3 Reasons Spring is Special

3 Reasons Spring is Special

Alas! Spring is in full bloom. The weather is warming up and the winter coats get put away for another season. As the sun shines in the clear blue sky and flowers reveal their vibrant colors, we realize how much we’ve missed this miraculous time of year. While there are thousands of reasons spring is spectacular, here are three which especially stand out. Outdoor Play Sure, kids love building snowmen and sledding, but before long it’s time to come inside to warm up. Too much time outdoors and those little hands, noses, and feet are near freezing. But springtime means the outdoor fun can last for hours, where kids can run around and be active. Those first few warm days have kids forgetting about video games and TV shows as they can’t wait to play with wild abandon. Picnics in the Park Warmer weather lends itself to dining outside under a shady tree. Pack up some sandwiches and other simple snacks and a midday meal is served. The temperature is just right for comfort – not too hot and not too cold. Even after school snacks can be enjoyed on the front steps watching the passersby. Evening Walks The sun sets later in the evening come spring, allowing families to take post-supper strolls through the neighborhood. This is a great bonding experience where parents and kids can catch up and connect. It’s also a nice way to slip in some exercise, something that’s important for everybody. What do you love most about spring? For more posts like this, please visit All My Children’s blogs. By: Melissa A. Kay...
That’s a Wrap! Wake Up to Something Simple

That’s a Wrap! Wake Up to Something Simple

Kids love wraps for lunch for their versatility and deliciousness. And parents like to prepare them because they’re so quick and easy. So, why not take this lunchtime favorite and bring the goodness to breakfast? Wraps can be wholesome, filling, and fun, making “the most important meal of the day” one to wake up looking forward to. Here are two variations kids will love, whether they eat them at the kitchen table or on the go. Each recipe is for one wrap. Cheesy Egg Twist Eggs are a great source of protein, and what kid doesn’t love cheese? Mix ‘em up in a wrap and breakfast is served. Here’s a tasty recipe you can make in minutes. Ingredients: 1 whole wheat (or plain) 10 inch tortilla 1 egg ¼ cup shredded cheese of choice 1 teaspoon chopped dried parsley 1 tablespoon butter Salt and pepper to taste Scramble the egg with the cheese in a heated pan with melted butter. Toss in parsley and season with salt and pepper. Once cooked, place the egg scramble in the middle of the tortilla and roll up like a burrito. For a toasty tortilla, slice in half and place back inside the pan until each side is golden brown. Serve with ketchup for dipping if desired. Honey Banana Mash For kids with a sweet tooth, the combo of honey and bananas will hit the spot. Energizing and delicious, this wrap is sure to be a first-thing-in-the-morning favorite. Ingredients: 1 plain 10 inch tortilla 2 tablespoons honey 1 medium super-ripe banana ½ teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon brown sugar Mash the banana with the...
Happenings at AMC

Happenings at AMC

Summer Camp Program – Register NOW!   Call 212-419-5416 to register your child. Summer camp starts 7-1. AMAZON Smile AMC has teamed up with Amazon Smile to allow you to support your child’s school at no extra cost to you! Amazon Smile allows you to do your regular Amazon shopping while donating 0.5% of the total purchase price to an organization of your choice. On your first visit to the website, you will be prompted to select an agency from their list of eligible organizations. AMC is listed as All My Children Day Care located in Brooklyn, NY. Amazon will remember your selection and save it under your account, and then for every eligible purchase you make on smile.amazon.com, the Amazon Smile Foundation will make a donation to our school. To chose our school for donations please visit: https://smile.amazon.com/hz/charitylist/ls/UZ7BF19MJ8JQ/ref=smi_ext_lnk_lcl_cl For more information about Amazon Smile, please visit the main page: http://smile.amazon.com/about. Pre-Purim Bash See more pics from this fun-filled day! Einstein’s Birthday Rogers PJ Party  Sing-Along Pics Pics from Books @ Lefferts Ballet Photos Ridge News At Ridge our little learners in our Hut classroom studied different artists and art styles. Some things they looked at were Monet’s water colors and Seurat’s pointillism. They discussed the art they saw and the artist’s technique. Then they had the opportunity to explore different art mediums to create their very own masterpieces. They painted on tin foil, with Q-tips, and used oil pastels and watercolors. They realized that there is more than one way to create art. AMC at Sutphin AMC UWS Fun at 164th...
The 4 “Rs” to Raising Confident Children

