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Kurious Kids Children Centers
Upcoming Events in April 2014
Throughout the month of April we will be celebrating  
"Our Good Earth,"  
especially on Earth Day which is April 22nd.
Some activities you can do with your children during this month of celebration are:
Our Good Earth!
APRIL/2014

  •  Take a hike- take your child on a nature walk, either at a park, a nature trail, or around your house. Look for different animals and plants that could be seen during your outing.
  •  Have a picnic- after your hike, stop for a picnic lunch. Pack your healthy snacks in reusable bags to make your adventure "green".
  •  Plant something- take your children to a greenhouse and pick out plants to plant around your home. If you do not have space (or a green thumb!) choose potted plants you can enjoy inside. 
  •  Visit the animals- take your children to the Lehigh Valley Zoo to see a variety of animals. If you are up an adventure farther from home, try the Philadelphia Zoo or Baltimore Aquarium.
  •  Build a bird feeder- Give the birds a snack by smearing peanut butter and bird seed on a pinecone.
  •  Play in the dark- Show your kids they can have fun without using extra power. Play hide and seek in the dark, make shadow puppets, or read books by flashlight.
  •  Read Read Read- Read some Earth Day books to your child. Some favorites are:
    • The Lorax
      by Dr. Suess,  
    • Earth Day Hooray! By Stuart Murphy,
      and  
    • The Earth and I by Frank Asch.
Spring Outdoor Items
APRIL/2014

Spring is here and we would like to make sure all of our children are prepared for outdoor play. Fresh air is vital to a child's development and it is important for all children to be able to get outside and use their gross motor skills on a daily basis. Unless the weather is extreme, we will be going outside every day.

 

 

Please make sure you bring in weather appropriate spare clothes for your child.  They should have an:  

  • extra pair of pants,
  • an extra shirt,  
  • some socks and underwear.  
If your child has an accident, please send in more clothes to replace the ones that are used. Also, make sure your child has a hat and/or sunglasses if needed for the sunny weather.  

 

Also, please bring in some sunscreen for your child to have for the spring and summer.

 

 

Week of Young Child...
APRIL/2014

   

The Week of Young Child starts April 14th! This NAEYC sponsored celebration brings focuses on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs. This year's theme is "Early Years are Learning Years." The children will participate in various events during this week and some activities will be sent home for you to enjoy with your child.

 

Log on to http://www.naeyc.org/woyc for more information.

 

 

Kids in the Kitchen
APRIL/2014
Dirt Cups  
 

Serves 8

Using chocolate pudding, Oreo cookies and gummy worms, you can make an Earth-inspired treat that your kids will love on Earth Day and any other day of the year. This recipe was adapted from the Kraft Foods version.

 

Ingredients:
  • 1 package (3.9 ounce) Jell-O chocolate instant pudding
  • 2 cups cold milk
  • 1 tub (8 ounce) Cool Whip whipped topping, thawed
  • 16 chocolate sandwich cookies, finely crushed, divided
  • Gummy worms, spiders and insects
Directions:
  1. Beat pudding mix and milk in a large bowl with a whisk for 2-3 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes and then fold in the whipped topping along with 1/2 cup of cookie crumbs.
  2. Spoon into 8 (7 ounce) paper or plastic cups and top with remaining cookie crumbs. Refrigerate for 30 minutes and then add gummy candies right before serving.
  3. You can make sand cups instead of dirt cups by using vanilla crème sandwich cookies or vanilla wafers instead of chocolate.
Celebrating Eric Carle
APRIL/2014

   

Eric Carle (born June 25, 1929) is a children's book author and illustrator, most famous for his book The Very Hungry Caterpillar, which has been translated into over 30 languages. Since The Very Hungry Caterpillar was published in 1969, Eric Carle has illustrated more than seventy books, many best sellers, most of which he also wrote, and more than 71 million copies of his books have sold around the world.

