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DIGGIN' THE GREAT OUTDOORS
We will be kicking off our summer theme of Diggin' the Great Outdoors. We will be getting our raised gardens on the preschool playground ready for growing. Over the course of the summer, we will be able to introduce children to the process of growing. They will be able to dig, plant and water as well as harvest, prepare and of course, taste our freshly grown fruits and vegetables.
UPCOMING EVENTS
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HAPPY FATHER'S DAY
On Thursday, June 15, we would like to honor all of the dads, grandpas or any special person in your child's life with a special happy hour out on the playground. Starting at 4:00 we will offer a special treat to share with your child! 

PARENT REMINDERS
SUMMER PARENT REMINDERS
*Please remember to bring in non-aerosol sunscreen that is labeled for your child. Now that the sun is deciding to shine, we will be going outside more with the children. Please apply in the morning and we will apply it as needed throughout the day.
 
*Occasionally we like to have "water days". Your child's teacher may ask you to bring in a swimsuit and towel or change of summer clothes in case they spontaneously have a fun water day!
 
*Please send your child to school in sturdy shoes like tennis shoes or closed-toe sandals. We are requesting that the children do not wear flip-flops while at EFC. We know they are cute, but we want everyone to stay safe while at school. 
 
*Now is a great time to replenish and replace your child's sets of extra clothes with ones that are weather appropriate.

SUMMER VACATION REMINDERS
Summer is a popular time for vacations and in order to make sure we plan accordingly, there is a vacation calendar at the parent sign-in table. Please write your child's name on the days he/she will not be attending. Remember if your child is on vacation five consecutive days (and you have been enrolled for six months or longer), you can receive a credit for ½ week's tuition.  


SOCCER UPDATE
Due to the city of Bloomington's extensive rehabilitation project on the water tower, we will not be able to offer soccer class this summer. However, we do plan on being able to offer soccer in the fall. We will keep you posted on dates and times when it gets closer.

IN THE COMMUNITY
EVENTS AROUND BLOOMINGTON
ARTS IN THE PARK
Arts in the Parks begins and includes musical performances, moonlight movies and fireworks. All of these programs are free of charge and open to the public. There is a complete listing of all events on the Bloomington Arts in the Park website.
 
BLOOMINGTON FARMER'S MARKET
The Bloomington Farmer's Market is celebrating its 11th season and is held outdoors Saturdays June-October. In celebration of the 11th season the Bloomington Farmers Market will be offering four Pop-up Markets offered on select Tuesdays at Normandale Park. These markets will continue to connect growers and producers directly to the public and emphasize quality and freshness. Please see the Bloomington City website for the dates. 

STAR WELLNESS
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STAR WELLNESS: PAPAYA SMOOTHIE
  • 1 papaya, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup low-fat yogurt
  • ½ cup pineapple chunks
  • 1 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 1 cup crushed ice
In a blender, blend all ingredients until smooth.

Papaya is rich in vitamins A and C, and minerals like potassium,  calcium and magnesium. Also contains antioxidants to help kids stay healthy.
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
5133 W. 98th St.
Bloomington, MN 55437 
(952) 831-1435

Center Director:
Kathy Hane
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