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Serving the CSUN community with quality child development programs since 1975.

Fall 2008 Issue 4

Ten Tips for Choosing Books for Children of All Ages Source: Family of Readers Advisor's Guide

Have children choose their own books as soon as they start showing a preference for one over another. Find the children's section of your local library. Get to know the librarian, who can be a great resource. Find out what your child is interested in, and help choose books that are related to his or her interests. Ask friends, family, and teachers what books their children have enjoyed; try a book swap. If your child does not like a book you are reading together, put it away. Reading is a fun time to share, not a time to fight. Children may want to read the same book many times, even if you think they have outgrown it. Use book lists generated by various literacy organizations; they usually have good suggestions. For example: American Library Association, International Reading Association, Children's Book Guild. Look for books that you will like reading aloud. Your enjoyment will shine through and become contagious. Try out different kinds of books to see what appeals to your children. Have fun! Show your children the joy of reading and how it can open up a brand new world! Children’s Center

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Recipe Of The Month

Vegetable of the Month By Leslie Gussin, Master Teacher


Squash Crisp

Ingredients: 3 eggs 3 cups cooked butternut squash, mashed 1 ½ cup sugar 2 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon vanilla ½ teaspoon salt ½ cup soft butter Beat eggs until lemon colored. Put all ingredients in bowl and mix. Place mixture in buttered baking dish and bake at 400 degrees until set (about 20 minutes). Remove from oven and cover with topping. Topping: ½ stick butter 3 cups crushed cornflakes ½ cup brown sugar ½ cup chopped pecans Mix all ingredients well. Cover butternut squash with topping and return to oven. Continue baking another 10-15 minutes. Serves 6-8.

Children need to taste a new food several times before they learn to like it, so we offer a “Vegetable of the Month” curriculum, providing the children with opportunities to try new and healthy foods. Each classroom shares a sample of the vegetable and does a cooking project to expose the children to the new food. In October, we learned about squash. We prepared acorn, banana, spaghetti and butternut squash. The big hit was Teacher Linda’s recipe for Butternut Squash Crisp (inset). It was just sweet enough to appeal to without hiding the buttery flavor of the squash. The children also enjoyed “noodles” of the spaghetti squash with butter and garlic. We baked a pumpkin pie, also a squash, and the toddler class enjoyed a stir-fry with kabocha squash. T h e c o o k i n g p ro j e c t p rov i d e d r udimentar y mat h and science concepts used in measuring and c o m p a r i n g , a n d we p r a c t i c e d counting while we added ingredients. The children measured and weighed each squash, finding that the banana squash was the longest and the spaghetti squash weighed the most. Then children used magnifying glasses to look at the skin of the several squash, identifying those that had smooth skin and those that had rough skin. A large part of the curriculum and activities in our classrooms focuses on building community and working together. Children learn about these concepts through books, cooking and other activities. We read “Big Pumpkin” by Erica Silverman about a pumpkin so big that a whole cast of characters needed to work

together to pull it off the vine. Through this story, the children learned about team work and cooperation. Now that we’ve eaten all the squash, we look forward to planting the seeds in the spring. We saved the acorn, banana, spaghetti, and butternut squash seeds, so next Fall we may be ready to eat another crop of squash. As teachers, we love to see evidence that children are truly integrating the curriculum. At the end of November I knew we accomplished our goals with the “Vegetable of the Month” when I asked children in the play yard what they were doing; “We are making squash” was the response.

Today’s Children, Tomorrow’s Leaders

Help keep this exceptional program going. Don’t forget to make your tax‐deductible gift. You can  now make donations online at or you can contact the  Children’s Center Development Officer, Jerry DeFelice, at (818) 677‐3935 or .

2008-2009 Children’s Center Advisory Board The Board serves several purposes including participation in the selection of the director, approval of the annual budget, insurance of effective organizational planning and adequate resources, enhancement of the program's public image, and participation in the program’s annual evaluation and planning efforts. Advisory Board members volunteer their time and commit between three and four hours a month to our program including monthly meetings and special events. This year the Board will be working very hard to address necessary program and policy changes, including addressing the new California Department of Education Title 5 regulations and Adult and Child Food Program regulations, participate in fundraising, and participate in the evaluation of the center’s programs. The parent members on the board serve as representatives to the current parents at the center and in the Family Child Care Network. In addition the board has representation for CSUN faculty and staff and from the Associated Students. Families are invited and encouraged to share comments and concerns with Board members in addition to sharing them with the center staff.

2008-2009 Advisory Board Members Armstrong, Jayna Student at Large

Foster, Joshua Senator

Luna-Contreras, Erika Parent

Scott Lewis, Whitney Parent

Cantu, Iris Parent

De La Torre, Jennifer Assistant Director

Mortimer, Katie Parent

Turner, Undreal Parent

Crandall, David General Manager

Gonzalez, Rosemary Faculty

O'Dell, Christina Director

Wakefield, David Faculty

Watkins, William Dean of Students

Fire Truck! By Ivan Ultz

Abiyoyo       By Pete Seeger

Welcome to the Farm Available at Lakeshore

Room 140 No, David! By David Shannon

Where the Wild Things Are      By Maurice Sendak

Sweet Dreams Available through Scholastic

Hands are not for Hitting By Martin Agassi

Room 120 Fire Truck! By Ivan Ulz

Fire Truck! By Ivan Ultz

Our favorite books...

Room 110 Animal Sounds Fun! By Baby Connection

The Ants Go Marching By Jeffery Scherer

Room 150 5 Little Monkeys By Eileen Christelow

Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? By Eric Carle

Click Clack Moo Cows that Type By Doreen Cronin

Room 130 Abiyoyo       By Pete Seeger

Tiff, Taff and Lulu By Eva Montanari

Hush , Little Alien By Daniel Kirk

Room 160 No, David!    By David Shannon

Room 170 Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day By Judith Biorst Elmer By David McKee Corduroy- any book By Don Freeman Watch our website for additional favorites!

Classroom and Playground Wish List Books for children ages three months through five years Boys and Girls Dress-up items (children size 8+) Musical Instruments (drums, jingle bells, etc) CD's (for dancing, peaceful nap music, etc) Large magnets (letters, numbers, shapes, animals, vehicles, environments, etc) Flannel Board Stories and/or Velcro Stories Variety of Stickers (letters, numbers, shapes, animals, vehicles, environments, etc) Extra "CSUN" Clothes: boys/girls underwear and socks Cot sheets with heavy duty elastic bands Sand toys; particularly shovels and buckets Balls of all shapes and sizes Multi-colored traffic cones Puzzles (both table puzzles and large floor puzzles) Clothes for dolls and barbie dolls Three Laptops with Microsoft Windows XP, Pentium III 900 Mhz or higher; 1 GB or more of Memory 8 Battery chargers for AA batteries

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