Love is in the air this month at the PRC!

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

January is over, and we've finally gotten used to writing 2018 on our papers. Time to have some fun at the PRC!

Last month, we debuted our new hours, which include Tuesday nights and opening Mondays for the first time in over half a decade. They've been huge hits as families have enjoyed the extra day to play at the PRC and more ways to plan a night out during their busy weekdays. We hope to keep seeing more of you on Mondays and Tuesday nights! 

But now it's time to look ahead to February, where we'll be hosting a slew of fun, family-oriented events. Being that it's the month of Valentine's Day, the theme of many of our activities is love. Winter Camp 2018 will be themed around Valentine's Day, and be sure to keep an eye out for a heart-themed Together Tuesdays craft. 


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

Every Tuesday stop by after story hour at the Southeast Steuben County Library for some related crafts and activities! Construction is still underway downstairs, so Miss Sue's Tuesday story times will continue to be in the upstairs lobby. 

Micro Angelos with Julie Waltz-Stalker returns on Wednesday, February 7! Explore with paint and color -- be prepared to get messy!

The Science & Discovery Center will be joining us on Wednesday, February 7 and Wednesday, February 21 for hands-on lessons about Measurement and Healthy Choices, respectively.

Our popular Music Development class is Thursday, February 8! Join Music Therapist, Jennifer Carlson, for an hour of wiggly and giggly  music fun to shape and grow communication, cognitive, social, and motor skills. 

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Elizabeth Moses is back for another Family Yoga class on Friday, February 9! If you've never attended these classes made just for kids, you're missing out! Kids of all ages love doing the pre-planned poses with Elizabeth, then showing showing her their own ideas! 

On Thursday, February 15, we'll be hosting another Family Zumba class with Nithya! Whether you've never been to Zumba or you're a certified Zumba master, there's never a bad time to jump in and get dancing! The event is free and you're welcome to stay afterwards to play until we close. 

Our two Kids Night Ins this month are on Friday, February 9 and Friday, February 23. As always, the cost is $22 per child with a bounce house, pizza, snacks, and crafts included. 

Have you signed up for Winter Camp yet? From Tuesday, February 13 to Friday, February 16, attendees will have two hours of fun per day with our incredible staff. Kids can look forward to socialization, crafts, snacks, and a bounce house while parents can enjoy a few mornings to themselves! $50 per child. 

Clay slab holiday ornament craft

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With the holidays right around the corner, Julie Waltz-Stalker showed us all how to make these adorable little clay slab ornaments. Best of all, they're easy and fun to make at home! 

LEARNING THROUGH PLAY

  • Fine motor development: rolling, stamping, painting, and using cookie cutters.
  • Sensory development through texture exploration: clay, fabric, etc.
  • Vocabulary: learn definition of “slab”; “transfer”.
  • Awareness of different cultural holidays and traditions.

SUPPLY LIST

(Optional)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Begin with a small amount of clay—a ball ~3” diameter.
  2. Using a rolling pin, roll the clay into a flat, even pancake, or slab.  It is important that the slab be thick enough to remain sturdy after drying.  I recommend about ¼” thick.
  3. If desired, add texture to your slab by laying a piece of textured material on top of it and lightly rolling to transfer the texture from the material to the clay.
  4. Alternately, choose a stamp and press gently into the slab to transfer the image onto the clay.
  5. If you want to live a little, do both!
  6. Use a cookie cutter to cut a shape from the clay slab.  This will be the shape of the ornament.
  7. Make a hole for hanging by pushing a straw tip into the clay near the edge of the ornament.
  8. Clean up rough edges by dipping a finger in water and gently smoothing the clay.
  9. Move ornament to a flat area where it will not be disturbed and allow to fully dry.  Depending on the type and thickness of clay this will take 24-48 hours.  After 12-24 hours, flip your ornament over to help dry the other side.  If available, lay ornaments on a wire cookie rack to dry more quickly.
  10. When ornament is completely dry, paint with acrylic paint and let dry.  
  11. Seal your ornament by painting it with Mod Podge and allow it to dry.
  12. Finally, slip a ribbon through the hole in the ornament and display it proudly in a prominent place!

More open hours at the PRC starting in January 2018

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You asked, we listened!

The PRC is happy to announce that expanded winter hours are coming in January 2018! This is by far the most popular request during our annual fall surveys, and we cannot wait to share the PRC with more families who could not attend previous hours.

Starting January 3  through the end of February, the Nonnie Hood PRC will be open from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. on Mondays and from 9:00 until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesdays. Not only does this give families another weeknight to play, learn, and meet with other families right here in Corning, but by opening on Mondays it means the PRC is officially open six days a week for the first time in over five years!

Our new winter schedule is as follows (tentatively through March):

Monday: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Thursday: 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

These additional hours were made possible through the hard work of our staff, the diligence of our board of directors, and generous donations from local families and businesses. If you'd like to make a donation to the Nonnie Hood Parent Resource Center, follow this link and contribute through Network For Good, or stop by in person and drop off any monetary or non-monetary donations. 

Holiday fun this month at the Nonnie Hood PRC

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

Weather you're ready for it or not, the holidays are here! Christmas is a mere 25 days away, Hanukkah begins in 12, and Kwanzaa begins in 26! When you're not busy running around making travel plans and doing some last-minute shopping, stop by the Nonnie Hood Parent Resource Center for some fun! Our open hours remain the same, but we close later in the month for our yearly deep clean.

This month, our focus is on the holidays and giving families a safe, warm place to play with the kids while the rest of the world hustles and bustles. All throughout the month, families are invited to shop at "Santa's Workbench" right here at the PRC! All items in the store are priced under a dollar and proceeds go towards funding our Holiday Party later in the month!

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

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

Our always popular Love Languages class begins on Wednesday, December 6! This is a special "For Children" variation of the program focused on understanding the link between successful learning and love languages to build a foundation of unconditional love for your child! 

The Science & Discovery Center will be here on Wednesday, December 6 and Wednesday, December 20 to teach us about Magnets and Patterns. These hands-on workshops are great for ages three and up, but all children are welcome to drop in and attend.

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Me Times this month will be on Thursday, December 7 and Thursday, December 21. Drop-off your children with Amanda and Josh for two hours of fun, crafts and learning through play!

Due to the shortened month, we'll only be having one Kids Night In on Friday, December 15. Two hours of childcare with Matt and Julie Waltz-Stalker! Lots of fun, including the bounce house!

On Wednesday, December 20, our annual Holiday Party will kick off for anyone interested in attending! Crafts and treats will be provided, but the PRC graciously accepts peanut-free snacks and beverages for the event. 

In addition to the Holiday Party, Linda from Pro Action will be here for her annual Book on Every Bed event. Come wrap a free book and start a new tradition with your young readers. 


Please note that the center will be closed from Friday, December 22 through Saturday, January 2 for our winter deep clean. 

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.