This week, our friends in Pre K have explored traditional and modern rhymes; stories delivered through poetry, chants, and ballads; and stories from many cultures. They have sang and role-played the stories, making the characters come alive through their actions. They even changed familiar stories to create their own. Here's a look at their Prince and Princess dress up day!
One of the most important things parents can do, beyond keeping kids
healthy and safe, is to read with them. That means starting when they
are newborns and not even able to talk, and continuing well beyond the
years that they can read by themselves. Study after study shows that
early reading with children helps them learn to speak, interact, bond
with parents and read early themselves, and reading with kids who
already know how to read helps them feel close to caretakers, understand
the world around them and be empathetic citizens of the world.
Today we had local author Layne Ihde read his new book, Pippin No Lickin' and offered autographed copies to our families. In addition to being an author, Layne is also a musician and played his guitar and got us moving for Fitness Fanatics month. Thanks so much for visiting, Layne!
The heart is the most important muscle that gets exercised during
physical activity. Regular exercise helps to reduce risk factors of
cardiovascular disease such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure,
type 2 diabetes and obesity.
A person's pulse, or heart rate, is the number of times the heart
beats per minute.
There are several areas on the body to read a pulse, but in kids these are generally the easiest places:
On the neck (carotid artery pulse). The carotid
artery runs along either side of the throat (windpipe). Run your fingers
about halfway down the neck and press gently to the left or right side
of the windpipe (carefully avoiding the Adam's apple in teen boys).
Press gently. You should feel the pulse. If not, try again or on the
On the wrist (radial pulse). This is the spot where
most adults have their pulse taken. It can work well in kids, too. To
find the right spot, place a finger at the base of your child's thumb
and slide it straight down to the wrist. On the wrist, press gently to
feel for the pulse. This works best if your child's hand is lying flat
or bent slightly backward.
In the armpit (axillary pulse). Press your
fingertips into the armpit, feeling around for the arm bone. When you
feel the arm bone beneath your fingers, you should also feel the pulse.
This method works well for infants.
In the crease of the elbow (brachial pulse). This
location works best for infants. Place your infant on his or her back
with one arm flat along the baby's side (elbow crease facing up). In the
crease of the elbow, gently place your fingers on the inside of the arm
(the pinky side). Feel around for a pulse.