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December 2017   Family E-newsletter
Happy Holidays from Child's Voice!
On Thursday at 10:00, we will host our annual Winter Festival.  The kiddos have been practicing very hard all month, and are excited to showcase their voices with our guests.  If you can't make it into Child's Voice to see them, we will have live video feed on our Facebook page ( https://www.facebook.com/childsvoice)
at 10:30AM on Thursday.  Enjoy this sneak peak!  


Recently Heard...
Alumni Success Story
We are wrapping up our 2017 giving campaigns.  Hear from one of our success stories - Tommy! Click Here to read his story. We are so proud of you, Tommy!   
 
Visionary Voices
Read Dr. Michele's latest blog about the importance of playing board games with your child
Click Here for  her full blog. 
 
Parent Resources & Updates
Early Intervention Program Update
In our Chicago Toddler Group, they  have been focusing on winter vocabulary while playing and shoveling "pretend" snow, reading "Baby Loves Winter," and making peppermint playdough. They have also been making penguin and snowmen crafts. The parents have been practicing expanding on their child's utterances to model longer utterances. 

The Roscoe Village site will also be launching a new group on Thursdays! 

Continuing the good news...
We have hired Nina Fistler to be our new SLP in EI! We are thrilled to have her, and she will start January 14th. She will be working with children and families in the EI program in Wood Dale and in homes.
 
Our Baby Voices group has continued to meet two times per month. One of our moms, Melissa Hyder, writes a blog for Phonak called "Hearing Like Me" and will write an article about our Baby Voices group.  We will be sure to share it! 

Lovin' Literacy - Tips on Decoding for Early Readers
Reading is a process and once students have the knowledge of letters and letter sounds, they can start to decode on their own.  When your child is reading independently, it is important for them to have a process for sounding out "tricky" words.  Here are some strategies you can practice at home:
  1. Start to say the first sound in the word.  Get your mouth ready for the first sound.
  2. Stretch out the sounds slowly.
  3. Look at the picture for clues.
  4. Look for parts or chunks of the word you know.
  5. Skip over the word, finish the sentence, and re-read.
  6. Think about the meaning of the story.
For more information on decoding, please Click Here.  

Book It News
December reading calendars will be due on Monday, January 8th.  We hope to set some new reading records this month over the holiday break!  Remember to write down the number of minutes you read each day. 

Audiology Update
Check out Cochlear America's Communication Corner, a helpful resource for families, children, and adults with hearing loss.  The resources are also available in Spanish.  The Communication Corner provides age-appropriate resources to help maximize you or your child's hearing.  It includes activities from early listening to more complex tasks all broken up into age groups (infants, toddlers, school age children, tweens, teens, and adults).  Click Here to learn more about the Communication Corner. 

Want to know what the noisiest toys of 2017 are?  Click Here


Fundraising Corner!
Did you know...
There are several companies that have a matching gift program with their employees.  We recently had a school family donate to the Gala and the funds were matched dollar-for-dollar by the employer. A simple and great way to raise funds for children with hearing loss!  

Donation Dish...Where are donations currently going?
Currently we are raising money for SMART Boards in each classroom.  Each donation that is received is going directly to their purchase.  We have 6 - ONLY 3 more to go!  Thank you for your support!  


 
We Need Your Help!
Volunteer at Child's Voice  
We are seeking volunteers to help in the classroom, at lunches, and during recess. Please click here to see a full list of volunteer (and career opportunities). Thank you for your interest and support!

Mark Your Calendars - Upcoming Events
Child's Voice Winter Festival - December 21st 
All Child's Voice School Program students will sing, dance and share in holiday fun on Thursday, December 21st at 10:00AM!  We hope you can join us in The Great Room of the school All are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to donate to our  food drive for our Wood Dale neighbors.












Neiman Marcus Love to Give Campaign - through December 24th
Neiman Marcus Oak Brook has selected Child's Voice to benefit from their Love to Give collection.  During the holiday season, 10% of sales generated from the campaign benefit Child's Voice. Please consider including items in this collection on your holiday shopping list.   



Cantigny Park Community Tree Display - through December 29th
Child's Voice has been selected as one of seven non-profit groups to participate in the Robert R. McCormick Foundation "tree tour."  Child's Voice has a decorated tree along the guided tour, and will receive a grant from the Foundation.  Please remember to vote for the Child's Voice tree as your favorite!  Voting ends December 29th, and the winner will receive additional grant funds. 


Child's Voice Winter Break
December 22nd through January 7th.  Schools resumes on January 8th. 

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