AUGUST 2020
Greetings!

EFC will be closed on Friday, September 4 , for our Staff Development Day, as well as Monday, September 7 for Labor Day. By closing the center for a staff development day, EFC’s goal is to provide our staff with time to complete a portion of their in-service hours required by Licensing, and to let them know they are valued employees. Have a fun, safe holiday weekend!
STAR WELLNESS
star wellness
OUTDOOR FAMILY FUN
As we all have been trying to make the most of our Minnesota summer weather, we might also be running out of ways to spend our time together outdoors. Here are a few more ideas for some outdoor family fun!

Ball Scramble
In a large outdoor area, lay down a length of string or rope to create a center line. Gather small sponges or balls and distribute them evenly between two teams, which take positions on either side of the line. Set a timer for two minutes. At “Go” players start tossing balls into the opposing team’s side, gathering and returning any balls tossed into their own. When the timer sounds, play stops and balls are counted. The team with the fewest balls wins.

Ecosystem Under A Steppingstone
This is an easy one! Pick up a rock, a log or anything that has sat in one place long enough to kill the grass and see what’s living underneath. You may find centipedes, millipedes, worms, slugs, roly polies, and spiders.

Geocaching
Geocaching is a real-world, worldwide treasure hunt game that both kids and adults can play using a GPS device or smartphone. Geocachers bury small items, or caches, along with a logbook, that other geochachers can then find using coordinates and clues. Caches are often hidden in parks or in other public places. A great way to explore new areas!
PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
REV SPORTS SOCCER
The children have been enjoying learning more about playing soccer each week. Rev Sports will continue our summer session through mid-August. We will also offer soccer classes this fall. Look for sign up information soon.
PARENT RESOURCES
FLOWER PEDAL PRINTING
Check out this idea from the Community Playthings blog:

“Capture some of that wondrous splash of color from your flower garden on paper. Experiment with different flowers and leaves. We found that marigolds and parsley made the most vibrant colors.”

BUILDING AN ANTI-BIAS LIBRARY
One of the things we are working on at EFC is building an anti-bias library. We are doing so based on helpful criteria outlined by Social Justice Books and wanted to share these ideas with you.

When reviewing a book with an anti-bias lens:

  • Check the illustrations
  • Look for stereotypes
  • Look for tokenism
  • Look for invisibility
  • Check the Story Line and the Relationships Between People
  • Look at Messages About Different Lifestyles
  • Consider the Effects on Children’s Self and Social Identities
  • Look for Books About Children and Adults Engaging in Actions for Change
  • Consider the Author’s or Illustrator’s Background and Perspective
  • Watch for Loaded Words
  • Look at the Copyright Date
  • Assess the Appeal of the Story and Illustrations to Young Children

You can find more detail around each of these suggestions here: https://socialjusticebooks.org/guide-for-selecting-anti-bias-childrens-books/
ESPECIALLY FOR PARENTS
THANK YOU!
We wanted to take a moment to recognize and thank our amazing EFC teaching staff and managers for all they have done over the course of this pandemic. We truly appreciate their hard work and dedication to EFC families, one another, and the organization. They have been flexible, positive, caring, energetic…they have been AMAZING!

On behalf of EFC Administration, THANK YOU, to all the members of our staff.
Especially for Children
5133 W. 98th St. 
Bloomington, MN 55437  
(952) 831-1435 

Center Director:
Kathy Hane

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