Outdoor Fun for the Whole Family

At Momentum Early Learning we hold four very important Core Values: Safety, Education, Cleanliness, and Technology. To maintain our higher standard of child care, we focus on education and curriculum. We asked Ms. Kelsi to show the importance of being outside and some activities to jump start your summer!

Summer is now approaching and you can feel it in the air. Some of the best activities happen in the summer because you can take all of the same subjects of learning, outside! Blocks, puzzles, games and art are not just made to be used inside. There are many old activities that you can make new again with a twist of the outdoors. Did you know that there are benefits to being outside? These benefits range from teaching responsibility, promoting creativity and imagination, as well as reducing stress and getting our bodies moving. Going outside is not only important for kids but adults as well. Here are a few summertime outdoor activities for your whole family!

rock tick toeRock Tick Tack Toe

This activity promotes creativity but and conscious thinking about what move to make next in the game. Spend time painting rocks with two sets of certain colors and get creative. This bumble bee and lady bug design is too cute not to share!

Tie Dye with a Twist

If your family is a little bit competitive, like many I know, this is a great activity to incorporate into your summer agenda. Tie dying with a twist. Instead of tying up your shirts and trying to get all of the dye to soak in, try this instead! Hang your white items up on a clothes line, fill up squirt guns with the mixed up and color dye, and then have a water fight at your t-shirts! What a fun new way to tie dye, and the product is a cool t-shirt to show off and share.tie dyeee

Birds Nest Nature Activity

While you are out an about bring a bag and fill it with everything nature provides. Sticks, rocks, feathers, grass, etc. Fill it with as many different types of materials possible and together build a bird’s nest. Which one is the sturdiest? Which one is the softest? Not only are you learning about the environment, but you also get to take a nature walk as well.

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Solar Oven S’Mores

Food is something that is loved by most, so why not put a twist on the age of sweet treat of S’Mores by making them in a homemade solar oven! This activity is something that all ages can enjoy, especially the yummy s’more at the end! The link is attached below on the steps to creating your own solar oven.

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Side Walk Sponge Toss

This game aids not only cognitive development like thinking critically, but it also helps mathematic and physical development. On the driveway draw 4 circles all inside of one another, and label each circle with a number. For older kids you may want to do groups of 10, or even 1-4 would work for the younger kids. At different points outside of the circle add in shapes. Each child stands in the shape and tries to throw a wet sponge as close as they can to the middle (like darts) and add up the points at the end. You can cool down during this game and work on number identification and adding skills!

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No matter what activities your family decides to do this summer, make sure you take the time to get outside and enjoy all that nature has to offer. There are so many different things you can do throughout the summer to cool off, work on cognitive skills, physical skills, and most importantly make memories. There are many different resources out there that you can use to explore all that nature has to offer. Here are a few for you to explore:

https://www.parents.com/fun/activities/outdoor/

https://www.parenting.com/family-time/activities/10-awesomely-messy-outdoor-activities-kids

https://www.sixsistersstuff.com/50-outdoor-summer-activities-for-kids/

Momentum Early Learning, the new standard in education and child care, provides unparalleled excellence of care for children through an open, friendly and nurturing culture. Momentum Early Learning provides care and teaching for children ages six weeks to twelve years old. Momentum Early Learning’s pledge of excellence is based on four core values: safety, education, cleanliness and technology. Families interested in learning more about Momentum Early Learning can call the Sussex Campus at 262.820.2595 or the Germantown Campus at 262.415.8047 or visit Momentum’s website at www.momentumearlylearning.com

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Resources:

Child Mind Institute. Why Kids Need to Spend Time in Nature. Retrieved from: https://childmind.org/article/why-kids-need-to-spend-time-in-nature/

 

 

Teacher Spotlight: Ms. Ashley at Germantown

The teachers at Momentum Early Learning dedicate much of their time and heart to the children in their classroom. We appreciate all of their hard work and the commitment they make to maintain a higher standard of excellence in everything they do. The culture at Momentum is driven by one unified vision… “Grow as a cohesive and fun team with purpose, engagement, passion, and quality”. Here is a look into the life of one of our many excellent teachers. Find out what they love and what inspires them to be a great educator.

Introducing, Ms. Ashley at Germantown…

ashley giving high five to friendHow long have you worked at Momentum?
At the end of May it will be one year!

What classroom do you teach?
I currently am the Assistant Teacher in CC3, but last summer helped with Camp.

