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									                     Parents As Teachers
Osage County, R-3 Westphalia, MO 65085          573-455-2375 x176               August 2012

Welcome to the 2012-2013 school year!                            a tiny baby can grasp from the wonderful act of sharing
                                                                 that book with an adult. Colors come to life, objects
                                                                 become familiar; and letters and numbers start to take
P.A.T Special Events
                                                                 shape even earlier than experts ever thought before. “I
                                                                 can clearly see in my class which child has been
08/24 – Big Wheels                                               exposed to reading early. These are the children who
 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.        Fatima Parking Lot                      are active participants in our read-alouds, and are the
Children will be able to explore and learn all about             most advanced readers, writers, and learners in my
the big vehicles from their community.                           school today.”
                                                                      What’s the first step in making your child a
9/13 – WildHeart Musical Adventure                               lifelong reader? “Parents who read. Parents who read
 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.        Fatima Multipurpose Room                to their kids before the kids reach school age. Parents
Jan and George Syrigos are Emmy Award winning                    who read…so that children see them reading. Parents
recording artists and conservationists who combine               who take an active constructive interest in their
their conservation experience and training with their            children’s development as readers.” The answer is
professional award-winning music. WildHeart                      YOU. If you’re a reader, if you let your child see how
                                                                 important reading is, you set an example that lasts a
brings the heart of the wild to the heart of the child.
                                                                 lifetime. It’s as easy as opening and reading a book a
                                                                 day to your child. When you think of all that can be
10/25 – Halloween Spooktacular                                   accomplished by this one simple, enjoyable, shared act,
 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.        Fatima Multipurpose Room                it’s hard to believe a parent wouldn’t choose to make
The Fatima FACS class will be hosting this hands on              that a priority.
event with many arts and crafts.                                      “Education research on literacy shows that the single
                                                                 most important thing parents and caregivers can do to
                                                                 help children succeed in school is to surround them with
                                                                 books in the home – and read, read, read! Exploring
Reading To Our Kids                                              books and discovering the joy of reading is the first step
    Why you need to start reading to your child                  to becoming a lifelong learner.” So your habits become
early. You’re probably wondering at just what age you            your child’s habits. Whether it’s eating right, being
should start reading to your child. The answer: IT’S             considerate of others, picking up after yourself, or sitting
NEVER TOO EARLY.                                                 down to enjoy a great book, the lessons your child learns
    Studies have shown that even newborn infants                 from you are invaluable to a successful future.
benefit from the sound of language. The sound of your
voice, the time you spend together, the association of
books-as-friends all serve as a wonderful stepping stone         Secrets of a Happy Home
to making tomorrow’s next reader. And that can mean              Family Dinners:
the difference between an average student and an                 Have dinner as a family as many nights of the week as
excellent student. “Good readers are more likely to              possible. Dinner provides a crucial chance for the
become good writers, leaners, and thinkers. Reading is           family to come together every evening and share what
the foundation of all good learning, “ says Elaine               went on during the day.
Landry, reading specialist at Round Hill Primary School          Home Cooking:
in Roanoke. “Students who are early readers will have            Nutrition aside, living on take-out food conveys
more success academically.                                       powerful subliminal messages to our families, most of
    A cute little board book may seem like just                  them negative. When my children discover wonderful
entertainment, but it’s amazing how many concepts even           smells coming from the kitchen, one of the messages
they are getting is that I care enough to make them a               MiraLAX. Daily treatment with MiraLAX can
good dinner every night; that they are worth the effort.            resolve the condition (and bedwetting) in about
Turn Off the Television:                                            three months, says Dr. Hodges.
Nothing interferes with communication like the TV. At
the very least, keep it turned off during dinner and
homework. The more that you can limit your family’s
television watching, the better off everyone will be.
                                                                    An Autism Red Flag
Bedtime Stories:                                                    When researchers at Kennedy Krieger Institute, in
In addition to opening up the magic of reading, this                Baltimore, studied babies with an older sibling who has
nightly ritual provides yet another chance for family               autism – a risk factor for the disorder – they found that if
togetherness.                                                       you pull a 6-month-old up to sit and his head lags
Snuggle Time:                                                       behind, he’ll be more likely to be diagnosed with autism
After stories are over, give each child a few minutes               at age 3 than a baby whose head doesn’t fall back. If
with either parent to hug and snuggle in your arms.                 you try this test at home, make sure your baby is looking
Many secrets can be revealed at this particular time.               at you before you pull him up, says lead research
Snuggle time is our best opportunity to talk things                 Rebecca Lands, Ph.D., director of the Center for Autism
through and put our children to bed with untroubled                 and Related Disorders at Kennedy Krieger, or he might
minds and the certainty that they are loved.                        hold his head back to look at something else in the room.
Family Rituals:                                                     Try not to panic if your child’s head does lag, says Dr.
Predictability and structure are crucial tools in giving            Landa. “But it’s worth telling your pediatrician.” These
children a sense of security, and family rituals help build         findings, to be published in the American Journal of
memories that will last a lifetime. Holidays are the                Occupational Therapy this fall, may help identify babies
obvious time, but even ordinary days can become times               who are at risk, so they can begin getting help sooner.
to look forward to with anticipation if you make them
special in some way: an extra bedtime story on Saturday
nights, for example or a special dessert on Sundays.                Infantsee
Love Notes:                                                            InfantSEE® is the American Optometric
Don’t forget to say, “I love you.” There are countless              Association's public health program designed to ensure
ways to do this. It is particularly helpful to remind your          that eye and vision care becomes an integral part of
children, at times when they might otherwise be feeling             infant wellness care to improve a child's quality of life.
forlorn, of just how much you love them. Whenever you               Under this program, participating optometrists provide a
are going away overnight, or out for the evening, leave             comprehensive infant eye assessment between 6 and 12
them notes with little drawings (simple things like hearts          months of age as a no-cost public service. The
and stars and flowers) under their pillows, so that they            recommended age is 9 months. Visit the website at
will go to sleep remembering that they are cherished.      to learn more and locate a
                                                                    doctor in your area who can provide the free infant
                                                                    assessment. You can call Central Missouri Eyecare
A Surprising Cause of Bedwetting                                    Associates at (573) 659-5560.
    Constipation may be the culprit, according to
researcher Steve J. Hodges, M.D., author of It’s No
Accident. In his study of 30 kids, ages 5 to 15, who
wet the bed, 83 percent were cured after treatment                                     The Little Things
with laxatives. The reason: When children                               “We can be so busy that we miss the little things
chronically put off having a bowel movement, stool                         that sweeten life, the way a pet waits to be
becomes stuck in the rectum and presses on the                         noticed, the way an owl…hoots in the woods, and
bladder. Children with this problem called (we kid                      a bluejay chortles in the middle of winter. It is a
you not) “megarectum” – don’t seem constipated                          lovely thing to turn away from busy work to pay
and may have regular and normal-looking bowel                          attention to our loved things and loved ones. We
movements. But over time it can stretch out the                          know how we wait to be told we are important.
                                                                        We should never wait to say or think something
colon, which may also lead to an overactive
                                                                       beautiful that will make someone’s day easier and
bladder. If you’re concerned about your child, ask                                         more secure.
your doctor for an X-ray to check for megarectum                                -Joyce Sequichie Hifler, A Cherokee Feast of Days
or inquire about trying a mild laxative such as

