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New Picture Book by Local Author

By Cathy Chesher / I am very excited to announce that Lenawee County has a new published picture book author! On March 1, Rodeo Red, written by Tecumseh resident Maripat Perkins and illustrated by Caldecott Honor Medalist Molly Idle, debuted. Rodeo Red is a “rip roarin’ sibling rivalry” story for ages 4-8 published by Peachtree…

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Peaceful Piggy Meditation

By Cary Zavala / Sometimes the world can be such a busy, noisy place. Imagine getting up 15 minutes early just to practice peacefully being together with your child(ren) for 10 minutes a day. Yes, I know — this IS HARD to imagine. But stay with me… Imagine what it would be like for your…

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March Snack Fun

Make a green smoothie in honor of St. Patrick’s Day! There are lots of recipes to choose from, but SimpleGreenSmoothies.com has a great chart to show you some possibilities. First, blend 2 cups of leafy greens (spinach, kale, romaine, bok choy, swiss chard, collards, dandelion) with 2 cups of liquid (water, milk, almond milk, coconut…

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March Craft Ideas

   Bring some spring with coffee filter flowers and butterflies. First, use watercolors, markers, or food coloring to color the coffee filters. Let them dry flat overnight. For butterflies, just fold the filter accordion-style and use a chenille stem (pipe cleaner) to secure in the middle, then fan out the wings (see parenting.com page for…

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Author and Illustrator Websites

By Cathy Chesher / As I was planning a recent storytime featuring Pete the Cat, I made a quick visit to the publisher’s website to get the download of the accompanying Pete the Cat song. This made me think of all of the other wonderful author, publisher and illustrator websites out there that enhance many…

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Playgroup is not just for kids!

By Michele Benjamin / We know the benefits that playgroups provide our children—peer socialization, new activities to learn and ideas to explore—but have you ever thought about what it can do for you? My family moved to Tecumseh in 2008 from Central Illinois, not knowing a soul in the area. Gulp. On top of that,…

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Calling All Parents!

by Lisa Eack / We have a new face here at Lenawee Great Start! Please help us welcome Carla Freeman as our newest Parent Liaison. Carla brings a great wealth of knowledge to the table and we are excited to have her. She is eager to get out into the community and meet families. One…

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Fun February Snack Ideas

Try filling a muffin pan with as many red foods as you can! (SuperHealthyKids.com) Suggestions include grape tomatoes, radishes, red bell pepper slices, red apple slices, red grapes, strawberries, pomegranat seeds, watermelon, dried cranberries, and raspberries.    Another fun idea is to cut food into the shape of hearts and arrows. You can do this…