Bright Horizons At Kemper Lakes

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					                        Bright Horizons
                        At Kemper Lakes
                                           July 2011



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        Well Aware Family                                       Important Dates to Note:

              Event                                                       July 4th
 Healthy Living Activities for the Whole Family!                Center closed in observance
                                                                   Of Independence Day
   Bright Horizons Child Care and Early
Education center at Kemper Lakes invites you                             July 5th
 and your family to join us for a healthy, fun-filled           Sand Lot Tots begins classes
                       event
                                                                           July 8th
               Tuesday, July 19th                             PIC call beginning at 12:30 p.m.
              5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
                                                                         July 19th
Parents, you will have the opportunity to learn more
about our Well Aware curriculum focused on wellness,              Well Aware Family Event
fitness and health in young children and take home ideas,
tips, recipes and resources to healthy family living!                    July 21st
                                                               Field Trip to see Aladdin with
    •    Fun-filled Movement Matters activities:
             o Sandlot Tots Sports                             Preschool and Jr Kindergarten
             o Games that will get you up an moving                         class
             o Activities for children (and adults) of all
                  ages                                                   July 27th
    •    Healthy cooking ideas                                Monkey joe’s fundraising event
    •    Family Picnic hosted on our preschool                For our Foundation for Children
         playground                                                5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
        Bring a Friend and get Healthy
                   Together!


                                                             Ms. Lauren will officially open our
                                                             Twos classroom beginning July 11th.
                                                             We would like to welcome Maya and
                                                             her family to Kemper Lakes!
                             All That We’re Learning…

                                             Our Garden Adventure
        June 23, 2011 brought with it an adventure for the Preschoolers and Jr. Kindergarteners at Kemper
Lakes Bright Horizons. Our trip to the Children’s Garden at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle began with a fun
ride on a school bus.
        When we arrived at the Arboretum (and then, of course, stopping at the restrooms!), we went
directly to the Children’s Garden. The adventure began as we entered the Children’s Garden. Set out and
amongst flowers and trees are, to the children’s delight, tree houses, forts, rope ladders, streams with
stepping stones and more! First we came to a fort, complete with a long ramp, viewing windows, and
ladders. Then, as we followed the trail, we came to an enchanted pond, with frogs spouting water, just
inviting the children to play! Splashing the water and letting the water run over their hands, the children
squealed with delight. Following the trail through the covered garden, we then came upon a charming
garden filled with musical flowers. Each flower had a musical instrument to play inside of it. The children
were like little bees flitting from flower to flower and making music! As we crossed the bridge over the
stream to the tree house, the children spotted some “fish” in the stream. Those “fish” actually turned out to
be tadpoles! This bridge took us to a tree-house that had a rope bridge to get from the walkway to the
landing area. The children started out slowly, one at a time, and then they got adventurous and followed one
right behind the other. After this journey, the little explorers were so hungry. So, our trip took us back to
the visitor’s center so we could eat. After a leisurely lunch, and a few songs later, we were all ready to
venture back into the wilderness and climb the ladder to the big rope bridge!
        Our afternoon was enjoyed by the “stump” and “roots” of an old (fabricated) tree. The children were
able to climb the “limbs”, and slide down, run around the top and go “underground”. We spent a lot of time
here as there was also a watering trough and water pump.

 At lunch time, the children were asked what their favorite part of the day was and their replies were:
       “the flowers”, “everything”, “the water”, “the flowers”, “the tree house”, “everything”, “the park”,
“the maze”, “playing in the water”, “the red bridge”, “walking and playing in the water and singing”,
“running”, “running, and the water”!
                                                  Encourage an Interest in Geography
Preschoolers are not too young to learn about geography. Like most areas, if you can keep it fun and
communicate your own interest in the topic, children will become excited and interested in learning more. Summer
trips or vacations are great times to introduce the topic. As you may be talking about places children have not
seen, any way you can keep it as concrete as possible will be helpful (i.e., use real objects and pictures whenever
possible). Let your child’s interests lead you. If you end up with a different topic than where you started, that is
great! Here are some ideas:

     •     An early stage in understanding geography is learning to use directional terminology. Regularly use
           directional words in talking to your child such as “next to,” “above,” “below,” “beside,” “right,” “left,” etc.
           Terms like “north,” “south,” “east,” and “west” may be a little too abstract for young children to comprehend.

