Tree stamp craft

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Following Miss Sue's reading of 'Colors of Fall' at the Southeast Steuben County Library, we had these simple stamp crafts ready for families at the PRC! We hand-drew the trees beforehand, but feel free to allow your child to make their own fun tree shapes before they get into stamping the colorful leaves! 

We also used small wine corks for the stamps, but just about anything would work -- let your imagination run wild!

LEARNING THROUGH PLAY

This craft is a great way for children to practice colors, identify parts of a tree, and learn about the changing seasons! The act of stamping also engages fine and large motor skills.

SUPPLY LIST

  • Paper (we recommend card stock or construction paper, as regular printer or notebook paper will become wrinkled with the paint)
  • Tempera paint
  • Something to stamp with (we used wine corks)

Fall paper mache lantern craft

Fall is well under way, in our latest Micro Angelos class, Miss Julie Waltz-Stalker showed families how to make a paper mache luminaire. We pre-cut the paper and found the leaves ahead of time, but if you're doing this craft at home, those are great opportunities to explore the world around you and work those fine motor skills!

Learning Through Play

As with every Micro Angelos lesson, today's craft is full of learning opportunities for children of all ages! They explore different materials and textures and learn investigation science by hunting for leaves, discussing changes of seasons, and experimenting with light shining through an object. Their fine motor skills are put to the test when they apply the strips of paper and glue to the balloon with a paintbrush, and they engage their large motor skills by collecting the leaves beforehand. 

Supply List

Directions

  1. Blow balloon to desired size (3-5 inch diameter is good for tea light).
  2. Tape balloon into paper cup, tied side down. This will provide stability while you apply the paper-mache to the balloon.
  3. Paint a light layer of Mod Podge or white glue over the balloon.
  4. Add strips of tissue paper, alternating with more Mod Podge/glue as need to make the tissue lie flat. 
  5. Once the balloon is covered with a thin layer of tissue paper, begin adding leaves, covering each leaf with strips of tissue paper and Mod Podge/glue so that it lies flat along the balloon.
  6. Continue with leaves, tissue paper, and Mod Podge till balloon is covered according to preference.
  7. Allow to dry for 24 hours or until dry to the touch.
  8. When completely dry, remove balloon from cup, pop balloon, and place the light in the balloon. 

The Nonnie Hood PRC annual fall survey is under way!

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Throughout the month of November, the Nonnie Hood PRC will be conducting its annual fall survey, which is meant to give families a chance to make their voice heard and help us do whatever we can to better serve our communities. 

The surveys themselves are simple 5-minute questionnaires consisting mostly of 1-5 rating questions and optional comments. The are two important sections at the end asking why the PRC is important to families and what families feel we can improve at the center. 

Responses to previous years' surveys have lead to direct changes within the center. For instance, we have added more sensory and science materials, more center events, and greener cleaning practices as a direct result of past feedback. 

Feedback from the surveys is also used for our funders, most notably the anonymous quotes supplied throughout the comments sections of the surveys. It's important to those who graciously fund the PRC to know how we serve families in our communities, and these surveys are one big way of showing just that! 

If you'd like to participate, physical surveys can be found at the front desk of the PRC, or you can take the digital version here. We thank you for your time and dedication to helping us make wonderful things happen for families in our community!

Art, yoga, music, and more this month at the Nonnie Hood PRC

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A look at what's coming up this November at the PRC. 

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and with it -- hopefully -- some colder weather. If you're a family who has never played at the Nonnie Hood Parent Resource Center, now is the perfect time to stop by for open play, or to check out some of the special events we have going on every week. Or, if you know a family that could use a warm, friendly place to play when the leaves turn and the thermometer drops below 40, let them know their first visit for open play is free!

This month, our focus is on giving families one last chance to recharge their battieries before the Holidays really get going. Whether it's Family Yoga, a messy art class, cooking together, or drop-off childcare, there is plenty for stir crazy families looking to get out and do something fun without freezing their noses off!

Here's a look at what we have coming up, and be sure to check the calendar for more details

Every Tuesday stop by after story hour at the Southeast Stueben County Library for some related crafts and activities! 

On Thursday, November 2, Nithya will be back for another cooking lesson. This time she'll be showing us a dish called 'dabeli' -- a type of hearty, vegetarian sloppy joe!

Kids Night Ins this month are Friday, November 3 and Friday, November 17. If you've already been to one, you know the drill -- three hours of fun, crafts, a bounce house, pizza, and snacks with our incredible staff! If you're a first-timer looking for a Friday night to yourself, give us a call with questions or to sign up today!

