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Knights and Maidens Newsletter East: April 2013

March was a fun-filled month. We did a lot of silly rhyming during Dr. Seuss week. We also learned about opposites, fun activities we can do in the spring, and trying new green foods! Here is a recipe for leprechaun candy if anyone is interested in making it at home. (You can call it anything J) Bag of grapes and Jell-O powder (any flavor). Wash the grapes and strain them. Put them in a large bowl and sprinkle Jell-O powder all over the grapes. You can let it chill, freeze, or eat immediately. The kids absolutely loved them!!!

We will be working on the Academy garden in the month of April. If you would like to donate your time to help till the garden, plant in the garden, or even donate seeds/plants for the garden please see Ms. Amy. Hopefully we can come up with a plan to keep all the critters out this year and have some yummy fruits and vegetables!

Important Dates:

14-20th– Week of the Young Child (please bring in a white t-shirt for your child by Monday, April 15th. We will be doing an activity with them.)  Thanks!

22nd– Earth Day

26th– Field trip to Stephen’s Lake Park

Themes

1-5    Weather    X, 14

8-12   Rhyming    Q, 15

15-19   WOTYC    U, review

22-26 Our Earth   r, j, review

29-3     Planting     x, q, review

At the Academy of Early Childhood Learning centers we will be celebrating the Week of the Young Child the week of April 14th.  This event, started by the NAEYC or National Association for the Education of Young Children is meant to focus public attention on the needs of young children.  Sometimes as parents, it’s easy to let the myriad of life’s challenges push children’s needs to the back burner.  This month, let’s challenge ourselves to plan special activities to do with your children or even just make a conscious effort to include your young child in the necessary tasks around the house.  Children can be great little helpers, but even when the “help” makes things take longer, you are strengthening the bond you have and are helping to shape your child’s development in self-help, problem solving, and cause and effect areas, as well as building their character. Special activities can be tough to plan and are sometimes expensive, but childhood is a relatively small window of time to share these experiences, so let’s make it count!  For more ideas, please see your parent article for this month.

Have a great month of April,

Ms. Tricia, Ms. Amy, & Ms. Jess