2014 Week of the Young Child AND Purple up for Military Kids!

Each year the students, staff and community members at LSS’s Southern Hills Childcare and Education Program celebrate The Week of the Young Child. This yearly celebration honors early childhood teachers and the amazing children they educate. This year’s theme is “The Early Years are the Learning Years!” Year after year the kids, teachers and families enjoy fun special events and this year we were again impressed and honored by how many family members were able to take a few moments from their busy week to join the excitement.

  • On Monday, April 7 we enjoyed “Muffins with Mom.” The moms spent time in the gym with their sons and daughters for a special breakfast.
  • Tuesday, April 8 was the dads’ turn to enjoy some donuts. The kids were all dressed up to show their favorite teams or characters so the day was filled with fun!
  • On Wednesday, April 9 we tried something new. We invited parents to be advocates for early learning and post a cute picture or story about their child. Many kids did just that, telling why it is so important to them to have their child learning each day.  To view some of the posts, go to our program Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/LSSLearning and click on “posts by others”. The kids also enjoyed a very fun Character Counts puppet show with CATT, the character cat. Even the toddler classes joined in the fun! If you look at the picture below, you will notice that some of the kids are wearing silly outfits for mismatch day.

  • Thursday, April 10 was definitely our busiest day as we had record turnout for our “Goodies with Grandparents” event. The kids were showing off their favorite colors.
  • Friday, April 11 was a favorite dress-up day for many kids (and teachers!) Pajama day made us all very comfy as we had our noses in books for our reading readiness celebration.

Last, but certainly not least, we participated in “Purple Up for Military Kids” Day.  April 15, 2014 has been proclaimed a special day way to show appreciation for our military kids by wearing something purple.  All citizens of South Dakota were encouraged to wear purple on that date and many of us did just that!


Staff in purple shirts and even purple shoes showed support!

Thanks for the fun everyone!

-Heather DeWit

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