OCTOBER 2018

Greetings!

HALLOWEEN PARTIES
Classroom parties will be held the morning of Wednesday, October 31, and we will conclude with a special Spooky Hand Halloween snack that afternoon.

If you would like your child to wear a costume for the party, please have him/her come in costume that morning and bring a bag with extra clothes to change in to. Please leave accessories at home.

LITERACY: CHECK OUT THESE BOOKS
  • “Big Pumpkin” by Erica Silverman
  • “There Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything” by Linda Williams
  • “Skeleton Hiccups” by Margery Cuyler
  • “Prize Pumpkin” by Jan and Stan Berenstain
  • “Apples and Pumpkins” by Anne Rockwell
CENTER HAPPENINGS
AFTON APPLE FIELD TRIP
All preschool children will be heading to Afton Apple on Thursday, October 18. We will get to go on a hay ride, pick our own apples and pumpkins and burn some energy at the amazing play area. The bus will leave EFC at 9:30am sharp and return by 12:30pm. Please have your child here no later than 9:15am to prepare for departure. Parent volunteers are welcome. Please sign the permission slip located at the front desk.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
  • Wednesday, October 31: Classroom Halloween Parties

  • EFC will be closed Thursday, November 24, and Friday, November 25, for the Thanksgiving Holiday

  • EFC will be closed on Monday, December 24, and Tuesday, December 25, for the Christmas holiday.
PARENT RESOURCES
PRE-TRICK OR TREATING DINNER
Simple-to-make homemade pizza bagels get a spooky makeover with a few easy garnishing tricks. What a super fright night treat our Spooky face Pizza Bagels are for kids and kids at heart!

What You'll Need:                                 
6 miniature bagels                                  
1 cup pizza or spaghetti sauce                         
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese                      
1/4 cup sliced pepperoni, for garnish      
1/4 cup sliced black olives, for garnish    
1/4 cup sliced mushrooms, for garnish

What to Do:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Split bagels in half and spread 1 tablespoon sauce on each half. Sprinkle each half with 1 heaping tablespoon mozzarella cheese. Decorate with pepperoni, black olives and mushrooms to make spooky faces.
Bake 10 to 12 minutes, or until cheese is melted.
IN THE COMMUNITY
SPOOKTACULAR COMMUNITY EVENTS

September 22-October 28 (Saturdays and Sundays): The Great Pumpkin Fest, Valley Fair

October 26-27: Parade and Party, Anoka

October 27: Thrill Kenwood, Kenwood Park, Minneapolis

October 27: Pumpkin Fest, 50 th and France, Edina

October 27: BooBash, Maplewood

October 28: Great Pumpkin Halloween Celebration, Landmark Center, St. Paul

October 31: Halloween Party, Bloomington Ice Garden
ESPECIALLY FOR PARENTS
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FALL PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DAY
We had a great day on Friday, August 31, when all EFC employees gathered together for training. The kickoff was recognizing long term employees. This year there were 56 employees honored who have worked at EFC for 5 years or more. 36 of those people have worked for 10 years or more. We are so grateful for their commitment to early childhood education and the stability they create in our centers. Pictured below are 8 of the 11 employees who have worked at EFC between 26 and 38 years!!
The training topics of our day included a session on Strengthening Families led by Samantha Baker, the co-director of our Edinborough center. Samantha has her Master of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education and has qualified as a Master Trainer for the Minnesota Early Childhood staff training system. Her presentation was thought-provoking as it gave us many opportunities to look at our own families of origin and reflect on how those experiences and values shape how we interact with the families we serve. It also gave us insight into the different ways families develop their unique family dynamics. Using a strength-based perspective, our job as teachers is to listen and try to understand your needs and support your child’s growth through the lens of your family’s values. We want to respond with a two-generational approach, taking into consideration the needs of parents and children at the same time rather than supporting parents and children in isolation from one another.

The second session employees attended was led by Nancy Hafner, an early childhood specialist. The infant and toddler staff explored a relationship-based approach to challenging behavior. After observing to try to understand the child’s behavior, Nancy gave us many concrete ideas for responding and specific ways to soothe infants and toddlers.

Nancy’s session for preschool staff was titled Understanding and Preventing Challenging Behaviors in Preschool Children. She emphasized the importance of reframing the way we look at challenging behaviors. She said to put aside any beliefs about the child trying to make adults angry. Instead, ask what it is that the child wants or needs that is resulting in this challenging behavior. An image she gave us was an iceberg where most of the iceberg is under the surface. After trying to understand the reason for the behavior, or what is beneath the surface, the challenge is to help the child obtain what he wants using acceptable behavior. Again, Nancy gave many practical suggestions that we can use in our classrooms as well as excellent resources for obtaining even more information as we encounter specific challenges in the future. One of our goals as an organization is to continuously provide evidenced-based resources and tools to our teaching staff on these and other topics to help them, and the children in their classrooms, thrive.

If you would like to check out some of the resources we learned about yourself, see the websites below:

TWIN CITIES
FAMILY EVENTS

Now-10/21 Origami in the Garden , MN Landscape Arboretum, Chanhassan
Now-10/21 Charlotte’s Web , Stages Theatre, Hopkins
Now-10/30  Minnesota Renaissance Festival , Shakopee
10/4-10/31 Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular , MN Zoo, Apple Valley
10/13 BT5K Run/Walk, Saint Paul
10/13-10/14 Farmer Ken & Jan’s Pumpkin Patch Trolley Ride , Lake Harriet Trolley, Mpls
10/20 Pumpkin Night in the Park , Springbrook Nature Center, Coon Rapids
10/20 Open Streets , 50 th & France, Edina
10/21 Trick ’r Trolley , Lake Harriet Trolley, Mpls
10/26-10/27 Family Halloween Events , Anoka
10/27 Pumpkin Fest , 50 th & France, Edina
10/27 Terror Trot 5k/10k/KIDSK Family Run , Lake Harriet, Mpls

Apple Orchards & Pumpkin Patches
Aamodt's , Stillwater
Applewood , Lakeville
Deer Lake , Buffalo
Emma Krumbee's , Belle Plain
Minnetonka , Minnetrista

Whether one is 3 or 30 or 80, sometimes it is hard to manage emotions such as anger, sadness, or anxiety. This video, taken from one of the resources mentioned in the Especially for Parents article, reminds us how powerful breathing deeply can be, and that even young children can benefit from the practice.
Especially for Children
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