AUGUST 2022
Greetings!

GARDEN UPDATE
WOW we are busy picking veggies from our gardens!! If you have not had a chance have your child, take you on a tour of the amazing plants they have growing!! Watch for the EFC farmers market coming soon to the front counter. Please help yourself to the fresh produce.
CENTER HAPPENINGS
PRE-K GRADUATION
The Pre-K Class will be having their graduation ceremony August 17 at 4:30 pm. This will be outdoors. There will be a small program followed up with refreshments. Grandparents, aunts, uncles, and other important people are invited to join us. Please RSVP by 8-15-22 to Lisa.
FUN DAYS IN AUGUST
Wednesday, August 3 - Bring something Smelly
Tuesday, August 9 - Twins Day
Tuesday, August 16 - Wacky Day
Thursday, August 17 - PreK Graduation
Friday, August 19 - Bring a Dinosaur
Thursday, August 25 - Hat Day
Monday, August 29 - Silly Sock Day
PARENT REMINDERS
LOOKING AHEAD
Especially for Children will be closed on Friday, September 2, for our Staff Development Day and Monday, September 5, for Labor Day.
PARENT RESOURCES
SCIENCE EXPERIMENT
Try this fun science experiment with your child to talk about the life cycle of a plant as well as what a plant needs to grow and flourish!

Materials needed:
• 4 small plastic cups
• 4 stalks of celery
• 4 different food-colors
 
Directions:
1. Add 10 drops of food coloring to each cup (1 color per cup), then add ¼ cup of water to each cup.
2. Place 1 stalk of celery in each cup. Notice how the color begins to leak up the celery almost immediately!
 
Let the celery soak overnight, then take a peek in the morning to see the changes.
STAR WELLNESS
star wellness
STAR WELLNESS RECIPE: ZUCCHINI "PASTA"

INGREDIENTS
  • 2 pounds zucchini (or a combination of yellow and green zucchini)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • ¾ cup Fresh Tomato Sauce (optional)
  • ¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan, for serving (more to taste)

PREPARATION
Using a vegetable peeler, cut the zucchini into lengthwise ribbons. Peel off several ribbons from one side, then turn the zucchini and peel off more ribbons. Continue to turn and peel off ribbons until you get to the seeds at the core of the zucchini. Discard the core. You can also do this on a mandolin, adjusted to a very thin slice.

Cook the zucchini strips in 2 batches. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat and when it is hot, add the zucchini ribbons and 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt. Cook, tossing and stirring the zucchini, for 2 to 3 minutes only, just until softened and beginning to be translucent. Adjust salt and add freshly ground pepper to taste, and transfer to a serving dish. Repeat with the remaining olive oil and zucchini. Serve, topping with tomato sauce and freshly grated Parmesan if desired.

From NY Times Cooking
ESPECIALLY FOR PARENTS
BEST PRACTICES FOR SUPPORTING LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT
We have written in the past (https://especiallyforchildren.com/2018/06/28/especially-for-parents/) about how families and caregivers can support language development in very young children. Recent studies have suggested that children born during the pandemic are at higher risk of communication or social development delays, so it is a good time to revisit the many ways we can help children develop their language skills. Below is post from NAEYC, which is the accreditation organization for our centers:

12 Ways to Support Language Development for Infants and Toddlers
When you talk to your child, you support her language development. Think about what you are saying from your infant or toddler’s point of view. If she could talk, she might ask you...
 
1. When I point to something, tell me what it is. While you are telling me, look at it and point to it too.

2.  Use a gesture along with the word you say, so that I can say it too. If you tell me it is time to eat, tap you lips. I can imitate the gesture and tell you when I’m hungry.

3. Talk to me about what you are doing. Tell me what will happen next, so I will know what to expect.

4. Talk to me about what I am doing. Using words to describe my actions and feelings helps me learn those words too.

5. Take turns chatting back and forth with me. Listen to what I am saying –then imitate my coos or babbles. If I’m older, you can reply to my questions and ask your own. I like open-ended questions that don’t have right or wrong answers.

6. Model bigger and better sentences. If I say, “Two cat,” you can say, “You have two cats on your shirt!” I learn a lot from you.

7. Sing with me. It’s easier to learn words in songs. I can learn about rhymes, the ABC song, the colors of my clothing, and the names of my friends.

8. Take me to the library. Read me a book, let me decide how you do it and when we are done. Let me mouth board books, handle them and decide which to explore. Check out the thrift store and buy me a few board books (wipe them with a damp cloth). At home, attach felt tabs to them, and I will be able to turn the pages more easily, all by myself.

9. Make books about me. When I see myself in a book, I will learn that books can be about things in my life.

10. Show me the words on things. When you point out words in books and on containers, I begin to understand how printed and spoken words are connected.

11. Be playful while I learn: I like to ask you what shape the cookie cutter alphabet has made. You can say, "You made the letter L," or ask, "I wonder what letter you made?" It’s less fun to be asked, “What’s this?”

12. Give me time to learn and explore. There’s no rush to learn the names of colors, letters, and things. I will learn them in my own time.

 
Find more information on this topic at the following links:
TWIN CITIES
FAMILY EVENTS

Now-8/7 Disney's The Little Mermaid, Jr., Stages Theatre, Hopkins
8/2 National Night Out, Twin Cities Metro
8/5-8/7 Uptown Art Fair, Mpls
8/6 Walker Free First Saturday: Plant Power, Walker Sculpture Garden
8/6-8/27 (Saturdays 10-11am) Story Time w/ Children's Theatre, 50th&France, Edina
8/8-8/14 Dakota County Fair, Farmington
8/13-8/14 Mpls Street Art Festival, Downtown Mpls
8/13 IndiaFest, Saint Paul Capitol
8/20-10/2 (weekends) Renaissance Festival, Shakopee
8/25-9/5 MN State Fair, Saint Paul

All Summer - Music and Movies in the Park - Various Minneapolis Parks  

Center Director
Lisa Ward
8885 Evergreen Blvd.
Coon Rapids, MN 55433
(763) 784-0901
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