What an exciting start to the new year here at Little Sunshine’s Playhouse! We are so fortunate to be starting 2015 with four new schools and so many amazing educators! We had many talented teachers nominated by their Program Directors this month, and had a tough time choosing our winner! January’s nominees were: Vanessa Richards, Scottsdale Ashlyn Pfannestiel, Leawood Monica Castro, Rogers Kayla Stewart, Springfield III Aaron Kimball, Springfield II

WOW! What a year 2014 has been! It has been a busy, successful and truly fulfilling year here at Little Sunshine’s Playhouse. Every single educator and management team member has contributed something special and lasting to our team. Our successes lay at the feet of our educators and we are lucky to have the BEST team in the industry teaching and learning with our kiddos every day. Throughout the year we

Staying Healthy in the Winter Months With the winter months, comes the dreaded season of sickness. Keeping kiddos illness-free is easier said than done, especially in a preschool setting, but following a few winter blues rules will help in keeping the flu monster out of your house this year! 1. Wash Your Hands Consistently washing your hands is the most effective method of staying healthy. Make sure you are teaching

Marshmallow Stamped Polar Bears Materials: Blue construction paper Pencil Tempera paint (white and black) Marshmallows Brush Directions: Show your child how to draw a polar bear out of simple shapes: circle, half of a circle (ears) and a part of a triangle for the body, then have him/her draw a polar bear on blue paper. Dip marshmallow in white paint to stamp head and body. Use a brush and black

Discovering the Arctic: Reading List  Berry Magic | Author: Teri Sloat and Betty Huffman  Fluff and Billy | Author: Nicola Killen  Kumak’s Fish | Author: Michael Bania  Mama, Do You Love Me? | Author: Barbara Josse  Millions of Snowflakes | Author: Mary Mckenna Siddals and Elizabeth Sayles  My Little Polar Bear | Author: Claudia Rueda  No Two Alike | Author: Keith Baker  North Pole, South Pole | Author: Nancy Smiler

We have had an exceptionally busy month of December at Little Sunshine’s Playhouse! Everyone has been bustling with excitement over the Holiday Parties at all of the schools. This gave our wonderful teachers the perfect time to really shine in their classrooms. This led to many worthy teacher of the month nominations! The following women were nominated by their Program Directors: Kate Schmitz, Southlake Sarah Friesz, University City Kristie Karlson,

Little Sunshine’s Playhouse, is anticipating a January 19th or 26th opening day, depending on variables of inspection, in Gilbert (1059 N. Val Vista Road). They, with the help of the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce, will be hosting a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Open House on Saturday, January 10th at 12:00 pm with a family-fun celebration to follow. The school is being brought to the area by franchisees, Daniel and Angela Jaworowski.

Reindeer Ornaments Materials:  Matte ornament bulbs of any color Brown paint Sharpie Instructions: Write your child’s name or initials and the date on the bulb Paint your child’s thumb Press your child’s thumb onto the bulb After it dries, use your sharpie to draw on eyes, nose and antlers

Dream Snow | Author: Eric Carle  Hopper | Author: Marcus Pfister In the Snow: Who’s Been Here? | Author: Lindsay Barrett George It’s Snowing! | Author: Olivier Dunrea Little Polar Bear | Author: Hans De Beer Olive, the Other Reindeer |Author: J. Otto Snow Comes to the Farm | Author: Nathaniel Tripp The Longest Night | Authors: Marion Dane and Lewin Bauer The Polar Express | Author: Chris Van Allsburg Time to Sleep | Author: Denise Fleming Winter Board Book |

African Animal Alphabet | Authors: Beverly Joubert and Dereck Joubert Grateful: A Song of Giving Thanks | Authors: John Bucchino and Anna-Liisa Hakkarainen Howard B. Wigglebottom and the Power of Giving | Authors Howard Binkow One Little, Two Little, Three Little Pilgrims | Authors: B.G. Hennessy and Lynne Avril Cravath Starry Safari | Authors: Linda Ashman and Jeff Mack Thanks for Thanksgiving | Authors: Julie Markes and Doris Barrette Thanksgiving Is for Giving Thanks | Authors: Margaret