January 2017
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Family Corner

When coming back after a break, it is important to re-connect to families.  Here are some ideas that may help you do that:

  • Something as simple as sharing a positive moment about their child can make a huge difference.  It sends the message of "I notice your child and I care."
  • Send home weekend project packs for families to do together.  An example can be the class mascot, a stuffed animal, that gets to spend the weekend at each child's house. The family can write about what the mascot did while visiting and the child will love to share that with the class when they get back to school.
  • Use positive affirmations with families.  Saying things like "I can't wait to show you the wonderful things your child is doing" will make families both excited and a little curious to hear more.
The Book Nook
For Teachers

Reconnecting with children after an extended break can be challenging.  Dr. Becky Bailey's "I Love You Rituals" is a great place to start.

Create connections with 75+ activities designed to strengthen adult-child relationships. These rituals increase attention span, decrease power struggles, and promote language and literacy whether in school or at home. I Love You Rituals build positive, lifelong bonds between adults and children. 

Check out this video from Dr. Bailey.  It demonstrates ways I Love You Rituals can be used everyday.

Find more great resources from Conscious Discipline here!
We hope you enjoy!
For Families

It is cold outside!  Please enjoy these books about the changes winter brings and what it means to the world around us.


Find more wintry books here!
Idea Alley.
 Children need to play outside every day, even in the winter!  Better Beginnings shares some great ways to get winter playtime in!  Check out more at the Better Beginnings Resource Library!
 What is Tinkering?  Simply put, tinkering is "trying to figure things out".  It is a great way for children to explore concepts like problem solving, creativity, and perseverance.  To find out more about tinkering and how to put together "tinker tubs", check out Preschool STEAM!

 Circle time can be lots of fun, but it can also be a challenge.  Amanda Morgan, from Not Just Cute, shares great tips on how to manage circle time so children get the most benefit from it, and you're not left pulling your hair out.  Learn more about circle time here

 Math!!  I've seen my share of teachers cringe at the thought of how to incorporate math concepts in a meaningful way to their children.  Deborah Stewart at Teach Preschool shares a fun and easy way to present simple math concepts with Holiday Graphs.  The really cool thing about this activity is it can be adapted to use with almost any theme,or with no theme at all.  Learn more aabout graphing here!
Are you interested in hosting a Caring Conversations Cafe?
If the answer is YES, then please contact us to set up one!  Our calendar is quickly filling up, so if you want a Cafe for your families, now is the time to do it!

If you would like more information about what a Cafe is and how it can benefit your families, please don't hesitate to contact us or check out our website for more information.  We would love to tell you more!
Upcoming Events!
AAIMH Brown Bag Lunch
The Arkansas Association of  Infant Mental Health has a monthly brown bag event every 4th Thursday.   This month it will be on January 26th .  You can join us at UAMS or one of the KidsFirst satellite locations.  It is a great way to get professional development close to you!

Check out their Facebook page for more details!
SECA Conference
Registration for the 2017 Southern Early Childhood Association Conference is open. The conference is in Biloxi this year on March 8-11. The theme is "Equipping Professionals for the Realities of Generational Poverty." Go to the SECA website to see a list of preliminary interest sessions and other opportunities that will be available during the conference.

Spring Concert and Training Opportunity!
Save the Date!  Mr. Al will be at the Child Care Aware of Northcentral AR's  Annual Spring Concert on April 27th at 9:30 a.m. at UACCB's Independence Hall.  This marks Child Care Aware's 20th anniversary and they want to celebrate with the families and children they serve.  Admission is $4 a person, and proceeds will go towards purchasing new resources for the Batesville Resource Center and lending library.

That afternoon, there will be a reception for the community, and later that evening, Mr. Al will be presenting a training class for 2 hours at UACCB in Batesville.

For more information, please contact contact Child Care Aware of Northcentral Arkansas at (800) 737-2237.  
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