Wednesday, October 2, 2019

First 5 Amador - Oct 2019



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

Ready ... Set ... Grow!
October 2019

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Upcoming Events
   



Tuesday evenings, this fall
5:30-7:45pm
Email angeladare@deltaprevention.org for more information.


October 8 and 10 - Tuesday/Thursday - two part workshop
The ECERS Classroom Day 1 and ECERS Activities Day 2
2:00-5:00pm both days
RSVP  257-1092
October 8 and 10 - Tuesday/Thursday - two part workshop
6:00-8:00pm both days
RSVP  257-1092

October 21 - Monday
12:00-3:00pm
Call to make an appointment, 257-1092.

October 26 - Saturday
10:00am - 12:00pm
Space limited, please RSVP to save your spot: 257-1092


Ongoing Events:

Grandparent Cafe
Call for more information, 223-1624, x204.

Toddler Playgroups
Playgroups follow the ACUSD calendar.




Every Day Learners: 
Talking to Babies Is More Than Just for Fun


Family Reading
As the new school year begins, United Way's Women United gears up for our literacy work by tutoring, donating books to schools, and volunteering with the Welcome Baby program.

During the past five years, Women United has recognized that every child should be a proficient reader by third grade. This benchmark has been supported by solid research, and yet we have also learned that helping children reach this learning milestone may begin years before kindergarten.

Years before kindergarten? Does this mean toddlers and babies need reading instruction? Well, not exactly, but the research in early education is clear - the process of learning both spoken and written language skills begins in early infancy.

The good news is that according to Zero to Three, "Formal instruction which pushes infants and toddlers to achieve adult models of literacy is not developmentally appropriate. Early literacy theory emphasizes the more natural unfolding of skills through the enjoyment of books, the importance of positive interactions between young children and adults, and the critical role of literacy-rich experiences."

This means that we don't have to have a lot of experience in theory or research in order to help our children learn. Most parents of infants and toddlers naturally play peek-a-boo, sing soft songs, and talk occasionally to their children. Talking is fun, of course, but it's so much more than fun. When done in a variety of ways, talking to your baby fires up their little brains. Their brain synapses build language skills and building blocks for future reading, writing and speaking.

While many parents feel comfortable talking and singing with their infants, this active-verbal and interactive role may not be instinctual for all of us. Mothers may even feel a little silly talking to a baby about the color of the puppy in the room or the feel of the baby's warm, cuddly pajamas.

For those of us who are hesitant to chatter to our babies, it will be easier if we realize what we are doing. We are creating a literate-rich world for our children. Don't worry too much about what to say and when to say it. Just look your babies in the eyes and share thoughts about the day, your upcoming trip to the store, feeding the cat and folding the laundry. Sing little songs, like "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" and recite small poems, like "Wee Willie Winkie" whenever you think of them.

When your baby or toddler talks to you, smile, listen and make comments in soft and nurturing tones. There is no need to be an actor, and no need to talk in baby talk. Just be yourself and enjoy the communication you both can share!

By implementing simple acts like talking with our infants, we can help make sure they are learning from their earliest days. When we all invest in early literacy, we help build a community of bright, articulate, and confident children.

Thank you to EverDay Learners for this great article!

For more information about EveryDay Learners or Women United, please call 801-374-2588.
Dr. Kay A. Smith has enjoyed 37 years in education. After retiring from the English department at Utah Valley University, where she was an associate professor, she has devoted her energy to ESL work and literacy initiatives with United Way's Women United.

For more information and resources, visit http://everydaylearners.org.
Rhyme of the Month 

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

Do you have any childhood favorites? 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!

Row, row, row your boat

Gently down the stream
Merrily merrily, merrily, merrily
Life is but a dream

Row, row, row your boat
Gently down the stream
Merrily merrily, merrily, merrily
Life is but a dream

Row, row, row your boat
Gently down the stream
Merrily merrily,...
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.
  
Imagination Library Logo

dadandme
Dad and Me Every Month!

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

Join us for this month's Dad & Me event... 
Let's Make Some Pizza

Make and eat pizza, create fun Halloween crafts, enjoy story time, and bring home a free book! Print the flyer HERE.

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

Saturday, October 26
Pine Grove Pizza, 19724 Hwy 88, Pine Grove

Call (209) 257-1092 to save your spot!

Save the fourth Saturday of every month for more outings held at fun venues around the county. Story time, a snack and a free book are provided each month!


For Lilliput's full July-September newsletter, click  HERE.


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 accrue professional development hours, you can earn a stipend through Quality for Kids. 

Check out these upcoming workshops below, as well as these fantastic, short, ONLINE workshops!

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Find more workshops: 

HERE (from The Resource Connection)
 and 
 HERE (from the Child Care Education Institute).
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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 ~ October

Colby Jack O' Lanterns

Ingredients
  • 4 whole-wheat sandwich thins
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 1 (8-ounce) block of Colby Jack cheese, sliced
     
Directions 
1. Preheat oven to 350°F. 

2. Split four sandwich thins in half (so you have 8 slices) and butter one side of 4 of the slices. 

3. Lay butter side down on a baking sheet and layer Colby Jack cheese on them. 

4. Cut out jack-o'-lantern faces on the other 4 slices, then butter one side and lay butter side down on baking sheet. 

5. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. 

6. Remove and place jack o'-lantern faces on top of the sandwiches.

  
Happy Snacking!


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 700  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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First 5 Amador, PO Box 815 / 975 Broadway, Jackson, CA 95642

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