Andrew 10/28  age  4

Dates to Remember

Music Man fee due at the beginning of each month:   $5.00 per child. 

NOTE:  Music man is here on the  third Monday.  The dates for October is the 16th

Upcoming Events

Monday, Oct 16 at 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Friday, Oct 20 All Day
Monday, Oct 30 at 9:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Tuesday, Oct 31 All Day

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Greetings from the Berenstain Bears

Greetings everyone,  We are happy to report that the children have really enjoyed bringing our book bag home and book to read about our stories.  Ma and I travel with the bag to keep your child company for the evenings.  The journal is getting some nice entries and pictures so we will always remember this years adventures with your child. 

Stay tune for more fun stories and our visits.   It's great being a part of the Alexander Preschool and Child Care for  2017-2018  


This month we welcome our 12th and final Preschooler to the group.

Kenadie Frost, age  1 1/2  she will be two in December.  

Why is it important to play dress up?

Ever wished you were someone else, even just for a little while? When kids play "dress-up," your preschooler can be anyone he likes, from a superhero to the king of the castle. And while kids playing dress-up is an incredibly fun activity for little kids, it's also a very important one, helping them build up their vocabulary as well as their confidence. Here's how to make the most of it.

Why Dress-Up Play is Smart

There is a reason why you'll find a box of dress-up play clothing in most preschool classrooms.

Because preschool teachers know that when kids use their imaginations, they also are working a host of other important academic and emotional muscles. When your daughter dons "scrubs" (pajamas) and checks her dolls using a "stethoscope" (for my daughter it was a hair ribbon) her mind is going a mile a minute, practicing what she has experienced herself dozens of times. When he's imagining himself as a race car driver, he's actually learning — not to drive of course — but the actions of sitting in a car, buckling a seat belt and putting the key in the ignition.

And chances are, your child isn't silent when he's playing dress-up. If a restaurant is the setting of the moment, they are talking about drinks and food and cooking and the order at table two that they need to take. If she is on the moon, looking for Martians with a colander/space helmet on her head, she's got to figure out where to land her rocket and what color rock the alien is hiding behind.

Even if your child is quiet while engaged in dress-up play, you can bet that their imagination is going at full tilt.

Role playing, especially when it happens with other children, encourages taking turns, cooperation, and socialization. Children that allow their imaginations to run wild become great problem solvers as adults.

Why? Because creative thinking grows with use and practice and while trying to figure out how to rescue dolls from the bad guys doesn't seem like a pressing issue to you, to the superhero child, it's a quandary that has to be figured out immediately.

How to Encourage Dress-Up Play

First, make sure you have plenty of supplies (see list below). Keep everything handy and in a central location. And then get talking. Ask your child what he wants to be when he grows up or what would she do if she were Dora the Explorer. Encourage her to act it out, drawing out details. Don some of the clothing yourself. Most preschoolers won't need too much encouragement, their natural creative streaks will kick in.

Gather Your Garb

Store-bought costumes are great for dress-up play. They feature some of your preschooler's favorite characters like Disney Princesses or Yo Gabba Gabba's Plex. They can act out scenarios using familiar settings and even sing songs they see on television or read in books. But don't discount the appeal of using items from your own home as dress-up play materials. Mom's old dresses, dad's shoes, and ties are all great fodder for the imagination. But just about anything works. Check your closet or local thrift shop for:

  • towels (attach to a shirt to make a cape)
  • glasses with the lenses removed
  • costume jewelry
  • plastic colander (makes a good hat or helmet)
  • belts
  • pocketbooks
  • emptied perfume bottles
  • shawls
  • gloves (the longer, the better)
  • old bags like briefcases and small luggage
  • aprons
  • hospital scrubs
  • tutus or dance costumes
  • hats

The list is never-ending and ever-changing, so update and add as you like. Gather everything together, wash it if you need to and keep it in a central location, maybe in an old trunk or suitcase. Keep it in the playroom or your child's room for easy access.

The best part about open-ended play is that there is no right or wrong — just fun

Halloween Kid Snack 

How to Make Owl S'mores


Directions for Owl S’mores:
  1. Cut one marshmallow in half and place both pieces on a large graham cracker (2 stuck together).
  2. Put a candy melt on top of the marshmallows.
  3. Heat in the microwave for about 2-5 seconds, just enough to make the marshmallows puff up, but not get too hot. (Time depends on your microwave – make sure to do a few test runs.)
  4. Take out of microwave and add a chocolate chip on the yellow candy melt and the candy corn beak while the marshmallows and candy are still warm. Everything should stick together nicely.
  5. Let cool and serve! You can make these the night before a party and everything is still very tasty.

Prep time: 2-5 minutes per S’more!

Why is it important to Play with Dolls?

Dolls and figures give your toddler a way to act out the scenes she sees in everyday life.  She can bathe, change, feed and cuddle her baby doll mimicking the way you nurture her.  She can build a home of blocks and a city and drive her mother or father figurine to work and safely explore the emotions of separation.  If she has a sibling, she might act out real life scenarios that are on her mind, working out things like how to cooperate and share beloved toys.

 She might practice empathy when caring for an injured or hungry animal figure.

It's no wonder that child therapists frequently use dolls when working with young children. Sit back and watch your child play in these ways and you'll be opening a new window into how she feels and how her thinking is developing. Psychology aside, dolls and figures allow your child to create whatever world she wants at that moment - no batteries required.  

