As a parent, you are your child's first 
and most important teacher!

Ready ... Set ... Grow!
JANUARY 2020

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Upcoming Events

* Click on links below, to see each flyer...


Wednesday, January 8  and Wednesday, January 15   (2 part series)
5:30 - 8:30 pm
975 Broadway, Jackson


Thursday, January 9
6:00 - 8:30 pm
10877 Conductor Blvd, Sutter Creek
To RSVP - call 223-1624


Thursday, January 23
6:00 - 8:00 pm
10877 Conductor Blvd, Sutter Creek
To RSVP - call 223-1624


Saturday, January 25
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Amador County Model Railroad Museum, Pine Grove
To RSVP - call 257-1092


Tuesday, January 28
5:00 - 8:30 pm
975 Broadway, Jackson
To RSVP - call 257-1092


Thursday, January 30
6:00 - 8:00 pm
975 Broadway, Jackson
To RSVP - call 257-1092


Tuesday, February 11
6:00 - 8:00 pm
975 Broadway, Jackson
To RSVP - call 257-1092


Sierra Region Learning Community
Thursday, February 13
9:00 am - 12:30 pm
975 Broadway, Jackson


Wednesday, February 19
5:30 - 8:00 pm
975 Broadway, Jackson
To RSVP - call 257-1092


Wednesday, March 11
6:00 - 8:00 pm
975 Broadway, Jackson
To RSVP - call 257-1092



TK and Kindergarten Registration
2020-2021 School Year
Click  HERE  for the dates and times at each  Amador County elementary school. Get your incoming TK and K-aged child registered for school! 


Kick-off to Kindergarten evenings
2020-2021 School Year
Click HERE for the schedule at each Amador County elementary school. Come and meet your school's principal and kindergarten teacher, and learn more about how to get your child ready for kindergarten! 


Ongoing Events:

* Click on links below, to see each flyer...

Toddler Playgroups
Playgroups follow the ACUSD calendar.


School Readiness Programs
Offered in Pine Grove and Camanche, follows the ACUSD calendar. 

 

15 Easy Indoor Activities to Keep Kids Busy 

When the weather isn't cooperating (think  rain, snow or even extreme heat!) and you have no option but to stay inside, there's a good chance the kiddos might get restless and a little bored.  Keep everyone busy indoors with these 15 fun activity suggestions. 


1. Play a favorite board game or do a puzzle.
2. Make a fun recipe (We have an easy suggestion, below!).
3. Do  yoga with the kids in the living room.
4. Play Simon Says.
5. Make an indoor obstacle course with items you have in the house. Then, time the kids to see who can go through it the fastest.
6. Set up a scavenger hunt indoors.
7. Limit your kids' screen time - it'll force them to use their imagination and play.
8. Build an indoor for using blankets and chairs.
9.  Set up a circus: hula hoop, juggle and jump rope for an audience.
10. Make up a dance  to a favorite song and film your kids' music video.
11. Tape large paper to the wall and get out the art supplies. Hang the masterpieces up for a mini-art show.
12. Make puppets out of paper bags and have a puppet show.
13. Sing karaoke (Don't have a karaoke machine? Just pull up the lyrics on your computer and go to town!).
14. Let your kids play dress up with your old clothes, shoes and jewelry and have a fashion show.
15. Write and direct a family TV show.




 
(This article is a modified version which first appeared on mommynearest.com)

Classic Nursery Rhyme of the Month 

Jack and Jill

It's easy to talk or sing with your baby!  Each month we are featuring popular classic  nursery rhymes, poems, or songs you can read or sing to your child. 


  
Jack and Jill went up the hill
To fetch a pail of water;
Jack fell down and broke his crown,
and Jill came tumbling after.

Up Jack got, and home did trot,
As fast as he could caper;
To old Dame Dob, who patched his nob,
with vinegar and brown paper.


Do you have any childhood favo rites? Let us know! We'd love to share them here.
You can also visit our Facebook page  to share  them, or share photos of you and your baby together. 

Together we can build a community of bright and confident children!
Calling all children 0 to 5 years of age - get 
free books for your children!

