MAY 2019

We would like to invite our wonderful moms and grandmas for a special breakfast on Friday, May 10, between 7 and 8:30am in the PreK classrooms. We hope you can join us!
Our April family event was a huge success! Thank you to everyone who attended our mini prom. Our Prom Kings and Queens danced the night away and it’s always so fun to see all the families together. Thank you! The EFC teaching staff would also like to thank you for contributing to the staff appreciation luncheon during the Week of the Young Child in April. We ate well the rest of the week! Thank you for your generosity!  
Lifetouch will be here on Thursday, May 2, to take individual, sibling and classroom pictures. You will receive your proofs the very same day and can place your orders after that. For those children who do not attend on Thursdays, please talk to Anna or Samantha about a specific time to join us for group pictures.
Kid Dancers will perform for their families on Wednesday, May 22, at 5:30 PM at the Edinborough Park theater. We hope you can join us! We will also perform for our neighbors, the Brookdale senior community, on Wednesday, June 5. Summer enrollment for Kid Dance starts on June 12.  
Our first field trip of 2018 will be to Pump It Up in Eden Prairie on Friday, May 31. All preschool groups will be attending. Your child needs to bring a bag lunch, including a beverage. Parent volunteers are welcome to join us. Bus departure times will be posted in mid-May.  
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 provides our staff with time to complete a portion of their professional development hours required by the State of MN.  
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!!    
We will be holding conferences for infants, toddlers and preschoolers at the end of May. We will send out a Sign-Up Genius link as they approach so please keep an eye out for this. Conferences will be 20 minutes in length. 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 about our program. To facilitate this process, please complete the Parent Conference questionnaire and return it to your child’s teacher before your conference. These questionnaires will go out mid-May. Please be aware that children should not attend these conferences--this is a time for teachers and parents to meet. We look forward to seeing you and working with you to help your child succeed.  
Soccer Shots will be back this summer to offer a parent-paid soccer program for our preschoolers. Soccer classes will be held on Monday mornings starting June 17. Sign-up information will be available in early May.  

“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
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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