OCTOBER 2021
Greetings!
FALL WEATHER
The leaves are falling jackets are calling. Chilly weather is just around the corner. Remember to keep seasonally appropriate clothing at the center, including a light jacket, hat, and mittens. Please make sure all items are labeled with first and last name. We continue to play outside both in the morning and afternoon.
CENTER HAPPENINGS
TRUNK OR TREAT
On Thursday, October 28, the teachers of Especially for Children will host Trunk or Treat in our parking lot for all the individual classrooms. This will be held during our school day with each class experiencing it individually. Children can dress in black and orange for the festivities. 
 
Each classroom will keep you posted on other Halloween happenings so watch Daily Connect for further classroom information. 
LIFETOUCH PICTURES - PICTURE DAY
We have picture day scheduled for Tuesday, October 19, beginning at 7:30 am. Forms will be available for you to complete before your child is photographed with all orders being done online. We will keep you updated if there are any changes.
PARENT REMINDERS
PLANNING AHEAD
The following list denotes the days that EFC will be closed the rest of this year. 
           Thursday, November 25
           Friday, November 26
           Thursday, December 23
           Friday, December 24
           Friday, December 31
FALL CONFERENCES
Please watch classrooms for parent/teacher conference sign-up which will be held via zoom or over the phone. We are planning for some classrooms to begin conferences in October with the remaining flowing into November.
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
6223 Dell Road
Eden Prairie MN 55346 
(952) 934-1119 

Center Director:
Cathie Underwood 
Center Assistant Director:
Jamie Kittleson
SHARE YOUR PASSION
We’d love for you to Share Your Passion with us as we celebrate our 45th Anniversary! See current submissions here:

You can email your entry to angiew@especiallyforchildren.com
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