JUNE 2022

We are looking forward to spending a fun summer with your child, learning, growing, and enjoying the great Minnesota summer season! Our summer program officially kicks off on Monday, June 13. We invite you to stop by our little table in the hallway to enjoy a Minnesota-made treat between 4-5:30 PM!
The Creative Curriculum will continue to be our foundation. Our teachers will use studies that have tangible, relatable experiences that children can make connections to, with a special focus on the great state of Minnesota. 
You may also see the curriculum implemented in a different way. For example, a group time happening in the grassy area, or a writing activity being implemented through the use of chalk. We hope to take advantage of the nice weather all summer long! Our preschool groups will also go for walks and utilize both Centennial Lakes and nearby parks for fun neighborhood field trips.
We had so much fun celebrating Mother’s Day with moms, grandmas & other special caregivers. It was a beautiful day! Thanks for joining us!
A special shout-out to the Hawkinson family (top, middle picture) who is leaving us in early June after 12 years in our program! We will miss you!
In the summer, the City of Edina hosts children’s entertainment at noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Centennial Lakes Park Amphitheater. Our preschool classrooms plan to go to one or two shows per month, weather permitting. We will let you know if your child needs to bring a bag lunch or if a picnic lunch is provided. 
We want to invite our special dads, grandpas and other special caregivers to join us for Root Beer Floats and games on Thursday, June 16 4:30-5:30 PM at the grassy area. Come and hang out with us!!
This summer we will be offering an 8-week parent paid soccer option for our preschool/school age classes, starting June 21. Classes will be held on Tuesdays through early-August. Registration info was emailed to parents in late May; please let Anna know if you need a reminder.
Especially for Children will be closed on Monday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. Enjoy your long weekend!
As the weather warms up, please make sure your child comes to school in closed toed & closed heel shoes for safe outdoor activities. We know that sandals are fun to wear but would appreciate appropriate shoes while at the center. Flip flops are not allowed at EFC.

In addition, please bring in a bottle of non-aerosol sunscreen to keep at EFC. We also prefer you hand the bottle directly to a teaching staff instead of keeping it with your child’s belongings. We apply sunscreen before going outside both in the mornings and afternoons.
Please label the bottle with your child’s first and last name. Feel free to also bring in sunhats or caps for your child to wear outside!!

Water bottles are permitted at EFC but must be brought to school and back home each day. They must also be labeled with your child’s first and last name. We appreciate your help!
star wellness
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!
  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.
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.     

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  

Especially for Children
3300 Edinborough Way 
Edina MN 55435 
(952) 835-0505 

Center Director
Anna Wilson
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