     •     Let your child see you frequently using maps to decide your subway route or driving plans, to plan a
           vacation, etc.

     •     If you travel a lot as part of your work, have a map in your house and mark it with your child for each trip to
           show where you are traveling. Similarly, prior to your next family trip, mark the map when you travel
           together.

     •     On family trips, talk about how varying areas have different plants, animals, climates, terrain, etc. Talk
           about what is the same and different from where you live.

     •     When a book or TV program talks about a city, state or country your child is unfamiliar with, look it up on
           the map. Always have a map or atlas handy. You can also use the globe to find countries.

     •     Take a walk through your neighborhood or apartment building and create a map together with your child.
           Start with your house or apartment – talk about who lives next door and have your child draw that place if
           he is interested. Add favorite landmarks like playgrounds, a restaurant he likes to visit, his early care and
           education center, your workplace, or other places you visit frequently. Label the landmarks – you can write
           the letters and have your child copy them, or your child can use invented spelling to create the labels.
           Remember that the “doing” or the process of the activity is much more important than the accuracy and the
           final product.

     There are many excellent children’s atlases which use mostly pictures rather than words to describe areas of
     the world. Consider purchasing one for a special birthday gift.




Bright Horizons Family Solutions®, Bright Horizons®, and College Coach® are all registered trademarks owned by Bright Horizons LLC. Bright Space® is a registered trademark of
the Bright Horizons Foundation for Children.
                                   Bright Horizons Teams Up with First Lady Michelle Obama
                                                 to Prevent Childhood Obesity
We are excited to let you know that on Wednesday June 8, Dave Lissy, CEO and Susan Brenner, SVP Operations
joined First Lady Michelle Obama at a press conference to announce that Bright Horizons has become the first child care and
early education organization to sign on to the Partnership for a Healthier America and the First Lady’s Let’s Move campaign.
This pledge reaffirms our commitment to the health of the children in our care and will showcase our best practices around
nutrition and physical activity as a model for child care organizations nationwide.

The Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) and the Let’s Move campaign are working with national organizations to make
meaningful commitments to improve children’s health and to further the goals of solving childhood obesity within a generation.

As our nation has become more focused on childhood obesity and its lasting impacts, we want the entire Bright Horizons
community -- our employees, our families and our clients - - to know what we are doing and have always done to encourage
physical activity and nutritional learning. For the first time in our history, the United States is raising a generation of children
who may live sicker, shorter lives than their parents. As advocates for children, we believe that Bright Horizons and our
teachers have a tremendous amount to offer in terms of best practices. We are very proud of the curriculum that we have
created and grateful for the dedication of our teachers who put our programs into action with children each and every day,
helping to create lifelong habits.

We have made a multi-year commitment to the PHA, during which we will demonstrate how our centers meet or exceed the
Early Childhood Settings guidelines developed last year in conjunction with the American Academy of Pediatricians, the
American Public Health Association and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

We were incredibly honored to be recognized by the First Lady and the PHA as a leader in this important area and we believe
our inclusion in this effort will help us to raise the bar higher for all child care organizations. We hope you share our
excitement about being a part of this important initiative and we look forward to continuing to work with all of you on ways that
will help foster positive attitudes towards healthy living for children.

To read the press release about our commitment, click here, to learn more about the Partnership for a Healthier America click
here and to learn more about the Let’s Move campaign click here.




Well Aware is the Bright Horizons approach to health, fitness, and wellness. This new component of The World at Their
Fingertips program for learning is designed to help children learn through hands-on exploration about healthy eating, and the
value of physical activity as well as rest. Parents and early childhood educators are in unique positions to influence children’s
physical fitness and promote an understanding of how food, exercise, and healthy choices impact our lives. Well Aware
provides children with opportunities to gain an understanding of how their bodies work, what their bodies need, and how to
protect them. Through Well Aware, an approach to life is promoted that supports and facilitates ways that adults and children
can incorporate healthy choices into their daily lives, including an appreciation for the outdoors.

To learn more about this program visit:
http://www.brighthorizons.com/education/curriculum.aspx?type=world#wellaware.

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Bright Horizons Family Solutions , Bright Horizons , and College Coach are all registered trademarks owned by Bright Horizons LLC. Bright Space is a registered trademark of
the Bright Horizons Foundation for Children.