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4th of July Reflections & Safety Tips

*Reflections from Pam Henderson a few years ago.

The 4th of July and Summer Festival parades bring back many fond childhood memories for me.

We lived a block off the parade route in Michigan City and my Grandma lived on Lincolnway on La Porte’s route, so we would save our spots – the same ones every year – at the crack of dawn. In those days, the parades didn’t start until 1:00 pm, so we whittled the hours away along the curb watching people and playing backgammon. Our parades attracted Grand Marshalls like Peggy Lennon from the “Lawrence Welk Show” and Doug Plank from the Chicago Bears. I can’t help but laugh thinking about how my cousins and I hid behind our Grandma when the Sword Man approached. As soon as we could see the Shriners down the road, that was my sister’s cue to go to the bathroom. She was terrified of him. There was always a brave soul with a watermelon for him to slice to prove that his sword was real.

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Exploring Colors

 Today’s book suggestion is Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin, Jr. & Eric Carle.

Brown Bear Brown Bear is a fun rhythmic book that is designed to help toddlers associate colors and meanings to Objects.


SHAVING CREAM COLOR MIXING SENSORY BAG

https://besttoys4toddlers.com/shaving-cream-color-mixing-sensory-bag/

 

Explore colors within sensory play!


“All Fun & Books” is a weekly post from Sara, Dunebrook’s Public Education Coordinator. She is the mother of three-year-old twin girls.

At Dunebrook we invite parents to be the best parents possible.  In the spirit of trust, kindness and experience, we can be there with them and support them, and their children and entire family. 

We’re just a phone call away! 1-800-897-0007

Public Education and Our Community:

The key to keeping children safe is prevention education. According to the Child Molestation Research & Prevention Institute, 95% of child maltreatment is preventable through education.

Sounds good…what do I do next:

  • Call or email Sara Hoyt at 874-0007, sara@dunebrook.orgto receive specific information about our sexual abuse prevention trainings and parenting support groups.

Our prevention trainings and support groups are free and serve a variety of different settings.  We’ve been funded for over 30 years by the generosity of community grants, fundraising support and some federal program funding.

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Joys & Challenges of Having a Pet

 Today’s book suggestion is Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion pictures by Margaret Bloy Graham.

Harry the Dirty Dog is a wonderful adventure book for reading to your child or class, and it is a great book for children to practice learning how to read. This 1956 classic touches on the joys and challenges of having a pet, which can be a great lesson in learning empathy as well.


Making Pet Rocks

Pet Rocks

 

 

For this activity, we suggest you stick with acrylic paints. They are inexpensive and bright and adhere well to most kinds of rocks. Make sure you have a protected work surface, paint smocks, brushes, and water for rinsing the brushes.


This process art sneaks in a lot of important learning! When the students paint these rocks, they are:
• Practicing and gaining fine muscle control and strengthening eye-hand motor coordination.
• The opportunity to make choices and solve problems.
• Problem Solving! When the student makes choices, they learn that some of the choices don’t turn out as expected.
• Experiencing different points of view. The children will find that their friends paint their rocks differently.
• Imagination and Creativity! The rocks clearly are not the typical kind of pet a student might have at home. This opens up a lot of “let’s pretend” for the preschool student.


“All Fun & Books” is a weekly post from Sara, Dunebrook’s Public Education Coordinator. She is the mother of three-year-old twin girls.

At Dunebrook we invite parents to be the best parents possible.  In the spirit of trust, kindness and experience, we can be there with them and support them, and their children and entire family. 

We’re just a phone call away! 1-800-897-0007

Public Education and Our Community:

The key to keeping children safe is prevention education. According to the Child Molestation Research & Prevention Institute, 95% of child maltreatment is preventable through education.

Sounds good…what do I do next:

  • Call or email Sara Hoyt at 874-0007, sara@dunebrook.orgto receive specific information about our sexual abuse prevention trainings and parenting support groups.

Our prevention trainings and support groups are free and serve a variety of different settings.  We’ve been funded for over 30 years by the generosity of community grants, fundraising support and some federal program funding.

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Getting Ready for the Classroom

 Today’s book suggestion is The Pigeon Has to Go To School words and pictures by Mo Willems.

The Pigeon Has to Go To School is a fun book that will help you talk to you children about the jitters they may be experiencing with going to school. Just like starting a new job, starting school can feel stressful and create some anxiety for some children. The Pigeon Has To Go To School is a great book to create some fun and silly dialog that will help them navigate through some of that fear and anxiety .


14 preschool activities to get your child ready for the classroom

 

https://www.care.com/c/stories/3178/14-preschool-activities-to-get-your-child-rea/

You can’t believe your little one is already starting school — preschool, that is. It’s a big transition for kid and parent alike, but luckily there are lots of kids activities you can do to help prepare your child.


1. Make spaghetti letters
2. Categorize everything
3. Play Simon Says
4. Explore same and different
5. Have fun with laundry
6. Ask “How do you feel?”
7. Build sensory bin
8. Color pages
9. Search for signs
10. Practice using scissors
11. Learn the five senses
12. Help with his coat
13. Give three-step directions
14. Make a balance beam


“All Fun & Books” is a weekly post from Sara, Dunebrook’s Public Education Coordinator. She is the mother of three-year-old twin girls.

At Dunebrook we invite parents to be the best parents possible.  In the spirit of trust, kindness and experience, we can be there with them and support them, and their children and entire family. 

We’re just a phone call away! 1-800-897-0007

Public Education and Our Community:

The key to keeping children safe is prevention education. According to the Child Molestation Research & Prevention Institute, 95% of child maltreatment is preventable through education.

Sounds good…what do I do next:

  • Call or email Sara Hoyt at 874-0007, sara@dunebrook.orgto receive specific information about our sexual abuse prevention trainings and parenting support groups.

Our prevention trainings and support groups are free and serve a variety of different settings.  We’ve been funded for over 30 years by the generosity of community grants, fundraising support and some federal program funding.

Read more