JUNE 2019
Greetings!

FATHER'S DAY PARTY
Please join us for a special Father’s Day Happy Hour on Friday, June 14, 3:30-4:30 PM ! We will be serving root beer floats on the playgrounds! Any special adult is welcome to attend with your child. 
CENTER HAPPENINGS
WATER DAYS!
We will be starting Water Days in June. Be sure to check the classroom doors throughout the summer for the scheduled days. Please send a swimsuit, water shoes, and towel with your child or a dry change of clothes and don’t forget to LABEL EVERYTHING!
PREK GRADUATION
We will be holding a PreK Graduation Ceremony for those children moving onto Kindergarten next year! The ceremony will begin at 4 pm on Thursday, June 6. We welcome anyone to join and stay for light refreshments and socializing afterwards!
PARENT REMINDERS
SUMMER SHOES
With the warmer weather comes the excitement of shorts, tank tops and sandals. Every year, we see many accidents that are caused by the shoes that children are wearing. The children are very active and busy while they are here; running, jumping, and climbing, and they need to be wearing proper shoes to safely enjoy these activities. 

We will not be allowing flip-flops at the center. They easily fall off the child's feet while running and climbing causing tripping and falling injuries. Tennis shoe-like sandals with firm straps around the heel will be allowed. 
STAR WELLNESS
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.
ESPECIALLY FOR PARENTS
THE VALUE OF TINKERING
My late uncle loved to tinker. At his beloved cabin you would most often find him in the garage amongst his tools, trying to figure out (often with success) how to repair any number of broken items: lawn chairs, doorknobs, kitchen utensils, and more. While he believed that something broken could and should be restored instead of thrown away, I also think that he simply loved to explore how things worked.

The definition of tinkering is to “attempt to repair or improve something in a casual or desultory way, often to no useful effect.” The last phrase of the definition is deceiving, however, because while the object that is being tinkered with may turn out to have no particular use, the process of tinkering is highly valuable.

For children, the opportunity to tinker with real-life materials can help them build problem-solving and creative thinking skills. Through tinkering, they develop fine motor skills by manipulating small objects. It can help them gain confidence by making them familiar with the physical attributes of various materials and by building an understanding of how things work. When done in groups, tinkering builds social skills and cooperation.

How can adults foster this valuable process (which is becoming more valuable in a busy and digitized world)? The answer is relatively simple. Children need time and real-life materials. Do you have an old VCR, DVD player, or even a computer that could be taken apart and used for tinkering? What about some cardboard, tape, and toothpicks? Or you could take the tinkering process outside, using natural materials such as sticks, rocks, and water, in combination with tools. Then, give your child a substantial amount of free, self-directed time during which they can tinker. While it may be tempting to help your child create something that has a function, it’s important to remember that tinkering is about the process rather than an end product with any useful purpose.

You can find inspiration and resources online on how and why to foster tinkering at your home. Here are a few places you might start:



And if you are ready for a tinkering field trip, check out:


Angie Williams
Director of Finance and Marketing
TWIN CITIES
FAMILY EVENTS

Now-9/2 Llama Trek , MN Zoo, Apple Valley
Now-9/8 Rube Goldberg The World of Hilarious Invention , MN Children’s Museum, St. Paul
6/14-6/16  Stone Arch Bridge Festival , Mpls
6/28-8/4 Roald Dahl’s Willie Wonka , Stages Theatre, Hopkins
 
All Summer -  Music and Movies in the Park  - Various Minneapolis Parks  
Especially for Children
3370 Coachman Rd. 
Eagan, MN 55121 
(651) 452-0043 

Center Directors:
Bri Dieffenbach and Kate Beck
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