Note from the Director
Did you know that if you are a student or staff member of UW-Madison that they have a place for kids to go if they are sick? It’s called Maxim and the website is occfr.wisc.edu/kids-kare.htm. Scroll down the page and look for Mildly-Ill Childcare. Plan ahead because you need to fill out an application before your child can attend. The phone number is 608-265-9123.
Please remember to return KTK clothes back to the center after use. KTK does provide extra clothing when necessary because accidents do happen sometimes, especially during flu season. We do, however, need clothes to be returned as soon as possible. We are quickly running low on spare clothes for the children. In fact, we are out of pants in one classroom! It will be quite embarrassing if all we have to put on the children is their “birthday suit.” Parents who wish to donate clothes that their child has outgrown can do so at any time. Please ask the teachers what they need before dropping items off. They will be greatly appreciated!
It’s already getting quite hot on the toddler playground, so all parents can start to bring in sunscreen again. Also make sure to give two weeks notice if you are planning to go on vacation. The summer months will certainly sneak up on us, and I want to make sure I schedule staff accordingly, so we can make sure to keep the labor costs down and avoid any future tuition increases. Thanks for your help! Remember that we will be closed for Memorial Day on Monday, May 27. Please plan ahead if you are taking off before or after the holiday.
Hope you all have a great month!
Feathered Friends Update
We are excited and anxious for the weather to be warm enough (and dry enough) to go for walks outside. We also said goodbye to Teddy and Wesley, who have made the jump over to the Penguins room. We will miss them, but they were definitely outgrowing our space. Lincoln and Alexa are moving around the room using their rolling and scooting skills. Emerson and Alyssa are really enjoying their time in our activity seat and sitting up with the boppy behind them. Kaylee is enjoying observing everything and starting to interact with the other babies. All of our friends have discovered their voices and are using them daily. We enjoy watching our “Chicks” learn and grow everyday!
You will notice, during drop off and pick up, a few new faces in our class. We recently welcomed Teddy and Wesley to our classroom. We wished a fond farewell to our friends Hannah and Dana. All our little Penguins are quickly developing their skills at an amazing pace. Brynn has become a master speed crawler, with Chase and Drew as close seconds. Davis is attempting a few steps from one solid object to the next and is very proud of himself! Alana is becoming a master leg climber; she can hold on with the grip and dexterity of a little monkey. Because the month of April brought rain and cold days, we are hoping May brings sunshine and dryness, so we can get outside for walks in the buggy. During those outside times, we will be on the lookout for signs of life and growth (plant life and little critters).
This month in the Parrots room, we are going to be talking about Mother’s Day, rainbows, weather, and red, white and blue. With spring coming, we want to remind you about how messy our art projects can be, so please dress your child for success or in clothes that you don’t mind getting a little messy. We will be going for more walks to the park around the area. Please send your child shoes that they can walk in!
We have been very busy. It was really exciting when the weather started warming up a bit for us to REALLY enjoy playing outside. Here’s hoping the month of May turns into great outside time weather! With that in mind, please make sure your child has a change of clothes here (in case of puddle disasters) and the proper clothing for that day’s weather (since it changes daily). Some of our highlights from April include: shape walks, coloring Easter eggs, adding “Spring” to our classroom and pajama day. Our themes for May will be flowers, My Marvelous Mom, fairy tales, music and pets.
The Mallards are still waiting for warmer weather to show up! Please make sure your child still has appropriate outdoor clothing at school, as it is still a bit chilly when we go outside in the morning. Also, if you haven’t already done so, please make sure that your child has sunscreen for when those sunny days are finally here. With our weekly letters, we are starting to focus more on what sound the letter makes when thinking of different words. The Mallards have been doing great with this so far! Our themes for May include Mother’s Day, space, fitness and luau.
The Hawks are definitely ready for spring and all the fun that it brings! We would like to say farewell to Lily, who recently moved to Lake Mills. We would also like to wish Maggie a very happy birthday, as she will turn 5 this month! Since this year’s weather has been strange, please make sure you are checking the forecast each morning to dress your child appropriately for outdoor play. Our playground is in the shade in the morning and usually windy, so often, we still have been wearing hats/mittens at that time. We will be finishing our trip through the alphabet at the end of this month! Thank you to everyone who has been participating in show-n-tell and bringing in labels for our classroom alphabet wall. Feel free to continue to bring in labels for any of the letters, as there is still plenty of room for more. Our themes for May are Mother’s Day, space, fitness and luau.
Out of the Mouths of Babes
One of the girls from the Peacocks classroom stopped Ms. Tammy in the hallway, while she was standing next to Connor. She said, “Excuse Ms. Tammy, but can you tell Connor that I’m taller than him even on his tiptoes?”
One of the preschool boys was eating his third portion of onion crackers at snack time, so Ms. Becky said “I hope you don’t have a date tonight, because those will give you stinky breath.” The boy casually replied, “ANNND it puts hair on your chest!”
A girl from the Peacocks told Ms. Tammy, “I’m going to grow backwards so I can be in your baby class."
Notes from the Kitchen
This month in the Kitchen:
Our May holidays include Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day, and Memorial Day. I will be having a Mexican dish to celebrate Mexican Independence Day. I’ll be continuing to introduce spring fruits and vegetables as they become available at markets like: strawberries, fresh herbs, and avocados.
