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News Bulletin May 2014

Four Components of the

Healthy Lifestyles Curriculum

Elgin Child & Family Resource Center • A program of One Hope United 210 National St., Elgin, IL 60120 • 847.697.7100

Overall Health • Exercise • Nutrition • Environmental Sustainability

Freedom to Grow Have you ever seen a butterfly emerge from its chrysalis? It’s tempting to help it break free, but the struggle to get out strengthens the butterfly’s wings. Parents want to help their children and keep them safe, but too much help can result in a child unable to spread his wings and fly. Keep in mind the difference between danger and minor risk. Consider what your child wants to do. There’s an obvious difference between letting her play in a swimming pool, where she could drown, and letting her play in a mud puddle where she would get wet and dirty. Young children need close supervision when there is danger, but they also need to be allowed to get messy and play actively.

Consider allowing your child to fail and try again. Just as your baby probably fell over many times in learning to walk, he may need several tries to dress himself, put a puzzle together, or help you set the table. He may have to search for the toy or book he forgot to put away. Be sensitive to when he needs time to do it himself and times he does need help. Stay calm over minor mishaps, physical or emotional. Let your child know you care, but that small hurts are a part of life. Take care of the scrape or kiss the bump and encourage her to go back to playing. Help her find ways to cope when her friend wants to play with another child or teases her, but try not to overreact.

Give him opportunities to learn to interact with other people. You may need to coach your 2-year-old to respond to a question from an adult or find a toy for a friend to play with. Try letting your 4-year-old speak for himself and find ways to play with a friend on his own. A parent or teacher can step in when help might be needed. Let her learn to play with a new toy or do an art project on her own. A child may not play with a toy or a game the way the maker of it intended. As long as it’s causing no damage, let her try it her way. She may paint trees pink and the sun blue, but let the artwork be her own.

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Give Me Five! Enjoy the sounds of language with your child. Recite your favorite rhymes, sing your favorite childhood songs, and play rhyming games. Rhymes are good for the brain! The repetition of rhymes and stories teach children how language works and helps build memory that can be applied to all sorts of activities. Nursery rhyme books are often a child’s first experience with literacy. Even before they can read, children sit and learn how a book works. Language games are an easy and fun way to help build your child’s language skills. Set aside some time each day to enjoy a Mother Goose rhyme book with your child. Encourage your child to complete the rhymes with the correct rhyming word, such as “Hickory, Dickory, Dock, the mouse ran up the (clock).” Practice saying favorite rhymes over and over, soon your child will be reciting them alone. You can even play these rhyming games in the car or while you are walking. Try a fun rhyming game in which you say a word and your child comes up with a word that rhymes, for example, “look-book.” While playing the game you should accept nonsense words that rhyme as well as real world words. You may also want to begin introducing your child to beginning letter sounds. Select objects or pictures from around the house and have your child name the object to hear the sound at the beginning of the word. Next, ask your child to name the letter of the alphabet that matches that sound. Likewise, you could show your child a letter, and tell them the sound it makes. Then, have your child find something with that beginning sound. Have fun and enjoy some together time while you build language skills! Some rhyming books you may want to read together; Hide and Squeak, by Heather Vogel Frederick, No Sleep for the Sheep, by Karen Beaumont, and The View at the Zoo, by Kathleen Long Bostrom.

Welcome New Staff The center would like to welcome Jenny Walker to the Infant Unit. Jenny will be the new teacher in Room 107 with Ms. Sandra and Ms. Gladys. We would also like to welcome back Ms. Stephanie from her maternity leave. We congratulate her on the birth of a beautiful baby girl.

Read, Read, Read The library will be here to read to the preschool children for the last time this school year on May 20. In June, the center will be partnering with the Gail Borden Library for the summer reading program. Each of the children in our school will have the opportunity to sign up for the program. During the summer, this program will require classrooms and parents to read to their children or have their children read to them. If each child reads enough over the summer then they will be able to get a free

book and some other giveaways the library offers for finishing the program. Watch for information over the next month!

Summer Calendar The summer calendar will be distributed soon! This calendar will provide parents with all the summer plans including water play days which will start in June. Please make sure to return your child’s sunscreen/ bug repellent permission form along with the products. Please remember that sunscreen must be NON-AEROSOL. Also, make sure to send a bathing suit, towel, and provide closed-toed shoes for outdoor play on your child’s water play day.

Open House It was so nice to see so many families engage in our open house activities. Families spent time together creating spring art projects and many planted their own

flowers. We take pride in all that we do within our center and enjoy being able to invite the community into experience all of the growth and learning that takes place each day.

Slime A couple of weeks ago, preschool Room 229 had a blast making and playing with slime. We wanted to share the recipe—try this sensory experience at home! Mix 1-part clear glue with 1-part liquid starch, then add your favorite color of food coloring.

Parent Café Thank you to all the parents that participated in the Parent Café hosted at our center on April 23. We hope that the café allowed parents the opportunity to engage in meaningful conversations about what matters most—their family.

Book Fair News Thank you to those that purchased books at the book fair. With your purchases we were able to provide several new books to all of our classrooms!

Focus on a Classroom The toddlers in Room 111 are exploring spring! The children are very excited to be going outside to enjoy the warmer weather. As the children use the climber and slide, push the lawnmowers, and maneuver the cars around the playground they are developing their large-motor muscles. These activities also encourage the development of the following skills: balance, coordination and gross-motor manipulation skills. The children enhance their small-motor skills as they scoop and pour water, plant seeds, and engage in everyday art explorations. Recently, the children sponge painted, frosted cookies for a bake sale, and practiced using crayons and markers. All of these activities encourage exploration, creativity, and introduce new vocabulary. To reinforce math and science concepts, the children watered their grass seed and watched it grow. The grass seed was measured using objects in the classroom to compare its height. Language skills were enhanced as the classroom sang spring weather related songs such as; “Mr. Sun,” “Rain, Rain Go Away,” and “It’s Raining, It’s Pouring.” The children also explored weather related words as they played with weather picture flannel board pieces. The children are anxiously awaiting the return of their insect friends on the playground. There are so many things to explore in the spring!


Calendar June 2014 Sunday








2 Summer Program starts








10 In-house performance from the Randall Oaks Farm

11 In-house performance from the Randall Oaks Farm


13 Donuts for Dad


15 Happy Father’s Day!

16 Dental visit

17 Dental visit














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