Winter Activities to do as a Family

Winter is a tricky time of year.  It’s cold but there’s no snow to play in, or you get a great snowfall, then in rains and everything is ice, or it’s -20 out and unsafe to do anything outside.  But, there is always something you can do to get kids (and adults) active in the winter.  And as a mother of 3 boys, I know it’s crucial to get outside to play! Continue reading

Farm to Early Care and Education at Waukon Head Start

In my 4 visits with the Waukon Head Start classrooms, I’ve been excited about what Sandy and the other teachers in Waukon A have been doing with foods of the month.  Our first food was apples, and Sandy had several apple worksheets for the kids, and had apple seeds for them to explore, and perhaps plant.  After my cauliflower visit, she found a couple of YouTube videos on cauliflower, and had the kids watch them as they danced around to the music.  There was a big poster of different colors of cauliflower on the door to the classroom, as well as the F2ECE cauliflower slick. Continue reading

Three Years Later, Open Gyms are Better than Ever

In January 2016, UERPC’s Safe Routes to School Program (SRTS) held its first “Free Friday Morning Open Gym” at Luther College with over 50 kids and parents in attendance.  Without a recreation center in Decorah, families with young children were in need for a space their children could run off some energy when the temperatures outside were too cold for little ones. Continue reading