Lee's Summit Parents As Teachers

April 2017 Newsletter

Hello Spring!

The seasons provide a theme for preschool learning. Spring is full of educational topics that teach preschoolers what happens during the season, including weather changes, plant growth and animal births. Hands-on activities help the preschoolers make sense of the seasonal changes they can see around them as winter ends and spring begins. Take a nature hike, go visit a farm, plant a garden and watch it grow. Enjoy nature and the world around us!

April 24 - 28 - The Week of the Young Child

Today we know more than ever before about the importance of children's earliest years in shaping their learning and development.

The Week of the Young Child™ is a time to recognize that children's opportunities are our responsibilities, and to commit ourselves to ensuring that each and every child experiences the type of early environment—at home, at child care, at school, and in the community—that will promote their early learning.


Music Monday: Through music, children develop math, language, and literacy skills - all while having fun and being creative!

Tasty Tuesday: Encourage healthy nutrition while learning about math and science!

Work Together Wednesday: Encourage teamwork and develop social skills and early literacy skills.

Artsy Thursday: Try open ended art projects and let them make choices, use their imagination, and create with their hands.

Family Friday: Engaging and celebrating families is at the heart of supporting our youngest learners!!


So celebrate early learning in Lee's Summit and thank your preschool teacher, child care provider, and give yourself a big high-five for all the work you do! Lee's Summit truly values our earliest learners!

What a wonderful night of exploring!

On Tuesday, March 14th we had our first ever STEAM Night. Families came together and learned that play can also be a great learning experience. There were lots of great scientist in the making!

Continuing with STEAM at home!

See the attached videos for ways you can continue to incorporate STEAM activities in your daily lives.


STEAM - Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math


Learning begins at home. You are your child's first and most important teacher!

Kidfest

What a great turn out at our Kidfest! Lots of learning and tasting of new foods took place. Thank you HyVee for helping out!
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Celebrate Sensory Play This Summer!


Sunny days and warm weather are on the way! Summertime can be both wonderful and challenging for kids and families. Changes in routines and unfamiliar food, activities, places and sounds can make it stressful for some kids. With preparation and planning you can get the most out of summertime! Let’s explore ways to keep those kids learning, growing and exploring this summer!


Think about and plan ahead for sensory surprises:



  • -loud fireworks
  • -the glaring sun
  • -ice cream cone that melts onto hands and gets sticky
  • -hot pavement
  • -cold water in the swimming pool
  • -applying sunscreen
  • -bare feet on grass or sand
  • -loud and busy parks or swimming pools



Tips to help you and the kids keep your cool!:



  • -Warn kids before changes in plans and upcoming events. Use pictures if possible so they have an idea in their head for what to expect.
  • -Keep a schedule and routine. It is nice to be able to loosen up the schedule, but remember that kids still need structure and routine to feel regulated and organized. A calendar with pictures or stickers is often helpful.
  • -Make sure the kids get plenty of sleep. With longer days and shorter nights, it’s easy to lose track of sleep time. Blackout shades can help kids fall asleep even when it's still light outside.
  • -Keep sunglasses and hat handy to protect those little eyes from the bright sun.
  • -Your child may prefer spray sunscreen or maybe the firm massage like strokes when rubbing in lotion type sunscreen. Investigate different types- some are less greasy or non-scented.
  • -Put sunscreen on before you get to the busy lake/beach or swimming pool. Apply at home in a cool and calm environment.
  • -Allow your child to wear water shoes or aqua socks when walking on hot sand or pavement at the pool, or even in grass. Young feet can be very sensitive.
  • -Bring along hand wipes or sanitizer since public restrooms can be overwhelming, water in public sinks can be cold and soap can be slimy and smelly.
  • Take along a sensory to go kit with materials that are calming for your child, such as fidget toys, chewing gum, weighted lap pad, stuffed animal, noise cancelling headphones, etc.

Incorporate Sensory Play Into Your Daily Routine. Here are a few fun activities that stimulate a variety of senses.



  • Toy Washing Station- Scruba-dub-dub! Have some sensory fun and wash away those winter time germs all at the same time! Put dish soap and water in a large plastic bin with sponges, scrub brushes and plastic toys. Let kids get messy and clean all at the same time. Have a clean water tub for rinsing and a variety of textured towels for drying.
  • Spice Painting- Make paint by mixing white glue and a bit of water to dilute it and add some spices (no hot spices). The activity will provide various aromas and will have different textures when dried.


  • Homemade Edible Fingerpaint-


  1. 4 Tbsp of cornstarch
  2. Cold water
  3. 1 cup boiling water
  4. Liquid food coloring
  5. In medium saucepan mix the cornstarch and enough cold water to make a paste
  6. Pour in 1 cup of boiling water and stir thoroughly to remove any lumps
  7. Cook on medium and mix until you see clear streaks forming. Turn the heat off and it will thicken to custard like consistency.
  8. Add food coloring to desired color and Paint!


  • Go on a nature scavenger hunt- make a list of things to find like a rock, leaf, pinecone, wildflower, bark etc. Describe things to find like something round, rough, smooth, green etc.
  • Ice Dig- Help your child explore their inner archaeologist! Fill a plastic bin with water. Use food coloring to dye the water if you would like. Drop in a few small plastic figurines like dinosaurs, farm animals or even army men. Let it freeze completely and then dump the large ice cube outside on a hot day! Hand the kids spoons or other kid-friendly digging tools and let them go to work uncovering the hidden treasures. For the widest spread of toys to dig up try to add toys as the ice freezes so the entire block has something to uncover. Kids love to watch the ice melt under the hot sun and it is a great way to keep them cool.

Upcoming Activities

Big Truck Night

Monday, April 3rd, 4-7pm

600 Northeast Colbern Road

Lee's Summit, MO

Johnny and Adam

Monday, April 24th, 9:30-10:15am

905 Bluestem

Lee's Summit, MO

Book Fair

Wednesday, April 26th, 8am to Thursday, April 27th, 8pm

905 Bluestem

Lee's Summit, MO

Come support Great Beginnings Early Education Center and Parents As Teachers at our Book Fair!

Popscicles In The Park

Wednesday, April 26th, 9:30-11:30am

905 Bluestem

Lee's Summit, MO

Infant Massage

Wednesday, May 3rd, 10-11am

905 Bluestem

Lee's Summit, MO

Family Day at Paradise Park

Wednesday, May 3rd, 1-8pm

1021 Northeast Colbern Road

Lee's Summit, MO