AUGUST 2018
Greetings!

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
We are entering our last month of the summer unit, “Minnesota for Mini-sotans”. The days have been packed full of facts about MN woodland animals, animal yoga, and exploring “up north” and cabin fun. Our garden is in flourishing and we’ve learned words like budding and blooming - while inspecting insects like grasshoppers and Japanese Beatles. We are looking forward to our tomatoes ripening and tiny flowers blooming soon!
We have also grown ground cherries in our garden again this year! This is a picture of the ground cherries growing and what they look like on the inside.
The Infants have had water play days with floating boats in the “lake” and lots of splashing and classroom camping in their tents. The Toddlers have had a blast in their handmade tents and inspecting the insects!
Some Preschoolers got to participate in their very own Olympics – challenging themselves to do different events. Others have been able to learn about the monarch butterfly. It will be fun to continue to explore the caterpillars and chrysalises while they are in their new “home” and continue to release them as beautiful Monarch butterflies.
CENTER HAPPENINGS
IN-HOUSE FIELD TRIP
We will be having a Science “Out of Sight Light” in-house field trip for our preschool classrooms on Friday, August 3 .
GOODBYE…
Towards the end of August, we will bid a fond farewell to the children who are starting Kindergarten. We have loved getting to know you and being part of your early childhood years. We know you have a lot of fun memories of our school and we look forward to hearing about your continued adventures in Kindergarten. Best of luck to all of you! We hope you will stop by and visit us!!
PARENT REMINDERS
STAR WELLNESS
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RAINBOW CHICKEN & VEGGIES
DIRECTIONS:
  1. Preheat oven to 400º. On two large sheet pans, place tomatoes, carrots, bell peppers, broccoli, red onion, and chicken.
  2. Make marinade: In a medium bowl, combine olive oil, lime juice, and cilantro and season with salt and pepper. Whisk until combined. Pour marinade over veggies and chicken and season with more salt and pepper. Toss until completely combined.
  3. Bake until vegetables are tender, and chicken is cooked through, 25 minutes.

ESPECIALLY FOR PARENTS
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PLAYING WITH NATURE
With only one month left of summer, I’m assessing whether or not we have taken full advantage of Minnesota summer at our house. We have done lots of swimming and biking. We eat as many meals as possible outdoors. And we interact with neighbors as we are out working on our lawns and playing with the children. That part I find especially fascinating as toddlers to teenagers to adults play games and mingle in front yards. It is such a relaxed and special time.

But during our hours inside we tend to gravitate to the same activities we do throughout the year. We play board games, do a little coloring, read stories, chat about our days and do household chores. Hey, why couldn’t we fold laundry on the patio instead of on the living room couch? And the spot for reading stories could move under a tree or on lawn chairs.

My goal for August is to bring the inside out. We started the other night when our grandson wanted to play Candyland after dinner. My husband said, “Let’s take it outside and play on the patio table.” What fun it was to enjoy the incredible weather while playing a favorite family game. After we finished, we stayed outside to play “I Spy with my Little Eye.” It was a whole different experience than playing the same game inside.

We then went over to one of our birch trees and examined what the Japanese Beetles are up to. We found a couple of toads hopping across the lawn. We picked a few weeds. It was a great evening outdoors.

During August I want to do some projects with materials from nature. We will collect items from around our neighborhood and sort them into categories. I read about a fun activity where you wrap tape around a child’s wrist with the tape inside out to create a sticky bracelet. Children can stick small treasures to their bracelets as they explore and then sort, play and do crafts with them later.
I remember doing sand art and leaf prints as a child. We may even create a bulletin board of nature art to see how many different creative projects we can come up with that use elements from the outdoors.

We each have special ways of enjoying summer. Look on our blog where we have listed a few projects. And add your own ideas to share!
TWIN CITIES
FAMILY EVENTS

Now-9/3   Kangaroo Crossing , MN Zoo, Apple Valley
Now-9/3 Towers of Tomorrow with Legos , Science Museum of MN, St. Paul
Now-9/9 Dinosaur Train , MN Children’s Museum, St. Paul
Now-10/21 Origami in the Garden , MN Landscape Arboretum,
8/3-8/5  Uptown Art Fair , Minneapolis
8/10-8/12  Irish Fair , Harriet Island, St. Paul
8/18-10/30  Minnesota Renaissance Festival , Shakopee, MN
8/19 Red Barn Pizza Farm , Northfield, MN
8/23-9/3  Minnesota State Fair , Saint Paul, MN

All Summer -  Music and Movies in the Park  - Various Minneapolis Parks  
We were interested in this Community Playthings article,  Giving Children a Natural Start , which discusses the reasons for and methods of giving children an environmental education. The concept of literacy (what you know, how you feel, and what skills you have) in the context of the natural environment is so important.  
 
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