Thanksgiving Feast

Don’t forget Thursday, November 16th is our feast for all students. We will offer alternatives for dietary restrictions. Your child may not be hungry when they come home! If you child attends Lunch Bunch, please send a healthy snack in their lunch. Please look at the signups outside your teacher’s classroom.

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Summer Vacation

Pre-K graduation was May 24th! The ELC is closed for the summer. If you would like to speak with a staff member or schedule a personal tour, please call us at 972.235.8233 or email at office@my-elc.com. Messages will be checked periodically throughout the summer.

Speech delays in toddlers linked time using smartphones, tablets

Letting a baby or toddler use a smartphone or tablet may lead to delays in talking, a new study suggests.

“Handheld devices are everywhere these days,” said principal investigator Dr. Catherine Birken, a staff pediatrician and scientist at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.

“While new pediatric guidelines suggest limiting screen time for babies and toddlers, we believe that the use of smartphones and tablets with young children has become quite common. This is the first study to report an association between handheld screen time and increased risk of expressive language delay,” she said in an American Academy of Pediatrics news release.

Expressive language is the ability to convey feelings and information, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians.

The findings support a recent AAP policy recommendation to discourage any type of screen media in children younger than 18 months, Birken said.

Read more about this research at: Health News

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Parent Surveys

This week, we sent home parent evaluations of our program. We MUST have 60% participation in the parent survey in order to meet Accreditation Goals. It is critical that the survey be filled out and returned. There is a box on the Parent Connections shelf by the ELC office to collect completed evaluations. Your comments and suggestions are very important to us; they serve as a valuable aid in future planning. Please return your evaluations by Monday, May 15th.

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Mother’s Day Teas

Mark your calendars and plan to attend this special event! All mothers (or a grandmother, an aunt, etc) of our two year olds through PreK are invited to attend a special Mother’s Day Tea on Thursday, May 11 (Miss Kathy’s 2s, Wendy’s 2s, Miss Jill’s 3s TTH classes) or Friday, May 12 (all MWF and M-F classes). Toddlers do not participate in the Mother’s Day Teas. Please come to your child’s classroom at 11:15 for a special party to honor you.

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15th Annual Auction

This year we are going back to our roots! Instead of a one day event, we are going to have a week long silent auction at the ELC starting April 24th. Come into the school during Conference week, and put down how much you would pay for the item. The highest bid wins!!

Also, be sure to look at the teacher treats. Each teacher has a special item!

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Summershine Registration

I am pleased to announce that the Early Learning Center will be holding “Camp Summershine.” Camp Summershine is a short summer program offered by the ELC. It will be held June 27-30 (Tuesday – Friday) from 9:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. Summershine is open to current ELC children who are enrolled in the Toddler – four year old class this school year and ELC siblings and graduates ages 6 to 8 as of September 1, 2016. The registration fee for Summershine is $15 per child and the tuition is $75 per child.

Camp Summershine will involve many of the same activities the children participate in during the regular school year. The children attend Music, Sand & Water, Recess, Center Time, etc. However, the day will be longer enabling us to add some extra activities. The children bring their own lunches and drinks each day. Spaces are limited; there will be one class for each age level. Please notice that your child may not have their regular classroom teacher for Camp Summershine, but all staff members are familiar to the children.

Registration for Camp Summershine will begin Tuesday, March 21 at 9 A.M. We will follow the same registration procedures that we followed for our regular registration (doors will unlock at 9; only parents and regular caregivers may register children). Your child will be considered registered upon receipt of the completed attached form and a check for the non-refundable registration fee of $15. Registration forms and payments must be given directly to Annabelle Miles or Karen Wiles. Please do not leave forms or checks with a teacher. Enrollment is first-come, first-serve. Space is very limited, and registration forms will not be accepted before Tuesday, March 21.

Tuition of $75 must be paid in full by Friday, May 12. Anyone who has not fully paid for Summershine by Friday, May 12 will forfeit their space and registration fee. On Monday, May 15 we will begin to fill these spaces from the waiting list. After May 12, tuition is non-refundable. Refunds, of both fees, will only be made if a class must be canceled due to low enrollment. This will be determined on or before Monday, May 15.

Click here to download the registration form. Fill out the form and email it to office@my-elc.com. Click here to pay online. There is a $5 transaction fee for paying online.

“I Helped Mama Too!” Cooking With a Tiny Helper

By Julia Luckenbill

My 2-year-old loves to cook. In her classroom she is the first one to volunteer for a cooking activity asking, “Can I help you?” At home she enjoys looking at cookbooks and suggesting projects: “Can we make challah? Now?” The challenge is integrating her in a way that is helpful, as she is known to spill ingredients, taste everything, and leap in before adults are ready with a job for her.

Here are 10 tips we use in the classroom and at home to make cooking with toddlers easier for everyone:

  1. Keep it simple. There will be a time for making mousse and soufflé, but it is not now. Cutting up a banana or ripe fig can be just as satisfying as preparing multistep desserts that require for precision.
  2. Let your toddler lead. Does your toddler love fruit? Let her select the ingredients for fruit salad. Toddlers are more likely to try things when they have control.
  3. Start with basics. Think about the skills your toddler already has (can he cut playdough?) and needs (can he pour water into his cup?). Choose recipes that match his skill level. Make pretzels. Make popsicles.
  4. Build up. Once she can cut fruit and pour liquid, you can combine those two skills into making smoothies.
  5. Expand skills as his development permits. When you notice that he can resist tasting the raw ingredients, you can introduce cracking raw eggs for scrambling. When you notice he can resist touching hot things, he can help you put pasta in the pot. Keep in mind that every toddler develops impulse control at different rates.

Read the rest of the tips on the NAEYC website!

ELC Open House

Don’t forget ELC Open House on March 7, 2017. Mark your calendars and get that video recorder battery charged up! Open House will be Tuesday, March 7th from 6:30 – 8:00 P.M..

Each class will be singing and dancing to some of their favorite songs from music, and you will also have an opportunity to visit the classrooms.

Schedule:

  • 6:30-6:50 p.m. All parents and students visit their classrooms.
  • 6:50-7:00 p.m. ALL STUDENTS need to be left in their classrooms and parents go to the church sanctuary to get a seat for the program.
  • 7:00-7:30 p.m. Music program in gym

We look forward to seeing you then!