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News Bulletin June 2014

Four Components of the

Healthy Lifestyles Curriculum

Bridgeport Child Development Center • A program of One Hope United 3053 S. Normal Avenue, Chicago, IL 60616 • 312.842.5566

Overall Health • Exercise • Nutrition • Environmental Sustainability Things to Do While You’re Waiting: Language and Literacy It’s happening again! You’re running errands with your children and suddenly you’re stuck-in traffic, at the clinic, in the checkout line. Many parents find that playful learning activities can help reduce children’s impatience when they have to wait. You can help your child get ready to read while you’re on the move! Talk and listen. Children need to use and understand speech. While you wait, try asking your child, “What are you thinking?” He will be glad to know you care about what he thinks and does. Your family might also want to create a story together. One of you starts it with a sentence or a few lines. Then everyone else takes turns adding a sentence or a few lines until “The End.” Retelling a favorite story or reciting a favorite poem together can also be challenging and fun. You might keep in mind that correcting a child’s speech too often may make her want to stop talking to you! It is important to pay attention to the ideas the child is trying to express. If people around the child use language correctly, she will learn to do so over time. Sing and rhyme. Songs and rhymes can help waiting time go quickly, while also helping children learn sounds and language patterns. Look for poems and lyrics with plenty of repetition. Many children enjoy the

Alphabet Song. You might write the alphabet on a piece of paper so your child can follow along as you sing. Look for messages around you. Help your child identify the letters, words, numerals, or symbols you see. Children like to know what their own names look like. They quickly learn to recognize road signs and logos of companies and sports teams. A child who knows some letters, numerals, and symbols can play “I Spy.” You and she take turns finding print and symbols around you: “I spy the letter M as in m-m-macaroni. Can you find it, too?” “I spy the Chicago Bulls symbol. Can you find it, too?” Write it down. You and your child can “brainstorm” lists: books you want to read, foods you need to buy, things you see around you, or ways to solve a problem. Your child might want to make up a story while you write down her words. She can then illustrate it. Or, she can dictate a letter to a relative or friend far away. Bring a book. Tuck two or three small children’s books into your purse, backpack, or diaper bag. Some parents keep a few books or magazines in the car for emergencies. (Note: Children prone to motion sickness should not look at books in a moving vehicle!) You also might want to make a habit of stopping at the library or bookstore when you run errands with your child.


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Note from the Director We hope everyone enjoyed Mother’s Day and had a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend. Although May has brought its share of rainy days overall, it was a wonderful month. We are looking forward to June and the beginning of hopefully a warm summer. This time of year also brings a time of transition for our students. Children go through many transitions throughout their lives, but one of the most important transitions is the one from a Preschool program to Kindergarten. During this period, behavior is shaped and attitudes are formed that will influence children throughout their education. Your child’s teacher has been working with them all year preparing them for this very time. They have been talking and reading books about Kindergarten practicing some rules and routines. This will help students feel less anxious and more excited about making the transition to Kindergarten. Please work with your teachers for activities that you can do at home to help with this very important transition. Bridgeport Child Development has an open door policy. Please feel to come in and talk to the teachers, observe the classroom, join us for an activity, or read a story!!! Norma Moore Director

Math Activity of the Month Sorting: we sort things into categories everyday: laundry, mail, food items and coins are just a few examples. When we sort we notice similarities and differences, create categories and compare groups. Sorting can be a fun way for your child to become involved in helping around the house while practicing important math skills. Laundry Time: help sort the laundry by color or other categories: for example, school and play clothes or child and adult clothes for different family members. Can you match socks into pairs?

Classroom Stories Room 6 Now that spring is here, students in Room 6 have been learning about plants and planting. Children researched the different parts of a flower and created a game where they could connect the words to the correct part of the flower. Teachers read the book Up, Down, and Around and discussed how vegetables grow. Students also learned that potatoes, onions and carrots grow inside the soil. Whereas, lettuce, corn, green beans, yellow squash, zucchini and eggplant grow above the soil. From reading the book Seeds children found out that seeds come in

various forms, some are smooth, some small, some large, and some with spikes. Our children enjoyed planting their seeds and are excited to see their seeds grow. Room 6 also learned about how fruit grows. Apples, oranges, bananas, cherries and pears grow on a tree. Watermelons and grapes grow on vines. Strawberries, blueberries, cranberries and raspberries grow on bushes. Room 6 recently began studying about insects. Children are studying about butterflies after reading the book The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Waiting for Wings, and Becoming Butterflies our children were able to learn the life-cycle of a butterfly. The students discovered that butterflies start out as an egg, a caterpillar comes out of the egg, the caterpillar goes into a chrysalis and goes through metamorphosis, and out of the chrysalis comes a butterfly. Room 4 Room 4 students engaged in a study of Insects. The children have been observing caterpillars that were purchased and have watched them turn into chrysalis. As the class continues to observe the chrysalis in our room we continue to work answering the question: What is an Insect? Through research the children discovered that worms are not insects and neither are spiders. Room 4 sang variety of songs in English and Chinese about the Butterflies and Bumble Bees. The class has also been working on a creating and writing stories about Insects such as, “If I were an Insect where will I go?” Lastly, students even their own version of a butterfly at the art table and a ladybug using paper plates.

