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					Parents As Teachers
    Newsletter




   Dec 2009 - Feb 2010

                     Newton
    Cooper Early Education Center, 816 Oak St.
                    284-6510
                       Or
                 1-866-284-6510

                   Halstead
       Halstead Middle School, 221 W. 6th
                 316-835-2694
                                           PARENTS AS TEACHERS
     Donna Anderson           Patty Mellinger            Melissa Meyer              Heidi Porter              Susan Graber             Karla Guardiola
        Newton                Hesston/Newton               Newton                 Newton/Halstead            Halstead/Bentley              Newton
danderso@newton.k12.ks.us pmelling@newton.k12.ks.us mdmeyer@newton.k12.ks.us   hporter@newton.k12.ks.us   sgraber@newton.k12.ks.us kguardio@newton.k12.ks.us



                                                                                                                             *****
GROUP MEETINGS                                                                                                  Occasionally, we feature book
                                                                                                                reviews, suggested websites, etc. in
And PLAYGROUPS                                                                                                  our newsletters. Parents As
                                                                                                                Teachers does not necessarily
Please note all our evening groups will meet at 6:30 p.m. during the winter                                     recommend or endorse all content.
months. All Newton Playgroups are held at 9:30 a.m. while all the Halstead Play-                                Please continue to use your own
                                                                                                                judgment as to how you use all
groups begin at 10:00 a.m.                                                                                      information shared.
                                                                                                                             *****
Thursday, December 3—9:30am Playgroup at Newton’s Cooper EEC - PAT Room 121

                         Tuesday, December 15—6:30pm Holiday Party at Cooper EEC -
                         Auditorium                                                                             BOOK ORDERS are due
                                A special guest in a red suit will attend. Bring a camera!                      by 10:00 am on the dates
                                There will be a variety of fun things to do as your child                       shown below.
                                learns about Gingerbread tots, men, boys, & girls!
                         Thursday, December 17—6:30pm Holiday Party at Halstead                                           December 11
                         Middle School - Room 211                                                                          January 15
                                Come make an ornament and have a gingerbread treat.                                       February 12
                         Friday, December 18—10:00am Holiday Party at Halstead
                                                                                                                RECYCLABLES NEEDED
                         Middle School - Room 211                                                               Small (child size) wire hangers
                                  Come make an ornament and have a gingerbread treat.                           Formula cans
                                                                                                                          (approx 16 oz size)
Ms. PAT’s Book Bunch returns in January                                                                         64 oz plastic juice bottles with lid
Tuesday, January 12—6:30pm Ms PAT’s Book Bunch in Halstead                                                      1 liter-sized water or drink bottles
                                                                                                                          with lid
Middle School - Room 211                                                                                        Large phone books
         OR
Thursday, January 14—6:30pm Ms. PAT’s Book Bunch at                                                                      Inside this Issue:
Newton’s Cooper EEC - Auditorium
                                                                                                               Toys to Treasure                    Pg 2
Tuesday, January 26—10:00am Playgroup at Halstead Middle School - Room 211
Thursday, January 28—9:30am Playgroup at Newton’s Cooper EEC - PAT Room 121                                    Toys for Ages and Stages            Pg 2
                                                                                                               Maintain Comforting Routines Pg 2
February—Ms. PAT’s Book Bunch
                                                                                                               Time & Hugging                      Pg 3
                        Tuesday, February 9—10:00am Ms. PAT’s Book Bunch at
                        Halstead Middle School - Room 211                                                      Websites                            Pg 3
                               OR                                                                              A Place for Everything              Pg 4
                        Thursday, February 11—6:30pm Ms. PAT’s Book Bunch at
                                                                                                               Dental Health Month                 Pg 5
                        Newton’s Cooper EEC - Auditorium
                                                                                                               Protect Baby Pearly Whites          Pg 6
                  Thursday, February 25—9:30am Playgroup at Newton’s Cooper                                    Kids in the Kitchen                 Pg 7
                  EEC - PAT Room 121                                                                           Fingerplays                         Pg 8
Thursday, February 25—10:00am Playgroup at Halstead Middle School - Room 211
                                                                                                               Jan - Feb 2010 Calendar             Pg 9
    Webster’s defines a toy as “any article to play with, especially a plaything for children.”
    Parents know that children are ingenious when it comes to playing. They are mesmerized
    by shiny, moving objects. They can turn pots and pans into musical instruments and
    boxes into boats and buses. The question is, What are the best toys and how can parents
    approach toy purchasing with confidence? As the gift giving season approaches and par-
    ents and grandparents spend hours searching toy shelves and store advertisements, toy
    choices are big decisions. There are many guidelines, but one of the most important is to
               keep the age and interest of your child foremost. Following is a great list of
               toys for infants and toddlers. Chances are many of these all-time favorite
               toys brought magic to your childhood and can do the same for your child.




