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December 2012 Newsletter


  • Scholastic Book Clubs Online Ordering System – visit – enter code GW8T9. Every order placed online earns rewards for our classrooms!
  • All menus and calendars are available on the main page of the blog that now houses this newsletter! Check them out!
  • Please call if your child will not be at Child’s Play due ot a vacationday or illness.
  • Please email if any of your contact information has changed, or if you would like to add new contact information or people for this newsletter.

Holiday Cheer For Families In Need

Child’s Play Learning Center is holding a Holiday Cheer Drive to collect items for local families in need.  Everything we collect will be taken to the Sheboygan County Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) to be distributed to local families who need a little help this holiday season.

We are collecting much more than food this year!  We need your help to provide a wide variety of things for families struggling to have safe, warm winters this year.  As you are out shopping, please consider throwing another bottle of shampoo in your cart or maybe an extra set of mittens.

The following items are suggestions for your shopping trips:

  • Non-perishable Food Items
  • Baby Care Items – diapers, wipes, creams, small toys, bibs, etc.
  • Personal Hygiene Supplies – soaps, toothbrushes, toothpastes, washclothes, etc. • Versatile small gifts for children – crayons, coloring books, playdough, etc.
  • Cold-weather accessories – Hats, mittens, socks, scarves

The collection box will be located in the front hallway, near the sign-in station.  Consider using this opportunity to teach your children the spirit of giving without receiving a gift in return…at least not something they can see. Adding just a couple of extra dollars to your grocery cart will mean a lot to another family.   We will be collecting for Holiday Cheer for Families In Need through December 7.   Thank you for participating in this worthy effort.

Making Spirits Bright

If you are looking for something to do with your family to celebrate in a new way, the Sheboygan Rotary Clubs have designed an amazing Christmas light show in Evergreen Park in Sheboygan called Making Spirits Bright. This neat drive-through experience will be open EVERY DAY this weekend through Sunday 12/16/12 from 5:00 – 9:00.

Admission is non-perishable food or personal care items to be donated to the Sheboygan County Food Bank. If you like the show, the clubs would also appreciate cash donations to make it even bigger and better next year. For the full calendar including the activities at the Quarry View Shelter, click here. Be sure to tune your radio to FM 89.1 and listen and watch the show as it comes alive.

Poinsettia and Wreath Sale Pick-Up

All poinsettias and wreaths purchased through our Caan’s fundraiser will be available for pick-up on Tuesday, December 4 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Please plan to pick-up your orders!

4-Year-Old Kindergarten Informational Meeting

Did you know that Child’s Play offers a 4K program comparable to all other local schools in our area, but without the transportation, shift in routines and tough transitions?

You have the option to keep your Little Learner at Child’s Play for one more year, while ensuring they are prepared for Kindergarten. Just think – you can keep them in an environment they know, with nurturing teachers who will make sure they are prepared for kindergarten while maintaining a stable routine with plenty of play and rest!

In January, we will be holding an 4K Informational Meeting. We will announce the date and details in the January 2013 Newsletter.  Miss Kim will provide an overview of the Child’s Play 4K program, show you the classroom and answer your questions. If you know of anyone looking at 4K options for thier child, please share this information and let us know if we should reach out to them directly.

Classroom of the Month:  The Little Learners / 4K
Teacher :  Miss Kim Location: In the “Great Room”
Miss Kim’s Education & Experience:  Bachelor’s degree from Silver Lake College in Middle Childhood Early Adolescence, K-8 and a minor in English.  She has worked at Child’s Play for 14 years with a short hiatus while she finished her degree.

Main Objectives of the Little Learners Classroom

  • To prepare students for kindergarten in a loving, caring and safe environment.
  • To encourage students to grow socially and emotionally, including appropriate experession of emotions, ability to manage aggression and stress, and focused participation in activities.
  • To increase students language skills in both listening and communicating.
  • To enhance the childrens’ creative skills and enjoyment through experiences with art materials, music, building and play.
  • To develop motor skills by practicing with many kinds of hands-on and interactive materials for fine motor and large motor development.

What parents should know about Miss Kim’s Classroom:  Miss Kim feels that creating a classroom that makes each individual student feel important is the key to being an effective educator across the curriculum. She makes sure that weekly lesson plans are enriched with activities that give children choices. Each child learns at a different level and in different ways and she works hard to discover the key to helping them each succeed.

