Morningstar Learning Center Pre-K Newsletter

             January 2015                                                           15th 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 Winter Wonderland!

 Book of the Month

The Snow Globe Family by Jane O'Connor

Oh, when will it snow again? wonders the little family who lives in the snow globe. They long for a snowstorm? if only someone in the big family would pick up the snow globe and give it a shake. Baby would love to. She notices the little family, but the snow globe is too high for her to reach. But then Baby is alone during a snowstorm. Will the snow globe family get a chance to go sledding, too?

Math Activity of the Month


Build-A-Snowman Math Game

Children roll a die, identify the numeral and count out that amount of snowman pieces. They add the pieces of snowman (there are 10 pieces in all) until they have completed it.

The pieces you will need are:  two white felt circles (the stiff kind of felt), black felt hat, blue felt scarf, two wiggle eyes, orange felt nose, 3 buttons and one die.

Have Fun!


Snowman On A Stick 


  • Bananas
  • Grapes
  • Carrot
  • Apple
  • Bamboo skewers
  • Mini chocolate chips
  • Pretzel sticks


  1. You will need three thick slices of bananas, a grape, a sliver of a carrot and a triangular piece of apple for each snowman. (Tip: Use the bamboo skewer to poke a hole in the apple, so it will be easier to assemble.)
  2. Let your kids slide the fruit onto the skewer. Then use the carrot slivers for the noses, the mini chocolate chips for the eyes and buttons, and use the pretzel sticks for the arms.

This is a great activity for your kids and all their friends during the holidays to make a fun, healthy treat!

Art Activity of the Month

Pom-Pom Painted Cardboard Snow Globe
Materials Needed:
* Mini pom-pom
* Clothespin
* Paint
* Toilet paper roll/cardboard tube
* Scrapbook paper/card stock paper
Cut the end off a toilet paper roll for the base of the snow globe. Take a dark blue piece of card stock paper and cut it into a circle. Grab a pompom with a clothespin and have the kids use it as a paintbrush to make a snowman/snowflakes.
You can either wait for the paint to dry or you can cut out snowman pieces with paper to glue on. Cut two slits in the cardboard tube and stick the circle in. Ta-da!


50 essential winter activities

Have some snowy or cozy fun with our 50 must-try winter activities. Download the printable checklist and tick off as you go!

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 MLC 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!

AGES ELIGIBLE TO ATTEND: No age restriction

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 4, 2016                    
                         April 1, 2016                        
May 6, 2016



  • Treasure box goodies
  • white and colored cardstock
  • snacks
These items can be dropped off at MLC anytime throughout the school day.  Thank you for you support!
In and Around Big Sky
Family Friendly Community Events and Programs


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

Each storytime 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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