many different items and practiced counting, estimating and measuring. They learned how to make their own layered patterns in our large test tubes. We also do lots of free experimentation with our scientific tools.
So far we are having a fantastic year!! Enjoy the holidays!
The school year is really starting to fly and the children are busy creating and having lots of fun in our Art Studio. In mid-November, as we started getting ready for Thanksgiving, I incorporated the theme of food into our visual learning.
The Toddlers continued working with shapes and they made a shape collage using large shapes first and then placing medium and small ones on top of each other. They also started to combine shapes to make objects.
Using a triangle and a square to print a house; and squares, triangles, a circle and a trapezoid to make a rocket ship in space. They drew lines and used circles to make a "spaghetti and meatballs" picture, adding a little red paint for the "sauce".
The Nursery and Pre-k/k children looked at two pictures this month:
"House by the Railroad" by Edward Hopper and "Joy" by Mary Miller-Doyle and I introduced them to different kinds of printmaking. The Nursery children made a house collage that we printed with finger paint and the Pre-k/k children tried relief printing using a styrofoam printing plate.
After looking at the painting "Joy", the children began working on painting fruit. Each child has their own easel to use in our Art Studio and the children painted oranges, pears and plums. They started by painting the outline of the fruit using a darker color, then mixed in a lighter one to finish painting the piece of fruit. For instance, they painted red circles and then filled them in using yellow paint. This way they mixed an orange but the fruit had a darker edge and lighter center and appeared more dimensional than it would have if it were painted a solid orange. They mixed green pears and purple plums in a similar manner and this way learned to mix all of the secondary colors. All the children cut out the fruit and reassembled them on another paper along with a plate and napkins, making a still life picture.
The afternoon art classes worked on wood sculptures. We looked at the totem pole on the Crestwood mini golf course and some of the classes made totem sculptures. They also used shape stampers and metallic paint to create space pictures similar to the ones the toddlers worked on.
The children have been great about learning the routines we use in the Art Studio: hanging up their coats, putting on smocks, placing their project on the shelf and cleaning up their work area. It is a lot of little things to remember but so important to their growth and educational experience!
Please click here to view more of the wonderful art work on our school photo website.