The 4 “Rs” to Raising Confident Children

Parents hope their children will grow up to be confident individuals. High self-esteem and a sense of self-worth is something little ones need to embrace from early on, so their confidence can build over time. Some kids are born with their chins held high and the feeling that they can conquer the world. Others need direction, guidance, and support to teach them their value. No matter your child’s personality, they have potential. Confidence is the key to doing well in all sorts of situations from social relationships to schoolwork. As they get older and enter adulthood, this confidence will drive them in their careers, family life, and in their personal endeavors. Here are the 4 “Rs” to raising confident children. When kids have their parents to show them the ropes, their confidence will climb! Relax A high-strung parent only makes their child anxious. While it’s only natural to worry about our kids, parents would benefit from taking a deep breath and backing off. There’s no need to breathe down your child’s neck in terms of schoolwork, sports, etc. Your child will feel more confident if you let them know how much you trust their decisions and dedication. This doesn’t mean you should be completely hands-off, but when you chill out, your child will feel the shift. They’ll be inclined to achieve because they want to, not because you want them to. Reinforce Many parents tend to focus in on what their kids do wrong rather than commend them on their accomplishments. We all make mistakes, so let it go and focus your energy on the good stuff. Kids won’t...
Potential Dangers of Using Your Cell Phone During Pregnancy and Near Babies and Young Children

Potential Dangers of Using Your Cell Phone During Pregnancy and Near Babies and Young Children

Modern life basically requires running around with a cell phone. Today’s high-tech, super connected world is all about being available 24/7, checking emails, seeing what’s happening on social media, perusing the news, playing with apps, and engaging in everything else our cell phones provide. They’re convenient, fun, helpful, sometimes distracting…and dangerous? That is what some studies are saying, specifically when it comes to unborn babies and young children. The BabySafe Project has issued a public awareness campaign connecting exposure to cell phone radiation with risks to babies’ brain development. Information gathered from various independent scientific research studies links exposure to wireless radiation from cell phones during pregnancy to neurological and behavioral problems down the road – specifically ADHD. Naturally, this isn’t something all parents are seeing, – and nearly all of us use cell phones – even expecting mothers. So, what can moms-to-be do to be on the safe(r) side? The BabySafe Project has some simple ways to limit exposure, something that will give parents peace of mind, if nothing else. Five Easy Ways to Reduce Exposure (as per BabySafe Project): Keep your cell phone away from your body. Never carry it in a pocket or bra. Never sleep with your phone. Avoid cordless phones and their transmitting bases. Keep your wireless laptop or tablet away from your body. Never rest your wireless device on your tummy. Avoid close proximity to Wi-Fi routers, and “smart” utility meters. Turn off routers at night. Whenever possible, connect to the internet using wired (Ethernet) cables. What about babies and young children? They can be at risk of radiation too, as per Dr....
Fructose And It’s Dangerous Effect On Young Brains

Fructose And It’s Dangerous Effect On Young Brains

By: Mayer Schmukler, Health Coach and Melissa A. Kay Kids these days are consuming more sugar than ever. Often in the form of fructose which is sugar derived from honey and fruit. Sounds innocent enough, but too much fructose can be causing damage to children’s developing brains. Something that is far from sweet. When fructose is consumed right from the source, that’s not the real issue. There are fiber and enzymes that have nutritional value. But when it’s used to sweeten other foods, the heavy sugar concentration is more difficult for the liver to process…more so than cane sugar. In addition, fructose does not trigger insulin release as glucose does. This confuses the brain by not signaling that the person is full after consuming fructose-containing foods and beverages. People are more likely to overeat, leading to weight gain. ADHD and Fructose According to UCLA Newsroom, “A range of diseases (including) attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) — are linked to changes to genes in the brain. A new study by UCLA life scientists has found that hundreds of those genes can be damaged by fructose, a sugar that’s common in the Western diet, in a way that could lead to those diseases.” Fructose is generally added to foods sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup. Take a look on the supermarket shelves or even in your own pantry and you’re sure to find products containing the common sweetener. Dr. Weil explains, “High-fructose corn syrup is used to sweeten soft drinks and is found in a wide variety of processed foods, including salad dressings, and ketchup, jams, jellies, ice cream and more.” UCLA...
The Best Springtime-Themed Books for Kids

The Best Springtime-Themed Books for Kids

Winter is still wreaking its havoc with cold weather and snow. But before long, spring will be here and we’ll have that sunshine we’ve been waiting for. But why wait ‘till spring to get the “spring fever” we’ve been missing? While the temperature outside may not signal that spring is coming anytime soon, the pages of a spring-themed book can be just as special. These spring-themed books will get your kids ready for the season as the snow starts to (hopefully) melt away. It’s Spring by Samantha Berger and Pamela Chanko This sweet rhyming book captures the essence of spring with adorable animals illustrated in delicate watercolor. For a simple bedtime book with feel-good whimsy, It’s Spring is just the book to page through. When Spring Comes by Kevin Henkes As the seasons change, so does everyone’s spirit. When Spring Comes captures this feeling as the bare-limbed trees flourish and the baby birds chirp with cheer. Lola Plants a Garden by Anna McQuinn For kids who are interested in gardening, spring is the perfect time of year to dig in…quite literally. Lola Plants a Garden follows the story of a little girl who has green thumb and a gift for gardening. Spring is Here: A Bear and Mole Story by Will Hillenbrand Bears hibernate all winter long, so when the mole wants his sleepy bear buddy to wake for spring, it becomes an adventure. Read Spring is Here: A Bear and Mole Story to celebrate friendship and the start of spring. Are there any spring-themed books you’d like to recommend to AMC readers? For more information like this, please...
Get More Vitamin C Into Your Kids’ Diets

