MAY 2019
Greetings!

MOTHER'S DAY BREAKFAST
Please join us for a special Muffins with Moms on Friday, May 10 starting at 3:30. All mothers and special women in your child’s life are welcome. We hope to see you there!
CENTER HAPPENINGS
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PRESCHOOL PICNIC
On Friday, May 31, the preschool group will be walking to Quarry Park where they will enjoy some Outdoor Exercise and fun! We will also have a picnic lunch at the park. (EFC Provided) Please keep a look out for the field trip permission form on the parent sign in table. We are excited to start looking into more field trips for the upcoming months.
PREK GRADUATION
PreK graduation will be held on Thursday, June 6. The ceremony will begin at 4 pm, followed by light refreshments. Anyone is welcome to join!

SUMMER SOCCER FOR PRESCHOOLERS
We are excited to bring back summer soccer through Revolutionary Sports for our preschoolers. This year we will be able to use Quarry Park for our soccer program. Classes will be held on Thursday mornings starting on June 13th for all preschoolers.
PARENT REMINDERS
EFC CLOSED
EFC will be closed on Friday, May 24, for our Staff In-service Day, as well as Monday, May 27, for Memorial Day. By closing the center for a staff in-service day, EFC’s goal is to provide our staff with time to complete a portion of their in-service hours required by Licensing, and to let them know they are valued employees. Have a fun, safe holiday weekend!
CONFERENCES
We will be holding conferences for infants, toddlers and preschoolers towards the end of May. Please watch for sign-up sheets outside your child’s classroom. The conferences will be 15 minutes in length, and we do our best to keep to our schedule. We hold conferences twice a year to keep you informed on your child’s progress as well as to discuss any questions that you may have. We look forward to seeing you.
SUMMER SHOES AND FLIP FLOPS
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.

Please also bring in a bottle of non-aerosol sunscreen (labeled with your child’s first & last name) for your child since we will be going outside more frequently. We look forward to a fun outdoor season!!  
ESPECIALLY FOR PARENTS
SUPPORTING A GROWTH MINDSET

“A person who grows up getting too frequent rewards will not have persistence, because they’ll quit when the rewards disappear.”

Dr. Robert Cloninger, Center for Well-Being
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Happily, it is now the season for pulling out bikes and scooters; heading to the park, field, or playground to play; and creating masterpieces with sidewalk chalk. Last night our girls, ages 6 and 4, whizzed up and down the driveway on their scooters, enjoying the warm air and sunshine. At one point I exclaimed to our younger daughter, “You are so fast!” This was immediately followed by a question from our older daughter, “Mommy, am I doing a good job too?” “Yes!” I replied, “You are doing great!”

In spite of what I have learned time and again about the negative consequences for children of too much praise, it is a hard habit to break. And yet as I think about the spring and summer months and the opportunities they afford our girls to learn and develop new skills, I am reminded of the importance of fostering a growth mindset--and that too much praise can be an obstacle to this.

Psychologist Carol Dweck is a leading researcher on the concept of fixed versus growth mindsets. While a fixed mindset assumes that you can’t materially change your capabilities, intelligence, or character, a growth mindset thrives on challenge and embraces new opportunities to learn and expand a base of knowledge. People with a growth mindset are intrinsically motivated to learn.

Dweck has found that children develop their mindsets—their beliefs about themselves and their abilities—very early in life. She has discovered that praising children can foster a fixed mindset as children become focused on proving themselves for the purpose of receiving praise, versus engaging in the learning process for the purpose of obtaining knowledge.

It is instinctive for most parents to praise their children, so one way praise can be used more effectively is to praise a child’s effort rather than his or her ability. As Dweck notes from her research,

“…ability praise pushed students right into the fixed mindset, and they showed all the signs of it, too: When we gave them a choice, they rejected a challenging new task that they could learn from. They didn’t want to do anything that could expose their flaws and call into question their talent.

In contrast, when students were praised for effort, 90 percent of them wanted the challenging new task that they could learn from.”

Parents can also substitute praise with an observation or an open-ended question, which have the benefits of increasing vocabulary and critical thinking skills.

Next time I’m tempted to say, “Good job!” as our daughter crosses the monkey bars, I think I will try an observation such as, “You used your arm muscles to get all the way across that time!” Or maybe I’ll try a question: “Why do you think they are called monkey bars?” 

Check out the Parent Blog for Carol Dweck’s TED Talk.

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