What do children seem to enjoy most about Miss Kim’s classroom:

  • Journals – every week, they do a variety of writing activities: letter writing, word writing, sentence writing, graphing, science experiments, which involve predictions and drawings.
  • Independence to choose what activities they would like to do during work time, which may include bringing items from home to share with their friends.
  • Cooking projects
  • Group games

What are the favorite toys and activities in the classroom: scooters, balls (all kinds), matchbox cars and tracks to race them on, building blocks, magnetics, puzzles, coloring, cutting and gluing.

What else should parents know about Miss Kim? Miss Kim loves to have fun and laugh.  She uses both of these favorite things to enhance her teaching strategy.

Family Cooking Corner

Candy Cane Playdough
Click Here for a PDF: Candy Cane Playdough
Make this edible playdough for a deliciously-smelly holiday treat that you and your family can play with.  A great diversion for little hands while you prepare the Christmas feast!

5 1/2 C Flour
2 C Salt
8 tsp. cream of tartar
3/4 C Oil
1 1/2 tsp peppermint extract or 1 TBS ground candy cane pieces
Red and Green Food Coloring
4 C Water

Mix all ingredients together. Cook and stir over medium heat until all lumps disappear. Knead the dough on a floured surface until it is smooth. Store in airtight container.

Cinnamon Ornaments
Click Here for a PDF: Cinnamon Ornaments
Your holidays will always smell delicious!

1/2 C cinnamon
1 C applesauce
1 TBS. nutmeg
1 TBS. ground cloves
1 TBS. white glue
Plastic straw

In a bowl, combine cinnamon, applesauce, nutmeg, ground cloves and glue.  Mix well, until stiff dough forms. Roll out dough to 1/4″ thickness. Using cookie cutters, cut dough. Using the end of a straw poke a hole in one side of each ornament for the ribbon to go through. Carefully place cut out shapes on wire rack. Let ornaments air dry for 7 days, turning occassionally. When ornaments are completely hardened, thread ribbon through the hole and tie a loop so the ornament may hang.

For more great recipes to make with your children, Child’s Play Learning Center Cookbooks are available for purchase in the office for $5 each.

Thinking About Summer?

Several families have already inquired about our age limits for summer 2013.  We are excited to announce that we will be accepting children up to AGE 10 for the summer!  We have some exciting programming ideas and community partnerships we are working on.  Stay tuned!


Mark Your Calendar

12/12/12 Mead Public Library Field Trip – Kim, Lisa & Inga’sClasses, 9:45-11:30 a.m. – $2/child
12/14/12 Early Release – Lake Country Academy – 11:30 a.m.
12/19/12 Kathy Luck – 10 a.m. – $3/child (2+)
12/19/12 Holiday Cheer Drive ends today.
12/21/12 Early Release – Cooper – 12:45 p.m.
12/21/12 Early Release – Pigeon River – 1:15 p.m.
12/24-1/1 Christmas Break for SASD
12/24-25 Center Closed
12/31-1/1 Center Closed

Holiday Attendance

Please let us know! By 12/12/12 – please let your child’s teacher know if your child will be at Child’s Play on 12/26, 12/27 and 12/28.

Sick-Child Policy Reminder

For the health and wellness of every child at our Center, please keep your child home for 24 hours after vomitting, diarrhea and fever of 101+.

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November 2012 Newsletter

Welcome to the Child’s Play Learning Center monthly newsletter!

Please take a moment to review the notes, announcements and ideas we have gathered for your review!


  • Seasonal Clothes – please check cubbies to make sure your child has a change of clothing that is appropriate for the season.
  • Running More than 30 Minutes Late for Drop-Off?  Please call!
  • Breakfast Served until 8:15 a.m. – we serve breakfast from time of opening until 8:15 a.m.
  • Scholastic Book Clubs Online – Enter our code GW8T9
  • Menus, Calendars and back issues of the newsletter – all available on our blogsite –

We Are Thankful For You! In this season of Thanksgiving, we want to thank all of our families for your positive attitudes, attention and engagement with our center.  Your willingness to work with us in partnership makes it a pleasure to care for your children every day!

Classroom of the Month

For the next several months, we will be featuring a classroom to tell you more about the exciting things happening in our center!

