A publication of the Anchorage School District’s STEP Center and December 2009:
the Early Childhood and Elementary Special Education Departments. Volume 7, Issue 5
In This Issue . . . Children love outdoor winter activities. Learn how to outfit them in winter clothing that is
warm and comfortable. As one day care provider said, "A child will not admit to being cold
In this issue of Preschool
just to be able to be outside."
Press you will find articles
There are three ways to stay warm when it is cold.
for parents of preschool Cover all parts of your body. Dress in layers.
children on the following Cover Yourself
Outdoors, the child should:
Wear a hood, hat, scarf or facemask on the head.
Page 1: Wear a scarf around the neck. Wear a coat or snowsuit.
Wear mittens or gloves -- two pairs when it is very cold.
-Dressing for Winter Wear warm boots or waterproof boots over shoes.
Page 2: Choose warm underclothes for your child's first layer. Choose thermal knit shirts and
vests with long sleeves. Long underwear, thermal pants, or tights can go under jeans,
-Get Connected pants, or trousers. If you don't have long underwear, have the child wear an extra pair of
-Helping Kids Succeed pants or pajamas. Be sure the fit is not too snug.
-In the Mix Choose warm daytime clothes. Daytime clothes are the second layer. They should have
features such as:
-Songs and TongueTwisters High necklines or collars that button up. Long sleeves - knit or button cuffs.
Fitted waistlines - belts, buttons, or elastic.
Get long pants big enough to fit over long underwear. Sweaters.
-When I Was Looking Choose heavy socks and shoes with closed toes and heels.
-Tips for Success Choose warm outerwear. Look for coats with:
-Winter Dressing Hoods. Thick, puffy fabric, such as quilted fiberfill.
Linings of fake fur or flannel.
Pages 4 & 5: Overlapping fabric with zippers or snaps to keep the wind out.
Enough length to cover the torso or seat, not just to the waist.
-Activity Calendars Rib-knit cuffs inside sleeves to keep out wind.
-Satisfaction Survey Elastic or drawstring at waist to keep coat close to body.
There are generally two ways you can get wet, perspiration and the weather. Try to keep
dry in cold weather.
About Preschool Press In snow or rain:
Choose waterproof boots.
This publication is Choose outerwear that sheds moisture. Cotton or polyester poplin, or nylon fabrics shed
designed for preschool Look for mittens that have a warm lining with a water repellent outer fabric of nylon or
families in the Anchorage vinyl.
Although waterproof footwear is better, water repellent clothes are usually more
School District. Email comfortable than waterproof ones. Waterproof fabrics keep out all rain and snow but they
subscriptions are may cause perspiration wetness, since they do not breathe or let air transfer among
available. If you wish to
subscribe contact: Garments must fit closely to the body to be free of devices that catch on toys and
furniture. Loose clothing, too long pants legs or sleeves, ties wrongly placed, overly large
Johnson_Karren@asdk12. pockets and similar features may get caught in the wheels of wagons or tricycles, get
org or call 742-3870. stepped on when climbing, or catch on sticks and protruding objects, causing the child to
fall or be thrown. Draw-strings at the neck or waist and long ties on hoods and caps are
Past copies can be found dangerous because children are apt to be caught by the strings as they play.
Bright colors are desirable for children's outer garments because they make it easier to
on spot the child on the playground, in the yard or on the street.
www.asdk12.org/depts/step Source: http://parenting.kaboose.com/age-and-stage/dressing-your-preschooler-for-
Each month an agency from the community is highlighted that may
help you “Get Connected”. Here is the one for this month:
Grandfamilies Project Volunteers of America Alaska
Our program serves Grandparents raising their “No Empty Nest” Grandfamilies Network Project
grandchildren. Services for the Grandparents For more information contact:
and their biological grandchildren include:
Linda Price, Coordinator
state wide toll-free warm line that provides
information, support and resources, a monthly
newsletter, monthly support groups, respite Telephone: 1-888-522-9866
funds, camps, training and consultation. Website: www.voaak.org
The Grandfamilies Project is funded by the
State of Alaska, Department of
While you are driving from one event to another, here
Administration, Division of Senior Services, and is an activity that may drive you crazy!
Alaska Commission on Aging. Holiday Tongue Twisters
• Seven Santas sang silly songs.
• Running reindeer romp ‘round red wreaths.
• Bobby brings bright bells.
Chris tmas Tr ees • Comet cuddles cute Christmas kittens carefully.
• Two trains travel together to Toyland.
• Chilly chipper children cheerfully chant.
