JUNE 2019

We are looking forward to spending a fun summer with your child, learning, growing, and enjoying the great Minnesota summer season! 

The Creative Curriculum will continue to be our foundation. This year, our teachers are expressing their strengths and creativity by choosing their own summer themes with an emphasis on themes that are tangible, relatable experiences that children can make connections to. Themes will continue to be reflected in interest areas, books, sensory activities, science experiments, etc. throughout the classrooms.

This summer, you may see the curriculum implemented in a different way. For example, a group time happening on the playground or a writing activity being implemented using chalk. We hope to take advantage of the nice weather exploring, finding and creating!
Father’s Day Happy Hour Thursday, June 13, 4:00-5:30 pm. Dad’s please join your child(ren) for root beer and light snacks. The format is open house style so come when you are able. Entertainment will be provided by Eric the Juggling Magician. Eric will be mingling around the party doing simple magic tricks. We hope to see you there!
Please mark an “X” through dates your child will not be attending in the attendance logs on the sign-in table. Remember if your child is on vacation five consecutive days (and you have been enrolled for six months or longer), you can receive a credit for ½ week’s tuition. 
As the weather warms up (which it has to at some point, right?) please make sure your child comes to school in closed-toed shoes for safe playground play. We know that sandals are fun to wear but would appreciate closed-toed shoes for walks to the park and playing on the playground. 

Each child will also need sunscreen and you can send along a hat as well. We are requesting only lotion sunscreen and not aerosol. We look forward to a fun outdoor season!!    
Especially for Children will be closed on Thursday, July 4 and Friday, July 5 for Independence Day. 
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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.
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

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
6223 Dell Road
Eden Prairie MN 55346 
(952) 934-1119 

Center Director:
Cathie Underwood 
Center Assistant Director:
Jamie Rocheford