Depending on what part of the country you're living, now is the time to buy seasonal, inexpensive children's toys before they're no longer on the shelves.  But read this first before putting them in your classroom!

Preschool staff pay special attention the first week of school with getting to know their children. What allergies their children may have and making sure all enrollment forms are up to date.  BUT, one of the most easily forgotten step is to pay special attention to the manufacturer tags and to read every every one before the item enters their classroom.  Who would have thought that the above goggles have Latex in it?  As you get to know your children along with any allergies, communication is crucial to assure a smooth transition into the new school season.  Your parents with children who have an allergy to Latex will be depending on you to pay special attention and make your classroom Latex free. Did you save your packaging warnings as a normal preschool policy and classroom inventory procedure?  Well, I have a solution to make your day easier. Call for a free consultation:  www.ChildrenFirstCurriculumUSA.com 

 
 

Keeping fiber in your child's or families diet can sometimes turn topsy turvy when away from our kitchens.  "Children ages 1-3 need 19 grams of fiber a day and children 4-8 need 25 grams a day", according to Erin E. Kline, MS, RD, CSO, LDN in Lehigh Valley Woman Magazine.

Her travel list of foods to order and carry with you to keep everything on schedule:

1.  Oats
Oat Bran, dried beans, popcorn, nuts

2.  Fresh Fruits
Apples, raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, berries, pears, oranges, grapes, cherries, dried or fresh raisins, pineapples, avocados

3.  Fresh Vegetables
Greens, green beans, squash, broccoli, carrots, peas, sweet potatoes

4.  Breakfast Cereals
All-Bran Bran, Buds, All-Bran, Grape-Nuts, Shredded Wheat, Cheerios, Raisin Bran

Recipe Suggestions:  Yogurt mixed with fruits sprinkled with oat bran & nuts in an ice cream cone (on-the go).  I always place a bowl of fruit in our hotel room at all times.  Pump up the good stuff!

 
 

Here is the recipe that I promised.....

Some call the Avocado the dreamiest and most creamiest of fruits that is packed with fiber along with the good kind of fat, Vitamin K & Folate.  Still it's color green puts up a "yucky" symbol for the picky eater.  Sensory issues can find it's added texture a turn off.  Well with love, we will re-condition & give a new meaning to "My Picky Eater."  A child who is picky for the right kind of food choices if presented to them properly.  It's all in the recipe choices & your young child's open mind & ability to participate in his/her own preferences, meal planning & cooking. 

Avocado Vanilla Yogurt Ice Cream Recipe:

Put all ingredients in a food processor & blend
together:

12 ounces non-fat Greek yogurt
2 small avocados (about 3/4 lbs peel skin & seeds)
3 tablespoons maple syrup or honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


You will need an ice cream maker or a frozen yogurt maker.  Transfer ingredients from the food processor to the frozen yogurt maker.  Typically, it will take about 20 minutes before your children will enjoy a colorful, healthy & delicious summer dessert that they would prefer, plan for & delightfully remember as their ingredients of choice.  It's all in the presentation of foods in a forever lasting learning experience. Enjoy!

Lesson Planning Web Connection:
Expand with an ongoing group science project.
Save the Avocado Seed for your science station. As a group, prop your seed with toothpicks on the rim of a clear glass touching the water inside of it.  Put in a sunny place and watch it grow into a tree. 

(Math, Science, Critical Thinking, Language & Literacy, Expressive & Receptive Communication, Fine Motor Skills, etc.)

 
 

Oh my goodness, I just blurted out a random fact when there was a lull in the moment & it sparked  another wind in the children!

Here are a few good ones:
1.  Did you know that a mole can dig a tunnel 300 feet long in just one night?

2.  Did you know that dolphins sleep with one eye open?

3.  Did you know that it's possible to lead a cow upstairs, but not downstairs?

4.  Did you know if you keep goldfish in a dark room, they will turn white?

5.  Did you know that crocodiles always grow new teeth to replace the old teeth?

6.  Did you know that porcupines float in water?

7.  Did you know that the longest recorded flight of a chicken is 13 seconds?

Just imagine a room filled with all ages of children enjoying their summer camp at their neighborhood preschool AND someone blurts out one of these!  Oh, the light bulbs go on and the wheels start turning and next thing you know, they are onto another child-directed project.  The older leading the younger and the younger leading the older.  The fun begins again!  Create an environment for learning and you have a program to be proud of.  Does anyone know anymore good ones? Post here.


 

 
 

Don't forget to chime in during those "teachable moments" with learning questions that they can connect & expand on. ~PKP "Counts", Early Childhood Specialized Curriculum Tutor.  Lehigh Valley & Surrounding Area Enroll today!

 
 

I wonder if Dr. Susan has a recipe for Avocado Vanilla Yogurt Ice Cream? I'll ask and post on FB.  Also, look for the healthy food question of the month at:
http://www.childrenfirstcurriculumusa.com/workshops--training.html

 
 

Back to our color wheel:  Some Psychologists encourage the use of Color Psychology Intervention whether creating an environment for learning or when creating your baby's first nursery for growing and sleeping.  Child development is more than the age appropriate learning materials and content that your child experiences.  It's the environment that brings out the best in a child and set's the stage for developmental success.  Before picking up the paint brush, first think about the environment that you would like to create and what mood you would like your child to experience while in it. 

Let's discuss the warm color of red and how it could affect your child's development. 

RedThis color is full of emotion.  It is highly energizing and creates excitement in children.  It increases blood pressure and get's the heart beating.  This color generates physical activity and can help create a future athlete as well.

Intervention can be used in two ways:
1.  To create an environment for physical activity and is an ideal color for a gym or in the play area.  Red is perfect for the high energy room and to avoid in a nursery or bedroom.  Limit over stimulation!
2.  Being that this color is full of emotion; avoid this color with children who can be easily made angry, upset or frustrated and is not an ideal color for children who have behavior issues.  Red can increase aggression, inability to focus and headaches.

Written by:  Deborah Barnes-Early Childhood Curriculum Consultant & Pre-Kinder Plus Counts Learning Center~Specialized Curriculum Tutor

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By sharing patriotic symbols, colors, people and places with growing minds.
Happy July 4th!

 
 

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