    Infants                                                      Toddlers
    (Birth through 12 Months)                                    (1 –2 years)
    Rapid developmental changes occur                            Increasing mobility, language ability, and
    during the first year of life. Young                         a desire for independence move this age
    infants respond to sight, sound, and                         child to explore expansively and enjoy
    textures. Older infants develop grasping                     toys that build mastery.
    abilities as they learn to sit up and
    crawl.                                                       •    Sand and water play
    •    Unbreakable mirrors                                     •    Dolls and accessories
    •    Soft-bodied dolls and animals                           •    Unit and large plastic blocks
    •    Grasping toys (pop-beads, teethers)                     •    Simple puzzles
    •    Activity boxes and nesting cups                         •    Lacing and stringing toys
    •    Cloth, plastic, or board picture books                  •    Art supplies—large, non-toxic crayons,
    •    Simple cars and trucks                                           assorted paper
    •    Push and pull toys                                      •    Activity boxes, nesting cups
    •    Soft blocks                                             •    Picture and board books
                                                                 •    Rhythm instruments, recorded music




  From a baby’s perspective, holidays can be an exciting but slightly scary time. There are
  new and unfamiliar surroundings, faces, sights, sounds, and smells everywhere. To cope with
  all this, babies often rely on the familiar rituals of their everyday life to provide them with
  a sense of security and comfort. Minimizing the disruption of your baby’s routines can make
  the holiday experience a peaceful and pleasant one for your little one and you!
  Sticking to bedtime routines insures that your child will be rested and playful. Though it is
  tempting to delay bedtime or skip some of the routines, it is a good idea to stick to a
  regimen as much as possible.
PAT Newsletter                                December 2009 - February 2010                                    Page 2 of 9
                         Hugging
      Hugging is healthy: It helps the body’s
      immune system, it keeps you healthier, it cures               Time Is The Greatest Gift
      depression, it reduces stress, it induces sleep,
      it’s invigorating, it’s rejuvenating, it has no un-              When you find yourself rushing
      pleasant side effects, and hugging is nothing                 from one activity to another, STOP,
      less than a miracle drug.                                        think of these wise words, and
      Hugging is all natural: It is organic, natu-                         connect with your child.
      rally sweet, no pesticides, no preservatives, no
      artificial ingredients, and 100 percent whole-                         In The Life of A Child
      some.
                                                                   Fifty years from now, it will not
      Hugging is practically perfect: There are
                                                                   matter what kind of car you drove,
      no moving parts, no batteries to wear out, no
      periodic checkups,                                           what kind of house you lived in, how
      low-energy con-                                              much you had in your bank account,
      sumption, inflation                                          nor what your clothes
      proof, non-fattening,                                        looked like. But the world
      no monthly pay-                                              will be a little better
      ments, no insurance                                          because you were
      requirements, theft                                          important in the life
      proof, non-taxable,                                          of a child.
      non-polluting, and of
      course, fully return-
      able.




        Websites
        Parent Portal at www.cdc.gov/parents. Center for Disease Control (CDC) provides a website
        which includes developmental lists for infants and toddlers, an immunization scheduler and the
        most current information on seasonal flu and H1N1.

        Parents as Teacher home page at www.parentsasteachers.com. This site for parents includes
        parenting tips, an eNewsletter that is age appropriate and a list of suggested reading for children
        and parents.

        Photo Gallery for Harvey County Parents as Teachers at
        www.newton.k12.ks.us. Parents as Teacher webpage can be found on the
        Cooper link in the School list on the USD 373 home page. Pictures of the fall
        parties and Wiggle playgroups can be viewed at the gallery.


