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Directions from Crystal Lake/Cary: -Travel West on Rt. 14, Thornton's Gas Station is on the right. -Continue .8 miles crossing over Rt. 31 -Turn right on Pingree; Jameson's Charhouse is on the right. -Go .3 miles and turn left on Congress Parkway. -The Metra train station is on the right. -Continue .8 miles to Memorial Drive and turn right. -Continue .2 miles and turn and turn right on Memorial Court -Bright Horizons at Crystal Lake is on the right. Directions from McHenry: -Travel South on Rt. 31. -Turn right on Rt. 176, Wendy's will be on the right. -Continue .5 miles and turn left on Terra Cotta Avenue. -Continue 1.2 miles, crossing over Crystal Lake Avenue. -Turn right on Congress Parkway. -The Metra train station is on the right. -Continue .8 miles to Memorial Drive and turn right. -Continue .2 miles and turn right on Memorial Court. -Bright Horizons at Crystal Lake is on the right.

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Our center develops expectations and practices in concert with our state curriculum standards so children make an easy transition into the local school system. At the same time, our curriculum builds off the child’s knowledge base and skills, learning style, and interests. There is a clear emphasis on the development of strong language, math, and science skills. Important “school skills” of listening carefully, following through on a sequence of tasks, and working cooperatively are reinforced.

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Our Curriculum Components

The building blocks to balanced education.

  • Language Works Connecting spoken words to written words, enjoying books independently, retelling stories, writing letters and numbers, indentifying some words on sight.
  • Math Counts Beginning to use standard measurements, beginning addition.
  • Science Rocks Exploring the world in more depth using tools such as magnifying glasses and microscopes, recording observations in science journals.
  • ArtSmart Studying great artists, engaging in collage and three-dimensional artwork, exploring dance, music, and dramatic arts
  • Our World Practicing empathy and compassion towards others, cultural exploration through children’s literature.
  • Well Aware Continuing focus on healthy activity and eating, taking responsibility for own health, beginning to study how our bodies are cared for.

Learning at Home

Washing Seashells

You Will Need:

Tub of sudsy water scrub brush or old tooth brush and a towel sponge

Directions:

Place the tub of sudsy water where your child can reach it easily and water will not be a problem. Give your child a scrub brush and a basket of seashells. “I need your help cleaning these shells so we can put them on our shelves to look decorative. Look at all the different sizes, colors and types. I wonder what kind of animal made this shell? Does it change color when you clean it?” Www.seashells.org is a good internet site to research names and types of shells. You may want to chart the sizes, types or colors of shells. You will need paper and a pen or marker for this.

Tip:

Your child will probably get wet and splash water. Wear an apron or play clothes.


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