Please join us at Lake Susan Park on Monday, August 13, at 5:30 p.m. to celebrate Lynn's retirement! Party pizza (pizza prepared on site), fruit, veggies, chocolate chip cookies, and water will be served.

Bring a blanket to sit on—picnic tables are available as well.
Lynn has worked over 45 years in the early childhood field. As you know it is a passion of hers and we will all miss her enthusiasm!

We are hoping for a fun evening together to wish Lynn well in her new adventure. (If we are lucky, we may even be able to meet her new “grandbaby”-- baby will have been born by then😊.)

Please RSVP by August 8 so we have accurate counts for ordering food.
Jamie Rocheford will begin her assistant director position the week of July 30. As you are aware, she comes with much knowledge of our center and has had some off-site trainings as well as will continue on the job training here. You will see her in a variety of roles throughout the center. Please feel free to stop by and say “Hi!”

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!
We have a lot of summer left to celebrate at Especially for Children in August.

Wednesday, August 1—St. Louis Park Splash Pad for Dolphins and Monkeys. Bus leaves at 10:00 am with a picnic lunch served.

Friday, August 17—Bryant Lake Park for Dolphins and Monkeys. Bus leaves at 9:00 am with a picnic lunch served.

Wednesday, August 29—Gale Woods Farm for Dolphins and Monkeys. Bus leaves at 9:00 am with a picnic lunch served. Please sign the field trip log and with all of the field trips, volunteers are welcome to attend.  
Especially for Children will be closed on Friday, August 31, for Staff In-service Training and Monday, September 3, for Labor Day. We hope everyone has a great holiday weekend.
Check out the progress on our summer gardens throughout EFC! 
With only one month left of summer, I’m assessing whether or not we have taken full advantage of Minnesota summer at our house. We have done lots of swimming and biking. We eat as many meals as possible outdoors. And we interact with neighbors as we are out working on our lawns and playing with the children. That part I find especially fascinating as toddlers to teenagers to adults play games and mingle in front yards. It is such a relaxed and special time.

But during our hours inside we tend to gravitate to the same activities we do throughout the year. We play board games, do a little coloring, read stories, chat about our days and do household chores. Hey, why couldn’t we fold laundry on the patio instead of on the living room couch? And the spot for reading stories could move under a tree or on lawn chairs.

My goal for August is to bring the inside out. We started the other night when our grandson wanted to play Candyland after dinner. My husband said, “Let’s take it outside and play on the patio table.” What fun it was to enjoy the incredible weather while playing a favorite family game. After we finished, we stayed outside to play “I Spy with my Little Eye.” It was a whole different experience than playing the same game inside.

We then went over to one of our birch trees and examined what the Japanese Beetles are up to. We found a couple of toads hopping across the lawn. We picked a few weeds. It was a great evening outdoors.

During August I want to do some projects with materials from nature. We will collect items from around our neighborhood and sort them into categories. I read about a fun activity where you wrap tape around a child’s wrist with the tape inside out to create a sticky bracelet. Children can stick small treasures to their bracelets as they explore and then sort, play and do crafts with them later.
I remember doing sand art and leaf prints as a child. We may even create a bulletin board of nature art to see how many different creative projects we can come up with that use elements from the outdoors.

We each have special ways of enjoying summer. Look on our blog where we have listed a few projects. And add your own ideas to share!

Now-9/3   Kangaroo Crossing , MN Zoo, Apple Valley
Now-9/3 Towers of Tomorrow with Legos , Science Museum of MN, St. Paul
Now-9/9 Dinosaur Train , MN Children’s Museum, St. Paul
Now-10/21 Origami in the Garden , MN Landscape Arboretum,
8/3-8/5  Uptown Art Fair , Minneapolis
8/10-8/12  Irish Fair , Harriet Island, St. Paul
8/18-10/30  Minnesota Renaissance Festival , Shakopee, MN
8/19 Red Barn Pizza Farm , Northfield, MN
8/23-9/3  Minnesota State Fair , Saint Paul, MN

All Summer -  Music and Movies in the Park  - Various Minneapolis Parks  
We were interested in this Community Playthings article,  Giving Children a Natural Start , which discusses the reasons for and methods of giving children an environmental education. The concept of literacy (what you know, how you feel, and what skills you have) in the context of the natural environment is so important.  
Especially for Children
6223 Dell Road
Eden Prairie MN 55346 
(952) 934-1119 

Center Directors:
Lynn Seltz and Cathie Underwood