CHILD CARE CHRONICLE February 2015 Please DO NOT hold the door open for people you do not know who want to enter the building. If somebody who you don’t know insists on entering with you, tell the office immediately. While we know that it is tempting to leave your warm car running in the parking lot on cold mornings and afternoons, it is absolutely essential that you turn your car off when entering the building! Accidents happen every year in parking lots when unattended cars are left running. It is also necessary to park in the lined parking spaces… not along the fire lane or in front of the side door. Everyone is welcome to visit the Free Monthly Clothing Bank sponsored by the United Churches of the Elizabethtown Area. It’s held on the 2nd Saturday of each month from 9-10 am at the GEARS Community Center. You do not have to be referred by an agency or live in Elizabethtown. While we try to be open every day, there are sometimes unsafe weather conditions that necessitate opening late, closing early, or closing for the entire day. These decisions are made on a case-by-case basis and take into account what is best for the safety of your family and our staff. In the rare case of a closing under extreme weather conditions or of a delayed opening or early dismissal, listen to 90.3, 96.1, or 103.3, or by watching ABC 27, CBS 21, CW15, Fox 43, or NBC 8 for information. (Fyi, a “1 hour delay” means that we’ll open at 7 am.) We recommend subscribing to text or email alerts through one of the television stations; we will not call to notify you. Unfortunately, we are not able to reschedule our Winter Wonderland event. If you have not received your end of year invoice, check your child’s basket or folder. They were distributed on bright green paper mid-January. A Twist on Snow Play Everyone loves making a snowman or making snow angels. Here are a few more fun activities to try in the snow… Make targets with hula hoops or by drawing circles in the snow. Now toss those snowballs and see who can hit the target. Have a scavenger hunt. Hide something that is brightly colored in the snow and give the kids clues to find it. Paint the snow with watercolors. You can also use food coloring if you don’t have watercolors. Make a birdfeeder. Cut an orange in half and hollow it out. Fill it with bird seed and set it out for the birds. Bring out your beach toys and make snow castles. Put on your biggest pair of snow boots and hike out a path in the snow. See if the kids can stay in your footprints. Play follow the leader. Attempt to run, hop, and skip in the snow with your kids following behind. How about a game of pin the nose on the snowman? Play tic tac toe in the snow. Draw the board in the snow. You can use pine cones and rocks for the x’s and o’s. Whatever you decide to do, have fun playing with your child. This is a great way to bond with your child and build a stronger relationship. FEBRUARY 2015 Inchworms Danielle, Oliver, Nola, Reed, Cora, Paxton Dear Families, As we enter the month of February, most of us think about the major holiday that is celebrated this month… Valentine’s Day. After Christmas, stores bombard us with aisles full of red and pink. We are surrounded by chocolate, stuffed animals, and roses. It’s a special time of year to focus on those we love the most. The children also have their own personal achievements from this past month: We hope you take a moment to reflect upon what you love most about your child. We hope that you are able to make the most out of every opportunity you have with your child and show them how much you love them. A close relationship with your infant helps them develop trust, which helps to form an important foundation that is crucial in their life. Reed is using every available surface to pull himself up to stand. January Recap In the month of January, our theme was “Snow”. We read books about snowmen, snow, and winter animals. Some of the books involved counting and feeling different textures. We were also able to bring snow inside and explore it in the sensory table; we really enjoyed that! We painted “snowstorms” and colored with crayons. We created a “cave” using a large blanket draped between two cribs, and we played inside and pretended we were polar bears and it was our home. The infants really liked our “cave”! We also explored rattles, musical instruments, and the soft crocheted balls. Welcome… Miss Chris. She’s our new Inchworm teacher! She’s already spent some time getting to know our Inchworms. She’s eager to