Children in grades K through 12 are invited to participate in the 2013 All-County Bookmark Contest. All branches of the Lenawee District Libraries and the Tecumseh District Library are accepting entries--just fill out a form available at your local participating library. All designs must be a hand-drawn original, in black and white, and submitted on the entry form with your contact information. Choose from several suggested themes or create your own. Winning entries will be judges on the basis of originality, appropriateness of theme, neatness and how well the design illustrates the theme.
University of Michigan's Mott Children's Hospital is offering free "web chats" for parents on a variety of topics. The chats are free, no special software is required, and you can participate where ever you have an internet connection. The first web chat will be "Good Advice on Bad Behavior" (relevant for parents of children ages 2-18) on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 fro noon to 1pm. To register, click on the link below. Check out the upcoming topcis as well!
Parents are invited to bring preschoolers to Hidden Lake Gardens (M-50 in Tipton, MI) for a variety of fun activities and learning experiences on Wednesdays from 10-11:30am. The cost is $8 per child per class ($6 for Friends of HLG). The series will run from January 9 - June 5. Register online at www.HiddenLakeGardens.msu.edu or call 431-2060 for more info.
YMCA of Lenawee is hosting a Family Fun Night on Friday, January 18, 2013 from 6-9 PM. This free event features fun for the whole family, including Bounce house Kids vs. Parents fun & games "Creatures from All Over the World" with Paul McCormack Fun in the pool YMCA of Lenawee is also offering specials for memberships. More information is available on their website at www.ymcaoflenawee.org or by calling 263-2151.
The answer? Preschool. Jennifer Guerra recently did a news piece for Michigan Radio about early childhood education in Michigan. Did you know Michigan ranks 24th in terms of how many of its four-year olds attend preschool? We're behind states like Georgia, Louisiana and Arkanasas.
Check out these great mealtime ideas for children ages 0 - 3 from the Zero to 3 Organization Online Newsletter titled, "Baby Steps" Issue 43. Fun for the Under Three Set
Give your family a present for the New Year and sign up for the popular Love & Logic program called "Early Childhood Parenting Made Fun." Parents who have participated in this free program (which also includes childcare!) have given it rave reviews due to its easy, practical applications. The program gives immediate answers to common situations such as:
In case you missed our Parent Coalition Meeting last week, we put together jars of a colorful soup mix to donate to those in need at the Daily Bread. The parents and children had so much fun putting these together and they really did look so festive when they were done. Check out our pictures from this event on our facebook page. If you are interested in the recipe, please see below. These would make great presents for grandparents or friends for Christmas!
Blissfield Schools have full-day openings in their new Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP). GSRP is a free preschool program for qualified Lenawee County four-year-olds. This program allows children who qualify an opportunity to receive a high-quality preschool experience who may not otherwise have the chance. Transportation, snacks and lunches are included. The program begins January of 2013 - APPLY NOW! Applications are being accepted and are available at Blissfield Elementary School, 640 South Lane Street Blissfield, MI 49228 (517- 486-2811).
Parents--children ages 7-14 are invited to attend the 2nd Annual YMCA Souper Lock-In on Saturday, December 8 from 6:30-10:00 PM. Cost is $5 per person, with all proceeds going to the Daily Bread of Lenawee. There will be swimming, volleyball, dodgeball, wallyball, basketball, games, activities and fun for everyone! Bring a swim suit (with liner for boys), towel, proper gym attire, and money for concessions. Questions? Call the YMCA at (517) 263-2151.