Preschool Publication

March 18, 2016 Ms. Ronda & Ms. Lisa

A Glance into Room 325

This week, we had some fun talking about eggs and the approaching season. We read a fun book called The Easter Egg Farm and then each child decorated and wrote a description about the egg he/she decorated. We read Brown Rabbit's Shape Book and decorated eggs with shape stickers. We named the shapes and discussed the differences between the different shapes. We concluded our week with an egg hunt and some "engineering" with toothpicks and jelly beans. Learning can be found everywhere! Here are just some of the Desired Results Developmental Profile Indicators we used this week:

  • responsible conduct as a group member
  • using and understanding language (receptive and expressive)
  • classification
  • shapes
  • emergent writing
  • fine motor manipulative skills

Conscious Discipline

Discipline is like the country-and-western two-step. This dance involves two different rhythms. First slow-sow and then quick-quick. The slow part involves the building of a healthy relationship. The quick-quick involves your conduct in the heat of conflict.

Slow-Slow: The Building of Healthy Relationships
Parents must build healthy relationships with themselves, each other, and their children. Your loving relationship with your child, built over time, serves as a deeply motivating force for cooperative and helpful behavior. It is the foundation of success! When your child feels loved, valued and capable in your presence, they are far more likely to choose cooperation over opposition.

The slow-slow minutes and hours you spend together now - reading, playing, talking - build the motivation for a lifetime of cooperative and helpful behavior. Togetherness, though, will not teach your child how to behave. That is where the quick-quick steps come into play.

Quick-Quick: Your Conduct in the Heat of Conflict
What can you say or do to help your child choose to clean his room or get her homework done? How can you help your child reflect upon his choices? What can you do to solve immediate problems? The skills you use in the quick-quick part of discipline can build up or tear down your relationship with your child. We teach seven basic skills for turning conflict into cooperation. These skills are Composure (Living the values you want your child to develop), Encouragement (Honoring children so they will honor you), Assertiveness (Saying no and being heard), Choices (Building self-esteem and willpower), Positive Intent (Turning resistance into cooperation), Empathy (Handling the fussing and the fits) and Consequences (Helping children learn from their mistakes).

This week’s Conscious Commitment:

I acknowledge that there are two parts to discipline. First is the relationship I create with my child. Second is how I respond to conflict. Our relationship motivates cooperation. How I respond to life’s upsets teaches my child how to behave.

Even when it feels hard, I am willing to dance this dance.

Fruit and Veggie Sign-up

There are still a few more slots to sign up for fruits and veggies at: Please check it out if you would like to help us with this. We would love to have your help!

This week, we tried jicama! This is one of my favorites and very kid-friendly with a crisp and slightly sweet taste. Thanks for this donation!

Health Benefits of Jicama

Health Benefits of Jicama

Digestion: One of the most important elements of jicama is the high levels of dietary fiber that it contains. Dietary fiber helps to boost the bulk of stool, thereby helping it move through the digestive tract and reducing conditions like constipation. Furthermore, jicama is a rich source of a particular soluble fiber called oligofructose inulin, which is a sweet, inert carbohydrate that does not metabolize into simple sugars. This means that for diabetic patients, jicama can be a great way to have some sweet food without worrying about the blood sugar fluctuation that is usually a result.

Immune System: There is a very large amount of vitamin C found in jicama; 100 grams of jicama is approximately 40% of our entire daily requirement for ascorbic acid. Vitamin C is an essential part of our immune system health and stimulates the white blood cells, which are the body’s first main line of defense against illness. Battling bacterial, viral, fungal, or pathogenic diseases is greatly helped by adding vitamin C to your body. Also, the antioxidant potential of vitamin C means that it helps in the fight against cancer by neutralizing the effects of free radicals that have been connected with heart disease and cancer. Free radicals are found in the body as a result of cellular metabolism.

Blood Pressure: As a rich source of potassium, jicama is able to help manage blood pressure, since it is a vasodilator and reduces the tension on blood vessels and arteries, thereby lowering the stress on the cardiovascular system. Potassium is also essential for maintaining fluid balance in opposition to sodium throughout the body, thereby keeping our bodies hydrated and functioning at a high level.

Circulation: The significant amounts of copper and iron found in jicama make it very good for maintaining the health of the circulatory system, since those two minerals are important elements of red blood cells. Without those components, people suffer from anemia and low functioning of the organs that require fresh, oxygenated blood to properly function.

Brain Function: Vitamin B6 has been linked to increased brain function and cognitive abilities, and jicama has this vitamin is significant amounts. Furthermore, vitamin B6 is integral in breaking down proteins into usable amino acids and other forms of protein for humans. This maximizes the metabolic processes and efficiency of various organ systems.

Strong Bones: The levels of minerals like manganese, magnesium, iron, and copper found in jicama mean that this root vegetable can be a major booster for our bone mineral density. These minerals are essential for building strong, new bones and healing any damage to existing bones. This is also the best way to prevent the onset of conditions like osteoporosis, which millions of people suffer from all over the world.

Weight Management: Low-calorie foods are very important for those trying to lose weight, especially when those low-calorie foods are also packed with nutrients and dietary fiber to make your body feel full. Jicama only has 35 calories per 100 grams, and is clearly filled with nutrients and fiber. Jicama is an excellent snack to reduce your appetite and curb cravings, without gaining any weight or losing any nutritional benefits.

A Few Words of Caution: As mentioned earlier, the root of jicama is edible, but the rest of the plant is highly toxic. Be careful not to eat the seed pods, leaves, or vines. Other than that, jicama is a healthy choice that can bring you a number of benefits!

Animated Alphabet

We have learned about several letters so far this year. We have met the characters that correspond with the letters P, U, O, M, X, A, D, T, S, R, H, L, J, K, F, B, G, C, E, N, I, and W. This week, we met Winkie Walrus. He likes to say /w/, and his special action is washing. Look for the letter W/w (capital and lowercase) around your house and ask your child to tell you the sound of W . Make sure that you are going back through your Animated Alphabet "book" to color and review the letters.

Egg Hunt!

Thanks for sharing eggs for our Egg Hunt!

Construction Zone Dad Event

Liberty Parents as Teachers

Group Connection

Construction Zone

Dad Event

COME JOIN US FOR A MORNING of fun in our Construction Zone!! You will have an opportunity to design, build and destroy all kinds of structures.

AGES: 14 Months to Pre-K

DATE & TIMES: Saturday, April 16 – 9-11 a.m.

PLACE: Early Childhood Center,

9600 NE. 79th St., Kansas City, MO 64158


Looking Ahead....

  • March 18th (Friday)--Book orders are due today!
  • March 21st-25th (Monday-Friday)--Spring Break--Enjoy some extra time with your little one!

Bus Safety

The LPS Transportation Department would like to invite all incoming 2016-2017 Kindergarteners who will attend Summer School to come take a ride on a school bus and practice safe loading and unloading at a ‘pretend’ bus stop in addition to practicing what to do when crossing a

RR Track

Parents will also have the opportunity to complete informational paperwork regarding their child

We will meet at the Support Services Building

801 S. Kent St.

(Corner of 291 Hwy. & Kent St. across from City Park)

Wednesday June 1, 2016 9:00AM or 1:00PM

The ride along program will take approx. 30 minutes

Please call Transportation @ 736-5360

if you have any questions. Siblings are welcome; children must be 4 years old to ride on the buses.

Every Child Together....