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Upcoming Events in March 2015
Monthly Theme:
"We are the People in your Neighborhood"
Away We Go!
MARCH/2015
  •  Shape vehicles- See how many types of transportation vehicles can be created using the basic geometric shapes (triangles, squares, circles, rectangles).
  •  Make an obstacle course for children to "drive" through using a steering wheel (plate)
  •  Get moving- Have the children play a game of "Red light, Green light" to get them moving!
  •  Safety First- While driving in the car, discuss the different types of signs you see and what they mean. For example, Stop sign, traffic lights, yield...etc.

 Road ways- Place tape throughout a room to designate the road for toy cars to drive on

 

  •  Our town- Take a shower curtain liner and tape to the floor. You child and you can draw a town or city on the liner, and then color the liner.
  •  Stoplight toss- construct a large stoplight and place on the floor, Have the children toss the beanbags onto different light areas 
  •  License plate search- While driving, look for different state license plates

http://www.kinderart.com/across/trans.shtml

 

 

Open Up A Book!
MARCH/2015

During the month of March we will celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday (March 2, 1904). March 2nd is also Read Across America Day. In honor of those two events, enjoy some extra time reading with your child. This would also be a great time to take a visit to your local public library.   

Below find some of the benefits of reading with your child, as well as some books to enjoy together.

 

Reading with your children:

  •  Helps to develop a stronger parent/child relationship
  •  Creates the foundation for basic speech skills
  •  Helps to teach your child the basics of how to read a book
  •  Helps to grasp the fundamentals of language
  •  Allows them to develop more logical thinking skills
  •  Enhances concentration and discipline
  •  Reinforces the concept that reading is fun
Thought for the Month...
MARCH/2015

"Today you are you, that is truer than true.

There is no one alive who is youer than you."  - Dr. Suess

   

Dr. Suess Books

  •  Horton Hears a Who
  •  The Foot Book
  •  The Lorax
  •  Oh, the Places You Will Go
  •  Hop on Pop
  •  If I Ran a Zoo
  •  There's a Wocket in My Pocket
  •  Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb
  •  Green Eggs and Ham
Kids in the Kitchen
MARCH/2015

Ingredients: apples, grapes, toothpicks

 

  1.  Slice an apple into wedges and trim the core.
  2. For each apple wedge, slice 2 grapes in half, widthwise.
  3. Push the pick through the sliced side of one grape half, then through one end of the apple, then finish with the other grape half,  sliced side out. 
  4. Repeat with the other end of the apple wedge and 2 more grape slices, and they should look like little cars :)

*If your kids are a bit young to have toothpicks in their food, try uncooked linguine noodles.

 

 

 

Other variations include:

  •  pears with cucumber wheels
  •  carrot slice wheels on a cucumber car 
  •  banana wheels 
  • cheese wheels

http://www.bentonbetterlunches.com/2012/01/eating-real-food.html

Did You Know...
MARCH/2015

FAMILY RESOURCE:
Why It Is Never Too Early to Start Reading With Your Baby

Here are some tips from doctors on reading with very young children, including the 5 Rs of early education.

When parents talk, read, and sing with their babies and toddlers, connections are formed in their young brains. These connections build language, literacy, and social-emotional skills at an important time in a young child's development. These activities strengthen the bond between parent and child. Pediatricians know this and urge parents to start reading with their babies from the start.

So what are some tips for reading with the very young?

