JUNE 2022
Greetings!

2022 EFC SUMMER PROGRAM
We are looking forward to spending a fun summer with your child here at Especially for Children. The Creative Curriculum will continue to be our foundation, and we will start by “digging into” the gardening study this summer. 

“Planning, planting, and tending to a growing garden requires a wide variety of skills from all domains of development and learning. Children work together to care for the garden and solve problems that arise, develop language and literacy skills as they discuss garden plans and create plant markers, and use mathematical skills to compare plants and observe how they grow and change over time. By including plants in the garden that produce fruits and vegetables, children will see how a seed or seedling grows into a familiar food. They will learn about healthy eating habits and prepare fresh produce to make different recipes such as pizza or fresh salsa. Working with others will also help the children discover how gardens can build a sense of community and help people care for one another.”

We can’t wait to watch our gardens grow!
CENTER HAPPENINGS
HAPPY FATHER’S DAY
We will be having a “to go” snack for all of our dads and special caregivers on Friday, June 17!
REV SPORTS SOCCER
RevSports classes will be held on Monday mornings and will begin on June 13 for those preschoolers who registered.
PARENT REMINDERS
LOOKING AHEAD
Especially for Children will be closed on Monday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. Enjoy the long weekend!
STAR WELLNESS
star wellness
WATERMELON PIZZA
This watermelon pizza is a fun little treat that everyone can enjoy! It’s healthy, easy to make and when we think of summer, we think of watermelon!
 
Instructions:
  1. Using a sharp knife, cut off a slice of watermelon right down the middle about 2-3 inches thick.
  2. Using a spatula, spread an even layer of your yogurt around the watermelon, leaving a bit of empty space at the top. (where your “pizza crust” is.)
  3. Layer your fresh fruit on top as you please. You can add as little of as many toppings as you like!
  4. Drizzle with honey or maple syrup for a little extra sweetness if desired.
 
PARENT RESOURCES
JUNETEENTH
Did you know that Juneteenth is now a Federal Holiday? If you don’t know much about the significance of Juneteenth, that’s ok, now is a great time to learn alongside your teachers and children! Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, when enslaved African Americans in Galveston, Texas were informed of their freedom. The holiday is a rich celebration of black culture, resilience, and community.
ESPECIALLY FOR PARENTS
DIGGING DEEPER WITH “WHY” QUESTIONS
By Alli Zomer
One of the most frequently heard words in our house is “why.” I can hear it echoing in my head even as I write this. And it doesn’t stop with just one…the “whys” usually come in a waterfall, one after another. I strive to answer my children truthfully and directly, in an age-appropriate way. So, when they ask, “why can’t a brother and a sister get married?” I turn on the logical side of my brain and try to explain biodiversity in the gene pool. I compare families to herds of animals. I want to leave them with a clear and final solution. I want to stop the waterfall of “why.”

But then last week, a book came in the mail from a mystery sender. (We ultimately realized the sender was Grandpa, who hasn’t yet mastered the Amazon gift receipt). The book argues that young children are natural philosophers, and that if adults could embrace the “why,” we could “all become better thinkers, and recapture some of the wonder that kids have at the world.” The author offers stories of his own two sons and the complex and deep questions they began asking from a young age.

Some questions are direct and have a clear answer. Those are the ones I like. But so many questions have answers that are more complicated, less certain, or perhaps don’t have an answer at all. Those are the ones that can help minds (young and old!) stretch and expand. In order to explore those questions, I realized I have an opportunity adjust my response to my own kids. Instead of providing an answer, what if I asked them “why”? What if I dug deeper into the question? What if together we explored the question to its core?

By doing this, the author argues that kids will ultimately examine deep and thought-provoking issues – like, do you have the right to stop your brother from taking your stuffed animal, or does the number 6 really exist? As adults we are often so caught up in day-to-day living, that we don’t take time to explore these questions. We focus on the practical rather than the philosophical. At least I know I do. But what would happen if I took a little more time for the “why”? I think I would learn a lot, think more deeply, and help my children learn to do the same.

Disclaimer: The book I am reading is called Nasty, Brutish, and Short: Adventures in Philosophy with My Kids by Scott Hershovitz. I am still reading it, so I can’t give a full review or endorsement since there may be surprises ahead! And the book contains some colorful language and possibly controversial topics/views, so let the reader beware.
TWIN CITIES
FAMILY EVENTS

6/3-6/5 Edina Art Fair, 50th&France, Edina
6/5 Open Streets Lyndale, Minneapolis
Now-6/5 Farm Babies, MN Zoo
Now-6/18 Diary of a Wimpy Kid The Musical, Children’s Theatre, Mpls  
6/15 Movies on the Hill: Encanto, Hyland Hills, Bloomington
6/18 Grand Day Parade, Saint Louis Park
6/18 Midsommar Celebration, American Swedish Institute
6/18-6/19 Stone Arch Bridge Festival, Minneapolis
6/24-8/7 Disney's The Little Mermaid, Jr., Stages Theatre, Hopkins
6/25-6/26 Chalk Walk Festival, New Brighton

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

LAST CALL FOR SUMMER
T-SHIRT ORDERS!

If you would like to order a summer t-shirt for your child, please do so by the end of today, June 1. T-shirt ordering is optional. Order here.
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Especially for Children
2 H South Pine Dr. 
Circle Pines MN 55014 
(763) 786-9410 

Center Directors:
Linda Kottke and Kris Steffens