October 2016
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Family Corner

Let families know how they can be a S.T.A.R!  Using Conscious Discipline techniques like S.T.A.R., balloon, drain and pretzel are great ways to teach children how to regulate their emotions.  When teachers and families partner this way, it reinforces what the children are learning, making it even more effective.

To share free downloadable Conscious Discipline techniques, like S.T.A.R. with families, please go to

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The Book Nook
For Teachers

Systematically create a positive school climate, dramatically increase teaching time, foster academic success, eliminate bullying and decrease behavioral issues. School climate impacts all achievement!

Dr. Becky Bailey delivers a fresh perspective called "The School Family,” creating a fundamental shift in education and classroom management. Step into a world where intrinsic motivation, helpfulness and connection govern your classroom.

Here is a link for more information:

We hope you enjoy!
For Families
Here are some great books for families about all things autumn!


For more great books about autumn, follow this link:
Idea Alley.
 Emotion Pumpkins:  Let the children turn pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns by using different emotions, like happy, scared, surprised.  You can do this in a variety of ways, using paper plates that they color and decorate, using actual mini pumpkins, markers, and googly eyes, or just letting them draw what they think an emotion looks like on a pumpkin.  
 5 Senses: How many of your senses can you use in an activity?  The more senses children can use, the more meaningful an experience will be for them.  Take carving an pumpkin for example.  We can FEEL it's smooth or bumpy skin and it's stringy, slimy insides. We can SMELL it when we cut it open, we can TASTE it using canned pumpkin or pumpkin seeds, we can HEAR how it sounds when we tap on it before we carve it and after and we can SEE there are many types of pumpkins from orange, white and multicolored ones. 

 For some fun fall cooking experiences, try
 Zesty Pumpkin Smoothie
1/2 cup pumpkin puree 
1 cup vanilla yogurt 
2 cups milk 
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg 
4 ice cubes 
Combine ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve immediately with drinking straws.

Pumpkin Butter 
1 can of pureed pumpkin (not pie filling) 
1 tsp dried ginger 
1/2 tsp nutmeg 
1 tsp cinnamon 
1/2 cup of apple juice 
1/4 cup of maple syrup or honey 
1. Place all ingredients in the slow cooker. Stir to combine.
2. Cook on low for 5-6 hours. 
3. Let cool, serve and enjoy! 
Upcoming Events!
The Arkansas Association of  Infant Mental Health has a monthly brown bag event every 4th Thursday.  This month it will be on October 27th.  You can join us at UAMS or one of the KidsFirst satellite locations.

Check out their Facebook page for more details!
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