Teacher Newsletter

April 2016

Education Department News

Hello, my name is Mallory Przygocki and I am the new Education Coordinator in the Education Department. I have an associate’s degree in Child Care and Development from Schoolcraft College and I am currently working towards my Bachelor’s degree in Child Development at Madonna University. I have been working with children since 2008, and it is all I have ever wanted to do! I have experience working in several different early childhood settings and have worked for several major child care companies. I am very excited to join the Rainbow team and look forward to working with you and your team.

Month of the Young Child

The Month of the Young Child (MOYC) is celebrated each April. This was started in 1971 right here in Michigan! This is a time when communities and individuals recognize the needs and rights of young children and their families. Displaying a purple ribbon shows you are about young children and are aware of their needs.

Here at Rainbow Child Care Center we celebrate the Week of the Young Child; April 11th-15th. Connect with your Program Director to see how you will be celebrating at your center!

Learning Environment

Playing with sand and water involves sensory experiences that appeal to young children. They need little introduction to these materials. While sand and water play can delight the senses, it also can challenge children’s minds and promote all areas of development and learning.



Children LOVE sensory activities! To keep children engaged in what you have in your sensory area change it frequently. To welcome spring in your classroom try adding new spring materials to your sensory bin for the children to explore.



Materials needed:

Dirt - Little gardening tools - Fake flowers - Small pots - Rocks - Plant Markers - Seeds -Small bug and Insects

Rasmussen College

Rainbow Child Care and Rasmussen College Partner in Your Education

Benefits to you as an employee of Rainbow Child Care

* Staff and immediate family members eligible for up to 10% tuition discount.

* Programs offered completely online for flexibility and convenience

* 18 months for completion.

* College credit available for your CDA

Free Webinars!

Rasmussen College is offering free professional development webinars! The attendee will receive a certificate of completion for 1 hour of professional development at the end. Registration is required to attend.


Thursday, April 7th from 7-8 pm

A Natural Preschool


Register here:

https://rasmussen.webex.com/rasmussen/k2/j.phpMTID=ta9692c650f53124bd3db20fdce3eb65d


Monday, April 11th from 7-8pm

Encouraging Risk and Adventure Play In Your Natural Outdoor Classroom


Register here:

https://rasmussen.webex.com/rasmussen/k2/j.phpMTID=t5c66a26397766aaa20be47da3542b69e


Wednesday, April 20th from 7-8pm

Nature Play: Inside and Outside


Register here:

https://rasmussen.webex.com/rasmussen/k2/j.phpMTID=t7bf61910af95d1378bbf192ab18fb5f2

5 reasons Dramatic Play Matters for Child Development

Dramatic play, also called pretend play or make-believe, allows the children to act out real-world situations and to take on new roles. There are 2 types of dramatic play; structured play- gives specific guidelines, and unstructured play- gives children the freedom to take on their own roles and scenarios.








5 reasons why dramatic play is important:

  1. Dramatic play teaches self-regulation.
  2. Dramatic play gives children an emotional outlet.
  3. Dramatic play teaches conflict resolution.
  4. Dramatic play supports literacy.
  5. Dramatic play allows you to support kids and encourage their ideas.


Designate a space in your classroom specifically for dramatic play, create a dress-up box filled with clothes, hats, and props children can use in their play, and allow time in your daily schedule for children to play!


To read more check out Rasmussen's Blog Article on why Dramatic Play is important at:

http://www.rasmussen.edu/degrees/education/blog/why-dramatic-play-matters/

Family Calendar of Events: April Dates to Remember

11th-15th Week of the Young Child

Parent's Night Out, check with your center to see when this event is happening!

Teacher Spotlight

Courtney Kidd, from our Conover 2 North Carolina location, is an amazing Infant Room teacher. She is very loyal, generous and always makes her co-workers smile. The families in her classroom love her spirit and her amazing outlook on life. She is so very sweet and loves to spoil the babies. Courtney strives to be the best teacher she can be. If I need her to help with anything in the center, she always works it out!