Preschoolers enjoy their own celebration

Published 10:04 pm Tuesday, April 25, 2017

A Suffolk preschool began a week of entertaining and productive activities for their students with a musical parade on Monday.

St. Andrew Preschool students enjoyed a march through the school with tambourines, cymbals and bells on Monday. The activity was part of “Music Monday” for “Week of the Young Child,” an annual celebration arranged by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

The children picked their own instruments for the proceedings.

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“Mine was a maraca,” said 3-year-old Sage Hoyle.

Other children wanted to shake bells as they walked, such as 3-year-old Ollie Pooler.

“I like walking,” Ollie said.

St. Andrew Preschool director Carol Carnegie said the activity was a “treat” for the students and a highlight of their week.

“It’s fun, but it also has a deeper purpose for what we want the children to gain from it,” Carnegie said.

She said the movement of the activity teaches the children coordination and directions.

“This has a direct impact on their finer motor coordination,” she said.

The preschool has activities throughout the week based on schedule planned by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Some children made “constellation snacks” with marshmallows and pretzel sticks for “Tasty Tuesday,” while others made caterpillars out of grapes and celery sticks.

Children will build with blocks on “Work Together Wednesday” and get creative on “Artsy Thursday” as the preschool also celebrates its “Superhero Day.” Carnegie said the preschool was encouraged to participate in the national celebration by the Suffolk Early Childhood Development Commission.

“This was our first foray into celebrating this,” she said. “We’re very excited about it.”