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FFF: ABC Snack

Hello Parents,

We have a great snack time activity for your kids today. As you know we are always encouraging literacy and today’s snack helps with just that. Over at Creative Kids Snacks they were reading How Rocket Learned to Read, and well, with a book like that the best activity to follow is getting your kids reading or at least identifying letters. Exactly that is what they did, but turned it into a fun educational snack. Read on below for details on how Creative Kids Snacks created the perfect ABC Snack that will make the kids sing the ABCs all the way till night time, as posted on the site.

Ingredients

  • Banana
  • Peanut Butter
  • Plastic bag (i.e. sandwich bag)
  • Celery, Apple or Graham crakers

Instructions

Slice a banana into 21 sections, and then find something else, like celery or perhaps apples or graham crackers, to use for your vowels.  Next, find a plastic bag, snip off a tiny piece of the corner, and fill with several tablespoons of peanut butter.

Before piping the letters onto each space, work the peanut butter around in the bag using your fingers until it softens a bit.  It will come out much easier that way.

Before eating, here are a few things you can do with your child:

a.  Ask kids to point to the first letter in his name.
b.  Ask kids to spell her name by pointing to each letter.
c.  Ask kids which letter makes the sound __(fill in the blank)___.
d.  Point out the vowels and explain that there is a vowel in every English word.  (“Y” is also used as a vowel in certain cases)
e.  Use your imagination.

Kids will love this tasty alphabet snack!

Don’t forget to check out other lunch entries on the Creative Kids Snacks blog; not only are they super cute, but they’re also always inspired by an educational activity.

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CBLC Midtown

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WW: Ice Star Experiment

Hello Parents,

As November draws to a close we can’t help but wish for the cooler temperatures some northern states have been enjoying; true it may not always be enjoyable, but thinking of ice and skating rinks sure get us in the mood for a winter wonderland. Thinking about ice we discovered a very fun activity this week on the Toddler Approved blog you all know we love through a guest post by Science Sparks. The Ice Star Experiment is sure to amaze your kids with the wonder of cold ice and give you a great chance to teach a fun science lesson hands on. See the experiment below as posted on Toddler Approved by Emma from Science Sparks.

Ice Star Experiment

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She used star molds for the ice and some cake sparkles, but you really you can use any ice mold you want; the cupcake sparkles just give it a more magical feel – choose any color you’d like. Once frozen, pop the ice out and put it in a container.

Be sure to the ice melt a little bit before letting the kids play so it isn’t too sticky for them. It will be fun for them to watch the he ice move around the container. Add the stars (ice) to some water to make them easier to play with.

We suggest doing this activity outside to make sure you don’t get water all over your floor.

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Emma also posted other activities with ice that kids can do.
  • Find two pieces of ice the same size and place one on a plate outside and one inside to see which melts the fastest.
  • Try adding salt to see if that makes the ice melt faster.

You’ll want to take advantage of this experiment to teach the kids a little about science.

  • Why does water freeze? Water can be a solid, liquid or gas. In liquid form the water particles can move around freely, so the water takes the shape of the container it is in. When you cool the water down the movement of the particles slow down and the particles become tightly packed together, which means its shape cannot change easily.
  • Why is ice sticky? Ice feels sticky because when you touch it, the ice immediately freezes the moisture in your skin, which makes the cube feel sticky.

Go on to the Toddler Approved page for this post and see more ice activities you can do with the kids.

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CBLC Midtown

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Housekeeping: Photos Uploaded and Art Basel

Hello Parents,

We had a great time celebrating Thanksgiving last week and captured some of photos of the kids we wanted to share with you. They’ve all been uploaded to Snapfish, and we’re also sharing a few here with you.

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We’ve also added more photos on Snapfish, be sure to check out all the great pictures of the kids.

We also want to take this time to remind you of our gallery night next week on Friday, December 7. We are very excited and are looking forward to seeing you there. Art Basel begins on Saturday, December 1st. While we hope you all enjoy the week-long festivities, we remind you that there will also be a lot of activity and traffic in the Midtown area for all the  galleries participating. Please be sure to allocate enough time in your commute to and from the school; particularly during pick up time.

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Birthday Fun: Tatiana is 2!

Hello Parents,

We celebrated Tatiana’s birthday earlier this month. On November 9th the Toddler 2 class sang and enjoyed Tatiana’s special day. Please join us in wishing Tatiana a fantastic year ahead with all her wishes coming true.

Happy Birthday Tatiana!

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FFF: Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes

Hello Parents,

We hope everyone had a successful and delicious Thanksgiving Holiday. An expected solution to leftover Thanksgiving meal is a turkey sandwich. We found a recipe on The Yummy Life that takes your basic turkey sandwich up a notch, adding cranberries and pecans – Turkey Salad Sandwich. The tangy combination of the cranberries with the salty turkey, and crunchy pecans is so delicious that we’re off to make the sandwich and enjoy it right now. Not in the mood for a sandwich after all the eating yesterday? No problem! You can make the turkey salad and serve it over a bed of lettuce for a healthier option. See below for ingredients and instructions on how to put it together as posted on The Yummy Life blog.

Ingredients
  • 4 cups chopped, cooked turkey breast
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup chopped toasted pecans
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 1/2 cup low-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup light mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon leaves (or 1-1/2 teaspoons dried)
Directions

In large bowl, stir together all ingredients until well combined.

Serve in a sandwich or on top of a bed of lettuce. Put a dollop on crackers for an easy appetizer.