Road Rules                                                       Summary of speech sound development:
                                                                 Age                       Consonants
Is your child ready to move up to the next level of
                                                                 2–2½                      M, P, W, B, N
passenger safety? Use this table to find out!
                                                                 3–3½                      D, T, G, K, F
                                                                 4½-5                      V, L, J, SH, CH
Safety Equipment              Requirements                       5-6                       Z, S, R, TH, blends
Rear-facing car seat          The American Academy
                              of Pediatrics                      You can help your child’s speech development by:
                              recommends that                        Being a good speech model for your child.
                              children remain in rear-                  Don’t use baby talk.
                              facing car seats until at              Pronouncing words clearly, slowly, and
                              least age 2.                              correctly for your child to hear and imitate.
                                                                     Letting your child watch your face, lips and
Forward-facing car seat       Once they have                            tongue as your form sounds and words
                              outgrown rear-facing car                  prolonging the speech sound the child has
                              seats, children should sit                difficulty saying, such as ‘where is your
                              in forward-facing seats                   sssock?”
                              with a harness until they              Trying to look at your child when you are
                              reach at least age 4 or 40                talking.
                              pounds.                                Repeating new words and sounds over and over.
                                                                        Use them often in your conversation with your
Booster seat with             Children older than 4                  Making a scrapbook with your child. Cut out
traditional seatbelt          years and up to 4 feet 9                  and paste pictures and have your child name
                              inches in height should                   each one.
                              sit in a booster seat,                 Praising your child when sounds are correct,
                              making sure their heads                   especially if the sounds were previously difficult
                              are supported.                            for your child.

