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Upcoming Events in February 2015

Monthly Theme:

FRIENDSHIP & FEELINGS
 
Celebrate Friendship
 
FEBRUARY/2015

During the month of February we celebrate friendship and want to encourage children to acknowledge our feelings. Use some of the ideas below to enjoy an activity with the special friends all around you!

  •  After reading The Rainbow Fish, a fun tale about making friends, create a set of friendship fish magnets using foam sheets and mosaic mirror pieces. Also, practice using kind words such as Can I help you? Are you okay? I am sorry I hurt your feelings.
  • Using a lollipop and cardstock, create a cute card for a friend. For each flower card, cut three heart-shaped petals, two leaves, and two flower centers from scrapbooking paper or card stock. Poke a small hole in each, crease the petals as shown, and slide the pieces onto a lollipop stem. Tape the bottom to secure.
  • Play charades acting out different emotions using your face and body. Continue then by asking "I feel happy when..." "I feel sad when..."
  • Cut out and decorate three paper hearts of different sizes. Attach them together with yarn, ribbon or fishing line to create a festive heart mobile.
  • Create cards or letters and take a trip to the post office with your child. Here you can learn about some community helpers while spreading joy to your friends everywhere!

http://familyfun.go.com/crafts/friendship-blossoms-825185/

Dental Facts
FEBRUARY/2015  
  • Shark lose teeth throughout their life and they grow new ones to replace the lost teeth. As soon as one falls out, another one takes its place.
  • Poisonous snakes have specialized teeth called fangs.
  • Our first president, George Washington did not have teeth made out of wood, but he did have teeth made out if hippopotamus teeth. He also had teeth made out of ivory, lead, human teeth, and cow and sheep's teeth.
  • In the ninth century, Mayans filed their teeth into different shapes and decorated them with jewels.  
  • The long-snouted spinner dolphin has the most teeth. They can have as many as 252 teeth in their long thin jaws.

     

 
Thought for the Month...
FEBRUARY/2015
 

"No one has yet fully realized the wealth of sympathy, kindness and generosity hidden in the soul of a child. The effort of every true education should be to unlock that treasure." 

~Emma Goldman

Kids in the Kitchen
FEBRUARY/2015  
Raisin and Banana Buddy Muffins
A fun recipe to make with your children to encourage sharing and cooperation!  

Ingredients:

  • can of non-stick spray,
  • 2 VERY ripe bananas,
  • 1 egg,
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil,
  • 1 1/2 cups flour,
  • 1 cup sugar,
  • 6 tablespoons cocoa powder,
  • 1 tsp baking soda,
  • 1/2 tsp salt,
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder,
  • 1/2 cup raisins

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray muffin tins with non-stick spray.

Blend bananas in the blender and then scrape into a mixing bowl.

Have the children help to add eggs and oil to the bananas and mix.

In a separate bowl, have the children add flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, salt, and baking powder. Then add banana mixture and mix. Stir in raisins.

Place one tablespoon or so into each mini muffin tin. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes. For regular sized muffins, place about 1/3 cup mixture into each muffin tin and bake for 20-15 minutes.

In advance, divide out the ingredients so that each child adds at least one ingredient.

  1. large bowl, cream the butter and sugar. Mix in the eggs, one at a time, and add the milk.
  2. Rinse the strawberries and cut off the greens with a plastic knife Mash the berries with a potato masher or puree in a blender. Then stir the berries into the butter and milk mixture. Tip: For muffins with a more pronounced pink color, add a few drops of red liquid food coloring or dabs of paste coloring.
  3. In a separate bowl, ask the chef to sift the flour, salt and baking powder. Stir well.
  4. Add the flour mixture to the berry mixture. Use a wooden spoon to stir until all the white disappears. Tip: For an excellent crumbly consistency, mix the batter just until everything is moist.
  5. Line the muffin tin with paper liners. Drop the batter from a tablespoon to fill the cups halfway. Add a surprise: an unwrapped Kiss, Hug or 1/2 teaspoon of jam. Then spoon more batter to fill almost to the top. Bake until the muffins begin to brown and a toothpick inserted near the center (but not in the Kiss) comes out clean, about 20 to 25 minutes.
  6. Remove the muffins from the tin and cool. Makes 12 muffins.

http://www.preschool-plan-it.com/friendship.html

 
 Your Health
 
FEBRUARY/2015

Healthy Eating for Preschoolers 

Get your child on the path to healthy eating.

 

Focus on the meal and each other. Your child learns by watching you.  Children are likely to copy your table manners, your likes, and dislikes, and your willingness to try new foods. Offer a variety of Healthy Foods. Let your child choose how much to eat.  Children are more likely to enjoy a food when eating it is their own choice. Be Patient with your child. Sometimes new foods take time.  Give children a taste at first and be patient with them.  Offer new foods any times. Let Your Child Serve Themselves. Teach your children to take small amounts at first.  Let them know they can get more if they are still hungry.
Cook Together,
Eat Together,
Talk Together,
Make Meal Time Family Time.

 choosemyplate.gov

Keystone Stars
FEBRUARY/2015  
Did you know that when children are playing, they are learning? \ It's true! Pennsylvania Promise for Children has developed a new resource, When I Play, I Learn!, for families that is now available on their website for families to read or print. When I Play, I Learn! has fun activities using everyday items, like a towel, measuring cups, a box, or a blanket. Through this resource families can see what activities their child can do and what skills they are learning through these activities and then find ways they can help their child learn. This resource is located on the PA Promise for Children website. Click HERE to get a copy.

February 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 2/3/2015.

Monthly Theme:

Feeling Good From my Head to my Toes!

Dental Health Month

Love & Friendship

MONDAY 2/2 - Show Off Your Spirit! Wear your Favorite Team Day!  

 
TUESDAY 2/3 - Monthly Donations Due!
 

SUNDAY 2/8 - Pennies for Patients Begins  

  

TUESDAY 2/10 - Scholastic Due     

 

 
FRIDAY 2/13 -Friendship Party!
 

                            RED DAY

MONDAY 2/16 - President's Day!

TUESDAY 2/17 - Fat Tuesday! Donut Day!

SATURDAY 2/28 - Pennies for Patients Ends.

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Song Time

"I've Been Brushing"

 sung to "I've Been Working on the Railroad"     

 

I've Been brushing with my toothbrush,

Brushing everyday.

I've been Brushing with my toothbrush,

It's how I fight decay.

All my teeth are gonna sparkle,

How proud I will be.

Every time I want to smile, my Teeth will Shine for me!

Always brush your teeth,

Every Single day.

Keep those cavities away!

Use your brush and paste,

Just the way you should, Keep your smile a looking good!

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Did You Know?
 Let Your Infant's Everyday Activities P O P With Literacy-Learning Power!
Meal Time -
  • Sing songs or recite rhymes while nursing, bottle feeding, or spoon feeding your infant.  Position the baby so he/she can see your face.
  • Talk to your baby during meals, naming the foods you serve and their colors, flavors, and textures.

Rest Time -

  • Play a CD or sing soothing lullabies to your baby while he/she is resting in the crib.

Bath Time -

  • Play naming games during bath time with your baby, such as "Where are your toes?  Mommy's going to was those toes!"

Diaper Changes -

  • Sing Fun songs or nursery rhymes while changing your baby's diaper.
  • Talk to your baby during diaper changes: "Now this is going to be cold.  We're using a cold wipe."
  • Store some of your baby's favorite toys and books in the diaper bag to explore on long car rides or visits to the doctor.

www.earlyliteracylearning.org

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