January News


Palmetto Basics # 4: Explore Through Movement and Play

This month’s featured Palmetto Basic is #4: Exploring Through Movement and Play. This is a perfect Basic to showcase this month as this is such an important part of child development, but can be difficult sometimes with the unpredictable weather we often experience this time of year. It is important to note that children can explore through movement and play both indoors AND outdoors. Children learn by touching, banging, dropping, stacking, pouring, climbing, crawling, walking and running. Helping your child become an explorer helps develop their curiosity and critical-thinking.

Here are a few indoor activities that promote exploration that you may want to consider: playing with kitchen utensils or cookware; stacking books, boxes and/or clothes; and yoga. Outdoor activities that enhance the development of exploration through movement and play are playground climbing, taking walks in nature and running in the yard.

Since Exploring Through Movement and Play is such an integral part of your child/ren’s development, WE WILL PLAY OUTSIDE whenever possible at all CDCs throughout the winter. Please be assured we do limit the amount of time we spend outside depending on the conditions as well as monitor the children’s clothing for appropriate wear. We do have some extra clothing at each CDC for those children that may need something a little warmer. To help us with this, please be sure to send your child to school with warm clothing (jacket, hat, mittens, etc.) if possible. If your child has a medical condition that prevents them from playing outside in cold weather, be sure to communicate that to your child’s teacher or center nurse.

Kale....Say What!?!?

Ms. Produce is introducing KALE as the produce for the month by sharing a book, dressing in costume wear and serving kale in some form for lunch each week this month.

Kale is one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet!

A single cup of raw kale contains:

  • Vitamin A: 206% of the DV (from beta-carotene)
  • Vitamin K: 684% of the DV
  • Vitamin C: 134% of the DV
  • Vitamin B6: 9% of the DV
  • Manganese: 26% of the DV
  • Calcium: 9% of the DV
  • Copper: 10% of the DV
  • Potassium: 9% of the DV
  • Magnesium: 6% of the DV

It also is full of antioxidants as well as helps lower cholesterol, so why not try it out??

Hoping You and Your Child Have Fun Trying Some Kale This Month!