Classroom of the Month: School-Age All Stars
Teacher: Ms. Dawn Ages: 5 – 10 years, children attending school off-site.
Location:  On the pink carpet behind the loft in the big room at the back of the center.
The main objective of the School-Age “All Stars” Classroom is to have a safe, fun environment for students to come to after school.  Ms. Dawn strives to make sure all of her friends feel equally important and have a place to unwind after a long day of school.

While the All Stars like to enjoy free play and large group games such as tag, the human knot and go fish, Ms. Dawn plans themed activities every day. Many of her activities include intricate craft projects and ways for the children to unwind through creativity and self-expression.  In October, Ms. Dawn created a Halloween project making witches out of egg cartons!

During free play, the children often play outside or with the magnetic toys, cars and geo tracks.  On no-school days, this active class is often on the road – experiencing field trips throughout the region.  These trips have gone to local parks, Terry Andrae State Park, bounce-house centers, the zoo, pumpkin farms, movies, restaurant tours and much, much more.

Ms. Dawn brings a high level of education and experience to her classroom.  With a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from UW Whitewater and student teaching experience in the Sheboygan Area School District, Ms. Dawn is well qualified to shepherd a diverse group of children.  As a result, Ms. Dawn makes a huge effort to engage the children in planning and decision-making.  She is keenly aware of the importance of including them in choosing themes, activities and projects.  Because of this effort, Ms. Dawn has built strong relationships and trust with her students.

Hats On!
A neighbor to the center recently delivered a box of hand-knitted hats for your children.  We will put out a limited quantity on the front table for you to choose from.  They will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Please help yourself!

Deck Your Halls – New for 2012! 
Introducing the Child’s Play Wreath and Poinsettia Sale! We are working with Don Caan’s to offer wreaths, poinsettias and swags as a fundraiser for our SmartBoard project and playgrounds.  Order forms will be distributed via cubbies, but are also available by clicking here.

Please seek orders from your family and friends.  Nothing smells better than fresh wreaths this time of year!

All order forms and money are due to the office by November 15.  Please make checks payable to Child’s Play.  Delivery is set for Tuesday, December 4, 3:30-6 p.m.

Please help us reach our fundraising goals so we can purchase our SmartBoard and update our playgrounds.

Meet Our High School Co-Op Students!
You may see two young women in our center this fall who are learning about Early Childhood Education through a co-op program.  Miss Ashley and Miss Sidney are students at South High School and will be assisting our staff while gaining valuable, on-the-job experience.

Mark Your Calendars
11/9/12      Early Release – Lake Country Academy – 11:30 a.m.
11/14/12    Festival Foods Field Trip, Ms. Kim, Ms. Lisa and Ms. Inga’s class.
11/14/12     Mr. Z’s/Chip Shoppe Pick-Up (4-6 p.m.)
11/15/12     Early Release – Cooper – Noon
11/15/12     Wreath & Poinsettia Sale Orders Due!
11/16/12     Early Release – Pigeon River – Noon
11/21/12     Early Release – Lake Country Academy – 11:30 a.m.
11/22-23/12 Center Closed! – No School – All Sheboygan Area School District

Beyond Stop, Drop & Roll: Nontraditional Fire Department Field Trip Brings the “Trip” to the Children
Sheboygan Fire Department visits Child’s Play Learning Center to reach young children through experiential learning

SHEBOYGAN – Child’s Play Learning Center was recently visited by firefighters from the City of Sheboygan’s 25th Street Fire Station who brought fire education directly to children as young as two years old!

“Young children are too little to travel to the fire station for these important lessons,” Deb Long, Owner of Child’s Play Learning Center said.  “So we brought the field trip to them!  By having the fire department come to us, with a truck and all of their equipment, we introduce fire safety and our community helpers to young children in a safe, comfortable way.”

The objective of exposing children to fire safety and the firefighters themselves is to help children form good habits and develop a positive relationship with the idea of a community helper.  By meeting a firefighter and seeing all of their gear in a non-intimidating environment, children will be more prepared if they are ever involved in a real fire or emergency situation.  The firefighters and equipment will not be as foreign and scary.

“Our local fire department is really excellent at getting down to the level of young children,” Ann Rahn, Center Director said.  “They let the children touch, hold and tour the equipment and trucks.  They brought out huge chock blocks and explained that they are just like legos.  They showed the kids the Jaws of Life and demonstrated how much they act like the scissors in our classroom.  It was amazing to see how engaged the kids were!”

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June 2012 Newsletter!

Welcome to the Child’s Play Learning Center monthly newsletter!

