Clever Kids Learning Center
Nationally Accredited Since 1998
Dates of Closure in 2013:
May 27, July1-5, Sep.2, Oct.14, Nov 11, 28, 29, Dec. 24 @ 2pm, Dec. 25
Nolan Toddler 1→ Preschool 1
Jordyn Preschool 1 → Preschool East
Iris Preschool 1→ Preschool East
We welcome – Madilynn, Thomas, Jacob and their families!
Scholastic Book Fair – April 15 week
Trike-A-Thon for Preschoolers – May 16th
Week of The Young Child April 15 – 19
Ms. Sharon – Infant 1– 3rd
Ms. Nicole – Preschool 1– 10th
Caelo – Preschool North – 10th
Aven -Preschool East– 11th
Zachary -Preschool North 13th
Silas – Infant 1– 14th
Luke – Infant 1- 17th
Ms. Kathy– Preschool East-24th
Kayla – Preschool North-27th
Omie -Toddler1 -31st
A Message from the Director
Several parents have come over the last several days asking about Miss Edna’s cooking. Many times over many years we’ve heard that kids don’t eat some foods at home, but they eat it here! We are willing to share her “secret” recipe for making Sweet & Sour meatballs. But, we can’t guarantee that your child will think it tastes just like Miss Edna’s when you make it at home! We think it changes flavor unless you can roll it from your kitchen on a cart and place 5 or 6 peers around your table at dinner time.
SWEET & SOUR MEATBALLS
1 tablespoon vegetable oil 3 tablespoons cornstarch
1 (20 oz) can pineapple chunks, drained, reserving juice
1 tablespoon soy sauce 3 tablespoons vinegar
6 tablespoons water 1/2 cup brown sugar
1 large green pepper, sliced About 4 cups cooked rice
1 container MEATBALL MIX, thawed
In a large skillet, combine oil & 1 cup drained pineapple juice, adding water if necessary to make 1 cup. In a small bowl, combine cornstarch, soy sauce, vinegar, water & brown sugar. Stir into juice mixture & cook over medium heat about 5 to 7 minutes until thick, stirring constantly. Add meatballs, pineapple chunks & green pepper. Simmer 20 minutes until heated through. Serve over hot, cooked rice. Makes 6 servings.
4 lbs lean ground beef 4 eggs, slightly beaten
2 cups dry breadcrumbs 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1 tablespoon salt 2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon pepper 2 tsps. Worcestershire sauce
Preheat oven to 400. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Blend well. Shape mixture into 1-inch balls. Place meatballs on ungreased baking sheets & bake 10 to 15 minutes until browned. Remove immediately & drain on paper towels. When cooled, put about 30 meatballs each into five 1-quart freezer containers leaving 1/2 inch space at top. Freeze. Use within 3 months. Makes about 144 meatballs.
Nature in the Lives of Children
The book titled Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv has an interesting opening line that takes place between a ten-year-old boy and his father. “Dad, how come it was more fun when you were a kid?” The father asks what he means. “Well, you’re always talking about your woods and tree houses, and how you used to ride that horse down near the swamp.” As the father reflects on his son’s comment he comes to realize that over several decades, children have come to understand and experience nature very differently than previous generations. It was with this in mind that Deb, Meg, Jennifer and Twila started out at 6:00 a.m. on a Saturday morning to head North on I-25 to Greely for a conference about children and nature. One of our program goals for this year is to find ways to incorporate more natural elements into the program, both outside on the playgrounds and inside the classrooms. We are trying to find realistic ways to counteract what has been coined a “nature deficit disorder” for this population of young children and their lack of experiences in the great outdoors. With all the rules and regulations that shape our program, that often seems like an impossible task. One of the first presenters at the nature conference spoke to that roadblock and told the audience to take all the ideas one CAN add into a program, and not lament the things that CAN’T be done! It was great advice and we are organizing our ideas as to how we can take some of the wonderful ideas and actually get them started in our program. With conference session titles such as “We Dig Dirt” and “Do Bugs Wear Shoes?” we’re thinking there may be some days when we ask for two sets of extra clothes to be in the center instead of just one! A sneak preview for an upcoming event: International Mud Day is June 29, 2013.
Some serious information that caused us to stop and think about how it affects a child’s perception of nature was how many verbal children expressed a fear of the outdoors. They must wear sunscreen to protect against skin cancer. They must stay away from ponds of water because of mosquitoes and West Nile. Young children see and hear flashes of news talking about bear attacks or a mountain lion being spotted in a neighborhood. They must always stay in sight of an adult—or they could disappear with a stranger. All of those are very real threats from the environment. They are not often enough counterbalanced with experiences that show how soothing and fun nature can be. Positive, daily connections with nature can change that fearful view. And it’s important that we change that view because otherwise, who will be the future stewards of the environment?