JULY 2020
Greetings!

Especially for children will be closed on Friday, July 3, for Independence Day. We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday weekend!
CENTER HAPPENINGS
TARNHILL PARK
The preschoolers will periodically be taking walking field trips to Tarnhill Park throughout July. One date we have picked out so far is July 10 th . We will head out at 9:00 and have the morning to play on the equipment, participate in some outdoor games and explore the area. There will be a separate permission sign-up sheet on the preschool door when we go on these walking field trips. We will be returning to the center in time for lunch each time.

WATER PLAY DAYS…
Please keep a swimsuit, towel, and water shoes here for children. We will plan a few center wide water days however; it is possible classrooms may decide to add additional water days with the nicer weather.

PRESCHOOL PICNIC LUNCH
On Thursday, July 2, the preschool class will be having a picnic lunch on our playground! EFC will be providing this picnic style lunch for the children. We look forward to offering other parts of our day outside such as group time, art, and stories.

SPICING UP YOUR WALKS
How many walks has your family been on in the past few months?! If you need some ideas to spice up your walks and promote playful learning, check out these ideas from NAEYC:
PARENT REMINDERS
COVID-19 NOTE
In accordance with state requirements, all workplaces are required to have a Covid-19 Preparedness Plan that outlines current health and safety procedures. If you would like to view EFC’s plan, please ask your center director.

U.S. CENSUS REMINDER
Just a reminder to fill out the U.S. census if you have not already done so! The census is a hugely important tool that helps the government determine representation, funding, and infrastructure planning.

To learn more, visit: https://mn.gov/admin/2020-census/

DO WE HAVE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS?
We send e-newsletters and announcements through Constant Contact and daily notes through Baby/Daily Connect. If you or a family member are not receiving our communications, please let your director know so that we can update your email address.
ESPECIALLY FOR PARENTS
  This month we are offering a mental break from some of the heavier topics we have covered in recent months. Enjoy this throwback article from 2014 below! 
PriscillaWilliamsEFCPres
THE STICK

While playing outside with your child this summer, don’t forget the value of the stick. Children find sticks an endless source of make-believe fun. In 2008 the stick, which may be the world’s oldest toy, was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame. Here are some of the attributes cited:

“Sticks can turn into magic wands, majorette batons and fishing poles. When children pretend with sticks, they cultivate their creativity and develop their imaginations.”

This made me smile when I realized that one of my favorite childhood photos is of my older sister and me sitting on a log. She was teaching me to whittle.

When hiking in the woods, I still love to find a sturdy stick to accompany me. Not only does it help me stabilize, it also makes me feel like a voyager on a real adventure. And part of the fun is exploring the area to find just the right stick!

Of the 53 toys that have made it into the National Toy Hall of Fame, the stick is the only one that is found in nature all ready to be played with. Sticks are all around us: they are natural and free.

After this past windy weekend our yard was filled with sticks of various sizes. Without any prompting our two-year-old grandson gathered several together to touch and examine.

Pretty soon I looked and saw that he found one still covered with leaves. Over a period of a few minutes that stick was a lawn mower and then evolved into a leaf blower. Later that day Steve and I had him help us pick up sticks and put them in a trash can.
What a fun afternoon! Now I want to find sticks to use to draw in the sand, make a campfire and then roast marshmallows!
Especially for Children
5133 W. 98th St. 
Bloomington, MN 55437  
(952) 831-1435 

Center Director:
Kathy Hane

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