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The Learning Center for Families Cordially Invites You to our 19th Annual Winter Party and Graduation! Bring your whole family and your video device and join us for a wonderful dinner and the best celebration ever:

Monday December 10 * 6:00 - 7:30 P.M. Tonaquint Intermediate School 1210 West Curly Hollow Drive St. George (right around the corner from our TLC St. George Center)

Santa will visit us with lots of surprises. Don't miss out on this wonderful event! *In deference to our little ones, we will

start on time.

The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAT) is now accepting new applications for program starting November 1, 2012. WHAT IS THE HEAT PROGRAM? The Home Energy Assistance Program (H.E.A.T.) is open to ALL eligible low income families and individuals. This program provides a winter utility assistance to low-income households, targeting those who are truly vulnerable - the lowest-income households with the highest hearing costs, the disabled, elderly, and families with preschool-age children. HEAT is not a welfare program. A family does not need to be receiving welfare in order to qualify for this program. It is a Federal Funding Energy Assistance Program. If qualified, HEAT accepts application ONE TIME during the period of November 1, 2012 through end of April 2013 or when funds run out. WHO IS ELIGIBLE? If a household is responsible for paying its home heating costs, either directly to a utility company or fuel provider, or as part of the rent; and if the total gross household income is not more than the maximum monthly amount for household size as listed in the chart below, you may be eligible for HEAT assistance. INCOME CHART: 150% of Poverty Level Household Size - Maximum Monthly Income 1 - $1,396 2 - $1,891 3 - $2,386 4 - $2,881 5 - $3,376 For each additional member - add $495 a month for each additional household member. WHAT DO I NEED TO APPLY? Household verifications: 1. Identification: Picture ID, Current Driver's License, State ID, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration, Permanent Resident papers. 2. Social Security cards for yourself and EVERYONE living in your household. 3. Energy Burden Verifications: 4. A copy of your most recent and active utility from each utility supplier (gas/propane/wood/oil/electric) *if you do not pay for energy costs directly, please provide a landlord's statement or other verification saying that part of your rent goes toward paying utilities. 5. Income and Income Deductions Verifications: Proof of ALL income received by all household members in the month prior to the month of your appointment, or in the month prior to the date of application is mailed or is completed by an outreach worker. Proof of medical expenses you paid in the month prior to the month of your appointment. Proof of any child support and/or alimony you paid in the month prior to the month of your appointment. 5. Target Groups Verifications: Proof of disability (SSA letter or letter from your doctor) Proof of a child in the home age (5) and under (birth certificate, etc.). TO APPLY , HERE ARE STEPS: 1. Go to this website: 2. Click "applications forms" and you will see a chart showing HEAT, HELP, and UTAP. 3. Click "HEAT applications/mailing instructions." Follow the instructions on this instruction page and submit application.

Nobody has to tell you that times are tough right now. Pick up any newspaper, turn on any TV channel, or just drive around the Desert Southwest. The signs are everywhere. Many of our TLC families have yet to find decent, full time employment. With threats like “Fiscal Cliff” and “Another Recession”, even those with good jobs are nervous. This kind of thinking can really cast a pall on the holidays and leave you wondering if you should be spending money. Rather than feeling deprived, make this the year that you rediscover the meaning of holidays such as Christmas, Hanukkah or Kawanzaa. Here are some ideas for you: Give the Gift of Food. Baking Christmas cookies can be downright expensive these days. The price of sugar, butter and flour have gone way up. But how about soup mix? This is a tasty and useful gift. Layer a quart jar with ½ cup dry black beans; then ½ cup dry white beans; ½ cup dry red kidney beans; ½ cup dry pinto beans and ½ cup dry green split peas all in separate layers. (If you don’t have a quart jar, you can use a large baggie by inserting a square of cardboard wrapped in fabric or wrapping paper the same size and shape as the bag that you are using). In a small paper bindle, mix 1 teaspoon of bouillon with pinches of other spices of your choice. I like pepper, cumin, celery seed, poultry seasoning and a bay leaf. But you can use any spices that suit your fancy. Be sure and add these cooking instructions: To Prepare Soup: 3 hours before serving, rinse beans with cold, running water. Remove stones or shriveled beans. In a Dutch oven or stock-pot, bring beans and 9 cups of water to boil for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit for 1 hour. Drain and rinse beans. Place beans, 5 cups of water, and seasoning packet contents into pot. If you wish to add cut up pieces of chicken or beef, add them at this time with ½ additional cup of water. Heat to boiling, reduce heat to low and simmer gently for 1½ hours until beans are tender. Stir occasionally Add one 16-oz. can stewed tomatoes with liquid (break up tomatoes). Heat to boiling. Reduce to low, and cook 15 minutes more. Discard bay leaf. Food is a gift that will definitely be used! Give the Gift of Labor. These days, you might find yourself with more time than money. I can guarantee you that every adult on your list could use a helping hand. And that’s just what this gift is. This is an especially good idea for your older children to be able to gift to their parents and grandparents. Wouldn’t it be nice to get someone to spend one hour cleaning the garage, washing windows, or even providing some child tending? When we were little, my sister and I made coupon books that we gave to our parents. The coupons were redeemable for activities like washing the family car, ironing and giving shoulder massages. You can’t go wrong by Continues on next page