Get More Vitamin C Into Your Kids’ Diets

With cold season still going strong, protecting kids with an added boost of Vitamin C is another way to ward off winter’s woes. When we think of Vitamin C, usually oranges or orange juice come to mind. But there are lots of other foods high in Vitamin C you can serve your kids to keep them healthy. Incorporate these healthful foods into their diet. It does make a difference. Sweet Yellow Peppers Add some vibrant color to a salad or serve with a side of dip or hummus and kids will love the sweet crispness of sweet yellow peppers. ½ cup of sweet yellow peppers provides 152% of the recommended daily value of Vitamin C, covering your kid’s needs (and then some) completely. How about a veggie stir fry for supper tonight? Kale Kale is a delicious leafy green that provides tons of crunch to salads and tastes great steamed with some seasonings. Not only is it great for the digestion but it provides about half of the Vitamin C needed for the day in just a cup. Swap out the iceberg lettuce for kale and give your kids a kick of Vitamin C. Kiwis Kids love kiwis for their fun fuzzy outside and super juicy inside. The subtly sweet taste is always tempting, and the colorful fruit adds dimension to fruit salads and parfaits. One average sized kiwi contains about 80% of the Vitamin C you need for the day, making it a nice change from the more ordinary orange. Strawberries Sweet and fun to eat, one cup of strawberries provides about 100% of the Vitamin C required...
Happenings at AMC – Dr. Seuss, Amazon, Tooth Fairy, Chess, UWS News, and more

Happenings at AMC – Dr. Seuss, Amazon, Tooth Fairy, Chess, UWS News, and more

There’s so much going on at AMC. Here are some pictures and more info from our latest activities to pair with your recent newsletter. 164th Place – AMC 108th St. AMC Rego Park UWS: The children in the Play classroom had fun gluing tissue paper to create a hot air balloon Dr. Seuss hat! “Happy birthday, Dr.  Seuss, from the Imagine Class at the UWS.” The children in the Play classroom had fun gluing tissue paper to create a hot air balloon Dr. Seuss hat! Celebrating Dr. Seuss at Ridge:  This week Ridge had a “Seussical” time celebrating Dr. Seuss. Our activities were based on the funky stuff that happens in Dr. Seuss’ books. Our Hut and Teepee classes read “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish” and identified colors and personality traits of the fish. The children then made their own colorful fish by painting or using dot makers on paper plates. Rego Park MORE INFO ABOUT AMAZON SMILE: On your first visit to the AMAZON SMILE website, you will be prompted to select an agency from their list of eligible organizations. AMC is listed as All My Children Day Care located in Brooklyn, NY. Amazon will remember your selection, and save it under your account. For every eligible purchase you make on smile.amazon.com, the foundation will send a donation to our school. To select our school for donations, please visit: https://smile.amazon.com/hz/charitylist/ls/UZ7BF19MJ8JQ/ref=smi_ext_lnk_lcl_cl For more information about Amazon Smile, please visit the main page: http://smile.amazon.com/about Thank You in advance for your support and for enabling us to improve our school for your child. MORE PICS FROM TOOTH FAIRY: MORE ABOUT CHESS: In Lesson #4, we...
Sunday FUN Day and Pre-Purim Bash

Sunday FUN Day and Pre-Purim Bash

Celebrate Purim and Enjoy the Weekend with Friends, Family, and the AMC Team Sunday, March 10th is for celebration! We welcome you to have a blast with the AMC family for a special Sunday from 11AM-4PM. The excitement will be endless with inflatables, clowns, cotton candy, popcorn, and other food for sale, as well as preschool tours every hour on the hour. The kids will love seeing their friends and neighbors and you’ll delight in all there is to do. Remember, Purim is coming soon, so this pre-Purim bash will get families in the celebratory spirit, something you won’t want to miss. Location: 83-10 188th Street Jamaica Est., NY 11432 Parking is free and so is admission. We can’t wait to see you there and celebrate the big bash! In the meantime, check out this delicious Easy Hamantaschen recipe from allrecipies. They’re too good to pass up. At All My Children we offer a holistic approach to education inspired by nature. We see our role as not only educating the children of today, but as cultivating the leaders of tomorrow. By providing children with a nurturing and responsive environment to discover, learn, grow, and realize their potential, our children are empowered with school and life readiness skills. Drawing upon their sturdy ethical and educational roots, we believe our children can lead the way towards a better...
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