What made you want to become a teacher?
I am actually currently going to school at Moraine Park Technical College in West Bend to become a nurse, but have always wanted to work with children regardless of the occupation. My dream job is actually to become a Nurse Practitioner and I would love to work at Children’s Hospital! I have always wanted to work with children in a medical setting to be an advocate for them when they feel they do not have a voice and to make them happy on their worst days.

What is your favorite kind of activity to teach?ashley at summer party
I enjoy taking my kids outside and being active, since that is something I am interested in and passionate about.

What is one of you first memories from school?
My favorite memories from school were in my favorite classes. I enjoyed anything health, science, or math related, especially my high school anatomy class and psychology!

What is one of your hidden talents?
I am most talented in and enjoy going to school. This will be my fourth semester with a 4.0 GPA (until Fall when I start nursing school)!

Do you have any pets?
I have a goat named Sam, a duck named Junior, two barn cats, two indoor cats named Ozzy and Spike, a hunting dog named Bo, and an indoor dog that is a Chihuahua named Eddie! (we live on a farm).

ashley eating an ice cream coneWhat is your favorite thing to cook?
I HATE HATE HATE cooking, but love to eat and try a lot of foods. My favorite food is ice cream- hands down, and I also love quesadillas.

What is your favorite way to relax?
My favorite way to relax is honestly going to the gym. It is my only me-time, since the majority of the time I am either at work or school.

What is your favorite TV show/guilty pleasure?
My favorite TV shows are Bob’s Burgers and Last Man Standing.

What makes a good day at Momentum?
A good day at Momentum is when every child is happy. It is even better when they all learn something new!

What kind of morning routine do you have to get excited for the day?
I get up two hours before work and go to the gym. Going before work in the morning starts my day off right and wakes me up.

What is the best thing about being a teacher?
ashley and her boyfriend at packer gameFor me, the best part of working with children is making them smile and laugh. It’s one of the many reasons that I want to work in pediatrics or neonatal as a nurse.

If you could take your class on a fieldtrip anywhere in the world, where would you go?
If I could take my kids anywhere in the world, I would take them to Disney World because I feel like every kid deserves to go there at least once! I went when I was four and am planning a trip for next year with my boyfriend and his family.

Momentum Early Learning, the new standard in education and child care, provides unparalleled excellence of care for children through an open, friendly and nurturing culture. Momentum Early Learning provides care and teaching for children ages six weeks to twelve years old. Momentum Early Learning’s pledge of excellence is based on four core values: safety, education, cleanliness and technology. Families interested in learning more about Momentum Early Learning can call the Sussex Campus at 262.820.2595 or the Germantown Campus at 262.415.8047 or visit Momentum’s website at www.momentumearlylearning.com.

Lauren’s Addison’s Journey

As most of you know, Ms. Lauren at our Germantown Campus has Addison’s Disease. This means that Lauren’s body does not produce cortisol. February 28th, was Rare Disease Day and on that day Lauren shared a bit about what it means to have Addison’s Disease. April in Adrenal Insufficiency Awareness Month and we decided that today, April 13th would be known as Lauren’s Day. Because today is Lauren’s Day,  she wanted to provide you with a more detailed account of her journey with Addison’s.

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lauren and johnFor as long as I can remember, I was always sick. Growing up, I would always vomit and doctors weren’t quite sure what was wrong with me. Vomiting became my norm and became a running joke with my friends. For years, vomiting was my main symptom. Then slowly, things started to progressively get worse.

I started becoming faint all the time. I would be at a store and would have to literally sit on the floor in the middle of an isle because my heart would race so fast I thought I was going to collapse. As someone in their late teens and early twenties it was beyond embarrassing. People would stare and I would have absolutely no idea what was going on. I also had no energy at all. I chalked it up to working full time and going to college full time, but deep down I knew something was really off. A normal person wouldn’t close their eyes and literally sleep for hours and hours on end then wake up feeling the same exhaustion they started with.

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After this photo was taken, Lauren lost an additional 12 pounds.

I saw every possible doctor imaginable. I had over 15 different tests to try and determine what was wrong.

I’ve had doctors try to diagnose me with everything from depression to bulimia. I’ve had doctors tell me I just needed to “take a breath and calm down.” I am so thankful for my family who knew that something was still off.

The vomiting continued for years. I became a pro at vomiting in my car, walking out of class to vomit and vomiting at stores. As sad as it sounds, vomiting for me became normal. I would vomit anywhere from 5-40 times a day. On a “good day”, I would vomit at least 5 times. As you can imagine, the weight loss that came with all the vomiting was horrendous. I was slowly withering away to nothing.

