Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Slane Road March & April Newsletter 2012

Mother Hubbards Newsletter March/April 2012

Happy Birthday
Children who celebrated their birthday in March
Ethan, Daisy and Connor in Playschool
Corey,Rachel and Conor in Montessori
Niamh in Afterschool
Children who celebrate their birthday in April
Noah in toddlers
Evie in pre Montessori
Alex, Aoife, Caoimhe and Ryan C in Montessori
Maia in Afterschool

We would like to remind all parents that the Montessori will close on Friday 30th of March at 12.00am and re open Monday 16th April at 9.00am for the Easter mid term.
The centre will close for all children on Friday 6th of April for Good Friday and Monday 9th of April for Easter Monday.

Tesco for Schools and Clubs
We are collecting for the Tesco for Schools and Clubs campaign, we ask all parents to bring in as many voucher as possible as we are hoping to get new equipment for the rooms. Please remember to ask for the vouchers when shopping and place them in the box in the hall. Thank You!

Pyjama Day
Thank you to everyone who donated to our Pyjama Day event in aid of the Irish Hospice Society. We had great fun on the day and we have raised €540!!! Thank You for your generous donations!

Please note we no longer prohibit popcorn in the centre, as advised by the HSE, can all parents refrain from sending it in with their child’s lunch. Thank You!

What we are doing in the rooms this month;

The toddlers themes for March were Mothers Day and St Patrick’s Day. They did gluing, painting and made beautiful cards for their Mammies. As the weather has been improving they have been on lovely walks and have been playing in the garden. In April they will be covering Easter and the Farm.
Playschool have been learning about Spring and the animals. They made cards and shamrocks for St Patrick’s Day and decorated their room. They made some lovely Mothers Day arts n crafts for their mammies to show them how much they love them! In April they will be learning about fruit, its sizes, colors and tastes. They will also be learning about Easter they will decorate their classroom, make Easter cards and lots of other arts n crafts to show their families. They will be having an Easter egg hunt in the garden…so much to do but so much fun!!
The pre Montessori children have been busy in March they have celebrated Mothers Day and St Patrick’s Day by making cards and flowers for their mothers and shamrocks and flags for St Patrick’s Day. They have also been busy painting, making play dough, dancing and playing musical instruments and playing in the ball pool room! In April they will be celebrating Easter, they have made Easter cards, baskets with their handprints, chicks and eggs and made rabbits. They will also be learning about sea life, butterflies and lots of baking. They plan to do lots of dancing, singing, outdoor fun and much more!
The Montessori 1 children have been busy learning about their farm animals in March. They also had their recycling week and had a visit from Peter Brady from Meath County Council to talk about recycling; they got lots of recycling goodies! They were busy making crafts and they had a ceili for St Patrick’s Day and made crafts for Mothers Day, we hope you liked their art! At the moment they are making Easter crafts that they will bring home for their mid term! In April they will be having Road Safety week. They will also be learning about planets and space!
The Montessori 2 children have been busy; in March the children learned about St. Patrick’s Day, they had great fun making shamrocks and coloring pictures of St Patrick. They also made vouchers and pictures for Mothers Day; they hope their Mammies liked them! They are also having great fun doing their letter books; they don’t have many letters to go!! They had great excitement on Pyjama Day!! They have also been busy making Easter crafts, they had an Easter egg hunt and they found yummy chocolate eggs and bunnies!
The afterschoolers made flowers and cards for their Mammies for Mothers Day. They made lots of St Patrick’s Day crafts! They will have an Easter hunt during the mid term and make lots of Easter crafts and baking! And of course lots of outdoor play!

You can help!!!
We are looking for real life equipment for our pretend play areas so we are asking all parents to look at the list below and see if they have any of the old equipment to spare at home.
-mixing bowls
-rolling pins
- Recipe books
- Place mats
-tea pots
-baking tins
-weighting scales
-real tools (in good condition)
-shoes (in good condition)
-planks of wood (small)
-screwdrivers (in good condition)
-paint brushes (in good condition)
-nuts and bolts

We would like to remind parents that our closing time is 6 o clock sharp. Please also note that if your child is part time and finishes early in the day it is important they are collected on time as we have to adhere to strict ratios during the day.
If you think you will be late please phone the centre as early as possible as our staff have plans they may need to change if you are running late. Thank You!

Can all parents ensure that they bring sun cream and a sunhat in for their child to keep in the centre. Can you also ensure that they are labeled with your child’s name. Sessional Montessori children must have sun cream applied before coming to the centre!

Topic of the Month; Easter

Here’s a cheap and easy way to make your own Easter eggs!!

Easter Recipes
How to make cream filled Easter eggs!
  • 1 cup soft butter
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 4 tsp vanilla
  • 1 can condensed milk (Eagle Brand)
  • 10 cups icing sugar
  • 1 tsp. yellow food colouring
  • 1 lb. semisweet chocolate
Beat butter, salt and vanilla until fluffy. Add milk, beat in sugar. Blend until stiff. Dust with brown sugar. Knead til smooth.
Set aside more then 2/3 of mixture. To the remaining mixture add yellow food colouring. Blend in well. Divide yellow and white into 16 or 24 pieces. Shape yellow into ball, mould white around yellow to form an egg shape. Dry at room temperature on paper towels for 24 hours.
Melt chocolate in microwave until smooth. Dip eggs in chocolate. Once dipped cool at room temperature. Refrigerate after cool.
When sliced these eggs will have a white cream filling with a yellow filling that appears to be the yolk.

Mother Hubbards, 56 Blackcastle Demesne, Slane Road, Navan.
046- -9059967
Email; navan@motherhubbardschildcare.ie