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Upcoming Events in January 2015

Monthly Theme:

Brrr ... It's Cold Outside!  

It's That Time of Year
JANUARY/2015

It's that time of year when it starts to get cold and the snow will begin to pile up around us. Check out some of these ideas to enjoy with your kids this winter, both indoors and out.

  •  Hide and Seek- Mark off a circle of snow with a stick and bury a brightly colored toy in the snow. Let toddlers dig in the snow with their hands or with small shovels to see if they can find the hidden toy.  
  •  Snow coloring- Children can spray the snow to make it different colors. To make spray chalk, combine a 1/2 cup of water, 4 tablespoons of cornstarch and food coloring in a spray bottle. On a day too cold to go outside, bring some basins of snow inside for the toddlers to spray. Then they can watch the snow melt.
  •  Snow Paintings-Toddlers are beginning to learn how to draw simple pictures, and with a little help they can make a face in the snow. Use a stick to make a big circle, and then see if they can add the eyes, nose, mouth, ears and hair to make a funny face in the snow.
  •  Frosty Pictures- Create a mixture of half Epsom salts and half water, and providing paintbrushes so the children can apply the mixture on large pieces of paper. Once the project dries, toddlers will find a crystallized winter scene that they created.

 http://www.ehow.com/list_6721027_winter-snow-activities-toddlers.html

Snow Facts
JANUARY/2015

  • A fifteen inch snowflake was recorded in 1887.
  • The largest amount of snow recorded in one year was 1140 inches.
  • Every year an average of 105 snowstorms occur in the continental united states.
  • Some people have made houses out of snow called igloos.
  • Snow is actually clear in color. While snow appears to be white, it is actually clear and transparent.
  • Snow forms when water vapor becomes ice before becoming a liquid first.

 

http://voices.yahoo.com/fun-facts-kids-snow-snowflakes-5721636.html

Thought for the Month...
JANUARY/2015

"One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child."

 

~Carl Jung  

Kids in the Kitchen
JANUARY/2015

SNOWMEN:
  •  1 bag large marshmallows
  •  1 container pretzel rods
  •  1 package orange tic-tacs
  •  1 package multi-colored tic-tacs
  •  2 ounces melted chocolate

Assorted small candies of your choice

"Glue" two marshmallows together by placing a small blob of melted chocolate on top of one of the marshmallows, and placing another marshmallow on top of the chocolate.  

 

Repeat this procedure with a third marshmallow, so that you end up with three stacked marshmallows, stuck together with chocolate.  

 

Give the snowman arms by sticking two pretzel rods in the sides of the middle marshmallow. Make buttons by pushing tic-tacs into the front of the middle marshmallow in a vertical line.  

 

Use an orange tic-tac to represent the carrot nose: dab a small amount of chocolate in the front of the top marshmallow, and push the tic-tac slightly into the chocolate to get it to stick.  

 

Finish decorating the face and body with whatever candy or decorations you have. Try adding sprinkles, red hots, or M&Ms, or drawing on your snowmen with icing or melted chocolate.  

 

Hair can be created using shredded wheat cereal, or you can make a hat using wafer candies. Let your creativity run


 

 Your Health
JANUARY/2015

 

Safety Lines:    

Let's Get Cooking!

 

A large part of many winter holiday celebrations revolve around the kitchen-preparing, cooking and serving meals can be a fun bonding experience for family members. However, it's important to remember that the kitchen can be a dangerous place! There are often more fire and burn hazards in the kitchen than in any other room in the home.

Why is the kitchen so dangerous?
This may seem like a simple question, but in addition to the stove, knives, and other obvious dangers, there are many hidden dangers that we may not think about:
  • Pot handles turned toward the front of the stove can be bumped or pulled down and can spill hot foods and liquids. Turn pot handles to the back of the stove.
  • Appliance cords that are dangling over the edge of the counter can be pulled on by small children causing the appliance to fall on the child.
  • Where you store a child's snacks can be dangerous-if they are stored over a hot stove, the child could get burned reaching for them.
  • Toys on the floor of the kitchen can cause you to trip while carrying hot foods!
  • Even tablecloths can be dangerous! Young children may try to pull on the tablecloth and hot liquids or foods on the table can spill and cause burns.
  • For more information on kitchen hazards and young children, please visit
www.homesafehome.org and print our "Home Safety Checklist".

