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1 Parents as TeachersTracy Suhler, Supervisor ext. 152 800 S. Workman Leanne Hollinger, Educator ext. 128 1-620-257-5293Jasmin Chacon, Educator ext. 169 1-877-808-9639Kari Troyer, Office Assist. ext. 142 Ken Troyer, Fatherhood ext. 152 Oscar Gomez, Fatherhood ext. MARCH 2010 NEWSLETTER—RICE COUNTY PLAYGROUPS LyonsEvening Playgroup Thursday, March 4 th 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. LRC Gym Daytime Playgroup NO PLAYGROUP DUE TO SPRING BREAK Spanish-speaking Playgroup Tuesday, March 2 nd 1:00-2:30 p.m. LRC Gym SterlingTuesday, March 9 th 9:00-10:30 a.m. Sterling Library LittleWednesday, 10 th River10:00-11:30 a.m. Congregational Church Dudes to Dads Spanish and English: Thursday, March 11 th 7:00 p.m. @ FEC Receive a $25.00 gift card for attending! SCHOLASTIC BOOK ORDERS DUE BY APRIL 1 ST. USD 405 Spring Break is March 15 th through March 19 th. There will be no playgroups held during this time. Sunday, March 14 th — Daylight savings time begins. Move your clocks 1 hour ahead on Saturday night!

2 Leprechaun Fingerplay Leprechaun, leprechaun, Hiding in the hay. (Hide pointer finger under opposite hand.) Leprechaun, leprechaun, Don't you run away. (Hop pointer finger around.) Leprechaun, leprechaun, Let's go out and play. (Hop both pointer fingers together.) Leprechaun, leprechaun, It's St. Patrick's Day! (Dance pointer fingers up and down.) TASTE A RAINBOW Here’s what little leprechauns look forward to on St. Patrick’s Day: A magical snack that can add color to the grayest March afternoon. Pot of gold not included! Ingredients: White cake mix, food coloring, paper baking cups, whipped cream. Directions: 1.Prepare your favorite white cake mix as directed on the box, then divide batter evenly among six small bowls. Dye each batter bowl a different color of the rainbow. (To make purple, use 9 drops of red and 6 drops of blue. For orange, mix 12 drops of yellow and 4 drops of red). 2.Line muffin tins with baking cups. Evenly distribute the purple batter among the cups. Do the same with the blue, green, yellow, orange and red batter. As you go, gently smooth each layer of batter with the back of a spoon to cover the color underneath. 3.Bake cupcakes according to directions on the box. Before serving, remove the paper baking cup and top each cupcake with a whipped cream cloud.

3 Dear Parents, Once again, we are encouraging you to place your Scholastic Book Club orders online! Browse all the great monthly Book Club selections at low prices and order online. Plus, our program earns a FREE Book every time a parent orders online. Here's how it works: Use the information below to access the Scholastic Book Club website. Browse the titles with your child and place your order with your credit card. Your order will come to us, and your credit card payment will go directly to Scholastic's secure server. This way, there's no need to send money to our office. After we submit our entire order to Scholastic, your order will be delivered to our office along with the others. Your educator can bring it to your next home visit or you can stop by to pick it up. To get started, go to the web address below and enter our PAT personalized user name and password in the sign-in fields on the right side of the page. Note: You do not need to create your own user name and password. User Name: RicePAT Password: PATorders Ordering online is the most convenient way to use Scholastic Book Club. You can order anytime, right up until the online order due date. You'll also get instant access to over 500 additional titles plus online-only specials and discounts. And don't forget: Every time a parent places an order online, we earn a FREE book for our Parents as Teachers library! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Sincerely, TRACY SUHLER Parents as Teachers Coordinator The next Scholastic book orders are due by April 1 st. Order on-line or place an order with your Educator.