I Know A Man (Tune: BINGO)
I know a man with a long white beard and Santa is
his name-o S-A-N-T-A S-A-N-T-A S-A-N-T-A And
Santa is his name-o! He slides down the chimney
with a pack on his back and Santa is his name-o S-A-
Skills gained from this activity include: N-T-A S-A-N-T-A S-A-N-T-A And Santa is his name-
o! Eight little reindeer pull his sleigh and Santa is
his name-o S-A-N-T-A S-A-N-T-A S-A-N-T-A. And
Santa is his name-o!
The Lights on the Tree
Helping Little Kids Succeed Alaskan Style (Tune: The Wheels on the Bus)
This presc hoole r i s i n c ari ng, encou r agi ng su rr ou ndi ngs outsi de Vs. 1 The lights on the tree go blink, blink,
the home. blink, Blink, blink, blink, blink, blink, blink.
Ideas… The lights on the tree go blink, blink, blink
All Christmas Day.
• Everyone who interacts with a child is a teacher.
• “Adopt” a child you know who could benefit from getting involved in Vs. 2 The presents at the house go rattle,
activities but whose parents are not able or willing to help. Offer rattle, rattle, etc.
transportation or other assistance. Vs. 3 The mom at the house goes bake, bake,
• Support the community or school library to have books and story bake, etc.
time hours for very young children. Vs. 4 The dad at the house goes snore, snore,
From: snore, etc.
Vs. 5 The grandma at the house goes hug,
Community Engagement hug, hug, etc.
Helping Little Kids Succeed – Vs. 6 The grandpa at the house goes kiss,
http://www.alaskaice.org/ kiss, kiss, etc.
When You Thought I Wasn't Looking
By Rutagengwa Claude Shema
Great Lakes Peace Initiative (GLPI)
When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw you hang my first painting on the refrigerator, and I immediately wanted to paint another one.
I saw you feed a stray cat, and I learned that it was good to be kind to animals.
I saw you make my favorite cake for me and I learned that little things can be the special things in life.
I saw you make a meal and take it to a friend who was sick, and I learned that we all have to help take care of each other.
I saw you give of your time and money to help people who had nothing and I learned that those who have something should give to
those who don't.
I felt you kiss me good night and I felt loved and safe.
I saw you take care of our house and everyone in it and I learned we have to take care of what we are given.
I saw how you handled your responsibilities, even when you didn't feel good and I learned that I would have to be responsible when I
I saw tears come from your eyes and I learned that sometimes things hurt, but it’s all right to cry.
I saw that you cared and I wanted to be everything that I could be.
When you thought I wasn't looking, I learned most of life's lessons that I need to know to be a good and productive person when I grow
When you thought I wasn't looking, I looked at you and wanted to say, "Thanks for all the things I saw when you thought I wasn't
All of us ‐ parents, grandparents and friends ‐ influence the lives of children, because they watch and do as we do, not as we say.
Teaching Independence in Winter Dressing
Teach your child a sequence of steps that they can implement
independently. Children in one preschool class with ASD are This monthly article helps you as a
learning the following steps for putting on their winter outerwear: parent be more successful throughout
1. Take your shoes off. the year.
Holidays are a hectic time of year. These
tips hopefully will help make the season
2. Place your snow pants on. more enjoyable for you and your child
with special needs. They are:
• If you have photographs from
3. Place your boots on. previous holiday get-togethers, make
a photo album to identify people,
places, and foods.
• With the child share information
about changes in routines, travel to
4. Place your coat on.
new places, new faces, and
unfamiliar sights and sounds.
• Try to use visual supports or a
calendar to help your child
5. Place your hat on. understand what is coming up. This
will also help build excitement for the
whole family as you plan your
6. Last of all place your mittens on. special events.
From: Email from AARC Tip of the Week for
October 26, 2009.
December 31, 2009: Fire and Ice New Year’s Eve Celebration. Children’s ice skating party starts at 5:00 p.m. For more information go
February 3 and 6, 2010: Ready! For Kindergarten Parent Workshop. Offered by ASD’s Title 1 Program for parents of children
attending Title One schools. This session will focus on Math and Reasoning. You will get free books, educational toys and information
for your children ages birth to five when you attend. Childcare is provided. You must register as space is limited. For location and
times contact Pam Christianson. Her email address is Christianson_Pamela@asdk12.org. Her telephone number is 742-4436.
April 14 and 17, 2010: Ready! For Kindergarten Parent Workshop. Offered by ASD’s Title 1 Program for parents of children
attending Title One schools. This session will focus on Social/Emotional. You will get free books, educational toys and information for
your children ages birth to five when you attend. Childcare is provided. You must register as space is limited. For location and times
contact Pam Christianson. Her email address is Christianson_Pamela@asdk12.org. Her telephone number is 742-4436.