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offering to help lighten someone else’s burden. Work is another gift that always comes in handy. Give the Gift of Time. How many of us really don’t need one more ‘thing’? At this point in my life I keep reminding my husband, if I have to iron or dust whatever it is you are thinking of giving me, then I don’t need it! All kidding aside, there could be no better gift this year then giving your time to others. Your children can certainly learn volumes by creating a new tradition in your family of visiting those who are in rest homes, helping with the Care and Share’s Community Dinner, or providing a foster home for a child or respite care for someone with a disability. Instead of holing up playing video games or watching TV on your Christmas vacation, how about getting out and making a difference in the life of someone else? This truly is the meaning of Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa- counting your blessings and then blessing others. Don’t let the holidays eat a hole into your budget. Try one of the above gift ideas and rediscover the magic of holiday giving. - Debbie Justice

Recently several TLC staff members attended the Utah State Preschool Special Education Conference. One of the keynote speakers was Daniel J. Hodgins, who has more than 30 years experience working in the field of early childhood education. Hodgins presented fascinating research about how little boys brains develop differently from little girls and what implications that has for learning. As pointed out by Hodgins, the most profound difference between girls and boys is not in any brain structure per se, but rather in the sequence of development of the various brain regions. A large National Institute of Health Study conducted in 2007 demonstrated striking

News F as we lash! Just suspe cted, boys learn differ ent th an gir and consistent ls. differences in the speed with which the brain matures in boys vs. girls. It's not correct to say, "boys develop along the same lines as girls, only more slowly." It is that different parts of boy’s brains develop in a different sequence. In the NIH study, researchers found that while the areas of the brain involved in language and fine motor skills mature about six years earlier in girls than in boys, the areas of the brain involved in targeting and spatial memory mature about four years earlier in boys than in girls. These researchers concluded that the areas of the brain involved in language, in spatial memory, in School Readiness next page

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motor coordination, and in getting along with other people, develop in a "different order, time, and rate" in girls compared with boys. So what does that mean for learning and school readiness? As put forth by Hodgins, little boys need a different approach and a different environment for optimal learning. He recommends the following:  Avoid sensory overload. This means keep the visual and audio distractions to a minimum. He even suggests getting rid of the strong scents that we women like so much, the candles, air fresheners and incense.  Give boys lots of opportunities to climb. They need lots of space for rowdy play and old fashioned ‘rastlin’.  Let them throw-even in enclosed spaces. So

rather than making boys only throw outside, come up with what can be thrown inside. Do you have a pile of mismatched socks? Stuff one inside the other and you have an instantaneous indoor-approved missal.  Boys learn best by digging in the dirt, playing in the mud and making a mess. They need all of that hands-on sensory play to activate their learning skills. Don’t be afraid to let them get dirty.  Reconsider trying to teach your little boy to share until he is much older. Because the social-emotional center in their brain matures later than a little girl’s, they are more likely to perceive playmates as intruders rather than ‘friends’. Hodgins definitely gave us a lot of food for thought about how we help boys learn. We will be including more of these ideas in our play groups and visits. For more information about Daniel J. Hodgins work, go to:

Debbie Justice

ll of us here at A The Learning Center for Families would like to take a moment to wish your family a very Merry Christmas and a safe and bountiful New Year. For our families who do not celebrate these two holidays, our best wishes to you this Winter Equinox! We feel very blessed that you have allowed us to come into your lives and share the joy of your child’s successes with us. We thank you! ust a reminder that we will be closed from December 24 - January 7. Should you be in need, please dial 211 and the state resource staff is there to help you with any of your resource needs. See you all next year!


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Tue 4 LV Play

Group 9:30-11:30

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BD Play Group 1:00 –2:30

SG Play Group 10:00-12:00


Sat 1 8 Ha Han ppy ukka h

SG Play Strategies 10:00-12:00

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LV Play Group 9:30-11:30 SG Play Group




Hearing Screenings SG TLC



Vision Screenings

BD Play Group 1:00 –2:30 CC Play Group 5:00-7:00




SG Play Strategies 10:00-12:00





Meals and Snacks

CC Play Group 5:00-7:00





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Ha New ppy Year

Dec. 4th - Milk Yogurt Oatmeal Squares Dec. 11th - Milk Cottage Cheese Fruit Cups Dec. 6th - Milk Yogurt Oatmeal Squares Dec. 13th - Milk Yogurt Oatmeal Squares Dec 4th Sloppy Joes and Hamburger Bunds, Tater Tots, Peaches Dec 11th Italian Meatballs, Angel Hair Pasta with Red Sauce, Rolls, Orange Slices

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TLC December 2012 Newsletter (English)  

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