Is Your child eligible to Start Kindergarten in the Fall of 2018? Check out our GREAT Resources to help you and you child get READY!!

kindergarten here i comeThe transition between preschool and kindergarten is a major step in a young child’s life. It can also be an anxious time for many preschoolers and their parents. Most experts agree that in order for your child to have a successful kindergarten year they need to be prepared!

 

Beginning this process early can make the transition easier. Many of you may have preschoolers who will be moving up into kindergarten this year and who will  need to be prepared for this next step in their lives. Beginning the preparation for this important milestone early on will make the transition more manageable.

 

In order to help this transition we have created and compiled a variety of resources for you to use.  We hope that you find them informative and helpful 🙂
  1. SELF HELP INC. CFCE-KINDERGARTEN READINESS PLAYGROUPS: These groups are held in the local communities at familiar sites for families (public libraries, schools, childcare programs etc.) We believe that beginning the preparation for this important milestone early on will make the transition more manageable, and we hope to help you along the way!
  2. KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION INFORMATION FOR CFCE’S 23 COMMUNITIES
  3. KINDERGARTEN READINESS ACTIVITY SHEETS: (provided by Boston Children’s Museum, Dept of Early Education and Care and Brain Building in Progress)
  4. KINDERGARTEN HERE WE COME-CALENDAR includes information on Phonemic Awareness, Math Concepts, Checklists, Helpful Tips, Book List, and many activities that will support you and your child’s transition into kindergarten.
  5. Kindergarten Lending Library
  6. Walk Safety Rules
  7. Increase Your Child’s Pedestrian Safety
  8. Bike Safety Rules
  9. Bike Safety
  10. School Bus Safety Rules
  11. Tips to Increase Bus Safety
  12. Getting Your Child Ready for Kindergarten
  13. Activities to Get Ready for Kindergarten
  14. School Bus Safety Activity Book
  15. Chuggington Safety Website-games, information, activities

CANCELLATION TODAY! Magic Carpet Book Club

Because of the Winter Storm moving in, and Canton Public Schools Closing Early (Weds. 2/7/18) ….THE FOLLOWING AFTERNOON PROGRAM IS CANCELLED TODAY 2/7/18:

MAGIC CARPET BOOK CLUB 

4:30 PM @ CANTON LIBRARY 

We apologize for this cancellations, but the health and safety of our families and staff come first!

If you have additional questions about the cancelled programs ….please contact your CFCE Specialist:

During these winter months, please make sure you check your email and/or our website for program cancellations before you leave your house, when the weather is questionable!  In addition, please also review our SNOW POLICY

February is Black History Month!

black-history-monthCelebrate Black History Month with your children this February, and learn about the accomplishments of famous and lesser-known African-Americans. Check out the links below for activities, resources and upcoming events!

All CFCE Programs are cancelled for Friday January 5, 2018

Because of the aftermath of the snow today……. CFCE programs will be cancelled for Friday 1/5/18.  We apologize for these cancellations, but the health and safety of our families and staff come first!

If you have additional questions about the cancelled programs ….please contact your CFCE Specialist:

During the winter months…..PLEASE  Always CHECK OUR CALENDAR BEFORE HEADING OUT TO PROGRAMS!!

ALL CFCE Programs are CANCELLED for THURSDAY Jan 4, 2018

weather mapBecause of the impending storm for Thursday, all CFCE programs will be cancelled.  We apologize for these cancellations, but the health and safety of our families and staff come first!

Weather channels are predicting heavy snowfall and accumulation of 8-16 inches throughout Southeastern MA.
For more information and the latest updates on weather please visit http://www.whdh.com/weather also for more information on winter preparedness please visit the CDC website at: http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/winter/psa/index.asp

 

If you have additional questions about the cancelled programs ….please contact your CFCE Specialist:

 

During the winter months…..PLEASE  Always CHECK OUR CALENDAR BEFORE HEADING OUT TO PROGRAMS!!

During these winter months, please make sure you check your email and/or our website for program cancellations before you leave your house, when the weather is questionable!  In addition, please also review our SNOW POLICY

It’s Giving Tuesday! Help a Family in Need TODAY!

giving-tuesday#GivingTuesday is a celebration of America’s greatest traditions: generosity, entrepreneurialism, community. Everyone has something to give. You can give time or expertise, monetary donations large or small, simple acts of kindness, food or clothing.

Self Help Inc CFCE’s focus today, is to try and get ALL of the children sponsored for our Joy to the Children Program!  Currently we have application for over 370 children….and we still have children that we do not have sponsors for 🙁

Get involved today and support #GivingTuesday by helping a family in need have a Great Holiday!  For more information on our Joy to the Children Program and to Donate, please click HERE

 

Or if you are looking for another way to give, please visit The Giving Tuesday Website, for other ways to give back and look for more local non-profits near you that need your help!

Online Silly Science and Mystical Math (Nov./Dec)

steamSilly Science and Mystical Math is going online and at-home for the months of November and December!  The goal of this STEAM Program  is to allow parents and children the opportunity to engage in a variety of STEAM activities at home with their children, to help develop your child’s curiosity,  creativity and problem solving skills!!

 

What is STEAM?  This stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, ART and Mathematics.

 

Why is STEAM important?  By the time your child enters the workforce, 65 % of the jobs that will be available don’t even exist today.  You are preparing your children for a world that doesn’t exist yet…for technologies that are not invented.

 

How do you prepare your child for a world that doesn’t exist yet?   Encouraging your child’s natural curiosity and talents through STEAM activities helps your child learn:
  • how to persevere
  • how to learn from failure and still try again
  • how to re-evaluate, redesign and re-think a problem to create a unique and inventive solution.
All of these skills (among many more) are learned through STEAM activities.

steve jobs stem quote Anything is possible with STEAM-filled kids. 

Many times parents feel that STEAM activities may be too difficult, too messy and just too much!  It is our hope that by providing you this opportunity to engage in some simple experiments and activities at-home, parents and their children will see that STEAM is part of everything we do with our kids!  Some activities may be messy….but that is MOST of the FUN!!  All activities will require adult supervision and help……some may be adaptable for younger ages….but typically the activities are geared for preschool-school-age.

 

For November and December we will offer several activities you can do at home.  They include experiments and activities such as:

-WALKING WATER

-MAKING A FLINKER

-THE SHRINKING WATER BOTTLE

-MAKING OOBLECK and more!

Once you REGISTER you will receive an email outlining the activitvities to do!   You can choose 1 or choose all of them….. don’t be shy….the GREAT THING ABOUT STEAM….is that you can always learn something, even if the experiment or activity does not come out as expected!!!

 

REGISTER NOW FOR THE SILLY SCIENCE AND MYSTICAL MATH (NOV/DEC.)

 

In order to document all of our Young Scientists at work…..we would love for you to take some pictures and complete a Observation Sheet….then you can mail/email them in to us!  Specific instructions will be provided once you have registered!