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Save the date! Monday, April 13th at 6:30pm is our Second Annual Brain Building In Progress Family Fun Night! Meet members of the community, schools, friends, arts, crafts, music, books and more!
We had so much fun today at the Manchester-Essex Memorial School playgroup, Music, Books & More, making Hand Print Lions! Now, this may look like just a fun, little craft, but it is so much more - this is Brain Building In Progress! Children explored STEM concepts by tracing and identifying a circle to make the head, they challenged their point of view and spatial awareness by turning their own hand print upside down to create the lion body, they practiced fine-motor skills by cutting the circle out and cutting fringe for the mane, and this was tied into literacy and body-awareness skills when we read the book Here Are My Hands by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault and as we discussed our hands, other parts of our bodies, and laughed and talked about our lives in relationship to each page of the book.
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What you need: Paper plates, yellow paint, yellow paper, black magic markers, glue, googley eyes, child safe scissors.
1. Trace a circle on a piece of yellow construction paper.
2. Cut out the circle
3. Chip into the circle to make a lion mane. Be sure to rough it up to make it look like fur!
4. Decorate the lion face with magic marker and googley eyes. Always have googely eyes on hand - best craft supply ever.
5. Squirt a glob of yellow finger paint or washable paint on a paper plate. Squish it around, draw letters in the paint, make a mess, and finally lay your hand flat in the paint to make a hand print on a blank piece of paper.
6. Make a hand print.
7. Turn the paper upside down. Whoa. Different point-of-view.
8. Glue the head on top of where the pinky finger is painted.
The children in our group each told a story about the lion. One lion was getting ready to race a cheetah. Who won? The lion. Another lion was hanging out with a bee. Another saw an elephant. So many creative stories.
Before this craft we read Here Are My Hands.
And, we practiced identifying sizes and matching our own hands against the opening pages of the book Hands Can, by Cheryl Willis Hudson and photographs by John-Francis Bourke. We talked about how sometimes we may not read a whole book, but just look inside for a specific piece of information, in this case the hand prints. Even the littlest baby got in on the fun and the children laughed that her foot was as small as the biggest hand. ,
Most importantly, we had fun. Parents, grand-parents, children and baby siblings. Laughing, learning and coming together on a beautiful fall morning. See you next week!
8/5/2014 0 Comments
The traveling play, D.W. Counts Down To Kindergarten will be at the Hamilton-Wenham Library on August 18th. This is part of an ongoing series of events that it is part of Countdown To Kindergarten, a collaboration between Early Childhood Partners/CFCE (Coordinated Family & Community Engagement), the Hamilton-Wenham RSD, The Hamilton-Wenham Library and the Wenham Museum. This is for a parent and child entering Kindergarten in Hamilton-Wenham in the fall. RSVP by August 14th to save a space. After the RSVP period there will be spaces available for non-residents on a space available basis. Call Lisa at 978-468-5489 or email at email@example.com to save your space.
The Countdown To Kindergarten calendar is available on our website. Hover over Happenings and scroll down to Countdown to Kindergarten.
This information was forwarded to me by Carla King, Foster Parent Recruiter at the Department of Children and Families in Salem. Check out her blog at http://capeanndss.blogspot.com/.
Patrick Administration Issues a Reminder on Summertime Safety Tips
BOSTON — With summer underway, the Massachusetts the Department of Children and Families (DCF), Department of Public Health (DPH), and the Office of the Child Advocate (OCA) would like to remind families and caregivers about important information that will help keep young children safe this summer.
Infants, toddlers and young children (ages 0-5 years) are generally not aware of dangers around them and depend on adults to keep them safe. During warm weather, take steps to prevent falls from windows, keep children safe in cars, and encourage water safety, especially around pools. Simple safety steps can prevent injury.
Falls are the leading cause of injury to children, and falls from windows involving young children are especially serious. Window falls are preventable. In order to prevent window falls, parents and caregivers should:
· Keep low furniture and anything a child can climb on away from windows.
· Open windows from the top, not the bottom, when possible.
· Lock all unopened doors and windows.
· Be sure children are always supervised.
· Install quick release window guards; screens do not protect children from falling out of windows. You can buy quick-release window guards in most hardware stores.
Water and Pool Safety
Children have a natural curiosity and attraction to water. However, drowning is a leading cause of death among young children, both nationally and in Massachusetts.