One morning, I had to call into work because I was so sick. I was so physically weak at this point I was crawling from room to room. I thought I was going to collapse at any given moment. My grandparents picked me up and took me to the hospital. The ER doctor looked at me and my chart, and said she had a hunch as to what was wrong with me. She said she remembered something from a college lecture and did a test for Addison’s Disease. It came back positive- I had Primary Adrenal Insufficiency.

Had that doctor skipped that college lecture and not run that test, I am confident that I would not be alive today. That is how deathly low my levels were.

I was so excited that I finally found out what was wrong with me. I thought I could finally live a normal life. I saw an endocrinologist who told me “Lauren, you take a steroid pill and you will feel better.” Sadly, that is not the case. According to their textbooks, this was true. However, after joining an online support group for people with Adrenal Insufficiency, I realized how wrong that statement was.

There is currently no way to check your cortisol levels on a daily basis. It is often a guessing game. In a normal person, if they are sick or their body is experiencing physical

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or emotional stress, their body will naturally pump more cortisol through them. Because my body does not produce cortisol, I have to lauren and john at the hospitalliterally guess how much extra steroids to take. Often, I won’t realize right away that my body is internally fighting off an infection and my body will crash into an adrenal crisis. When this happens I have to go to the hospital immediately for a steroid injection through the IV and fluids.

Because of the severity of these Adrenal crisis, my doctor has written me an emergency note to take with me when I go. A portion of my note states, “ Patient has history of recurrent ER visits due to Adrenal crisis. It is very crucial to triage patient promptly, provide IV hydration and give adequate glucocorticoid (IV steroids).

Because Addison’s Disease is so rare, often- even WITH my letter signed by my endocrinologist- I often sit waiting to be seen in the waiting room. In an Addison’s crisis, timing is crucial. People are dying while waiting to be seen. There is no time to be wasted. Once after waiting for about an hour, I had to threaten to go into the parking lot and call 911 to come in by ambulance to get seen immediately. That made them realize how seriously Addison’s Disease was and they immediately took me straight back. This should NEVER, EVER happen!

lauren sick at her weddingAfter being diagnosed with Adrenal Insufficiency in September 2013, my journey can best be described as rocky. Like I said in my previous blog, Addison’s Disease is often referred to as an invisible illness. I could be happy and smiling on the outside, but truly struggling on the inside. A smile can hide so much. People have often asked me if given a choice, if I would rather physically look sick so people knew how much of an impact Addison’s has on me. My answer is and will always be- NO. I would rather have people think of me as a happy smiling person!

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I’m currently about halfway through my pregnancy, and even after 5 years with this disease, it still manages to throw me through loops. Because of all the changes in my body right now- and even with extremely close monitoring with my team of doctors- I’ve gone into more Adrenal crises then I ever have. Even so, I continue to stay strong and fight like crazy. This disease will not defeat me. This disease will NOT win.

I hope I was able to share a bit more about my journey with Addison’s disease. If I can leave you with something it would be this: If you feel like something is wrong with you or a family member, keep fighting until you get a diagnosis. It could truly save your life. Thanks Mom and Dad for always believing me and fighting like crazy for a diagnosis! You’ve saved my life.

Momentum-Sussex Campus a sponsor for I Run The Village 5K Run/Walk

Momentum Early Learning child care center is a sponsor for Sussex Village 5k run/walk. The I Run The Village 5K Run/Walk takes place on the morning of Saturday, July 15th during Lions Daze.

I Run the Village 5K is an annual run/walk that benefits the Parks & Recreation Scholarship Fund. Registration is available online or the day of the event beginning at 7:30 a.m. Momentum Early Learning helped sponsor the event this year and is excited to be able to take part in the scholarship fund.

Momentum Early Learning, the new standard in education and child care, provides unparalleled excellence of care for children through an open, friendly and nurturing culture. Momentum Early Learning provides care and teaching for children ages 6 weeks to 12 years old. Momentum Early Learning’s pledge of excellence is based on four core values: safety, education, cleanliness and technology. Families interested in learning more about our Sussex Campus should call (262) 820-2595. Families interested in learning more about our Germantown Campus should call (262) 415-8047. Families may also visit Momentum’s website at www.momentumearlylearning.com

Week of the Young Child 2017

Each year, a week is dedicated to young children, their learning, their teachers and families called the Week of the Young Child. The Week of the Young Child is sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Momentum Early Learning participates each year which includes fun dress up/theme days! The teachers then plan their group lessons around the theme of the day and this year is no different. This year, Week of the Young Child takes place April 24-28.