PAT Newsletter                               December 2009 - February 2010                                Page 3 of 9
                                       Creating a Clutter-free Environment
                                       Having a place for everything doesn’t have to be a dream - it can
                                       be a reality! It takes time, but it’s well worth the effort. And
                                       believe it or not, children have a sense of order. They like it when
                                       there is a place for everything. Overflowing closets, drawers, and
                                       shelves can seem overwhelming to adults; imagine what it’s like
                                       if you’re little and don’t have a clue where to begin or how to
    A Place for Big Things             organize things into categories.
    Stuffed animals and dolls          Forming Good Habits
    warm up rooms when they sit        Spaces must be created and expectations understood before good
    on beds, chairs, and window-       habits can take hold. A clutter-free room arrangement reinforces
    sills. This becomes their          independence, consistency, and respect for property. Follow these
    special place, not in the bottom   guidelines to get started on creating a room where there is a place
    of a toy chest or trampled         for every toy, large and small.
    underfoot. Large trucks, cars,
    and planes can be “parked” in      Sizing Up the Situation
    a corner or even under the bed.    Remember, there must be a place for everything in order for your
                                       child to put things in their place. The first step is to put toys and
    A Place for Little Things          other items into categories. The next step it to figure out the best
                                       place for each category of toys.
    Buy see-through plastic shoe-
    boxes. Or recycle old shoes                                             Tips for Success
    boxes into treasure boxes by
    decorating with drawings and                                              1. Label, label, label. Write
    stickers. These boxes are                                              the names of toys on labels and
    necessary for storing small                                            apply them on boxes and
    things that children collect,                                          shelves. This is helpful for pre-
    such as miniature cars or                                              readers, and readers.
                                       A Place for Books, Puzzles,            2. Teach your child to put
    rocks. All art supplies—
                                       and Games                           one thing away before taking
    including crayons, glue, pen-
                                       Books belong on shelves.            another out.
    cils, markers, paints, and
                                       Children are more likely to            3. You can have too much of
    collage materials—should be
                                       explore books that are easily       a good thing. Give toys to
    placed in boxes. Block sets are
                                       seen. Puzzles and games usually charity or store them away as
    one of the best toys for
                                       have lots of parts. Stacking        they are outgrown. Rotate
    children, but they must be kept
                                       them on special racks or shelves popular toys by putting them
    together for the most beneficial
                                       is the best way to keep the         away for a few weeks and
    play.
                                       pieces together.                    then bringing them out
                                                                           again.
                                       A Place for Dress-up Clothes
                                       If you can provide a few wall
                                       hooks, do so; if not, provide a
                                       drawer or large box. All the
                                       extras belong here, too, like ties,
                                       belts, shoes, and hats.


PAT Newsletter                              December 2009 - February 2010      Page                            4 of
        February is . . .
                                 Dental Health Month
        Tiny Drinks, Big Sugar

        Many parents are drawn to the convenience of the small 6.75 ounce drinks complete
        with a straw that can be used at snack or mealtime for their toddlers or pre-school are
        children. The boxes are colorful and advertise the juice and vitamin content that makes
        them appear to be very healthy choices for their children. But a closer look at the sugar
        content of these boxed drinks tells us a different story….these drinks can contribute to
        tooth decay and obesity.
        Everyone shopping for their family must be able to calculate the sugar content of foods
        and beverages to be an informed consumer. The most important fact to know is: 4
        grams of sugar (carbohydrate) = 1 teaspoon of sugar.

        A recent shopping trip to a Wichita area store provided the following samples of pouch
        or boxed fruit flavored drinks.

                                   Item:                          Total grams = # teaspoons of sugar
          1.     Market Pantry 100% Berry Juice                  27 grams = 6.75
          2.     Nestle Orange Tangerine 100% Juicy Juice        26 grams = 6.50
          3.     Hi - C Fruit Punch                              25 grams = 6.25
          4.     Kool Aid Burst (Tropical Punch, Grape, or       24 grams = 6.00
                 Berry Blue)
          5.     Capri Sun Grape Tide 100% Juice                 23 grams = 5.75
          6.     Nestle Grape Juicy Juice                        23 grams = 5.75
          7.     Minute Maid 100% Apple Juice                    22 grams = 5.50


        We all know that sugar turns to acid in the presence of acid forming bacteria in our
        mouth, within seconds of ingestion. The good news in all of this is that companies are
        now offering lower sugar content children’s drinks. Some samples listed below have up
        to 25% less sugar than the original drinks.
                             Item:                                Total grams = # teaspoons of sugar
          1. Market Pantry Cooler                                18 grams = 4.5
          2. Capri Sun 25% less sugar                            18 grams = 4.5
          3. Harvest Kids
             Berry Berry Good Lemonade                           10 grams = 2.5
             Goodness Grapeness

        It is comforting to dental professionals and parents that the food and beverage industry
        are responding to the fact that too much sugar in our diet is unhealthy. Lower sugar
        content drinks will help everyone as we work together on behalf of healthy cavity free
        kids!