MAKE AHEAD TIP: Will hold a day or two in fridge, but yogurt gets absorbed into chicken/turkey when it sits overnight. Stir in additional yogurt to restore the creamy consistency if eaten the next day.

EASY VARIATIONS:
Plain chicken salad — omit the cranberries and pecans.
Swap out the fruit — in place of the cranberries, try grapes or apples.
Swap out the nuts — in place of pecans, try sliced almonds, walnuts or pine nuts.

For more Thanksgiving leftover ideas be sure to check out The Food Network’s Top Thanksgiving leftover recipes; they have tons of options and varieties to what you can do with yesterday’s main meal.

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CBLC Midtown

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WW: Mayflower Handprint Boat

Hello Parents,

In thinking of a nice educational Weekend Wednesday activity for the kids this week all we could find were crafts on making turkeys. While turkeys certainly are a visual representation of the holiday, we wanted to offer you an idea that touched on a little more, some history, perhaps. As we went along searching the wide web, we came across a fantastic craft, Thanksgiving Day Mayflower Handprint Boat Craft, originally posted by Preschool Crafts for Kids. This was exactly what we were looking for, as it would help not only retell the story of the Pilgrims’ voyage to America – great for learning about American history, but also get your kids painting, which we know they all love. Best part, it is very easy and sure to keep the kids busy while you get home and dinner ready for Thanksgiving. Read on for materials and instructions as posted on the Preschool Crafts for Kids blog.

Materials:

  • gray or light blue construction paper
  • brown, blue, and white paints
  • paintbrushes
  • white paper
  • scissors

Directions:

  1. Paint the right hand brown and press onto the gray construction paper.
  2. Paint a blue sea and white clouds with paintbrushes.
  3. Cut some sails from white paper and glue on your Mayflower.

Now if after the kids are done with this activity they want to keep on painting, the Preschool Crafts for Kids has other fun thanksgiving crafts the kids can enjoy. Click on through for materials and instructions on these other crafts.

  1. Handprint Turkey
  2. Paper Plate Mayflower
  3. Fingerprint Turkey

Happy Thanksgiving!
Wishing for you and your loved ones a year filled with moments of gratitude!

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Housekeeping: Week of November 19, 2012

Hello Parents,

Hope everyone had a great weekend and is ready for the week ahead. We are looking forward to seeing all of you on Wednesday, November 21 at 9 am as we gather to extend our heartfelt thanks to you for trusting us with your children and getting the school off to the right start.

You may have seen a few new faces at the school. We have a new security guard who will be monitoring the safety of the school and all those who enter and leave the campus. Additionally, we have two new teachers in the Toddler II classroom, Ms. Veronica will be the head teacher, assisted by Ms. Priscilla. On a staffing update, Ms. Nataly will work together with Ms. Melody in the VPK class on a permanent basis starting today.

Lastly, please make a note that school will be closed on Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23 for the Thanksgiving holiday, and will reopen on Monday, November 26.

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Birthday Fun: Theo is 2!

Hello Parents,

On Friday, November 16 we had the great pleasure of celebrating Theo’s 2nd birthday in our Toddler II class. Please join us in wishing Theo the best year ahead and enjoy the photo slideshow below.
Happy Birthday Theo!!!!

Happy 2nd Birthday Theo!

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WW: M-n-M’s Turkey Tail

Hello Parents,

Here’s a fun turkey craft to get us in the mood for Thanksgiving next week. We found it on a great blog called Toddler Approved. We’ve posted other activities from the blog here before. Hope you’ve enjoyed them; be sure to check out everything else they have to offer on the Toddler Approved site.

Now for the Weekend Wednesday craft – this one will get our sweet tooth satisfied. Yup, you guessed it, the principal material for this fun craft is a bag of fun M&Ms. Try to hold back eating them until the kids have done at least one turkey.

All you’ll need is a bag of M&M’s, crayons or colored pencils, and a Turkey Template (one sheet contains 4 turkeys).

Color in the body of the turkey with crayons or colored pencils.
Next, “color in” the feathers using M&Ms (each turkey contains spaces for 16 M&Ms).
Now, eat the M&Ms!! Fun thing is, the kids can “color” the tail as often as they want and in all the color combinations they want.
A fun math note from Toddler Approved: You could also work on patterning or turn this into a math activity by adding a die and assigning each color M&M to a different number (1-6). Every time you roll that number you have to put the corresponding colored M&M on the turkey!
Housekeeping note: Don’t forget Thursday, November 15 is picture day.
Be sure to bring the kids ready.
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CBLC Midtown
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Coming Up: Picture Day, Thanksgiving Breakfast, and Art Basel

Hello Parents,

We have a lot going on this month, and that has us all very excited!

School pictures are this Thursday, November 15. Be sure to have your child ready to say “cheese” and capture that beautiful grin for all the memories. Everyone should have received an email from the school with the photo packages available. If you did not receive it, be sure to talk to Mylene or Milly at the office for details.

Also, on Wednesday, November 21 (day before Thanksgiving), we would like to invite you to join us for a Gratitude Breakfast at 9 a.m. We have so much to be thankful for for this year, starting with you – the parents who trust us day in and day out with your most treasured, you keep this school running! Thank you!

Lastly, mark your calendars, on Saturday, December 8 Cherry Blossom Midtown will be hosting the first annual, Blossoming at Basel gallery night. The school will be opened from 7 p.m. – midnight, proceeds benefiting a number of organizations for children.

We hope you’ll be able to join us!

Fun Learning!
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