December 2018 Newsletter

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Geary County USD 475 Early Childhood Program

Keep Them Learning Over the Holidays!

The holiday season is a time of great excitement and enchantment with all the sights, sounds, and smells we enjoy together. The Early Childhood Program would like to encourage you to take advantage of the opportunities to incorporate learning into your holiday traditions. Consider letting your child draw/decorate homemade Christmas cards for friends and family. This option would not only help develop your child’s fine motor skills, the cards they create will be cherished for years to come. Let your child sort the cards you receive. They could sort them by who they came from (friend or family member), what is on the front of them, etc. Assist your child in writing or drawing their own wish list for another fine motor skill activity. Encourage them to think of gifts for friends and family that don’t cost anything, such as playing a board game with Grandma. This “thinking outside of the box” practice is perfect for developing their problem solving and critical thinking skills that will be vital later in school and life. In addition, it helps to reinforce that the best gifts aren’t “things” to be bought. Helping with holiday cooking and baking is a great way for your child to develop their math skills. Let them fill the measuring cups and count out the number of items they add to the recipe. Gingerbread houses are a great way to reinforce the math skill of shape recognition. The items they add to their ginger-bread house can be circle peppermints, drawing on square windows and a rectangle door, etc. Let your child practice their cutting and snipping skills to make paper snowflakes will help to develop their fine motor skills as well. Reading lots and lots of holiday books to your child will help them develop their receptive and expressive language skills as well as their pre-literacy skills of understanding concepts about print. Your child will cherish the memory of the special attention you give them as you read one of your favorite holiday stories to them. Let your child make homemade decorations for your tree to de-velop their fine arts skills. Young children love painting and coloring and will feel so important when their crea-tions are hung on the family tree. Everyone at the Ear-ly Childhood Program would like to thank you for the gift of your precious children that you share with us every day. We wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season!

A Note from Nurse Tammy
As cold and flu season is now upon us, it’s a good time to review the guidelines for when you should keep your child home from school. If your child is ex-periencing cold symptoms such as a runny nose, mild cough, and sneezing with no fever present, they can continue to attend school as long as they are able to participate in all school activi-ties comfortably. Children must be fever-free WITHOUT the help of medication for 24 hours before they should return to school. If your child is experiencing diarrhea or vomiting, please keep them home until 24 hours after the last episode of this, again WITHOUT the help of medication. Please encourage good germ-fighting practices at home such as covering coughs with the inner elbow and frequent hand washing to keep all healthy!

Important Dates:
Professional De-velopment Day—No School
Crazy Hair and Socks Day
Wear Red & Green
Classroom Cele-brations (more info to come from classroom teach-ers)
Winter Break—No School

ECC Class Schedule
AM Classes: 8:10-10:40
PM Classes: 11:40-3:10
Full Day Classes: 8:10-3:10
Ms. Kim’s Classes: 8:00-11:30/11:40-3:10


There’s a lot of learning going on!!
Our next theme in Curiosity Corner is “Express Yourself”. Our students will learn more about subjects everyone loves—art and music! This unit will provide the students an opportunity to increase their understanding of how artists express their feelings and ideas through various media. Our students
are all little artists, and this fun theme will be a great time to practice making various masterpieces.


Wonderful Words in Unit 8 Express Yourself
music           tools        beautiful      drums
style              hobby     listen
classical        strings      beat

Other books related to theme
 “I Am the Music Man” by Debra Potter
 “The Day the Crayons Quit” by Drew Daywalt
 “Beautiful Oops!” by Jamie Lee Curtis
 “Dooby, Dooby, Moo!” by Doreen Cronin
 “I See the Rhythem” by Coretta Scott
 “Art and Max” by David Wiesner

The Early Childhood Program has a school website!

Keep up to date with upcoming events at school and across the district, check out the cute pictures of all our learning fun, and links to parent resources. Classroom pages and theme related homelink videos coming soon at:

From: Julie Gyuran—Early Literacy Specialist

Hello Parents! Throughout the month of December, your literacy learner will be learning about sequencing.
The book we will be reading this month will be Dream Snow by Eric Carle. Sequencing is
placing events, ideas, objects, places and even people in logical order. This is an essential skill for
children to learn! We all organize our busy daily lives with sequencing and understand our roles and
places in groups through sequencing. Learners use sequencing as they apply steps to tackle any situation
in life. Learning how to sequence makes for great problem solvers and writers as well. One fun
sequencing activity you could do at home is how to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich or any
sandwich. Talk about what you do first, what comes next, does the bread come first, where do you get
the bread, then what do you do, etc. This is a great activity to highlight the importance of doing things
in a certain order. Have fun and be silly with this, and enjoy all the giggles! Here are a few great
books that talk about sequencing: The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle, There Was an Old Lady Who
Swallowed a Fly by Lucille Colandro, If You Take a Mouse to the Movies by Laura Numeroff
Happy reading with your child!


Meet the Early Childhood Staff!
Mrs. Debbie Johns, Early Childhood Family Advocate
Greetings! An important aspect of our program is the family partnership component. Our Kansas Preschool Program (KPP) grant provides a Family Advocate who can support families, children and staff. It has been my privilege to serve in this capacity for the past eleven years. My professional philosophy is to let family hopes, dreams, interests, concerns and strengths be the primary forces in how I provide support and services. I work alongside of the teachers and families to ensure the needs of children and families are being met. I can provide information regarding community resources that may benefit children and families. If I can help you facilitate goals or needs you may have for your child or family my contact information is below. I look forward to hearing from you.


From the Desk of the Principal:  Mrs. Stephanie

The USD 475 Early Childhood Program strives to not only meet your children’s academic and social needs, but to work with community agencies and resources to help fami-lies meet all of our students’ needs. This time of year can be a very stressful time for fam-ilies that do not have the financial means to provide their children with the kind of holidays they would like to. While we don’t have the means to provide families with everything they need, we do have some information about different agencies and resources that can be of assistance. Please do not hesitate to share your needs and/or concerns with us. We will do everything we can to continue to work as a team with you to make sure the children are re-ceiving what they need at school and at home.
Stephanie Bogenhagen



Looking to “Celebrate” in Junction City?

Try out Spin City or Junction City Bowl for some family fun.
Spin City at 915 S. Washington features a skating rink, 3-on-3 basketball courts, a 50 ft. theater, a pool table, big screen TV, dance floor, game room and more. Fridays they are open 6 p.m.-midnight, Saturdays from 1-5p.m. and 6-midnight, and Sundays 2-6 p.m. Admission is $5 on Sundays and $6 other times. It would be a great way to enjoy family time and burn off some energy indoors on some of these cold winter weekends.
Junction City Bowl has pool tables, darts and of course, bowling. They are open each day of the week from at least 9 a.m. till 10 p.m. They are located at 835 S. Washington. This is another great way to have fun and burn off some extra winter energy indoors!