MARCH IS READ ACROSS AMERICA!

Get involved! NEA’s (National Education Association) Read Across America Day is a nationwide reading celebration that takes place annually on March 2nd-Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Across the country, thousands of schools, libraries, and community centers participate by bringing together children and books, and you can too!

Join our project by reading “Oh, The Pets You Can Get !
by Dr. Seuss or another book about pets.  Then try one or more of our related activities!

Complete our Parent Survey  by April 4th and the first 10 children will receive a FREE Book.  All will receive a book mark and an I Love Reading bracelet!
 CLICK HERE for PARENT SURVEY!!
 
CLICK HERE for a YOUTUBE video of a partial reading of the book!!!

OTHER  books about animals that can be pets: 

 Activities
 1.  PRODUCE AN IMAGINARY PERFECT PET

In What Pet Should I Get? by Dr. Seuss, a Yent might have been the perfect
pet for Kay and her brother, if only they’d had a tent. Or if the siblings’
house wasn’t so small, a thing on a string might have been the best pet
of all.  All pets have certain requirements that pet owners must meet to keep their
animal friends safe, healthy, and happy. Help children understand this by
having them create a fantastic new pet of their own.  Have your child draw a picture of their new pet and have them tell you all about it and how they will need to care for it.  Instead of drawing the new pet, have your child create one using recycled materials such as egg cartons, yogurt cups, straws, paper towel tubes, etc.
2.  Animal Shelters- What Pet Would You Get?
With so many animals in need of homes, the publisher’s note in What Pet Should I Get? advocates for adopting pets from animal shelters rather than buying them in pet stores. Shelters, which care for and place homeless animals, need support to do their important work. Ask kids to imagine how they might help raise awareness about animals in need. Investigate what animal shelters are near you and find out if there are any items you could donate. Many shelters take old towels and blankets, dog/cat food that your pet doesn’t like, or kitty litter.
Draw a pet that you would adopt from a shelter.   CLiCK HERE  for a template you can print out to draw your pet on!
 3.  Art Project: Bird in a Cage!
Click Here for the directions
 4.  READ TO AN ANIMAL
Reading to nonjudgmental, specially trained therapy dogs has been shown to help children improve literacy skills and boost self-esteem. Get your child in on the read aloud action and find a place where your child can read to a therapy dog. The E. Bridgewater and Middleboro Public Libraries have programs where you can sign up to read to a dog. Click on the respective links below. If you are unable to find a place try having your child read to their real pet or a stuffed animal.
  Middleboro Public Library…..scroll through calendar and look under Thursdays
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
by Dr. Seuss
 5.  ART ACTIVITY
 After reading the book “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue
 Fish” by Dr. Seuss make this fishy art project by tracing your
 child’s hand and having them cut it out and glue it to paper. Your child can then add fish details.  You or your child can write the corresponding fish name next to the cutout.

                                             One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish    6.  SNACK ACTIVITY

Simply start with a box of blue Jell-O…..

and divide into four clear plastic cups.
(The fish have to have a place to swim!)

After the Jell-O has set, have the kids add their own fish! (Swedish Fish, that is!)

7.  Make an Itsy Bitsy Pets Book
CLICK HERE to get the template
CLICK HERE to get the directions
8. What Pet Should I Get Guessing Game
What you will need:

Book “What Pet Should I Get” by Dr. Seuss or another pet book

  • A wipes container or box
  • Some decorative items for your feeley box
  • Play plastic animals
Make a feeley box out of a wipes container or another container or box. After reading the book “What Pet Should I Get?” lay out the animals and talk about their different features (tails, big ears, fur) and if they’d make a good or bad pet.
Next, take all the animals out of sight and hide only one of them inside the feeley box container. Let your child feel around and decide which pet they think is hiding inside!
For additional activities check out the Dr. Seuss or pinterest website below!
   “I Have A Pet” Song on YouTube
WEBSITES

Dr. Seuss Website (tons of games and activities)
 Pinterest
NEA Resources for Parents
TIPS FOR READING ALOUD FOR PARENTS
(Great handout for teachers to send home!)
Self Help CFCE is funded through the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grant from the Department of Early Education and Care.