partner with you as your babies grow and develop. Danielle has been playing peek-a-boo with anyone who wants to play. Oliver is crawling on his stomach all over the room. Nola jumps for joy in the jumperoo. Cora is using her arms and legs to crawl and explore all of our room’s corners and “hidden places”. Paxton likes to smile at everyone who talks to him. Looking Ahead We look forward to many engaging activities during the month of February. Our theme will be “Love and Friendship” where we’ll learn about hearts, hugs, blowing kisses, and of course red and pink. We will sing songs that relate to this topic, such as “The More We Get Together” and “Skinny Marinky Dinky Dink”. We will do art activities such as finger painting and painting with a paintbrush. We will also engage in social interaction games like peek-a-boo. Classic books such as, Guess How Much I Love You and The Runaway Bunny will help to reinforce our theme. Promoting pro-social behavior and encouraging children to interact with their peers will also be a focus of this month’s activities. Reminders: Please wear pink or red for Valentine’s Day on February 13th. We will go on walks when the weather permits. Please continue to bring the appropriate winter clothing for your child. Thank you! The Inchworm Staff, Miss Chris, Miss Sherri, & Miss Brittany Firefly January 2015 News We’re hoping this cold winter hasn’t been too rough for you. The Fireflies are hoping the groundhog doesn’t see his shadow so we can start going outside a little more than we did in January. With Valentine’s Day around the corner, I am including a list of all of the children’s names so we can do a valentine card exchange (exchanging cards is optional). Benjamin Reed Abby Noelle Morgan Chase Yana Bailee Silas Olivia N Olivia C Hunter Genesis Kylah Semaj What’s going on this month… Since February is the month of LOVE the Fireflies will be talking about the things we love to do. This month we will be learning by exploring all of our favorites. Topics like babies and baby dolls are favorites for some children, and some of us would name trains and tractors as our favorites. How we learned last month… Bailee, Morgan, and Olivia N. really enjoyed cooking in our new kitchen; they made some interesting food. This is one of the items we purchased with our Keystone STARS grant money. Chase, Hunter, and Silas built many great structures using the new blocks we received from the Keystone STARS grant. Olivia C., Kylah, and Abby had a lot of fun caring for the new baby dolls we acquired with Keystone STARS grant money. Benjamin, Reed, and Semaj liked exploring the sand in the sensory table. This was also a new item we received from the Keystone STARS grant. Yana, Genesis, and Noelle enjoyed putting the pop bead ducks together. These were yet another item we purchased with Keystone STARS grant money. As you can clearly see, we received a lot of new equipment this month from grant money that we received from Keystone STARS, which is funded by the state of Pennsylvania. If you get the chance, please advocate for us to continue to receive these grants by writing to the governor and/or other legislators about how important these grants are to our center. They help us to provide our classrooms with high quality, educational, and safe equipment to supplement the excellent educational and developmental experiences we offer every day. Song of the month: “Here’s a Valentine” (sung to “Frere’ Jacques”) Here’s a Valentine, here’s a Valentine Just for you, just for you. It has hearts and roses, it has hearts and roses, Kisses too, kisses too. Chipmunk Chatter February 2015 Units of Study for February February 2 – Pajama Day February 3 – Groundhogs & Shadows February 9 – Valentine’s Day & Friendship February 16 – Dinosaurs February 23 – Art Styles Our center participates in the PA Keystone STARS program. We are voluntarily inspected for quality and we have received a four star designation from them (the highest). Included with this designation is grant money which is then used to continue to keep up our program quality. Following are some of the new items we ordered and received for our room that your children are using to learn: Andrew & Cameron – nurse puppet Ella – dollhouse family Jack – twisty droppers Jason – measuring tape Katie – bunny puzzle Keith – cow puppet Kelsey – sink & stove Naizeya – doctor puppet Palmer & Paige – number & animal flannelboard pieces Preston – scarf dancing cd Bluebird Newsletter February 2015 The Bluebirds have enjoyed talking about snowflakes, snowmen, and animals in winter. More snow is on the way so hopefully we can get out to make a snowman together. Be sure to send snow gear for your child. If temperatures are warm enough we play outside every day. February Themes: 2-6 Groundhogs and Shadows, Penguins and Ice 9-13 Healthy Hearts and Valentine’s Day 16-20 Dental Hygiene, Doctors and Germs 23-27 Construction Special Dates to Remember: 2 – Happy 4th Birthday Landon! 