1st and 3 rd Mondays from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.: Double Cruisers Group. Sponsored by the Parenting with Providence program this
group is designed for new parents of children with twins who are crawling. Takes place at the Providence House, entrance #6 behind
the Providence Hospital parking garage. For more information contact Jennifer Aist at 212-3062 or Parenting with Providence at 212-
Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays from Noon to 1 p.m.: Cuddlers Group. Sponsored by the Parenting with Providence program
this group is designed for new parents to help them adjust to their role of being a parent and other topics. Takes place at the
Providence House, entrance #6 behind the Providence Hospital parking garage. For more information contact Jennifer Aist at 212-
3062 or Parenting with Providence at 212-5886.
Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.: Walk and Roll at the Alaska Dome. Parents and children are invited during
stroller friendly hours. The Dome is located at 6501 ChangePoint Dr. Cost is $10/day, $35/month for individuals or $50/month for
families. For more information call 770-3663 or go to their website at www.thealaskadome.com.
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11:00 a.m. to Noon: Toddler Time. This is for children who can crawl to the time they
enter kindergarten. This is located at South Central Foundation’s Health Education Wellness Center, Exercise Studio 2nd floor, 4201
Tudor Centre Dr. This event is free. For more information call 729-2689 or go to their website at www.alaskakidsguide.com. or
Parenting with Providence at 212-5886.
Tuesdays from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Play Group. Each Tuesday the Cross Point Community Church auditorium is open for kids to
run, play and burn off some energy while the parents watch and visit. Parents are asked to bring their own lunch or snack. The church
is located at 1920 W. Dimond Blvd. Suite K. Call Tracey Womack at 244-2416 or 278-1214 for more information. There is no charge.
Tuesdays from Noon – 1:00 p.m.: Cruisers Group. This is for parents of children who are crawling to age 15 months. No pre-
registration or fees are required. Held at the Providence House, entrance #6 behind the Providence Hospital Parking garage. For more
information call Jennifer Aist at 212-3062 or Parenting with Providence at 212-5886.
Tuesdays from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m.: Toddle Time. Sponsored by the Anchorage Parks and Rec. gives toddlers time to move and explore
with play equipment. This is for ages 0-2 years. Cost is $5/family or $18/4 visits. Located at the Spenard Recreation Center, 2020 W.
48th Ave. For more information call 343-4121.
1st and 3 rd Tuesdays from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.: Double Cuddles Group. This is for parents of multiples ages birth to 18 months. They talk
about topics related to raising more than one baby at a time. No pre-registration or fees are required. Held at the Providence House,
entrance #6 behind the Providence Hospital Parking garage. For more information call Jennifer Aist at 212-3062 or Parenting with
Providence at 212-5886.
Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10:00 to Noon: Tinker Time at the Alaska Museum of Natural History for ages 2-5. Preschoolers
learn about various science topics by doing hands on activities. Cost is $5.00 (nonmembers) and $2.00 (members) per child, adults are
free. The museum is located at 201 N. Bragaw, 274-2400. For weekly topics visit their website at www.alaskamuseum.org.
Tuesdays and Saturdays at 1:00 p.m.: Title Wave Books offers Children’s Storytime. All ages are welcome. Title Wave is located at
1360 W. Northern Lights Blvd. Their telephone number is 278-9283.
Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.: Storytime at the Alaska Zoo. Animal-themed stories are read to young children and adults. Story sessions
are followed by animal encounters. Storytime lasts approximately 30 - 45 minutes, including the animal encounter. Children must be
accompanied by adults during the program. No program fee – regular admission rates apply. You may go to the zoo’s website for
further information http://www.alaskazoo.org/ or call 346-2858.
Wednesdays at 11:00 and Saturdays at 1:00 p.m.: Preschool Story Time. Barnes and Noble Booksellers, 200 E. Northern Lights. You
can call them at 279-7323 for more information.
Wednesdays from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m.: Kindergym. Sponsored by Anchorage Parks and Rec., toddlers aged 3-5 experience a variety of
play equipment. Cost is $5/family or $18/4 visits. Located at the Spenard Recreation Center, 2020 W. 48th Ave. For more information
Thursdays from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.: Toddle Time. Sponsored by Anchorage Parks and Rec., gives toddlers time to move and explore
with play equipment. This is for ages 0-2 years. Cost is $5/family or $18/4 visits. Located at the Spenard Recreation Center, 2020 W.
48th Ave. For more information call 343-4121.
Thursdays from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.: Moms with Young Children Play Group. Sponsored by Alaska Women’s Recovery Project connects
mothers for sharing parenting joys and challenges. For children ages 0-5 years. To R.S.V.P. call 729-5190.