Backyard pools, whether in ground or above ground are the highest risk for children under the age of 5. To help prevent water-related injury and drowning:
· Children should be supervised in and around water at all times
· Designate an adult “water watcher.” When it is your turn as “water watcher” you should not be involved in any other distracting activity, including talking on the phone, not even for a moment.
· Whenever infants and toddlers are in or around water, including the bathtub, an adult should be within an arm's length at all times providing "touch supervision."
· Do not drink alcohol while supervising children.
· Install a four-sided pool fence that completely separates the house and play area of the yard from the pool area.
· After the children are done swimming, secure the pool so they cannot get back in.
· Consider additional barriers such as automatic door locks or alarms to prevent access or notify you if someone enters the pool area.
· Remove floats, balls and other toys from the pool after use so that children are not tempted to reach for them.
· Keep rescue equipment (such as a shepherd's hook or life preserver) and a telephone by the pool.
· For children who cannot swim, use coast-guard approved life jackets. Do not use air-filled or foam toys, such as "water wings," "noodles," or inner-tubes, in place of life jackets. These toys are not designed to keep swimmers safe.
· Learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). The Red Cross offers a wide selection of CPR/AED, first aid, lifeguarding, swimming and water safety, caregiving, disaster response and emergency preparedness training. For information on classes, visit www.bostonredcross.org.
Additionally, when swimming in public swimming areas:
· Select swimming sites that have lifeguards, whenever possible.
· Swim only in designated swimming areas.
· Do not use air-filled or foam toys, such as "water wings," "noodles," or inner-tubes, in place of life jackets (personal flotation devices). These toys are not designed to keep swimmers safe.
· Always swim with a buddy.
Teach your children to swim. Although swimming classes are not a primary means of drowning prevention, teaching children to swim can provide important protection as well as a fun way to exercise.
Cars can be unsafe — and not just because of car crashes. Children left in a hot car can die from overheating. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that a closed car, sitting in the summer sun, quickly turns into an oven, with temperatures rising from 78 degrees to 100 degrees in just three minutes and to 125 degrees in six to eight minutes. In addition, children can be injured while getting out of moving cars or be run or backed over by motor vehicles. To assist in keeping your young children safe in and around cars:
· Never leave children alone in a parked vehicle, even when they are asleep or restrained, and even if the windows are open.
· Make a habit of looking in the vehicle — front and back — before locking the door and walking away.
· If a child is missing, check the vehicle first, including the trunk.
· Do things to remind yourself that a child is in the vehicle, such as placing your purse, briefcase or something else you need in the back seat so that you will have to check the back seat when you leave the vehicle.
· Always lock your car and keep the keys out of children's reach.
· Ensure adequate supervision when children are playing in areas near parked motor vehicles.
· Ask your childcare provider to call you if your child does not show up for childcare.
If you see a child alone in a hot vehicle, call the police. If they are in distress due to heat, get them out as quickly as possible. Cool the child rapidly. Call 911 or your local emergency number immediately.
The next Musical Story Time Jam with Lisa Cheney starts on Monday, March 3. To register, fill out the registration form on our Playgroups page and email it to Lisa at firstname.lastname@example.org or print to fill out and bring the first day of the session. If you are going to bring the form to class, call 978-468-5489 or email Lisa to make sure that your space is saved! Hope you can join us!
This class is more than half full! Email anytime this weekend if you wish to enroll. The registration form is on our calendar page. Print and bring to class or email. If you plan to bring it to class please email us so we know to save your space. Lisa at email@example.com
Annual PreSchool Screening The Annual Preschool Screening is being held on Friday, February 28, 2014. If you are interested in having your three- to four-year-old child considered for enrollment in September 2014 in the Hamilton-Wenham Integrated Pre-Kindergarten program, please call the Student Services office at 978-468-5303 to schedule a screening appointment.
The Hamilton-Wenham Pre-Kindergarten Program provides a safe and nurturing environment that promotes the physical, social, emotional, speech/language and pre-academic development of children ages three and four years old.
Of course, if your child is too young for PreSchool, call Lisa at 978-468-5489 about CFCE playgroups. We are offering a third group at the end of March!
Lisa Cheney, CFCE Coordinator, Hamilton-Wenham RSD.
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