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2017 EFC SUMMER PROGRAM
At EFC, we will be Diggin' the Great Outdoors. Over the course of the summer, we will introduce children to the process of growing and raising food through learning about the science, people and culture behind our plates. Children will get to experience the wonder of tasty and healthy foods. They will dig, plant and water in our gardens! They will harvest, prepare and taste. And in doing so, they will learn about food in a whole new way!  Come and learn with us this summer!!
 
UPCOMING EVENTS
JUNE FIELD TRIP
On Wednesday, June 7, the preschool groups are going to Woodlake Nature Center in Richfield. Bus information will be posted in mid-June. Please remember to wear tennis shoes & bring a peanut/nut free bag lunch. Parent volunteers are welcome to join us!


DADS & GRANDPAS
We want to invite our special dads and grandpas to join us for Root Beer Floats and fun games on Thursday, June 15, 4-5:30 PM at the grassy area. Come and hang out with us!!  


FAMILY PICNIC
On Thursday, June 22, we will be hosting a Family Picnic at Rosland Park! We will post a signup sheet the week prior for a potluck style picnic. We hope your whole family can join us for some fun in the sun! 

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

SOCCER SHOTS
This summer we will be offering a 10-week parent paid soccer option for our preschool classes, starting the week of June 19. Classes will be held on Mondays (No class on 7/3) through mid-August. There will be a demo day on June 12. You can register online www.minneapolis.ssreg.org . If you want to learn more about Soccer Shots, go to www.soccershots.org/minneapolis

PARENT REMINDERS
LOOKING AHEAD
Especially for Children will be closed on Monday, July 3 and Tuesday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day. 

PARENT RESOURCES
PARENT RESOURCES
Below are a few events and happenings in our community throughout the month of June. 
  • The Edina Art Fair runs Friday, through Sunday, June 2-4. Along with hundreds of artists, there will be food vendors, children's activities and entertainment. 
  • The Centennial Lakes Farmers' Market is held, rain or shine, from 3-7 PM on Thursdays starting June 15.
  • Thursday Night Movies in the Park; at Centennial Lakes Maetzold Theater at 9 PM. Family movies are shown, and popcorn and drinks can be purchased at the concession stand. See www.edinamn.gov for more information regarding show times.
  • For a unique summer experience, visit the drive-in theater at Elko Speedway. Movies are shown at dusk, starting June 9. More information about movies can be found at www.elkospeedway.com/showtimes
  • The Children's Theatre Company in Minneapolis is showing "A Year with Frog & Toad" through June 18. Visit www.childrenstheatre.org for more info.      
STAR WELLNESS
star wellness
HEALTHY SUMMER TREAT

Instructions:
1. Dice your fruit into small pieces. Layer the bottom of your tray with the fruit, then fill with yogurt.

2. Pop your tray in the freezer. After about half an hour, just when the yogurt is just starting to freeze, place your popsicle sticks upright and place back in the freezer until completely frozen. 

The yogurt pops slide out easily from the silicone molds when you're ready to eat them!

 
ESPECIALLY FOR PARENTS
Hannah is a parent at EFC Edina and works as an early childhood special education professional.

A TOOL FOR TIMES OF TRANSITION
Hannah Helms
 
When I was pregnant with Henry, I wondered how much my professional life would impact my parenting. I am an early childhood special education teacher and I expected that some of the strategies and adaptations that I use to support my students might come in handy as my husband and I navigated this new world. But from the first moment I held Henry, it was so clear how different this endeavor would be. I'm not Henry's teacher. I'm his mom. This emotional and wonderful journey was uncharted territory.
 
After staying home with Henry for his first 16 months, I went back to work and Henry started in the toddler room at EFC. Although my teacher-brain felt mostly separate from my mom-brain, I did feel like my many experiences with "student's first days" in my own classroom had prepared me for this. Transitions are hard. First days can be hard. First weeks can be hard. I knew this. And I also knew it can get better. So we were ready to persevere through what we expected to be a rocky start.
 
What I didn't expect was how hard this transition would be for Henry. The first hard month turned into a hard two months. Then three. Then four. During these months, I couldn't have been more grateful for the honest and thoughtful conversations with the EFC directors and with Henry's teachers on how to best support our little boy.
 
At work one day, while creating a social story for one of my students, my teacher-brain synced up with my mom-brain. I need to make one of these for Henry. A social story can be used to teach a new concept or routine or support a child in anticipating and navigating a new event. It has a positive spin and the child is often featured as the "main character" or narrator. With the help of his teachers, I gathered pictures of Henry throughout his school day. We took a picture of Henry arriving at school and a picture of pick-up as well. We took pictures of all of Henry's teachers. I created a simple narrative to go along with the visuals.  
We first showed Henry the social story at home. He took ownership right away. As a parent, what I didn't expect from the social story was that it gave my husband and me a concrete means of talking positively with Henry about his school day. Even Grandma and Grandpa could come over and say: "Wow, Henry are these pictures of your teachers? Is that your classroom?" all while Henry responded with a big grin. It connected Henry's two worlds in an incredibly positive way.
 
It also helped us create a consistent routine at drop-off. Every morning for a month or so, we sat on the couch in Henry's classroom and read the story before walking to the drop-off room. There were still tears at drop-off (and there - many times - continue to be tears at drop-off) but Henry's days started to get better. He was napping better, he was smiling more, and he began interacting more with his environment. He was happy. We were so happy that he was happy.
 
I do want to say that I recognize as a teacher and a mom that, had Henry continued to have a difficult time despite the accommodations and supports embedded in his day at EFC, the best decision for him might have been a change in environment. And we were prepared for that. Yes, the transition to something different would have been hard. But I knew we could navigate it together.
 
I in no-way think that the social story was the sole impetus for positive change for our little guy. There is no question in my mind that the consistency, warmth, thoughtfulness, skill, and supportive nature of Henry's teachers had an incredible impact on him and on us during those hard months.
 
But, I do think the social story helped. It helped us as parents, too. I think it's a tool that we'll continue to utilize as we face new opportunities, transitions, and challenges ahead. I am already building one in my mind for our next trip to Kid's Hair. 
 
TWIN CITIES
FAMILY EVENTS
Now-6/18   A Year with Frog and Toad
Now-9/4 Kangaroo Crossing, MN Zoo, Apple Valley
6/2-6/4  Edina Art Fair , Edina
6/9-9/4 The Science Behind Pixar, Science Museum of MN, St. Paul
6/10 Mpls Sculpture Garden Reopens, Walker Art Museum, Mpls
6/16-6/18 Stone Arch Bridge Festival, Mpls
6/23-7/30 Shrek The Musical, Stages Theatre, Hopkins


We are so appreciative when parents and grandparents contribute their time and talents to our program. Read about Grandpa Jim and Grandma Molly, who have offered the gift of music at one of our EFC schools, on this month's blog post.


 
Especially for Children
3300 Edinborough Way
Edina MN 55435
(952) 835-0505

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Anna Wilson 
Samantha Baker
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