Please take a moment to review the notes, announcements and ideas we gathered for your review!


  • If this blog was shared with you, please consider following it:
  • All menus and calendars are available on the main page of the blog that now houses this newsletter! Check them out!
  • The next Infant Opening is April 2013.
  • Please remember to update your child’s health and immunization records.
  • Please call if your child will not be at Child’s Play due to a vacation day or illness.
  • Please email if any of your contact information has changed, or if you would like to add new contact information or people for this newsletter.
  • Summer Is Here!  Check your child’s cubbie to ensure that they have a change of clothes that fits the weather/temperature.

FEATURE – Summertime, Summertime, Sum-Sum-Summertime!

We LOVE summer at Child’s Play.  Our friends get to play outside, we explore our neighborhood, the sun kisses our skin and everything – we mean EVERYTHING…even our friends – grows!

Children’s Garden: This summer, we invite you to visit our new Children’s Garden on the east side of the building.  We have slowly built this unique space as we have raised funds through all of the great fundraisers you have helped us with throughout the year.  Anna Prange posed in our Children’s Garden vignettes to show you how fun it is!

(PHOTOS from left to right: The picnic place, the art fence (children can use paint, chalk and more!), the water experience area, the lavender walking path, the musical fence.


Container Garden:  We are also trying to build some container gardens in our back yard to give our friends the experience of growing and harvesting vegetables and other plants.  If you have any materials or expertise that you would like to contribute to this effort, please let us know.  We hope to give each class their own section to plant, tend, harvest and explore.

Swimming Season:  Please bring swimsuits and towels as soon as possible and label each item by the tags with your Child’s first and last name.  Please bring them in a shopping bag to hang in your child’s cubbie.

Sunscreen: Please make sure you have turned in your sunscreen permission slip and payment ($10) for center products or your own sunscreen.  The sun will be getting warmer soon – we promise!  If you need a duplicate form, please check with the office.

Flip-Flops: Children are welcome to wear flip-flops inside of our center, but they must have closed-toe shoes for outside and for field trips.  This policy helps reduce accidents.

Camping, Picnic & Beach Experiences:  This summer, many classrooms will be doing camping, picnic and beach-themed units.  If you have anything that you think might enhance the experiences – tents, backpacks, beach tools, surf boards, hiking boots, etc., please talk with your child’s teacher to see if they could use your “stuff”.  Our children like to pretend, using real-world tools, and we would love to use your cadre of equipment to make these experiences even more fun!

June is Strawberry Month:  The sunshine, rain and summer weather is sure to make June a great month for strawberries!  We will be creating 1 recipe per week with fresh-picked strawberries!  To get yourself in the mood, check out the following recipe:

Strawberry Yogurt Parfaits

YogurtparfaitThis makes a great kid snack that kids can make themselves. In a fun glass or clear plastic cup, add 2-3 Tablespoons strawberry or vanilla flavored yogurt to the bottom.

Have kids use a table knife and cut 2-3 strawberries in bite size pieces. Next sprinkle 2-3 Tablespoons crushed granola, dry cereal or chopped nuts, whichever is their favorite.

Layer again yogurt, strawberries and nuts. Top with a spoonful of whipped topping. Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator until ready to eat.

SERVICE PROJECT – Support the Sheboygan County Humane SocietySCHS
Thank you to all of the families that contributed to this fun service project. The children delivered the donations to the Humane Society and were showered with praise and thanks for everything we collected for the needy pets in their care!

So Long…Farewell…You’ve Grown Up Too Fast!

On behalf of ALL of the teachers at Child’s Play, we would like to thank all of the families who will be leaving our Center-family this summer.  Many of you have been with us for many years and we will sincerely miss all of our little friends who are growing up Way Too Fast!

Thank you for all of the great memories and fun times.  We hope you will come back to visit us often!

THANK YOU For Adjusting To Our Sick Child Policy

We would like to gratefully THANK all of our parents for accommodating our sick-child policy this year.  We know it can be a terrible inconvenience, but we also want you to know that enforcing this policy has greatly reduced the incidents of illness in our center this year.

Thank you for adjusting to our policy and for your willingness to keep all of our children healthy.

Building & Growing

We recently made some gentle renovations to our Great Room (the big room in the rear of the center).  If you aren’t dropping off or picking up from this room, stop in and take a look!