Choosing the Right Dolls and Figures for Your Toddler

Toddlers love all sorts of dolls. Some really enjoy those that are very life-like and made of materials that are rubbery, while others appreciate lighter rag dolls. Dolls that have a lot of hair or difficult clothing can be a bit of a pain in the toddler stage, but preschoolers and young school-age children love these types of dolls and associated grooming activities.

Other dolls that will stimulate new types of play are miniature dolls or figures like small people (like the Fisher Price Little People sets) or farm animal sets.

Dolls that teach self-help skills like buttoning, lacing, snapping and zipping are also good choices.

Doll and Figures Storage

Dolls can easily be stored in buckets on shelves or inside of related toys like carriages or strollers. Some toddlers love their dolls so much, they want to keep them on their bed and this is a fine choice as well and clears valuable shelf space for other toys.

Rules for Dolls and Figures

There are very few rules that dolls require. They're not too messy and don't have a lot of parts. One rule, of course, is that boys and girls alike should have access to dolls, but that's more for moms and dads than for the kids. Other rules that might arise may come from common inappropriate play. But it's best to set those rules as trouble comes your way so that you're not putting ideas into your toddler's head. For example, it's seldom that a doll escapes getting a haircut or getting a makeover with markers, but mentioning it to your toddler is sure to bring it about sooner


This years wish list for donations are as follows.

1.  Lysol spray ***

2. Clorox or Lysol Wipes

3. Baby wipes.

The cold and  flu season is upon us and we want to keep the environment as germ free as possible.  Although kids with sniffles are permitted,  it still spreads germs.  However,  children with slight colds also build up immunities to each other.  A new child is more than likely to get sick within the first two weeks of enrollment since they are not immune to the group yet.  But,  a new child could bring in a virus just as easily and the other kids get it because they are not immune to the new child.  These items will help us keep the colds and other viruses down.  

If you have not gotten your flu shots yet I highly recommend that the whole family gets the immunization.  This is going to be a rough Flu season, so prevention is the best key.  If you (the parent) catches something from work your going to spread it to your family and your child will take it to school and day care.  Children are more likely to get sick from another family member than getting sick from other kids in school. 

If you or another family members comes down with a contagious illness,  please avoid contact with the kids.  This helps to lesson the spread of the virus.  I know you want to love up on your child, but be careful not to share those contagious illnesses.

Prevention is key.

Also remember to keep your child healthy also helps keep the provider healthy.  We would hate to close down un-expectantly for illnesses. 

We have already received some of these donations,  and I want to thank those who have contributed so far.  

October's Curriculum

Pre-K group (Froggers) ages 4-5

Preschoolers (Polliwogs) ages 3-4

1st theme : Fall Fun

Numbers: 5, 6

Letters:  F,G

Colors: Brown

Shape:  Oval

Writing skills for the Froggers

Early Math skills for the Froggers.

2nd Theme:  Pumpkins and Halloween

Letters:  H, P

Numbers:  7, 8,

Color:  Orange, Black

Shape:  Square,  Rectangle

Extended skills for Froggers. 

Early Learners (Tad Poles) ages 2-3

Alphabet practice,

numbers: 5,6,7,8

Shape: Oval, Square, Triangle  

Color: Brown, Orange, Black

This age group follows along in circle time, coloring

painting, music, story time, learning to recite ABC'S and counting,

open play, enhanced with some letters

and numbers, shape sheets of the week. 

Our Curriculum comes from

1-2-3- learning curriculum


Preschool Palace

This will be mixed in with 1-2-3- learning curriculum


What will my Child Learn...

There are 33 research-based skills through monthly activities and discovery projects. As children participate in our program  they are naturally exposed to skills which support their on-going social-emotional, physical, language and cognitive development. 

These skills, when combined with a nurturing environment, intentional teaching practices, learning through play, and meaningful relationships support a child?s school readiness.

Learn more about Development and Theory here: 

 Social Emotional


View Skills and Research

Language and Literacy

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Mathematics and Reasoning

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Social Studies

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Second Language

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2017 Schedule update

This is our 2017 schedule.  It includes closures/holidays special events, things to remember, in order to help you remember our schedule.  Everyone was given copies to keep at home.  And we have one under the sign in sheets as well.   










CLOSED Mon.  10/9 Columbus Day


Music man Mon  10/16


PUMPKIN PATCH field trip  10/20  10 am Kemmar farm in Elk Grove. 


Parents back to school night



Halloween party  Tues.  10/31  bring goody bags,  and costumes. 



Music man Mon.  11/20


CLOSE early Wed.  11/22 Harvest luncheon at 12:30   bring pot luck dishes. 


CLOSED Thru/Fri 11/23,  11/24  Thanksgiving


Parents night out.  Friday 12/ 15

Free?..5:30-10 p.m.   

Music man on night out.


Close early Friday 12/22   5:00 p.m.


Christmas Party   Friday 12/22    6 pm.   Round Table Pizza


CLOSE winter break  12/25/2017 ? 1/1/2018    1 week  plus New Years

 Provider reserves the right to change dates if necessary, take a personal day off when necessary for Personal reasons, illness,  work related trainings etc.  Provider will give as much notice as possible. 

 All fees are due and payable on Friday in advance.   ALL FEES are due and payable before Closures and must include the week of closure. 

 All fees are payable 52 weeks a year.  There are no deductions for absences of any kind, and no deductions for closures and Preschool breaks.