Harness                       If children outgrow their
                              forward-facing seats               Nutrition
                              with harnesses, there are              Can’t get your finicky toddler to eat much of
                              car seats available with           anything, let alone a balanced meal? Luckily he doesn’t
                              higher harness weight              need to get all his vitamins and minerals in one sitting,
                                                                 says Bridget Swinney, R.D., author of Healthy Food for
                              limits.                            Healthy Kids. Spread the wealth with these nutrient-
                                                                 dense foods.
Seatbelt                      Children taller than 4
                              feet 9 inches can usually          YOGURT – rich in calcium, protein, and vitamin B12;
                              use traditional seatbelts.         contains bacteria that may protect against diarrhea.

                                                                 EGGS – protein-packed source of riboflavin, vitamin A,
                                                                 vitamin B12, and vitamin K.
                                                                 CEREAL – many pack in vitamins, iron, zinc,
    Your child’s speech will develop over time. A baby
                                                                 magnesium and folate; look for a low-sugar, high-fiber
makes noises around two or three months, babbles
around six months, and uses jargon from about 18
months to 30 months. Although he may not use all
sounds correctly, your child should be understood by             BEANS – low-fat high-protein source of iron (which
strangers by age three.                                          helps maintain a healthy immune system) and folate.

                                                                 TOMATOES – high in vitamin C and lycopene; both
                                                                 nutrients may protect against certain cancers.
Activities                                                   3. Attach two 1”-long strips of self-sticking
FALLING LEAVES FINGERPLAY                                       magnets to the back of each leaf.
Sung to: “Hickory, Dickory, Dock”
Little leaves falling down,                                  4. Hang up your artwork using magnet leaves.
Red, yellow, orange and brown.
(Flutter fingers downward.)
Whirling, twirling round and round,                          LEAF RUBBING
                                                             What You’ll Need:
Falling to the ground.
(Flutter fingers downward in circles.)                            White copy or tracing paper
                                                                  Crayons with paper wrappers removed
                                                                  Leaves
Ten red apples growing on a tree,                            Place a leaf, vein side up, on a table. Put a piece of
(Hold hands high with fingers extended)                      white paper over it. Show your child how to use the
Five for you and five for me.                                side of a crayon to rub back and forth over the leaf
(Wave one hand, then the other.)                             area. Use a variety of colors and leaves for a pretty
Let me shake the tree just so,                               leaf rubbing.
(Shake body.)
And ten red apples fall down below.
(Lower hands with fingers extended)                          LEAF PRINTS
                                                             What You’ll Need:
One, two three, four, five
(Count fingers on one hand.)                                        Leaves
Six, seven, eight, nine, ten.                                       2 pieces of white paper or light fabric
(Count fingers on other hand.)                                      Tape
Look at the apple                                                   Hammer or rock
Look at the apple I have found,
(Form circle with hands.)                                    Find a couple of brightly colored green leaves. Lay
So round and rosy on the ground.                             them between two pieces of paper or white, light
We will wash it and cut it in two,                           fabric and tape the paper down in a couple of
(Pretend to wash and cut apple.)                             places. With a rock or hammer, pound onto the top
Half for me and half for you.                                piece over the area where the leaves lay underneath.
(Hold out one palm, then the other.)                         When you are done pounding, you will have a
                                                             pretty, green, leaf design.

1. Collect colorful leaves. Spread them between              Parent Helps
   sheets of paper toweling, newspaper, blotting             Pediatric Nurse for Parents of Newborns
   paper, or between the pages of a thick phone              1-800-678-5437 ext. #4
   book. Place heavy books on top and let the                Call this number for any questions you may have
   leaves dry for about a week. Lift the top sheet           about your newborn baby. They also have a
   of paper carefully.                                       website

2. Make designs on the leaves using non-toxic                ParentLink
   paint pens, acrylic paints or permanent markers.          1-800-552-8522
   When dry, paint the leaves with several coats of          This is good for all kinds of questions you may
   nontoxic varnish (an adult should do this).               have. From potty training to behavior issues.
   Cover one side at a time, allowing varnish to dry
   between coats.                                            Breastfeeding Moms
                                                             Answers questions on breastfeeding issues.

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