SPS Parents as Teachers

June - July 2019

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Keeping your child safe this summer

Here's a few safety tips, from SPS Parents as Teachers, to keep in mind during the summer months.

Dress for the weather. Dressing appropriate for the temperature outside is important. That includes shoes that make sense for your activity and adding a hat to protect your child from the sun's rays.

Apply (and reapply) sunscreen. Sunburns can be avoided! Remember, just one bad burn can double the risk for melanoma later in life. Keep your kiddo safe by slathering on the sunscreen at least every two hours and don't forget to reapply after swimming. Try this tip: put the sunscreen on before he gets dressed to avoid missing a spot.

Protect those precious eyes. Kids' peepers are especially sensitive to the sun. Encourage your child to wear sunglasses by letting her pick out her own style. Be sure to choose a pair that blocks at least 99 percent of the the UV radiation, as well as 75 to 90 percent of visible light.

Prevent food poisoning. Try refrigerating sandwiches and salads overnight so they will stay colder longer the next day for your outdoor activities and picnics. Don't leave food out for more than two hours (or one hour if it's over 90 degrees outside). And a good tip for grilling is to use different colored utensils and plates to keep cooked and raw meats separately.

Have a safe and fun summer! We will be excited to see all of our families again in August!

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P.A.T. Yoga June 2019 schedule

PreSchool Yoga Ages 3 - 5

A FREE interactive parent child class incorporating yoga poses, calming techniques, music and fun.

Call 523-1160 to reserve your spot. Questions? Email Lacey at lrhufford@spsmail.org

May 29 10:00 AM

June 6 10:00 AM

June 13 10:00 AM

All PreK classes held at The Fieldhouse

Check out this great opportunity - and it's FREE!

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How to enroll in Wonder Years

  • Enrollment Process for Wonder Years

    Your child must be four years old and reside in the Springfield Public Schools district.

    1. Call the screening department at Shady Dell Early Childhood Center to schedule a preschool screening at (417)523-1333.

    2. Go online and complete the Early Childhood Interest Form. Click EARLY CHILDHOOD INTEREST FORM to complete the form.

    3. Complete the Springfield Public School Online Enrollment Form. SPS ONLINE ENROLLMENT

    4. Bring your child's immunization record, birth certificate, and proof of residency with you to the screening appointment.

    5. During the screening appointment, you will complete registration paperwork.

    6. Complete the Household Income Survey. Household Income Survey

    If your child qualifies for placement, you will receive an email with further instructions.

    If you child does not qualify, you will also receive an email.

Try this schedule for making your summer plans!

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Some cute summer reading books

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Great song for music time!

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Love this idea for earning screen time!

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Need ideas for summer fun? Here's a great list to choose from!

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Here's a couple of easy recipes for summer snacks that your little one can help make!

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Sushi

Ingredients you need:

2 Slices of bread

1 tablespoon of jelly

1 tablespoon of peanut butter

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How to make Peanut butter and Jelly Sandwich Sushi Rolls:

These are super easy to make.

1. Cut off your crusts.

2. Roll the bread out with a rolling pin to flatten it.

3. Spread peanut butter on the bread.

4. Add jelly.

5. Simply roll it up.

6. Slice it into 4 pieces.

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Peanut Butter Banana Quesadillas


1 (6-inch) whole wheat tortilla

1 Tbsp. all-natural smooth peanut butter

½ large banana, thinly sliced

1 Tbsp. dark chocolate (or semi-sweet) morsels


Spread half of tortilla with peanut butter.

Top peanut butter with banana and chocolate morsels. Fold tortilla in half; cook in medium nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, for 4 to 5 minutes, turning once, until chocolate is melted and tortilla is golden brown.

Great idea for exploring the outdoors!

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Outside sticky wall


clear contact paper

duct tape

Tape the contact paper sticky side out on your fence or outside wall. Let your kiddo choose what he sticks or use a scavenger hunt to find particular items (see scavenger idea below). Remember to use good descriptive words to help increase his vocabulary!

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Pool Noodle idea!!!

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Check the local dollar store for cheap pool noodles to cut into small sections. Fill your kiddos bath with them (remembering never to leave a child unattended in the tub!). Let them explore ways to play, create, build and pretend. This activity could be done in an outdoor kiddie pool also!

For those rainy days...

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Super way to use fine motor skills and imagination!

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There's so much creativity with painting rocks! Add to the fun by leaving them in secret places for others to find and enjoy !

Stuck inside? Or need some outdoor play ideas? Try these ideas for gross motor and imaginative play!

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