OCTOBER 2021
Greetings!

OCTOBER HAPPENINGS
We have a very busy month planned for the children in October. It is hard to believe it is autumn already! As the leaves start falling and the temperatures are dropping, it is important that your child has warmer clothing for outdoor play. Remember that it is often significantly colder in the morning hours when we go outside to play. Please make sure to label all clothing items as many children have the same type/brand/color of clothes.
CENTER HAPPENINGS
COSTUME DAY
The children may come to school dressed in their costumes on Friday, October 29! Please make sure it is a comfortable costume that they can wear and play in all day and please do not bring extra accessories. The children will have a costume parade with their own class that day as well!
SCHOLASTIC BOOK ORDERS
We have begun offering scholastic books again! Flyers for orders will be available on the parent counter along with a drop off box for your order form and check. You can also do your order online! Our school earns new books for our classrooms with this program!
PARENT REMINDERS
PICTURE DAY
Lifetouch preschool portrait studio will be here on Monday, October 25, for fall picture day. Flyers will be found on the parent counter, about a week before the picture day. Picture taking will begin at 7:30am.
LOOKING AHEAD
Conferences will be held in November. Each class will have a sign-up sheet on the parent counter. If none of the available times work for you, please see Linda to make other arrangements.
 
Especially for Children will be closed on 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 in 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
 
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
CONNECT WITH US
Especially for Children
2 H South Pine Dr. 
Circle Pines MN 55014 
(763) 786-9410 

Center Director:
Linda Burck
Center Assistant Director:
Kris Steffens