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TCLA Preschool and Enrichment Center

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Hey Turtle Creek Parents!

You will notice over the next few months that we will be rebranding the school as a preschool and enrichment center. Ms. McDonald has always taught small group enrichment classes in the evening from the school. Her enrichment classes are very popular; she has written all the curriculum which focuses on the development of critical and creative thinking.

Since we have been both a preschool and an enrichment center, we are slowly going to use the name that reflects this reality. It is our hope that parents will trust us with their child’s educational needs from preschool to high school. When you leave the preschool, we still want you to consider us for any further enrichment or tutoring for your child.

The NEW logo above, displays our new name “TCLA Preschool and Enrichment Center,” but we know we will continue to be known simply as Turtle Creek for years to come.

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OPEN HOUSE
Come see what makes us special

Saturday, December 2nd
12:00-3:00

Crafts, games, snacks, raffle baskets, Santa’s visit, Music and dancing.

All Proceeds to Benefit:
Mary’s Place By The Sea
Ocean Grove, NJ

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Providing a Place for Women
with Cancer to Heal!

NOW ENROLLING - Marlboro's Best Preschool

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“Call Today To Learn More!”
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NOW ENROLLING
“The best preschool in Marlboro”

• Excellent academics
• Charming brick school house with
home-like atmosphere

• Exceptional teachers all with
Masters Degrees

• Lowest student-to-teacher ratio

Programs: Mini Day & Full Day
• 18-24 Month
• 2 1/2 Year Old
• Three Year Old
• Pre-Kindergarten
• Kindergarten Prep
• Full Day Kindergarten

How to Help Your Picky Eater

Turtle Creek Learning Academy  |  September 22, 2014  |  ~ Juli Mondschein

When I named him Rebel I thought he might one day change the world, not refuse to eat his peas! But he did and like many parents we entered the world of picky eating. I have been working with Rebel to try new foods (with the help of a therapist) so Mrs. Weiss asked me to write down a few ideas that might help you as well.

1. Food Chaining: It's a concept to get kids move from one food to another by linking similar foods starting with one that they like to get to ones they haven't tried or even don't like.

When Rebel was 2 he was only eating Cheerios and 4 other foods. We used the concept of “Food chaining” to match similar items as a way to introduce new foods. At first we started the chain with Cheerios and moved to apple chips (same color, and crunch) and eventually moved to apple slices. We also moved him from Cheerios to Fruit Loops (same shape and crunch) which although not so healthy, it opened to door to new colors which eventually got us to more new foods.

Here are some other ideas to chain--
Chicken nuggets to chicken cutlets/patties/or fingers to grilled chicken. Or chicken nuggets to other breaded items like fish sticks or shrimp. French fries to sweet potato fries to sweet potatoes. Or start with a basic like chicken nuggets and add new sauces, to get new tastes….chicken nuggets with ketchup, then with BBQ sauce, and then try chili sauce.

2. Shapes: This can be fun and easy. Buy different shaped cookie cutters and cut everything out into a shape. Use it on pancakes, French toast, and sandwiches. Select different shapes for pasta, pretzels and chicken nuggets so they learn that a different shape may still be the same food. Or make the whole meal into a shape. Try pita boats, use a pita for the boat filled with turkey, cheese and avocado. Use a mast made from a tube of yogurt and a sail made of triangle shaped tortilla chips. Have the kids color a placemat of the sea for their “boat”.

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3. Make up a story! Green food can turn you into the hulk! Or watch out for peas--they are actually kryptonite. Practice taking animal bites, “What kind of animal are you?” “What does your bite look like?” “Can you take a little fish bite or a big shark bite?” Hopefully by the time they take a bite they realize that whatever they are eating is yummy and will want to eat it again.

Most of all be patient. Keep trying and stay positive. We have been working on this a long time but seeing our son go from eating only snacks to some actual meals has been a great accomplishment.

So does Rebel eat peas? He does! (And I think he knows that it's not actually kryptonite.)

Good luck and Happy Eating!
Juli Mondschein

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