8 – Happy 4th Birthday Liam! 12 – PALS activities with the Explorer class 13 - Valentine’s Day Tea Party A Valentine’s Day party is planned for Friday, February 13th around 9:30 am. If you want you may send in valentine cards for your child to exchange with their friends. There are a total of 12 children in the Bluebird room. I’ve listed their names below. Aubree Gwen Ayden Landon Chiara Izabella Cayden Liam Gaby Sonja Jacob Shammah The Cubs – February 2015 The Cubs have been making so much progress. We are thrilled! We know our ABC’s and we can think of words that begin with different letter sounds. We are recognizing our friends’ names. We’ve been counting and are recognizing numbers. During January we investigated ice, melted ice with salt water, played with snow, and felt the difference between our hands in icy water and our hands inside a “layer of fat” in ice water. We learned about Antarctic (South Pole) animals – penguins! And then we learned about Arctic animals – polar bears! Our favorite arctic animals are: The Arctic Fox – Addie M, Cassidy, Marshall, Madelynn, Kade, and Olivia The Wolf – Alexis, Alissa, and Zaria The Reindeer (caribou) – Ayla The Puffin – Ben, Ethan, and Rogan The Polar Bear – Cole, Damon, Judah, Louie, and Eben The Walrus – Ms. Amy, Addison G, and Makenna The Ptarmigan – Ms. Jes The Harp Seal – Ms. Angela In February we will be learning about our bodies and how to take care of them. We will also enjoy Valentine activities and have a special Valentine’s Day party… stay tuned for details! February birthdays: Judah on February 12th February 13 is a field trip to Heritage House. Here is our class list in case your child would like to give out valentines. You do not have to! Olivia Judah Zaria Eben Marshall Madelynn Makenna Cassidy Addison G Alexis Kade Ethan Addison M Rogan Alissa Ben Cole Louie Ayla Miranda FOX FEBRUARY NEWS 2015 LOVE…I asked the children what that word means to them and as Barrett put it,”That’s a pretty hard answer to give.” Enjoy what they each had to say about LOVE. Andi- I love my parents. I kiss them and hug them. Ryan- Loving means doing something special with your family like going to the Farm Show. Barrett loves to cook with his mom and dad, especially biscuits Mikhail- I love my brain ‘cause it thinks about things like trains. Mia (our newest Fox) says you love your family everyday even if they don’t buy you yogurt. Bella helped her mom clean her room because she loves her. Garrett- You really, really care about someone like my family and my friends and my dog. Kailey loves playing tickle with her mom and dad and sisters. Elysia- Love is when you give a Valentine card to someone like my mom. Mya loves to snuggle with her family and write them “feel better” notes. Luka- Love is hugging my mom and my dad and my sister and saying I love you. Holidays, birthdays and celebrations make February a busy, sweet month because Foxes want to do it ALL! We will start the month making groundhog tunnels with blankets and doing underground drawings, then we’ll move on to QUILTS. This is a special project that we need your help with. Send in an old article of your child’s clothing, an old sheet, blanket or pillowcase, or other fabric that we can cut a 10”x10” square from. Also feel free to send in quilts, quilted items, wall hangings, books, or pictures of quilts. If you, a relative, or a friend quilts, and would like to share with us, please let me know. We will explore lots of things about quilts and end up making a class quilt. This project will continue off and on through the winter. In February we will of course celebrate Valentine’s Day, review our addresses, and talk about our love for family. Winter is an important time to learn how we can keep ourselves healthy so we will stress proper hand washing and how to catch those germs when coughing and sneezing. Dental health will also be a part of that. Below are some special days that you may want to make note of. Feb 13 - AM and PM classes to Heritage House at 9:15. The Kindergartners have no public