Morningstar Learning Center Pre-K Newsletter

           March 2016                                                           17th edition

Your Monthly Guide to Educational, Recreational, and Community Resources in the Big Sky Area

Brought to you by Morningstar Learning Center as part of the Basecamp to Kindergarten Program.  This newsletter is designed to support early childhood education and to help all Big Sky families stay on top of local happenings and resources for their little learners. 

This month's theme is St. Patrick's Day!

 Book of the Month

Natasha Wing puts an Irish twist on a Christmas classic. It's the night before St. Patrick's Day, and Tim and Maureen are wide awake setting traps to catch a leprechaun! When they wake the next morning to the sound of their dad playing the bagpipes and the smell of their mom cooking green eggs, they're shocked to find that they've actually caught a leprechaun. But will they be able to find his pot of gold?

Make Your Gold Coin Dig

  • Shaving cream
  • 3-4 drops green food coloring
  • green glitter
  • Gold coins
  • Clear dish
  • Spoon
  • Paper towels (just to have handy)

Fill a clear dish (we used a big glass bowl) about 3/4 of the way with shaving cream, and add 3-4 drops of green food coloring. Shake in some glitter, and stir!  Stir in the gold coins (we got ours from the dollar store). I added some more glitter to the top. Then set it out for a sensory coin dig!

This number line scavenger hunt activity took only minutes to throw together and while we used shamrocks for a St.Patrick’s Day theme you could do this any time of year with any theme your child likes.  If they are still learning number order write the numbers on the tape and have them match the numbers, if 20 is too much try with 5 , 10 or 15. This is such an easy activity to adjust to your child’s ability and to repeat over and over. This would be a fun group activity as well, have each child search for one number and place it on the line.

Gather your materials. You will need something to write numbers on like foam shamrocks, shapes, or post it notes. You will also need some painter’s tape and a marker.

Start by writing your numbers on the shapes. 

Next lay out the tape and write the first and the last number, for us that was 1 and 20. Make dots of write the numbers in between. 

Hide the numbers all around your house! 

Invite your little mathematician to search for the numbers and place them on the line. Give them a hand if needed but also give them time to figure it out on their own best they can before you step in.


Marbles and green food coloring! Simple as that. Easily turns ordinary cupcakes into shamrocks. The kid’s will love them. Bonus: After eating, they will avoid being pinched with all of that green food coloring around their mouth!

Art Activity of the Month

Construction Paper

1. Paint your child's hand purple. Place down on construction paper. Complete again with green, blue, yellow, orange, and red.
2. Cut out a small black pot. Glue to construction paper
3. Cut out small yellow coins from construction paper. Place around black pot.
4. Let dry! Enjoy!

Good morning parents of Morningstar Learning Center!
Morningstar Learning Center is excited to announce our own webpage, for our campaign to raise $40,000. Please view our webpage, and make a donation! Every little bit helps!

Have you ever wondered about the appropriateness of movies or other media for your child?  Common Sense Media is a San Francisco based non-profit organization that provides education and advocacy to families to promote safe technology and media for children. 

Common Sense Media improves the lives of kids and families by providing independent reviews, age ratings, & other information about all types of media.
Basecamp to Kindergarten Checkout Activities

Morningstar Learning Center's Basecamp to Kindergarten backpacks are finished and are available for loan at Morningstar Learning Center and the Big Sky Community Library.  These resource activity bags contain fun kindergarten readiness activities for preschool students and resources for parents to take the guesswork out of what kids need to know to be successful in kindergarten.  Three different kits are available.  These resources were created by Basecamp to Kindergarten in collaboration with Ophir Kindergarten teachers and the the Big Sky Community Library.  Check them out at your convenience!
Family Photo Session to Benefit MLC!
Morningstar Learning Center is excited to announce that one of our very own parents, Jenna Graham, is helping families here in Big Sky create beautiful memories by booking Winter Mini Portrait Sessions!
50% of the proceeds benefit Morningstar Learning Center when your child is enrolled.Don't worry! If your child is not enrolled or you do not have children, Morningstar Learning Center still receives 25% of the proceeds. 
Mini sessions are $100.00 each. Each session will last 30 minutes. When you purchase this mini session, you will receive 10-15 edited digital images online gallery along with the photo release for all pictures taken. 
 If you would like to take advantage of this opportunity, please book with Jenna Graham now!

Her information is or 706-969-9215. When you book your session, please remember to let her know if it a Morningstar Learning Center referral. 

Parent's Date Night

Our program offers a night out for parents while your children are being safely supervised in a fun and exciting environment at Morningstar Learning Center!


WHEN: First Friday of the Month

 6:00 P.M. till 10:00 P.M.

*Date Night will begin 30 minutes after the official closing time.*

Please note: *Children may not stay continuously from regular hours of operation through the Date Night hours*

FEE: $30 Per Child / $10 for additional siblings

Your child in pajamas with his/her favorite pillow/blanket (labeled please). A completed after-hours registration - including number where you may be reached during those hours.


                    DATES TO REMEMBER:                                          

        February 5, 2016

                         March 25, 2016                    
                         April 1, 2016                        
May 6, 2016



  • Treasure Box Goodies
  • White and Colored Cardstock
  • Snacks
These items can be dropped off at Morningstar Learning Center anytime throughout the school day.  Thank you for you support!

Preschool Storytime
Ages 0-5
Monday @ 10:30am.

Each story time has a different theme. We’ll read books and do an activity based on that theme.  Check the library calendar for special programs.
This is a great opportunity to meet other kids and parents, learn about school resources and get to know our outstanding library staff! Also, be sure to ask us about our 1000 books before Kindergarten Program. 


We look forward to seeing you and your little ones!

This Newsletter is brought to you by Morningstar Learning Center and the generous contributions made by Women In Action, Yellowstone Club Community Foundation and Big Sky Resort Tax Allocations.
For information about enrollment and Programming at Morningstar Learning Center please contact us at 995-2565.

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