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Dates to Remember

Mar 2nd: Dr. Seuss Birthday

Mar 2nd: Southwest Florida Reading Festival

Mar 10th: Daylight Savings Time Begins

Mar 12th: Child Identification Cards

Mar 15th: Lee County Schools Closed - Center Open

Mar 17th: St. Patrick's Day

Mar 18th-22nd: Lee County Schools Spring Break. Center Open

Mar 20th: First Day of Spring

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Joseph H. Messina Children's Center News



New York LifeNew York Life Child Identification Program will be here on March 12th from 2:00PM-7:00PM to provide our families with comprehensive digital fingerprinting. It only takes 3 to 5 minutes to have your child’s identification card free of charge.  Forms are available in your child’s classroom.  Please have the information filled out and returned to the office staff no later than March 11th, 2019.


swfl reading festSaturday, March 2nd The Southwest Florida Reading Festival. FREE event to the public!

Fort Myers Regional Library Campus
2450 First St, Fort Myers, FL
From 10:00am - 4:00pm
NEA's Read Across America Day is a nationwide reading celebration that takes place annually on March 2nd - Dr. Seuss's birthday. Celebrate by reading this weekend with your child. Find a cozy corner and enjoy a Dr. Seuss book!


dr.seussHappy Birthday to Dr. Seuss! On Monday, March 4th we will enjoy reading Green Eggs and Ham stories and participating in extension activities. The children will experience the joys of wonder, possibility, exploration and discovery found in his books!
On Friday, March 8th we will be making Dr. Seuss hats with the Leadership Lee Group.
OMessina 2018-St. patricks dayn Friday, March 15th we will be celebrating our St. Patrick's Day Hat Parade, and other extended activities. Don't forget to wear green!


1. Sing songs and chant- Learning a song’s pattern helps children remember the song. Patterns repeat in a predictable way that helps children know what is coming next. Songs like, “Five Green and Speckled Frogs,” or “Five Little Monkeys” teach number order-children count up or down from a number. It also teaches spatial words, like on, in, out, around.


2. Use your fingers- When children count on their fingers, they are strengthening their number knowledge and ability to visualize numbers in their head. You can also use your fingers through art to represent a certain number of objects.

3. Build together- Building with materials like blocks, Legos, Magna-Tiles or Lincoln Logs helps children develop strong spatial skills.

4. Play card games- Games like Memory, Go Fish, War, Uno and Crazy Eights give children practice in recognizing and comparing numbers. They also help children learn to pay attention to things like shape, number and color.

5. Count things all around you- Count how many windows are in your house, how many shoes you have, how many doors are in your house or count how many cups you have in the cupboard. The list can go on and on.

5 lesons in life Dr. Seuss blog



Lets Move CalendarThe "Get Moving Today Activity Calendar" developed by Head Start Body Start provides fun ways to help preschoolers be active. Check out the March Calendar. There is an activity you can do at home with your child every day of the month!

daylight savingsSunday, March 10th Daylight Savings Time Begins. Turn your clock forward 1 hour. There will be more light in the evening.


Dye-Free Green Eggs and Ham



2 eggs
2 cups spinach, lightly packed
salt and pepper
butter for frying
4 slices black forest ham


Add the eggs and spinach to a blender.
Blend on high for about a minute and add salt and pepper. Pulse for another minute or so, until the spinach is fully blended.
Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. When the butter is hot, pour in the egg mixture.
Let it sit for a minute or so until it starts to set, then use a spatula to gently stir it.
Remove from heat when the eggs have just barely set.
In the same pan (or in a separate one while you cook the eggs) heat the ham until it browns slightly.

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