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News Bulletin

February 2014 Elgin Child & Family Resource Center A program of One Hope United 210 National St., Elgin, IL 60120 847.697.7100


Healthy Lifestyles Curriculum


Encouraging Words
Encouragement can help children feel good about themselves and their parents. But it can also be overdone. Helpful words show appreciation without sounding like empty praise or things parents are supposed to say. Here are some tips on encouraging your child. Notice specific good acts and comment on them. Tell your child how much you love her and how wonderful she is. But she also needs to receive encouragement about specific actions. Instead of saying, What a good girl you are, try saying, You put your book back on the shelf. She will see her own action as helpful. Pay attention to the things that your child gets right. For example, if he usually pushes to the front of the line but remembers to wait this time, you might say, Im glad you remembered to wait to go down the slide when you saw Jason get to the ladder first, along with a smile or a hug. Use words to help your child become aware of her own approach to problems. I noticed Maria wanted to play a different game than you did, so you suggested playing her choice and then playing yours. You looked like you were having fun together. Notice your childs effort and be honest in praising it. Support your childs good intentions. Rather than saying, What a beautiful card! Youre a great artist! try saying, Daddy will really like the get well card you made.

Be careful not to go overboard with praise. Your child may begin to doubt your judgment if you constantly tell him that hes the fastest boy or the best artist, especially if he knows others who are faster or who draw better pictures. Avoid compliments that insult your child or others. Dont praise your child in a way that sounds like criticism. Saying, You actually remembered to put your coat away for once is not encouraging. If something your child has done is worth complimenting, let the compliment stand on its own. Avoid insulting others while encouraging a child. Saying, You are a much better helper than your brother may cause competition and resentment. I love you.Im proud of you.Im so glad youre my child. Children and adults feel good when they hear these words.

Four Components of the



Give Me Five!
Preschool children typically enjoy channeling energy into movement. Children reap psychological benefits as they expand and refine their gross-motor-skills. They become more self-confident when they challenge old gross motor boundaries and meet them with success. Gross-motor-skills are a specific set of skills that involve different body parts such as feet, legs, trunk, head, arms and hands. These skills are important as they are the foundation movements for more complex and specialized skills required by children to competently and confidently play. Children typically exercise these skills regularly as they engage in outdoor play, but it is important to get them this needed exercise during the winter months as well. During the cold weather, we have to be a little more creative in planning gross motor activities. Give your child opportunities to use large muscles indoors. Create an obstacle course in a room with space for moving. Include a taped line to walk on, a table to crawl under, chairs to crawl through, and a book to jump over. Toss balls into a laundry basket. Give children a small empty basket to balance on their heads and try to walk. Suggest different ways to move~ hop like a rabbit, slither like a snake, fly like a bird. When the weather does permit outdoor play, join your child in building a snowman, making tracks in the snow, or just going for a walk. Elgin Child & Family Resource Center is hosting a Give Me Five activity night on Feb. 27, 2014 from 4:15-5:15 p.m. in the gym. Parents and students will be introduced to quick and simple activities which focus on Kindergarten readiness. Please come ready to participate in activities with your child; you will also be leaving the event with activities to take home. We look forward to seeing you!

Kindergarten Information Meeting

The Elgin Child & Family Resource Center is proud to offer a full-day kindergarten program for children that are turning five by Sept. 1, 2014. Space in the kindergarten program is limited, therefore a Kindergarten lottery will be held on March 10. If you were unable to attend the kindergarten informational meeting, please notify the front desk immediately.

ReaderShip Outreach
We have partnered with the Gail Borden Library to bring the Preschool children a read-aloud storytime. This storytime is presented by a librarian and conducted in both English and in Spanish. The last ReaderShip was about pizza. The children read stories, sang songs, and did flannel board songs/stories all about pizza. The children received a special flyer to take home from the library explaining what they learned!

We would like to welcome Melissa Cifuentes to our center. Melissa will be assisting Ms. Asma in Room 110.

Focus on a Classroom
The students in Kindergarten have been learning so much! The Kindergartners have been studying hard on their letter sound combinations and have been working on decoding words and writing on their own. What an accomplishment! In Everyday Math, the children have been working on extending patterns, double digit numbers and those ever popular TRICKY TEENS! The Kindergarten students had a wonderful time learning about penguins, snow and ice. They got messy making sparkle snow clay and gooey snow slime. Getting messy is always a favorite! The children created their own little penguin friends to decorate the classroom. It was a wonderful exercise in following multistep directions. We are now heading into a unit on travel, and we have already visited Australia and Mexico!

March 2014
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2 Dr. Suess celebration

6 Vision and hearing screening 13

10 Kindergarten Lottery









20 Vision and Hearing Rescreening






21 Center closes at 2 p.m. for Professional Development Day 28





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