OCTOBER 2021
Greetings!

FALL IS HERE
The leaves are falling, and the temperature is dropping – fall must be here! Our teachers are planning lots of fun and festive activities to help us celebrate the coming of autumn. At home, a family walk to celebrate the season can turn into an outdoor adventure. Bring journals and crayons to make leave rubbings or bring a bag to collect treasures. Once home, kids can use their treasures to make a festive fall collage!
CENTER HAPPENINGS
FIRE TRUCK VISIT
With fire prevention week being October 3–October 9, we will be having a fire truck visit from the Bloomington Fire Department on Friday, October 8, at 10:00. Children will learn about fire safety and will be able to tour the fire truck. This is always an event the children look forward to!
HALLOWEEN
Each classroom will host a Halloween party on Friday, October 29, between 9 and 11:30 AM. Feel free to bring your child in his/her Halloween costume along with a change of clothes. We are happy to have children changed out of their costumes for playing outside! Please leave smaller accessories at home so they are not accidentally lost for your at-home festivities. 
PARENT REMINDERS
FALL CONFERENCES
At Especially for children, we hold parent/teacher conferences twice a year. The fall conferences will be held in November. They can either be done through zoom, in person, or over the phone with your child’s teacher. This is a time to discuss your child’s development and progress. Conferences take about 15 minutes, if you are needing more time, please reach out to the teacher beforehand. Sign up sheets will be posted on classroom doors.
LOOKING AHEAD
EFC will be closed Thursday, November 25, and Friday, November 26, for the Thanksgiving Holiday.
PARENT RESOURCES
JACK ‘O LANTERN QUESADILLAS
                            
INGREDIENTS
Cooking spray, for pan
2 c. cooked and shredded chicken
Juice of 1/2 lime
1/2 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
8 medium tortillas
3/4 c. shredded cheddar
3/4 c. shredded monterey jack
1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
Hot sauce, for serving

DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven to 425° and grease a large baking sheet with cooking spray.
In a large bowl, add chicken and toss with lime juice, chili powder, and garlic powder.
Assemble quesadillas: Using a paring knife, cut a Jack-o-Lantern pattern into 4 tortillas.
Sprinkle chicken and cheese onto remaining 4 tortillas, and top with Jack-o-Lanterns. Place quesadillas onto baking sheet, brush with oil, and bake until cheese is melty, and tortillas are golden, 15 minutes. Serve with hot sauce.
NATIONAL HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH
Did you know that September 15-October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month?
 
If you would like to celebrate the history and culture of Hispanic, Latino/a, Latinx people in your family, here are a few resources for you to explore:
 
ESPECIALLY FOR PARENTS
SEE-SHOW-SAY STRATEGY FOR BUILDING LITERACY SKILLS
By Angie Williams
One of the ways in which caregivers and families can enrich literacy experiences for young children is through the see-show-say method of reading. This method involves a back-and-forth conversation (both verbal or nonverbal) between the child and the reader.
 
See: The reader can point to objects or parts of the book, run his finger across the word, and talk about illustrations. The child shows her understanding by following those cues and looking at the things being emphasized.
 
Show: The reader asks the child to point to and identify characters or illustrations. The reader can make it fun by asking the child to “show” in interesting ways (e.g. tickle the monkey’s toes or show with your body how a kangaroo moves). 
Conversational Reading
Melbourne Graduate School of Education
Conversational Reading
Melbourne Graduate School of Education

Say: Finally, the child is asked to answer verbally. The reader might ask simple questions such as, “What color is the flower?” or open-ended questions such as, “What do you think is going to happen to the caterpillar next?”
 
Using the see-show-say strategy deepens both the reader’s and the child’s experience with the story, helps caregivers gauge a child’s comprehension, and supports a child’s growing vocabulary.
 
For more on see-show-say
Teaching Strategies, the author of The Creative Curriculum® offers a short video on the see-show-say strategy here:
You may also be interested in the examples provided in this presentation by the Melbourne Graduate School of Education:
We wish you and your child happy reading!
Angie Williams
EFC Marketing Director
TWIN CITIES
FAMILY EVENTS

10/1-11/7 Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular, MN Zoo, Apple Valley
10/9 Pumpkins on the Plaza, 50th & France, Edina
10/9-10/10 Harvest Fest, Stillwater
10/10 Open Streets, Lyndale, Mpls
10/16-10/17 Farmer Ken & Jan’s Pumpkin Patch Trolley Ride, Lake Harriet Trolley, Mpls
10/23 Pumpkin Night in the Park, Springbrook Nature Center, Coon Rapids
10/23 Half-Haunted Halloween, Woodlake Nature Center, Richfield
10/23-10/30 Family Halloween Events, Anoka
10/30 Haunted Harriet 5k/10k/KIDSK Family Run, Lake Harriet, Mpls

Apple Orchards & Pumpkin Patches
Aamodt's, Stillwater
Deer Lake, Buffalo
Emma Krumbee's, Belle Plain
Minnetonka, Minnetrista
 
Especially for Children
5133 W. 98th St. 
Bloomington, MN 55437  
(952) 831-1435 

Center Director:
Kathy Hane

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