Sign your child up today and start receiving one free book every
 month from the Imagination Library! This is a free program, paid for by First 5 Amador and donations from local individuals and service organizations locally. Books are available to all Amador County children aged 0-4 (from birth until their 5th birthday).
 
All you have to do is read to your child!   

For more information and to register online, click  HERE.
    

dadandme
'Dad & Me' Every Month!

Celebrate being a dad (or uncle, or grandpa...) every month at  our 'D ad and Me' outings, held at fun venues around the county!

Join us for this month's Dad & Me event... 
at the  Amador County Model Railroad Museum! 

Saturday, January 25
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Print the flyer  HERE .

Open to ALL children aged 0-5 and their dad, grandpa, uncle, etc... and all FREE! 


Save the 4th Saturday of every month for more 'Dad & Me' outings! 

Story time, a snack and a free book are provided each month!



Calling all Child Care Providers 
& Preschool Teachers!
 
Are you a family child care provider or preschool center staff  
participating in "Amador Quality for Kids?" 

If you need to earn professional development hours, you can 
earn a stipend through Quality for Kids. Call First 5 Amador 
for more details, and join us at any of the workshops listed above!

Signing up for "Amador Quality for Kids" is easy! Just contact First 5 Amador 
at 257-1092, or email erika@first5amador.com 

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Click on Shannon's name above, to learn more about her and how she can help you as a family child care provider participating in 
"Amador Quality for Kids!" 

To start interacting with fellow local family child care providers, ask to join Shannon's discussion group on Facebook. Click the link, below...
 


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How can you give kids the best start in life?  
 
 
... by taking your children to well-child and dental check ups and also, by doing an "ASQ."
 
The Ages & Stages Questionnaires (ASQ) is a way to make sure your child is "on track." The screening tools are designed  to be completed by parents or primary caregivers, that encourage parent-caregiver involvement. 
 
Each questionnaire can be completed in 10-20 minutes, and is divided into five areas: Communication, Gross Motor, Fine Motor, Problem Solving, and 
Personal-Social. 
 
The benefit for all children and families is so that parents/caregivers know which areas they can focus on at home with their children.
 
For more information, please call First 5 Amador at 257-1092. 
              
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Get Involved! 
 
Would you like to improve the quality of care you offer to children in your family child care home, preschool setting, or other early learning environment?

Give us a call at First 5 and find out about the many resources (and incentives!) available to you, (209) 257-1092. 
 
 
Healthy Snacks for Kids ~ January

Winter Reindeer Snacks
A perfect winter snack activity to do with little hands!

Ingredients

Ritz crackers
Peanut butter
M&M's
Pretzels
Raisins (or mini chocolate chips)

Directions:

1. Spread peanut butter on Ritz cracker
2. Add 2 pretzel antlers
3. Add 2 raisin eyes
4. Add 1 M&M nose
5. Eat! 


   


The  Amador Network of Care  community web site and community announcements page is a resource for individuals, families and agencies concerned with behavioral health. It provides information about behavioral health services, laws, and related news, as well as communication tools and other features. Regardless of where you begin your search for assistance with community resources or behavioral health issues, the  Network of Care  helps you find what you need - it helps ensure that there is "No Wrong Door" for those who need services. 




One day, California's success 
will be measured by the 
well-being of its youngest children.



Calling all children 0 to 5 years of age.
Join Amador's favorite reading club!
Get free books for your children!

Over 750    Amador kids are receiving books each month!  

Imagination Library Logo
Sign your child up today and start receiving one free book every
 month from the Imagination Library! This is a free program, paid for by First 5 Amador and donations from local individuals and service organizations locally. Books are available to all Amador County children aged 0-4 (from birth until their 5th birthday).
 
All you have to do is read to your child!   

     
For more information click HERE.

 
It's Our Job as Adults to Keep Kids Safe

Stay up to date on all the news and information about keeping our kids safe from abuse and neglect. Sign up for the Amador Child Abuse Prevention Council's monthly e-newsletter HERE!
First 5 Amador | (209) 257-1092 | www.first5amador.com

PO Box 815 / 975 Broadway | Jackson, CA 95642
 
First 5 Amador supports and designs programs for children 0-5 years old and their Families.
For more information call us at (209) 257-1092, visit our website, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

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