November 2016
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Family Corner

The month of November is “National Family Literacy Month”- Invite parents and family members into the classroom to read stories all month long.  If you have school age siblings in your program, some of them may enjoy reading to their little brother's or sister's class.

Encourage families to check out this website for tips for reading at home.

The Book Nook
For Teachers

Jump into Literacy combines children's love of active games with over 100 lively literacy activities. Written by Rae Pica,a well-known children's movement specialist, these joyful games will engage the whole child in moving and playing as a way to develop the literacy skills needed for reading and writing. Each activity is complete with a literacy objective, a materials list, instructions, and extension activities. 

Here is a link for more information:

We hope you enjoy!
For Families
Things are always easier with friends and November is a great time to introduce children to the value of kindness and the importance of being a good friend.


For more great books about friends and friendship, follow this link:

For books on Thanksgiving and thankfulness, check out this link:
Idea Alley.
 Plan a Literacy Night for families!  National Family Literacy Month is a great time to "Fall Into a Good Book"!  Check with your local library and see if they have any resources for families or if they are available to come out and talk to families.
 What is VROOM?  Vroom is a free app for both iPhones and Androids that lets families turn every moment into a learning moment.  There is no time in life when the brain develops more rapidly than during the first five years. So by building children’s brains from the earliest ages, you’re actually shaping the foundation for future learning.

To find out more about Vroom, check out our link:

 PBS Kids Lab has compiled an amazing list of books that promote both literacy and math.  Customize your search by age and skills like storytelling, measurement, sorting and classifying..
Check out more

 Encourage children to be curious, to wonder and think and play through STEAM activities for Preschoolers.  Here is a great fall activity that combines the STEAM concepts of art and science using leaves and materials you already have around the classroom.  Get all the details on "Investigating Leaves" and more ways to incorporate STEAM into your classroom here:
News You Can Use!
The mission of the Arkansas Coalition for Obesity Prevention is to increase physical activity and healthy eating  to reduce and prevent obesity.  They have created the "Growing Healthy Classrooms" program and are encouraging all teachers who promote healthy eating and physical activity to submit an application.  The winning teacher will receive recognition at the 2017 NAPSACC Early Childhood Conference. Winners will also receive a press toolkit, which includes a parent letter, drafted social media posts and a newspaper article template.

This is a great way to share with families and the community about the efforts being made to prevent obesity and live a healthier lifestyle in your classrooms.  

To fill out an application and to find out more, follow the link to the Coalition's website:

We would also love to hear what you are doing in your classrooms to promote a healthier future.  Please share with us on our Facebook or Twitter pages below with #Growinghealthyclassrooms
Upcoming Events!
The Arkansas Association of  Infant Mental Health has a monthly brown bag event.  This month's session will be held on November 17th because of Thanksgiving.  Check out their Facebook page for more details!
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