Holiday PJ Party

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SELF HELP INC. CFCE Holiday PJ Party at Avon Public Library

Self Help, Inc. CFCE invites you to our Holiday PJ Party! Come in your PJ’s and take part in cookie decorating, sipping cocoa, playing the dreidel game, scavenger hunt and a special Christmas Story!

All ages are welcome, but activities will be geared to 3-6 year olds 🙂

Tuesday, December 15th at 6:15 pm

Space is limited so REGISTER NOW!!register_now_button

THINK, DRAW, WRITE ONLINE submissions! Check them out…..

CHECK OUT THESE FANTASTIC SUBMISSIONS!!!!

July’s Monthly Theme was……
Draw a picture of an interesting bottle to send a message in and then write your secret message inside!!!

August’s Monthly Theme was……
Draw a picture of how you look today and then write a story about yourself!!!

September’s Monthly Theme was……
Draw a pair of magic sneakers then write a story about where you’ll go in them!!!

October’s Monthly Theme was…….
Create a haunted house from a square shape and then write a spooky story about it!!!

November’s Monthly Theme was…….
Pretend you can fly above the clouds. Draw what you see and then write about it!!!

December’s Monthly Theme was…….
Draw yourself on a snowy day and then write a story about that day!!!

January’s  Monthly Theme was…….
Draw and decorate a birthday cake for yourself!  Then write a story about your birthday!!!

February’s Monthly Theme was…….
Draw yourself on Mars…and then write a story about what happened up there in space!!!

CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT HOW TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS PROJECT!!!!

 

Think, Draw and Write…….Online Activity

Each month there is a different activity to THINK, DRAW & WRITE about! Once you register you will receive some self addressed stamped envelopes, along with the monthly themes!!!

Here’s how it works……

First.You think about the idea.Second….You draw a picture of the idea…..Third…..You write a short story!!!

 

You can mail the picture/story to Carol Carver, so she can hang it up on the CREATIVITY Wall at Self Help Inc./CFCE, 780 West Main Street, Avon, MA 02322.  A copy of it will be made and the original will be mailed back to you along with a SURPRISE each month!!!

 

If you register to do this activity each month via mail, you will receive some self addressed stamped envelopes, along with the monthly themes!!!

 

Register by emailing or calling Carol Carver at 508-559-1666 ext 113  or email  at cccarver@selfhelpinc.org

Thanks to All Who Completed Our FY 15 Community Needs Survey!!

be2ce1c5-9c0d-4c0e-a7ac-c1bd4959e92bSHI CFCE just wanted to thank all of the parents and community members who completed out FY 15 Needs Survey!

We had a record number of responses…that provided us valuable input as we planned our FY 16 calendar!

We would also like to say congratulations to Karen P.-Attleboro who won the needs survey raffle, which was drawn at our Brain Building in Progress Event on April 11th (photos and videos of the event will be posted soon)!

The survey will continue to be open until 6/30/15, if you would still like to provide us with your input :-), just click on the ‘we care about what you think’ image.  Although we still need your feedback, the raffle has ended 🙁

Thanks again and we appreciate your continued support and feedback!

MARCH IS READ ACROSS AMERICA…..CELEBRATE WITH US!!!

Get involved! NEA’s (National Education Association) Read Across America Day is a nationwide reading celebration that takes place annually on March 2nd-Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Across the country, thousands of schools, libraries, and community centers participate by bringing together children and books, and you can too!

 

Self Help Inc. CFCE encourages you to read to your child EVERY DAY!  Whether it be for 10-15 minutes before bed or something as simple as reading street signs or a recipe with your child.

 

Join our READ ACROSS AMERICA project by reading “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!– by Dr. Seuss.  Or read another Dr. Seuss book of your choice!  Then try one or more of our related activities below.

