Katie's Kids Mission Statement

To elevate child development to a new level by leading the social and emotional growth and education of young children by providing a safe, welcoming home-like environment with a caring, educated, and professional staff that promotes partnerships between parents children and other early childhood professionals. 
February 20             Closed for Professional                                                  Development Day
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Upcoming Events
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February 11    Saturday Night Live - 
KK1 @ the Links 4:30-10p
February 17    No School Day Program
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February
Meals  to Go - Wednesday Night
      
Check out what Chef Bobby is making this month 
Click on the link below to view the monthly meals to go menu ...



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 Winter Weather...
 
We never know about the winter weather in Illinois; we want to assure you that we will remain open as long as it remains safe to do so. In the event we must close, please listen to 
WJBC, WBNQ, and WBWN for closure information. 




Playing and learning go together for young children
Playing is really important for children.  It is how they learn.  It helps them develop socially, cognitively, emotionally.  It teaches them to have fun while learning.  Music is a neat way to bring out children's playfulness.  Music can also teach children to be playful while following the directions in a song.
-Maryln Applebaum
Aussie Bites 
(Granola Bite Muffins)

 Ingredients: 

1 cup whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cups of oats (old-fashioned)
1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

One stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, melted and cooled

1/4 cup honey

1/4 cup each of the following (sunflower seeds, flax seed, shredded unsweetened coconut, golden raisins)

Steps: 
(Preheat oven to 350 degrees)

 
1. Add all the dry ingredients - flour, oats, brown sugar, baking soda, salt
2. Add melted butter and honey. Stir to combine with dry ingredients. Then add the flax seeds, coconut, raisins, sunflower seeds. Mix until well combined. The mixture will seem a bit dry and lumpy, but that's okay. 
3. Ask your child to place one heaping tablespoon of the filling onto a greased mini muffin pan. Press the tops down to pack tight. Bake into preheated oven for 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes until golden brown. 
 

Developing Melodies® Music Corner

Ms. Janel has been with us for a few of our music sessions now, 
she continues to get to know the children and incorporate music into the current classroom's project.  Her next visit will be Tuesday, February 7.  



Thoughts from Ms. Meryl Brown owner of 
Developing Melodies...  

There are some days during the winter when it is just TOO cold to go outside, especially when you have some little ones who might not handle the cold very well.  Here is a great musical activity to help keep you moving, have fun and also practice those active listening skills with the young ones! Utilizing music is a great way to facilitate those gross motor movements and social development when playing with peers!
Materials:
 
*     Many Many Bath Loofas (or Cotton Balls for the tiny tots)
*     Wintery Music (Instrumental Only) My personal fave is Sleigh Ride by Leroy                 Anderson
*     CD Player with a handheld remote (it provides an element of surprise)
 
The Game:
 
A MUSICAL SNOWBALL FIGHT! Yes, an indoor snowball fight.  When the music is playing, begin tossing.  When the music stops, freeze like snow statues.
 
Stay Warm and Have Fun!
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 Meryl Brown, MM, MT-BC, DT, Neurologic Music Therapist Owner, Developing Melodies

 


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