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Spring is in the Air

Dates to Remember

Mar 2nd: Dr. Seuss Birthday
Mar 7th: Southwest Florida Reading Festival
Mar 8th: Daylight savings time begins
Mar 16th-20th: Spring Break. No VPK
Mar 17th: St. Patrick's Day Celebration.
Mar 19th: First Day of Spring
 

 Happy Birthday

Children
Tristen Martin - Mar 17
Leah Spates - Mar 26
 
 

Parent Reminders

Tuition is due every Monday.

Please remember to check your child's mailbox everyday.

 

Be Sure to check out our Facebook page!

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P.A. Geraci Child Development Center News

 
 

CENTER INVOLVEMENT

Monday, March 2nd We will Celebrate Dr. Seuss Birthday! Wear red and white or your favorite Dr. Seuss apparel. 

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You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…” Dr. Seuss

 

Our VPK class will be walking to Dunbar High School to read Dr. Seuss Books with the High School students. The date for this activity in March is yet to be confirm. 

Tuesday, March 17th St. Patrick's Day Celebration. Wear green or a St. Patrick's shirt, socks or hat.

Friday, March 20th It's Pajama Day! All students can come to school in their favorite pajamas. It will be a fun day for everyone.

OUR NEW DIRECTOR

Katrana WilliamsHello! My name is Katrana Williams and I am honored to serve as the Director at P.A. Geraci Child Development Center. I have been in the profession of Early Childhood Education nearing 12 years.  I joined Child Care of SW Florida in June of 2017 as a 1-year-old teacher and in August of 2018, I became the Office Assistant at P.A. Geraci.

As the Director, I take great pride in knowing that P.A. Geraci strives for excellence and quality in child care. We promote a cooperative spirit and our wonderful staff is dedicated and truly amazing at what they do.


swfl reading festSaturday, March 7th 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

HEALTHY HABITS FOR LIFE

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!


PARENTING

Children Should Learn at Least 16 Gestures by 16 Months

kisses.pngCatching communication and language difficulties early can prevent potential problems later with behavior, learning, reading, and social   interaction. Research on brain development reminds us that “earlier IS better” when teaching young children. The most critical period for learning is during the first three years of a child’s life. Pathways in the brain develop as infants and young children learn from exploring and interacting with people and objects in their environment.

At 9 Months: Give, Shake head
At 10 Months: Reach, Raise arms
At 11 Months: Show, Wave
At 12 Months: Open hand, Point, Tap
At 13 Months: Clap, Blow a kiss
At 14 Months: Index finger point, “Shhh” gestures
At 15 Months: Head nod, Thumbs up, Hand up
At 16 Months: Other symbolic gestures such as “I dunno” or  “high 5”.
Gestures now bolster the learning of spoken words.

NUTRITION CORNER

Broiled Zucchini Pizza

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Ingredients

3-4 zucchini, 8-10 inches long
1 tsp. season salt
1 tsp. Italian Herb Blend (or your favorite herb seasoning)
about 3/4 lb. grated mozzarella
about 20 slices pepperoni, cut in half
 

Directions

Preheat broiler and put rack into middle position or about 4 inches away from broiler.
Wash zucchini and cut off ends.
Cut into slices about 3/8 inches wide. It’s important that all zucchini slices are same width so they can cook evenly.
Spray a large baking sheet with non-stick spray.
Cover baking sheet completely with zucchini rounds, putting them as close together as possible.
Sprinkle each zucchini piece with the season salt and Italian Herb Blend.
Completely cover top of zucchini with grated cheese.
Broil until cheese is starting to melt, about 3 minutes.
Cut pepperoni slices in half while the cheese is starting to melt, then sprinkle the cut pepperoni slices over the partially melted cheese.
Broil about 3-4 minutes more, or until the pepperoni is slightly crisped and the cheese is starting to brown.

"Everything we do improves the lives of children.”  

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