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$12.00Children are usually very excited to visit the fire station or to have a fire truck come to their program. Although children romanticize about the role of the fire fighter, it is extremely serious and difficult work. Children should be taught that fire is very dangerous and what to do in case of a fire. Children that understand personal safety will be able to make good decisions as they grow from children to adolescents to adults. Through hands-on activities, children: • Learn about the power of the sun through solar cooking • Explore the night sky and make their own stars • Practice jumping skills when they ‘jump the river’ • Discover things in nature through a scavenger hunt$12.00This world is for our children to inherit. We need to teach them it is as important to care for it as it is important to care for their toys or pets. Help them start by celebrating Earth Day!$12.00Explore winter fun!$12.00Discover the changes Fall brings$12.00Activities that support a happy heart!$12.00Turn empty space into a construction zone$12.00Happy times and happy days ….. Being mad and being sad ….. Feeling lonely and afraid …… We all experience a multitude of feelings and emotions. Young children are just learning how to identify and handle the many emotions they experience throughout their day. Children that can recognize different emotions are much more likely to be able to regulate their behaviors, which is something needed for success in their daily lives. Reading stories, role modeling, and using puppets to act out different emotions are all great activities to help children learn about their feelings. Other hands-on activities in this Unit include: · Patterning with ‘feelings faces’ · Dancing with colors · Sculpting a ‘happy me’ out of clay Children that understand and are in control of their emotions are more likely to be resilient in times of stress. This helps children successfully navigate school and everyday life.$12.00Red, juicy and a sign of Fall$12.00Weather is with us every day! Knowing how to be prepared for whatever weather comes our way will make the day more enjoyable for all.$12.00Sharing stories and secrets….. Discovering hidden treasures on a neighborhood ‘expedition’….. Making up games in the back yard…… Many of us have memories of doing these things with childhood friends. Learning what makes a good friend, and learning how to be a good friend is something that we should be teaching our youngest children. The character traits that make up a good friend are the same ones that will help alleviate bullying in the classroom. We need to help children feel special and that they are a valuable, contributing member to the group. This nurtures a sense of ‘community’ which promotes kindness, understanding of others, celebrating accomplishments, and the goal of working together. Learning about being a friend is a fun and joyful experience. Through hands-on activities, children: • Concretely see how each person is an important member of the group when they take ‘attendance’ • Practice measuring skills as they see how tall they and their friends are • Create a group ‘friendship quilt’ where every square is unique • Work their large muscles in an action game The more children are involved with each other in positive activities, the more they will see how valuable each child is to the group… and that everyone can be friends!$12.00Pumpkins are fun to grow, interesting to explore, work well in art projects, and very healthy to eat. What more do we need?