Mother Hubbards Newsletter October 2010
Birthdays in October
Lucy who will be 1 on the 31st
Alison who was 3 on the 6th October
Zoe who will be 2 on the 14th
Jack who will be 3 on the 23rd
Emma who will be 3 on the 26th
Patrick who was 4 on 1st
Isobel who will be 4 on the 12th
Sarah who will be 4 on the 26th
We would like to remind all sessional Montessori parents that the Montessori closes for the Halloween mid term from 25th October to the 29th of October inclusive.
The centre is closed Monday the 25th October for the Bank Holiday!
The Montessori children will be attending a Road Safety Awareness Day organised by Meath County Childcare in Navan Racecourse on Wednesday the 13th October. This is in conjunction with an initiative run by the Road Safety Authority to integrate road safety into the early Years Curriculum.
The children have been learning about road safety through their new Simon and friends storybooks and audio cds. The three main aspects of road safety covered in these books are;
1. Holding hands 2. Stopping 3.Looking and Listening 4.Crossing Safely 5. Setting a good example.
We ask all parents to encourage all these actions when out and about with their children to reinforce the importance of road safety. If you are interested you can also take a loan of our Simon and Friends books to read to your children at home but they must be returned. If you have nay further questions about this initiative please ask a member of staff.
The Montessori sessionals will be having their Halloween party on Friday the 22nd of October and the rest of the crèche will have theirs on Friday the 29th of October. On this day children and staff can dress up and we will have a spooky party and play some fun Halloween games!!! There will also be face painting on the day so if you have any objections to your child’s face being painted please inform a member of staff!
Cheerios Breakfast Appeal
The children had great fun eating their breakfast treats the morning of the Breakfast Appeal!! They had yummy Cheerios, toast, fruit, and eggs!! So far we have raised €70. Thank you to everyone who donated to this worthy appeal and for any parent who still wishes to donate the donation box is still in the hallway!!
We will be having a Parents evening on October 21st from 6.15-7.30. This is a social event and it gives you the opportunity to meet other parents and to meet the staff and have a chat with them about your child or any issues that you wish to discuss. It also gives you the opportunity to visit other rooms that your child is moving up to over the next few months. Unfortunately children cannot attend due to health and safety as staff will be socialising with parents. Tea and coffee will be served on the night. We hope to see you there!
Christmas Shoebox Appeal
This year Mother Hubbard’s are taking part in Christmas Shoebox Appeal. This is a charity initiative run by a new charity team Hope, you are asked to fill a shoebox with different gifts for Christmas for a child in some of the world poorest countries. Parents have all received leaflets for this if you haven’t received one or need more please ask a member of staff. Boxes have to be returned by Monday 8th November.
Welcome back to Jessica McEvoy who started with us since our last newsletter, Jessica has previously worked with us, she has Fetac Level 5 and nearly 4 years experience. She will be assisting Rachel in the toddler room!
What we are doing in the rooms this month;
Toddlers;have been doing all their Autumn activities like hedgehogs, squirrels and leaves. This week they are learning ‘all about me’ and my body. They have also been going on lots of fun autumn walks while the weather is still nice!
Pre Montessori;have been learning about insects and have made some buzzy bees, colourful snails, flies and spiders! They have also been playing the colour game and the animal game outside!
Montessori;have introduced the ‘Sound Box’ to their circle time. The sound box will have a new sound in it each week; the sound will be put up on the notice board for parents to see every week. Children are asked to bring in something small for the sound box or think of a word for circle time! They also continued on with their autumn theme and learned about the hedgehog and made some spiky hedgehogs. They are currently learning all about road safety as part of ‘Road Safety Week’
Afterschool; have been doing lots of painting, arts and crafts and outside play!
Halloween Recipe ideas
• 1 14-ounce bag individually wrapped caramel candies (about 50)
• 2 tablespoons milk
• 4 to 6 medium apples (see guide, page 123)
• Craft sticks
• Assorted candies
1. Place the unwrapped caramels in a shallow microwave-safe bowl.
2. Mix in the milk and microwave on high for 2 minutes, stirring after 1 minute (the caramels will keep their shape as they soften, so be sure to stir them).
3. When the caramels are melted, remove the dish from the microwave with pot holders and stir the sauce until smooth. Set aside to cool slightly.
4. To thoroughly coat an apple, roll it in the caramel sauce, and then hold it upright so the sauce slides down the sides.
5. Generously butter a baking sheet. Twist off the apple stems and spear each fruit with a craft stick.
6. Roll one apple in the caramel sauce until it's thoroughly coated. Place it, stick pointing up, on the baking sheet.
7. Working quickly, coat the remaining apples in the caramel sauce. The caramel coating will be gooey, so refrigerate the apple for 15 minutes or until the caramel is slightly hardened.
8. Holding the apple by the stick, use candy to turn it into a monster.
9. Refrigerate again until the caramel is hardened and the candy is set. Makes 4 to 6.
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