 

After completing some of the activities below, fill out our PARENT SURVEY BY APRIL 3RD and receive a certificate, stickers and a bookmark! 

 

The FIRST 10 CHILDREN will also receive a FREE Book.  All will receive a certificate, stickers and a bookmark!  Click Here for the Parent Survey

 

ACTIVITIES  To Try At Home

Oh, the Places You’ll Go! Activities
  1. My Bucket List

bucket list

Draw an outline of a bucket as the picture shows.  Let the children color the bucket and add places where they would like to go.  It can be as simple as to the park, zoo, playground, friend’s house, etc.

  1. WORD SEARCH

words

Click Here for Oh, the Words You’ll Find Word Search

  1. MAKE IT COUNT

make it count

Click Here for the Make It Count Worksheet

  1. The Places We Go

places we go

Have your child make a list of places you can go by land, water and air.  Like the one on the right.  Let them also draw pictures of themselves on the different modes of transportation.

Additional Dr. Seuss Activities

HORTON HEARS A WHO!

HortonHearsAWhoBookCover

Click Here for activity page

SEUSS LITERACY IDEA

EGG WORDS

Materials: Plastic Easter Eggs and Black Sharpie.  Child can turn the eggs to make different words.

SEUSS ART ACTIVITY

DR SEUSS ART

After reading the book “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish” by Dr. Seuss make this fishy art project by tracing your child’s hand and having them cut it out and glue it to paper. Your child can then add fish details.  You or your child can write the corresponding fish name next to the cutout.

DR SEUSS SNACK

DR SEUSS SNACK

Great fine motor activity!  Children can cut banana with a plastic knife and then poke food on skewer!

 

 

 

For additional activities check out the Dr. Seuss or pinterest website below!

WEBSITES

Dr. Seuss Website (tons of games and activities): http://www.seussville.com

Pinterest:  https://www.pinterest.com/MrsFresh2o/dr-seuss/

NEA Resources for Parents:  http://www.nea.org/grants/13026.htm

Reading Rockets:  http://www.readingrockets.org/

Between the Lions:  http://pbskids.org/lions/

TIPS FOR READING ALOUD FOR PARENTS

CLICK HERE FOR HANDOUT! (Great handout for teachers to send home!)

CFCE PROGRAM CANCELLATIONS FOR TUESDAY FEB. 10, 2015

We at Self Help Inc. CFCE hope everyone is making it through our latest storm ok!
With additional school closings for tomorrow Feb. 10th, streets that are not plowed, and to ensure the health and safety of our families and staff…………….
we are cancelling all programs scheduled for 
TUESDAY Feb. 10, 2015.  
We apologize for these cancellations. For more information on the storm, please visit:  http://www.whdh.com/weather
If you have additional questions about any of the cancelled programs please contact your CFCE Specialist:
CANCELLED PROGRAMS 

Feb. 10, 2015 (TUESDAY) 

Grandparent Playdoh Storytelling Series @ East Bridgewater Public Library-Feb 10 @ 10:30 am – 11:15 am, Carol Carver, ccarver@selfhelpinc.org

Toddler Play and Learn @ Fiske (Wrentham) Public LibraryFeb 10 @ 10:30 am – 11:15 am, Gina McGarrigle, gmcgarrigle@selfhelpinc.org

Tot Time Sing n Learn Randolph @ Turner Free Library-Randolph-Feb 10 @ 10:30 am – 11:15 am, Marsha Wright, mwright@selfhelpinc.org

Fun Yoga for Young Children – Norfolk @ Norfolk Public Library-Feb 10 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, Nancy Swirka, nswirka@selfhelpinc.org

Bucket Fillers in Easton @ Ames Free Library-Feb 10 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm, Karen Mitchell, kmitchell@selfhelpinc.org

NEW! Magic Carpet Book Club Hanson @ Hanson Public Library-Feb 10 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm, Marsha Wright, mwright@selfhelpinc.org

****IMPORTANT****
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