  • Cuddle up and read with emotion. Infants as young as a few days or weeks old can know and prefer their parents' voices and faces. Although they may not understand the words or story in a book, they will respond to the emotion in your voice and the expression on your face when you read or talk with them. They love to look at pictures with bright colors and are happiest in your arms.
  • Choose colorful and sturdy books. As babies get older, they will reach out to hold a book and then put it into their mouths to explore it.
  • Plan a special reading time. Active young children may lose interest in a book after only 1 to 2 minutes. So follow their lead, but keep reading, talking, and singing WITH your baby regularly and his interest and attention span will grow. Make this time special by giving your baby your full attention. Turn off the TV and computers and take a break from texting.
  • Read together every day. As babies grow into toddlers, reading aloud together can be a very helpful routine, especially when it is part of your regular calming bedtime. Young children love having choices, so letting them pick the book to read together can be a big hit. Toddlers quickly develop favorites and may ask you to read the same story over and over, so offer choices that you like too.
  • Make time to talk about feelings. Toddlers can point to pictures of objects (Show me the car.) and characters (Which one says meow?) in books. As their language grows, they may be able to name the pictures that you point to or finish the sentences in favorite books such as Twinkle, twinkle little... (star). Sometimes they even pretend to read the book themselves. Talking about the emotions characters in books are having can give you a chance to talk to young children about their own feelings, like being mad, sad, or happy.
  • Ask your child questions. Preschoolers are often chatty, curious, and full of themselves. By this age, they can probably tell you part of the stories in their favorite books or the stories that they have imagined. As print becomes more interesting, some learn to point to letters in the alphabet or to count some of the pictures. Asking your child questions about the story (What are the characters thinking? What might happen next?) is a fun way for them to learn. These kinds of conversations build language, a desire to learn, and early reading skills.
  • Keep reading together, even when your child can read. Children are never too young or too old to enjoy reading with you. When they are learning to read themselves, you can still read stories to them that are at a higher reading level than those they can read on their own. There are many great children's books. Your local librarian can help you find just the right books to enjoy during your special time reading together.

This time together has a powerful impact on children's development because it strengthens their relationships with their parents and caregivers, the most important people in their world. A great deal of research supports this statement, yet fewer than half of children younger than age 5 in the United States are read to daily. This has not changed in the past 10 years, despite recent support for early education. 

 

Pediatricians are promoting the 5 Rs of early education with young families: 

  • Reading together as a daily, fun, family activity
  • Rhyming, playing, talking, singing, and cuddling together often throughout the day
  • Building Routines for meals, play, and sleep, which help children know what to expect and what is expected of them
  • Giving Rewards for everyday successes (especially for effort toward goals like helping), understanding that praise from those closest to a child is a very potent reward
  • Developing Relationships that are nurturing, reciprocal, purposeful, and lasting, which are the foundation of healthy early brain and child development

 

Pediatricians are taking a stand to spread the news that reading aloud, talking, and singing with young children are both fun and rewarding. The benefits are so clear and so important that promoting reading at young children's check-ups has become an essential part of pediatric care. Starting a daily routine of reading with young children, perhaps to settle down at bedtime, is a powerful way to build healthful habits that last a lifetime. The return on this investment is huge! 

March Donations

Thank you for your extreme generosity! The donations that are coming in are greatly appreciated. Remember to bring in your three March donations by Tuesday 3/3/2015

 

  

Thursday 3/2

-Dr. Seuss Day! 

 

Tuesday 3/3-Monthly Donations Due / Mardi Gras Day!

   
Friday 3/7-National Cereal Day   

Thursday 3/10-Scholastic Due    

 

Tuesday 3/17-Go Green Party-Remember to sign up to share a snack item with your friends!  

Wear something green! 

 

Friday 3/20-First Day of Spring

 

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This is a choo-choo train

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Puffing down the track.

(rotate arms in rhythm)

 

Now it's going forward,

Now it's going back.

(push arms in appropriate directions; continue rotating motion)

 

Now the bell is ringing,

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Now the whistle blows

(make sound)  

 

What a lot of noise it makes

Everywhere it goes!

(cover ears)

 

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Choosing a child care program is a big decision. Finding a quality program that is the right fit for your child will help prepare him/her for success in school and in life.

Keystone STARS helps families find quality child care/ early learning and afterschool programs for their children.

Administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, Keystone STARS is a voluntary program that awards a STAR 1 to STAR 4 to child care, Head Start, and select PA Pre-K Counts programs.

When you choose a Keystone STARS program, you know it meets quality standards for
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  • Working with families; and
  • Program management.
Count the STARS. The higher the STAR level, the higher the quality.
  • Lead teachers have at least an Associate's degree in early childhood education.
  • Teachers hold a meeting with families when a child enrolls, provide daily updates on the child's activities and hold at least two teacher conferences to share child's progress each year.
  • Teachers assess children's development three times a year, the first within 45 days of enrollment.
  • Teachers use the PA Early Learning standards to develop curriculum and learning activities.
  • Programs receive an independent evaluation of their classroom setup and learning activities using a standardized tool (Environment Rating Scale).
  • Program works with families and schools to make a smooth transition for children to kindergarten
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  • Staff complete continuing education each year.

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