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Environment Rating Scale info. and tips - October 2013
Bumbo seats recalled
Consumers should stop using their Bumbo Baby Seats immediately, and visit www. BumboUSA.com to obtain a free Repair Kit. The kit includes a belt with a new warning sticker, installation instructions, proper use instructions and a new warning sticker. There is no need for consumers to return the Bumbo Baby Seats.
Consumers should take the following actions in conjunction with this voluntary recall:
- Install and always use the restraint belt.
- Apply the new warning sticker over the existing warning on the back of the Bumbo Baby Seat.
- Follow all usage instructions and never use the Bumbo Baby Seat on any raised surface.
- Discontinue use of Bumbo seat cover accessories that interfere with installation of the restraint belt.
Let's Talk... Accessible
SPOTLIGHT ON ACTIVITIES: NATURE/SCIENCE
Young children are fascinated and curious by the world around them. They use their senses to learn and understand. They need safe, hands-on opportunities to experiment and explore the natural world. Lets talk nature/science.
- Nature/science includes materials and activities
- Materials should be geared for the age level you work with
- A variety of materials that are accessible, well-organized, and in good repair. Can be grouped together or in different areas throughout the room. Must represent nature realistically (what children would normally see in the real world).
Nature/science materials and activities:
- Infants & toddlers: Pictures, books or toys. Examples include: plastic or rubber animals/insects, puzzles, scent boxes, animal-shaped rattles, large magnets, realistic plastic fruits and vegetables, n/s posters, photos and drawings, and n/s books.
- Preschool: Categories include the following:
- Collections of natural objects: leaves, seashells, rocks, pinecones
- Living Things: plants, garden, class pet, window bird feeder
- Books, games, toys: All must show nature as it really is
- Nature/science activities: Magnets, magnifying glasses, sink and float activity, color paddles
- School age: Living things to care for, books, posters, games and equipment to use in simple experiments (like measuring tools, magnets, magnifying glasses, microscope, gardening tools)
- Infants and toddlers: Aim for at least 2 pictures, books and/or toys
- Preschool: Aim for one thing from 2 of the 4 categories listed above
- School age: At least 2 examples in the categories listed above
Above and beyond: Provide outdoor experiences with nature at least two times a week, aim for 3-5 examples in 3 of the 4 categories, and offer more involved n/s activities at least twice a month (cooking, simple experiments).
Harms T., Clifford R. M., Cryer, D., (1996-2007) ITERS-R, ECERS-R, FCCERS-R and SACERS
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