Congratulations to Miss Tiffany who recently graduated with a degree in Elementary Education from UW Oshkosh!

Congratulations to Miss Mariah and Miss Trisha who recently joined our team.  Check out their Staff Spotlight articles below!

SpeechTails – Coming Soon!

As early education experts, we know that speech-skills are so important for the development of our children.  Even children without obvious speech impairments can significantly benefit from activities that teach strong speaking-skills and development early in life.  Like vitamins, speech-development activities enhance a child’s development in ways that set a strong foundation for future education.

A company called SpeechTails – – will be working with our staff to create free assessments and recommendations for children to use web-based programs for speech development.  We are working on a reduced rate for our families and exploring a way to use this unique process in our center.

More information will be available in the coming months, but we are very excited about this opportunity for your family!

Randall’s Original Frozen Custard –

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After a short hiatus, Randall’s Original Frozen Custard – 3827 Superior Avenue – has reopened under new ownership!  As one of our closest neighbors, we are excited to tell our families about the tremendous new menu and classic well-known recipes that are available just down the road.

All of our children will be taking a walking field trip to Randall’s this summer to learn how to make frozen custard – and they just might get a sample!

If you are looking for a place to grab dinner on the way home, we highly recommend our neighborhood restaurant.  They have classic sandwiches, including the Sheboygan Double Brat, but have also added an assortment of Wraps, Paninis, Salads and Sides.  They have also learned all of Randall’s Original Frozen Custard recipes and will be offering daily specials!  A menu is available on their website:

clip_image002[8]Each month we feature two of our staff members and tell you more about them.  While you know these ladies by their smiles and reports when you exchange charge of your children each day, this is a way to learn more about who they are, where they come from and the fantastic talents, dreams and ideas that make up our team.

DSCN1824Get to know Miss Trisha
Words To Live By: “Create the life you’ve always imagined!”
Favorite thing about Child’s Play: I love the creativity of it!  Everyone is always doing things that are educational and fun!
Favorite Color/s: Purple
Favorite Holiday: 4th of July – because my whole family comes together!

Miss Trisha is one of our newest staff members and will be floating through all of the classrooms.  She graduated from South High School in 2011 and is currently attending UW Sheboygan seeking a degree in Speech Pathology.

Miss Trisha tutored at the Early Learning Center for 2 years, coached gymnastics for the Sheboygan Recreation Department and the YMCA.  She has also worked at Happy Hearts & Handprints.

In her spare time, Miss Trisha coaches track, plays softball and does Zumba!  She is an expert in Cheerleading and is very proud to be the first person in Sheboygan County to ever make it to the WIAA Cheerleading State Team!  GO TRISHA!

When she’s not shouting for her team, she can be found singing along to Country music or reading the Hunger Games Trilogy (Mockingjay is her favorite).  She may also be found playing the clarinet, flute, saxophone and guitar.

If she could, she would love to meet Shawn Johnson because she loves gymnastics and thinks she is a fantastic athlete and person.  She may even invite Shawn to join her for her favorite dress-up day – Pajama Day. 

Miss Trisha wants us to know that she is very energetic and she loves to smile, laugh and have fun. 

DSCN1825Get to Know – Miss Mariah

Words To Live By: “Everything happens for a reason.”
Favorite thing about Child’s Play: I love how all the classrooms are broken up by age.  My old center was smaller, so we had to have multiple ages in one room!
Favorite Color/s: Green
Favorite Holiday: Christmas – because I love how happy my family gets when we are all together.
Favorite Animal: Dogs – I love how much they adore you when you walk into a home.

Miss Mariah just moved to the Sheboygan area from Iowa with her husband, Rich, two dogs and a cat.  They fell in love with the area when they vacationed here last year and decided to move.  They are both really excited for the change and glad they could find such great jobs.

Miss Mariah just completed her child development credential and she has an Associates Degree in Business, which she is very proud of.  She was an Assistant Director of another center for two years and considers herself an expert in making homemade bread.

When she isn’t baking or listening to country music, Miss Mariah might be outside, hiking, fishing, camping, taking walks or reading her current read – “Deception” by Dan Brown.

If Miss Mariah could meet anyone in the world, living or passed, she would have a chat with her Grandmother who passed away when her mother was in college (before she was born).  She had heard so many stories about this remarkable woman and would love to meet her.

WELCOME TO CHILD’S PLAY – Miss Mariah & Miss Trisha!

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