Micro Angelos with Julie Waltz-Stalker.

Micro Angelos with Julie Waltz-Stalker.

Miss Julie will be back for another Micro Angelos on Wednesday, November 8. She'll be showing us how to make paper lanterns, complete with battery-operated faux candles and personal designs!

The Science & Discovery Center will be here for two more Wednesdays this month, November 1 and November 15. The classes will be on counting and animals in water, respectively. While these are geared for ages two and up, anyone is allowed to join the sensory learning fun. 

If you're looking for some downtime during the day, our Me Time this month will be on Thursday, November 9. Similar to Kids Night In, Me Time allows for parents to drop their children off with our staff for crafts, fun, and activities. Me Time is perfect for parents with younger children not yet in school who need some time to run errands, or just have some well-deserved alone time!

Family Yoga with Elizabeth Moses.

Family Yoga with Elizabeth Moses.

Just in time for that pre-Thanksgiving stress, Elizabeth Moses will be here for another Family Yoga class on Friday, November 17. These are always well attended and we find that kids of all ages are loving them every time they come! 

And finally, on the last day of the month, Thursday, November 30, Music Therapist Jennifer Carlson will join us for another wonderful session of Music Development. These spots fill up incredibly fast, so if you want to get one you should call us at 607-936-3837 ASAP. 


Please also note that the PRC will be CLOSED from Wednesday, November 22 through Friday, November 24 so the staff can enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday with their families. Additionally, the PRC will be CLOSED on Saturday, November 11 in observance of Veteran's Day. 

Haunted house coloring/sticker pages

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Another Tuesday, another craft in collaboration with Miss Sue from the Southeast Steuben County Library! Since today is Halloween, we went with a fun house craft that included coloring and peeling off fun foam stickers to make spooOooOoky haunted houses. 

We pre-cut the pictures and put them on construction paper just to be on the safe side, but if you're doing it at home, your children would probably love to cut out the house in silly shapes! After it's cut, glue it to colored construction and get coloring and stickering!

Learning Through Play

Along with the creativity that comes with coloring, children enhanced their fine motor skills and pincer grasps with the colored pencils supplied, as well as the ability to peel with the easy-to-use foam stickers. 

Supply List

  • Construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue sticks
  • Printable haunted house coloring pages
    (Anything from Google will work, but we used these)
  • Foam stickers
    (There are all kinds of options on Amazon or your local craft store)

 

Welcome to the new Parent Resource Center website!

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The Nonnie Hood Parent Resource Center is proud to present a fresh new look for nonniehoodprc.org! As part of our goal to better serve families in our community, we hope this new design will help raise awareness of our services and let parents know that the fun of the center exists just around the corner!

If you have ever visited nonniehoodprc.org in the past, you will notice a lot of the same information in this new design, just laid out in a more accessible way. Here's something fun: If you're not already looking at the site on your phone, give it a shot! The new design also has a smooth web interface similar to version on your desktop. 

Here's a quick look at what you'll find on nonniehoodprc.org, and a glimpse into what we hope to see here in the future. 

Navigation Bar

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Keep an eye on the top of site and you'll never get lost! The PRC logo brings you back to the home page, while the rest of the links take you to the various pages around the newly designed site. 

Home page

On the home page, you'll find a summary of Play & Center Events, Parent Education, and our Nuturing Connections program. We consider these three components to be the driving forces behind what we do. We give parents a place to play with their children in a fun and safe environment, we provide education for parents in the form of interactive classes, and we help parents who need supervised visitation. 

Give it a quick scroll and take a look at everything we offer!

Blog

You're already here! On our blog, you'll find news and update posts (like this one), as well as detailed looks at the fun of the center, fundraising campaigns, and anything we think might interest local parents and families!

Resources

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As great as we believe the PRC is, we know we can't provide everything families need. For everything you can't find at the PRC, you'll find it on our Resources page, from various centers and agencies you may need the assistance of, to our Scholastic Book orders. If you have anything you think should be added, please feel free to send us a message through our contact form or message us on Facebook. 

Speaking of...

Contact *NEW*

Looking to reach out to the PRC with questions regarding any of our programs? The Contact page is an easy-to-use form that sends an email directly to PRC staffers. On this page you will also find a staff listing and our open play hours. 

Calendar *NEW*

The Calendar is one of our most exciting new features! While marking your interest on our Facebook posts is still the best way to keep tabs on our fun upcoming events, our website Calendar has everything laid out in a simply format, and you can even add it to your personal Google Calendar so you don't miss a thing.