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Upcoming Events in December 2014

Monthly Theme:

Christmas in Your Home!  

'Tis the Season

DECEMBER/2014

Tis the season for family, fun, food and all things merry! We look forward to this month as many exciting things will be happening within our centers, including our Holiday Party on December 18th. Remember to sign up for a treat to share with your child's class.

 

As we enter December, many of us will begin our holiday celebrations, including Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. This year we will be creating a Holiday Tree in each classroom, and we are asking each family to bring in one item to help decorate our tree. This item should represent how your family celebrates during this time of year. It could be an ornament, a photograph, a recipe card, or anything else that features your family's holiday celebration. Please send this item to the center by Friday December 5th.  

 

Below find some fun holiday activities to enjoy with your family this season.

 

  • Celebrate Kwanzaa with these crafty beaded candles. All you need are some wooden craft blocks, paint, letter beads, and ribbon.
  • Whip up some of these yummy marshmallow dreidels using marshmallows, chocolate and pretzel sticks.
  • Create a festive wreath using metallic cupcake papers and ribbon (see picture below). 
Check out

http://familyfun.go.com/christmas/christmas-decorations/ christmaswreaths/ cheery-cupcake-wrapper-wreath-940823/ for materials and directions

 

 http://www. marthastewart.com/ 318045/edible-chocolatemarshmallow-dreidels

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http://familyfun.go.com/crafts/kwanzaa-bead-candles-661277/

December Facts
DECEMBER/2014

  1. The most well known holiday of the month is Christmas Day, December 25th.
  2. The Jewish holiday of Hanukkah usually begins in December. The dates vary from year to year. Some years Hanukkah begins in late November.
  3. Kwanzaa is celebrated from December 26th to January 1st. This weeklong holiday honors African heritage and culture.
  4. December 3rd is National Let's Hug Day.
  5. December is National Stress Free Family Holiday Month
  6. In the northern hemisphere, the winter solstice or shortest day of the year occurs and winter begins on December 21 or 22.

 


 

Thought for the Month...
DECEMBER/2014

"In early childhood you may lay the foundation of poverty or riches, industry of idleness, good or evil, by the habits to which you train your children. Teach them right habits then, and their future life is safe."

 

~Lydia Sigourney 

Spare Clothing
DECEMBER/2014

 

Fall is in full swing 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. Also be sure to send along a coat, hat, and gloves as the weather gets colder.  

 Your Health
DECEMBER/2014

 

Information to Help Prevent Against the Flu  

 

Yes, it's that time of the year again...flu season. The time of the year that child care programs and parents dread. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has published a number of resources for Parents and Caregivers about the flu. 

 

Flu Guide for Parents  

Kids in the Kitchen
DECEMBER/2014

Easy Gingerbread House:
  •   8-10 graham crackers
  •  Empty milk carton (school size)
  • Styrofoam meat tray
  • Colorful hard candies to decorate (peppermint, gumdrops, sprinkles, etc.)
  • Tube frosting with varied tips
  • White frosting

One: Place the milk carton on the styrofoam tray. Spread the white frosting on the outside of the milk carton.

 

Two: Arrange four graham crackers on the outside of the milk carton. These will be the walls of the house. Add frosting as needed to make them stick.

 

Three: Place one graham cracker on top of your gingerbread house. This will be the base of the roof. "Glue" it on with frosting. To make a pointed roof, lean two graham crackers on the roof's base. Secure them with more frosting.

 

  
Four: Decorate the house. The white frosting looks like snow, so it's fun to spread some on the roof and around the outside of the house. Use the tube frosting to make fancy trim, windows, or doorways. Use small candies for trimmings and decoration. Use construction paper to make a pathway, trees, or people. 

 

 

 http://fun.familyeducation.com/childrens-art-activities/christmas/35243.html#ixzz2A9EpSDqc 

 

Keystone Stars
DECEMBER/2014

Family Engagement: What is it and Why is it Important? 

Many people think they know what family engagement is...it's talking with families or putting up a bulletin board to let them know what is happening at their program. These are some areas of family  engagement, but what is it really? According to For Every Child the Down East Partnership for Children, "family engagement is described as meaningful communication between a child care or school and the families of the children attending the child care or school. Successful family engagement includes a commitment from both families and the school or child care." Families are committing to the child care that they will support their child's learning and the child care promises to the families that they will involve them in their child's learning experience. Family engagement is a two way street.

Family engagement is also not limited to the parents or the guardians of the children anymore it is looking at the entire family. There are usually more family members than just the parents and guardians who help children grow and in their learning experience. So, for family engagement to be successful it must include other people in the family not just the parents. For instance, grandparents, brothers, sisters, aunts and uncles should all be included in the child's learning experience.

Children who have families who are actively engaged in their learning experience:
  • Adjust to school easier
  • Attend school regularly
  • Have better social skills
  • Show improved attitudes and behavior at school and at home
  • Have advanced language and math skills
  • Earn higher grades and test scores
  • Graduate from high school and go on to higher education

Source:
For Every Child the Down East Partnership for Children - Building Blocks, Summer 2011 Newsletter

http://www.depc.org/index.html 

 

In This Issue
December Donations

Thank you for your extreme generosity! The donations that are coming in are greatly appreciated. Remember to bring in your three December donations by Tuesday 12/2/2014.

 

 

Monthly Theme:

Christmas in Your House  

 

TUESDAY 12/2 -Monthly Donations  

 

WEDNESDAY 12/10 -Scholastic Due 

 

WEDNESDAY 12/10 - Wear your favorite Holiday PJs. 

  

TUESDAY 12/16 - Red/Green Day   

 

THURSDAY 12/18 - Santa Visits

              New York - 10:00am

              Hobson - 11:30 am  

WEDNESDAY 12/24 - Christmas Eve - Close at 3:00pm    

 

THURSDAY 12/25 - Christmas Day - CLOSED

WEDNESDAY 12/31 -New Years Eve - Closed at 4:00pm

 
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I built a little snowman.

 

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Andy what do you suppose?

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Active Play!
Infants, Toddlers, & Twos

Colder weather is fast approaching.  It's important for children to continue to exercise and be active.  Physical and active play is how the infant and toddler firs learn about the world.  Large muscle movement activities help the child:
  • Develop movement skills
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Maintain a healthy heart

Infants first develop head and stomach control that will assist with sitting up unassisted, creeping, crawling, standing holding on, standing, and walking.

 

Toddlers between 1-3 years will be learning to walk, march, run, jump, hop, gallop, climb, kick, and throw a ball.

 

Physical Activities and Play Ideas:

  •   Move the infant to various locations to experience diffferent things
  • Sittingin an infant seat to build head and stomach muscle control
  • Tummy Time
  • Crawling
  • Rolling on the floor
  • Drop game where objects are fropped and the adult picks them up repeat the play
  • Banging and shaking objects such as rattles or large spoons
  • Marching to music
  • Stories or songs with actions movements
  • Jumping to music or patterns
  • Chase Games
  • Pushing and pulling toys
  • Dancing
  • Catching a bean bag
  • Treasure hunt to search for objects/toys
  • Hide and seek
  • Rolling and/or throwing a ball
  • Bouncing and catching a ball
  • Moving like animals

More Infomation at  

www.infantandtoddlerforum.org 

 
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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