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Carol's Affordable Curriculum
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Our mission is to assist all children in strengthening their child development and spark their interest in learning.
Our mission is to assist all children in strengthening their child development and spark their interest in learning.

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Greetings Fellow Child Care Providers,
I am hoping that you are having a wonderful summer. I am so excited about our September Curriculum and the entire layout for the year! It is utterly fantastic! Each year as the layout is being designed I look for new and exciting topics, so the children do not get bored.
I believe learning needs to come in small pieces and often throughout the curriculum months, by doing so we can capture their interests and help them to expand their ...horizons. As Chief Executive Officer and founder of Carol's Affordable Curriculum, I personally layout the curriculum year and make sure that each point of interest is covered in various ways. This year is also a very special year. We are celebrating our 20 year anniversary! Our curriculum may have changed throughout the years, but our mission has not changed. Our mission is simple, we want to assist all children in strengthening their development and spark their interest in learning. I have dedicated my life to children and children’s education and will continue reaching for the stars and doing our best to assist children with reaching their full potential!
Thank you for trusting us to help you mold the minds of young children!
You can order online at www.CarolsCurriculum.com
or call us at 1-877-746-8128.

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Check out our March Special! We are so excited about this "Mystery Box". The staff at CAC has been working really hard at putting these together for you. You and the kids will love them!
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Fun Fact Friday
As many of you know, Carol's Affordable Curriculum is a small family business. Carol's Affordable Curriculum started in 1996. This year is our 20 anniversary! Back in 1996, Carol would design the curriculum, have a local printer print everything, then she drive to all the stores to pick up the supplies that would go in the curriculum and Steve would hand write all the invoices. Then Carol, Steve and Janel would sit around the kitchen table and pack orders ...in the evenings. The next day Steve or Carol would gather all the packages and drive to the local post office to mail them. They made many trips to the post office each month. Now, 20 years later, we print inhouse, have employees that still to this day custom pack each order, however, it's not done at the kitchen table anymore. We no longer hand write invoices and we have the post office and Fed Ex come and pick the orders up. During the past 20 years we have grown and changed so much. But some things still remain the same. We are still a small family run business and our customers are the top priority. We are still affordable and love for children's education has never changed. We thank you for supporting us!

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Check out our newest daubers packet! We have heard wonderful feedback from providers about this packet. Your children will love it!
Alphabet and Number Dauber Fun features 26 alphabet letters in upper and lower case and numbers 1-15. Daubers sold separately. For more information on this packet or on the daubers, please call us at toll-free 1-877-746-8128.
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This week is National Fire Prevention Week. We are starting off Fire Prevention Week making a fire trucks today. Let us know if your group goes on any field trips this week.

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If a child lives with criticism, he learns to condemn.
If a child lives with hostility, she learns to fight.
If a child lives with ridicule, he learns to be shy.
If a child lives with shame, she learns to feel guilty.
If a child lives with tolerance, he learns to be patient....
If a child lives with encouragement, she learns confidence.
If a child lives with praise, he learns to appreciate.
If a child lives with fairness, she learns justice.
If a child lives with security, he learns to have faith.
If a child lives with approval, she learns to like herself.
If a child lives with acceptance and friendship, he learns to find love in the world.

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Let's exercise our hands by practicing some cutting! Little hands must be kept busy and learn how to have eye-hand coordination. Lots of shapes and lines to cut on. There are heavy lines and light lines to cut on. This is a great packet to have for all little ones that need to practice their cutting. You may order online at http://www.carolscurriculum.com/c…/for-fun/practice-cutting/ or call us at toll-free 1-877-746-8128.
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Here is some great information on teaching young children how to cut. Please feel free to comment and add any tips that you have. We welcome all suggestions!
Steps In Helping Young Children Learn How To Cut

Cutting with scissors requires the skill of hand separation, which is the ability to use the thumb, index, and middle fingers separately from the pinkie and ring fingers. This can be challenging for a youngster with small hands. Although many 3- or 4-year-olds have the skills needed to snip and cut, scissor skills are not fully developed until around age 6. If your preschooler is beginning to show an interest in using scissors, start exercising her fine motor skills by following these strategies.