Fridays from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.: Kindergym. Sponsored by Anchorage Parks and Rec., toddlers aged 3-5 experience a variety of
play equipment. Cost is $5/visit or $18/4 visits. Located at the Spenard Recreation Center, 2020 W. 48th Ave. For more information call
Fridays from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.: Special Needs Open Play. Held at Arctic Gymnastics for infants and toddlers ages 0-5. Cost is
$5/child, no cost for parents/caregivers. Located at the Arctic Gymnastics, 3330 Arctic Blvd. #B. Their telephone number is 563-3330.
Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to Noon: Saturday Mornings with Dad. This is a free class for new fathers and infants, birth to 15 months.
Dads interact with each other, their infants and trained facilitators. Topics vary. Sponsored by the Providence Maternity Center and
located in the hospital’s Maternity Education Room, entrance #6. To register call 212-8474.
The Alaska Club: Offers monthly classes for preschoolers. Members and nonmembers are welcome. There are fees. For information go
to their website at www.thealaskaclub.com/new/classes/youth.html. You can also contact Karianne Parrish at 330—0150 or
Kparrish@thealaskaclub.com for more information.
Alaska Family Directory: Part of the Anchorage School District’s STEP Center, it provides a website with resources for parents,
educators and people working with individuals with disabilities. The website has a monthly newsletter and calendar of events. To see it
go to: www.asdk12.org/AFD/.
Alaska Dance Theatre: Offers dance classes for children ages 3 and older. They are located at 550 E. 33rd Ave. There are fees. For
information go to their website at www.alaskadancetheatre.org or call them at 277-9591.
Alaska Moving Arts Center: Offers a variety of dance, tumbling and movement activities. They are located at the Eagle River
Community Center, 10901 Mausel Street, Eagle River. There are participation fees. For information you can either go to their website
at www.alaskamovingartscenter.org or call them at 694-8915.
Anchorage Parks and Recreation: Offers special, seasonal and educational events. This calendar lists the ongoing ones. For their
seasonal activity guide go to: http://www.muni.org/parks/programs/guide.
Anchorage Public Libraries: Check out their current events in your neighborhood by going to their website at:
Arctic Playgroundz: This is an indoor playground and coffee shop/food bar best suited for children under the age of 6. It also has a soft
play area exclusively for infants. Parents need to bring their children’s socks. The location is 2807 Arctic Blvd. For more information
including hours call 563-7529 or go to www. ArcticPlaygroundz.com.
Bouncin’ Bears: This is an indoor inflatable playground suitable for children of all ages. Monthly nights for children with special
needs. Located at 4660 Gambell St. There is a fee. For hours and more information call 562-3277 or email the owner at
firstname.lastname@example.org or go to their website www.bouncinbearsanchorage.com.
Early Childhood Music and Movement: Music Together is an early childhood music program for babies through kindergarten. Classes
are 10-weeks per session. Located at the Spenard Recreation Center, 2020 W. 48th St. and at the Alaska Dance Theatre, 550 E. 33rd
Ave. There is a fee. Contact the Music Canvas at 444-7372 for more information.
H2 Oasis: Offers swimming classes for preschoolers. They are located at 1520 O’Malley Road. For information go to their website at
www.h2oasiswaterpark.com or you can call them at 522-4420.
Kindermusik: Teaches children ages newborn to age 7 music to become better learners. They work on developing cognitive, physical,
social, emotional, language and music skills. There is a fee. For locations and other information call 696-3283 or go to their website at
Meetup.com: This website is designed to bring together groups of people with similar interests. They have several groups for mothers
and children. Some of the groups are free and some charge a fee. To get more information go http://www.meetup.com/.
Parenting with Love and Logic: Geared for parenting a child with behavioral issues. Suitable for parents of children of all ages. New
classes begin monthly and run for seven sessions. To register or ask questions call Paul or Fran at 770-4979. Ask about available
childcare. Location: 401 East Northern Lights Suite #100, Anchorage.
YMCA of Anchorage: Offers a variety of activities for preschoolers during the year including swimming lessons, soccer and basketball.
They are located at 5353 Lake Otis Pkwy. For information you can go to their website at www.ymcaalaska.org or call them at 563-
Parent Satisfaction Survey
The Anchorage School Districtʼs Department of Special Education initiated a survey last January. The purpose is to
understand how the general population of parents with students receiving special services feels about their experience
with the school district as well as to evaluate the districtʼs efforts to serve those individuals. The same survey is going to
be redistributed this January so be watching for it in the mail. We need to hear from as many parents as possible for the
district to evaluate how they are doing, so please take the time to complete and return the survey.