 

 The Very Hungry Caterpillar  

Balloon Painting

 

Before we actually painted our caterpillars we had fun making one out of our balloons first.  Simply dab a small balloon into paint and place it onto your paper. The caterpillar in the story has touches of blue in his body so we put some blue into our green paint and swirled it around a bit before dabbing our balloon into it.  After letting the paint dry we then came back to our caterpillars and added some finishing touches like eyes, nose, antennae, lets. I just love this picture of Luke below. He was so proud of his picture and all the details he was adding. He even added eyebrows.

 

HOP-A-THON
in our Butterfly & Dragonfly Rooms 
APRIL 7-11, 2014
  

Welcome to the MDA HOP-A-THON Program!   
Life's most important lessons are bes learned at an early age.  Understanding the differences in others is one of these lessons, another is the giving of ourselves to make life better for someone else.  The MDA Hop-A-Thon program provides the opportunity for your center's children to experience such lessons.

Our New York Street Center's Butterfly and Dragonfly Rooms will be participating April 7th - 11th. 


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Pennsylvania's quality initiative to assist in improving quality through Standards, Training/Professional Development, Assistance, Resources and Support is called Keystone STARS. The Keystone STARS standards build on the foundation of Pennsylvania's certification guidelines. The standards were based on research-based best practices, which promote quality learning environments for all children. The program has four STARS levels, each building on the prior level.

 

The standards measure four areas:

  1. Staff Education
  2. Learning Environment
  3. Leadership and Management
  4. Family and Community Partnerships

the website is  http://www.pakeys.org


  

In This Issue
April Donations

Thank you for your extreme generosity! The donations that are coming in are greatly appreciated. Remember to bring in your three April donations by Tuesday 4/1/2014.

 

  

Tuesday 4/1

-Donations Due / April Fools! 

 

Wednesday 4/2- Children's Book Day!

 

 Sunday 4/6- Hop-A-Thon Begins 

 

Tuesday 4/8- Scholastic Due

 

Sunday 4/13 - Week of Young Child Begins! 

 

Tuesday 4/15 - Pajama Day!

 

Thursday 4/17- Spring Fling Party!

 

Tuesday 4/22 - Earth Day - Wear Blue 

 

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"What's the Latest
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It's Flu Season
Seasonal influenza (flu) is still active in the United States. The flu virus can easily spread from one person to the next, causing serious illnesses that may result in hospitalization or death. Whenever children are together, there is even more of a chance of spreading the disease

The Flu: Guide for Parents

Song Time

  

Recycling In  

My Home

(tune: Wheels on the Bus)

 

 

Recycling in my home goes round and round,
Round and round, round and round.

 

Recycling in my home goes round and round,
All through the day.

 

Tie up the papers and take them back,

 

Take them back, take them back.

 

Tie up the papers and take them back,

 

All through the day.

Crush the cans and take them back.....

 

Rinse the milk bottles and take them back....

 

Save the glass and take it back......

 

   

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Kurious Kids Children Centers
Reminders to Parents 
 
PAYTON'S PROMISE- Many of you have received information about our new initiative called Payton's Promise. If your child will not be at the center or will be arriving late, please call to inform your director. Please see your classroom teacher or director if you would like more information. We appreciate your cooperation and support.

EMAIL ADDRESSES- We have begun to distribute important information via email. Please make sure your most up to date email address is on file with the office. If you are not receiving emails, please let us know.

 

OUT SICK- Please be sure to call and notify the center if your child has been seen by a doctor and has been diagnosed with anything contagious. It is our responsibility to notify the parents of the children in your child's classroom in a timely manner.  Illness Policy

 

DONATIONS - We can always use donations of empty food boxes and dress up clothes for our dramatic play centers. And we are always looking for empty shoe boxes!

 

TUITION CHECKS - Remember, payment is due on the first day that your child attends the center for the week. We will start to assess late fees at $5 per day that payment is late. In the "memo" section of your check, please write the week that you are paying for along with your child's name (if the last names are different). If you are paying for particular days, please write that in the memo section as well. This is CRITICAL for book-keeping!

 

VACATION REQUESTS- If you are a full-time family and would like to use vacation days, please submit them in writing at least 2 weeks prior. Vacation days cannot be used for holidays or sick days. 


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