Greetings from School Age! The School Age students are looking forward to an educational and fun-filled summer! The activities for the summer program will be S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and Healthy Lifestyle related. Your children will have a great time creating healthy recipes, exploring the city of Chicago, and discovering how to enhance their knowledge in fun and creative ways. The students will enjoy weekly activities such as visits to the library, swimming, field trips and talent showcases. We are very active during the summer program and spend a great amount of time outdoors. In order to play safely in the sun we ask that you send the students with sunscreen, water bottles, sunglasses, and a pair of gym shoes. Also, you can send the students with a light sweater or jacket for those cool summer days. If you have any questions concerning the summer program, please feel free to see, or call me (Miss Joi). Welcome to an exciting summer of learning! Parents please remember to complete the Sunscreen Permission form.

Inside Story: Cooking with Preschoolers Cooking can help young kids learn and practice some basic math concepts and build language skills. And the experience of creating meals with you can help build their self-confidence and lay the foundation for healthy eating habits. It may take a little flexibility and some simple prep work, but with the right expectations, your time in the kitchen with your preschooler can be a culinary adventure you’ll both enjoy. How Cooking Can Help Preschoolers Bringing kids into the kitchen can benefit them in a number of ways. Cooking can help:

that. Invite them to listen to the whir of the mixer, pound dough and watch it rise, smell it baking in the oven, and finally taste the warm bread fresh from the oven. If it smells good, looks appealing, and is easy to eat they may just be willing to try it! Boost confidence. Preschoolers love to show what they can do and working in the kitchen provides opportunities to gain a sense of accomplishment. If they helped assemble the pizza, let them know that their help was important. You could name the pizza or another dish after your child. Serve “Will’s Pizza” or “Ella’s Salad” for dinner tonight. Even if the end results are not exactly what you expected, praise their efforts. Ideal Jobs for Preschoolers in the Kitchen A few tasks in the kitchen are particularly well-suited to kids ages 3 to 5. The key is to give them “jobs” that meet their skill level and are something they enjoy. So if your child loves to pound, bring out the bread dough and let your preschooler pound away. Here are some other ways kids can help: • stirring pancake batter • tearing lettuce for salad • adding ingredients • assembling a pizza • helping you “read” a cookbook by turning the pages Getting Started From riding a tricycle to getting dressed, preschoolers are learning how much they can do all by themselves. So look for a few cooking-related activities that your child can successfully complete independently or with a minimum of involvement from you. Simple tasks like pouring liquid into the bowl, sprinkling cheese on top of the casserole, or using cookie cutters are a good fit for most preschoolers.

Build basic skills. You can help your child hone basic math skills by doing something as simple as counting eggs or pouring water into a measuring cup. You can ask what comes first, second, and third or count together as you spoon dough onto a cookie sheet. When you read a recipe together, you’re introducing new words to your child’s vocabulary and promoting literacy. Following steps in the recipe can work on listening skills.

Don’t plan an elaborate project — 5 to 10 minutes might be all your child wants to spend on an activity. Start small and keep it fun.

Encourage an adventurous palate. Preschoolers are notoriously picky eaters, and bringing them into the kitchen to cook can help get them to open up to new tastes. When your 3-year-old daughter plays chef she might sample dishes she wouldn’t try if you just served them to her. So encourage kids to taste new ingredients you’re working with and talk about what they like and how healthy foods make a body grow.

Preschoolers will also enjoy learning with you. For safety reasons, you should be in the kitchen with them at all times, supervising and monitoring progress.

Help young kids explore with their senses. Kids learn by exploring with their senses and the kitchen is an ideal place to do

As kids grow, they will develop the skills, attention span, and interest to do bigger cooking jobs, like squeezing the juice out of a lemon, measuring ingredients into cups and spoons, and beating eggs or mashing potatoes.

Spending time in the kitchen with your kids can foster an interest in food and cooking that will last for life! Reviewed by: Mary L. Gavin, MD


Calendar June 2014 Sunday



















13 Center closes at 2:30 p.m.



16 Summer Camp Program begins







23 Teach for America Core Members begin their program

24 Monthly Parent Meeting







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