Below is a list of dress up/theme days for this years celebration at each campus:

Week of the Young Child 2017 Germantown

Germantown Campus Dress-Up Days

 

Week of the Young Child 2017 Sussex

Sussex Campus Dress-Up Days

Momentum Early Learning partners with local Speech Pathologist and Audiologist to talk about speech, hearing and language

Join Momentum Early Learning and Key Therapy on November 10 at 6:15 p.m. to learn about speech, hearing and language. Dione Langley, M.S.,CCC-SLP Speech-Language Pathologist at Key Therapy in Germantown, and Shelley Willis Au.D, CCC-A Audiologist will share information about Speech, Hearing and Language.

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This free event will be held at Momentum Early Learning child care center, W248 N5250 Executive Drive, Suite 400, Sussex. This event is open to staff, families as well as the community. To save a spot, register at http://momentumearlylearning.eventbrite.com/ or Momentum Early Learning’s website.

Participants will learn about Speech & Language Developmental Milestones as well as Hearing Loss in children. This workshop will also focus on what to do if you suspect a delay and ideas to work on Speech, Language and Hearing.

Momentum Early Learning, the new standard in education and child care, provides unparalleled excellence of care for children through an open, friendly and nurturing culture. Momentum Early Learning’s pledge of excellence is based on four core values: safety, education, cleanliness and technology. Families interested in learning more about Momentum Early Learning should call (262) 820-2595 or visit Momentum’s website at www.momentumearlylearning.com.

Momentum Early Learning partners with KTI County for Diaper Drive

diaper-driveMomentum Early Learning child care center partners with KTI Country for Diaper Drive benefiting Sojourner Family Peace Center. The Diaper Drive is being held until October 23rd.

The First Annual Diaper Drive put on by KTI County is a drive to collect diapers for Sojourner Family Peace Center. Momentum Early Learning has partnered with KTI County to collect diapers at both locations to take to one of the Live Broadcasts locations. Diapers can be dropped off at either location through Thursday, October 20, 2016. After that day, all donations can be taken to a Live Broadcast location.

Momentum Early Learning is honored to be asked to partner with KTI Country to collect diapers for the Sojourner Family Peace Center. Momentum’s goal is to collect as many packages of diapers that can fit into their center vehicle to take to the Live Broadcast drop off points.

The Sojourner Family Peace Center is a nonprofit center whose mission is to transform lives impacted by domestic violence established in 1975. Sojourner Family Peace Center provides a variety of support to families who are affected by domestic violence achieve safety, justice and well-being.

Momentum Early Learning, the new standard in education and child care, provides unparalleled excellence of care for children through an open, friendly and nurturing culture. Momentum Early Learning provides care and teaching for children ages 6 weeks to 12 years old. Momentum Early Learning’s pledge of excellence is based on four core values: safety, education, cleanliness and technology. Families interested in learning more about Momentum Early Learning should call (262) 415-8047 or visit Momentum’s website at www.momentumearlylearning.com.

Momentum Early Learning partners with Children’s Librarian to discuss early literacy

Join Momentum Early Learning and Germantown Community Library on October 20 at 6:00 p.m. to learn about the importance of early literacy. Stephanie Reister, Children’s Librarian, Germantown Community Library, will share information about the importance of early literacy.

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This free event will be held at Momentum Early Learning child care center, W175 N11037 Stonewood Drive, Germantown. This event is open to staff, families as well as the community. To save a spot, register at http://momentumearlylearning.eventbrite.com/ or Momentum Early Learning’s website.

Participants will learn about why reading is important, how to model reading behavior, reading development stages, and what the Germantown Community Library offers. Participants will also be able to witness a demonstration by Reister of Mix It Up!

Momentum Early Learning, the new standard in education and child care, provides unparalleled excellence of care for children through an open, friendly and nurturing culture. Momentum Early Learning’s pledge of excellence is based on four core values: safety, education, cleanliness and technology. Families interested in learning more about Momentum Early Learning should call (262) 820-2595 or visit Momentum’s website at www.momentumearlylearning.com.

 

Momentum Attends Germantown Fire Safety Fair

Momentum Early Learning-Germantown Campus is excited to be in attendance at the Germantown Fire Safety Fair that will take place on Saturday, October 1st from 10 am – 3 pm. The Fire Safety Fair will take place at Fire Station #2 located at N115 W18700 Edison Drive. Stop by our table and see us! We will have our bean bag toss game and will be handing out goody bags filled with fun! See you there!

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