Protect your children from SCALD BURNS in the kitchen!
  • Keep young children at least 3 feet away from any place where hot food or drink is being prepared or carried, especially around the stove. Teach children that this is a "no-zone"!
  • Keep hot foods and liquids away from table and counter edges.
  • Never hold a child while cooking, drinking hot beverages, or carrying hot foods or liquids.
  • Teach children that hot things burn.
  • Drink hot beverages from a covered travel mug when children are present.

 

Preventing other types of burns in the kitchen...
  • All appliance cords need to be kept coiled and away from counter edges.
  • Always use oven mitts or potholders when moving hot food from ovens, microwave ovens, or stovetops.
  • Never use wet oven mitts.
  • Never use a dish towel as a pot holder.
Before starting a cooking project with your child:
  • Make sure you have a fire extinguisher and fire escape plan. Test your smoke alarms.
  • Teach your children about the dangers in the kitchen. Talk about what is hot, sharp, etc.
  • Always make sure you and your child wash your hands.

 

Once safety measures are taken into consideration, cooking can be a fun and educational experience for you and your child! 

 

January Donations

Thank you for your extreme generosity! The donations that are coming in are greatly appreciated. Remember to bring in your three January donations by Tuesday 1/6/2015.

 

 

Monthly Theme:

Brrr ... It's Cold Outside!  

 

THURSDAY 1/1 - New Year's Day! - CENTER CLOSED   

 

TUESDAY 1/6 - Monthly Donations Due!  

 

WEDNESDAY 1/14 - Scholastic Due. 

  

MONDAY 1/19 - Martin Luther King Jr Day    

 

WEDNESDAY 1/28 - Pajama Day!

 
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"Little Snowman"

 sung to "Twinkle, Twinkle,   

Little Star"  

 

 

Little snowman round and fat,

 

In your scarf and funny hat.

 

Orange carrot for a nose,

 

Frosty head and frosty toes.

 

Little snowman, be my friend.

 

Please don't melt till winter's end.

 

 

 


 

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Did You Know?
 
Product Recall -
Dream On Me Play Yards

The recall includes Dream On Me Incredible two-level deluxe adjustable height play yards with model number starting with 436A, 436B, 436G, 436O, 436P and 436R. The play yards, made with a steel, powder-coated frame base with rolling, hooded casters, have a fabric and mesh covering that comes in a variety of colors.

The play yard includes a changing top, a toy bar with soft toys for entertainment, a side pocket for storage and a carrying case. "Dream On Me" is printed on the bottom left-hand side outside of the product. The model number is printed on a label attached to the play yard's mattress. The play yard can be folded for storage.

Remedy:
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled play yards and contact Dream On Me to receive a free repair kit.

Consumer Contact:
Dream On Me toll-free at (877) 201-4317 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday or online at www.dreamonme.com and click on the Recalls tab for more information..
 
 
Keystone Stars
JANUARY/2015  

QUALITY CHILD CARE AND WHY IT"S IMPORTANT


DEFINING QUALITY CHILD CARE
Quality child care will offer your child a stimulating, nurturing environment which should help prepare them for school and to reach his or her full potential. Quality care environments far exceed minimum standards set by the state and provide a stimulating, loving atmosphere in which your child will mentally, socially, emotionally and physically thrive.

10 REASONS FOR PARENTS TO CHOOSE QUALITY CHILD CARE
  1. SCHOOL READINESS! Children in a quality setting will not only gain intellectual skills, but also social sills that will prepare them for the school environment.
  2. ATTENTION! Lower staff-to-child ratios increase your child's individual attention while in care.
  3. PROFESSIONAL STAFF! A quality care setting includes a staff trained to care for children and their needs
  4. GOOD RELATIONSHIPS! Quality care promotes a positive relationship between parents and the caregiver. Parent involvement is a priority.
  5. OPPORTUNITY! Age-appropriate learning materials and activities give children the opportunity to learn and grow.
  6. RESPECT! A quality program will be respectful of children's and parent's cultural, ethnic and special accommodations.
  7. PROFESSIONALISM! A quality program will have business practices and policies in place so parents know what to expect in various situations.
  8. SAFETY! The basic need of a quality child care setting is to ensure that the children in care are in the safest environment possible.
  9. STABILITY! Parents have assurance that their child is in a safe, positive environment without jumping from provider to provider.
  10. PARTICIPATION! Quality providers participate in accrediting programs (such as Keystone STARS), to continue striving for higher quality early learning experiences for children.
Source: Information taken from "A Parent's Guide to Choosing Quality Child Care" from the PA Key, https://www.pakeys.org/docs/a%20Parents%20Guide.pdf

 

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