WEST CALDWELL, NJ - The month of October at Orchard School in West Caldwell sees the children settling into established routines throughout the day.  

According to Education.com, “One of the most important things that you can do to make your young child feel safe is to establish as much routine in their life as possible. Children (and adults) feel the most secure when their lives are predictable. When adults provide environments that feel safe, children learn that they can trust others to take care of them and meet their needs, so they become free to relax and explore their world.”

 “We have definitely seen this happening at our school and encourage the use of routines in how a child learns and how they play,” said Erin Moss, Orchard School Director.

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Acitivities at Orchard School in October include a trip to the pumpkin patch--parents are welcome to come along for the ride. Kids get to show off their costumes in the Halloween parade as they march around the schoolyard. Following the parade is the Halloween Bash, where candy that has been thoroughly checked for allergy concerns is handed out.

Fun Fact: The top five costumes for children last year were a princess, a superhero, a Star Wars character and a witch. "At Orchard School," Moss said, "we encourage creativity – and can’t wait to see what your child comes up with."