4 OUR OLD FRIEND “FOLLOW-THROUGH” BY SHARI STEELSMITH TIP: It doesn’t help a child to let him get away with things. In fact, it makes him worse. I noticed a parent friend of mine posted this message on Facebook the other night: I can’t believe this. I told my girls to come inside and my son to get off the computer 20 minutes ago. How is it that the girls are still outside and my son is still on the computer? Do I need to yell to be taken seriously around here? I sighed a little in commiseration. This dad’s children are younger than mine, but I still have the same issue when I tell my 15-year-old son to go to bed. He nods cooperatively and then blithely continues in his same activity. I understand the temptation to resort to yelling—which creates such drama and discord that action usually follows, but the problem with it is that it rarely changes the behavior. If my friend yells at his children, they are likely to comply at the moment, but they will probably do the very same thing the next night. Why? Because they’ve learned they don’t really have to come inside or get off the computer until Dad is mad and yelling. Playing outside or on the computer is such fun for them, they’re willing to tolerate the momentary discomfort of dad’s anger. The old parenting maxim applies here: If you fail to follow through (enforce your rules), you teach your child to ignore you. There’s more than one reason we let our children get away with things. Sometimes we are too busy with another task to really attend to what the child is doing and before we know it, he’s up an hour and a half past his bedtime. Sometimes we feel indulgent and think, “Oh, he never gets to see this TV show. Let him stay up this one time.” Or perhaps we just don’t feel up to the struggle it might entail to get a kid into bed and decide to abdicate parenting. Most commonly, though, I think we just get into a rut of reminding until we get irritated and yell. It doesn’t occur to us to change our tactics. TOOLS: Might I suggest that we do change our tactics? For a logical consequence to actually change a child’s behavior, it has to matter to the child. In both of the situations above, the consequence of an irritated or yelling parent clearly didn’t matter enough to the children to change their behavior. Here are two ideas for my friend. First, he needs to reiterate when bedtime is and what that means. For example, “At 8:00, everyone is to go upstairs, brush their teeth and put on their pajamas.” Then he needs to let them know what the consequence for non-compliance will be: “If I tell you it’s bedtime, you need to leave whatever you are doing and go upstairs. If you don’t do this, you will have to go to bed thirty minutes earlier tomorrow.” This consequence is likely to have an impact because kids clearly like staying up. I recommend only giving one warning, no later than 5 minutes after the initial instruction. Then if a child still doesn’t mind, personally and calmly escort her upstairs, saying, “Since you didn’t follow the rule, tomorrow you will go to bed at 7:30.” It is crucial then for Dad to follow through with the earlier bedtime the next day. If he doesn’t follow through, he will again teach his children to ignore his rules. An alternative consequence is the loss of computer privileges or outside play privileges. The privilege that matters the most to the child is the one that will make the most difference.

5 Happy Birthday! Jacob G.March 8 th Kaitlyn M.March 10 th Lydia W.March 17 th Will M.March 19 th Kale D.March 26 th Ariah S.March 27 th Jailynn S.March 27 th Carlin S.March 27 th Sam M.March 30 th March 2010 SundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday 1 2 Spanish speaking playgroup 1:00 p.m. LRC 34 Lyons Evening Playgroup 6:30 p.m. LRC 56 789 Sterling playgroup 9:00 a.m. Library 10 Little River Playgroup 10:00 a.m. Cong. Church 11 Dudes to Dads 7:00 p.m. FEC 12 NO SCHOOL (USD405) 13 14 Daylight Savings Time Begins (Spring Forward!) 15 ------------------ 16 ------------------ 17 USD 405 Spring Break St. Patrick’s Day 18 ------------------ 19 ------------------ 20 FIRST DAY OF SPRING!! 21222324252627 28 PALM SUNDAY 293031 Kites The March wind is calling, "Come fly your kite!" The wind is blowing With all its might. The kites are tossing In the sky. The wind is calling, "Come fly up high."

6 Parents as Teachers 800 S. Workman Lyons, KS 67554 Wellness Policy Please help us prevent the spread of illness by contacting your Educator and canceling your visit if anyone in your household has been ill within the last 24 hours. Also, do not attend any PAT playgroups or activities unless you and your children are all healthy. And don’t forget, the H1N1 vaccine is available at the Rice County Health Department free of charge. Thank you!

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