Select Good Scissors. Scissors come in a variety of sizes, so search for a pair that fits your child's hand. For an inexperienced cutter, select scissors with a blunt point, and give them a trial run to make sure the blades are sharp enough for cutting. Dull scissors can fold the paper instead of cutting it.

Left-handed children should always use left-handed scissors. The upper blades on true left-handed scissors are on the left side so that children can see the cutting line. Beware of scissors that are supposedly ambidextrous; although these can easily be held with the left or right hand, the upper blade is still on the right side, which makes it difficult for lefties to see the cutting line.

Stress Scissor Safety. Scissor safety is critical and should always be emphasized at the beginning of each cutting activity. Here are two golden rules:
1.Scissors are only for cutting paper. Nothing else! (This includes shirts, crayons, fingers, hair, and lips.) If a child feels the need to cut something other than paper, he loses the privilege of having scissors until he is ready for another chance. If the problem happens again, the scissors are taken away.
2.Don’t allow children to walk around with scissors. Discourage children from walking around while holding scissors.

Steps to Perfect Scissor Development

Once your child's hand muscles have strengthened and her bilateral and coordination skills have improved, introduce the scissors. Follow these simple instructions for holding scissors correctly.
1.Position the wrist so that the thumb is turned upward, the thumb joint resting inside the thumb loop.
2.Make sure the tip of the middle finger is inside the opposite loop. Some scissors have enough space for the middle and ring fingers to be positioned inside this loop. There may even be adequate space for both fingers.
3.Place the index finger outside the loop, in front of the middle finger serving as a "guide."
4.The ring finger and pinkie should be curled into the palm (unless the ring finger is inside the loop with the middle finger). Many children need frequent help positioning the wrist correctly in the 'thumbs up' position." Carol says, “A helpful strategy is to hold the paper above eye level or tape it to the wall so that the child is cutting upwards. Cutting in this position automatically positions the wrist correctly." Also, if a little one has long hair, pull it back because it’s natural for a little one to want to look down while cutting, which means “good-bye hair!”

Encourage Independent Cutting. Once your child can hold and manipulate a pair of scissors with ease, she is ready to cut on her own. She can start by snipping several colorful straws into small pieces. Thread a colorful piece of string or yarn through the pieces to make a bracelet or necklace. Once she has mastered snipping, offer her one-inch-wide strips of card stock, construction paper, or old file folders. The firmness of these materials makes cutting easier for a beginner because the paper doesn't flop around and the short width of the paper allows for cutting the strips in half with one snip. Never let the scraps of paper go to waste
Have your child attempt to snip sequentially by cutting across a 4-inch piece of paper and progressing to an 8-inch piece. With practice, he will learn to cut on curved lines, straight lines, angled lines and simple shapes with skill.
1. The cutting lines should be thick and bold in the beginning; as your child's skills improve, progress to thinner lines. We here at Carol’s Affordable Curriculum create all of our cutting projects with a thicker line to assist the beginner cutter.
2. If your child has difficulty staying on the lines while cutting, make a practice sheet by outlining the cutting line with two thin strips of school glue. Once the glue dries, have your child cut on the line between the ridges of glue. If he veers off of the line, he will feel a bump as he cuts across the glue strip. After completing several practice sheets, the sensory feedback should help him understand how to stay on the lines. (Carol loves this helpful tip)

Encourage Scissor Skill Development. Don't worry if your child is a messy cutter at first. Kids progress at their own pace, so prepare their little hands with fun games and activities that challenge fine motor skills. Keep this development progression in mind as your child begins using scissors:
1.The child begins to show an interest in cutting.
2.The child holds the scissors correctly.
3.The child opens and closes the scissors in a coordinated manner.
4.The child uses an entire hand to snip paper.
5.The child uses scissors to cut forward across a piece of paper with two or more consecutive snips.
6.The child cuts a piece of paper in half.
7.The child follows straight lines, with the scissors (not the paper) moving to stay on the line.
8.The child manipulates scissors and paper to cut out shapes with curves.
9.The child cuts squares.
10.The child cuts more complex shapes.

Remember that using scissors efficiently is a complicated skill that improves with practice and, as we all know, practice makes perfect.

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Check out our September Special. If you have any questions, please feel to contact us. 1-877-746-8128
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