PAT Newsletter                             December 2009 - February 2010                               Page 5 of 9
      WHEN YOUR CHILD WAS BORN, YOU PROBABLY
      counted her fingers and toes, but did you think
      about a beautiful set of teeth growing just
      beneath the surface of your baby’s gums?
      Considering oral health, even before teeth
      emerge, is an important way to safe guard your
      child’s overall health. Healthy teeth are essential
      for good nutrition, proper language development
      and an attractive appearance. No matter what
      age your child is, it’s time to begin or maintain
      healthy dental habits.
      Birth to 6 months                                        Preschoolers
      Begin cleaning your baby’s mouth soon after              By the time children enter preschool most
      birth. Use a soft, clean washcloth to wipe his           have all of their primary teeth. Unfortunately,
      gums after feedings. Starting early will help your       some will also have cavities. Avoid the pain
      baby accept brushing later when his teeth                and inconvenience of dental work by making
      emerge. Milk, including breast milk, has sugars          sure your child brushes at least twice a day
      that can irritate gums and later erode teeth.            and especially at bedtime. Your preschooler
      Once your baby begins solid foods, it’s important        will become better at brushing her own teeth,
      to wipe or brush after meals. Never put your             and can take more responsibility to do so.
      baby to bed with a bottle that contains formula,         Continue to check daily that she is brushing
      milk (including breast milk), or juice. Anything         and flossing well. Those regular dental
      but water in a nighttime bottle can quickly erode        appointments continue to be important.
      teeth and cause decay, even if teeth are only
      emerging.                                                At any age
                                                               See that your child eats a balanced diet with
      6 months to 1 year                                       adequate calcium and minerals for healthy
      As soon as your baby’s teeth appear, begin               strong teeth. Make sweets an occasional
      brushing with a small, soft toothbrush and water.        treat, avoid soft drinks and have your child
      Your baby’s system is not ready to handle tooth-         brush after sugary snacks. Your city water
      paste. Check teeth monthly for changes.                  supply probably contains fluoride that helps
      Beginning cavities look like white spots or              prevent cavities. When you serve your child
      streaks on your baby’s teeth. Take your child to         bottled water, he may miss out on this
      the dentist for a first visit after her first tooth      important treatment.
      emerges but before she is 1 year old.                            Finally, become your child’s nest
      Toddlers and 2-year-olds                                 teacher for good dental habits by brushing
      Brush teeth at least twice daily, using a soft           and flossing your teeth daily, and getting
      brush. It’s especially important to brush before         regular dental care. When you look in the
      bedtime. Use a small amount of toothpaste,               mirror you’ll see a family of bright smiles
      about the size of a pea, after your child has            looking back.
      learned to spit. Dentists recommend that
      children not swallow toothpaste. Floss gently
      when two teeth touch. Toddlers are anxious to
      do things themselves and you can encourage
      your child to brush his own teeth. But at this age
      dad or mom needs to take a turn to be sure the
      job is done completely. Continue regular dental
      visits.

PAT Newsletter                              December 2009 - February 2010                                  Page 6 of 9
    Some occasions call for special desserts, and                Put liners in a muffin pan. Place a vanilla
    this one is special! It’s also very easy and a               wafer in the bottom of each liner. Beat
    good recipe for making with children, because                cream cheese, sugar, eggs, and vanilla for
    they can really help.                                        5 minutes. Spoon cream cheese mixture
    Ingredients:                                                 over each vanilla wafer until it’s about half
             18 muffin pan liners                                full. Place cherry pie filling on top of the
             18 vanilla wafers                                   cream cheese mixture. Bake at 375
             16 oz cream cheese                                  degrees for 12 to 15 minutes. Store in the
             1 1/2 cups sugar                                    refrigerator.
             2 eggs
             2 tsp vanilla
             1 can cherry pie filling




     Children love to cook, and this is very easy for them to prepare.
     1. Place a small cookie wafer in the bottom of a cup.
     2. Put a slice or two of banana over the wafer.
     3. Top with vanilla- or banana-flavored instant pudding.
     Let the banana pudding sit for a few minutes before serving. Delicious!




                 Help your child make this bird feeder in a matter of minutes.
                 Cut an orange or grapefruit in half. Eat the good parts! Next, fill the “fruit bowl” with seed, suet
                 or plain old bread crumbs. Place in the crook of a nearby tree and watch the feast begin!




