Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Slane Road November Newsletter

Mother Hubbards Newsletter November 2010

Happy birthday to all these children who have their birthdays in November!
Grace will be 2
Abigail will be 2
Ana will be 3
Emily will be 4
Deimanas will be 4
Keelin will be 4

Parents Evening
A big thank you to the parents who attended our Parents Evening recently. It was a great night and we hope parents enjoyed being able to talk to the staff about your child’s development and meet the other parents.

Congratulations to Josie on the birth of baby Cillian. We wish her and Stephen the best of luck!

Reminder of Christmas Holidays;
The Montessori and Pre Montessori sessional children will finish up on 22nd of December at 12.00 and return on the 10th January 2011 at 9.00am.
The centre will close for all other children from the 23rd December at 6.00pm and re open the 4th January 2011 at 7.30am.

Thank you to everyone who donated a box to our Team Hope Christmas Shoebox appeal. We received 18 boxes!!

As the weather is getting much colder we ask all parents to ensure that their child has a scarf, hat and gloves for outdoor play during the day. Also please supply wellies and raincoats on wet days! Thank You!

Can all parents please ensure they look at the Parents notice board in the hallway regularly for notices and updates about activities, parties etc! Thank You!

Jenny in Montessori will be going on holidays for a month from the 9th November. Ashling Farley will be covering for her in Montessori for that time. Ashling has a Diploma in Montessori Teaching and and Fetac Level 6.

What we are doing in our rooms this month;
Toddlers are learning all about winter, they have been making winter clothes like hats, scarves and woolly jumpers!
Playschool are also learning about winter and have made a winter clothes line. They have learned about the winter weather and what we need to keep us warm and dry! They are making a nursery rhyme book at the moment and their next topic will be My Body! Their stories this month are Little Red Riding Hood and Three Little Pigs!
Montessori are learning all about Winter weather, winter clothes and the Penguin. Their next topic will be All about Me and parts of the body! They have also made some Christmas decorations to help decorate the Solstice Arts Centre Christmas Tree. On the 2nd December at 6.30 pm the Christmas tree lights will be switched on so why not go have a look at all their beautiful decorations!
After school have been busy with a group project making large weather wall chart. They have also been colouring winter pictures, painting and doing dot to dot and colour by number activities. They are playing games too like Twister, snakes and ladders and frustration!

We have the photographer coming to the centre the 8th of December to take pictures of the children. The pictures are only taken on spec. so parents only pay if you like the finished pictures. Please see the parent’s notice board over the next few weeks for prices etc.

Topic of the month; Food Refusal

Food refusal is a common problem with children up to the age of 5 years, but it may occur at any age. This can be a worrying time for parents so here is a few tips on how to deal with the problem;
  • Offer regular meals and snacks, this is better than letting children ‘pick’ through the day
  • Drinks should not replace meals, drinking all the time will ruin children’s appetite for nutritious meals
  • Parents should try to eat at the same time as children
  • Mealtimes should be an enjoyable experience
  • Sit at the table if possible and use brightly coloured and attractive plates and cups
  • Try to eat in a calm relaxed area without the television as children are easily distracted
  • Try not to rush meals as some children may be slow to eat, a half an hour at a meal is about right.

Mother Hubbards, 56 Blackcastle Demesne, Slane Road, Navan.
046- -9059967