The Benefits of Preschool Arts and Crafts

At Suburban we make art and crafts an important part of our daily routine! These  activities for promote growth and development of your child's fine motor skills, creativity, and confidence. Painting or drawing are always available at the easels, but our Teacher Jan Lorko also provides a special craft during each class that connects to the daily, weekly, or monthly theme. These projects are created for the age and level of your preschool child to engage them and build confidence in their skills. They are are fun activities for your children and a give you (the parent) a wonderful visual timeline of your child's development.

Here are some great articles and resources promoting the benefits of arts and crafts for preschool aged children:
PBS Parents: The Importance of Art in Child Development
Scholastic: Preparing for Preschool: Art The Value of Art for the Preschool Child

Parents here is a list of everyday supplies we collect throughout the year for some of our art projects:

  • Newspaper
  • Pringles lids
  • Rinsed juice and milk cartons
  • Paper grocery bags
  • Paper lunch bags
  • Magazines
  • Construction paper 

15 fun summer picture books to share with your preschooler!

Summer is a wondrous time of year when you are a child. The days are longer, the sun is shining, the weather is nice, it is time for fun! Here are some great Summer themed books to take with you anywhere! Whether you are camping, at the pool, laying on a sandy beach, on a trip to visit family or friends, or relaxing in the cool of you air-conditioned room, these books are great fun to share with your preschooler! Reading together not only promotes literacy, but it also engages your child, and supports the parent-child bond.
Enjoy your summer reading together!!

These are the titles and authors of the selected books from left to right.

  1. Summer Days and Nights by Wong Herbert Yee
  2. Mama is it Summer Yet? by Nikki McClure
  3. Fire Flies by Julie Brinckloe
  4. The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli
  5. Summer by Alice Low
  6. Summer is Here by Heidi Pross Gray
  7. Biscuits First Beach Day by by Alyssa Satin Capucilli and Pat Schories
  8. Beach Bugs by David A. Carter
  9. Curious George Goes to the Beach by H. A. Rey
  10. Harry By the Sea by Gene Zion and Margaret Bloy Graham
  11. Let it Shine by Maryann Cocca-Leffler
  12. I See Summer by Charles Ghigna and Ag Jatkowska
  13. Bear's New Friend by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman
  14. Down by the Bay by Raffi and Nadine Bernard Westcott
  15. Froggy Learns to Swim by Johnathan London

Join us at an informational open house August 18th!

Thursday, August 18th, between 6:00-8:00pm, Suburban will be hosting an informational open house at our new space at Our Savior's Church in Rocky River! This event is open to prospective and enrolled student's families. Join us to meet Jan Lorko, our esteemed teacher, and to tour our new facilities. Families are welcome to take a look round, sample learning areas, meet other parents. Alumni parents, current board members, and our teacher will be on hand to answer questions and give information about the cooperative preschool experience.
We will be serving light, allergy friendly refreshments. We look forward to seeing you there!