AUGUST 2019
Greetings!

CONGRATULATIONS, 2019 PRESCHOOLERS!
We wish all of our graduating preschoolers success as they move into their kindergarten classrooms in September. We have enjoyed our time with you and hope that you remember to stop by and visit us!
CENTER HAPPENINGS
UPCOMING EVENTS
We have a lot of summer left to celebrate at Especially for Children in August.

Thursday, August 8—Brian Richard’s Magic Show All Ages—9:30 am show here at EFC.

Monday, August 12—St. Louis Park Splash Pad for Dolphins and Monkeys. Bus leaves at 10:00am with a picnic lunch served.
 
Wednesday, August 28 —Gale Woods Farm for Dolphins and Monkeys. Bus leaves at 9:00am with a picnic lunch served. Please sign the field trip log and, as with all field trips, volunteers are welcome to attend.  
PETTING ZOO
The Petting Zoo is coming Thursday, August 21, 2019 3:30 pm -5:30 pm. It is open house style - parents are welcome to view the petting zoo with their child upon pick up that day. Classes will take turns visiting the animals when they arrive.
PARENT REMINDERS
PLANNING AHEAD
Especially for Children will be closed on Friday, August 30, for Staff In-service Training and Monday, September 2, for Labor Day. We hope everyone has a great holiday weekend.
HEALTH CARE SUMMARY AND IMMUNIZATIONS
We appreciate everyone’s efforts to keep their child(ren’s) files updated at our center. Our license requires us to keep current records on site of each child. We need annual physical forms as well as the computer print out of updated immunizations. If you have an appointment scheduled, feel free to stop by the office to gather the necessary paperwork. Again—thank you for your help!
ESPECIALLY FOR PARENTS
SING, SING A SONG
As I approach a milestone birthday this fall, I have a greater awareness of the changes that come with the middle-age stage of life. Recovering from long runs takes more time than it did a decade ago, and there are a few more forgetful moments when I ask myself, “what was I doing again?” Not to mention the additional “love lines” that raising children in a busy season of life adds to one’s face. In terms of memory, however, I have always been astounded by the mind’s ability to remember music. I can still recall all the lyrics to countless songs learned throughout my childhood and young adulthood—even songs I have not heard in many, many years. It’s no wonder that we learn our ABC’s with a song—putting together words and a tune makes things stick.

Music is a powerful tool with many benefits. We have written in the past about how music supports math concepts such as patterning and special awareness through rhythm, beat, and repetition. A recent article in the Exchange early childhood magazine titled, “Music is for Everyone,” describes additional benefits of music-making: there are social and emotional and benefits such as promoting prosocial behavior, reducing stress hormones, and cultivating the pleasure of dancing and singing together. In addition, music-making has cognitive benefits around language development and, as alluded to above, preserving aging brain function. I would add to this list that exposure to a variety of music can increase cultural awareness and understanding.

I recently took a flight out of MSP and in the terminal, they placed a piano at which anyone is welcome to sit and play a tune. A young man was at the bench playing a beautiful song; it had the effects of decreasing my stress level and making me feel a connection with him and the strangers around me who were also enjoying his music. 
The value of music in our lives is immeasurable, and as parents it is easy (and fun!) to support our children’s participation in music-making. (Active participation, and not merely passive listening, is important in order to fully realize music’s benefits.) We don’t have to have any special talent for music, nor do we need a particular goal for ourselves or our children around musical skills. We just need to model music-making and join in with our children when they are singing, drumming, or dancing to music. The title of this article is from a song I remember from my childhood; the lyrics that stick in my head the most are: “Sing, sing a song, sing out loud, sing out strong!” In spite of my inability to carry a tune, these words are my own call to action with my children today.

Resources: “Music is for Everyone,” by Anne Sailer and Lili M. Levinowitz, Exchange, July/August 2019

Angie Williams
EFC Marketing and Finance Director
TWIN CITIES
FAMILY EVENTS

Now-8/4 Roald Dahl’s Willie Wonka , Stages Theatre, Hopkins
Now-9/2 Llama Trek , MN Zoo, Apple Valley
Now-9/8 Rube Goldberg The World of Hilarious Invention , MN Children’s Museum, St. Paul
8/2-8/4  Uptown Art Fair , Minneapolis
8/9-8/11  Irish Fair , Harriet Island, St. Paul
8/17-10/29  Minnesota Renaissance Festival , Shakopee, MN
8/18 Red Barn Pizza Farm , Northfield, MN
8/22-9/2  Minnesota State Fair , Saint Paul, MN
8/25 Open Streets Franklin , Minneapolis 
 
All Summer -  Music and Movies in the Park  - Various Minneapolis Parks  
Especially for Children
6223 Dell Road
Eden Prairie MN 55346 
(952) 934-1119 

Center Director:
Cathie Underwood 
Center Assistant Director:
Jamie Rocheford
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