Snack Time Special:
Keeping kids fed can be a full-time job (I know, it actually is my full-time job). But you have things to worry about other than what to do if your kids request something to nibble on or the ever-present “I’m Hungry” plaint rings through the air. Keeping snacks on hand in the house and in the car is a great way to keep the discord to a minimum when a request is made.
What you keep on hand should be healthy for more reasons than just because you want your kids to be healthy. By eating a food that is more than just sugar, you will be helping to keep them fuller longer, preventing another run for snacks later.
Another thing to keep in mind is that, when a child requests a snack or complains that they are hungry, they may, in fact, be telling you that they are thirsty or that they are bored and want something to do. Children are often unsure of what they need exactly. Thirst can be easily confused for hunger and, if they are eating something, then they won’t be bored. Simply giving them a snack when they aren’t actually hungry can lead to issues down the road. So be sure to talk to your child about their desire for a snack before handing them one. If they have been playing but have not had anything to drink in some time, give them some water and wait a few minutes to see if they are still hungry. If they have been at loose ends, watching TV or playing a sedentary game and they come looking for food, they may simply be bored. Try to take some time and engage your child to see if an activity or one-on-one time is what they actually want.
Rather than a recipe this month, I’m going to give you a list of great healthy snacks that you can keep on hand:
Yogurt. Read the label. Some yogurts have TONS of added sugar!
Cheese. Any form: Cottage, sliced, dip, whatever. Try to get natural cheeses instead of processed
Fruit. This is always ok to serve but is best if you can pair it with yogurt or cheese to help the natural sugars absorb slower (to prevent the sugar rush it can give)
Raw or Blanched Vegetables. Great to have on the table while you make dinner…keeps the kids from asking for a pre-dinner snack, and adds more veggies to their diet. Dip is great with them but pick something moderately healthy, Hummus, cottage cheese, etc.
Whole Grain Crackers, Whole Grain Cereals, Whole Grain Breads. Buy whole grain to increase the intake of fiber in their diet. Also they are more filling to discourage mindless eating.
Nut Butters, Nuts, Dried Fruits, Trail Mix. Great for protein (especially if your kid is going through a no meat phase). Only offer nuts and dried fruits if your child is over 2 years of age…they can be a choking hazards.
Parents Night Out Events
Drop off your potty-trained children (age requirements vary) for a supervised night of activities and dinner or snacks, art projects, movies, games, active play in an upbeat environment with other young children and adult staff. Return to pick up your sleepy but happy children after a night out with your spouse or just a quiet house.
Animart Pet Store
4303 East Towne Way, Madison
Kids & Pets Friday Movie Night provides a movie, popcorn and fun activities for ages 7 & up from 5pm to 10pm. (Children as young as 4 welcome only if group is no larger than 4 children, otherwise may participate with adult present.)
6901 Schroeder Rd, Madison
Call for more information
Bouncy Town USA
6592 Lake Rd, Windsor
1st & 3rd Fridays
Bouncy Town USA provides pizza, snacks and drinks. Drop off kids, age 3 & up and fully potty trained, anytime during the hours of 5pm-9pm for a night of fun, inflatable fun, snacks and games while parents have a night out (or off).
6300 Nesbitt Rd, Fitchburg
Approx. twice/monthly per schedule
Gymfinity’s Parents Night Out events allow you to drop off children, fully potty-trained to age 12 between 4:30pm to 9:30pm (price adjusted for fewer hours). Children can expect dinner, structured games, arts and crafts, movies, playtime in the gym and more. Check website for complete schedule and monthly theme.
Keva Sports Center
8312 Forsythia St, Middleton
Approx. twice/monthly per schedule
Keva’s event is for ages 4 & up, from 6pm to 10pm. While you’re away, the kids will experience a variety of fun; crafts, snacks, sports play, free time, inflatable structures and playground equipment.
2881 Commerce Park Dr, Fitchburg
1st & 3rd Fridays
Designated for ages 5 to 12; Legacy Academy’s Parents Night Out, every Friday from 5pm to 10pm, gives your children the opportunity to just have fun. After an initial open play session (play structures, board games, lego tables, Wii consoles & more) children are served pizza, soda & dessert. After pizza, kids can choose to watch a movie, or play freely within the gym or game areas.
The Little Gym
2690 Research Park Dr, Fitchburg and
1920 Cayuga St, Middleton
1st/3rd Fridays @ Middleton;
2nd/4th Fridays @ Fitchburg
The Little Gym hosts Parent Survival Nights at both locations from 6:15 to 9:45. They offer planned activities, free time, snacks and end with a movie while kids often cuddle up with a blanket or sleeping bag awaiting mom or dad’s return. Visit website based on preferred location for schedule and details. Call for pricing or other questions.
West: Ph: 829-2922
7035 Old Sauk Rd, Madison
Fridays and Saturdays @ West Location Only
Ultimate Open Gym allows children, ages 7 & up, to be dropped off without parent supervision, between the hours of 7pm to 10pm Friday; or 7pm to 9pm Saturdays.
Pump It Up
2911 Marketplace Dr, Fitchburg
1st Fridays monthly
Drop the kids off from 6pm to 9pm for jumping, games, art, pizza, and lots of fun and laughter, while you enjoy a relaxing night off. Price includes 2 slices of pizza, beverage, art project, and treat bag. Registration required, spots fill up fast.