    Ingredients:                                           Add dry ingredients to mug, and
      1 Coffee mug                                         mix well. Add the egg and mix
      4 tablespoons flour (plain flour, not self-rising)   thoroughly. Pour in the milk and
      4 tablespoons sugar                                  oil and mix well. Add the
      2 tablespoons baking cocoa                           chocolate chips (if using) and
      1 egg                                                vanilla, and mix again. Put your
      3 tablespoons milk                                   mug in the microwave and cook
      3 tablespoons oil                                    for 3 minutes on high. The cake
      Small splash of vanilla                              will rise over the top of the mug,
      3 tablespoons chocolate chips (optional)             but don’t be alarmed! Allow to
      Some nuts (optional)                                 cool a little, and tip out onto a
                                                           plate if desired. EAT!

                                                           (This can serve 2 if you want to share!)
            * * * This recipe can be tucked inside a large mug with a small bag of chocolate chips * * *
                                and wrapped in tissue or cellophane for simple gifts.
PAT Newsletter                                December 2009 - February 2010                                  Page 7 of 9
       Snowflakes, Snowflakes
       Sung to: “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”
       Snowflakes, snowflakes, dance around,
       Snowflakes, snowflakes, touch the ground.
       Snowflakes, snowflakes, in the air
       Snowflakes, snowflakes, everywhere.
       Snowflakes, snowflakes, dance around,
       Snowflakes, snowflakes, touch the ground.

                                        Here Is The Chimney
                                        Here is the chimney     (make a fist enclosing thumb)
                                        Here is the top         (place palm of other hand on top)
                                        Open the lid            (quickly remove top)
                                        And out Santa will pop. (pop up thumb)

When Santa Fills My Stocking
When Santa fills my stocking (pretend to fill stocking)
I wish I could peek.         (peek through fingers)
But Santa never, ever comes (shake head “no”)
Until I am fast asleep.      (pretend to sleep)

                           A Chubby Little Snowman
                           A chubby little snowman
                           Had a carrot nose.             (point to nose)
                           Along came a bunny             (hold up two fingers to make a bunny)
                           And what do you suppose?
                           That hungry little bunny
                           Looking for his lunch
                           Ate that little snowman’s nose (pretend to grab nose)
                           Nibble, nibble, crunch!

            My Valentine
            Sung to: “London Bridge”
            Who will by my valentine, valentine, valentine?
            Who will be my valentine?
            You choose (child’s name).
            Who will be your valentine, valentine, valentine?
            Who will be your valentine?
            You choose (another family member’s name).
PAT News-                              December 2009 - February 2010                      Page 8 of 9
                            December 2009
     Sun              Mon        Tue             Wed                   Thu            Fri              Sat
                            1                2                  3 Newton         4                5
                                                                  Playgroup @
                                                                    9:30 am

6                7          8                9                  10               11               12
                                                                                 Book Order due
                                                                                    by 10am

13               14         15 Newton        16                 17 Halstead      18 Halstead      19
                            Holiday Party                        Holiday Party   Holiday Party
                             @ 6:30 pm                            @ 6:30 pm       @ 10:00 am


20               21         22               23                 24               25               26


27               28         29               30                 31


                            January 2010
     Sun              Mon        Tue             Wed                   Thu            Fri              Sat
                                                                                 1                2

3                4          5                6                  7                8                9

10               11         12 Halstead      13                 14 Newton        15               16
                            Ms. PAT’s BB                         Ms. PAT’s BB
                             @ 6:30 pm                            @ 6:30 pm      Book Order due
                                                                                    by 10 am

17               18         19               20                 21               22               23

24               25         26 Halstead      27                 28 Newton        29               30
                             Playgroup @                          Playgroup @
                               10:00 am                             9:30 am

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PAT Newsletter                         December 2009 - February 2010                                   Page 9 of 9
                     February 2010
     Sun       Mon        Tue           Wed        Thu            Fri              Sat
           1         2              3         4              5                6


7          8         9 Halstead     10        11 Newton      12               13
                     Ms. PAT’s BB             Ms. PAT’s BB
                      @ 10:00 am               @ 6:30 pm     Book Order due
                                                                by 10 am

14         15        16             17        18             19               20


21         22        23             24        25 Newton      26               27
                                              Playgroup @
                                                9:30 am
                                                   &
                                                Halstead
28                                            Playgroup @
                                                10:00 am




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