school that day so they can enjoy a morning at Heritage House. We will also celebrate Valentine’s Day together. Please encourage your child to sign and “address” each card. Your child’s class list is below. Watch for a sign-up sheet for ingredients to make chocolate fondue. YUM! Feb 16 - All Foxes here. No public school. Sounds like a good day for PJS, baking cupcakes for all the famous February birthdays, and winter videos. CLASS LISTS AM: Barrett, Bella, Garrett, Elysia, Mia, Mikhail PM. Andi, Kailey, Luka, Mya, Ryan Explorer / Investigator Newsletter February 2015 Well, it has been a rather cold winter so be sure that your child has gloves and a hat to wear outside. We do go outside on a daily basis when the temperature is above 25. Don’t forget… if school closes, bring in snow pants and boots. February 2: We will celebrate Groundhog’s Day. We will create shadows and make a special treat. Don’t forget… the last one out of bed is the groundhog! February 3 – 12: We will study the heart. We will focus on eating healthy and exercise. We will also share about what makes us be a good friend. February 13: The afternoon kindergarteners will be going to school in the morning, so the Investigators will be going to the Winter’s Heritage House (leaving at 9:15). In the afternoon we will have a Valentine celebration; a sign-up sheet will come later. At the bottom of the newsletter is a list of names for anyone who would like to bring in Valentines. You may bring them for your child’s class or for both classes. Feel free to bring them in any time during the week of February 9th. February 16: There is no public school. We will celebrate the Presidents’ birthdays. February 17 – 20: We will study healthy teeth. There are some great science experiments we will do. February 23 – 27: Author study of Pat Hutchins - Her books have some great math and language activities. Book titles include Don’t Forget the Bacon, Changes Changes, The Doorbell Rang, The Wind Blew, Rosie’s Walk You may have noticed some new furniture arriving in our room. We are very thankful for the new supplies. They were purchased with grant money from Keystone STARS. Explorers’ class list Kathryn Daniel Sagen Trevor Addisyn Bradyn Aaron Avery Sophie Investigators’ class list Mitchel Taylor Isabella Gretchen Colleen Christopher Austin Kolby E-TOWN BEARS FEBRUARY 2015 NEWSLETTER During the month of January, Christmas continued for the school age children! Our center has been very fortunate to receive a grant from Keystone STARS so we can continue to enrich each classroom’s learning environment. Our school age children have been learning and discovering while playing with the items we have purchased through this generous grant. Through their play, they are actually covering academic topics such as math, science, social studies, reading and writing. They are also learning how to problem solve, respect each other’s opinions, and cooperate. Ask your children what new items they have been playing with lately in the school age program. Thank you, Keystone STARS! We are super excited to start our bi-monthly boxed lunches for ECCC families as well as for our teachers to purchase to support our community service project. The children who have volunteered to help with this project have been busy with planning the menu, advertising the lunch sales by making flyers, and are looking forward to preparing the meal. They have picked Friday, February 13 for the lunches to be picked up in our morning program. It’s the day before Valentine’s Day. What a fantastic way to express a little love by supporting the Elizabethtown Community Cupboard. Thank you for your support! IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER: February 13: Early Dismissal February 16: No School (ECCC Open) February 23, 24, 26: ECCC Conferences with Mrs. Yvette (Look for a conference sign-up sheet to discuss your child’s developmental profile in our school age program) FRIENDLY REMINDER: The following are the technology game ratings: 1. M = Mature: Absolutely not permitted in our program! Any children that have games on their own Kindles, DS, iPods, etc. that are rated “M” will not be allowed to play their electronic devices while in our program! 2. T = Teen: We highly suggest the children should not be exposed this rating as well. “T” games must be played at the table and no other children can watch. 3. E = Everyone: “E” games can be played in other areas and other children can watch.
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